Cash handout debate exposes political hacks

first_imgDear Editor,Not long after coming to office, the APNU+AFC coalition Government disbanded the $10,000 school grant initiative on the grounds that it was “fiscally unsustainable” and could be used as an “electioneering gimmick”.Fast-track to August 1, 2018 and President David Granger is quoted in a speech urging Guyanese not to be “slothful”, to desist from seeking “raises”, and to get prepared for the oil economy.A few days later, Economist Professor Clive Thomas suggested that every household in Guyana should benefit from an annual cash payout when oil revenue begins to flow. Enter the flip-floppers and party hacks.Those who agreed that the PPP-Government school grant initiative was being used as an electioneering gimmick now think a potential coalition Government oil payout initiative is the best thing since sliced bread. Those who firmly agreed with the President that the culture of ‘always wanting a raise’ was counterproductive now say handouts from oil revenue is a brilliant idea.One only has to look across at Venezuela to see how the creation of a welfare state killed productivity and contributed to soaring inflation. Closer to home, the Amerindian community in Guyana has been the recipient of substantial State grants and support. One cannot conceivably say that our Amerindian brothers and sisters are better off as a result.Most importantly, we lack the basic systems to equitably disburse any such funds. So it was in the case of the school grant, and so it remains. We lack the political integrity required to not use such a scheme to buy votes. So it was before, and so it remains. To believe otherwise points to madness.It is time that common sense and good judgment are used in serious debates on issues with national implications. Those who appeal to the emotions and weaknesses of the poor with tactful comments on social media and elsewhere, in an attempt to sell the goodness of a welfare state, are in fact enemies of the poor. They serve political outfits, and operate at the bidding of their masters.Guyanese people need to wake up before it is too late. Demand accountability and full transparency in management of the oil revenue. Demand investments in infrastructure, education and social services. R10eject attempts for you to be used as political footballs. Reject overnight schemes designed to keep you in poverty and subservient to the state. Wake up!Sincerely,Patrick DavisConcerned Guyaneselast_img read more

Castro shown in new video

first_imgThe date that Tuesday’s video was taken could not be immediately confirmed. In it, Chavez said the two-hour private meeting took place on Monday and ended at 3 p.m. on Jan 29. In Caracas, a presidential spokeswoman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed that Chavez made a one-day visit to Havana on Monday. On the video, Castro was also heard reading aloud a headline from a printout of an article dated Saturday from the Web version of Argentine newspaper Clarin. Castro stunned the nation six months ago when he temporarily stepped aside for his younger brother, the 75-year-old defense minister. Since then, Raul Castro has led the nation at the head of a collaborative leadership that has kept the government running calmly in his brother’s absence from public life. Castro has not been seen in public since July 26 – five days before he stepped aside. Cuban officials told visiting U.S. lawmakers last month that Castro does not have cancer or a terminal illness and will eventually return to public life.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This also is far from being a lost battle,” Castro said of his current health problems. He noted that when his severe intestinal problems struck last summer he was still not fully recovered from a devastating October 2004 fall that severely injured a knee and a shoulder. “One after the other,” Castro said of his health troubles. Later in the video, Chavez was even more optimistic, saying Castro had already won the battle to recover his health. The Venezuelan president’s brother, Education Minister Adan Chavez, was also seen in the video visiting Castro. The broadcast came six months after Castro’s July 31 announcement that he had undergone intestinal surgery and was provisionally ceding power to his younger brother Raul. Castro had looked thinner and frailer in the last video images, which aired on Oct. 28. HAVANA – Cuban state television Tuesday showed a video of a healthier looking Fidel Castro meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and saying his recovery was “far from a lost battle,” in the first images of the ailing leader shown in three months. Castro stood and appeared alert in the 10-minute video clip, which state TV said was shot during Chavez’s previously unannounced visit to Havana on Monday. The video seemed to be aimed at knocking down recent rumors about Castro’s health, including a report that he was in grave condition. Castro looked heavier than in previous images that had showed him much more thin and frail. Dressed in a red, white and blue track suit, the 80-year-old was shown sitting and drinking juice. last_img read more

Exclusive – Defoe deal likely in January, reveals QPR boss Redknapp

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he could revive his interest in Jermain Defoe in January after failing to sign him on transfer deadline day.The former Tottenham striker looked likely to seal a switch to Loftus Road but in the end missed out as Toronto refused to let him leave immediately, despite agreeing terms with the Super Hoops.But Redknapp told the Sports Bar, after losing Loic Remy to Chelsea, he could well be tempted to bid again for Defoe in the next transfer window.He said: “We tried all day with Jermain Defoe. He was keen to come. We agreed a deal with Toronto but they wouldn’t release him now. We could do a deal and then take him in January but we wanted to get someone in today.“There is every chance he will come in January. I’m a big fan of Jermain’s. Almost certainly, I think we will [go back in for him]. I’ve signed him so many times. I’ve taken him everywhere.”Meanwhile, Redknapp was ecstatic about landing £10million Spurs midfielder Sandro and re-signing Niko Kranjcar on loanHe added: “We got Sandro from Tottenham which I’m absolutely delighted about, he’s fantastic. He’s just what we need and we’ve bought Niko Kranjcar back to the club on a year loan. I’m pleased to have those two. We couldn’t get a striker but that’s how it goes.”And the former Spurs boss also revealed Queen Park Rangers weren’t on the verge of signing Aaron Lennon.Asked if the west Londoners nearly had a deal in place, he replied: “No, not really. We never really got close to getting him.”last_img read more


first_imgIT’S the newest thing in dining – the Josper Charcoal Grill.Gordan Ramsay and Hestor Blumenthal swear by it and use it in their restaurants.Now only the second one ever to be used in Ireland has arrived at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. And Head Chef Manus McBride is promising you’ll never want to eat steak or fish any other way once you’ve tried it out at their new retaurant Dexter’s Smoke House.Hake, salmon and steaks of all sizes come to your table smelling and tasting wonderful.“Our Head Chef Manus is in the throws of developing an exciting new Menu, the menu & the quality of the steak & fish cooked on this Grill will be the talk of the town,” promised the Mount Errigal’s Carolynne Harrison.“This is the oven that is used by the world’s top chefs in the world’s top restaurants. “This piece of equipment was a major investment for us, however, we believe in quality local food and with this and the talents of our experienced Head Chef Manus & his team, we are confident that our ‘passion for grilling’ will be appreciated!” NEW DEXTER’S SMOKE HOUSE RESTAURANT AT MOUNT ERRIGAL SET TO BRING WORLD CLASS DINING TO DONEGAL was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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:Josper Grillmount errigal hotel letterkennyNEW RESTAURANT AT MOUNT ERRIGAL SET TO BRING WORLD CLASS DINING TO DONEGALlast_img read more

Doctor: Evidence doesn’t support french-fry claims

first_imgA Valencia doctor who specializes in autism said Tuesday there is no medical evidence linking the disorder with additives found in McDonald s french fries, a connection at the center of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy who ate them at a local store.The lawsuit was filed Friday against McDonald s Corp. and McDonald s Restaurants of California by Richard W. Brown as guardian of minor Roman Brown, who has autism. He alleges that gluten and casein found in french fries caused Roman to experience increased aggression and tantrums.The fries in question came from the McDonald s restaurant at 27776 McBean Parkway in Valencia. After consuming the fries, the boy experienced behavioral problems, had difficulty communicating, could not care for himself and experienced digestive problems, according to the lawsuit. In most cases, elimination of gluten and casein from an autistic child s (diet) results in dramatic improvements in the child s condition, the lawsuit states. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’McDonald s used to state the fast-food giant s fries were gluten- and casein-free, but that changed in January 2006, when food companies were required by the Food and Drug Administration to include trans-fat information in their labeling.Currently, the company s Web site states its fries contain derivatives of wheat and dairy. Prior to the update, McDonald s included french fries in its list of suggested foods for those gluten-intolerant. There is no evidence that suggests the core symptoms of autism are affected by glutens and caseins, said Dr. Robin Berglund, a former UCLA autism fellow who now specializes in autism and behavioral disorders in private practice in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. Patients with autism might also have digestive problems that cause a marked sensitivity to certain foods, but I have not seen any evidence that there is a connection between glutens and caseins and autism symptoms. Berglund said that the connections between nerve cells in the brain that cause autism are made in the first trimester of the mother s pregnancy. People dealing with autism are looking for hope, sometimes in situations that are very sad, he said. Or they might be looking to make money off people who are suffering. I think this (case) will be extremely hard to prove. Plaintiffs are seeking $15,000 for Roman Brown s medical expenses as well as a share of profits made by the company for the alleged misrepresentation and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. In addition, they hope to make this a class-action lawsuit for other autistic children who may have been harmed by the corporation.Calls to Brown s attorney, Paul Alvarez, were not returned Tuesday.City News Service contributed to this 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

Hazard, Jovic, Garay? Who makes talkSPORT’s Europa League Team of the Tournament?

first_img GETTY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE 5 There is a lot more at stake for the Gunners, however, as a win would ensure they play in next season’s Champions League.Chelsea have already secured their destiny following their third place finish in the Premier League.But ahead of the Europa League final, has given its verdict on the Team of the Tournament. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Loftus-Cheek has been Chelsea’s star in the Europa League this season no dice REVEALED GOALKEEPERChelsea no.1 KEPA ARRIZABALAGA has had an impressive debut season and was instrumental in the Blues’ run to the final.Not only was he the hero in the semi-final penalty shoot-out win against Eintracht Frankfurt, but he has saved Chelsea’s blushes on many occasions throughout their European campaign. The Englishman has arguably been the Blues’ best performer in the Europa League this term, chipping in with four crucial goals to send his side to the final.Valencia midfielder DANIEL PAREJO has also been the main orchestrator in the Valencia line-up, puling the strings at the heart of the midfield to keep play ticking over for his side.FORWARDSThere has been so many outstanding forwards in the Europa League that is it is extremely difficult to fit them all in.Sevilla forward WISSAM BEN YEDDER has been on stellar form in Europe, notching up eight goals throughout the campaign to help his side to the quarter-finals.Arsenal striker PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – also on eight goals – has often been played on the left throughout the tournament and he was outstanding in their last match against Valencia, almost single-handedly sending the Gunners to Baku with a hat-trick. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker 5 LUKA JOVIC has been incredible for Eintracht Frankfurt this term and he looks to be off to Real Madrid for his stellar displays.Along with OLIVIER GIROUD, who completes the line-up, they are the top scoring players in the Europa League this season with 10 goals.The Frenchman has been a handful for opposition defences in Europe throughout the campaign, scoring some stunning goals in the process.Have a look at the line-up in full below… 5 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Jovic has been tremendous for Frankurt this term LATEST The Europa League hasn’t failed to excite this season.For the first time since the UEFA Cup became the Europa League in the 2009/10 season, the final will be contested by two clubs from England, with Arsenal and Chelsea set to battle it out in Baku to earn some silverware after a gruelling season – live on talkSPORT. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals He put in a series of good blocks and last ditch challenges to keep the Blues at bay and he has been doing this all campaign for his side.Valencia defender EZEQUIEL GARAY has been imperious in defence for his side this tournament.Although his club began the season in the Champions League he has been crucial for them on their run to the semi-finals, although he was ultimately unable to prevent Arsenal’s lethal strike force in the last round.MIDFIELDERSFrankfurt’s SEBASTIAN RODE worked tirelessly to keep Chelsea at bay in the last four and he was desperately unlucky his efforts were not rewarded.He has been solid as rock throughout the campaign for his club in both attack and defence and looks a real dime in the midfield.Chelsea playmaker RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK will be heartbroken he is not playing in the final following the Achilles tendon injury he picked up in a post-season friendly in Boston. Getty Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 🚫 Kepa Arrizabalaga this season 🙌#UELfinal | @ChelseaFC— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 20, 2019DEFENDERSChelsea defender ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN has had a very solid campaign in the Europa League.The Dane has played nearly every minute of the Blues’ run to the final and has helped Chelsea keep seven clean sheets, the most in the competition.Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back MARTIN HINTEREGGER has been mightily impressive for the German side this campaign, particularly against Chelsea in the semi. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most of Andreas Christensen’s playing time has come through cup games this season Getty Images 5 huge blow 5 REPLY Sarri and Emery’s sides will battle it out in Baku Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be live on talkSPORT at 20:00 on 29 Maylast_img read more

Hibs beat Rangers to claim Scottish Cup for first time since 1902

first_imgIn the second minute of stoppage time Gray headed in another Henderson corner to send the Hibees fans wild with delight with the trophy on its way to the Leith for the first time since 1902. The end to Hib’s hoodoo meant they also became first lower league club to win the trophy since East Fife in 1938 and it sparked a pitch invasion from Easter Road supporters at the end of the match which encouraged Gers fans to come on as well. Mark Warburton named only 16 players, as he had done in the semi-final against Celtic, while Alan Stubbs, with a much larger squad, opted for a front pairing of Jason Cummings and Stokes. And it was the Easter Road strike duo who combined to give the Leith side the early lead. With the Rangers defence sleeping, Cummings sent Stokes down the left channel and he cantered into the box with right-back James Tavernier trailing and with Rob Kiernan standing off, he slipped the ball past keeper Wes Foderinghan at the far post. Hibernian’s 114-year wait to win the William Hill Scottish Cup is over after skipper David Gray headed in a stoppage-time winner to beat Rangers 3-2 at Hampden Park. Anthony Stokes, on-loan from Celtic, opened the scoring for Hibs in the third minute and the Easter Road side threatened to increase their lead before Kenny Miller equalised in the 27th minute with a header. Stokes hit the post with a drive a minute later before Miller headed against the crossbar but there was little doubt the Light Blues were the happier with the interval scoreline. However, in the 64th minute Gers midfielder Andy Halliday hammered the ball past Hibs keeper Conrad Logan from 20 yards before Stokes headed in from a Liam Henderson corner to make it 2-2. It was a goal of stunning simplicity and minutes later the shaky Kiernan was turned easily in the box by Cummings but defender Danny Wilson blocked the shot. The Ibrox side looked disjointed but found themselves level when Miller beat Leith defender Darren McGregor to a Tavernier cross to bullet a header past Logan. Moments later, with the Gers fans still celebrating, Stokes took a McGinn pass and drove a 25-yards shot off the inside of the post with the ball rebounding wide. But Rangers had shrugged off earlier nerves and in the 32nd minute Miller’s header from a Barrie McKay corner cannoned off the crossbar. It was turning into a thrilling final, the first between two second-tier clubs. With five minutes of the first half remaining Foderingham made a fine save from Stokes and then from Cummings following the resultant corner before Stokes heads wide from Gray’s cross. The Republic of Ireland forward drew another good save from Foderingham with a powerful drive from 25 yards in the 50th minute but the Govan men survived the corner. However, it had turned into a more even contest but in turned in favour of the Championship winners in the 64th minute when, from 22 yards out, Halliday arrowed a shot past Logan. Hibs looked demoralised as Rangers took control but there was another twist on its way. Stokes blazed a shot over the bar in the 76th minute but three minutes later he was more accurate when he escaped the attention of Tavernier to head in a corner from substitute Liam Henderson, on for Liam Fontaine. Foderingham denied Stokes again in stoppage time but from the corner Gray headed in to become a Hibs legend although there will be ramifications after the scenes at the end.Copyright of Press Association 2016.last_img read more

Steve Clarke defends Jordan Jones after diving ban

first_imgKilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has defended Jordan Jones after his diving ban, insisting the winger wasn’t looking to deceive the referee.The Northern Irish attacker begins a two-match ban this weekend when Clarke’s side face St Mirren.Killie chose not to appeal against the suspension, despite Jones remaining adamant he was not guilty of simulation.Clarke said it was best in this case for the club to “accept their medicine”, although the ex-Chelsea coach agrees with his players’ account of events. “We spoke to Jordan about the incident,” he said. “We looked at the footage and didn’t find any angles that would make anyone change their mind.“Sometimes it is better to accept your medicine and move on and that’s what we’ll do.”Asked for his view on the incident, he added: “Players reactions are always the best. “He didn’t jump up, looking for a penalty.“He wasn’t trying to deceive the ref, Jordan says that and I believe him.“There are not many who can run as fast as Jordan, any little touch can cause a loss of balance.“That would be the best way to describe it.”Asked if the player was in danger of developing a reputation for going down easily, Clarke continued: “I trust all the referees to referee the games as and when they see incidents on the pitch.“Anything other than that would be to cast aspersions on referees that are not fair, all the refs I’ve come across are very honest.”Clarke celebrated a year in charge of the Rugby Park side this week.The 55-year-old has overseen a turnaround in fortunes for Killie, who were bottom of the league upon his arrival in Ayrshire.A top six finish last season has been followed up by a strong start to this campaign, with Clarke’s outfit fourth in the Premiership.On his year in charge, he said: “I’ve enjoyed working with this group of players and helping put a smile back on the supporters’ faces.“It feels like a much better place now than this time last year.“We can be happy with what we’ve achieved so far but in this game if you settle for that it will catch you up.”last_img read more

Lenovo launches K3 Note in India at Rs.9,999

first_imgLenovo on Thursday launched what could be called the spiritual follow-up to its A7000 smartphone, the K3 Note in India. The K3 Note has been launched in India at a price of Rs.9,999 and will go on sale for the first time on July 8 via Flipkart. Registrations begin 2PM IST on Thursday itself.The K3 Note on first look borrows heavily from the A7000 smartphone in terms of design aesthetics. In fact both the handsets look almost identical. It’s just like the case with the company’s A6000 and A6000 Plus smartphones. That said, the K3 Note is a significant upgrade over the A7000 in terms of internal hardware.Let’s take a look at the specifications set of the said device. The Lenovo K3 Note has a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution that roughly translates to 401ppi. This is a significant bump over the A7000’s 5.5-inch HD display (720 x 1280 pixels).It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 SoC coupled with Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This is basically the same processor that powers the A7000 only that there it was clocked at 1.5GHz.The K3 Note comes with 16GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The A7000 on the other hand has just 8GB of internal storage.The dual-SIM K3 Note (micro-SIM) runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s custom Vibe UI on top.The smartphone sports a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. There is also a 5MP front-facing camera on-board the device. The A7000 has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and single LED flash.advertisementThe 4G LTE capable handset is backed by a 2,900mAh removable battery which is rated to deliver up to 16 hours of 3G talk time and up to 11 days of standby.The K3 Note comes with Dolby Atmos sound technology, something that we saw in the A7000 as well. The smartphone will be available in the colours Onyx Black (with matte finish), Pearl White and Laser Yellow.While the Lenovo A7000 is priced in India at Rs.8,999 the K3 Note will retail at Rs.9,999. At its price , the K3 Note will compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, the Yu Yureka, the Honor 4X among others.Also Read: Our review of the Lenovo A7000last_img read more

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after wreck

first_imgBritish IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of a race the previous day at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, IndyCar officials said. He was 37.Wilson, a former Formula One driver and seven-time winner in IndyCar racing, had been in critical condition in a coma at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, before his death.Sad day for IndyCar”This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” Mark Miles, chief executive officer of Hulman & Co, the parent of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said in a statement.”Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock,” Miles added.Wilson’s family said in a statement that he was a “loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers”.Also read: Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix Wilson was the first IndyCar driver to die following a race accident since fellow Briton, Dan Wheldon, was killed in a fiery crash in Las Vegas in October 2011.Wheldon, who died aged 33, was just one of two British drivers to win America’s most famous race, the Indy 500, on more than one occasion. He won it in 2005 and again in 2011, the 100th anniversary of the race.Deeply saddened “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Justin Wilson,” Wilson’s Andretti Autosport team said in a statement.advertisement”He was a tremendous racer, a valuable member of the team and respected representative to our sport.”His life and racing career is a story of class and passion surpassed by none. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Wilson family and fans worldwide.”Tributes to Wilson, who is survived by his wife and two daughters, poured in from his fellow drivers and others in the motor racing world.New Zealander Scott Dixon, who won the Indy 500 in 2008 from pole position, tweeted: “Father, Husband, Friend, just an amazing human being. We will miss you to no end. Love to the Wilson Family. #RIPJustin”.Brazilian Tony Kanaan, winner of the 2013 Indy 500, posted on Twitter: “Why do we do this? Because we love it, don’t want to be anywhere else but a race car. We will keep your legacy my friend. Racers race.”last_img read more