Dear Editor,Economies comprise three major groups: households, firms and government. One of the principal ideas in economics, is that of ownership of resources by households. Households own and control all of a country’s resources. They exercise control of natural resources through government. Households own land, capital/money, and the spectrum of businesses, ranging from banks and insurance companies to manufacturing and retail companies, to the small shops on the corner.Households also ‘own’, or are responsible for their governments. They form governments through the creation of political parties who compete for the seat of government. The governments formed must serve the will of the people by adopting policies which respond to their needs- be it jobs, welfare services, the creation of laws and regulations for new markets, or more effective government services. When governments and political parties fail, households have to produce other political parties which can deliver a government to better serve their needs and address their welfare issues. Households are ultimately responsible for the governments which administer their affairs. They will continue to suffer from bad government until they can produce better.And this, I submit, is the predicament which confronts Guyanese. We have had more than fifty years of bad government by our major political parties. Some smaller parties were even formed, and merged with these major parties to lend credibility to them when the country had suffered enough under one or the other.One conclusion that can be drawn from the voter turn-out of the recently concluded local government elections, is that Guyanese have had enough of the administration of their affairs by those who have managed our affairs over the last fifty years. I have consistently reiterated this point, and the recent elections is a clear indication, if any, that we are ready for change. With the next general elections due in the first half of 2020, we have approximately 18 months, billions of dollars in financial resources, land, and all the labor and professional capital at our disposal to produce better Government. We have suffered enough. Our children, many of whom are now adults, have suffered enough. It is time for change.A nation that fails to defend its democracy, justifies and consents to the abuses of its government. It is time we put an end to the abuses by our governments of the last fifty years.Respectfully,Craig Sylvester
After the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) stopped issuing fuel to Government vehicles owing to non-payment, the regional administration of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is expected to pay the more than $5 million bill no later than Thursday, according to Regional Chairman David Armogan.Region Six ChairmanDavid ArmoganIn a brief telephone interview on Wednesday, Armogan explained that the delay in payments to Guyoil was owed to the fact that the monies had to be approved by the Finance Ministry in Georgetown.“We are trying to get Guyoil to be paid by Wednesday (today) or Thursday, because what happened is that the cheques had to be cut in Georgetown. The cheques are not normally written up in Berbice here, because we have to request the money from the Ministry of Finance, then the cheque is being prepared by Finance then we collect it,” Armogan explained.Region Six Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop on Monday told Guyana Times that the administration has been recalcitrant in paying for fuel supplied, and the supplier has consequently pulled the plug. According to DeRoop, the administration has money to purchase fuel from Guyoil, but under the current arrangement, the fuel is supplied and then billed for, before payments are made.DeRoop explained that the administration was normally given a month’s holdover, and was expected to make payments for fuel in a timely manner; but has failed to so do, resulting in the company withholding fuel.However, while some departments are made to suffer as a result of what the Vice Chairman calls negligence, some Government vehicles have been exempted from that type of treatment. He, however, noted that Guyoil continued to issue fuel to ambulances attached to Government hospitals.“There is no fuel shortage, but Guyoil has stopped giving (Region Six) now, because they have a big outstanding bill. This started to happen last year, and the Oil Company (stopped supplying) fuel, so all the important work has stopped (because) the engineers cannot go out in the fields…,” DeRoop noted.
– Govt urged to take proactive approach to address issueFollowing the recent confiscation of 70 metric tonnes of White Cinderella rice from Guyana by Jamaica’s Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, there have been widespread criticisms centred at the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).As such, former Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy said that a concertedFormer Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammyeffort is needed to have this issue addressed at the soonest possible time to ensure that the loopholes that may exist are corrected quickly and effectively by the Board.He reminded that there are standard protocols for rice and paddy being exported. The GRDB maintains that a unit of inspectors must certify all rice and paddy before they are exported. This applies to all rice and paddy, no matter who are the exporters or where is the destination.“All paddy and rice exported must be approved for export by the GRDB. The inspectors visit both the source (rice factory or warehouse) and also inspect the cargo at [the] wharf before loading. This system is intended to avoid poor quality product being exported and the system is intended to protect Guyana’s reputation as an important rice exporter,” he explained.However, the Jamaican authorities impounded some 1575 bags of rice from70 metric tonnes of White Cinderella rice from Guyana was rejected by Jamaican authoritiesGuyana. The grains, which were exported by a local distributor, were inspected and was found to have signs of mould, clumping discolouration and wetting and as such, detained by a food storage inspector.Dr Ramsammy said this issue warrants an explanation from the GRDB. Asked what action he would have taken if this situation had occurred while he was Minister, he said, “I would have demanded an immediate independent investigation. In addition, I would have contacted my colleague Minister in Jamaica to assure him that we will ensure that if there is any fault on our part we will take measures that it does not happen again. I would not have been silent and invisible.”In underscoring the importance of rice to Guyana’s continued Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, the former Minister also noted that the industry is also an important employer and opportunity for small entrepreneurs. “These small and large farmers invest more than $40 billion to $50 billion annually in Guyana’s economy and bring in between US$200 million to $300 million annually in export earnings. It is an industry that the Government must continue to support and protect.”ObligationDr Ramsammy also pointed out that the visibility of the industry is because of its indispensable role in GDP growth and in keeping a large section of the population employed. As such, he said that Holder must be very visible in ensuring nothing adversely affects the industry.“Without its export market, rice will die. The Government has an obligation to be proactive and aggressive in ensuring nothing threatens the market. Jamaica is one of the important destinations for Guyana rice. This is not the first time things have gone wrong in Jamaica,” he also observed.Dr Ramsammy recalled leading various teams on at least three occasions to Jamaica, meeting with the Ministers of Trade and Agriculture, and with Jamaican importers and regulators to ensure that these issues are addressed. “This was being proactive…I also know Minister Robert Persaud did the same. I know that Minister Holder has never done so,” he added.He continued, “I believe that given the frequency of poor quality rice and paddy exported that the GRDB must be held accountable. Clearly, the scrutiny and oversight the Board needs to exercise have been breached. The Board of the GRDB, like their Minister (Noel Holder), has been missing in action. With the politicisation of the Board, management has been marginalised to the detriment of the industry.”After samples of the rice shipment were sent to the division’s microbiology lab for testing, the results from the tests demonstrated that the rice contained microbial levels which are beyond the accepted limits, thus making it inapt for human consumption.This seizure is first for the year but an epidemic of poor quality rice exiting Guyana was seen in the recent months when Panama rejected some 20 containers of rice from Guyana back in September 2018.The GRBD said it learnt of the confiscation through media reports. Efforts were made to contact the agency responsible for the shipment and the Board is yet to receive an answer.Rice is the second largest contributor to the Agriculture GDP of Guyana. Guyana is presently the largest paddy producer and one of the leading exporters of rice in the Caribbean region. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Premier League leaders Leicester were held at home by West Brom on Tuesday and are now out to 11/4, from 7/4, to win the title.Tottenham, who can go top with a win at West Ham on Wednesday night, are the new favourites to win the league, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side priced at 15/8.Arsenal are also ahead of Leicester in the betting, at 5/2, while Manchester City are 5/1 for the title.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Errigal College Irish teacher, Mr Eamonn Collum is heading back to school after a busy August as an escort at this year’s Rose of Tralee festival.The Irish teacher will have plenty of stories for his students, recalling the pressure to look like James Bond and to fulfill duties like carrying handbags for a week!Mr Collum enjoyed the festival immensely and is looking forward to a year of Rose related events all over the world, including trips to Germany and New York. “It was a busy, intense week and we didn’t get a break at all. We had to attend loads of different events and were bussed from here to there to everywhere. Always in a hurry and often having to change clothes.“I had to put on a tuxedo and turn myself out to look like James Bond; and I only had ten minutes to do it every day! It was exhausting but it was well worth it because it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”Becoming an escort in the Rose of Tralee is the hope of many young men and Eamonn had to go through a number of interviews and tests before being selected.He applied in January and went through a ‘Skype’ interview in March. He then qualified for two interviews: one was a group interview and also an individual single. The final interview was a week in Bootcamp in Kerry. Despite the fact that Eamonn had broken his leg in a staff-student match in May, he had made such a good impression on the judges that he was one of the 65 escorts selected.“The most important job for an escort is to be there for your Rose, at all times. I chaperoned the Rose of Western Canada, Sinead McGahern for the first few days,and then the Rose of Limerick, Kayleigh Maher for the remainder of the festival. Escorts have to be courteous and polite. Sometimes I even had to carry my Rose’s handbag.“We were under pressure all the time, but we knew that the Roses were under a lot more pressure so we never had time to think about ourselves.”“One of the highlights of my week was when my two colleagues from Errigal College arrived in Tralee. Martin McGrory and David McHale made the long journey south and were the perfect distraction from my busy escort duties.”“The festival is over, and this week we got back to work in Errigal College. I love the school and my Irish classes and will be spending time telling my students about the Rós festival!” Errigal College Principal, Mr Charlie Cannon spoke of his pride in Mr Collum: “We are delighted that the world got to see one of our teachers rising to the challenge of being a busy escort for the festival. Eamonn is a great Irish teacher and we just knew he would have no problem handling the pressure,” he said.Mr Collum returns to classroom after ‘James Bond’ missions in Tralee! was last modified: August 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:errigal collegeescortRose of Tralee
Pix: Gabrielle Gallagher, St Mary’s ConvoyWords By Donal O Searcaigh: Development Officer with Donegal Ladies GFA: A Festival of Football was what was on show this morning at St Mary’s GAA club in Convoy, brilliant hosts of the All-County U12 blitz. From 9.30am buses, cars and walkers converged for this county Development Blitz.By 10.05am all teams had signed in and were ready for action,18 clubs teams were ready to do battle for their own clubs honour.After a short briefing on the aims of the Blitz to club coaches we were ready for the off.And at 10.30am on the button we had our first games up and running and in total – through the sun, rain and and wee breeze – we got all 34 games played. Four new young whistlers took charge of all the games – Jade Leeper from MacCumhaills, Aideen Meehan from Dungloe, Caoimhe MacPhaidin O’Domhnaill from Gaoth Dobhair and Ciaran Gallagher from Naomh Muire.It was great to see new referees starting up and well done!The clubs and Club Coaches are to be complimented for getting their teams there on time and playing some fine sporting games throughout the day.The organising committee did an excellent job in running the competition so well on the day and are to be congratulated.A very special and big THANK YOU must go to the St Mary’s Club in Convoy for the use of their fine sporting facilities and the team of club members who made sure everything was played in a safe and secure environment.It was also great to see our county senior ladies there to cheer on and offer advice to the young stars of the future. Finally the young girls and their families who took part today should be commended – without your commitment to our game we could not have such a great day of football!Mol an Óige!Donal Some of the Donegal Senior Ladies squad were on hand to give encouragement to the teams PICTURE SPECIAL: FESTIVAL OF GIRLS FOOTBALL AT ALL-COUNTY U-12 BLITZ was last modified: July 12th, 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:convoyDevelopment squadDonegal Ladies GFCSt Mary’s GAA club
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The particular bird flu strain that now worries health officials has been around since 1997 and has killed 62 people worldwide since 2003, yet it hasn’t acquired the genetic changes it needs to start spreading easily from person to person. What’s more, leading scientists now discount the notion that flu pandemics happen in regular intervals and that the world is overdue for a new one. They don’t even agree on how bad it is that bird flu has spread to more types of birds. Instead of an appetite for people, the germ is showing a growing fondness for birds, some say. Still, there is scientific consensus that vaccine and drug stockpiles should be created in the United States – just in case. To that end, the Bush administration wants $7.1 billion in emergency spending to improve vaccine production systems and to detect and contain a potential pandemic flu strain before it reaches the United States. SAN FRANCISCO – Two years ago, as fears of a SARS pandemic spread, a San Diego biotech company aided by federal dollars speeded a promising vaccine out of the lab and into human testing. But when Vical Inc. and the government wrap up the 15-person test next year, the drug is expected to end up on the shelf because the dreaded global epidemic never panned out. Bird flu has now overtaken SARS as the No. 1 feared global death threat. As biotechnology companies suddenly refocus their profit mission to the new threat – and investors drive stock prices to new highs – some analysts wonder if these endeavors could face the same fate Vical met with its rapid response to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. “There are so many unknowables and a lot of hype,” said AG Edwards analyst Al Goldman. “The avian flu potential is something that you can’t get your arms around because no one knows if – or when – a pandemic is going to happen.” So far, the U.S. government has awarded a little more than $162 million this year to drug companies developing bird flu vaccines. The promise of billions more in government support and continued fears that the country is ill-equipped to deal with an impending pandemic have a slew of biotechnology companies jumping into the flu business. Vical chief executive officer Vijay Samant says his company is among those pursuing a novel flu vaccine despite its SARS experience, which he said has yielded some benefit. Samant said federal regulators are now better prepared to handle new viral threats like SARS and that Vical has the ability to restart the SARS project almost immediately if that bug emerges again. Most of the SARS vaccine research costs at Vical were covered by the National Institutes of Health, which reported in September that the experimental vaccine appeared safe – but little other data about its effectiveness has been produced. “Don’t underestimate the value of learning how to deal with that emerging threat,” Samant said. Still, Samant did joke that the “first slide of everybody’s” Powerpoint presentation to investors promises to profit from flu fears. “My single-minded focus is to drive the vaccine program for bird flu,” Novavax Inc. chief executive Rahul Singhvi said during a conference call with analysts in November discussing the Malvern, Pa.-based company’s new aim at influenza. The company, like many of its competitors in the new flu market, is developing a faster and less expensive way to manufacture flu vaccine than current methods by using pieces of the flu’s genetic material rather than the entire virus to provoke an immune response in people. But the company is at least two years, and probably even more, from getting its experimental vaccine on the market. In the meantime, the lion’s share of government funding has flowed to the established vaccine makers Sanofi-Aventis and Chiron Corp. The government awarded Sanofi a $100 million contract to crank out a bird flu vaccine and Chiron received $62.5 million, even as the Emeryville-based Chiron attempts to overcome manufacturing woes. Still, Novavax’s stock, which dropped below $1 a share in August, soared to a 52-week high of $6.01 a share in October immediately after reports that birds infected with the bird flu were found in Turkey, Romania and Russia and a dead parrot exported from South America was found in Britain with the virus. Novavax’s stock has fallen off nearly 50 percent in the past month, but other companies pursuing novel flu remedies are enjoying heady days on Wall Street. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals of Birmingham, Ala., soared to a five-year high of $18.42 a share in October on the same news that drove up Novavax’s stock. BioCryst is developing a drug that slows the replication of the flu virus, but showed such poor results in human trials that one-time partner Johnson & Johnson abandoned the project and left BioCryst (whose stock was trading around $15 on Friday) to go it alone. “Whether this is a real market is hard to know,” said Ken Trbovich, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. “There is potential, but it’s like holding a lottery ticket right now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
An HGV has overturned on the Carn Road in Inishowen this Monday afternoon.The accident was reported on the R238 road at Glassmullan before 4pm.Local reports say that the tanker has overturned into a field. Gardaí are currently at the scene, while it is not yet known if there are any injuries.Traffic is flowing as normal.Travel alert: Truck overturned in Inishowen was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
U.S. Army Educational & Developmental Intervention Services [Keeping In Touch Newsletters]Did you know that the U.S. Army’s EDIS offers CE credit for reading their Keeping In Touch (KIT) newsletters? These publications are available online and are full of valuable information for providers.The newsletters discuss a theme for a series of months at the end of which readers can take a CE exam online. Upon successful completion of the exam, a non-discipline specific certificate of continuing education contact hours will be provided. Individuals will need to check with their credentialing agency regarding the viability of these credits within their state and/or system.Some of the past topics have been: Early Childhood Mental Health, Autism and the Role of Early Interventionists, Dual Language Learners in Early Intervention, Cultural Competence, and Understanding Depression. You can access the newsletters and archived CE exams by clicking, here.Each newsletters consists of four sections surrounding a theme:A resource article in which a summary of a journal article is providedAn evaluation of data on the topicA consultation corner where experts in the field respond to topic-related questionsA review of a web-based resource that is helpful for providersTo access the newsletters, click here.We hope that you will find this to be a useful resource.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
An Indian-origin yoga instructor lost nearly £12,000 when fraudsters broke into his Facebook account and made transactions to an online gambling website.According to a Telegraph report, Jasbir Mann, who runs a yoga studio in Warwickshire, recently discovered 110 fraudulent transactions were made to a poker gambling site using his Facebook account.“Mann kept his debit card details stored on Facebook as he occasionally paid to advertise his business on the social media site,” the report said on Nov. 25.The advertisement usually cost Mann about £30.But Mann was shocked to discover transactions, ranging between £21 and £215, made to an online poker game site in September.“Aside from the occasional lottery ticket I don’t gamble and do not know how to play poker,” Mann was quoted as saying.When contacted, his bank cancelled the debit card and told him to remove his details from Facebook.Mann raised a dispute with Facebook but moments later, the entire history of transactions vanished.Later, “Facebook began refunding some of the transactions, paying £5,747 of the stolen £11,878 back in 30 tranches,” the report added.“I can’t believe Barclays and Facebook have taken so long to deal with this. I’m a yoga instructor, not a millionaire,” Mann was quoted as saying.Following pressure from Telegraph Money, Facebook finally refunded the remaining £6,132 to him without explanation.“We can confirm that unfortunately this account was compromised. A full refund has now been made,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.Facebook, however, refused to explain how the fraudsters accessed Mann’s account, the report said. — (IANS) Related ItemsFacebookFraudUnited Kingdom