Dear Editor,There are so many instances of incompetence and outright corruption in this PNC-led Coalition that I do not know where to start. They are in such an advanced and entrenched form of being corrupt that corruption has enveloped their souls, and in that lost state, they are now bringing down the entire nation with them. To this end, they have become so appallingly brazen with that message exported in a hidden series of promises.We are in the season of promises, promises galore; so here we go. Again, I do not know where to start, but let me be fair and cast lots, and the lot automatically falls on the Prime Minister, so I shall begin at Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Now, the Prime Minister is on the campaign trail to regain his position, and to do this, he is going about it in a roundabout manner, playing the “good guy, charismatic figure role.” He is targeting the youths in our midst, one of the groups he thinks he can exploit with his subtleties.He speaks of free education at our university for our youths, and of all sorts of niceties. At face value, these promises seem well meaning and good for the youths, who, according to the President, are the future of our nation. Nice and fitting words for a campaigner, sweet and darling ideas.But wait, Mr Prime Minister; let us pause a moment. These are not new and exciting promises; these are old, worn-out phrases used four years ago in the last election. The only addition is the free education clause; free education is just an addition to the youth phrase chant.Since the last election, when the youths were his target group, nothing has been done to help their cause, and the Government did come up wanting. Now that another election is looming, our youths have suddenly seen prominence in the eyes of this Government. After four long years, the youths are again being targeted to shore up Nagamootoo’s, as well as this Government’s, image.But I can tell them this: it is too little, too late; the youths are not fooled by your latest offer, they have seen your hypocrisy and double talk. They have seen you raise your salaries by 50 per cent, and having a good life while the jobs that were promised them became an elusive dream. These are struggling youths, some of whom have families to take care of and no jobs. This is the reality the youths face day after day.So, Mr Nagamootoo, please take your promises and put them where I cannot here express my profoundest thoughts; only to say hide them where…, you know where.Respectfully,Neil Adams
The community of Groenveldt, at Leonora, West Coast Demerara will see the opening of a Hindu temple, and the executive members of the Groenveldt Dharmic Shiva Mandir will be consecrating the newly constructed building at a ceremony set to begin on Monday and continue throughout the week with other activities.During the opening ceremony, a Ram-Leela presentation will be performed by members of the Ayodhya Research Institute of India, after which a prayer session is scheduled for the late afternoon hours. The events will commence at 17:00h.On Tuesday, prayer services commonly referred to as a Ramayan Yajna will be held at 06:30h, followed by a closing ceremony which will be conducted on June 29 at 09:30h to conclude the consecration exercise.The organisers are encouraging the general public to grace the event with their presence to partake in the week’s festivities.
0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate one of their goals in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Cardiff City on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/SkyLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28-Kevin De Bruyne starred as Manchester City stayed on course for an unprecedented quadruple as a 2-0 win at Cardiff on Sunday put the runaway Premier League leaders into the last 16 of the FA Cup.City, 12 points clear at the summit of English football, are bidding to bring the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League titles to the Etihad. They made short work of second-tier Cardiff, with Belgian star De Bruyne putting them ahead in just eight minutes when he deceived the home side with a brilliant free-kick that he struck under, rather than over, the defensive wall.Bernardo Silva appeared to have doubled the visitors’ lead with a thunderous 26th-minute shot but his goal was ruled out because the officials deemed Leroy Sane to be off-side and interfering with play.It appeared a harsh call but, with the controversial video assistant referee system that is being trialled in some English cup ties this season not in use for this match, there was no way of reviewing the decision.But the second goal Pep Guardiola’s men had threatened arrived in the 37th minute when Silva’s superb curling cross from the left was glanced in by Raheem Sterling.Sane was the victim of a bad tackle by Joe Bennett in first-half stoppage time and was replaced at the break by Sergio Aguero.Cardiff defender Bennett was sent off in injury time at the end of the match when he received a second yellow card for another poor challenge, on Brahim Diaz.De Bruyne said there had been nothing complicated regarding his goal, telling the BBC: “The wall was not nine metres away from me and so they were very close and it was easy to put it under.”But he was slightly bemused by the tactics employed by a Cardiff side pushing for promotion to the Premier League.“They played man against man all over the pitch — it was a little bit weird,” De Bruyne said. “It left a lot of space.”– Batshuayi double –Chelsea players celebrate one of their goals in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Newcastle on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/SkyEarlier, Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea beat Premier League rivals Newcastle 3-0 to also advance into the fifth round.Batshuayi’s goals in the 31st and 44th minutes and a Marcos Alonso free-kick 18 minutes from time were enough for Premier League champions Chelsea to see off Rafael Benitez’s struggling side.The Belgian’s striker’s first was the result of a neat team move, Pedro’s superb through ball splitting the Newcastle defence and leading to Eden Hazard slipping a pass inside to Alonso, who set up Batshuayi for a finish from eight yards out.The Belgian forward scored his second goal shortly before half-time when his shot took a huge deflection off Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles.Alonso sealed victory with a well-struck free-kick.“When I have a chance I take the chance and I work every day to be here,” Batshuayi, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea during the transfer window, told BT Sport.Following their League Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal, the FA Cup offers Chelsea their best chance of a domestic trophy this season.By contrast, Premier League survival is the priority for a Newcastle side that are currently just one point above the relegation zone.Newcastle manager Benitez, asked if he would be able to bring in a new striker before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday, replied: “I don’t think so but we will see. We will try to do something.”Benitez’s former club Liverpool have also missed out on the last 16 after a 3-2 defeat by top-flight strugglers West Brom at Anfield on Saturday where Jay Rodriguez’s two goals for the Baggies were overshadowed by several controversial VAR rulings.Tottenham Hotspur remain in the fifth-round draw, but only after an equaliser from Harry Kane eight minutes from time saw them to a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
As the summer travel season kicks off today, drivers will grapple with sky-high gas prices, air travelers will fight long lines and nightmarish parking, and outdoor enthusiasts will compete for campsites at beaches and forests. Makes you want to just stay home. The Southern California Auto Club estimates that nearly 3.1 million Southern Californians will travel during the Memorial Day weekend, a slight uptick from last year. Nearly 2.5 million of them will drive, more than 450,000 are expected to fly and more than 154,000 will go by ship, bus or train. Rising gas prices – currently averaging $3.37 a gallon in the Los Angeles area – are to blame for tight travel budgets this weekend, prompting many families to stay closer to home. Hot spots include Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, said Carol Thorp, a AAA spokeswoman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The California Highway Patrol will be out in force on the freeways across the state, on the lookout for drunken drivers, speeders and those eschewing seat belts. Last Memorial Day weekend, nine people died in car crashes on county freeways, and the CHP made 320 DUI arrests. “Eighty percent of available personnel will be enforcing rules of the road,” CHP Lt. Andria Witmer said. “We’re telling people to get an early start, and make sure their vehicles are well-maintained so they don’t have to suffer any breakdowns.” LAX officials are expecting the busiest summer travel season since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with an expected 18.7 million people going through the airport between the Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day – 200,000 more than last summer and nearing the 19 million record of 2001. Some 800,000 are expected this weekend alone, LAX spokesman Tom Winfrey said. The hope is that a new valet parking service and some 2,000 screeners will help ease the burden of long lines this weekend, but officials are also encouraging travelers to give themselves enough time. “We’re glad that traffic is returning, which means the economy is better and people are using the airport,” Winfrey said. “They feel more confident taking trips, which means to us they feel that the airport is secure and safe.” At Bob Hope, officials are girding for an expected 1.6 million travelers this summer, a jump of 100,000 from last summer, spokesman Victor Gill said. Long lines in front of the terminal are expected, with motorists dropping off and picking up passengers. But the biggest challenge will be parking. Record numbers of passengers fueled by new flights from JetBlue and Delta Airlines have exacerbated the parking situation, as travelers are more frequently filling up the airport’s 6,500 spaces, Gill said. Officials are searching for options off airport property, but no plans will be in place in time to fix the summer crunch. Meanwhile, the airport’s Web site warns of the potential parking nightmare, and advises visitors to hitch rides with family or friends. “What we’re hoping is that people will be aware that they are traveling in a more crowded period and will build more time to compensate for it,” Gill said. On Thursday morning, Gary L. Turner, a metals salesman from Woodland Hills, decided to use Bob Hope’s $20-a-day valet option for an overnight trip to San Francisco to see his daughter. A frequent business traveler through Bob Hope, he is familiar with the parking problems and chooses the valet service because it’s hassle-free. “It’s easier,” he said. “I like to go in and out.” Anita and Sid Berneger chose to park at the Hilton across the street for $9 a day and take the shuttle to the terminal for a flight to the Bay Area to visit family. They chose Thursday morning to head out to get a jump on the Memorial Day weekend throngs. “And we’re not coming home until next Thursday,” said Anita Berneger, 81. “I heard that the parking situation is quite frenetic here.” For those venturing to local beach and mountain campsites, spaces are filling up, despite the potential tinderbox conditions in the hillsides. “Conditions will only get worse as we go into the summer months,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mark Savage. But that won’t deter the true weekend warriors determined to camp at the 278 state parks statewide. “This is the major kickoff for the summer camping season,” said Sheryl Watson, spokeswoman for the state parks system. “Camping is really popular right now.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paddy Hudi Beag Gallagher and Micheal Coll at the Golden Gate Bridge…THE pix and videos are pouring in as the excitement continues to Sunday week’s All-Ireland final.Last week we had pictures from the White House in Washington.Today it’s the turn of San Franscisco, with Paddy Hudi Beag Gallagher and Micheal Coll at the Golden Gate Bridge…looking good guys! Back home, there’s a simple message on the green at Falcarragh Cottages below.falcarragh cottagesMichelle McCauley is so attached to her dog, he gets the full title – he’s Benji McCauley.Here he is giving Jim’s boys paws for thought – kitted out ready for SAM!BENJI’S A BIG FANAnd here’s one mixed up family in Kildare: Ava Munnelly is pictured with her dog Max Her mum hails from Donegal and her Dad is from Mayo. Ava and Max (sorry Ava, but Max is on a winner!) There must be a paint sale on! The Chasin Bull Bar in Bundoran’s gone mad!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY
LETTERKENNY NOTES (You can send community news to email@example.com)MUSIC: The Donegal Chamber Music Society presents the second concert of “Sundays in Conwal” with the DONEGAL CAMERATA String Quintet this afternoon Sunday 13th May at 3 pm. Tickets available at the door.SUNDAY STROLL IN GARTAN ~ Co. Donegal VEC Relay for Life Team are having a ‘Sunday Stroll’ this afternoon (13th May) in Gartan in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. There are 3 different walks available, an 8 mile (around the lake) at 3 pm, a 4 mile starting at 3.30 pm and a 2 mile walk starting at 4 pm. The Walks are €10 per person or €15 for a family. Tea and Coffee after the walk. LITTLE FLOWER PRAYER GROUP will meet on Monday 14th May at 8 pm in Mount Carmel House of Prayer, Drumkeen. All are welcomeKILMACRENNAN 5K ROAD RACE/WALK will take place on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30 pm. Contact 086-8988071 or Kilmacrennan National School on 9139295.A VARIETY CONCERT in aid of the Breast Care Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May in An Grianan Theatre at 8 pm. Tickets cost €15 and are available from the Box Office or at the door on the night. Your support would be appreciated.The SMA PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK will take place on Saturday 26th May. For information about a bus going from the area or if you are interested in organising a bus please contact 091-798880 or 01-4968162. MEGAN’S DAY in the Clanree Hotel on Sunday 10th June from 3 pm with various activities for children including Bouncy Castles, Assault Courses, Face Painting also there will be a Stunt Bike Rider plus live coverage of the Ireland v Croatia. Music all day. Admission €10 or Family Ticket €25. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgH.S.E. Retired Group Summer Outing will take place from 17th – 20th June to the West County Hotel, Ennis. For further information and to book please contact Kathleen on 9121551 or Breed on 9122605. Limited places are available.Two places are still available in Children in Crossfire’s Everest Base Camp Challenge from 20th November to 8th December. For further details please email: email@example.com or 04871269898.COMMUNITY GAMES ATHLETIC FINALS will take place at the Aura Leisure Centre this Tuesday15th May. Registration is from 6 pm and entry fee is €2. Adult help would be greatly appreciated.Letterkenny Community Centre Notes 11th May 2012 New Boot Camp6 weeks of testing your mind body and soul (starting 21st May)Mon & Wed 7.00-8.00am €5 per class or €50 for 6wks Bounce & Tone Tone A high intensity workout on a mini trampolineWed 7.00-8.00pm & Fri 10.00-11.00am €5per class New Pregnancy PilatesMaintaining strength, flexibility & your figureContact Aine 087 6335230 New Donegal Dance Irish WorksLearn Irish dance, keep fit and have fun 18 yrs+Tuesdays 8.00-9.30pm New Two Hand DancingGet fit tapping your toes and clicking your heels – All welcome.Mon 11.00-1.00pm Thurs 11.00-1.00pm (Beginners) New Lunch-time Ab BlastHigh intensity core workout targeting all muscle groupsWednesdays 1.15-2.00pm €5 per class New Capoeira FitnessA Brazilian martial arts dance movementTue & Fri 1.15-2.00pm €5 per classLOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY NOTES
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 9In 2030, local government in South Africa has the trust of the people, being committed to working with communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives. • Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Local government – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 9: Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• Infographic: Building a capable and developmental stateLocal government – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, the state will play a developmental and transformative role in South Africa. It will act to support and guide development to the benefit of all society – particularly the poor.In 2030 the state will be accountable, focused on citizen’s priorities. Cooperative government and participatory democracy will ensure the consistent and sustainable delivery of high-quality services to the people.Local government, in particular, will be committed to working with citizens and communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives. It will be at the forefront of participatory democracy, involving citizens in meaningful discussions about government and development.In 2030 citizens will confidently put their trust local government, and its skilled, competent and committed employees.By 2030:• The state is capable of playing a developmental and transformative role.• Government staff at all levels have the authority, experience, competence and support they need to do their jobs.• Relations between national, provincial and local government are improved through a more proactive approach to managing the intergovernmental system.Local government – The challengesLocal government operates in a complex environment. More than R1-billion is spent on municipal support and capacity building every year. Yet municipal performance remains far from optimal. While the city municipalities in particular have made significant progress in service delivery, even these advances are obscured by overwhelming challenges related to the fast pace of urbanisation.Priority challenges include:• Weak political leadership• Technical skills gaps and lack of relevant competencies• High staff turnover and vacancy levels• Weak understanding of policies• Political deployments not always competent appointments• Lack of career progression• Poor attitudes & values of staff• Lack of professionalism & regulation thereof by professional bodies & government• Corruption at all levels with no consequences• Unclear administrative-political interface• Weak strategy – focus on compliance• Weak financial management and low budget spend• Weak council decisions, often contrary to technical advice• Organisational instability, including review of S 57 contracts linked to political term of office• Lack of oversight and accountability• Lack of legal compliance or regulatory support• Weak municipal systemsLocal government – Action requiredSolutions detailed in the National Development Plan are essential to improving local government performance, ensuring quality service delivery and ultimately putting the local government on a positive path to achieving the vision for 2030.Specific action includes:• Use differentiation to ensure a better fit between the capacity and responsibilities of provinces and municipalities. Take a more proactive approach to resolving coordination problems and a more long-term approach to building capacity.• Develop regional utilities to deliver some local government services on an agency basis, where municipalities or districts lack capacity.• Adopt a less hierarchical approach to coordination so that routine issues can be dealt with on a day-to-day basis between mid-level officials. Use the cluster system to focus on strategic cross-cutting issues and the Presidency to bring different parties together when coordination breaks down.• Create an administrative head of the public service with responsibility for managing the career progression of heads of department. Put in place a hybrid approach to top appointments that allows for the reconciliation of administrative and political priorities.• Use placements and secondments to enable staff to develop experience of working in other spheres of government.• Enhance the role of the Public Service Commission to champion and monitor norms and standards to ensure that only competent and suitably experienced people are appointed to senior positions.• Amend the Public Service Act to locate responsibility for human-resources management with the head of department.• Establish a formal graduate recruitment scheme for the public service with provision for mentoring, training and reflection. Formulate long-term skills development strategies for senior managers, technical professionals and local government staff.• Use assessment mechanisms such as exams, group exercises and competency tests to build confidence in recruitment systems.Local government – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to ensure a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system.• Members of society have sustainable and reliable access to basic services.• Intergovernmental and democratic governance arrangements for a functional system of cooperative governance strengthened.• Sound financial and administrative management.• Promotion of social and economic development.• Local public employment programmes expanded through the Community Work Programme.Local government – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to ensure a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prices on goods sold in the United States are likely to increase as an extensive array of tariffs on foreign goods, particularly from China, remain in place, according to an agricultural economist with The Ohio State University.“I don’t think we’ve seen the full effects of the trade war yet,” said Ian Sheldon, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).The Trump administration first imposed a tariff on foreign steel and aluminum, then on a range of products from various countries including about 5,000 products made in China and sold in the United States. China and other countries have in turn raised tariffs on U.S. products sold in their countries, which has cut the demand for them.“And the Chinese are showing no signs of backing down,” Sheldon said.The tariffs the Trump administration imposed are intended to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by increasing the number of U.S. goods sold abroad and reducing the amount of foreign goods Americans buy. But that hasn’t happened, Sheldon said.“In fact, it looks like the trade deficit is getting worse right now,” Sheldon said.The trade deficit remains high because Americans consume too much and save too little, Sheldon pointed out.He will discuss the impact of the tariffs and other aspects of trade at the Nov. 2 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference sponsored by CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.The agenda for the conference includes:Barry Ward, director of Ohio State University Extension’s Income Tax School, will present “Farm Input Outlook.” OSU Extension is the outreach arms of CFAES.Ben Brown, program manager of the farm management program in CFAES, will present “Commodity Outlook: South American Focus.”Ani Katchova, associate professor and chair of the farm income enhancement program, will present “Ohio Farm Financial Conditions and Outlook.”An agricultural policy panel will include Carl Zulauf, CFAES professor emeritus; Fred Yoder, owner of Yoder Ag Services; and Kevin Elder, a producer.Net farm income is expected to further decrease in 2018, the fifth consecutive year of low incomes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since 2013, net farm income in the United States has been cut in half.“There’s concern about how long this agricultural downturn is going to last,” Katchova said. “Five years is a long time for persistently low income.”Commodity prices have gone down while the costs of operating a farm and producing crops have gone up, Katchova said. Record yields this year for corn and soybeans have not helped Ohio farmers increase their incomes because of the lower prices they’re getting per bushel for their crops, she said.“You would think that in a year with record yields for corn and soybeans, income would go up, but that likely isn’t going to happen because of the low commodity prices,” Katchova said.The conference will be held at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.For more information about the conference, visit go.osu.edu/OutlookConference2018.