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Creating a dysfunctional Local Government system

first_imgDear Editor,The writing is on the wall for all to see, as this A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government continues its glaring and shameless moves in creating a dysfunctional Local Government system. Their methods of undermining have become a default position, evidenced by a total disregard of many elected Councils of Local Authority Areas (LAAs); together with moves to continuously weaken the essential constitutional monitoring and corrective institutions.The outcomes can have devastating impacts if allowed to go unchecked. Under point man Ronald Bulkan who leads the Communities Ministry, many Regional Executive Officers (REOs) and Overseers are being allowed to usurp the authority of the Councils and are supported by a few imposed political hacks to buttress their desired counter force. The conduct of many of these REOs and their reporting staff, have been partisan and outright objectionable, given their required role in providing service to community residents.To state that the level of financial breaches by these officers have escalated to never before reached heights, is indeed an understatement. At the same time, the silence of, and seeming accommodation by Minister Bulkan’s Ministry, forces one to wonder if the Government is contemplating laying new financial bills in the National Assembly. Only recently, the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly exposed a few of the vulgar, atrocious and lawless behaviours of the REOs of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). Notwithstanding, however, information received suggests these revelations were just the tip of the iceberg.Meanwhile, the suppression of the Local Government Commission (LGC) by the Government via Bulkan’s Ministry continues unrestrained. The appointed Commissioners are complaining bitterly about the Minister’s deliberate efforts to frustrate and hinder the work of the Commission. It is unacceptable that this vital Commission which has the mandate of supervision and monitoring all of the Councils in the municipalities, regions, NDCs and villages; still cannot be properly staffed, housed and provided with adequate transportation.Under the circumstances, it is incumbent that Minister Bulkan and the APNU/AFC coalition Government must let this nation know, what happened to all the monies that were allocated to the Local Government Commission in the National Budgets for the year 2016, 2017 and now 2018. It is an indictment on the Government that Commissioners are being informed that they may find ‘abode’ in the so called ‘Conference room’, to have meetings and discussions on topical issues bothering the residents within Local Authority Areas. Certainly, the conference room of another public entity cannot suffice when there are several meeting planned for the day at the particular time, considering that there are eight Commissioners. Additionally, Meetings with the public individually on separate matters would also be affected.Sources have also informed that the strategy is to stymie the functions of the Commission.One bitter Commissioner informed me that they are receiving a token for telephone calls they make in relation to the Commissions work, using their personal phones. That at the meetings of the LGC, only a bottle of water is provided to the members. The situation is disheartening, and one characterised wicked vindictiveness personified. This APNU/AFC-led approach to local governance has created Town Clerks so notorious, it seems that they are not answerable and accountable to no one or authority. The despicable behaviour of the Town Clerk at the Georgetown Municipality is an apt example.All and sundry must hold the Government accountable for their continued party paramountcy approach, which would ultimate lead to significant imbalances and underdevelopment. We call on the President to take positive steps to remedy the fractured Local Government system. We demand support for the Local Government Commission now.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Driver runs red light causing crash in Dawson Creek

first_imgBoth the van’s passenger and the driver of the Jeep were treated at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. One driver has been issued a traffic ticket for running a red light at an intersection, although which driver is not being released. Sergeant Scott West of the Dawson Creek RCMP is pleading with drivers to slow down and stop at yellow lights, as the city’s most serious collisions involve people not stopping for a yellow or red light. – Advertisement -“Rushing and proceeding through yellow and red lights can have tragic consequences,” he argues. “Is what ever you are late for worth sending some one to the hospital or worse? Please stop.” He adds that speeding up to make it through a light can lead to criminal charges if there is a collision, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm or death or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shock Man United raid on Arsenal, Bundesliga striker snub and more gossip

first_imgArsenal may have landed one transfer this summer but Jamie Vardy’s transfer snub means more plotting must be done.Arsene Wenger, currently casting his eyes of Euro 2016 participants in France is, quite apparently, on the hunt for a hotshot.Whoever Wenger wants, though, he’ll have to work his magic to convince them the Emirates is the perfect place to continue their careers.So, who are the latest players to be linked with a move to London? Click the right arrow above to see the current Arsenal transfer rumours… Sadio Mane (Southampton) – Following Jamie Vardy’s snub, Arsene Wenger is looking at more options as he attempts to bolster his frontline at the Emirates. One target is, according to the Daily Mail, Saints star Mane who he has followed since his time at Red Bull Salzburg. His £35m price-tag could put suitors like Arsenal off, though. 6 Marquinhos Cipriano (Sao Paulo) – According to ESPN Brazil, Arsenal have made contact with the player’s representatives as they look to tempt the 17-year-old to England. Juventus are also keen on the attacking midfielder who has scored 14 time in 12 matches for the club’s Under-17 side. He reportedly has a release clause of £24m should the Gunners wish to continue with a transfer. 6 Aaron Ramsey – If Manchester United fail to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan there is likely to be a shock move on the cards from the Red Devils. The Sun are reporting Jose Mourinho is ready to incur the wrath of rival Arsene Wenger by bidding for £50m-rated Ramsey, who is currently starring at Euro 2016 with Wales. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – As his Euro 2016 campaign for Spain continues, so does talk about a move away from the club who just bought him back from Juventus for £25m. Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United are all interested in the striker, and his agent Juanma Lopez has revealed the player will talk to Zinedine Zidane first before there is any decision over his future. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Arsenal transfer rumours… – Arsenal, along with Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have been dealt a blow with the news the Gabonese ace is set to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga giants. His contract will have a significant pay rise and be extended to 2020. Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro) – The Brazilian 22-year-old is being linked with a move to Europe and, according to Hoje Em Dia in his homeland, the Gunners and Barcelona are both interested in signing the left-back. It’s believed he would cost around £7.7m. 6 6 6 6last_img read more

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first_imgMinister Joe McHugh€33,480 ceadaithe do Mhuintearas Teo., Co Dhún na nGall ag an Aire Stáit McHughD’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €33,480 ceadaithe aige do Mhuintearas Teo., Gaoth Dobhair, Co Dhún na nGall, chun veain a cheannach. Beidh an veain seo á húsáid ag Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair agus eagrais eile sa cheantar a chuidíonn le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge.Ag fógairt an deontais seo, dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh, “Tá obair ar dóigh á déanamh ag Muintearas agus Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair i gcur chun cinn na Gaeilge, go háirithe i measc an aois óig agus fosta tríd an tacaíocht a chuireann siad ar fáil do theaghlaigh Gaeltachta atá ag tógáil clainne trí Ghaeilge. Tá lúcháir orm a bheith in ann an deontas seo a cheadú.”  €33,480 sanctioned for Muintearas Teo., Co. Donegal by Minister of State McHughThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €33,480 for Muintearas Teo., Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, to purchase a van. The van will be used by Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair and other organisations in the area which help to promote the Irish language.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said “Muintearas and Naíolann Ghaoth Dobhair are doing excellent work in promoting the Irish language, especially among young people and through the support they provide to Gaeltacht families raising their children through Irish. I am delighted to be in a position to sanction this grant.”  €33k CEADAITHE DO MHUINTEARAS TEO AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH was last modified: October 19th, 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:Joe McHughMuintearas Teolast_img read more

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first_imgA soldier has again appeared in court charged with explosives offences.Irish Soldier Mark Cassidy leaving Letterkenny courthouse. (NWNewspix)The book of evidence against Mark Cassidy is almost ready, Letterkenny District Court heard today Cassidy of Apartment 3, Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, is charged with possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances at the same address on February 17th.He is also charged with unauthorised possession of ammunition.He appeared in court but his barrister Peter Nolan said there would be no application for bail.Inspector Goretti Sheridan said the majority of the work in the investigation has been done with the exception of two forensic reports which are awaited from Dublin.Mr Nolan said he could not oppose an extension of the remand in custody adding that it is “quite a complicated case”.The case was adjourned to Harristown District Court on Friday.BOOK OF EVIDENCE AGAINST SOLDIER IN EXPLOSIVES CASE ALMOST READY was last modified: March 24th, 2014 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:BurnfootdonegalexplosivesMARK CASSIDYsoldierlast_img read more

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