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Guyanese are faced with a stark choice at the polls in 2020

first_imgDear Editor,The Granger Administration initiated hostilities with the Private Sector immediately upon assumption of office in 2015, it is now 2019 and the local Private Sector Commission has been usurped as the representatives of business in Guyana. This position is now held by a group of Trinidadian companies, who have been ably assisted in their takeover by Granger’s cabal.Oil in commercial quantity was announced days after the Granger Administration was sworn in – any competent Administration would have immediately commenced working on ways to ensure maximum benefit accrued locally from this new resource. Granger did not, the focus of the first year was the Independence Jubilee celebrations in 2016. While Granger was focused on making merry, the companies that feed off of oil globally made their way onto our shores unimpeded, unheralded and under the cover of laws that offer no protection to Guyanese. Granger saw no danger and Schlumberger, Halliburton et al set up operations without so much as a ‘by your leave’.Editor, I understand Guyana giving ExxonMobil all kinds of breaks, they took a chance and signed a deal in 1999 with President Janet Jagan to explore our deepwater zone for oil and they persevered after various costly setbacks. One should remember Shell walked away from the joint venture in the Stabroek Block in 2014. However, these oilfield service companies, worth billions, have been given incredibly generous tax breaks and other concessions.In July 2019, well into its period of illegality (having failed to hold election by March 21, 2019,) Granger sent a contingent of Ministers to Trinidad on an ‘Investment outreach’ where they “engaged with over 200 business magnates and investors, the Guyanese team detailed investment opportunities in Guyana and outlined Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy policy while extending a welcome to regional investors to Guyana”.No Guyanese businesses were invited to participate in this initiative. Events since this ‘outreach’ have led me to believe that there may have been the biggest ‘sellout’ of a country’s patrimony in the history of nations. Is the pending sale of the GNSC wharf to a Trinidadian company a harbinger of things to come? Has anyone told the Trinis of SARA? “Who got money got bargain” may not hold true in a new dispensation.On October 16, 2019, the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago hosted A “Guyana Safety Forum” at the National Conference Centre and neglected to invite any Guyanese business service organisations. The local business bodies were insulted by the complete shut out from the event, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), The Private Sector Commission (PSC) and the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) all made condemnatory statements to that effect following the event.Present were the Kenson Group of Companies, a consortium of Trinidadian oil and gas companies; First Citizens Bank, a Trinidadian financial institution; Caribbean Tower Cranes Limited, Caribbean Safety Products Limited; HHSL Safety Systems Limited; the Hummingbird Group; IWES Limited; Oshes Limited; ExxonMobil; STOW; Saipem; OPITO and the Houston Area Safety Council.None of these companies or organisations is Guyanese owned. Guyana was represented by the Ministry of Social Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TVET Guyana, and the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health. Not a single Guyanese-owned or operated business was present. Guyanese must ask themselves whose interest this ‘foreign’ policy serves.Guyanese should also beware of any explanations by Granger’s defenders that talk of adherence to the Treaty of Chaguaramas and “international free trade agreements”. Treaties are mere guides, for example, Guyanese cannot sell eddoes to Trinidad, or even trans-ship honey to other destinations, is the Trinidad Government observing the letter of the Treaty? Or are they acting in the best interests of their citizens? Trade deals are renegotiated all the time, as circumstances change, for example, a patriotic stance by President Trump forced renegotiation of NAFTA to get a better deal for Americans.David Granger professes not to understand clear provisions of Articles in our Constitution that “require no gloss” but seems to revel in the misshapen belief that Guyana must observe every iota of the Treaty to the detriment of locally-owned businesses. Is it that Granger places the terms of the Treaty over the interests of the people of Guyana or is it that he (Granger) and his cabal are better served by the ‘investments’ made during the ‘outreach’?Guyanese are faced with a stark choice at the polls in 2020 – to support local businesses and content, or live in the future as ‘second-class’ citizens in our dear land of Guyana.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Chapa Dimba All-Star team to play in Spain

first_img0Shares0000Kapenguria Heros’ Kennedy Wesonga (in Blue) showcases excellent control skills against his opponents during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Season 2 launch games at Woodly Grounds in Kibera. Chapa Dimba season one defending champions Kapenguria Heros held their heads high with a 1-0 victory against Gor Mahia Youth.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 – An All-Star team will be selected during the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom season 2 to earn a lifetime opportunity to play a top senior team in the Spanish La Liga.The partnership between Safaricom and LaLiga involves a scouting program that will see certified LaLiga coaches travel to Kenya to search for talented players, both boys and girls, who will make up an all-star team. “We are very excited to be bringing on board LaLiga to add to the already existing partnership we have with FKF for this second season of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom,” said Charles Kare, Acting Director, Consumer Business Unit, Safaricom“As you know LaLiga is home to some of the best footballers in the world including five-time world player of year Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Luka Modric. The all-star team selected will get a chance to attend a 10 day the training camp in Spain and will also play a few friendly games against the world’s best Spanish LaLiga academies,” he added.LaLiga Global Head Marketing and Partnership Gregory Bolle (Left), in company of Football Kenya Federation Chairman Nick Mwendwa and Safaricom Director Financial Services Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, vibrantly share their enthusiasm in celebration of the official launch of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Season 2.Just like the first season, the tournament will target talented male and female youth aged between 16 and 20 with an aim of developing grassroots football, scouting for talent and propelling gifted players to the national limelight.“When we launched the first edition of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom, we promised to offer young, gifted footballers a platform to showcase their talent. We kept our promise with 13 players from season one getting the chance to join under-20 national team,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa said.“Several players have also been signed up by the local top leagues for both men and women. We are looking forward to unearthing even more talent in season two.”Over 1,500 teams took part in the first season of the tournament whose final was held at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega.Plateau Queens defender Mercy Airo (In Red) takes a header in defense of the lethal strike moves of Maxmilla Rohbi of Beijing Raiders (in Green) during the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Season 2 launch games at Woodly Grounds in Kibera. The defending champions of Chapa Dimba, Plateau Queens lost 2-0 to Beijing Raiders.The launch of the second season was marked with friendly matches involving reigning Champions, Kapenguria Heroes and Plateau Queens who played Nairobi region champions Gor Mahia Youth FC and Beijing Raiders.“If the talent on show today is anything to go by, then LaLiga certified coaches will be in for a tough time selecting the all-star team that will travel to Spain. We are really excited about this partnership with a leading brand such as Safaricom and we look forward to hosting the young boys and girls who will have been chosen,” said Gregory Bolle, Head of Global Partnerships and Marketing, LaLiga.Registration for tournament will close on 30th September with group games being played countrywide from October 2018. Registration forms are available via the Website (http://chapadimba.safaricom.co.ke/) and from all Safaricom shops and local FKF offices.The top regional teams will qualify for the national finals where the winners in both the men and women categories will walk away with KES 1 Million.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We should snap their hand off’ – Liverpool fans on huge £40m transfer twist

first_imgEverybody thought Manchester City would be back for Raheem Sterling, and they are.Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lodged a new and improved £40 million offer for the Liverpool forward.The 20-year-old has been out of form for some time after voicing his desire to leave Anfield and the Reds are now all but resigned to losing their prize asset.But is the sum put forward by the Citizens a fair price, or do they need to dig a little deeper to land the England international?talkSPORT has all the best reaction surrounding the latest twist in Sterling’s transfer saga… Raheem Sterling 1last_img read more

TAOISEACH MOURNS DEATH OF DONEGAL-BORN MUM

first_imgThe Government has today announced the death of Eithne Kenny, mother of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Mrs Kenny, 93, died just before 9am this morning in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.Born Eithne McGinley in Glencolmcille in Co Donegal, Mrs Kenny trained as a home economics teacher before marrying fellow teacher and Mayo native Henry Kenny who became a TD in 1954 and continued in the Dail until his death in 1975. The Taoiseach succeeded him in the seat.Mrs Kenny is survived by her four sons John, Henry, Enda, and Kieran and daughter Marie Hastings.Details of the funeral arrangements will be released when finalised.And according to family friend Senator Paddy Burke at her birthday party in February, she always supported her children He said: “She always supported her sons, Enda and Henry, during their careers in politics.“She might not have been that visible on the hustings but she also was always a powerhouse on Enda’s behalf in the background.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTAOISEACH MOURNS DEATH OF DONEGAL-BORN MUM was last modified: November 27th, 2011 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:eithne kennytaoiseach’s mother deadlast_img read more

DONEGAL PARALYMPIC ATHLETE COMPENSATED AFTER HUMILIATION ON BUS

first_imgBUS Eireann discriminated against a Donegal paralympic athlete after he claimed he was humiliated and degraded by having to drag himself up the steps of the bus on his hands.Karol Doherty (32), from Carndonagh, tells today’s Irish Independent that other people should speak up if they are having difficulties accessing public services.Mr Doherty, who was left wheelchair bound after a car crash in 2004, said all buses purchased since 2008 were wheelchair-accessible yet drivers were informing him they were not trained to operate the lifts. His interview is here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/paralympic-athlete-humiliated-as-he-drags-himself-onto-bus-2969489.html  DONEGAL PARALYMPIC ATHLETE COMPENSATED AFTER HUMILIATION ON BUS was last modified: December 21st, 2011 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:Carndonaghlast_img read more

SINN FEIN COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ‘WOMEN POWER TO DEFEND IRELAND’

first_imgSinn Fein County Councillors, Cora Harvey and Maire – Theres Gallagher on the approach of international women’s day have called on the women in Donegal to get empowered and to come out and defend rural Ireland.Cllrs Harvey and Gallagher have said: “The 8th of March is Interntional Womens day and we are encouraging women this March to come out and defend rural Ireland, let the 8th of March be a catalyst for action.“Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” is the 2012 theme of the www.internationalwomensday.com website and this has been widely used by hundreds of organisations including schools, universities, governments, women’s groups and the private sector. However each year the United Nations declares an overall International Women’s Day theme. Their 2012 theme is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”.The Sinn Fein women have said: “From an Irish context, the theme “Empower Rural Women” has never been more relevant. From a women’s view and as female voices representing a party who strongly defends rural Ireland and its children I would call on the women of rural Ireland to come out and help us defend rural Ireland.We have seen the attack on rural Ireland over the past number of years, are we too soft?, an easy target? The political establishments both in the recent past and present has seemingly taken a swipe and a dislike at rural Ireland and we in Donegal are taking the brunt of Government Policies that are not “rural poofed”For years women have been fighting for gender equality, policies and legislation are now apparently “gender proofed”, we now need to make the stand that Government policies are rural proofed. Changes in school transport policies, cuts to road expenditure, septic tank legislation, cuts to rural schools, pending closures of community hospitals, EPA regulations, the list is endless, these are all attacks on rural Ireland.They added: “We are asking women to come out behind any local campaigns to defend rural Ireland, regardless of your political persuasion, women can be heard, if we come out and stand together we can make a difference.”Remember “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.Sinn Fein launch “the defend Rural Ireland Campaign on the 12th of March. SINN FEIN COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ‘WOMEN POWER TO DEFEND IRELAND’ was last modified: March 7th, 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) Tags:SINN FEIN COUNCILLORS CALL FOR ‘WOMEN POWER TO DEFEND IRELAND’last_img read more

ANGER AS IRISH WATER STAFF PROMISED €7,000 BONUSES – FOR DOING THEIR JOBS

first_imgPeople in Donegal have been left to drink water like this….while Irish Water bosses pay themselves bonusesTHE IRISH Water crisis kick-started by the Donegal County Council row over the body has taken yet another turn – 299 staff are to get average bonuses of €7,000…for doing their jobs.Staff who meet the criteria of their employment contracts will get the cash, the organisation has admitted.It follows a row over massive fees paid to consultants, and being probed in the Dail this week. Irish Water MD John Tierney told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that so far, no bonuses have been paid but every employee has the opportunity to receive a bonus based on their performance.Minister Phil Hogan has defended the latest scandals, despite criticism from Labour minister Joan Burton.Local Sinn Féin election candidate, Noel Jordan slammed councillors who saved the council this week.“The people of Donegal had watched intently as it seemed certain that our local representatives would, at last, make a stand in defence of struggling families and vote down an unfair council budget. “Many people believed the promises that many councillors were willing to sacrifice their seats in a symbolic stand against austerity.“When it came down to it however, only Sinn Féin councillors and some Fianna Fáil councillors had the backbone to see it through.“I am particularly disappointed with local independent councillor John Campbell, who despite promising to make a stand, went back on his word, joined with Fine Gael and accepted the budget with some piecemeal adjustments.“How can Councillor Campbell call for a boycott of water taxes when he voted for our county’s water assets to be transferred to Irish Water? Where is the credibility in that?“The people of south Donegal deserve better representation than they’ve been given over the last number of years. I hope to change that.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER STAFF PROMISED €7,000 BONUSES – FOR DOING THEIR JOBS was last modified: January 16th, 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:000 BONUSES – FOR DOING THEIR JOBSANGER AS IRISH WATER STAFF PROMISED €7last_img read more

‘Your Future Your Choice’ brochure launched across Donegal

first_imgDonegal Local Development CLG (DLDC) hosted a successful launch of Your Future Your Choice’ brochure in Letterkenny yesterday.The brochure maps the wide range of opportunities available to young people aged between 15 years and 23 years to engage in further education and training within the County.The brochure was devised by DLDC in collaboration with the County branch of Guidance Counsellors as well as local education and training stakeholders. The brochure was funded as part of DLDC’s role in the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), a national programme which aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality.“Essentially the brochure maps the wide range of opportunities available to young people within the County to access training and education opportunities in a very user-friendly way. Donegal Youth Service assisted us in the initial design as we wanted to ensure that the information was presented in a clear but attractive way,” said Susan Kierce Marsh, SICAP Co-ordinator for Lifelong Learning DLDC.Susan noted that as a County we ought to be very proud of both the variety and quality of supports to young people. She noted that in her experience, both young people and their parents/guardians frequently found it difficult to access information on the plethora of services available.Guests at the launch of the Donegal Local Development Company ” Your Future your Choice” a guide to education and training opportunities in Donegal for the 15 to 24 year olds. . Photo Clive WassonSusan explained that ‘Our brochure will help guide individuals to make informed choices about the range of opportunities that are available to them’. Chairman of DLDC, Mr Jim Slevin noted in his opening address that it is a strategic priority of DLDC to promote and support access to Lifelong educational, training and learning opportunities.“Indeed, the concept of Lifelong learning is central to our work and we believe that students of all ages and abilities should be able to participate in education and training appropriate to their needs and abilities. We know that learning new things makes people more competent and confident.“It improves the chances of finding work that matches their interests and abilities. Research shows that learning new things makes people happier. We support people to access appropriate learning opportunities that prepare them for life. Furthermore, he noted that ‘Lifelong Learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.“Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability. As a Local Development Company, these elements are very important to us in our day to day work with both individuals and communities. This brochure is a prime example of a Local Development Company using a bottom-up approach i.e. developing local solutions to local issues.’Anne Mc Hugh, Chief Executive of Donegal ETB and a member of DLDC Board, in her address noted the positive and collaborative nature of the relationship between DLDC and Donegal ETB. She endorsed the brochure as a valuable tool for young people, parents and professionals working in the area. She was happy to see that the brochure is available in both Irish and English Padraic Fingleton, Chief Executive Officer DLDC noted that the brochure will help young people to access information on education and training opportunities available within the County and in turn, they will be able to create a positive and fulfilling life for themselves. He reiterated DLDC’s commitment to continued collaborative work with organisations and agencies.Having launched the brochure, Susan Kierce Marsh noted that DLDC will now focus on the distribution of it to across the County to ensure that all schools, Youth Clubs, sports clubs, Community Centres have copies of it available. The brochure will shortly be available to download form DLDC website (www.dldc.org)Some of the crowd at the launch of the Donegal Local Development Company ” Your Future your Choice” a guide to education and training opportunities in Donegal for the 15 to 24 year olds. . Photo Clive Wasson‘Your Future Your Choice’ brochure launched across Donegal was last modified: April 5th, 2018 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:brochureDLDCdonegallaunchletterkennylast_img read more

Good pitching dominates Big 5

first_imgStellar pitching has been one of the big talking points recently on the local baseball and softball fields.In the past 10 days alone, we’ve witnessed a perfect game for Eureka softball, a no-hitter for McKinleyville baseball and a St. Bernard’s standout shutting down the most potent offense around.And we’re just halfway through the league schedule.For the Loggers, senior Alyssa Jimenez has been on fire recently, tossing a perfect game against Fortuna on April 14. In baseball, …last_img read more

Looney’s long, scary road back aided by homecooked meals with mom, dad

first_imgWarriors center Kevon Looney held hands with his father and mother, gazed at the Golden Gate Bridge, bowed his head and prayed.Looney’s dad, Kevin, and mom, Victoria, first moved to the Bay Area from Milwaukee in the summer of 2015 to help their youngest son navigate multiple hip surgeries. Now, as Kevon dealt with his most vexing ailment yet, they were near-nightly visitors at his Fisherman’s Wharf row house to cook him dinner and offer support.Little more than a week removed from returning …last_img read more