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Double standards on corruption

first_imgDear Editor,In the last decade of the PPP’s Administration, there was a heightened drive for transparency, accountability, good governance and adherence to the rule of law in Guyana. The Government and those deemed connected to the administration were constantly being skewered in the news and visas of the former were being revoked as a matter of routine. Media houses exhibited great power and the diplomatic community was very assertive in its stance against corruption.The charge in the local media was led by numerous accountabilities, governance and constitutional experts. The Government faced accusations left, right and centre about corruption, financial mismanagement – particularly as it concerned the consolidated fund, conflict of interest and nepotism. Even those in the capitalist private sector were beginning to feel guilty about making profits.Around the same time, the PNC had managed to re-invent itself despite its own history of corruption and election rigging. Soon after the coalition got into office, it immediately launched over 50 forensic audits, CoIs and enquiries costing hundreds of millions.Several of those audits were awarded, without tender no less, to auditors who had been staunch PPP critics. Notwithstanding, nothing of substance came from the audits which means the PPP was effectively thrown out of office on a fake trumped upcharge.In a similar vein to the sole sourcing of the auditors, the APNU/AFC coalition very early on recruited and thereby neutralised many of the former advocates of good governance. These folks are now busy promoting and defending corruption, bad governance, nepotism, a blatant conflict of interest and violation of the Constitution.Others have gone silent, perhaps ashamed of what they have birthed. The result is a media today which has lost its zest for transparency and accountability giving meaning to the old adage, “monkey know which limb to jump pon.” But while the actions of the former transparency advocates can be explained by the fact that many are really propagandists, the withdrawal of the diplomatic community from the corruption issue raises a major question.There is no doubt that corruption has risen to astronomical levels since this Government has risen to power. For example, there is the D’Urban Park project, the never-ending airport and road projects – where more is spent for less— pharm agate scandals, land and concessions giveaways to politicians and friends, deals which were made while the Government under caretaker status, the scandalous 99 year parking meter contract, GECOM radios deal, the fritter on overpriced drones – announced only two days ago and the most egregious of them all: the incomparable US billions oil giveaway for a measly 2% and the secret stash/ pittance of a bonus.On top of all that, the Government continues to occupy office illegally one year after it was easily defeated in a No-Confidence Motion. Then, there is GECOM, a study in deception, seemingly doing all it can to facilitate this caretaker Government remaining in office indefinitely by delaying and preventing free and fair elections. Suddenly, it is clear that there is one standard for the PPP and another for APNU/AFC. And that accusation could be levelled against the diplomatic community as well. Why is the diplomatic community which was so assertive against corruption and keen on rule of law so quiet in the face of all these violations? The answer to that question is perhaps most troubling. It perhaps also explains the arrogance and disdain of this caretaker Government and GECOM for the Guyanese people.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

Health Ministry urges Guyanese to be voluntary givers

first_imgWorld Blood Donor DayAs Guyana joins the rest of the world in observance of World Blood Donor Day today under the theme “Blood Connects Us All”, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is challenging the public to work with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in achieving its vision of having 100 per cent voluntary blood donations by 2020.While the day is set aside for raising awareness on the crucial importance of blood donation, as well as recognising voluntary donors forFrank Anthonytheir continued support, the Ministry along with NBTS is firm in their vision of ensuring blood is more freely donated.With the figures for voluntary donation in Guyana rising from 25 per cent in 1990 to 90 per cent currently, this brings the country closer to its goal of having full support from the public in enhancing the health sector.The ministry through the NBTS has recorded a total of 9698 units of blood donated annually as well as a number of blood drives conducted on a regular basis. The aim is, however, to have 10,000-12,000 units donated yearly since this is the average amount required for over 15,000 surgeries.The accomplishment of this was credited to the competence of NBTS which has been the initiator of a number of projects over the past decade for promoting voluntary blood donation across Guyana.The NBTS attested to this improvement as acting director of the organisation, Pedro Lewis, reported that there is a significant improvement in the number of voluntary donors who visit regularly to make donations to the bank.In addition, he stated that a number of organisations have been working in close association with NBTS in organizing blood drives across the regions.However, there remains a dire need for the continuation of this response as the blood bank is always in need in the case of emergencies.Lewis explained that NBTS had taken up the mandate of supplying blood wherever it is needed, whether private or public healthGeorge Nortoninstitutions and it has maintained its function over the years.For this reason, citizens were encouraged to become more aware of the importance of making regular donations to the bank, given their personal conditions are intact with the standard health regulation.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) through its shadow minister of health, Dr Frank Anthony, has indicated that Guyana has much to celebrate because of its accomplishments over the past years to meet the criteria set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for voluntary blood donation.The PPP/C had taken much of the credit for this achievement since it believes that the implementation of strategic measures with the NBTS were efficient in its cause.It was highlighted that in order for Guyana to thrust forward in the area of health, there needs to be much more done by the current ministry to ensure the process of blood transfusion becomes safer for the patients who are to receive the blood.Noting the current plight of the health sector where there is a lag in the delivery of medical supply, the PPP/C urged the ministry to take immediate steps to rectify this situation.“This shortage has prevented the timely screening of blood, which has already affected the availability of safe blood. We urge the government to take immediate steps to correct these deficiencies. Let us continue to provide safe blood to our people; there should be no compromise.” With the Zika Virus quickly brewing in Guyana, it was pointed out that this should be more reason for the ministry to address the shortages. It was suggested that samples also be screened in order to detect the virus before the blood is transfused.On that note, the party commended NBTS as well as the voluntary donors for their contributions, and urged more partnerships between health organisations, as well as the ministry and NBTS so that a reliable supply of blood is always in store to meet the needs of the population.World Blood Donor Day is celebrated worldwide to mark the significance of voluntary blood donors as well as to raise awareness. It was first observed in 2004 and has since been recognised annually.last_img read more

Port Mourant residents picket NDC office

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelResidents of Port Mourant on Wednesday morning staged a picketing exercise calling for the removal of the Overseer of the Johns/Port Mourant Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).The situation hit crisis proportions on Tuesday after the Overseer was suspended from her duties and refused to hand over the keys making it impossible for staff to enter the office or for residents to make payments.The NDC held its statutory meeting for the month of April on Tuesday, and theJohns/Port Mourant NDC Overseer Boodmattie Ramnarinedecision was taken to suspend her.The NDC had previously suspended Boodmattie Ramnarine in 2017, but the Communities Ministry overturned the suspension. Back then, the Overseer was accused of assaulting staff members, collecting revenue and not issuing receipts, and asking vendors to lie about the issue.A year ago, Magistrate Charlyn Artiga issued an arrest warrant for her. She was also placed before the courts for assaulting a reporter.According to NDC Chairman Ishwar Narinesammy, the NDC’s staff is of the view that the Overseer is mentally unstable.“At the conclusion of the statutory meeting, we had a set of statements from all the staff, including market staff, and also residents.”He pointed out that two employees of the NDC were forced to resign after being pressured by the NDC Overseer.“The recommendation taken at the statutory meeting was to have her suspended and go and seek some psychiatric treatment, because we think she is becoming insane,” the Chairman said, while pointing out that the Overseer’s allegedly unprofessional actions in the office and work environment did not start at Tuesday’s meeting.“Her behaviour is abnormal and her unprofessional attitude is now becoming a regular occurrence. We have been receiving complaints from the staff about the Overseer’s unprofessional attitude.”Guyana Times understands that a decision was taken by the NDC to have Ramnarine hand over some of the keys which she controls to the Assistant Overseer Deodat Thakoordeen some time back; however, this was never done. According to the Chairman, not only has Ramnarine refused to hand over the keys, but she has also not been carrying out some of her responsibilities in an efficient manner.“Staff have been complaining that their wages and salaries are not being paid on time and upon checking, we found that the Overseer had not been completing her task in the preparation of pay sheets [to] get to the Region in a timely manner for them to be signed,” the NDC Chairman said from the picket line.last_img read more

MADD walk comes to Fort St. John

first_imgMADD Canada is hosting its first Strides for Change walk in Fort St. John.The five kilometre walk is to raise awareness of the perils of impaired driving, as well as to support local victims.- Advertisement -The organization says although bringing attention to the problem of impaired drivers is important all year-round, it is especially important when people are heading to cottages or taking road trips during the summer.Anyone wanting to register can request a pledge form by emailing maddfortstjohn@gmail.com .The walk begins on Saturday at Northern Lights College in the city, with registration starting at 10 a.m.last_img

Video: 10 funny Claudio Ranieri press conference moments

first_imgLeicester’s Premier League triumph will ensure Claudio Ranieri will never again have to buy a pint in the city.Not only has the manager guided the Foxes to glory, but he has entertained everyone else throughout the season with his charm and charisma.FEATURE: HOW CLAUDIO RANIERI TRANSFORMED LEICESTER AND HIS REPUTATIONHere, talkSPORT looks at some of the Italian’s funniest press conference moments from this very memorable season.For more great videos, check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel here and subscribe for free.last_img


first_imgThe people of The Rosses are getting ready y to rock – or jive rather!As part of their ambitious development plans which include match standard Floodlighting at their home field in Kincasslagh, Naomh Muire GAA Club of the Lower Rosses have announced early details for Jive Alive 2013 as part of their fundraising.With jiving enjoying a phenomenal comeback across the Nation, the Club are calling on local Jivers to get involved in the Big Night in April at a venue big enough to hold the crowds in West Donegal. One name already confirmed is Anne McElaney, mother of Eamonn, Neil and Peter McGee who although all members of Gaoth Dobhair GAA Club where Anne herself is heavily involved, there is a historic family connection with Naomh Muire.Other names are starting to emerge but auditions and contracts are at too early a stage to reveal these great characters.A spokesman for the forward thinking GAA Club, JC Gillespie said ” The interest in Jiving has caught us all by surprise and following the success of our Jigs n Reels last year, we were bombarded by requests to run the Jiving Night.“We hope to confirm the April date and the venue this week and at the minute we are concluding the long week of auditions as well as taking names of those who wish to be involved” . Naomh Muire are erecting Thorn EMI Lighting , which is an international standard match ready system as well as erecting additional dressing rooms and a fitness room to add to their already impressive Clubhouse and facilities at the Banks, Mullaghderg.Recent years has seen their fundraising through outstanding entertaining nights put them in a strong position to carry out this work. As well as this, the Club donated over €12,000 to Donegal Charities such as the Oncology Ward at LGH, Patients comfort fund at Dungloe Hospital and several local causes.Jive Alive 2013 – watch this space!THEY’LL BE JIVING AT THE CROSSROADS IN MULLAGHDUFF SOON! was last modified: January 12th, 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:Jive NightMullaghduffNaomh Mhuirelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Foróige volunteer Killian O’Kelly has been named national volunteer of the year.Killian has been supporting the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project for 5 years now.Caroline Cooke, youth worker at the Project nominated Killian. “When the Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project were told we had to cut the project 5 years ago as we had no space to work from due to lack of funding, Killian offered the project his own business space to work from for a full year free of charge,” she said.“This allowed us to sustain the project. Five years on and the project is really going from strength to strength. We are now a full time Youth Project in Bundoran with over 22 volunteers and with huge community and family support. Our services are now on offer to more than 200 young people and families in the Bundoran area alone.“Not only did Killian support the project when we needed it most but he also came on board and offered free surf lessons to over 30 young people every summer throughout the last 5 years. Some of the young people who started out learning to surf 5 years ago are now youth surf coaches!“Killian has provided endless opportunities for the young people. The young people look up and admire Killian as such a positive role model. They really admire the way he is always so kind, giving, and supportive and more importantly fun to be around. We could never thank Killian enough for all he does for the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project. “He is never too busy to help others. One of the nicest things about Killian is that he has no idea what a difference he makes to help others.”Killian was named Volunteer of the Year in the Youth/Children’s category at the Volunteer Ireland Awards last night.The ceremony was held at Dublin City Hall – and the award presented by RTE’s Keelin Shanley. WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 6th, 2013 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:WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEARlast_img read more


first_imgSeveral parts of Donegal have been affected by power outages tonight following a thunder and lightning storm.Seventeen premises are without power in the Srathmairtin area of Derrybeg, while 46 premises have no supply in the Lettermacaward area.In the Creeslough area 160 premise are without power since before 9pm. ESB crews are on location and hope to have power restored in the Derrybeg and Lettermacaward areas just before midnight, and in the Cresslough area shortly after midnight.Large hail showers in the Rosses and Gweedore areas tonight have left some roads white in several areas.And with temperatures plunging towards -3 in some places, Donegal County Council has warned motorists to be careful.LIGHTNING STORM CAUSES POWER OUTAGES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 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:donegalpower outageslast_img read more

Guards foil attack on Saudi site

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia – Suicide bombers in explosives-packed cars attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility Friday but were stopped outside the gates when guards opened fire, detonating their vehicles, officials said. Guards began shooting when two cars tried to drive into the heavily protected facility in eastern Saudi Arabia, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press. Both vehicles exploded outside the first of three fences around the sprawling complex. The attackers were killed and two guards were critically wounded, al-Turki said. Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said the blast “did not affect operations” at the Abqaiq facility, but oil prices spiked on world markets already jittery about supply disruptions in Nigeria and a diplomatic standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Light sweet crude for April delivery soared to $62.83 a barrel, then eased back to $62.50, an increase of $1.96 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude futures for April jumped $1.81 to $62.35 on London’s ICE Futures exchange. The attack was the first on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia and it targeted one of the most important. The huge processing facility near the Persian Gulf coast handles around two-thirds of the country’s oil output, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The concentration of oil processing at Abqaiq, about 25 miles inland from the Gulf coast, makes it a priority target for anyone seeking to cripple the Saudi oil industry. Without it, the kingdom would be unable to export much of its crude, which now amounts to about 11 percent of global consumption. A former CIA specialist on the Middle East, Robert Baer, described the complex as “the most spectacular target in the Saudi oil system.” A moderate to severe attack on Abqaiq would slow production “from an average of 6.8 million barrels a day to one million barrels,” a loss equivalent to one-third of the daily consumption of crude oil in the United States, Baer wrote in The Atlantic Monthly in May 2003. The facility “continued to operate normally. Export operations continued in full,” oil minister Ali Naimi said in a statement. Initial reports had said the attack briefly halted the flow of oil. The attack took place in a region where Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority is centered, amid an uproar over the bombing of a major Shiite shrine in Iraq this week. But suspicions quickly fell on al-Qaida-linked militants, raising fears of a new tactic emulating Iraqi insurgents, who have hobbled their country’s oil industry with sabotage and attacks. “In Iraq they zeroed in on oil and this appears to be a creeping process, since it is happening in Saudi Arabia,” said Youssef Ibrahim, a Dubai-based political risk analyst with the Strategic Energy Investment Group. Saudi Arabia has been waging a fierce three-year crackdown on al-Qaida militants, who launched a campaign in 2003 aimed at overthrowing the royal family with a string of attacks mostly targeting foreigners. Al-Naimi, the oil minister, said “security forces and Aramco security officials managed to thwart a terrorist attack.” He said the attack caused “a small fire” that was brought under control. The attack occurred around 3 p.m. local time, several hours after weekly prayers on a day off for Saudis. The facility operates around the clock, seven days a week. A Saudi journalist who arrived at the scene soon after an explosion said guards exchanged fire for two hours with two militants outside the facility. He also told The Associated Press that he saw workers repairing a pipeline. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite television reported that the attackers’ cars bore the logo of Aramco, the state oil company, which owns the facility. ———last_img read more

Fulham boss wants Sunderland star and Bolton striker – report

first_imgFulham boss Martin Jol is considering a move for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and is making a surprise £3m bid to sign Bolton Wanderers striker David Ngog, according to The People.Richardson has been tipped to leave the Stadium of Light for £2m, while Frenchman Ngog has been linked with several clubs since Bolton were relegated last season.Jol is tipped to sign a striker.It is also claimed Jol is weighing up a move for Peterborough striker Paul Taylor if he misses out on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.The Mail on Sunday suggest Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offer Charlie Adam to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Clint Dempsey.Meanwhile, Blackpool have rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton from QPR on a season-long loan, the Sunday Mirror say.It was claimed that Barton was on the verge of a move to Bloomfield Road and that Blackpool were keen to sign him to get one over neighbours Fleetwood Town, where the midfielder had been training.It is now said that Blackpool did not think it made financial sense to sign a player who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the season.QPR are ready to tempt St Etienne with a £7.5m offer for young French centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to The Sun on Sunday.Rangers supposedly face competition from Juventus, who planned to watch the 17-year-old face Lille on Saturday.And The People pick up on R’s boss Mark Hughes’ apparent interest in signing William Gallas from Tottenham.Southampton are confident they will keep defender Luke Shaw in spite of Chelsea’s £4m bid, The Sun on Sunday report.Chelsea are among several leading clubs to have shown an interest in the Saints prospect, 17, but have been told he is not for sale.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect (2 July)Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan for £8.5m this week, according to the Daily Star Sunday.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will agree it or not.“We would much prefer Victor to sign a new contract but he wants to go to Chelsea. It’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”The Star also say Fernando Torres has two weeks to prove he can fill the boots of Didier Drogba.It is claimed that if the Spaniard doesn’t strike – starting against Manchester City today – boss Roberto Di Matteo won’t think twice about replacing him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more