Cabinet Secretary’s responsibilities should be handed to retired public servant – Nagamootoo

first_imgThough the political party to which he belongs wants the powers of State Minister Joseph Harmon to bePrime MinisterMoses Nagamootooreduced, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo says he has no indictment against him.Speaking to the media on Monday Nagamootoo explained that it is not a matter of personalities but rather an issue of government functions.“I am talking about responsibilities, how to defuse and share responsibilities so that it may not be too cumbersome on one person to handle and juggle many portfolios… and make for the work of Office [of the President] easier and one can concentrate on a specific limited area of functions,” he stated.Moreover, Nagamootoo declared that he believes Harmon is “honest” and that he has nothing against him.“This has nothing to do with an indictment of anyone, in particular Minister Harmon. I subscribe to the view also that he is an honest person. I have worked with him. I have nothing about his integrity,” he stated.Furthermore, Nagamootoo expressed that the role being performed by Harmon should in fact be taken up by a retired public servant.“The position of the Secretary to Cabinet have always been a position held by a public servant, at most a retired public servant because that is a highly specialised position with specialised duties,” he said, noting that such an individual would possess the desired traits of confidentiality.“Ideally if you want to think of someone who can hold that position, I would say that I would be a traditionalist, go back to what could happen before the “Luncheon transition” was made, to lump everything in one person,” he stated.On Sunday following a leadership retreat, the AFC issued a statement, noting that the party believes Minister of State Joseph Harmon has too much power.In a statement issued on behalf of the party by Press Secretary of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Imran Khan, the AFC said the continuing revelations arising out of the appointment of the Advisor on Business Development, and the issues surrounding it, have their roots in the “concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of Presidential Secretariat in a single person”.“The responsibilities of each of the above portfolios are substantial and of critical importance to the smooth operations of the Government and would benefit from separate appointments,” the AFC said in the statement.The party said it has mandated its leadership in Cabinet to have these issues raised and addressed as a matter of national importance.last_img read more

EYDG hosts suicide awareness vigil

first_imgThe Enterprise Youth Development Group (EYDG) in collaboration with The Caribbean Voice and over 50 other organisations, over the weekend held a candlelight vigil in commemoration of International Suicide Prevention Day 2016.The exercise was held under the #STAYALIVE project, in concert with the Caribbean Voice Mission, to bring about awareness and education of the social scourge which has taken the country by storm.The Enterprise Youth Development Group’s candlelight vigil on SaturdayThe candlelight vigil, held at Enterprise last Saturday evening between 18:00h and 19:00h, was held simultaneously with other organisations throughout Guyana. The programmes of each event varied and were done in accordance with the mandate of the various NGO’s involved.During the vigil, a circle was formed where prayers were offered for the country. Candles were lit during a brief discourse on suicide; the talk focused on building awareness.“They were vibrant interactions, laughter and touching energies when we all came together to pray. We lit the candle in a form of meditation, focusing on the luminous light last (Saturday) evening,” the group said on Monday.“The first step in ending suffering, pain and guilt is to connect with the Almighty/universe through light. By focusing on light, it is said that one can eventually become the light which can transfer knowledge into society, eliminating darkness and ignorance.The light itself is to bring inner peace of mind to all and to represent a symbol of hope,” the EYDG said.Candle meditation, the EYDG explained, is a present-awareness exercise which can be used to further enhance one’s present awareness. In this case, it said there is a non-violent and peaceful way to bring attention to important issues which impact the village of Enterprise and the country at large through the holding of candlelight vigils.“Your loved ones, friends, relatives, God, mental health counsellors, priests, ministers, etc, are all good sources of help. They are all willing to help you and they can make a difference, but you must be willing to take advantage of this help,” the group said, as it urged persons against suicide. “Regardless of your situation, take advantage of the help that is around you. Remember: Every problem has a solution. You just have to find it. Suicide is not the answer,” the EYDG stressed.The vigil at Enterprise was held simultaneously with those hosted by other NGOs which also spread hope during several countrywide observances of World Suicide Prevention Day.The vigils were organised by The Caribbean Voice (TCV), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Prevention Of Teenage Suicide (POTS), the Leo Clubs, the Miss Global International Guyana Team, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha and other religious groups in all three counties of Guyana.POTS Guyana, an organisation formed by activist Lisa Punch, hosted its vigil at Square of the Revolution, in Georgetown, where a handful gathered to light candles in an effort to inspire suicidal persons to live.last_img read more

Vreed-en-Hoop NDC finally clears garbage pile-up

first_imgFollowing a report in Guyana Times over the weekend about the garbage piled up at the Vreed-en-Hoop junction, West Coast Demerara, the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) on Monday finally cleared the garbage pile that was of major concern to persons in the area.When Guyana Times visited the area on Monday, residents said they believe it was only because of the publication done in this newspaper recently that the NDC decided to clear the garbage, which had already been there for weeks.They, however, noted how happy they were for the relief of the stench that cameGarbage being cleared by workers on Mondaywith the wind.Persons complained that the situation was not only affecting commuters, customers and drivers, but businesses in the area as well.In fact, it infuriated business owners who reached out to this newspaper last week to share their concerns as the situation resulted in flies and fumes affecting their food and clothing businesses.An employee at a clothing business in the vicinity had complained that other business persons in the area would usually dump their garbage at the junction; a trend which would usually be followed by school children as well as other commuters who wait at the junction for transportation.Another concerned businesswoman complained that minibus drivers also throw their garbage near businesses and the NDC does nothing to eradicate the littering trend.“It’s just there and it just keeps piling up. I’ve never seen anybody clear it up unless we pay people to do it and we are all paying taxes for this,” she related.Meanwhile a business owner noted, “Guys or people at the bus stop would usually drink their beers and their drinks and leave it at our shed and the girls who are employed here would have to clean it”.The entrepreneur said she would like the officials at the NDC to focus on the garbage pile-up in that area and place bins to avoid the issue or even have “litter-free zones” to raise some form of awareness.Another business owner said that customers usually leave the business and other people do not visit the store when they see the huge piles of waste. It is because of this that she is forced to use her profits to do the work of the NDC.last_img read more

Sea defence breach causes massive flooding in Wakenaam

first_img…structure temporarily sealedA breach to a section of the sea defence structure on the island of Wakenaam, located in the mouth of the Essequibo River, has led to inundation in the communities of Melville and Sans Souci between Saturday night and Sunday morning, causing much damage and much distress to islanders.Reports are that negligence on the part of the contractor resulted in residents being faced with salt water levels as high as three feet, which invaded low-lying homes and damaged appliances, carpets and other household items.Region Three Executive Officer Denis Jaikarran and a team from the Civil Defence Commission visited the area to assess the situation and oversee the distribution to residents of hampers which included disinfectant and other cleaning materials.Wakenaam Neighbourhood Democratic (NDC) Chairman Sheik Amad, who also formed part of the response team, told this publication on Sunday that he also was in contact with Members of Parliament (MPs), including Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) representative Irfaan Ali.Amad pointed out that the breach was sealed on Sunday morning, but stressed that over 12 homes have sustained damage from the flood waters. He added that the Sans Souci Masjid was also inundated, causing some damage.Guyana Times understands that construction began on a rip-rap seawall at the back of Sans Souci mosque some two weeks ago. Reports are that on Tuesday morning, seepage was seen and some flooding was recorded.This newspaper was also told that contractor Deodat Singh was called in to address the matter, and he undertook some remedial work. However, on Saturday evening, flooding began and continued into Sunday, leaving annoyed residents counting their losses.The Wakenaam NDC Chairman told this newspaper that this latest flooding could have been avoided.“When we investigate, it’s basically the contractor’s negligence for not (using) the (required) amount of material. The overtopping washed away the defence and caused a breach about 10 feet wide,” Amad noted.Last March, residents of Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) assessed their losses at some $100 million following a phenomenal spring tide that breached the sea defence structure and invaded their community. Residents in Zeelugt’s Atlantic Ocean front on the East Bank Essequibo (EBE) and other villages of Meten-Meer-Zorg, Zeeburg, Stewartville, Leonora and Cornelia Ida were forced to move to higher ground, in some instances leaving their homes for safety.At that time, humongous waves of the Atlantic Ocean hit the seawall with such crushing force as to cause a large part of this sea defence structure to break away; and one house reportedly came crashing down. MP Ali, who is the geographical representative for the People’s Progressive Party, had said the Opposition was working with a three-fold mandate which included supporting the Government agencies, completing an assessment of the damages, and engaging the stakeholders of Government in relation to relief efforts.Over 300 residents were affected earlier this year by waves that demolished fences and destroyed bridges, furniture and other household appliances. Many persons had to take refuge in relief centres set up at various locations in the communities.last_img read more

BUNCRANA COMMUNITY SAY THEY HAVE BEEN STABBED IN BACK BY COCKHILL BRIDGE DECISION

first_imgA recent protest by locals at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana.The decision to erect temporary traffic lights at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana is a stab in the back for the local community who have been campaigning for a pedestrian footbridge, they claim.Local representatives met with the council on Monday morning to push for a footbridge as the most reliable, economic and permanent solution to the safety issues at Cockhill.During the hour long meeting with the council and Inishowen councillors, Cockhill Bridge Action Group representatives went to great lengths to oppose the use of traffic lights. They claim they would lead to more safety issues on the bridge and create major traffic mayhem and could prove to be more expensive in the long run.In response, the group says councillors “expressed their outrage at our media and poster campaigns and close examination of the money trail in relation to development levies on new homes in the area.”At one point in the discussion, when presented with a copy of the planning Schedule, it was claimed that the €40,000 in question never existed.“How do you think we felt on Tuesday morning when we read in the media that €89,000 was reported to have been raised. “Serious questions remain to be answered in relation to the various moneys raised and the councillors are unable or unwilling to show how the money was spent.“If part of the money never existed, it begs the question in relation to the operation of development levies and planning approval,” said a spokesman for the CBAG.It claims that opting for temporary traffic lights is more about the councillors saving face and preventing any possible litigation as a result of a traffic accident rather than a genuine desire to solve the road safety issue.“Councillor Nicholas Crossan asked that we should all obhair le ceile (work together) on this project. How could this be so when he had not got the curtsey to convey the decision of the council to us, as he promised he would and remains uncontactble by our members.“The most notable reaction from the councillors came when we questioned their handling of public money. Have the public not got the right to know. ? “We in Cockhill Bridge Action Group vow to continue our campaign for a pedestrian footbridge for Cockhill.”BUNCRANA COMMUNITY SAY THEY HAVE BEEN STABBED IN BACK BY COCKHILL BRIDGE DECISION was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:buncranaCockhill Bridgedonegalprotesttraffic lightslast_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER TO SEE REFURBISHMENT OF LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL TODAY

first_imgThe Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, will visit Letterkenny General Hospital, today.Health Minister Leo Varadkar to visit Letterkenny General Hospital.Mr Varadkar is expected to meet with a number of delegations including cancer groups lobbying for better services in Co Donegal.The groups have been lobbying to meet the Minister for a considerable time. The ongoing redevelopment of the hospital following the severe floods which caused almost €40M worth of damage s also likely to be on the agenda.The Minister will undoubtedly be asked about the delay in compiling a report into that flooding which the HSE has said has ben delayed because of a legal situation.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, recently said this was not acceptable and demanded the report be published immediately.As part of his visit, the Minister will be formally opening the new Restaurant and Food Production Unit and the Pulmonary Laboratory. HEALTH MINISTER TO SEE REFURBISHMENT OF LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL TODAY was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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

JUDGE ORDERS PSYCHOLOGIST’S REPORT ON MAN WHO BURGLED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA

first_imgA judge has ordered a psychologist’s report on a man who had pleaded guilty to burgling a 96 year old woman in Co Donegal.Thomas Alcock pleaded guilty to burgling the home of Ms Margaret ‘Greta’ Lilly between January 4th and 5th last at Aghilly, Buncrana.Alcock, of no fixed abode, wore a grey t-shirt and black trousers and spoke only to plead guilty. He has been in custody since February.Barrister Patricia McLaughlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court this afternoon that the victim is very elderly and a victim impact statement will be prepared for the next court sitting.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until the next sitting of the circuit court in Letterkenny in October.JUDGE ORDERS PSYCHOLOGIST’S REPORT ON MAN WHO BURGLED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:buncranaburglaryMargaret Greta LillyThomas Alcocklast_img read more

Shaw faces Smyth for 38th seat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“That’s a battle right there, to get more Democrats to turn out, and to get the independents to recognize that (Smyth) can’t do much in Sacramento,” said Bruce McFarland, president of the Santa Clarita Democratic Alliance for Action. Shaw, 48, of Sun Valley, won her party’s nomination with 33 percent of the vote. Jim Alger finished second with 29 percent, followed by Jane Lowenthal and Sid Gold. Smyth, 34, a two-term Santa Clarita councilman, took 80 percent of the Republican vote and received more votes by himself than all four Democratic candidates combined. He still commands a campaign war chest of $140,000, compared with Shaw’s roughly $30,000 so far. “I’m feeling pretty good for November because it’s a pretty safe Republican district,” Smyth said Wednesday. “That being said, I don’t take anything for granted.” Shaw, a human services administrator who works for a nonprofit group serving the developmentally disabled, said the Santa Clarita Valley will be a prime battleground in the coming months. “It’s just talking to folks one-on-one in our community,” Shaw said. “Do we have jobs? What is development going to mean? What do we do about health care? “I care about people. I care about education and whether we have the money to fund it. I care about people who have to make decisions whether they would buy food or health care and their prescription drugs.” Smyth focused on quality-of-life issues such as traffic congestion and education. “Republicans and Democrats hate sitting in traffic equally,” said Smyth, who supports preventing the Legislature from raiding Proposition 42 funds – a gasoline tax for road improvements. He also supports a bill proposed by Richman and state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, that could break up the 727,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District into at least 15 smaller school districts. “The public education system … Simi Valley and Santa Clarita have great public schools, but the kids in L.A. Unified don’t,” he said. But differences emerge in their stances on social issues, with Shaw supporting keeping abortions legal. “There are areas the government needs to be involved in,” she said. “I don’t think the government should be involved in personal decisions. “With all the issues facing the country – we have gasoline prices skyrocketing – I can’t tell you how many of our friends are trying to decide which one of their cars to sell to pay for the gas. And we have a war going on. These are the big issues.” Smyth opposes gay marriage and supports the death penalty. He also supports tougher border security paid for by the federal government, and limiting the rights of illegal immigrants. “I don’t believe illegal immigrants should be paying in-state tuition for our university system,” Smyth said. “I’m not willing to dismiss a guest worker program out-of-hand, but the very first thing we need to do is secure the border, and no other discussion should happen until that is accomplished.” Shaw shared Smyth’s view of holding the federal government responsible for illegal immigration, but disagreed with stationing National Guardsmen on the U.S.-Mexico border. “I don’t really support the idea of the National Guard defending our borders,” she said. “It’s too much of a troop commitment. But it’s a federal issue. It’s up to us to lobby the federal government … so we don’t get the bill for it.” Smyth acknowledged he will be in the minority in the Legislature if elected, and says he would cross the aisle when compromise is needed. “I fully understand that I’m going to be a member of the minority party, and not everything I hope to accomplish can be accomplished,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean you don’t fight for what you believe in.” B.J. Atkins, a board member of the Santa Clarita Republican Assembly, said Smyth has to stay the course to get elected. “We’re a Republican community,” he said. “That’s the electorate. He needs to be himself. If he can prove he is the capable leader he always has been, he can gain popular support. He’ll reflect his district admirably.” McFarland believes Shaw, a mainstay in the state Democratic party, is the right choice if voters want to get things done in Sacramento. “He’s (Smyth) way outnumbered; he has to make friends with Democrats to get anything done. Why not just put a Democrat in? … I think Shaw is willing to work in the system. We’ll see if we can get to know her a little better.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Democrat Lyn Shaw won the bitter internal fight to represent her party in the 38th Assembly District race, but tougher battles await in November when she faces formidable GOP nominee and Santa Clarita Councilman Cameron Smyth. It’s an uphill fight to replace termed-out Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, even Democratic partisans acknowledged Wednesday. To get elected, Shaw needs to overcome a 43-34 percent registration gap between Republicans and Democrats in a conservative-leaning district that includes the Santa Clarita Valley, the north and east San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley. About 17 percent of those registered in the district declined to state a party affiliation. Still, Tuesday’s primary saw 17,747 ballots cast for the Democrats to 23,140 for Smyth and GOP candidate Mary Barrientos. last_img read more

GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Club Meeting: This Wednesday 22nd May at 8.30pm all members welcome. Referee Refresher Course and Umpire Course for details contact Adrian 0879810304.Match & Win for 16/05/2013 No’s Drawn 3,7,8,12 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,620.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Helen Farren Cleagh, Hannah McGonagle Malin Head, Patricia McElhinney Gleneely, Ciaran Dowds Burt, Kathleen Friel Dunaff. DONEGAL GAA Supporters Club are holding a Discussion Forum, in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny on Wednesday 22nd May at 8pm. Special guests on the night are Martin McHugh, Anthony Molloy, John Lynch, and Pat McAnneney, compere on the night will be Highland Radios own Charlie Collins, music entertainment will be provided by Pat Gallagher ( Goats Don’t Shave ) Eddie Gallagher and David Craig Admission is only €10 All proceeds go to training fund of all our county teams for tickets please contact Aidan Cannon 0871223177 or An Grianan Theatre 0749120777 come along and feel the atmosphere in the lead up to the Donegal /Tyrone game.UNDERAGE FIXTURES: – Inishowen League U12’s Urris v Muff at 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st May. Inishowen League U14’s Urris v Muff at 7.00pm Friday 24th May, Under 10’s Urris v Burt 11am Saturday 25th May. Under 8’s Urris v Burt Wednesday 22nd May 6.15pm bus leaving Straid at 5.30pm.UNDERAGE RESULTS: U8’s Superb turn out for last weeks game and a Big Thanks to all the parents from Nichola and Coaches.SENIOR & RESERVES FIXTURE:This week-ends game to Convoy was cancelled due to weather no information as yet to when it will be played. Away to Naomh Ultan Saturday 25th May 6pm & 7.30pm. Home to Letterkenny Gaels Saturday 1st JuneTRAINING: Under 12 & 14 Girls Wednesday’s at 5.45pm til 7pm.Under 10’s on Fridays 4.30pm -5.45pm in Straid. Contact Susan for more information 0863945954.Under 8’s Training on Saturday Morning at 11am.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707. Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL FAN PUTS €121,000 ON JIM’S BOYS TO LIFT SAM

first_imgA DONEGAL fan has put a huge bet on Donegal beating Kerry in this Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park.Boylesports says the punter certainly has faith in Jim McGuinness’ squad as he has placed €121,000 on Donegal at 8/11 to win the match in 70 minutes.“The punter is set to net €209,000 if his bet manages to click on Sunday,” said Boylesports.com spokesman Liam Glynn. Kerry are priced at 13/8 to win in 70 minutes with a draw priced at 15/2. Donegal are 8/13 to lift the Sam Maguire whilst Kerry can be backed at 13/10 to lift the trophy for a record 37th time.The Handicap Betting suggests that Sunday’s match will be a close call with Donegal -1 priced at Evens whilst Kerry +1 is also available at Evens. In the First Goalscorer market, Kerry’s James O Donoghue heads the market at 9/2 with Donegal’s Michael Murphy next in the betting at 7/1. No Goal to be scored in Sunday’s match is priced at 7/1.Mr Glynn said the Donegal bet is “our biggest bet on Sunday’s match so far.”He added “Apart from the large bet on Donegal we are seeing a lot of interest in Sunday’s match to end in a draw which has now hardened into 15/2 from 8/1.” Donegal v Kerry – Match Betting – 70 MinutesDonegal 8/11Kerry 13/8Draw 15/2Donegal v Kerry – Handicap Betting Donegal (-1) EvensKerry (+1) EvensDraw (-1) 17/2Donegal v Kerry – First Goalscorer O’Donoghue, James 9/2Murphy, Michael 7/1No Goalscorer 7/1O’Leary, Kieran 8/1McFadden, Colm 8/1Geaney, Paul 9/1Donaghy, Kieran 10/1McHugh, Ryan 14/1MacNiallais, Odhran 16/1McLoone, Leo 16/1McBrearty, Patrick 16/120/1 BarDonegal v Kerry – To Lift the TrophyDonegal 8/13Kerry 13/10DONEGAL FAN PUTS €121,000 ON JIM’S BOYS TO LIFT SAM was last modified: September 19th, 2014 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:Boylesports.comdonegalKerryoddslast_img read more