How low can Moses go?

first_imgDear Editor,For the first time in many years, I felt like I wanted to puke. So what could have brought on this sudden feeling of nausea and outrage? Well, I made the mistake of listening to Moses Nagamootoo, the usurper Prime Minister, as he was being interviewed on the NCN programme, InSight, last Wednesday, September 18.Now, this is the same man who, while campaigning in Whim, Berbice, on April 2, 2015, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k013CAcuJbk) tried to convince his supporters of his virtues by claiming he was the first Minister to refuse a salary increase unless the salaries of nurses and teachers were also increased. “I have never, as a Minister, stayed at a hotel, 5-star; 3-star; 4-star, any hotel at the expense of the Government of Guyana. I have never travelled first class in an aeroplane while I was a Minister” he added.So what has caused Nagamootoo to change, or did he? Moses Nagamootoo, a former “Jaganite” who withdrew his membership from the PPP just before the 2011 General and Regional Elections because he believed he was being “bulldozed” out of the leadership of the party, a position he claimed was bequeathed upon him by the late Cheddi Jagan during some private discussion.But these were all lies, made up to satisfy his massive ego. He was annoyed with the PPP because he was not elected the PPP/C Presidential Candidate in 2011. Moses Nagamootoo is an opportunist who will say and do anything as long as it benefits Nagamootoo. This is the same man who was quoted in an October 21, 2011 article in the Kaieteur News as saying, “I hold dearly his (Dr Jagan’s) great ideals for a free and democratic Guyana where leaders ought to be judged by character, integrity and honesty.”But now that he is enjoying “the good life” under the APNU/AFC coalition, Nagamootoo has forgotten all about those virtues and great ideals he learnt from Cheddi Jagan and has morphed into the biggest apologist and defender of a dictator who now squats in Government. How low can Moses go?During his InSight interview, the usurper was asked about the significance of the date, September 18. Here is his shameless response in part:“To me, it was a wrong, a false interpretation of the Constitution following a No-Confidence Motion… But our situation here was quite different. The 90 days came and pass. The issue of the No-Confidence Motion was engaging the attention of the courts. And so the 90 days lapsed. So when the courts (CCJ) pronounced eventually on June 18th that the No-Confidence Motion was valid, was properly passed, there was an interpretation by the political Opposition that the 90 days begin to run all over again.But as I wrote in my article, there is no second 90 days… for me [it is] a fiction, it’s a figment of the imagination of persons who, for their own reason, would want to see elections held and the intention is to see the back of this Government. “As a lawyer, Nagamootoo is familiar with our Constitution and the 3-month limitation within which elections must be called following the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion. But like Basil Williams, he chooses to ignore that.It is obvious that the once outspoken defender of the Guyana Constitution is now prepared to disregard its continuous abuse and to hang on to power for the sole purpose of protecting the super-rich Cadillac lifestyle he now enjoys: A monthly salary of over $1.7 million, plus another million or so in perks per month; the brand new $22 million customised luxury Land Cruiser he drives with sirens and police escorts, and the fleet of 20 more vehicles at his disposal.He spent over $19 million of taxpayers’ money on overseas travel from October 2015 to July 2017; and can now import unlimited vehicles which will be exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT). In addition, his wife, Seeta, whom he takes on all his overseas travels, gets to see the world in all its fine glory at taxpayers’ expense. Did I mention that they both travel first class, reside in 5-star luxury hotels and don’t have to give account for the thousands of US$ in taxpayers’ money they spend upon return from these trips?Interestingly, it was Nagamootoo who often referred to the former PPP/C Cabinet Ministers as “fat cat” and condemned the living of a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey-cart economy” when he was sitting on the Opposition benches before May 2015.Moses Nagamootoo may have once championed the cause of cane cutters and rice farmers and ordinary Guyanese, but in the end, greed and personal ambition have overcome any decency he had left, and have now reduced him to a mere rubber stamp. Again, I ask, how low can Moses go?Regards,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

Irish Gov’t Launches Scholarship Scheme for Civil Servants

first_imgThe government of Ireland, through its international cooperation arm, Irish Aid, has launched a scholarship program that seeks to empower mid-career civil servants in Liberia. They also launched a fellowship program that will take qualified employees of selected collaborating ministries and agencies to Ireland to obtain higher education. Irish Ambassador accredited to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Sinead Walsh, launched the fellowship scheme in Liberia last week in the presence of senior officials of selected collaborating ministries and agencies. The exercise, the Irish envoy said, is the first of its kind for Liberia, indicating that it is meant to strengthen the capacities of ministries, departments, agencies, and development organizations by providing higher education opportunities for their employees. Liberia’s inclusion now put the number of countries benefitting from the scheme to nine. The country’s start up will, however, commence as the first cycle during the 2016-2017 cycle. However, Ambassador Walsh called on Liberians to take advantage of the many opportunities that the scheme offers.She said the Irish government wants to augment human resource capacity, which would help ensure efficiency and productivity, and also strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.Eight ministries and agencies were selected by the Irish government as eligible collaborating partners including the ministries of Health, Public Works, and Justice as well as the Liberia National Police (LNP). Other agencies include the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation and the WASH Consortium of Liberia.Irish Aid Program Officer for Liberia, Elena Gronne, said the number of fellowships to be awarded for the nine collaborating countries will include about 70-75 individuals. She said only applicants nominated by the Irish Aid partner organizations are eligible to apply. Some basic requirements for eligibility, according to Madam Gronne, are that the applicant must be a Liberian, employed by the Irish Aid partner, nominated to apply and have achieved the necessary academic standard to be accepted into a post graduate diploma or master’s course in an institute of higher education in Ireland.“Applicant must provide a letter from their employer granting study leave for the duration of the fellowship and guaranteeing that they will be able to return to an equivalent position in the organization at the end of the fellowship period,” she said.“Also, the applicant will have to be a mid-career professional, must have a minimum of three years relevant employment experience and must have worked for their present organization for a minimum of one year. Additional requirements include: applicant to also be able to identify a relevant college course from the directory of post graduate courses suitable for fellowships awards in a higher education institution in Ireland.”She also said that the final number of fellowships awarded will depend on the calibre of the candidates nominated and the demand for places from Liberia as well as other countries, with the deadline set for January, 31, 2016.The launch of the program brought together several senior government officials including Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn and Public Works Minister Gyude Moore; LNP Deputy Police Commissioner for Administration, William Mulbah; DEA Director-General, Anthony K. Souh as well as representatives from BIN and other agencies. In their respective remarks, they lauded the Irish government for the initiative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

First Coal closer to coal extraction in Chetwynd

first_imgFirst Coal’s application to amend its exploration permit has been approved by B.C.’s Chief Inspector of Mines. That means the corporation can extract a bulk sample of up to 50,000 tonnes of coal from its Central South property near Chetwynd. Extraction should begin in the upcoming months. The Bulk Sample Amendment is an important step toward enabling First Coal to develop coal resources and create new jobs in the region. – Advertisement -Once that is completed, First Coal is planning to submit a Small Mine Permit application to the BC Government. This will allow it to commence production in late 2010 at an annualized rate of 245,000 tonnes of clean coal. In June, First Coal signed a memorandum of understanding with the Halfway River Nations. The agreement was signed because First Coal’s properties fall within Treaty 8 territory. The company has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the McLeod Lake Indian Band. It is continuing to build relationships with the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations. First Coal Corporation is a private, Vancouver-based mining company exploring and developing coal resources in British Columbia. First Coal has more than 90,000 hectares under tenure licence, or under application for licence, in the Peace River Coalfield near Chetwynd.Advertisementlast_img read more

Alta. Peace Gas Well Protest Update

first_imgIn the Alberta Peace, while Wiebo Ludwig and others continue a protest near a sour gas well not far from their homes in the Hythe area, both the energy company that owns the well site and the provincial regulator say it meets all legal requirements.David Cassidy, a land manager with Canadian Superior Energy, has told the Edmonton Journal he has been speaking with the Ludwigs on behalf of the company.He described the conversations as “cordial” but would not go into detail about what was said.He did say, Canadian Superior has all the necessary permits and adheres to all government standards and the Energy Resources Conservation Board agrees.- Advertisement -Spokesman Bob Curran has told the newspaper the board has inspected the site on a number of occasions and because of the Ludwig’s concerns it has made more visits than usual.According to the board, the well site represents no risk to human health and it contends there is nothing illegal about it.The Ludwig led group disagrees, and started the protest Sunday, when test flares began at the site. Ludwig has argued for years that sour gas wells have caused medical problems for his family and livestock at their Trickle Creek farm. Advertisementlast_img read more

Should Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho?

first_imgSo should United bite the bullet and fire the Portuguese coach or give Mourinho time to try and turn things around?AFP Sports looks at the pros and cons of keeping him in charge.Third-season syndromeNow in his third season at Old Trafford, United might have already seen the best Mourinho has to offer.In two spells at Chelsea and at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid he always won the league in his second campaign. However, his third seasons at Chelsea and Madrid ended acrimoniously.Jose Mourinho (centre) has had a tense relationship with Paul Pogba in recent months © AFP / Oli SCARFFMourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United and finished second in the Premier League last season — albeit a record 19 points behind Manchester City.But there is little evidence from an illustrious career of an ability to turn things around once the going gets tough.Mourinho’s relationship with key players appears fractured. There have been high-profile tensions with World Cup star Paul Pogba and his French compatriot Anthony Martial.The Portuguese has always been a results-driven manager, able to point to a trophy-laden CV, and not feeling an overriding responsibility to enthral his fan base with entertaining football.That approach caused friction at United even when results were positive in his first two seasons as it did not fit with the attacking traditions of the club under Alex Ferguson and Matt Busby.Across town, Pep Guardiola has served up some spectacular football at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp has produced a thrilling attacking side at Liverpool.But the more prosaic Mourinho now does not even have results to fall back on.United already trail Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea by six points and City by four. Unless swift action is taken they risk missing out on the top four and the Champions League next season, while a title challenge already looks unlikely.Rot predates MourinhoMourinho is not the only figure to blame at Old Trafford, where the team have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season in 2012-13.Last season’s second-place finish was United’s highest league position in the past five years and many of the club’s fans have laid the blame for the relative under-achievement at the door of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Fans were hoping the team could push on and mount a serious challenge to City but Woodward did not deliver the centre-back Mourinho wanted in the transfer window despite booming revenues.Woodward handed Mourinho a new contract until 2020 as recently as January and oversaw the failed reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before the Portuguese arrived.“Woodward gave him a contract last season, only seven or eight months ago, and he should see that contract through to the end and do the job,” said former United captain Gary Neville.But luck does not appear to be on the manager’s side.Mourinho summoned a positive response to the team’s defeat at Brighton during a dominant first-half display against Spurs that saw Romelu Lukaku miss a gilt-edged chance before the visitors took control after the break.If the club opt to dispense with his services there is not an abundance of candidates to take his place — with Guardiola, Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino all tied up elsewhere.As Mourinho defiantly said himself, he has more Premier League titles than the other 19 managers in England’s top flight put together.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 28 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is fighting to save his job just three games into the new Premier League season after back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday was the heaviest home defeat of his coaching career and the team looked a long way from being realistic title challengers.last_img read more

OUR FANTASTIC EURO 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL COMPETITION IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!

first_imgIT’S OFFICIAL: The biggest and best EURO 2016 Fantasy Football Competition has been officially launched – and it’s right on your doorstep! Donegal Daily have teamed up with Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure and Inishowen Motors to bring you the ultimate EURO 2016 Fantasy Football competition this summer. All you have to do is select your own EURO 2016 dream team, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a FREE KIA Sportage for a year, as well as a host of other amazing prizes!It’s FREE to play, and everybody in the family can sign up and choose their own unique team.Can you outsmart your ‘know-it-all hubby’ or sports’ mad neighbour and beat them at our EURO 2016 Fantasy Football competition?The only way to find out is to sign up and play… Registration details will be available later this afternoon, so stay tuned!Stephen Maguire (Editor of Donegal Daily) Michael Murphy (Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure) Seamus McLaughlin (Inishowen Motors) and John Gildea (Donegal Daily Commercial Manager) officially launched the competition this morning.It’s FREE to play, and as stated above, the winner will get a FREE KIA Sportage for ONE YEAR. (fully taxed)It couldn’t be any simpler to play, all you have to do is select the eleven players you think will perform the best over the four-week competition, along with four subs.However, you have to do this within a budget of €100 million, so you need to choose your team wisely, to ensure you get crowned our EURO 2016 Fantasy Football champion.Stay tuned for registration details to join our league which will be announced after the launch on Thursday. Here’s a flavour of some of the prizes up for grabs throughout the competition:FREE KIA Sportage for ONE YEAR (Fully taxed for 1 year)ONE night B&B at The Mount Errigal HotelONE night B&B at The Shandon HotelA four-course meal for two at Arena 7Vouchers and a signed Donegal jersey from Michael Murphy Sports and LeisureOUR FANTASTIC EURO 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL COMPETITION IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! was last modified: May 26th, 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:Euro 2016Fantasy FootballfreeKianewsSportlast_img read more

BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE ON FIRE IN BELFAST!

first_imgLetterkenny Blaze U12 boys and girls’ teams.LETTERKENNY BLAZE NOTESUnder 12 GIRLS REPORTThe U12 girls participated in the last BNI U12 Blitz for the 15/16 season which was hosted by Queens BC. With 9 girls teams and 9 boys teams, the coaches and committee members of Queens BC co-ordinated an action packed day which commenced at 11am and finished at 5pm. Both Blaze girls and boys teams participated in the afternoon line up. Blaze girls played a total of 4 games against girls from Andersonstown Tigers BC, Tyrone Towers BC, Star BC and Queens BC. Blaze girls got of to a good start securing the first game against Tigers. They were narrowly beaten in the second game against Tyrone Towers which proved to be a well contested physical encounter. After a short break, Blaze girls returned to court with back to back games against Star and Queens. Blaze girls dominated in both games and all players were adapting to the shorter fast paced style of play which this Blitz format offers. All girls played very well on the day. A big “thank you” from players, coaches and parents to all at Queens BC. UNDER 12 BOYS REPORTThe u12 boys and u12 girls made the journey up the M2 to Belfast on Sunday 3rd April to attend Queens Basketball Club Invitational Blitz. They boys travelled with 15 players to play opponents Queens BC, Phoenix BC, Tigers BC from Anderstown and Belfast Star BC. With little time to warm up, the first 2 games were over before they knew it and they had clocked up 2 losses, albeit by a basket in each case. They played much better basketball in the game v AnderstownTigers and won comprehensively. In the last game against Belfast Star, they opened brightly, playing very strong defence. But the home team moved up a gear and opened a gap in the last half that was too big to bridge and Belfast Star finished the tournament winners. A good day all round where the Blaze boys flew the Donegal flag proudly and a good finish to a great season. The coaches would like to commend all the boys for their efforts all year and the club and parents for support.BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE ON FIRE IN BELFAST! was last modified: April 4th, 2016 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:basketballdonegalLetterkenny blazelast_img read more

Softball Splits on First Day of Plainsman Invitational

first_img AUBURN, Ala. – The Drake University softball team routed Furman, 11-3, Friday afternoon to earn a split on the first day of the Plainsman Invitational. Texas Tech edged Drake (5-2), 1-0, in the team’s first game of the three-day tournament. Next Game: Drake nearly broke through in the sixth inning when Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) led off with a walk and then advanced to second on Ryan’s sacrifice bunt. Roemmich followed a walk but Johnson flew out. Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) hit a ball to the Red Raiders’ shortstop who bobbled it but threw out Buie, who was trying to score after reaching third, for the final out. Preview Furman PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster Story Links Texas Tech PDF Box Score at Auburn 2/16/2019 – 3 p.m. Drake returns to the field Saturday for games against UAB and Auburn at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Print Friendly Version Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched four innings and struck out five and improved to 3-1 with the win. Freshman Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on three hits with one walk. Live Stats In the first game of the day, Texas Tech came out on top in a pitcher’s duel between Newman and Erin Edmoundson. Newman struck out 13 Red Raiders and allowed two hits and one walk in 6.1 innings in her first loss of the year as she moved to 2-1. Edmoundson no-hit the Bulldogs and struck out 10 with four walks as the Red Raiders improved to 6-0. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jessica Hartwell led off the frame with a single up the middle. Hartwell then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and one batter later scored off error at shortstop by Roemmich on a ball hit by Trenity Edwards to give Texas Tech the walkoff win. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.), who took a tough loss in the circle to the Red Raiders, fueled the Bulldogs’ offense in the victory over the Paladins. Newman went 2-for-2 with two home runs, including her first career grand slam, and a career-high seven runs batted in. Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI while Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Roemmich’s final RBI ended the game early as her single scored Alexi Lara (Bettendorf, Iowa). Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) had one hit, one stolen base and two runs scored.last_img read more

MILFORD MAN IN COURT ON SERIES OF MOTORING CHARGES

first_imgA MILFORD motorist has had the case against him at the local district court adjourned until October 19.Neil Blaney, (57), whose address was given as the Milford Inn Hotel, Milford, faces a number of charges relating to alleged offences in May 2014.He is charged with failure to produce a driving license, driving without a driving license, failure to produce an insurance certificate, driving without insurance, failure to produce an NCT certificate and driving without an insurance certificate. MILFORD MAN IN COURT ON SERIES OF MOTORING CHARGES was last modified: July 16th, 2015 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:driving offencesMilford InnNeil Blaneylast_img read more

Miss Ireland Lauren will ‘cherish Miss World experience forever’

first_imgMiss Ireland Lauren McDonagh was the pride of the country last night as she competed in the Miss World championships.Lauren competed against dozens of top pageant winners from across the globe, jetting off to the pictureque Sanya in China for the lavish final.Picture via Instagram @misslaurenmcdonaghSince becoming Miss Ireland, Buncrana woman Lauren has been busy raising awareness for muscular dystrophy, having dedicated her crown to her late brother Darren who passed away from the disease aged 17 when she was just 8. Lauren donned an exquisite yellow taffeta dress for the final, complete with a plunged neckline and frilly details crafted by So Amazing in collaboration with Style by Brendan Marc Scully.Picture via Instagram @misslaurenmcdonagh18-year-old Lauren is currently working as a beautician, and hopes to study nursing at university. Lauren is also passionate about dancing, especially ballet, tap, and modern dancing.With brains, beauty, and talent; Lauren was the clear winner during Miss Ireland in September.Picture via Instagram @misslaurenmcdonaghSharing the news from China, Lauren says: “And that’s the end of an era! I had the most amazing time and met the best bunch of ladies. Thank you Miss World for the incredible experience, I’ll cherish it forever, and my duties as Miss Ireland is only starting, excited to see what’s in store for the year ahead!” Lauren has proved to be a fantastic ambassador for both Donegal and Ireland, and everyone at home in Donegal is very proud of her remarkable achievement.Ireland last won Miss World in 2003 when Rosanna Davison donned the sash, with the crown this year being won by Indian beauty Manushi Chhillar.Miss Ireland Lauren will ‘cherish Miss World experience forever’ was last modified: November 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:lauren mc donaghMISS IRELANDMiss Worldlast_img read more