The APNU/AFC and their shenanigans

first_imgDear Editor,It is most shameful to know that none of the new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils is provided with the required office, an assigned Overseer or the appropriate staff to undertake service activities for the benefit of residing residents. More serious is the fact that with all the boasting by the coalition Government about early budget, none of the new NDCs has received a single cent as subvention. These and other baseless inclusions on the coalition’s agenda, confirms the farcical and usually visionless delusion with which they are associated and often disguise.Some of these NDCs are not collecting rates and taxes because the ‘Areas’ are not regularised. Hence, the elected councillors are unable to do anything while the Minister of Communities and the Government are barking about how many new NDCs they established. The fact is that the creation of the new NDCs serves more as an embarrassment to the Government because these establishments are not functioning and no arrangements are in place for these bodies to carry out their mandated functions in the short term. It is clear that in 2018, the Government rushed to have nine new Local Authority Areas with the hope of including their support base to vote at the Local Government Elections, considering the massive defeat they would have suffered in 2016.Now that the elections are completed and the results favoured the PPP, the new LAAs are left on their own. The system is failing and the APNU/AFC Government doesn’t care. Their plans didn’t pay off and the new LAAs didn’t deliver to them the expected votes because the PPP has made inroads. It begs the question: What’s next for the new LAAs? Now that they are official statutory bodies, they should be allowed to carry out their mandate to offer the required services to the people and their communities.The recently appointed Member of Parliament, Donna Mathoo, of the AFC is one of significant national interest, given the massive evidence of mass corruption at the Berbice NCN branch which she headed. It is strange and notable that Mathoo didn’t resign her position as a Councillor of the Region Six Regional Democratic Council before swearing in as a Member of Parliament. This incompetent cabal continues to make a mockery of the National Assembly too.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal ready to take on Everton for AC Milan forward

first_img1 Arsenal are reportedly looking to scupper Everton’s plans to sign AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang.The 22-year-old has been on the Serie A giants books’ for the past five seasons after joining them from French club Caen.During that time he’s enjoyed three separate loan spells away from the San Siro in a bid to gain first-team experience.Niang spent the second half of last season on loan at Watford and it seems his performances during his short stint at Vicarage Road have caught the attention of both Ronald Koeman and Arsene Wenger.And, according to Tutto Mercato, Wenger has set his sights on a potential move for Niang when the window opens next month.Everton currently have the edge in the chase as they have already held talks with AC Milan regarding the player, but the Toffees might have to speed up their approach in order to keep Arsenal at bay. M’Baye Niang in action for Watford last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Government’s Gaeltacht Bill, which takes power from the people and gives the Minister of the day too much control over Údarás na Gaeltachta.Senator Ó Domhnaill has also raised concerns about the cutbacks involved in this Bill and the Government’s failure to commit to resources for Gaeltacht regions.“Far from preserving and developing the language, this Bill involves further cutbacks.  It is clear that the Government has no intention of providing any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “But more worrying still is the fact that this legislation will spell an end of the democratic elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta.  The Gaeltacht Minister clearly doesn’t have confidence that the people will elect who he wants to the board, so he wants to change the system so that the Minister of the day will appoint many of the board members himself.  The remainder of the board will be nominated by County Councillors, many of whom have no connection with the Gaeltacht whatsoever.“In addition to this, the Bill fails to define the type of organisation that can apply to prepare a language plan for an area. The Minister will approve each Language Plan and will decide whether they are being implemented fully or not. Once again, this gives too much power to the Minister and the Coimisinéir Teanga should have a role in this work.“There are a number of questions about how this will work in reality. It is clear that there is no intention to provide any extra resources to implement this new legislation, making it extremely difficult for the Bill to attain its objectives. It places responsibilities on Foras na Gaeilge, although the Minister nor the Oireachtas has control over the Foras as it is a North/South body. As a result it is not possible to be sure that the Foras will be happy to deliver on the responsibilities in the long term.”  MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATOR was last modified: June 20th, 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:MINISTER WILL HAVE TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER ÚDARÁS – SENATORlast_img read more