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M&CC in a perpetual state of financial crisis (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,We were presented with information that the Council is considering foreign trips in 2018 for the Mayor and others, including attending a Sister Cities Project in China, participation in Dragon Boat Racing in China, a trip for the Mayor and her “Team” to attend the 21 Century Maritime Committee meeting (the Mayor had signed the 21 Century Maritime Agreement on her last trip to China – isn’t this the domain of foreign affairs?), and a trip for the Mayor to attend the Caribbean Conference of Mayors in Kingston, Jamaica. I had previously argued in Council that these foreign trips have not yielded any tangible benefits for the citizens of Georgetown and given the never-ending financial crisis at Council, all foreign trips should be halted.The administration headed by Town Clerk Royston King and Mayor Chase Green have challenged interventions by the Communities Minister to correct some of their actions. For instance, they challenged the Cabinet’s decision to suspend the parking meter By-laws when it was presented by the Minister and the Town Clerk even hired an attorney to communicate that challenge to the Minister’s authority. Then there was the letter from the Communicates Minister to the Town Clerk which was carried in some newspapers which clarified the authority of the Town Clerk due to complaints from citizens and some Councillors. And when the Central Government decided to assist the Council with an additional $200 million recently with recommendations on how the money should be spent, they decided to go ahead with a plan they had already decided upon. The Mayor even publicly accused the Communities Minister of meddling in the affairs of the Council while she conveniently forgot the assistance the Council received from Government to pay the garbage contractors, repair Council roads, repair the Kitty Market and the pending repairs to the Stabroek wharf.We were now informed that the Town Clerk has plans to add a new ‘research and development department’ to the already over-bloated City Council staff but he has not yet provided any details even though this item was on the 2018 Budget discussions. This is in addition to Wardens he hired who are attached to his office and who are duplicating the functions of staff in other departments.After having read many letters and articles about corruption and mismanagement at the City Council, you have to wonder what could be done to correct this situation since Central Government appears unwilling to “rock the boat” at City Hall perhaps due to overarching political considerations. But I strongly believe that the welfare and interests of the citizens must take precedence and this situate must be corrected post-haste. While this list is not comprehensive or all-inclusive, there are a number on actions and positions that can be taken including the Government finally accepting that the Council is bankrupt and that the Town Clerk, Mayor and Finance Committee Chairman are incompetent and have utterly failed in the discharge of their responsibilities and should be removed from office immediately.A robust forensic audit is necessary due to the lack of accountability and transparency in the financial dealings of Council where billions have been spent and the Auditor General has been unable to perform complete audits. A team of experts from the various Ministries and the Guyana Revenue Authority is needed to examine systems and procedures in place or a lack thereof and to make recommendations in the areas of finance, engineering, security, health, accountability, transparency and good governance. I strongly believe that the City’s Public Health Department and Day Care Centres should be turned over to the Health/Education Ministries perhaps until such a time when competent and effective management returns to City Hall and when Council is financially viable. The close examination of the workforce is necessary to ensure that there is no redundancy and that workers and management staff possess the right qualifications and/or experience for the positions they hold. And finally, the election of competent Councillors who can understand and make recommendations on financial, legal and social matters and who will not be just seat-warmers or rubber-stamps and will be willing to stand up and challenge any actions that are not in the best interests of the citizens of Georgetown.Yours sincerely,Bishram Kuppen –CouncillorMayor and Councillorsof the City ofGeorgetownlast_img read more

Senegal Face Off with Mali; Gambia vs Guinea

first_imgThe Sierra Leone U-20 national team in readinessSenegal will face off with Mali in the first game and Gambia will clash with Guinea in continuation of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.The second match will bring Mali and The Gambia face to face to decide who join the elite group that could eventually move on to the next stage of the tournament.In the first two games on Tuesday, host Liberia could not take advantage of the fact that they were playing at home and despite the presence of soccer legend President George Manneh Weah in the VIP Stand, they suffered a 3-0 humiliating loss.Their opponents, Baby Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire did not have mercy on the home team and wrapped up a 3-0 humbling that has become the talk of the town.Though Deputy Minister Andy Quamie has said the Liberian government wants to use sports to rebrand and that’s why the government is in 100% support of Junior Lone Star team, however, with the humiliating defeat of the team, questions abound about what level of support the government provided.The Daily Observer has learned that the Junior Lone Star players were being paid LD200 per training, during the preparation stage for the tournament.Sports officials may have done some good during the team’s preparation but the performance of the team against the young Ivorians proved that there was something seriously missing in the team’s camp.As it became evident, the players could not rise above their mediocre performance to match that of the Ivorian side. Their ball possession was faulty and coordination was flawed. The man of the match for Junior Lone Star was the goalkeeper who had to work overtime to avoid a massive loss.In fact, the Ivorians’ technique worked well for them. They played man to man in the first 45 minutes and by the second half, it became apparent that their Liberian opponents had lost their sense of direction in the match.With the team unable to gain authority over their game, they just followed the Ivorians as they dictated the pace of the game. It was no wonder that they scored their three goals in this half.Junior Lone Star still have Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau to play in their group and except some serious changes are made in the team, including the technical team, Liberia’s game would be disappointing.While we stand to be corrected, the players should assert themselves to understand their current dismal position and the humiliation that their first massive loss has brought to the country.Junior Lone Star must redeem themselves in their next match to win the hearts of the people otherwise any  loss against their next opponents would expose them to shame and they will live to regret it.If a man is defeated at home despite the massive home support, just imagine what could happen when he is before his opponents and there is no one to cheer him up!Junior Lone Star must rise and shine, period!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mr. Mikes makes donation to United Way in BC

first_imgMr. Mikes Restaurants make donations to the United Way.For an entire month a dollar from every Mike’s Classic Combo, sold as part of the Feel Good Inside promotion, was directed to a local United Way charity of choice.Said Yuri Fulmer, president and CEO of Mr Mikes Steakhouse & Bar, “We’re giving back to our communities – the communities that support our business all year long. It’s that simple. By supporting United Way, we can create a healthy, caring and inclusive community.”- Advertisement -In total $5,582 was raised for United Ways, with monies raised in each community staying to benefit local United Way offices.last_img read more

Manchester City to challenge Arsenal for Sevilla midfielder

first_img Grzegorz Krychowiak playing against Manchester City this season 1 Manchester City have joined Arsenal in the race for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.The Poland international was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer after impressing in La Liga last season.No deal was completed though and the 25-year-old has gone on to shine once again for Sevilla.Krychowiak’s performances have now, according to Marca, led Manchester City to register an interest.While Arsenal were put off by the defensive midfielder’s £20m price-tag, it is reported that City are open to paying such amount.As a result, a deal could be struck as soon as January if Manuel Pellegrini opts to activate the player’s release-clause.last_img read more

THE NORTHWEST GARDEN SHOW ROSE IS…..KILLYGORDON’S LEANNE

first_imgThe 2013 Northwest Garden Rose finalists from left, Ciara McBride representing The Finn Valley Voice, Grace Doherty representing The Villa Rose Hotel, Cliona Rushe representing The Navenny Grill, Bronagh Kelly representing Murray’s Pharmacy Castlefinn (Runner Up), Leanne Sweeney representing Kees Hotel (2013 Northwest Garden Rose), Laura Friel representing Public Image (Runner Up), Leslie Magee, representing Media Box, Michelle Gallagher representing Sign Worx, Nicola Brolly representing Lynchs Tavern, Aisling Rader representing Finn Valley Nurseries and Shona Molloy representing McBride’s Bar.Leeanne Sweeney from Killygordon, representing Kees Hotel in Stranorlar has been crowned the 2013 Northwest Garden Rose.Leanne will now undertake her official duties next weekend at the fourth annual Northwest Garden Show which takes place at CPI Complex Castlefinn on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.Leanne Sweeney representing Kees Hotel is announced Northwest Garden Rose 2013. She is pictured with runners up Bronagh Kelly representing Murrays Pharmacy Castlefinn and Laura Friel representing Public Image.The Northwest Garden Rose final took place in McBride’s Lounge in Castlefinn on Friday night. The second annual Garden Rose competition was sponsored by McElhinney’s Department Store. It was also supported by Newbridge Silverware, Lancome and Public Image. Laura Friel sponsored by Public Image and Bronagh Kelly sponsored by Murrays Pharmacy Castlefinn were runners up.The judging panel was made up of Dana McMahon, Head of Buying at McElhinneys, Linda McMenamin, Public Image and Rachel Ewing, 2012 Northwest Garden Rose.Organiser and Northwest Garden Show Committee Member Shane Lafferty congratulated all the finalists and said “it was a very difficult decision for the judges.”The 2013 Northwest Garden Rose Leanne Sweeney representing Kees Hotel with organiser and Northwest Garden Show Committee Member, Shane Lafferty.The master of ceremonies for the event was Paul Logue who brought out the best in all of 11 Roses. Speaking after her crowning ceremony Leeanne said she was “shocked but thrilled and honoured with the title.”The Northwest Garden Show paid tribute to all sponsors and to all sponsoring companies who entered a Rose. In particular CPI Director Michael Carlin extended a word of thanks to McElhinneys, Public Image, Lancome, Newbridge Silverware, Tinneys Bar, McGlynns Restaurant, Kees Hotel, Carlin Cabs and McGranaghan’s Shop.The 2013 Northwest Garden Rose Leanne Sweeney from Killygordon with her sisters.The other finalists were:Cliona Rushe representing The Navenny GrillCiara McBride representing The Finn Valley Voice Aisling Rader representing Finn Valley NurseriesGrace Doherty representing The Villa Rose HotelLeslie Magee representing Media BoxNicola Brolly representing Lynch’s Tavern Shona Molloy representing McBride’s BarMichelle Gallagher representing Sign WorxThe 2013 Northwest Garden Rose judges, the Winner and the Runners Up. Pictured left to right are Rachel Ewing 2012 Northwest Garden Rose and Judge, Dana McMahon Head of Buying McElhinneys, Bronagh Kelly representing Murrays Pharmacy Castlefinn, Leanne Sweeney representing Kees Hotel, Northwest Garden Rose 2013, Laura Friel representing Public Image (runner up) and Linda McMenamin Public Image, Judge.THE NORTHWEST GARDEN SHOW ROSE IS…..KILLYGORDON’S LEANNE was last modified: May 19th, 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:Northwest Garden Show Roselast_img read more

GARDAÍ FORCED TO PEPPER SPRAY MAN ‘SWINGING FISTS’ AFTER NIGHT ON DRINK

first_imgGARDAÍ were forced to use pepper spray to restrain a man stripped to the waist and threatening to fight, Letterkenny District Court has heard.Paul Laughlin, who is 25 and from Gleann Rua, Killylastin, appeared in court charged with being intoxicated in a public place, disorderly conduct and failing to follow the direction of gardai.Inspector Michael Harrison said gardai were on duty in Market Square when they spotted Laughlin in a row with other men. He said officers gave Laughlin a chance to move on, but when they returned the defendant “had his shirt off and was trying to fight with another male, swinging his fists wildly”.Gardai were forced to use pepper spray to restrain Laughlin.Two fixed penalty charge notices were given to the Killylastin man but he hadn’t paid them.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been out with friends and had drunk too much.“Certain comments made about family members by another person and this resulted in him bringing himself to the attention of gardai.  His anger was towards another person and not gardai,” said Mr Gallagher.He said Laughlin had found a job since the incident and regretted his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Laughlin to pay a €250 fine.GARDAÍ FORCED TO PEPPER SPRAY MAN ‘SWINGING FISTS’ AFTER NIGHT ON DRINK was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:Fightletterkennylast_img read more

Timbuktu library a source of SA pride

first_img5 November 2012The Timbuktu manuscripts must be preserved because they reflect the contribution of the African mind to the human story.This is according to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who was speaking in Johannesburg on Friday at the launch of a book about the construction of the Ahmed Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Mali.The building was constructed to house the historic manuscripts of African scholars dating back some 800 years. The largest collection of manuscripts, numbering about 30 000, is housed in the institute, named after the famous scholar Ahmed Baba, who lived from 1556 to 1627. The rest of the texts are housed in the private libraries of families in and around the city.Entitled “Building an African Partnership”, the book tells the story of the cooperation of South Africa and Mali in constructing the building, dating from 2001, when then President Thabo Mbeki first mooted the idea, to 2009, when the new impressive structure was officially opened.Motlanthe paid tribute to Mbeki for showing “remarkable foresight in understanding the intrinsic value of the manuscripts”.Motlanthe said the exceptional cooperation between South Africa and Mali reflected close ties forged over the years.However, he expressed concern over the threats posed to the building by armed rebels. “I hope that no human will be so base as to threaten these treasures.”Essop Pahad, chairperson of the Timbuktu Trust, said now that the book had been published, the trust would fold and the project would be handed over to the Department of Arts and Culture.Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla pledged South Africa’s continued support in preserving the manuscripts. He expressed hope that the conflict in Mali would be resolved and the manuscripts saved.“One can only hope that through the intervention of the African Union, the political situation in Mali will be normalised as soon as possible, and work that is still pending regarding this project will be resumed without any further hurdles,” Phaahla said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Gain a Job, Lose Two Jobs: Do Tech Companies Wield Too Much Power?

first_imgI’m a big fan of maxims and technology. It should be no surprise, then, that Melvin Kranzbergs six laws of technology really speak to me. Perhaps my favorite is, “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” There have always been – and will always be – winners and losers. Lately I have been wondering if there have been too many of the latter and not enough of the former.Guest author Phil Simon is an independent technology consultant and a dynamic public speaker for hire. He focuses on the intersection of business and technology. Phil is the author of two books: Why New Systems Fail and The Next Wave of Technologies. He maintains a blog, writes for a number of technology media outlets, and hosts the podcast Technology Today.What specifically am I talking about? I’m talking about how there are only a few companies and industries actually creating jobs these days – and how they’re certainly in the driver’s seat. In this post, I’ll take a realistic (as opposed to moralistic) look at the power that technology companies are wielding these days vis-à-vis job creation.Supply and Demand at WorkConsider the recent announcement by Facebook to create 200 jobs in Austin, Texas. However, there’s a hitch. The company’s U.S. expansion is contingent upon Austin officials approving considerable tax breaks.Some might question why local governments would essentially bid for jobs. It’s really quite simple: supply and demand. In this case, the demand for jobs is quite high while the supply is not. What’s more, from Austin’s perspective, the costs of lost tax revenues need to be viewed against the self-explanatory benefits of newly created jobs.Google in North CarolinaWith that in mind, it’s hard to blame Facebook or Austin city officials for trying to make a deal. In fact, they are hardly the first parties to work out a sweetheart deal. I can cite a number of recent examples of organizations that have played would-be suitors against each other for the purposes of procuring the lowest corporate taxes.Perhaps the most publicized recent case involved Google and Research Park, North Carolina. In that very piece, Rick Smith writes about the complicated negotiations that Google executives held with public officials about job creation – and the subsequent public backlash. Smith rightly asks two questions: Should North Carolina government officials accede to Google’s demands? And what’s the alternative?Technology’s Role in UnemploymentSo there’s a fundamental imbalance between the supply and demand of jobs. Let’s not pretend that this has never happened before. However, let’s compare The Great Recession with previous economic crises. What’s different this time? Two things.First, technology has made jobs more portable, less tied to an individual community. It’s not as if Procter & Gamble in 1932 could make contemporary arguments in an attempt to bargain for tax concessions from local government. Employees had to work near other employees; they weren’t virtual.Now, my plumber still needs to be local but he is increasingly the exception to the rule. High-tech companies such as Facebook and Google can take their operations virtually anywhere around the globe. What’s more, without getting all political, U.S. tax laws are hardly as employer-friendly as that of other countries that are equally if not more desperate for job creation. Don’t think that tech companies are not acutely aware of these facts when they make local U.S. communities in essence bid for job, a trend that will continue.Second, technology seems to be destroying jobs much faster than it is creating others. German economist Joseph Schumpeter coined a term for this phenomenon in 1942: creative destruction. No doubt that has endured for both its relevance and its wonderful dichotomy.Technology has always been a disruptive force, but has it become a net negative with respect to job creation? Journalists certainly come to mind. Also, what about the downward pressure that technology exerts on wages? What about the emergence of “The Disposable Worker“. As Peter Coy, Michelle Conlin and Moira Herbst argue in a recent BusinessWeek article, more and more people are forced to work as independent contractors, absent the benefits of W-2 – e.g., health benefits, sick time, etc.Business Realities and the Swinging PendulumLet’s not kid ourselves here. No economic system is perfect. With capitalism, you have to take the fleas with the dog. Publicly traded corporations such as Google have a fiduciary obligation to their shareholders to maximize profits. As for privately held companies such as Facebook, VCs investing millions of dollars surely want to see a ROI sooner rather than later.Bottom line: We can’t blame any organization for minimizing expenses and seeking the lowest taxes, the biggest loopholes. Current economic conditions allow companies to be extremely picky with regard to hiring and establishing new offices. The pendulum has swung squarely to their side.The Downside of the Internet and GlobalizationThe question becomes: Is the pendulum permanently stuck on the side of employers? In other words, have globalization, the widespread adoption of broadband, and collaborative tools collectively put too much power in the hands of employers? If so, then are employers unjustly wielding their power to extort onerous terms from communities desperate for job creation?I know enough about economics and history to rarely use the term “permanently.” To me, it’s the acme of foolishness. I’d also argue, however, that it’s equally foolish to take a Pollyannaish view of technology. Returning to Kranzberg for a moment, technology always creates winners and losers. For the foreseeable future at least, it appears as if employers will fall into the former group.Photo by dreamguy. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Google#Government#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

Key accused in Dadri lynching case gets bail

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Monday granted bail to Vishal Rana, a key accused in the lynching case of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri. Residents of Bishahra village in Dadri, 45 kilometers from the national Capital, lynched Mohammad Akhlaqu, a fellow villager and brutally assaulted his younger son Danish, over rumours of them having eaten beef in September 2015. According to the chargesheet of Akhlaq’s murder case, Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, spread the rumour of Akhlaq having eaten beef after which a village mob lynched the Muslim man. Rana was charged with 302, 307, 147, 148, 149, 323, 504, 506427, 458 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.While giving bail to Rana, Justice Pratyush Kumar in his order said, “It is submitted that co-accused Saurav, Shivam, Gaurav, Puneet and Arun having similar role to that of the applicant have already been granted bail by this court. Therefore the applicant is also entitled to be released on the bail on the ground of parity. Without commenting on the merits of the case, I find it a fit case for bail”J.B. Singh, one of the lawyers of Rana told The Hindu, “Honorable High Court granted bail to Vishal on the grounds of parity of other accused. The court did not go into the merits of the case”.Syed Farman Ahmad Naqvi, the lawyer of Akhlaq, however, told The Hindu that they will consider challenging the bail of all the accused who were named in the FIR, in the higher court.Despite Akhlaq’s murder case is under trial in a fast track court in Greater Noida, the charges are yet to be framed against the accused 22 months after he was lynched.With Rana’s bail, only three of the total 19 accused Sri Om, Rupendra and Vivek, will be in jail in the lynching case that led to a national debate on intolerance. One accused, Ravin Sisodia, died in jail due to apparent case of Chikangunya fever.last_img read more

Victim of cow vigilantes in hospital

first_imgA 23-year-old man, beaten up by a mob of cow vigilantes in Kishangarh Bas area of Rajasthan’s Alwar district on suspicion of smuggling cattle, was referred in a serious condition to the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here on Monday. He was allegedly taking cows in a pick-up van to Haryana through a village on Sunday, when he was roughed up.Sagir Khan, a resident of Haryana’s Mirzapur village, and his friend Mushtaq were taking four cows and two bullocks in the van, when their vehicle stalled at Bagheri Khurd village in the early hours. An irate mob which gathered beat up Sagir, while Mushtaq managed to flee.last_img read more