Dear Editor,I would like to know why it is so difficult if not impossible for the Georgetown Municipality to get its financial systems in order. For decades now, that has been the bane of the Council and yet succeeding Councils and Administrations of the city seem to lack the desire, the courage and the moral rectitude to tackle this problem frontally.If the Council is serious about correcting this age-old problem, they will have to elect a Chairman and Finance Committee whose members are knowledgeable about fiscal planning and who have the political will to make the hard policy decisions in the best interest of the city and not protect partisan interests. The Council and the Local Government Commission need to hire chief administrative and chief financial officers that are experienced, qualified, and capable of functioning at this very senior and responsible level. And just as importantly, they must have a competent, trained and skilled auditor and audit team put in place.If the Ministry of Communities can do one good thing for the citizens of Georgetown, it would be to engage the services of a few good private accounting/auditing firms and have them descend upon City Hall with the scope and authority to carry out a complete forensic audit of its systems.One wonders what has happened to the purported human resource audit that was commissioned more than a year ago but for which the results are still to be revealed? One wonders what has happened to the Council’s asset register, which should have recorded what has happened to all of its vehicles and properties, including its reserves that have been farmed out many times without the knowledge and consent to the Council?One wonders when audits will be carried out on projects such as the Kitty Market construction, the Constabulary Training School, the City Hall Restoration Fund that has been set up many times before, the city anniversary celebration fund which was supposedly funded by friends of the Council to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, the parking meter project, the millions spent on tools, equipment and services at the Solid Waste Department, and also the cemetery clean up initiative etc etc.Clearly, the powers that be at the Council have no interest in having their slate wiped clean, in having their books put in order, and in restoring fiscal transparency to City Hall.The Mayor should make the restoration of financial credibility of the Council his first and foremost priority.Best regards,Deodarie Putulall
0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola played down growing excitement among supporters over possibly winning the Premier League title saying the Champions League quarter-finals were “the most important thing to focus on” © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 13 – Pep Guardiola tried to play down growing excitement among Manchester City supporters over the possibility of winning the Premier League title when they face bitter rivals United in the derby early next month.Jose Mourinho’s side visit the Etihad Stadium on April 7 for a game which could see City make mathematically certain of being crowned champions following their 2-0 victory at Stoke on Monday. First, City must win their visit to mid-table Everton but, should they do so, Guardiola will win his first league title in English football with victory over his old rival Mourinho at the Etihad.“Everybody is always asking this question,” said Guardiola. “But the important thing is on March 12, we have 81 points, that is a lot of points.“We want to be champions. We need three wins, but we are able to do it with two (if City beat United).“But before and after United, we have the (Champions League) quarter-finals, and at the moment that is the most important thing to focus on.“I understand for the fans, okay, but the important thing is to be champions. When and where it doesn’t matter.”The in-form English team are also in with a strong chance of winning Europe’s premier prize for the first time in their history.The draw for the Champions League last eight takes place on Friday and Guardiola will watch it live, along with his first-team squad, at their warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, where City flew immediately following the Stoke win.City’s shock exit from the FA Cup, at the hands of third-tier Wigan, leaves them without a game until the clash with Everton on the final day of the month.“We are going to be together and make three training sessions in five days,” said the City manager.“We are going to have lunch together, dinner, some people are playing golf. But the weather conditions are better than here – the forecast in Manchester is rain, rain, rain!“So we are going to go there and do the training we should be doing here. Last season we were there and it was good and that’s why we’re going to the airport now.”– Football a ‘welcome relief’ –City’s victory at Stoke came courtesy of two goals from David Silva, whose season has been disrupted because of a family crisis, following the premature birth of his son Mateo in December.Manchester City’s victory at Stoke came courtesy of two goals from David Silva (L), whose season has been disrupted because of a family crisis, following the premature birth of his son Mateo in December © AFP / Paul ELLISThe City forward has been returning to Spain frequently to visit his family and admitted after his superb performance against Stoke that football has been a welcome relief.“I think when I play football I forget everything, it’s good for me to play,” he said.“I know in my private life it is not a very happy moment. But my son is fighting, you know, and I am very happy because he is getting stronger, getting better, so it is okay.”City captain Vincent Kompany offered support to Silva, who has been given permission to miss the Abu Dhabi trip to spend time in Spain.“David just explained his story, it puts everything into perspective for us,” said the defender.“It is a massive boost and relief to be able to play this game like we do. It gives us perspective and brings a moment of joy into our lives.”City, meanwhile, can look forward to a memorable finale to the season given their current form and dominance over the Premier League although their demanding manager is clearly not in the mood to allow his players to relax.“To motivate my players is really easy, we are not champions yet, and when we are, we must carry on, to focus on the next goals which is the Champions League quarter-finals,” said Guardiola.“There are always goals to pursue, statistics to overcome, and we will carry on and then work towards next season. There is always room for improvement and that is what we will do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
SANTA MONICA – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a pair of Southland appearances scheduled for today, continuing his efforts to shore up support in California, crucial to his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination. Giuliani will meet with supporters in Santa Monica and conduct a fundraiser in San Juan Capistrano, one day after a pair of polls showed that his long tenure as the national frontrunner has ended. The New York Times/CBS News poll and the CNN poll showed that Giuliani and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were in a statistical tie for the lead. Giuliani is trailing in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to select the national convention delegates who will determine the nominee, and is in a statistical dead heat in South Carolina, the first Southern state to hold a primary. “Rudy has maintained consistent and solid support from Republicans throughout California and we are well organized to win in the state.” Giuliani’s two-day trip to California began yesterday with a stop in San Francisco, where he told reporters that “the most important thing we could do to reinforce the dollar” and “build the economy” was cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. “That would leave more money in your pocket ultimately,” Giuliani said. “What it would do is it would bring more jobs to the United States, it would keep more jobs in the United States. It would reverse the flow of outsourcing.” In recent weeks, Giuliani has had to deal with a series of damaging revelations: — the federal indictment of an appointee as police commissioner, Bernard B. Kerik; — published reports that he billed obscure city agencies for security costs when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan; and — his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, had been given contracts with Qatar, overseen by then-Minister of Religious Affairs Abdullah Bin Khalid al- Thani, who has been identified in press and government reports as a protector of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Giuliani said that he “made a mistake in not vetting” Kerik “carefully enough,” that neither he nor anyone working for him had any involvement with al-Thani, and that security was provided for Nathan because of threat assessments made by the New York Police Department. The agencies were billed for the security to speed payments to vendors, a Giuliani aide said last month. Giuliani has said all the agencies were eventually repaid by the police department. Giuliani will be the sixth presidential candidate to be in Southern California over the past three days, and the first Republican. Yesterday, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Christopher Dodd conducted fundraisers while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson gave the keynote speech at the GreenXchange Global Marketplace Conference in Century City and conducted a fundraiser. On Sunday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, concluded a two-day campaign swing through the Los Angeles area Sunday by attending fundraisers in Mount Washington and Santa Monica and the Peace Expo at the Los Angeles Baha’i Center in Baldwin Hills. The slew of visits by Democratic candidates came because of a debate that had been planned for yesterday in Los Angeles. The debate was canceled by the Democratic National Committee Nov. 28 because of the threat of a strike by CBS news writers. Several candidates said they would not cross a picket line by the news writers, or striking Writers Guild of America movie and television writers, who may have also picketed at the debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Giuliani campaign has long pinned its strategy on winning in the large states that will hold their primaries on Feb. 5, including California. This is Giuliani’s 12th trip to California, where the most recent poll, conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 2 by SurveyUSA, gave him a 32 percent-18 percent lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and Huckabee each had 14 percent, followed by former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, with 13 percent. “Mayor Giuliani has shown a commitment to campaigning in California that no other Republican has shown,” Jarrod Agen, a Giuliani regional communications director, told City News Service.
17 May 2011; A new sponsorship deal has been announced for the Topaz Donegal International Rally which takes place from the 17th -19th of June, to coincide with it’s 40th aniversary. Topaz, the country’s largest fuels and convenience retailer, has agreed to sponsor the rally for the next 3 years. In attendance at the launch are, from left, CEO of Topaz Eddie O’Brien, Irish Tarmac Rally Champion Gareth McHale, Danny Gormley, Clerk of the Course Donegal Motor Club, and Damien Crawford, Donegal Motor Club. Topaz Donegal International Rally Launch Photocall, Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.A new sponsorship deal has been announced for the Topaz Donegal International Rally.The three-year sponsorship deal coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the rally.More than 150 drivers from all over the country will participate in this year’s Topaz Donegal International Rally from June 17 to 19, 2011. The Clerk of the Course, Danny Gormley said: “The Topaz Donegal International Rally is the biggest annual sporting event in the northern half of the country and we could not stage an event of this magnitude without the extremely generous financial support of Topaz.“This year we are celebrating our 40th birthday and the signing of a new three year deal is a vote of confidence in the event and a huge boost for the North West as a whole” Gormley said.Topaz Chief Executive Eddie O’Brien said: “Since the first Rally in 1971, this event has enjoyed a reputation as Ireland’s leading rally. Initiatives such as the town stage in Buncrana means the event continues to enjoy huge support and this year will attract up to 70,000 spectators.“As an Irish-owned and managed company we know how important the Rally is to the local economy, particularly the tourism sector and we wish the Rally and all associated with it, continued success.” TOPAZ GET BEHIND DONEGAL RALLY FOR THREE MORE YEARS was last modified: May 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Guinea finish third in Group B. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Burundi 0-2 GuineaAl Salaam Stadium, Cairo Sunday, 30-06-2019Guinea will now turn to prayers for their 2019 AFCON round of 16 hopes after doing their part, defeating Burundi 2-0 on Sunday.A brace by Muhamed Yattara was enough to ensure Guinea finish third in Group B with four points from three games.The AJ Auxerre striker swept in the first of his goals from the corner to hand the west Africans a deserved lead.Moments after, Christophe Nduwarugira was sent off for committing a foul as the last man.Yattara made the win safe in the second half with a composed strike, having Ibrahima Traore’s assist.Despite the win, Guinea must now wait to discover if they will progress as one of the best third-placed teams.For Burundi, they will go back home with their heads held high after a maiden appearance at the continental show piece.The Swallow, despite losing all their group games, were solid all the way, conceding four goals in the process.They finish the group stage with four points. The four third-placed sides with the best records at AFCON 2019 will go through to the round of 16.In the other Group B game played on the same day, Madagascar upset the odds and beat Nigeria 2-0.The result means that Madagascar top the group with seven points, while the Super Eagles finish second, a point adrift.The other Sunday AFCON 2019 games (Group A)-Uganda vs Egypt @11pm-Zimbabwe vs Senegal @11pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019BurundiGroup BGuineaIbrahima TraoreMadagascarMuhamed YattaraNigeria
Tags: CECAFA Senior Challenge CupEritreaHild LwaliwaJohnathan McKinstryUganda Cranes Uganda have a 100% record in the CECAFA competition this year.CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup – FinalUganda vs EritreaStarTimes Stadium, LugogoThursday, 19-12-2019 @4pm*Third place playoff match – Kenya vs Tanzania @1:30pmLUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes will be hoping to win a 15th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup crown when they take on Eritrea in the final on Thursday afternoon at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The Cranes have so far been the most outstanding side in the competition, winning all their four games to date.They finished top of Group A with a perfect three victories from as many games before scrapping past Tanzania 1-0 in the semi-finals.They will be favourites to win the title and history too suggests they tend to get the job done when on home soil.Uganda has won all the last three CECAFA tournaments they have hosted (2000, 2008 and 2012). They beat Kenya 2-1 in 2012, four years after they had defeated the same side 1-0. They also won the title on home soil in 2000 when two of their teams (A and B) reached the final.The fact that they have already defeated Eritrea in this year’s competition also physiologically puts the Cranes in a better position ahead of the game.The two sides met in the groups with Uganda winning 2-0 thanks to Nicholas Kasozi and Mustafa Kizza’s goals.After a near to perfect tournament so far, it will be a crisis of sorts if Uganda fails to cross the finish line.What they are saying ahead of the gameHalid Lwaliwa, Uganda Cranes captain“I would like to thank the coaching staff and my fellow players for what we have achieved so far.“The tournament has not been easy up to know from the very first game as we were winning narrowly and having a small period of time to recover.“We are all waiting for the final and despite the fatigue, we are all ready and can’t wait to play the final game. We will come and try to win the game although it will not be easy but I am confident we will win.”Jonathan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes head coach“The spirits are high in the camp after reaching the final.“Whenever one qualifies for a cup final, it is always a very good thing.“Almost for all these boys, it is the first time playing in a cup final. In Mutyaba, we have someone who has done it before in 2015 but the other 19; it is something new for them.“Some have had success at club level but it is the first time at the international level and there is good energy among the group. Despite some sore muscles after a difficult game against Tanzania, we are just looking forward to the game.”This is Uganda’s first CECAFA final in four years since losing to Ethiopia in the showpiece game back then.It is also 7 years since they last lifted the trophy and hunger among the football fraternity for the crown is evident.For Eritrea, this is the first time that they are reaching the final.Their best performance came in the 1994 edition hosted in Kenya where they reached the semi-finals of the competition before losing to eventual winners Tanzania 1-0.They went on to finish 4th that year after also losing the third-place playoff game 1-0 to Kenya.Eritrea have already made history but will be hungry for more after an impressive tournament to their standards.Two victories, a loss and a draw saw them finish second in Group A and went on to produce one hell of a performance as they defeated Kenya 4-1 in the semi-finals.Whether Eritrea wins it or not, they have had a tournament to remember and one that may be a catalyst to their growth as a footballing nation.Uganda Cranes Projected lineupCharles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa (c), Shafick Kagimu, Bright Anukani, Allan Okello, Viane Sekajugo, Joachim Ojera, Fahad Bayo.Comments
Financial support schemes have been rolled out for six post-primary schools for new Leaving Certificate subjects this September.Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed the new grant supports for schools taking part.“The financial support for these schools in Donegal will bring an entirely new and modern dimension to education and open new avenues for the futures of our students,” Mr McHugh said. “The grants will ensure the best resources are dedicated towards promoting health, fitness and wellbeing of the next generation and give others a head-start in the world of technology.”The six Donegal schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Physical Education subjects are Carndonagh Community School; Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Moville Community College; Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana; St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny; and Deele College, Raphoe.Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny and Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town will also be supported for taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, said: “As a teacher before entering politics I know from experience the value in giving pupils the best to keep pace with the modern world. “We know the importance of being physically active, taking part in sport and improving fitness for physical health, mental health and team building.“The focus on supporting schools that are promoting Leaving Cert Physical Education demonstrates the priority this Government places on improving the health and wellbeing and lifestyles of our children.“In a similar way the introduction of Computer Science at Leaving Certificate and the resources that we are helping to provide shows the ambition of this Government to give the next generation the chance to put their best foot forward in the hugely important STEM subjects.”Mr McHugh also praised Cabinet colleague, Minister for Education Richard Bruton for his continued commitment to introducing Computer Science and Physical Education as Leaving Certificate subjects.The Donegal schools offering the new Computer Science for Leaving Certificate from September will each receive €3,000 towards the purchase of connector devices, totalling €120,000 in grants for these schools. And schools in the county offering Leaving Certificate Physical Education will receive a grant towards the purchase of digital devices for use by students in completing the course assessment components and for hardware required for central uploading of material. A grant of €350 per digital device will be payable, with one device for every two students commencing the subject in September 2018. A payment of €750 per school will be made for the uploading hardware.Mr McHugh said the grants for Donegal schools will also complement other recent financial supports to embed digital technology in teaching and learning.The once-off grants for the new Leaving Cert education will also be combined with Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), a comprehensive continuous professional development (CPD) programme to support the implementation of these new Leaving Certificate subjects.The CPD programmes which commenced earlier this year and will continue over the coming two years, will support the introduction and embedding of these new subjects. Mr McHugh said: “What we are doing here is supporting our future generations while also preparing teachers and their schools to deliver these new subjects over the next two years.”EndsNotes for the EditorsLeaving Certificate Physical EducationThe specification for Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) will provide learners with an opportunity to study physical education for the Leaving Certificate examination, providing an additional optional Leaving Certificate subject.The specification is presented in two strands.Strand 1 Topics:· learning and improving skill and techniques,· physical and psychological demands of performance,· structures, strategies, roles and conventions,· planning for optimum performance.Strand 2 Topics:· promoting physical activity,· ethics and fair play,· physical activity and inclusion,· technology, media and sport.There are three assessment components in LCPE:· Physical activity project – 20%· Performance assessment – 30%· Written examination – 50%The digital devices will be used for the completion of the physical activity project and performance assessment components of the examinable subject.Leaving Certificate Computer ScienceThe specification for Leaving Certificate Computer Science (LCCS) for Leaving Certificate focuses on how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.Students will learn:· computational thinking,· how to analyse problems in computational terms,· programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs,· creative design,· design computational artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems,· the ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science, and how it impacts the social and economic development of society.There are two assessment components in LCCS:· Final year project – 30%· Written examination – 70%Grants rolled out for Donegal schools for PE and Computer Science was last modified: July 25th, 2018 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:computer sciencegrantsJoe McHughpe
The four-time PSL champions came close to paying for their wayward finishing shortly after that when Walid Soliman broke free with only goalkeeper Meyiwa to beat. However, his shot across the face of goal passed narrowly wide of the left- hand post, leaving Pirates breathing a sigh of relief. South African club Orlando Pirates won through to the semi-finals of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League after a goalless draw against Egypt’s Al Ahly in Soweto on Sunday. Group BTunisia’s Esperance topped Group B, with Cameroon’s Coton Sport taking second place. The Tunisians, who will face Pirates in the final four, put together the most impressive record in the group stages, winning five and losing only one of their six matches. 23 September 2013 After Zamalek outplayed Leopards 4-1 in Cairo, the Buccaneers reached the semi-finals in second place behind Al Ahly in Group A. The Egyptians, winners of the Champions League four times in the last eight years, had entered the match already assured of a place in the semi-finals, while Pirates needed a victory or Zamalek to defeat AC Leopards to ensure their passage into the final four. The Egyptians started the match brightly, with Mohamed Aboutrika and Zaher getting off shots on Senzo Meyiwa’s goal, but the home team then began to dictate play. Pirates’ shooting was poor, though, with only one shot finding the target. In the second half, they improved, but still couldn’t conjure up a winner. Best opportunityPirates’ best opportunity of the contest fell to Thulisizwe Mbuyane, but the substitute, with his first touch of the game, fired high over the crossbar after picking up an inviting through ball 20 minutes from time. Previous winnersOrlando Pirates are the only South African team to have won the Caf Champions League. That victory was achieved way back in 1995 with a team that featured, among others, Mark Fish, Marks Maponyane, Helman Mkhalele and Williams Okpara. Daine Klate had a diving header blocked near the end of the game by Sherif Ekramy and the teams settled for a goalless draw. On their way to the final against the Ivory Coast’s Asec Abidjan, they defeated Swaziland’s Eleven Men in Flight 5-0 on aggregate, Nigeria’s BCC Lions 2-1, Gabon’s Mbilinga 4-2 and Uganda’s Express 2-1. Coach Roger De Sa’s Sea Robbers had shocked Al Ahly in Cairo, winning 3-0, but despite dominating the contest at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday they couldn’t find a winner. After drawing with 2-2 with Asec Abidjan in Johannesburg in the first leg of the 1995 final, they produced a fine performance in Abidjan in the away leg of the title decider to win 1-0 and take the title 3-2 on aggregate.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect communities and businesses from harmful algal blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, a coalition of businesses, conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups sued, asking a federal judge to order the agency to carry out its duty under the Clean Water Act.“We hope the lawsuit is a catalyst for the EPA to fulfill its responsibility under the Clean Water Act so that state and federal public officials can start putting solutions in place to curb harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie that are harming our drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation. “Continuing to kick the can down the road will only make the problem worse for Lake Erie, our environment and our economy. This is a problem that you can literally see from space.”The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., is in response to U.S. EPA’s failure to accept or deny Ohio’s decisions on whether Lake Erie is “impaired,” a Clean Water Act designation that means that the water quality does not meet legal standards for fishing, swimming, and drinking. An “impaired” designation forces state and federal partners to put in place an action plan, enforceable under the Clean Water Act, to restore it to health. Despite poor water quality and Michigan’s decision to list its portion of Lake Erie as impaired, Ohio decided not to list the open waters of the western basin of Lake Erie as impaired.Under the Clean Water Act, every two years states submit a list of impaired waters to the EPA, which the agency must by law accept or deny within 30 days. The process is instrumental in helping local communities, states, and the nation identify unhealthy waters so actions can be taken to improve the health of rivers, lakes and streams. The U.S. EPA has not acted on Ohio’s list, which was submitted in October 2016.