Government abuse of State funds (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Government Ministers are in the habit of saying one thing and doing exactly the opposite. I recall candidate Khemraj Ramjattan during the 2015 elections telling Berbicians that despite the rumors they’re hearing, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) if elected, will not close any sugar factory. We all know how that turned out – three sugar estates closed and over 7000 workers were sent home without severance pay. President David Granger is no different. He says publicly he wants to work along with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, but unilaterally appoints the head of the Guyana Elections Commission in violation of our Constitution. Now he tells the residents of Anna Regina, that the APNU Administration has its focus on serving not a portion of the people, but the entire country. I’m sure he failed to tell that to Ovid Morrison, the controversial Regional Executive Officer of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) who stymied development in known People’s Progressive Party villages by starving them of much needed resources. But Granger’s speech in Anna Regina is more than just campaign rhetoric and deception, it is about downright dishonesty, and the blatant misuse of Government resources for political purposes.Editor, the last time I was critical of the ruling of the Speaker of the National Assembly, I was admonished by His Honour, who asserted that a Member of Parliament has no right to criticise the Speaker inside or outside of Parliament. Not being satisfied with the scolding I had received; the Prime Minister promptly moves a motion to send me to the Privilege Committee to be sanctioned. So, I will not go that route again, I will merely lay out the facts here, and let your readers draw their own conclusions.In the 2018 National Budget, the expenditure allocated for “Local Travel and Subsistence” was $2.154 billion. This is an extremely large increase of $732 million over the 2014 Budget of $1.422 billion.Then under another line item in the 2018 Budget – “Other Transport, Travel, Postage”, $1.31 billion was allocated, compared to just $874.6 million in 2014 – an increase of $469 million.Because Opposition parliamentarians were concerned that Ministers of Government were traveling excessively into the Hinterland doing political work under the guise of promoting social cohesion, on August 7 of this year, my parliamentary colleague, Pauline Sukhai-Campbell submitted an Oral Question without Notice to be asked of the Minister of Finance in Parliament the following day. The question was, “Could the Honourable Minister provide this National Assembly with the costs of expenditure by the Government Ministers and their staff travelling to interior locations in the last 12 months? The locations and purpose of each of these visits and the costs incurred? Please also identify how many chartered flights were used to these locations and costs incurred?”Now, as Members of Parliament, it is our constitutional duty to have oversight of Government’s spending of the public purse. Yet, this question was disallowed by the Speaker of the National Assembly, “His Honour is of the view that your question is important, but not urgent and it does not relate to the business of today’s sitting.”Not satisfied with the Speaker’s explanation, the same question was resubmitted as a Question on Notice to a Minister (of Finance ) on September 28th and disallowed again on the grounds that “the Minister of Finance is not responsible for the use of funds by other Ministers and their staff to travel to interior locations.” You get the picture?Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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DOE says it will stop cleanup of Santa Susana Field Lab

first_img The federal agency has been at odds with neighbors and environmentalists over cleanup of the site, with critics contending the agency would leave 99 percent of the contaminated soil at the hilltop site between Simi Valley and the Chatsworth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That letter, plus pressure federal legislators, prompted the DOE to halt work, said Department of Energy spokesman Bill Taylor. “During this time, we will continue to perform environmental monitoring activities and place operations in a safe and stable configuration while we work with state and federal regulators and evaluate all input on a path forward,” the agency said in a statement. Field lab watchdog Dan Hirsch, with the Committee to Bridge the Gap, said he worries what will happen after the 45-day pause. “The Department of Energy is still not promising that it won’t shoot first and analyze later,” he said. The Energy Technology and Engineering Center is a 90-acre portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab where the government conducted nuclear research and built 10 nuclear reactors, including one that had a partial meltdown in 1959. Facing increased scrutiny from legislators and state environmental regulators, the Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will stop work at the Santa Susana Field Lab and consult with authorities before finishing clean-up of the former nuclear research facility. The decision to stop for 45 days comes nearly a month after a federal judge ordered the department to complete a thorough environmental survey of the site before declaring it safe and releasing it for unrestricted use. Despite the judge’s ruling, some activists and state officials have been concerned that the DOE still would demolish the last two buildings at the site’s old Energy Technology and Engineering Center and dump the potentially contaminated debris before conducting the environmental survey. On Wednesday, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control warned the DOE in a letter that it would be inappropriate for the agency to dismantle the last buildings without the environmental study.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Bournemouth sign Liverpool left-back Brad Smith

first_img1 Brad Smith in action for Liverpool Bournemouth have signed Brad Smith from Liverpool on a four-year contract, it has been announced.The 22-year-old becomes the Cherries’ latest signing, joining former team-mate Jordan Ibe, Lewis Cook, Emerson Hyndman and Lys Mousset.Smith started his career at the Liverpool Academy before signing his first professional contract with the club in 2013, making five appearances.He said: “It’s a great stadium here and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play in front of the fans. Hopefully I’ll do well, learn a lot and progress in my career.”last_img

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Honoring the fallen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Elizarraras died Feb. 28 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee while on reconnaissance patrol in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Mora died Oct. 19 when the vehicle he was patrolling in Balad, Iraq, was hit by indirect fire. “Over the years Pico Rivera has played its part in defense of our nation,” Ramirez said. “We too have suffered the pain and grief of loved ones,” he said. “Sadly but proudly today we add two more names to the ranks of Pico Rivera heroes.” Mora’s uncle, Daniel Ramos, said the family was grateful for Monday’s ceremony. PICO RIVERA – Mayor Pete Ramirez couldn’t remember so many people showing up to a Memorial Day celebration. Then again, you’d have to go back to Vietnam for when a Pico Riveran last died in wartime. Plaques for U.S. Army Master Sgt. Emigdio Elizarraras and Sgt. Arthur A. Mora Jr. were unveiled Monday before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people at the city’s Veterans Monument. “They came out because it was two of their own,” Ramirez said. “It was very commendable for people to show up like that and honor their own.” “I’d rather \ was here now, but it’s a great honor,” Ramos said. “I’m glad all of these people came here.” With the two newest plaques, 25 names now adorn the monument. Sgt. Carlos Lopez, a North Park Middle School teacher and the event’s main speaker, also paid tribute to Elizarraras and Mora. “All of us have a special place in our heart for those kids,” Lopez said. “Those two young and many others who served the country have indeed given. Lopez also issued a challenge to the audience. “Let’s do something we can to make a difference,” he said. “In your community, state and country, pick your battle and your wrong to right,” he said. “With that American spirit we can accomplish a great deal.” Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, called on President Bush to honor commitments to veterans. “We must ensure that when they come home, they have the same peace with their families,” Napolitano said. “They have earned the right to the benefits we promised to them,” she said. “We want to continue to honor our residents, not just in voice but in deed.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TERMON STAR GERALDINE AT CLUB FINALS LAUNCH AT CROKE PARK

first_imgToday the Ladies Gaelic Football Association launched their TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Club Finals which will take place this Saturday in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, and Corrofin, Co. Clare, for the Junior and Intermediate finals and Sunday in Tuam Stadium, Galway, for the Senior final. In attendance at the launch are Junior, Intermediate and Senior footballers back row from left, Tina Mangan, Castleisland Desmond, Kerry, Aisling Egan, Clonbur, Galway, Bríd O’Sullivan, Mourneabbey, Cork, Paula Daly, St. Ciaran’s, Roscommon and Louise Crowley, Murroe Boher, Limerick. Front row from left, Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon, Donegal, Lynn Moynihan, Local Marketing Manager, Tesco Ireland, and Pat Quill, President, Ladies Gaelic Football Association. TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Club Finals Launch. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILETERMON’S Geraldine McLaughlin was her club’s representative at Croke Park as the TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Club Championship Finals were launched.The captain’s of all six competing clubs assembled in Dublin where they came face to face for the first time before meeting on the football field this weekend. The TESCO Homegrown Senior club Championship Final will take place on Sunday at 2pm in Tuam Stadium, County Galway with deferred coverage being shown on TG4. Termon face Mourneabbey from Cork – and both feature in the final for the first time in their history.Both sides have come through some very tough encounters to reach this stage as Termon knocked out the 2012 champions, Donaghmoyne in the Ulster final and defeated the much fancied Kilkerrin Clonberne side in their semi final.Mourneabbey accounted for The Banner in the Munster final and overcame Parnell’s of London in a tricky quarter final before a dramatic win over Mountmellick Sarsfields in their semi final.Mourneabbey are backboned by the four O’Sullivan sisters including Ciara O’Sullivan who recently claimed her second All Star Award and her sister Doireann who is another of the Cork senior panelists. Termon will rely very much on Geraldine McLaoughlin who has been in sensational form this year providing the vast majority of their scores.The TESCO Homegrown Intermediate Club Championship Final will see Clonbur from Galway travel to Corrofin in Clare on Saturday where they will meet Castleisland Desmond’s from Kerry. Clonbur have been in great form and have the experienced Lorna Joyce who will spearhead their attack. Castleisland have plenty of experience on their side in the form of Kerry senior players Cáit Lynch, Aoife Lyons and Lorraine Scanlon.In the TESCO Homegrown Junior Club Final Murroe Boher from Limerick will meet St. Ciaran’s of Roscommon at Ballinasloe on Saturday at 1:30pm.Speaking about the TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Club Championship Finals LGFA President Pat Quill said ‘The TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Club Championships consistently produce the best matches of the year and certainly this year has been an exceptional one to date across all three grades. Winning with your county is something special but winning with your friends at club level is one of the greatest feelings that any player can have, I would like to wish all six clubs the very best of luck this weekend.”Saturday, 29th November 2014 TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship FinalCastleisland Desmonds (Kerry) v Clonbur (Galway) Corrofin Co. Clare, 1:30pmTESCO Homegrown All Ireland Junior Club Championship FinalMurroe Boher (Limerick) v St. Ciaran’s (Roscommon) Ballinasloe GAA, 1.30pm Sunday 30th November 2014TESCO Homegrown All Ireland Senior Club Championship FinalMourneabbey, Cork v Termon, Donegal, 2.00pm, Tuam Stadium, Galway, (G Chapman)TERMON STAR GERALDINE AT CLUB FINALS LAUNCH AT CROKE PARK was last modified: November 25th, 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALTermonlast_img read more

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DO YOU HAVE THE FASTEST GAA CLUB IN DONEGAL? ST EUNAN’S 5K WILL DECIDE WHO HAS!

first_imgGAA: EVER WONDERED IF you have the fastest GAA club in the county?Now there’s a chance to prove it – with the prize on offer a set of jerseys, which have been kindly sponsored by Michael Murphy Sports ahead of the new season. At the St Eunan’s pre-season 5k, clubs are invited to take as many players as they like with the lowest combined times of the first four counting towards the team award.All welcome, whether runners or walkers and there will be novelty team events sponsored by Brian McCormick Sports.The St Eunan’s Pre-Season 5k starts and finishes at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on Saturday, February 27, with the event getting underway at 4pm. Registration from 2:30pm at the clubhouse. Entry €10 for those entering club and team categories. Walkers and under-18’s not entering club and team categories is €5.Pre-register with name, club (if applicable) and category, please email eunans5k@gmail.com Chip timing – courtesy of Letterkenny Athletic Club – will be in operation and refreshments will be served in the clubhouse afterwards.ST EUNAN’S PRE-SEASON 5KRUNNERS MAY ENTER ONLY ONE CATEGORYInter-Club CategoryGAA clubs may enter as many players/mentors as they wish.First four home from each club to score on their team. The club team with the lowest accumulated time of those four runners will be the winner.Club team is NOT pre-determined, it is made up of the four quickest people from each club on the day.Winning club will receive a set of jerseys courtesy of Michael Murphy SportsDoubles Men/Women/Mixed Doubles Men: Two men race as a team.Doubles Women: Two women race as a team.Mixed Doubles: Woman and Man race as a team.Runners must declare category at entryRunners must enter together.Teams must have consecutive numbers.Doubles must cross the line together or as close as possible.In the event of runners crossing the line at different intervals, the slowest time of the two runners will be taken.Winning team prizes sponsored by Brian McCormick SportsDO YOU HAVE THE FASTEST GAA CLUB IN DONEGAL? ST EUNAN’S 5K WILL DECIDE WHO HAS! was last modified: February 19th, 2016 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:Fastest ClubGAAnewsSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

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TRUST PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HUGH GREEN

first_imgMichelle Furey, Hugh, Michael Sugrue and HenryMcGarveyThe Donegal Clinical Academy Trust has expressed their sadness at the passing of Donegal-native and Joint Donegal Person of the Year Hugh Green.Speaking today, Chairman of the Trust Henry McGarvey said, “Hugh Green was a gentleman of high regard. He especially was a proud Donegal man who never forgot his roots. “His nomination as Joint Donegal Person of the Year 2012 was testament to his strong connections with his home county despite living in New Zealand for decades.”Hugh Green was a recent, and in fact the first donor, to the new Donegal Clinical and Research Academy, which will see Letterkenny Hospital become a teaching hospital with a strong clinical research arm.Consultant Breast Surgeon and Secretary of the Donegal Clinical Academy Trust Michael Sugrue outlined the impact of Hugh Green’s donation.“The legacy of Hugh Green’s donation cannot be underestimated. His generosity knew no bounds.  Hugh had compassion and indeed a passion for philanthropy.  His donation of €200,000 to the Donegal Clinical and Research Academy marked a significant step forward in our vision to secure the future of Letterkenny Hospital, bringing it on par with other teaching hospitals in Ireland.” The proposed €4million project, of which €2million has been committed by NUI, Galway will see medical education being delivered at under-graduate and post-graduate level, a state-of-the-art research centre allowing for clinical research in the areas of oncology trials, breast cancer research, renal, cardiac, emergency medicine and anesthesia.TRUST PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HUGH GREEN was last modified: July 16th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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COMMUNITY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING IN BID TO SAVE DUNGLOE HOSPITAL

first_imgTHE COMMUNITY of Dungloe are set to hold a public meeting in a bid to save the town’s hospital.It will be held in Ionad Teampaill Chróine in Dungloe this Friday to discuss the HSE’s decision to close 10 beds in Dungloe Community Hospital.Speaking after the announcement of the Public Meeting, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher said: “Since the confirmation by the HSE that they intend to close 10 beds in Dungloe hospital, there has been huge anger in the local area. “This meeting has been called so that the community can have their voices heard, all national and local politicians will be invited as will Union representatives and HSE management.”She added: “Families who depend on respite care are under huge pressures as they are, this announcement has put huge added pressures on them and the patients concerned, these patients, staff and our local community need support to send out the strongest message possible to the HSE, that we will not sit back and see our local hospital attacked like this.”“The statement by the HSE said that closures were temporary, due to the recruitment embargo, unfortunately history shows that once beds are closed they are very rarely reopened. We in the community of the Rosses area are asking the local community to come and support our local Hospital on Friday evening at 8 pm in Ionad Teampaill Chróine Dungloe.” COMMUNITY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING IN BID TO SAVE DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: May 12th, 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:COMMUNITY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING IN BID TO SAVE DUNGLOE HOSPITALlast_img read more

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FIVE GOOD REASONS TO DO LURGYBRACK NS’s 5K!

first_imgLurgybrack National School in Letterkenny welcomed four pupils with Autism when the newly established Autism Class opened in September 2013.Lurgybrack NS are hoping for a big turn-out for their 5K!As they end their first year and begin their final term, class teacher, Kate Boyle, reflects upon how the boys, aged 5-7 yrs have settled in to their new surroundings.‘The boys have coped very well with the facilities in what was originally intended to be the school library. The books and shelves were relocated in the upperpart of the new school, and the room was set up as a classroom to accommodate the boys. With more children enrolled in the class this coming September, the school has been given the green light to commence work on a purpose-built unit attached the main building, which will begin during the school holidays.With the need for additional resources to supplement the growing educational need of the children, school principal Ann Foxe and myself are delighted with an offer of a fundraising event from one of the parents, Linda Clarke (mum of Taylor). Our families are all wonderful and very supportive. We work as a team with the boys as the main focus of all we do. When Linda approached us about raising funds through a 5k family fun run and walk, we were delighted to accept and pledged our full support. Linda is hopeful that the event will attract 5k regulars in the town, the school and the community who would like to help raise much-needed funds.The 5k family fun run and walk will take place on Sunday May 18th, beginning at 3pm from Letterkenny Bernard McGlinchey Town Park. Registration is from 2pm, 5Euro per child, 10 per adult and 20euro per family.There will also be spot prizes on the day, and a fancy dress section. Refreshments will be provided. Should you or your company be in a position to sponsor any of the prizes for the participants, please contact the school on 9125455, as all offers will be greatly appreciated!’‘We are hoping that people will come along and support the cause’, says Linda. ‘Please spread the word far and wide as we can’t have too many taking part. It should be a great day.’The route for the fun run/walk will be as follows:Start in Letterkenny Town Park., up to Knocknamona Roundabout, down Business Park Road, past the Creamaery, back in past Ballyraine School, up DeValera Rd and finishing back at the Park.All welcome. FIVE GOOD REASONS TO DO LURGYBRACK NS’s 5K! was last modified: May 16th, 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:5kautismdonegalLurgybrack NSlast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Set for Two Road Games this Weekend

first_img Drake Game Notes Story Links Live Stats Loyola Live Stats Valpo VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team is set to play its only road games this month when it visits Valparaiso Friday at 5 p.m. before closing the weekend at Loyola Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+. ESPN+ Loyola Hittner, who was named MVC Player of the Week for the second time on Monday, is the first Drake player to score 30-plus points in back-to-back games since Jan Jensen during the 1991-92 season. The Urbandale, Iowa, native has scored double figures in 19 of 21 games this season. Since her last single digit game of eight points against defending national champion Notre Dame, Hittner has raised her scoring average from 14.2 to a league-high 19.7 points per game, scoring 12 or more in every contest since. Hittner and Rhine (19.4), who are No. 1-2 in the league in scoring, also rank No. 8 and No. 9 in career scoring average at Drake at 15.6 and 15.3, respectively. Rhine has 11 20-plus games while Hittner has nine. ESPN+ Valpo Drake defeated both Valpo (6-15, 2-7 MVC) and Loyola (10-10, 4-5 MVC) at the Knapp Center in mid-January. The Crusaders are coming off a close three-point loss to Illinois State, but beat Bradley in the game before. The Ramblers edged the Redbirds by three last Friday before losing to the Braves Sunday. Loyola is the league’s top three-point shooting team at 35.9 percent while Drake is No. 2 at 35.4 percent and Valpo No. 4 at 33.8 percent. Drake (16-5, 8-1 MVC) bounced back after its first Missouri Valley Conference loss in more than two seasons with a convincing win over SIU 94-66 on Super Bowl Sunday. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa), was one of four Bulldogs in double figures, with a game-high 30 points. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) posted her ninth double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 16 and 11 points, respectively. Following this weekend, Drake will host UNI Feb. 15 in the first game of a three-game homestand. The in-state meeting with the Panthers is set for 6 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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