Restructuring of GFC not a “witch hunt” – Trotman

first_imgThe restructuring of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is not intended to be a “witch hunt” or to advance a political agenda, but rather, to bring the agency into alignment with Government’s green agenda and modernisation.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThis is according to Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, in response to recent publications in sections of the media with regard to calls made for the removal of the Task Force’s convenor, Clayton Hall, or the quashing of the restructuring process.“I’ve seen some letters in the press and have been able to ascertain that some were deliberately planted. GFC has found itself in an embarrassing situation regarding salaries and the servicing of some debts…In so far as the Task Force is concerned, Mr Hall is only one of several persons and I am looking for the collective view of all to be brought to bear and don’t expect the view or opinion of one person to be dominant,” the Minister told Guyana Times on Sunday.According to him, he will continue to monitor the work of the Task Force, and if he realises that it is going “contrary to Cabinet’s direction”, then he will intervene.Earlier this month, Government announced that the GFC needs to be restructured in keeping the national objective of moving towards a “green” economy and the consequent realignment of critical agencies of State. But after the first meeting in this regard between relevant authorities and the GFC’s staff on Friday, the workers are calling on the Administration to halt this move or replace the “Restructuring” Committee’s convener, Clayton Hall.According to some staff who were present at the meeting, the event was initially planned to “put the minds of staff members at ease” that the restructuring of the GFC is “well-intended and aimed at positive outcomes.”Several questions were posed concerning issues such as the merging of the Monitoring Division and Resources Management Division, dismissal of staff members, if the restructuring process was a “witch-hunting exercise” aimed at removing specific individuals from the GFC and if the Task Force, which Hall heads is experienced in Human Resources Management to undertake a task such as this, among other questions.However, according to a staff member, Hall was “unprepared for those questions” and responded instinctively, which was deemed as the “most striking degree of unprofessional conduct”.This publication understands that this situation was witnessed by an average of 230 GFC staff along with members of the Commission and several Board members.“Hall has brought embarrassment to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the honourable Minister Trotman, whom he represents. He has shown his true colours as a partisan political operative who has motives that will not serve the GFC well, not on this restructuring process nor on any process in the future. His judgement is not objective; he is not fair-minded nor is he open-minded,” a letter from concerned staff to this media house stated.As such, staff members of the GFC are contending that if the Natural Resources Ministry is well-intended on this restructuring process, they will consider forthwith, “a more logical and transparent route to the restructuring, in resting this important activity to the GFC Board as the main body that oversees the Commission”.The Task Force was established jointly between the Ministry and the Board of Directors of the GFC to address the reorganising and restructuring of the Commission. Guyana has an area of 214,970 km2 of which nearly seventy-five per cent is covered with natural vegetation. Of this area, approximately four-fifths is classified as State forests under the jurisdiction of the GFC.According to the Ministry earlier this month, the Task Force will include the technical and administrative talent and personnel of the Natural Resources Ministry, the Board, and the Commission who will examine the structure and functioning of the GFC to make recommendations to Minister Trotman. He, in turn, is mandated to present a report to Cabinet.last_img read more

Ramdhani strikes twice

first_imgCarebeco Int’l U-19 2018 C/ships…Guyana’s very own local badminton champion Priyanna Ramdhani faced the ultimate test by progressing through the group stages and semifinals to secure her spot in the Girls Singles and Girls Doubles Finals which were staged on Sunday at the Ring Sports Center in Ringweg Noord Paramaribo, Suriname.The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Carebeco Caribbean International and Regional Junior and Senior Badminton Championships got underway on Thursday in Paramaribo, Suriname. It is scheduled to end on August 29.It is considered the tournament of tournaments, where each player would have to face opponents that will match them skill for skill and push them to their fullest potential.On Sunday, Ramdhani claimed two gold medals by outclassing and outmatching her opponents in the Girls Singles and Girls Doubles Finals in front of a large crowd.Being only 16, Priyanna has now given the nation of Guyana hope as she still has two more years remaining in this event.The event started out like any other evening for a final, tensions running high and nervousness in the air; but that did not affect Ramdhani. She entered the competition a confident young woman, with her head lifted high, and defeated the number 1 seeded player in the tournament, Chequeda De Boulet of Trinidad and Tobago, 21-10, 21-4 to lift the Girls Singles title.Later that evening, the newly crowned champion, now confident and assured, secured the Girls Doubles Championship alongside her opponent from the singles match, De Boulet. They defeated the top Surinamese pair of Imani Mangroe and Faith Sariman 21-13, 21-17.last_img read more

Referee ‘didn’t hear’ racist abuse of Balotelli

first_img0Shares0000Mario Balotelli complained to referee Nicolas Rainville about racist abuse at Dijon. The French league is investigating © AFP/File / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPARIS, France, Feb 14 – The referee who booked Mario Balotelli while the Nice striker was complaining of racist abuse has said he “didn’t hear insults or shouts from the stand” during Saturday’s match at Dijon.“If I had heard ‘monkey chants’ as indicated in the query by Nice, I would at no point have given Mario Balotelli a yellow card,” Nicolas Rainville said in a statement from French referees’ union SAFE on Wednesday. “I can understand such a reaction from a player affected by these kinds of insults,” he added.Balotelli was booked for gesticulating angrily at the crowd in the game on Saturday. He then complained to the referee that he had been subjected to racist abuse.French football authorities said the league’s disciplinary commission will look into the case on Thursday.An appeal was launched by two French anti-discrimination organisations on Monday for witnesses in the ground to come forward and help identify the culprits.It is not the first time Balotelli, whose biological parents are from Ghana, has been the victim of racist abuse.Last season Bastia were hit with a suspended one-point deduction and three-game partial stand closure by the French League over the behaviour of some of their fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Forget about ‘mercenaries’ like Zlatan and put faith in youth, Man United urged

first_imgDavid Ginola has urged Manchester United to forget about signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and invest in their academy instead.Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain contract expires in the summer and United are reportedly keen on bringing the talismanic forward to England.But Ginola believes splashing out huge wages on the 34-year-old would be a backward step for the Premier League club.Louis van Gaal has blooded numerous academy graduates since taking the helm at Old Trafford.And, despite the lack of success under the Dutchman, Ginola says the club should continue with their policy of giving youngsters a chance rather than signing experienced ‘mercenary’ players like Ibrahmovic – as he believes it will benefit them in the long run.The former France international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, said: “He is reaching 35 and is probably at the end of his career. I don’t think it should be an option for Louis van Gaal or whoever is in charge next season.“It is better to build a team around the youth and what they are doing at Man United right now with Rashford, Lingard and Martial, I would rather see that.“Louis van Gaal has spent £200million on players and at the moment he is relying on 18-year-old kids. What is the point [of spending that money]?“We are looking for teams and massive clubs like Man United to invest very significant amounts of money on the youth and the academy. Barcelona for ten years worked really hard to bring talent from the academy right up to the first team and that is exactly what they have done. I see the future going that way rather than spending hundreds of millions on players.“I don’t want to see mercenaries in football. I want to see people who know inside out what the history of the club is all about and when you wear the shirt, you really play for them.”last_img read more


first_imgThirteen Donegal beaches have all retained their blue flags, following an announcement today from An Taisce. An Taisce announced earlier that thirteen beaches in Donegal retained the International Blue Flag Award. It was also announced that Donegal has retained its 6 Green Coast Awards.The 13 beaches to retain their blue flags in Donegal are Bundoran, Culdaff, Fintra, Downings, Killahoey, Marblehill, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Naran, Magherawarden, Shroove, Rossnowlagh and Carrickfinn.Blue Flag beaches must be identified bathing waters and are judged against a total of 32 criteria.The areas in the county that retained their Green Coast Awards are Dooey Beach, Drumnatinney, Magheroarty, Port Arthur and Rathmullan. The Green Coast Award can be awarded to non-identified bathing waters and go to beaches that have excellent water quality, a five year beach management plan and where the local communities are encouraged to engage in the management of the beach.THIRTEEN DONEGAL BEACHES RETAIN ALL OF ITS BLUE FLAGS was last modified: June 4th, 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:beachesBlue FlagsnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Bruschi straps on pads again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After practice he said he had some jitters but wasn’t discouraged by anything that took place. “If you haven’t done something in a long time, you always have some nerves the first time back,” Bruschi said. “I feel good with my conditioning level. It’s where it needs to be, I think. Game shape is another thing, but we’ll cross that road when we come to it. I thought it was a good day.” New England has a bye this week, so the practice was unusually short, lasting about 75 minutes, with no hard contact between players. Bruschi said he had no pain or discomfort and would try to be ready for the next game, Oct. 30 against Buffalo. “Today was the first step in my attempt,” he said. ” I felt good out there, like I was saying, but I’m not going to make any guarantees or promises (other than) that I’m going to give it my best shot.” The practice was the latest step on the road Bruschi has traveled since Feb. 6, when New England won its third Super Bowl in four years. A week later, Bruschi played in his first Pro Bowl. Three days after that, he was hospitalized after experiencing numbness in his left arm and left leg. Then he had surgery in March to repair a small hole in his heart. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tedy Bruschi lifted both legs far over his head as he lay on his back and stretched. He chased teammate Mike Vrabel and blocked him playfully in the back. He ran to the next drill. And he smiled. For the first time since a minor stroke eight months ago threatened his NFL career, the Patriots’ star linebacker practiced with his team Wednesday. “I’m back playing the game that I love,” Bruschi said before putting on his shoulder pads and his dark blue 54 jersey, carrying his helmet out of the locker room and walking into the noon sun. center_img As recently as September, the 32-year-old defensive co-captain said he wouldn’t play this year. But he kept working out in the team’s weight room, running and attending team meetings. He also stood on the sideline during home games. Then he received medical clearance from several doctors to cross that barrier and play this season. Coach Bill Belichick was excited to have Bruschi back and said he wouldn’t wince when Bruschi gets hit on the field. “Anything any other player would do, that’s what he’s going to do” in practice, Belichick said. He said he didn’t know if Bruschi would play against Buffalo. On Monday, Belichick said that was possible, and Bruschi said he had no doubts he would play in a game this season. Without Bruschi, the Patriots are 3-3 after losing two games in each of the last two seasons. They’ve also suffered significant injuries: knee problems ended safety Rodney Harrison’s season and sidelined defensive end Richard Seymour for the past two games; running backs Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk missed last Sunday’s 28-20 loss at Denver; and offensive tackle Matt Light is expected to sit out much of the season with a leg injury. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal party activists have endorsed standing Sinn Fein TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty to campaign for re-election in the new countywide constituency.Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn will run again for Sinn Fein in Donegal.The convention also resolved to decide on the possibility of a third Donegal candidate at a later date.A number of party members feel they could snatch a third seat in the new five seater constituency but others are uncertain. While both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail will feel they can hold onto one TD, Independent Thomas Pringle is also being tipped to keep hold of his seat.Deputies Mac Lochlainn and Doherty said it was a privilege to be selected to run for Sinn Fein.‘We are honoured to again contest an election to represent the people of Donegal on behalf of Sinn Fein. This election is the most important in decades. This is the Irish people’s opportunity to move our country in a new direction – away from the failed right wing policies which were created by Fianna Fail and are now being ruthlessly imposed by Fine Gael and Labour.‘This is an opportunity for the people of Donegal to say that it is not acceptable for Letterkenny General Hospital to receive that lowest funding per patient ratio of any hospital in the state, that it is not okay to reduce our local authority staff by over a third and that the northwest region is the only area in Ireland without access to rail or dual carriageway connection to Dublin. ‘It is not acceptable that our services are being decimated while struggling people are being told to pay more taxes.‘This election is a chance to put Ireland on a fair path – where the very wealthiest in society are asked to pay their fair share and we can begin to invest in our communities once again.‘A Sinn Fein led government is the only way this can happen. We now look forward to engaging with our communities throughout this campaign in order to ask people to endorse our alternative and help rebuild Ireland.’The meeting was chaired by Westminster candidate for Fermanagh/South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew MP, who praised the work of Donegal’s two republican TDs.Commenting after the meeting Ms Gildernew said Sinn Fein is fighting austerity north and south and members are now preparing for two vital election campaigns which will propel us towards an Ireland of equals. ‘Republicans in Donegal are blessed to have two of the most capable representatives in this country representing our politics at a national level.‘Padraig and Pearse are also lucky to have such a strong organisation on the ground to assist in their reelection campaign. I have no doubt that such a combination will deliver the result that the people of this area needs.’SINN FEIN TO DECIDE ON THIRD CANDIDATE AS DOHERTY AND MacLOCHLAINN TO STAND was last modified: February 25th, 2015 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:donegalPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Johnny Loughrey named among Ireland’s 10 most outstanding young people

first_imgDonegal Chartered Physiotherapist Johnny Loughrey has won a place in the Top 10 list of Ireland’s Outstanding Young People for 2018.The Letterkenny man was recently honoured at the national JCI awards for his accomplishments in the business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial field.Johnny established JT Physiotherapy Ltd in 2013 in Letterkenny, and later in Derry, following some time spent in Australia developing a forward-thinking approach to rehabilitation. He also established the No Barriers Foundation in 2016 which aims to break down barriers allowing those with varying levels of mobility, disabilities or chronic long-term illness to exercise within their community, to improve health and to decrease the risk of comorbidities. The Foundation managed to acquire funding for a revolutionary piece of equipment called an Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton which allows those with spinal injury, traumatic brain injury or those who have suffered a stroke to walk and rehabilitate while wearing the robotic suit.Johnny Loughrey with runner-up Caitlin Nic Aoidh at the JCI Ireland TOYP AwardsThe Loughrey family celebrating at the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Awards on May 12th: John, Mary, Laura and JohnnyThe JCI Ireland TOYP Awards, in association with AIB, were held on Saturday 12th May, where ten phenomenal people were recognised as Ireland’s most outstanding for 2018. The awards ceremony was hosted at the stunning Mount Falcon Estate on the banks of the renowned River Moy in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The MC on the evening was Harry McCann who was a world TOYP winner in 2017 for his achievements as a technology entrepreneur. Two other inspirational Donegal women were named as runners-up. RINKA entrepreneur Sarah Gillespie and TG4 presenter Caitlin Nic Aoidh were also honoured at the awards. Sarah Gillespie nominated for the JCI Donegal Outstanding Young Person Awards 2018 in May 2018. L-R: Sandra McGettigan (AIB), Sarah Gillespie, Patrick McEleney (JCI Donegal), Keira Keogh (JCI Ireland)The TOYP Awards serve to formally recognise young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. The honorees, in turn, motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies. The competition now moves onto the international level where the world’s ten outstanding young people will be crowned in India in November. Speaking at the awards ceremony JCI Ireland President, Laura Enache, said: “The TOYP honorees are transformational leaders who have made a huge contribution to our society. They have identified a need in the community and have acted upon it. They have identified the passion in themselves to serve other people and change the world for the better. They are a true inspiration.”On the night Ronan Neacy, JCI Ireland Director of Community, said: “The honourees have inspired us to not only do better for ourselves but to do better for our communities, our cities and our country.”Joe Cawley, on behalf of national sponsor AIB, mentioned: “JCI is a wonderful organisation and the TOYP Awards are truly something special. AIB is proud to be backing JCI.” A raffle was held on the night in aid of the Darkness Into Light charity walk, Pieta House’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event, which had taken place that morning throughout the country.Johnny Loughrey named among Ireland’s 10 most outstanding young people was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 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:2018 Ten Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Awardsjci irelandJohnny LoughreyJT Physiotherapyno barrierslast_img read more

All I Want for Christmas… is a Dyson from Irwin Expert Electrical

first_imgDyson’s ground-breaking technologies are at the top of many wish lists this Christmas.Whether it’s the revolutionary hair styling products, fans and air purifiers or the highly-impressive vacuum cleaners, a gift from Dyson is one that will make life a little easier.Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny and Buncrana are the leading stockists of Dyson in the North West. Their experience centre lets you discover the range for yourself. Letterkenny Store Manager Shaun Mallon gave us this introduction to the most in-demand items from Dyson this Christmas: Having started off in a modest store 40 years ago in Buncrana, Irwin Expert Electrical retail is part of Expert Group – Ireland’s largest electrical retailer with 67 stores nationwide.Irwin Expert Electrical have a state of the art showroom in Letterkenny and a newly renovated showroom in Buncrana and they are continually introducing new brands & new products, giving the consumer more choice, better prices and, according to Declan Irwin, their success is simply down to having the right mix of products and great customer service. Irwin Expert Electrical are the North West’s No. 1 in Home Electrical & Kitchen Appliances.This week we visit their Dyson Experience & Dyson Style Bar Centres, the only one in the North West. If you are looking for anything Dyson this Christmas Irwin Expert Expert have everything you need. Here are some Christmas Gift Ideas available at our Showrooms. Discover Dyson Purifiers. Heating and Cooling, with air purification“If air quality is important to you, you’ll want one of these.”Dyson Pure Cool MePersonal purifying fanFocused, personal airflow – precisely where you need itCaptures allergens, pollutants and gasesDyson Pure Hot + CoolHeats in winter, cools you in summer. Purifies all year round.Senses and captures airborne particles and gases, then reports in real time.Air Multiplier™ technology projects over 290 litres of purified air per second, to heat or cool you.Dyson Pure CoolCools you in summer. Purifies all year round.Senses and captures airborne particles and gases, then reports them in real time.Air Multiplier™ technology projects over 290 litres of purified air per second.Cordless Dyson VacuumsHeavy duty performance for big cleans. Cord-free versatility for everyday use.Dyson V11The most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum.Dyson Cyclone V10Powerful suction to deep clean everywhere.Dyson V8Powerful suction for versatile cleaning.Dyson V7Lightweight, with powerful suction.Dyson Hair Care– Hair Care – Re-EngineeredDiscover Dyson hair care technology. Powerful, precise styling with no extreme heat. Helps protect your natural shine, every time you style.Dyson Airwrap– Curl. Wave. Smooth. DryWith No Extreme HeatDiscover the Dyson SupersonicFast Drying. No Extreme Heat. Engineered for Different Hair Types.Irwin Expert Electrical’s Christmas Club is open and will be delighted to help you choose the perfect Gift, you can pay in for it & collect by Christmas.They also accept SHOP LK vouchers.They are so thankful to their customers for shopping local and choosing Irwin Expert Electrical as their preferred Home Appliance, TV, Computer Centre & Household Electrical Retail Store for in the North West.Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny Showroom – Port Road, Letterkenny (Behind Browne Printers – Opposite Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana Showroom – Maginn Avenue, Buncrana.Follow Us on Facebook : I Want for Christmas… is a Dyson from Irwin Expert Electrical was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:all i want for christmasChristmas GiftsdysonIrwin Expert Electricallast_img read more

Sita to revamp govt systems

first_img1 December 2003The State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) is to “recondition” the core IT systems of six government departments by adding new features to old software.The project, which is aimed at raising the standards of service delivery, has already been implemented on the department of social development’s software, SocPen, which is used to process social grants.The agency said it planned to follow up on the success of the SocPen project by implementing similar “reverse-engineering” projects in other departments, including transport, home affairs, housing, health, and trade and industry. All these departments interact extensively with citizens.The agency said it would use data from the various departments’ applications, which described how, when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, to enhance the applications, make them operate as one, and add in Web functionality, in order to deliver interactive e-government services.Many government systems, including SocPen, have been built using the same database technology, namely Adabas/Natural.“Most government departments use this, so once we have reverse-engineered SocPen, it will be a lot easier to reverse-engineer others because they are based on the same technology,” said McKay Motshabi, Sita’s general manager for research and development.The project, said Motshabi, is being run parallel to Sita’s Master Systems Plan (MSP) that is currently being piloted in various government departments as MSP-in-a-Box.MSP-in-a-Box is aimed at assisting the government to standardise specific hardware and software architectures, as well as upgrade and replicate solutions across different departments.Motshabi said that in addition to being used within government, the MSP methodology will be given to external consultants to evaluate and assess.The MSP methodology, according to Motshabi, aims to provide a level of standardisation in terms of evaluating ICT requirements within government and to provide better uniformity and control.“Until now, different methodologies have been used, depending on the private sector’s preferences or on specific government departments,” he said, adding that the result had been a lack of cohesion and comparable results.“The aim is therefore to create a standard methodology that can be used by industry and Sita alike, producing output that is evaluated on an equal basis.”For this reason, Motshabi said, the government would eventually be able to provide services to citizens through a single Web portal or central call centre, providing a single point of access to services for citizens.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more