World Bank, ECOWAS, Others hold Second Tripartite Meeting

first_imgThe World Bank Group, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Tuesday, February 10-11 began a two-day Tripartite Meeting in Accra to deliberate on issues pertinent to the socio-economic development of the ECOWAS Sub-region.UEMOA is an economic, integrating and cooperation organization that was created on January 14, 1994. The organization has eight member states, which share a common monetary currency several decades ago, decided to join forces.The union has five majors’ goals such as:Reinforce the economic and financials competitiveness of the member states, assure the convergence of the performances and economic policies and create a common market between member states by having a common external tariff (CET), a common trade policy, and free movement of persons, goods, capitals, and the right of establishment in member states.The meeting which ended yesterday reviews the status of implementation of the Abidjan Action Plan and was agreed during their first meeting in Abidjan in July 2013, and will focus on a number of key thematic areas such as Ebola, Agriculture, Regional Infrastructure and Cross Border Management.According to statement issue by its World Bank office in Monrovia, the World Bank Africa Region’s Director responsible for Regional Integration, Mr Colin Bruce, said given the debilitating effect of Ebola on the sub-region, the bodies will spend ample time deliberating on how to mitigate impacts, particularly on the three countries most affected.“We would also look at how to adjust our priorities to reflect changes in the sub-region and in the World more broadly,” he added.Mr. Bruce noted that the bodies have made considerable progress in implementing their ambitious joint plan in key priority areas of agriculture, education, trade and trade facilitation, transport, regional investment, climate and the Sahel.He said he hopes to see fruitful discussions that will identify few transformational priorities, work program, timeliness and division of responsibilities during the next phase of the partnership.Mr. Kabre Desire Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission said they look forward to deepening the collaboration between the World Bank Group, the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions in addressing issues of common developmental interest to the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must address these issues affecting Amerindians

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday March 23rd, an article was carried in the Guyana Times under the headline: ’Toshaos Council accuses Govt of elections meddling”. It raised a number of issues of concern to the National Toshaos Council (NTC).Firstly, they claim there are communities whose council members are summoned to meetings without the toshaos’ knowledge, and this undermines the legitimacy and credibility of the toshaos and village councils.Secondly, they claim the Government is seeking to politicize the office of the toshaos, and that this is a threat to the Indigenous people.Thirdly, they claim the Government is showing disregard for the budgetary needs of the NTC by allocating only $16 million to the council for the year. It is claimed that the $16 million sum will be spent on the four quarterly meetings of Council Executives, and, as such, nothing will be left for outreaches to promote good governance and to educate the Indigenous people.They claimed that they represent the interest of 83,000 Amerindians and received only $16 million, while two small communities comprising 200 and 3000 residents received $20 million and $30 million respectively.Fourthly, they claimed that there is no movement to have a revision of the Amerindian Act.Fifthly, they complained about the Government not sticking to the 2013 agreement with the UNDP: to use US$10.7million from Norway to issue titles to 16 communities and commit to not grant new leases in those areas that were proposed to be titled or extended.The NTC noted that if the above stated issues are not addressed, then they will forever be begging for their rights to be respected. If the Government cannot commit to implementing change, they will be asking all the Indigenous people to gather in Georgetown for a mass protest.With regard to the first issue, it demonstrates disunity in the council when a councillor runs off to visit the Government officials without him or her informing the toshao or the entire council. The Government officials are therefore not the main culprits in this issue, but the councillors themselves in the first instance, and then toshaos who are displaying poor management skills.When such a situation should have risen, if that matter is brought to the rest of the community, the credibility of the toshaos and council cannot be diminished, unless they are acting contrary to the wishes of the community and would therefore be happy to have someone take up their cause with the Government officials.On the second issue of politicising the office of the toshaos, it appears that the persons in the NTC do not know their history. The position of the toshaos has always been politicised. The Dutch kept the tribal leader close to them to facilitate trade with the rest of the tribes. The English gave gifts of food and implements to the tribal leaders and members of the tribes in an effort to keep them close to the missions, for easy mobilization in case the British needed their assistance in controlling the African slaves. The PNC Government politicised the village captains to gain dominance in the Amerindian communities during their quest to make the party paramount. The PPP/C continued the same policy of control and dominance by, among other things, instituting the annual Presidential Grant. The current Government will be doing the same. How the NTC handles it will determine if they intend to make a break with the past.On the third issue of budgetary allocation for the NTC, what comes to mind is: why is this group of community leaders — who do not want Government meddling in their affairs; who do not want the office of the toshao to be politicised — so dependent on an annual Government subvention? If they had asked Martin Carter, our national poet, he surely would have referred them to these lines from his poem: “a mouth is always muzzled by the food it eats to live”. Unless they raise their own income from the grass root communities, they will always be dependent on the Government. Furthermore, what tangible benefits are derived in the communities from the spending of $16million on four quarterly meetings of the executive committee? My guess is that the Hotel and restaurant owners would have been the greater beneficiaries.On the fourth issue of the revision of the Amerindian Act, have they discussed with the communities the sections that need to be revised? Or are they hoping that the Government will initiate a revision in isolation? They need to start a national debate among Amerindians and possible concerned non-Amerindians about the proposed changes needed. Then lobby for the change.The fifth issue is somewhat more complex. It concerns land titling. Ever since Independence in 1966, the issue of land titling in Amerindian communities has been ongoing. After 52 years, the titling of land to 83,000 Amerindians is still incomplete. Based on the NTC statement, 67 communities are waiting for this exercise to be completed. I believe that this whole land titling has now become counterproductive to the development of the Amerindian people of this country. What happens when the Amerindian population increases? Would they just keep asking for extensions or new titles? Such an exercise could lead to racial conflicts, given the population size/acreage ratio.Secondly, how beneficial has been the titled lands to the Amerindians who live there? Can they take that title to the bank and acquire a loan to build homes or to start business ventures? I honestly do not believe that this is happening or could happen. So the Amerindians on those titled lands are still outside of the mainstream of the Guyanese economy.Some advocates of land titling would claim those lands are ancestral lands and there are spiritual and religious attachments. However, they are forgetting that, at the time of arrival of the Europeans, the tribes in Guyana were migratory; slowly moving from south-west to north-east; and, to date, there is no Amerindian religion in Guyana other that what the Europeans handed down.It is time that the NTC encourage Amerindians to buy property, like other Guyanese citizens, and stop being huddled on reservations to perpetuate a lifestyle of hunting and fishing, and to go dancing in tibisiri skirts for Government officials and other dignitaries. The time for that is over. Every other race in Guyana and other nations have passed through that phase of human development. How many of them still dance with lap cloth? NTC wake up!!Respectfully,Victro Kersting Srlast_img read more

Berbice has faced continuous aggression by Govt

first_imgDear Editor,Berbice has become the focus of continuous aggression by this Government. It has become its favourite battleground. First, it was the destructive closure of Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates and now on the same date of the Local Government Elections, Berbicians are shell shocked by the proposed astronomical hike in the bridge toll. We are now being held hostages.The timing of this hike summons some distasteful questions when it was revealed by no other that Minister David Patterson himself that the Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Company Inc, Dr Surendra Persaud is a ‘close ally’ of his and a strong member of his party, the Alliance For Change. It must be recalled that this doctor campaigned heavily for this Government in the 2015 General Elections. It must also be of essence to note that this Government is also quick to lay blame on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for the increase. This is just magnifying the incompetence of this Government to take control of the country and run it in the interests of the citizens. This Government still acts as though it is in the Opposition. This Government has miserably failed to take charge of the affairs of Guyana.Why after three long years in Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is still unsure about the content of the Bridge Contract? Why have they not explored the legal implications of the contract? If there were debilitating clauses which would affect the commuters, why were these not publicised? If so then why was this contract not subject to renegotiation? We have seen that since this Government took office, they have been ‘tinkering’ with the contents of the Bridge Contract in areas of toll reduction and maintenance, why did they not address the core issues such as the Bridge Company’s right to ‘legally’ increase the toll? Even if there is a ‘confidentiality clause’ in effect that does not absolve this Government from renegotiation.The Leader of the Opposition gave sound advice to the APNU/AFC coalition, “The Government should take measures to prevent the increase in tolls, given the hardship policies it has imposed on our people. If there is any move by the APNU/AFC coalition Government to sign a toll order to bring into effect the proposed increases, the People’s Progressive Party commits to reversing the increase after the 2020 General and Regional Elections.” This will suggest that the Bridge Company cannot bring the toll increase into effect unless the Minister gives his approval by signing it. What is also important to note is that the Leader of the Opposition implies that a Government in office can renegotiate the contents of any contract. In the case of the oil contract the Government failed to make any meaningful change in favour of the country, but what about the Bridge Contract, why was this not done if the Contract is bad for the people? No unconscionable, exploitative and oppressive contract is final to the people of a country.We have seen that just before the last Local Government Elections, the Bridge tolls were reduced by $200 and yet the APNU/AFC received a sound thrashing from the PPP but this year the game plan has changed. Increase the tolls by over 400 per cent and blame the PPP then disallow the increase and come out as the Saviour.The ‘toll’ is now geared to wreak havoc to our lives! An entire region will now be completely devastated, probably beyond redemption!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

Athletes of the Week

first_imgWith Lakewood needing to win both of its games last week to make the playoffs, the Lancers’ Rembert came up big. On Monday, he scored 26 points to help the Lancers upset Compton 58-54. Then on Thursday, he poured in 19 as Lakewood defeated Millikan 62-38 to clinch third place in the Moore League and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs. GIRLS BASKETBALL Tenaya Watson, Sr., Sequoia Crandell, Jr., Wilson Watson scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Crandell had 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Bruins nearly upset No. 1-ranked Poly in a game that decided the Moore League championship. The 55-52 loss was a great improvement from the 73-36 beating by the Jackrabbits in their first meeting of the season. GIRLS WATER POLO Heather McKeon, Jr., Kelsey Schafer, Sr., Wilson Both scored twice to avenge the Bruins’ loss to Millikan for the Moore League championship a year ago and give Wilson its 11th overall league title. BOYS BASKETBALL Patrick Rembert, Sr., Lakewood center_img BOYS SOCCER Gerardo Garcia, Sr., Millikan Garcia had three assists in a 6-2 victory over Lakewood on Wednesday to give him a school-record 35 for his career. GIRLS SOCCER Amber Lopez, Jr., Valley Christian Lopez had three goals and an assist for the Crusaders in a 9-1 victory over Windward on Thursday. WRESTLING Jeremy Gendreau, Jr., St. John Bosco Gendreau went 3-0 with three pins at the CIF-SS Division III Dual Championships, helping the Braves to a semifinal appearance. 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

Health officials warn against physical outdoor activities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Staying indoors can help reduce exposure to smoke and dust, especially by keeping doors and windows closed. Running the air conditioner can also be helpful and will be protective against the heat. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can further reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors. For more detailed information about air quality related to the wildfires, visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s website at www.aqmd.gov or call 1-800- CUT-SMOG (288-7664). The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health overseas environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises more than 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do, please visit the Web site. Officials advised schools to curb physical activities, including after-school sports because of the smoky air hovering over Los Angeles County. Officials also recommended that all residents avoid non-essential prolonged outdoor vigorous physical activity. In addition, the elderly and other sensitive individuals, including adults and children with heart disease, emphysema, asthma, or other lung disease, should stay indoors as much as possible. These individuals should monitor their conditions and be vigilant about taking their medicines as prescribed by their health care providers. Those who have asthma should keep their “as needed” medications with them at all times. If symptoms develop, sensitive individuals should contact their health care provider. “Air quality remains unhealthful across the county as a result of the ongoing wildfires. It is very important that persons take precautions and that they check in on others they know who may be more sensitive to smoke,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Public Health Director and Health Officer. Also, temperatures in many parts of Los Angeles County are expected to reach the 90’s today, so take precautions to protect yourself and your dependents from the heat. It is important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. Individuals with these symptoms should be removed to a cooler, shaded place and given water or sport drinks. 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

Swansea confirm Sigurdsson left out of US tour squad after Everton make £40m bid

first_img1 Swansea have announced Gylfi Sigurdsson has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.The club say the Icelandic playmaker is ‘not in the right frame of mind to travel’ after Everton tabled a £40m bid for his services.Swansea have not yet accepted the offer but it is understood that Sigurdsson is keen to make the move and will hold talks with chairman Huw Jenkins over his future on Thursday.Paul Clement insisted he wanted to keep hold of the 27-year-old after Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly defeat at Barnet but conceded the ‘business side to football’ means the club may be forced to sell.“Swansea City can confirm that Gylfi Sigurdsson will not travel with the squad to America for the pre-season tour,” said a statement on the official club website.“Having played against Barnet last night, Gylfi did not feel in the right frame of mind to travel this morning due to the current uncertainty over his future.”It now seems inevitable that Sigurdsson is on his way with Everton determined to land the former Reading and Tottenham man, even if Swansea reject their opening offer.It is has been a stunning summer for the Merseyside club, with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri funding a huge spending spree for boss Ronald Koeman.Sigurdsson will be the seventh new arrival at Goodison Park in the close season should he seal a switch and could take Everton’s outlay beyond £140million.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane, midfielder Davy Klaassen and strikers Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru have all arrived this summer, while England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has also returned to the club.last_img read more

Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been remanded in custody on a number of charges including possession of syphon pipes with the intention of using them in the theft of motor fuel, handling stolen property, and criminal damage.William Reilly, with an address at 8 Railway Avenue, Killygordon, appeared by video link from Castlerea Prison at Letterkenny District Court. The 25-year-old faces charges of possession of a small syphon pipe with the intention of using it in the theft of motor fuel at Canal Road, Letterkenny, on July 25th last.A separate charge of possession of a large syphon pipe was also brought before the court.He is also charged with handling stolen property at Pearse Road, Letterkenny, on July 29th including eleven bottles of Vodka, three bottles of Hennessy, seventy packets of cigarettes, fifty Bic lighters, and a Lenova tablet.The accused was further charged with criminal damage at Canal Road, Letterkenny March 31st last, and with production of an article likely to intimidate or cause serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him in custody to appear by video link at Letterkenny Court on August 15th.Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel was last modified: August 13th, 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:courtletterkennysyphontheftWilliam Reillylast_img read more

Letterkenny Rovers travel to Cockhill for League Cup clash

first_imgLetterkenny FC Club News: Action is well up and running at the club and our seniors will host Swilly Rovers at Leckview on Sunday at 2pm in the second game of their League Cup group. They got their season up and running with a trip to Cockhill Celtic on Wednesday night ( Aug 31st).The seniors finalised their prep for both games with a 0-0 friendly draw with Rathmullan Celtic last Thursday evening.Schoolboy action continues at a fast pace with a number of sides in action last weekend. Our u12s Rovers defeated Ballyraine 7-1 with goals from Josh Patton, Lorcan Harvey, Ben Cassidy(3). Rudi Minnock and Corey McCarron. They are were due to play Swilly on Wednesday evening(Aug 31st) before travelling to Glenea on Saturday morning for a 1030am kickoff. David Boyle, Adam Yissau, Nathan Plumb, Marty Duffy and Gerard Duffy hit the goals as the u14s Rovers defeated the u14s Crusaders and both sides have trips to play Gweedore this weekend with 1145am kickoffs at Celtic and Utd.Our u14s United lost out to Keadue 4-3 with goals from Sean Pascual (2) and Paul McGreevy and they are away to Bonagee Athletic on Sunday at 1230pm while our u12s Crusaders defeated Kilmac Academy 3-0 with Mark Bonner hitting a hattrick and they are away to Gweedore Utd on Sunday for a 10am kick off,Some spots are still available for players born in 2002 and any interest can be communicated through the clubs facebook page or any club personnel.Tickets for the annual club draw go on sale this week priced at 10 euro and we earnestly request all connected with the club and friends of the club to try and make this a success. All tickets will be co-ordinated through Kieran McGrath and he will be in touch with everyone over the course of the next week to outline matters pertaining to the draw. This weeks Mini Lotto numbers drawn were 2-9-15 and 18.5 with 3 correct receive 15 euro each.Kieran Kelly, Joe Doherty, Paul Holian, Linda Boyce and Kay McDaid the lucky winners.Next weeks jackpot is 4050 euro.Bingo continues each Thursday night in the Station House Hotel. at 830pm sharp.Snowball is 1225 euro on 45 numbers or less.Letterkenny Rovers travel to Cockhill for League Cup clash was last modified: August 30th, 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:Letterkenny Rovers FCsoccerSportUSLlast_img read more

ORGANISERS OF NORTH WEST 10K APPEAL FOR RETURN OF SPONSORSHIP CARDS

first_imgThe organsiers of this year’s North West 10k have said the event was a huge success with more than 3,000 taking to the streets of Letterkenny.But the name of the game is raising as much money as possible for the named charities. Now the committee is asking to all those with sponsorship money to arrange to have it sent to Anne Condon at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road as soon as possible.For more information ring 9124866. The presentation of the proceeds from the 10k will take place on Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel. ORGANISERS OF NORTH WEST 10K APPEAL FOR RETURN OF SPONSORSHIP CARDS was last modified: June 9th, 2012 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:North West 10ksponsorship cardslast_img read more

SUPERFAN CHARLES’ RACE AGAINST TIME FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET

first_imgCharles Boyle and Pat O’Donnell before they set off on their long sojourn to witness Donegal defeating Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Donegal ‘Superfan’ Charles Boyle is in a race against time to secure a coveted ticket to the All-Ireland final against Kerry.Charles travelled a staggering 16,738km from Australia for the semi-final clash with Dublin.And when Jim McGuinness’ men toppled the Dubs, the Carrickfin man vowed to stay on for the final on September 21st. Charles outside Croke Park before the All-Ireland semi-final victory with Dublin.But now the 26 years old, who is an electrician based in Perth, is finding it impossible to nail down a golden pass for the ticket.His decision to extend his stay for the All-Ireland final also means Charles has sacrificed spending Christmas with his family here in Donegal, but it could all be in vain.Charles told Donegal Daily, “I’m in the same boat as many other Donegal supporters regarding tickets, but it’s looking very unlikely I’ll be able to get a ticket for the match now.“I’m not a club member because I’m living in Australia, and obviously the club membership has increased and the demand for tickets is even greater than two years ago. “My cousin got me a ticket for the All-Ireland final two years ago, but even he’s having trouble getting one for himself this time around.”Charles revealed it was a difficult decision to sacrifice Christmas with his family, but said All-Irelands don’t come around too often and you don’t know when they’ll be in another one.“I’ll be gutted if I can’t get one, as I’ve sacrificed spending Christmas with my family in order to extend my stay in Ireland.“It was a difficult decision, but I couldn’t bare the thought of returning to Australia with Donegal in the All-Ireland final.“You never know when Donegal will be in another All-Ireland final, and you can’t take it for granted they’ll be there every couple of years. “Hopefully someone somewhere will be able to help me get a ticket, but I appreciate there are other Donegal supporters in the same boat as me.His commitment to Donegal can’t be questioned, Charles flew back from a family wedding in Spain on the Saturday night before the All-Ireland final with Mayo.Charles was also very critical of the ticket allocation awarded to Donegal for the match, and criticized the GAA hierarchy for their ticket distribution process.“The amount of tickets given to Donegal and Kerry is a joke, it’s a disgrace that genuine supporters of both counties are overlooked in order to ensure the corporate side of things are looked after. “Donegal and Kerry should be given 35,000 tickets each, and the other 12,000 should be distributed amongst the other counties and corporate entities thereafter, it shouldn’t be the other way about,” he fumed.SUPERFAN CHARLES’ RACE AGAINST TIME FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET was last modified: September 11th, 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:AustraliaCharles BoyledonegalGAAJim McGuinnesssuperfanlast_img read more