M&CC needs to cut its expenditure

first_imgDear Editor, Dear Editor, The economic slowdown in the country has impacted every entity in Guyana, causing most businesses to make tough but necessary decisions in regard to personnel in all of their operations, including layoffs and redundancies.Is it not time for the bankrupt Georgetown Municipality to do the same, and consider reducing overtime; implementing hiring freezes; salary freezes; downsizing and layoffs; salary reductions; furloughs; temporary shutdowns of some of its sections; work-sharing arrangements; shortened work weeks or workdays; and eliminating training programs, especially overseas ones?Let us face it: why does a purportedly cash strapped municipality, which is doing nothing positive for the citizens, need a public relations department? To write an occasional letter to the press and to host an insipid weekly television programme? The citizens don’t need a green washing tool to just carry out acts of window dressing, they need a clean and healthy city.  Having a large audit department in a municipality that has not had its accounts audited, qualified or presented to the citizenry for decades is nothing short of a sick joke. Maybe these staff members of the Audit Department should be reclassified and sent after delinquent ratepayers. Rather than crying out each day and harassing persons each day for more revenue, the Council needs to simply cut its expenditure.Sincerely,Mateo Phelepelast_img read more

We need the best skills to manage our oil and gas wealth

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger is reported as saying that, “…Government plans to embark on a global search for the best qualified personnel to staff the proposed department of energy (DoE)”. This, on the surface, seems to be a rational and well-considered statement by the President. Furthermore, it is difficult to argue with what the President is saying, as we should seek always to employ the ‘best qualified personnel’ to ensure our interests are sufficiently represented and our people and country are safeguarded. What is befuddling, however, is that the Administration, knowingly if one goes by what President Granger said, hadn’t the best skills but chose nevertheless to engage a mammoth corporation as Exxon and its partners in reaching agreement on the extraction of our new-found petroleum resources. Without a doubt, the absence of the right skills has caused the agreement inked with Exxon and its associates to be widely panned and as we saw recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in diplomatic language, expressing its concern. It seems the Government has adopted a putting the cart before the horse approach to governance which has seen it committing folly after folly. Nevertheless, I indeed hope that the best possible skills, barring cronyism and nepotism, could be employed, but I will not hold my breath on this.Yours faithfully,Liebert Alleynelast_img read more

Boks humiliate Kenya in second Dubai 7s tie

first_imgSenatla dotted down thrice, with Cecil Afrika, Branco du Preez, Justin Geduld, Kwagga Smith and Rosko Specman adding one each.Four of the eight tries were converted while Kenya’s only score from the game came off Jeff Oluoch within the first minute.Shujaa had a perfect start to the tie with Oluoch dotting the first try of the game within the opening minute, landing in on the left after Kenya picked up well from kick off to push South Africa into their own 22.However, a series of errors from Innocent Simiyu’s men saw Kenya lose out flat, letting the series defending champions run over them.Dennis Ombachi failed to hold on to a pass from Oscar Ayodi and Senatla pounced, showing his killer pace to whizz away and dot down on the left.Ayodi’s late attempt to chase him down was futile as the dreadlocked stinger was already gassed up.Senatla struck again after the Boks picked the ball from a turnover, showing good feet to escape the tackling Kenyan hands before racing down under the posts.Jeff Oluoch lands Kenya’s only try of the game. PHOTO/KRUDu Preez added in the extras as Boks went 12-5 up.Another lapse from the Kenyans saw du Preez win the ball and feed compatriot Afrika who didn’t look behind steaming away to dot down.Afrika and Senatla were to combine for the fourth try after South Africa won the ball off a line-out, Senatla offloading to Afrika who went over the chalk despite a late tackling attempt from Injera.The holders went 22-5 up at the break.They went on with their destructive nature in the second half, du Preez getting in a try of his own after swift movement by South Africa from the scrum.He added in the conversion for a 29-5 lead.Geduld, Smith and Specman then dotted down with Afrika converting two of those tries as the Boks completed the job.Kenya had tried to dig in after the buzzer to score a consolation to at least take their tally to double figures, but they lost the ball again with Specman punishing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dennis Ombachi in action at teh Dubai Sevens. The team lost their second match 48-5 against South Africa. PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1- The Kenya Sevens team are faced with a must win tie against East African neighbors Uganda at 6:31pm if they are to progress to the Main Cup quarters at the Dubai Sevens after suffering an embarrassing 48-5 loss against South Africa in their second group match.Shujaa who started off the day with a 29-15 win over Canada were punished for their own mistakes despite going up first against the series defending champions with Seabelo Senatla making minced meat of the Kenyans in the rout.last_img read more

Lyon star set to SNUB Sunderland interest and remain in France

first_img Clement Grenier in action for Lyon Clement Grenier is planning on staying put at Lyon this summer despite interest from both Sunderland and Palermo.The gifted midfielder has been a long-term target for Newcastle, but it is their fierce rivals Sunderland who have now emerged as contenders to sign him.According to sources in France, the 25-year-old, who started just 10 Ligue 1 games last term, is not part of the club’s plans next season so is expected to leave in the next month.But L’Equipe has reported that Grenier, who is under contract until 2018, is currently not convinced by Sunderland or Palermo, while a mooted move to Russia is also not in his plans.So it appears as though the Frenchman is ready to stay and fight for his place at Lyon, the club he joined as an 11-year-old in 2002. 1last_img read more

Six new digital hubs announced for across Donegal

first_imgPlans for six new digital hubs across Co Donegal have been unveiled by Udaras na Gaeltachta.The hubs are part of an ambitious plan to create remote working spaces for businesses across the seven Gaeltacht counties.Under the ambitious plan, a new hub will be opened in Kilcar before the end of this year. There are also now firm plans for similar innovative hubs to be opened in Termon, Carrigart, Arranmore Island, Tory Island and Dungloe.A similar hub already exists in the Gaoth Dobhair area.gteic Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta is a network of 31 innovation & digital hubs with highspeed broadband being developed by Údarás na Gaeltachta.The new gigabit enabled Gaeltacht network will be launched by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and Islands, Seán Kyne, in the Italian Room in Government Buildings today. The innovation hubs are to be dotted along the majestic Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork in addition to Waterford and Meath in Ireland’s Ancient East.Six Gaeltacht islands also form part of this growing digital ecosystem to support the sustainability of these communities and off-shore islands.Údarás na Gaeltachta has invested over €1.5 million in the development of the hubs, with additional funding in excess of €3.5 million from the Government’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund by year end.The gteic hubs, tailored to suit each unique location, will include hot desk and shared space facilities for remote workers and eworkers in addition to fully equipped office spaces and incubation units with high speed internet access to facilitate innovation and concept development.The Vision The development of gteic Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta network of innovation and digital hubs is one of 5 key initiatives included in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Strategic Plan 2018-2020.The gteic digital hubs will provide a vibrant network of high speed broadband facilities in rural Gaeltacht areas to stimulate job creation, to assist remote working, to encourage and enable the return of Diaspóra na Gaeltachta, to facilitate concept development and new business and to develop a community of hubs where the unique Gaeltacht culture drives creativity and innovation.The OpportunityThese developments will give the Gaeltacht community, both at home and abroad, an opportunity to return to or live in their home area by providing remote working opportunities at hot desks, co-working spaces or private offices at these hubs. This in turn will support, bolster and assist these unique language communities and help them to face the challenges of rural depopulation. An opportunity of improved worklife balance will not be the only benefit of gteic membership! A reciprocal arrangement agreed with the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin means that any member of the GEC can avail of the gteic facilities anywhere along the network and members of the gteic digital community can avail of the facilities in GEC in Dublin free of charge.The Offeringgteic hubs include hot desk and shared space facilities for remote workers and eworkers in addition, depending on location, to fully equipped office spaces and incubation units with highspeed internet access to facilitate innovation and concept development. These hubs will facilitate people who wish to develop a business concept and will provide access to Údarás na Gaeltachta’s range of mentoring and business supports also.This growing digital ecosystem is providing an excellent opportunity for new technology companies to establish or locate themselves in the rural areas which encompass the Gaeltacht and for their employees to enjoy the excellent worklife balance that these picturesque areas can offer.Six new digital hubs announced for across Donegal was last modified: September 27th, 2019 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:broadbanddigital hubsdonegalGAELTACHTinternetplanlast_img read more

DEATH TAKES PLACE OF ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST-LOVED CITIZENS

first_imgThe late Annie McIntyreThe death has taken place of one of Donegal’s most-loved citizens.Annie McIntyre from The Glebe, Stranorlar, celebrated her 100th birthday last July. On the occasion she was joined by more than 200 grandchildren from as far away as Australia for her celebrations.Annie celebrates her 100th birthdayHer proud family even organised a Meet & Greet for all the McIntyre cousins in the Forge Bar, Villa Rose Hotel.The highlight of the evening was a This Is Your Life presentation recalling Annie’s wonderful life.Annie, who had 17 children, passed away yesterday. Donegal Daily would like to express out sympathy with Annie’s wide circle of family and friends.Her funeral takes place tomorrow morning (Wed) at 11am in St.Mary’s Church in Stranorlar followed by funeral mass at Crossroads Cemetary. DEATH TAKES PLACE OF ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST-LOVED CITIZENS was last modified: June 25th, 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:Annie McIntyredeathStranorlarlast_img read more

TRANSFER LATEST: Poland star wants Liverpool move this summer

first_img Piotr Zielinski Liverpool’s pursuit of Piotr Zielinski has received a boost after it was revealed a move to Anfield is his first choice.The Reds are just one of a number of clubs hoping to land the gifted Poland international this summer, with Udinese seemingly ready to cash in.Serie A runners-up Napoli were another of his admirers and they appeared to be closing in on his capture when they agreed a fee to sign him this summer.However, according to sources in Italy, Zielinski is holding out for a move to Liverpool, while AC Milan are his second choice.The 22-year-old’s agent is said to have met with Napoli officials and informed them of his client’s wishes.It has been suggested that he will only consider Napoli if he fails to secure a switch to either of those clubs, which could tempt Liverpool to step up their bid to sign him. 1last_img read more

Huddersfield Town owner Dean Hoyle on talkSPORT – Listen to full interview HERE

first_imgListen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Huddersfield Town owner and chairman Dean Hoyle.The Terriers chief joined talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday to chat about the team’s high-flying form in the Championship, their hopes for the season and Saturday’s big FA Cup clash as they welcome Manchester City to the John Smith’s Stadium.Hoyle, also explained just how highly-rated German boss David Wagner – close friend to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp – becAme their head coach, and his plans for the club should the third-placed side secure promotion to the Premier League.Listen to the interview IN FULL above!last_img

Town embraces, supports its center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The 600,000-square-foot mall is the first to open in Ventura County in 30 years. Mayor Paul Miller said the Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, which also opened a year ago, and the mall are pumping millions of dollars into the city’s economy. Although the revenue figures are not all in, city officials say the mall alone is on track to meet or exceed the initial estimate of about $2.3million in sales tax revenue for the first year. Federated Department Stores officials cited good business in Simi Valley in their decision to have two Macy’s locations at either end of the mall, converting to a second Macy’s rather than selling its Robinsons-May store. Federated officials said that after evaluating the market base in the community, they found there was more than enough business being generated in Simi Valley for two locations. Opening events for the Macy’s and Robinsons-May stores raised more than $200,000 for charity, and special community events to benefit local groups or just to provide entertainment have been held at the mall throughout the year: SIMI VALLEY – One year after it opened with high financial and social expectations, the Simi Valley Town Center has delivered. The assessment of both business and city leaders is that the mall nestled in the city’s northern hills has been everything they expected and more. “One year after the opening, we have been able to prove that Simi Valley can support a regional mall,” said Brian Gabler, assistant city manager and the city’s director of economic development. “The community has embraced it as we anticipated. It’s been a tremendous success for Simi Valley as well as east Ventura County.” In its first year, the mall has become a popular spot for shopping, dining, entertainment and to raise money for local charities at special open-air events in the center’s Mediterranean village atmosphere. A Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last month’s Vino Jazz Festival raised $100,000 for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Foundation. The first farmers market in Simi Valley since 1999 has been held in the mall’s parking lot every Friday since July. Each Saturday evening, through Nov.11, live music is scheduled in the food court. This weekend’s first anniversary celebration to raise money for school clubs is another example of how the mall is helping the community, said Vicki Sherman, the mall’s director of marketing. “We’re just really pleased the community has embraced the Simi Valley Town Center as well as it has,” she said. ” … We feel in a way we are serving the community, and we’re just delighted with that.” Before it was built, critics expressed concern that the mall could drive away other businesses in town. Recently, two restaurants – a Denny’s on Los Angeles Avenue and a Hudson’s Grill on Cochran Street – have closed, raising concerns they might have been victims of the mall’s success. But a Denny’s representative said its closure was related to the lease expiring and had nothing to do with the Town Center Nobody from Hudson’s was available for comment. And Leigh Nixon, chief executive officer for the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, said she had received no complaints that the mall was damaging other businesses. “What is happening is while people come to the Town Center they tend to stop at other businesses in town,” Nixon said. “Before, while they were going to the Thousand Oaks or San Fernando Valley malls, they would do their shopping there. What the merchants are finding is that the Town Center is keeping shoppers here.” “It’s clearly met our expectations,” Gabler added. “It has exceeded the city’s expectations as to what it has provided to the community in terms of shopping opportunities, employment opportunities, a gathering place.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want 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

How Bayern Munich could look against Liverpool in the Champions League without Robben

first_img REVEALED REPLY Dutch superstar Arjen Robben has been suffering from injury problems. BEST OF 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Is this the team Niko Kovac will pick to take on Liverpool? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Bayern Munich are set to be without Arjen Robben for their round of 16 Champions League clash with Liverpool on February 19.The Dutch winger has been suffering with a thigh injury since November but it seems the problem hasn’t fully cleared up, despite the player returning to training a week ago as a sciatic nerve issue makes things trickier. REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How Bayern Munich could look against Liverpool? RANKED ADVICE center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY “It’s not going well,” Robben said in an interview with Bild. “We’re trying everything, but nothing’s working out at the moment.“Unfortunately, it’s one of those where you don’t know the exact problem. It’s difficult, and very frustrating.“I was pretty close to making my comeback twice before, I was back with the team, but then there were more setbacks. It’s not easy mentally.”The problem should make Jurgen Klopp’s life a little easier as it decreases the options of rival manager Niko Kovac for the clash at Anfield on Tuesday.But how will the Bavarian behemoths line-up without the Dutch master? talkSPORT.com takes a look. huge blow shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more