Cash handout debate exposes political hacks

first_imgDear Editor,Not long after coming to office, the APNU+AFC coalition Government disbanded the $10,000 school grant initiative on the grounds that it was “fiscally unsustainable” and could be used as an “electioneering gimmick”.Fast-track to August 1, 2018 and President David Granger is quoted in a speech urging Guyanese not to be “slothful”, to desist from seeking “raises”, and to get prepared for the oil economy.A few days later, Economist Professor Clive Thomas suggested that every household in Guyana should benefit from an annual cash payout when oil revenue begins to flow. Enter the flip-floppers and party hacks.Those who agreed that the PPP-Government school grant initiative was being used as an electioneering gimmick now think a potential coalition Government oil payout initiative is the best thing since sliced bread. Those who firmly agreed with the President that the culture of ‘always wanting a raise’ was counterproductive now say handouts from oil revenue is a brilliant idea.One only has to look across at Venezuela to see how the creation of a welfare state killed productivity and contributed to soaring inflation. Closer to home, the Amerindian community in Guyana has been the recipient of substantial State grants and support. One cannot conceivably say that our Amerindian brothers and sisters are better off as a result.Most importantly, we lack the basic systems to equitably disburse any such funds. So it was in the case of the school grant, and so it remains. We lack the political integrity required to not use such a scheme to buy votes. So it was before, and so it remains. To believe otherwise points to madness.It is time that common sense and good judgment are used in serious debates on issues with national implications. Those who appeal to the emotions and weaknesses of the poor with tactful comments on social media and elsewhere, in an attempt to sell the goodness of a welfare state, are in fact enemies of the poor. They serve political outfits, and operate at the bidding of their masters.Guyanese people need to wake up before it is too late. Demand accountability and full transparency in management of the oil revenue. Demand investments in infrastructure, education and social services. R10eject attempts for you to be used as political footballs. Reject overnight schemes designed to keep you in poverty and subservient to the state. Wake up!Sincerely,Patrick DavisConcerned Guyaneselast_img read more

Homeless World Cup for Underprivileged Liberians

first_imgThe Homeless World Cup Organization has renewed a 3-year partnership with Football to Develop Destitute (FODEDE), a Liberian street soccer association.The deal, which runs from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2016, was offered after FODEDE pledged its commitment of trust and faith after six years of being cut-off after four players absconded from the Liberian delegation at the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Australia.“The agreement recommits the Homeless World Cup to work with FODEDE. Liberia can now apply to enter the HWC annual international street soccer tournament for October 2014 in Chile,” Wallace Weiah, President/CEO of FODEDE said. In order to heighten opportunities for destitute youths, FODEDE penned a partnership with Christian Home in Liberating Destitute (CHILD)–Liberia, an implementing partner in Liberia for FIFA’s Football for Hope (FfH) program in Africa.“Through a modest funding, FIFA is providing support through the FfH program to CHILD –Liberia to enhance FODEDE/CHILD football and social programs as pledged by Football for Hope and CHILD,” Weiah said.In preparation for the 2014 Homeless World Cup in Chile and mindful of the Homeless World Cup partnership agreement, FODEDE is hosting its 8th Street Soccer Spike Talent and Recruitment Tournament.The tourney is scheduled from the 6th to the 15th of June at the ETMI High School’s Sports Stadium in Caldwell with the expected participations of 20 male teams and 8 female teams for the 2014 and 2015 competitions respectively.Meanwhile, FODEDE for the first time will join other women from around the world to attend the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki, Finland from June 12 – 15, 2014 under the overall theme “Lead the Change – Be the Change.”Madam Rochell G. D. Woodson, the Executive Director of FODEDE will represent Liberia and will present a project with the title ‘Stand for Something Making Girls Stronger by the Day.’Weiah said the project will be a roadmap to lift girls out of the cage of subjection, caused by ills created by human actions in order to make them useful models of change and empowerment to others.FIFA through Football for Hope is hopeful that the Liberia Football Association (LFA) will supplement Football For Hope’s objectives to build a better future for Liberian youths with funding, equipment, and capacity building and the use of its facilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sweet dreams now a reality

first_imgLorne Clarkson is the owner of C&V Trailer Sales in Fort St. John. He provided a truck and trailer to transport all of the kits to the organization on 100th Street.He says the campaign is vital because the kits will provide night-time comfort to children who need it the most.[asset|aid=2726|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5bdf7451799c43cbeea91213dfecd96c-Lorne Clarkson 1_1_Pub.mp3] The campaign was initially called the, ‘Good Night, Sleep Tight Campaign’, but organizers later changed its title to the “Sweet Dreams Initiative”.Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie Photo: Representatives from Western Financial Group, Women’s Resource Society and C&V Trailer Sales stand amongst hundreds of kits on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/ – Advertisement – A campaign with meagre beginnings is now coming to has been following the local Western Financial Group’s endeavor to deliver 1000 sleeping kits to deserving kids in the city.On Wednesday the group hand-delivered 400 kits to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.Co-Chair of the Women’s Resource Society, Sherry Marshall, says the kits will be used in the organization’s shelter, and given out to those who need it the most. [asset|aid=2725|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5bdf7451799c43cbeea91213dfecd96c-Sherry Marshall 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement In January, Western Financial Group’s head office contributed $10,000 towards the campaign.Spokesperson Sam Beerling says the initiative has snowballed since then. [asset|aid=2727|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5bdf7451799c43cbeea91213dfecd96c-Sam Beerling 1_1_Pub.mp3] Monetary donations for the campaign can still be dropped off at any Western Financial Group in Fort St. John.Other organizations that will receive kits in the future include the Meaope House and Foster Parents of Fort St. John.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho praises ‘happy’ Pogba

first_imgAfter the game, Mourinho praised Pogba’s contribution and said it was vital for his improving team.“He was moving the ball fantastically well, with long passes changing the direction and creating problems for the opponent,” said the Portuguese.“He had an assist and if he had scored the free-kick with the last shot of the game, it would be really a reward for him.“I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”Still, Mourinho was not entirely happy with the performance, adding that it wasn’t until the second half that United managed to take control.“I think the first half was not very good, I think Stoke had a good, positive attitude. We scored an amazing goal, but it was not enough to hurt them because they had a very good reaction, they were very positive, they had the best chances in the first half, and then we were a bit lucky to score the second goal, another beautiful one.“In the second half it was different, the second half was harder for them, 2-0 was difficult for them to react to, we were in control of the game.”Despite the win, Mourinho said it would still be extremely difficult to catch City.“I think the distance between first and second is still big, distance that normally, the leader controls.“I’ve been there before, you play without pressure, you play with confidence, you play with a tranquility that you can slip and make a few errors no problem, so it’s up to them [City] to keep the confidence and to control their destiny.“But it doesn’t matter what the points distance is to me, what matters is that every match we have to win and we have to try and finish in the best possible position.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – Manchester United boss lavished praise on Paul Pogba after the midfielder put in a superb performance as the Red Devils swept aside Stoke City 3-0 in the Premier League on Monday night.Pogba set up Anthony Martial for United’s second goal after Antonio Valencia’s superb opener and put in a man-of-the-match showing as United closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to 12 points.last_img read more

T.G.I.F.S.J returns this summer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John will be starting up their T.G.I.F.S.J free entertainment events held on Fridays within the city.The first event on July 5th, is the Carnival Night held at the green space at 100 Street and 100th Avenue between 6 pm – 8 pm.Different events will be held every Friday night from July 5th to August 30th, 2019- Advertisement -These are free family-friendly theme nights which you can keep updated on by following the Fort St. John Recreation FB Page.July 5th, 2019, Carnival Night, GreenspaceJuly 12th, Movies in the Park, NPSSJuly 19th, Lawn Games and Live Music, GreenspaceJuly 26th, Teddy Bear Picnic, GreenspaceAugust 2nd, Inflatables, GreenspaceAugust 9th, Movies in the Park, NPSSAugust 16th, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, GreenspaceAugust 23rd, Art Attack, GreenspaceAugust 30th, Party in the Park, GreenspaceTo view the City of Fort St. John Recreation FB; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Insider Trading: Arsenal star to pick Man United over Barcelona, and Liverpool not in for Bony?

first_imgDaily Mirror transfer guru, Darren Lewis, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.The renowned football journalist discusses Thomas Vermaelen’s move away from Arsenal, with the Belgian reportedly more keen on a switch to Manchester United than Barcelona.There’s also an update on Fraser Forster’s future at Celtic, with Southampton set to pounce, and Swansea star Wilfried Bony, who is not a target for Liverpool, according to Lewis.Latest transfer news and rumours on Madrid midfielder quashes Man United transfer talkEx-Everton man Mustafi to complete £6m move to ValenciaBayern Munich slap huge price tag on Boateng to warn off BarcelonaVidal to Man United update! Chile boss Sampaoli claims Van Gaal has concerns over Juventus star’s kneeHernandez agent admits Man United striker’s future uncertainBarca man to make Besiktas move and put an end to Premier League speculation?Leeds cool interest in Lazio defenderLiverpool transfer boost! Lazio star set for summer exit?Reports – Manchester City lead race for Monaco’s star strikerReports – West Ham set sights on FC Basel starSporting Lisbon snub Southampton’s £9.5m offer for full-backlast_img read more

Reports: Inter to make players-plus-cash offer for Arsenal target

first_img Paulo Dybala Inter Milan are set to make an offer for Arsenal and Chelsea target Paulo Dybala, according to reports in Italy.The Palermo forward is one of the most in-demand players in Europe after a stunning season in Serie A.The English giants are reportedly interested in the Argentine, as are Barcelona and PSG.However, reports in recent days have suggested the player is keen to remain in Italy, with Juventus said to be ready to offer over £25m to secure his signature.But Tuttosport claim Inter are also keen, and will offer around £23m plus goalkeeper Francesco Bardi and striker George Puscas in a bid to sign the striker.That means the English giants will have to move quickly if they are to have any chance of signing a player dubbed ‘the new Messi’. 1last_img


first_imgFrank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut Corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny assisted by Harry Friel, Geoffrey Mullin, John Crossan, Denis Friel and George Black. Photo- Clive WassonWhat a difference a day makes.Yesterday this group of men had to roll up their sleeves in warm sunshine in Letterkenny to cut and gather corn.The picture was a throw-back to another time. Today’s heavy downpours would certainly have dampened their spirits.Many thanks to photographer Clive Wasson for the stunning pictures.Frank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny. Photo- Clive Wasson.EARNING THEIR CORN THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: September 15th, 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:cutting cornletterkennylast_img read more

Former Na Rossa duo wins Championship title with Round Towers in London

first_imgThe club held its grand prize draw last Friday evening in the Gweebarra bar in which the proceeds will go towards the development of our new pitch.A fantastic effort the club would like to thank everybody who bought tickets and who contributed in any way to make this fundraiser the success it was.Particularly the ticket sellers who gave up their time night after night  traveling the county in aid of the club Janet Melly, Mary McDyre, Fiona Hanlon, Geraldine Boyle, Margaret Melly, Catherine Bonner, Michelle Boyle, Patricia Gillespie, Tina Caulfield, Geraldine Caulfield, Louise Melly. To Conal Melly and Catherine Bonner who coordinated the draw and their team and to all our sponsors who generously donated the prizes. Below is a full list of winners1st prize  €2.000  Nora O Donnell, Cotteen, Gweedore.2nd prize €1.000 Tracy Gallagher, Keadue.3rd prize  €500    Irene McHugh, Doochary 4th prize €250     John Kelly, Ballinamore5th prize €250     Annie Coyle (Ivor’s) ,Bloody Foreland6th prize 500Litres Home Heating oil, Aodhan Cassidy, Gweedore7th prize One night b&b plus 2 passes to country & western night in Allingham arms ,Patrick McGee,  Annagry8th prize Meal for 4 in Lake house House Hotel ,Hugh McCole Meenmore, Dungloe9th prize 2 All Ireland Football tickets 2017 (or equivalent of price of tickets) Michael McGill,  Doochary10th prize 10 bags of coal Michael & Veronica Boyle GlentiesCongratulations to all prize winners and a big thanks again to all patrons who bought tickets from all on the committee.Well done to our U13s team who qualified for the division 2 final after a very impressive win against Naomh Columba in the semi final last Saturday afternoon.The final takes place this week. Fixture to be confirmed at training. Congratulations to Eugene and Georgina on the birth of their daughter Ella last week..Congratulations to Keelin and Leanne  on the birth of their Son Matthew at the weekendCongratulations also to former senior team player James Bonner who got married at the weekend to Breda Moy.Championship medals were also won last weekend as former senior players Ryan and Shane McCready were on the victorious Round Towers team that won the senior reserve championship in London. Well done lads from all at the club.Former Na Rossa duo wins Championship title with Round Towers in London was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANa RossaSportlast_img read more