Fired diplomats will not return to Foreign Affairs Ministry – Greenidge

first_imgThe six Guyanese diplomats who served in foreign states that were fired by the David Granger-led Administration will not be reassigned posts at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and most likely have to seek other jobs.Foreign Secretary Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Foreign Secretary at the Ministry, Carl Greenidge, who on Friday told reporters that the fired Ambassadors and High Commissioners were contracted employees and that their services as per contract have been terminated.Therefore, there is no option for them to continue service at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he said, unless they are hired under new terms and conditions.“Four of those Ambassadors who would have received letters from Minister Karen Cummings, are likely to be not returning to the Ministry, let me put it that way. Simply because they will no longer be members of staff of the Ministry. Some of them have contracts, they work on the basis of contracts and I am trying to recall but I don’t think any of them, any of them currently are engaged other than on contracts. So unless they are offered something by the Ministry they can…find other opportunities, find other jobs or what have you,” Greenidge said.However, with regard to the APNU/AFC coalition caretaker Government offering those fired diplomats job opportunities, Greenidge stated that such a question can only be “definitively” answered by President David Granger or the Foreign Affairs Minister.On Wednesday, President Granger, speaking on the sidelines of an event, downplayed the termination of the diplomats saying that his Administration’s actions were “just a planned change”.He insisted that it was the Government’s intention to recruit new diplomats who have reached the eligible requirements. According to him, there is no ‘shakeup’.“There has been no shakeup. At the start of my Presidency, I had made it clear that the Ambassadors who would be appointed would be there for only three years and that with my Government’s intention to professionalise the foreign service, that is to say, to reduce or remove political appointees and to allow career officers who had been recruited as diplomats and have been trained and educated as diplomats, to be diplomats.”He further asserted that the Guyanese Ambassadors and High Commissioners were aware of this intention.This decision, he said, was made after the elections were announced for March 2, 2020.“It so happened that the contracts of many of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners expired during the time there was some uncertainty about when elections would be held and as a result of that uncertainty, some of the changes were not made. But when it became certain that elections wouldn’t be held until March 2020, a decision was taken to proceed with those changes. So it is not a shakeup.It is a planned change and the Ambassadors and High Commissioners knew that the intention of the Government has always been to professionalise the service.”The Ministry’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors follows speculation on the reason for former Director General Audrey Jardine-Waddell’s removal from the post. The Ministry confirmed that indeed, Waddell has been removed and will be replaced by Charlene Phoenix as their first Permanent Secretary, with effect from December 2.According to the Ministry, however, there are Ambassadors that have been serving for 20 years, when in fact their tenure is supposed to be 3 to 5 years. The Ministry claimed that this has impeded the work of younger, up and coming foreign service officers and that the reshuffling was part of “promoting greater efficiency”.A cursory check on the current Ambassadors’ residence overseas revealed only a few Ambassadors with over a decade of service abroad. But the Foreign Affairs Ministry has not revealed the names of those Ambassadors who were targeted.However, this newspaper understands that those terminated are Hamley Case, who was posted in the United Kingdom; Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop, stationed in the twin-island republic Trinidad and Tobago; Clarissa Riehl, who was posted in Canada; Bayney Karran in China, Cheryl Miles in Venezuela, and JR Deep Ford in Switzerland. Riehl had taken the Government to task in 2016, when Attorney General Basil Williams attempted to take control of a plot of land she owns at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown, under the Acquisition of Lands for Public Purposes Act. Efforts to contact the diplomats for comments to date have proved futile.After news broke last week about the firing of the diplomats, President David Granger contended that, “there is no change really, it is a smooth transition from having political appointees as head of Guyanese missions to having professional Ambassadors and High Commissioners…I do not see that it would have any impact that is negative for this country because it is typical in most countries to have professional Foreign Service officers”. However, while Granger points to the fact that he wants to professionalise the foreign service, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed is not a career diplomat but his services have been retained.last_img read more

Germany coaching staff rallies behind Karius

first_img0Shares0000Two dreadful mistakes from Loris Karius gifted goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the Champions League final © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBERLIN, Germany, May 29 – Germany’s coaching staff sent a message of support to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after his costly errors in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke said Tuesday.“We have tried to help him pick himself him up and we wrote to him telling him to keep his head up,” said Koepke, the former Germany international. Head coach Joachim Loew, team manager Oliver Bierhoff and Koepke, all currently in northern Italy for a World Cup training camp, sent Karius a text message following Saturday’s final in Kiev.Koepke, a World Cup winner and European champion with Germany in the 1990s, slammed certain extremely critical remarks of the 24-year-old Karius in the wake of his two glaring mistakes.“It’s very borderline and totally incomprehensible on the part of experts with whom I played myself,” said Koepke, notably taking aim at former Germany star Lothar Matthaeus who called it the “worst goalkeeping display in the last 20 or 30 years”.“It’s a very brutal thing to experience,” added Koepke. “I hope he will be supported by Jurgen Klopp and by Liverpool so he can get through it.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LEARN HOW FARMERS CAN CUT FARM PLASTICS RECYCLING COSTS BY A THIRD

first_imgIFFPG, the national farm plastics recycling scheme, teamed up with Tuam’s JFC Manufacturing at its recycling bring-centres this year to highlight to farmers the benefits of storing their farm plastics waste clean and dry. The promotion involved making farmers aware that they can reduce their recycling costs by up to a third by ensuring that farm plastics removed from silage is stored in a clean and dry manner.Farmers were encouraged to enter a free draw at bring-centres, with a prize of a JFC Tidywrap Recycling Bin on offer for the winner in each county. Massive progress has been made in recent years regarding farm plastics recycling in Ireland.IFFPG currently recycles approximately 25,000 tonnes of material annually. This represents a national recycling rate in excess of 70%, among the highest in the EU.The material is collected from farmers at over 200 bring-centres, which are held nationwide in the period April to July each year.For most Irish farmers, farm plastics recycling has become a mainstream activity, which they engage in either every year or every other year. However, due to our climate and current management practices a portion of what is collected at bring-centres is contamination in the form of rainwater.This moisture can increase the weight of the plastic by up to one third and unnecessarily adds to recycling costs of farmers at bring-centres.Farmers can minimise their recycling charges by simply ensuring that they put in place a system in the farmyard that results in silage wraps being stored in a dry location immediately after being removed from bales.One option in this regard is JFC’s Tidywrap Recycling Bin, which was recently launched on the Irish market (RRP €279).The bin allows farmers to store their farm plastics in a dry, clean and easy to use manner and then avail of cost savings at the bring-centre. For more information on farm plastics recycling visit www.farmplastics.ieLEARN HOW FARMERS CAN CUT FARM PLASTICS RECYCLING COSTS BY A THIRD was last modified: February 20th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

DONEGAL DAD PAYS TRIBUTE TO DAUGHTER WHO REPORTED HIM OVER SEX ABUSE

first_imgA father who sexually abused his daughter has thanked her for being brave enough to come forward and to expose him.The Donegal man admitted abusing his daughter on a number of occasions after he would get drunk in 2006 and 2007.On one occasion he gave his wife money so she could go out with her friends and then he proceeded to abuse the girl. The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter’s identity, claimed his family had a very open view to sex and revealed they watched pornography together in the family home.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the horrific abuse only came to light when the young girl broke a curfew and failed to return home from a friend’s house.When her mother got angry with her, she broke down and revealed all about the abuse.The woman confronted her husband and he admitted it was true and that he had “tried it on” with his daughter.The couple have since separated and the man is living in Sligo where he has attended 90 therapy sessions with the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence – COSC.He said he still cannot explain why he did such awful things to his daughter.“I would like to thank XXXXX for having the strength to contact the Gardai. I can never fix the damage I have done to her,” he said.In a statement, the girl said she suffers form panic attacks, has to take sleeping pills and is also being treated for depression.She added that she never wants to see her father again.The court heard explicit details of the horrific abuse carried out by the father against his daughter but Donegaldaily.com has decided not to publish the awful details of the offences.Judge John O’Hagan said he had heard many cases of sexual abuse but the fact that this was a father and daughter made it very disturbing.“The affects are forever. Isn’t it awful that a daughter never wants to see a father again. The sense of breach of trust is just awful to contemplate,” he said.He sentenced the man to five years in prison and ordered him to be placed on the sex offenders register for the rest of his lifer.EndsDONEGAL DAD PAYS TRIBUTE TO DAUGHTER WHO REPORTED HIM OVER SEX ABUSE was last modified: July 21st, 2011 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)last_img read more

FOUR IN A ROW FOR TERMON’S GAA LADIES MINORS

first_imgTERMON’S unstoppable ladies minor team are county champions again!They retained the title for the fourth year running after beating Milford in the county final on a scoreline of 4-04 to 2-04.FOUR IN A ROW FOR TERMON’S GAA LADIES MINORS was last modified: November 27th, 2011 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:FOUR IN A ROW FOR TERMON’S GAA LADIES MINORSlast_img

CALLAGHAN WINS COVETED ULSTER COLLEGES ALL-STAR AWARD

first_imgGlenswilly’s Cormac Callaghan has won a coveted Ulster Colleges All Star award. He plays with the Senior Team who took Dr. Maguire home to the hills in 2011 and 2013.He was a regular fixture in this years campaign which saw the men from The Glen make it to the final again, only to be defeated by St. Eunans. Cormac was also on the County Minor Panel this year.CALLAGHAN WINS COVETED ULSTER COLLEGES ALL-STAR AWARD was last modified: December 17th, 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:Cormac Callaghandonegallast_img read more

Fulham star commits himself to the club by signing five-year contract

first_img LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets RANKED Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Fulham captain Tom Cairney has committed his future to the newly-promoted Premier League club by signing a five-year deal.The 27-year-old, who was the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from Craven Cottage, will remain at the club until the summer of 2023. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 🤙🤙#AintNobody #FiveMoreYears pic.twitter.com/QTHZ00eUa7— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 5, 2018Cairney played an integral role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring the winner in the play-off final against Aston Villa at Wembley.He told Fulham’s official website: “I’m obviously delighted to extend my contract, it’s all I’ve wanted to do, and I’m just buzzing to get the season under way.“Premier League football is back at the Cottage and it’s great to be part of the squad that got us there again.” moving on last_img read more

FAMILY BUY THEIR OWN AMBULANCE TO HELP SICK DAUGHTER

first_imgA Donegal family were so worried about their sick daughter breaking her bones that they bought their own ambulance.The Cannings were so concerned about daughter Vanessa, who suffers from rare bone disease Oesteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone), that they decided to take action.Vanessa, 14, was constantly breaking her limbs and even trying to get her into the family car was a nightmare. The Manorcunningham family initially thought about buying a camper van but then came up with the idea of a fully-fitted ambulance.Dad Paul contacted the North Western Health Board and within weeks were able to buy a decommissioned ambulance at a knock-down price.Paul and wife Stephanie, from Manorcunningham, say the ambulance has been a lifesaver for their only child.‘Vanessa is in a wheelchair and getting her in and out of the family car was a nightmare. “We just decided to try and make life a little easier and the ambulance has been the answer to our prayers.“It’s so easy to get in and out of because Vanessa can sit back on the trolley and be wheeled into the ambulance,” said Paul.The couple equipped the ambulance as best they could for longer journeys and even put in a television for Vanessa to pass the time in the back.However Paul admits that there have been some embarrassing moments since buying the 00 registered vehicle.The couple were travelling to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin when they came upon an accident. “As we came up to the accident I could see the cars making way to let us through.“I was in bit of a sweat but Vanessa and Stephanie were happily sitting back watching television in the back.“Thankfully another ambulance arrived on the scene just then and we went on about our journey,” said Paul.After finally admitting his medical knowledge was not up to scratch, Paul decided to paint the ambulance a different colour. Thankfully Vanessa is getting stronger and the couple has decided they no longer need their ambulance.And they now plan to give it away FREE of charge to a deserving charity or family.“We have already had a number of calls and we’re going to give it away free of charge.“Hopefully whoever gets it will get as much use out of it as we have,” said Paul.EndsFAMILY BUY THEIR OWN AMBULANCE TO HELP SICK DAUGHTER was last modified: August 15th, 2011 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:ambulancemanorcunninghamPaul Canninglast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN THE CARRIGART, DOWNINGS AND GLEN AREAS – VINTAGE CAR TAKEN

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Thieves have been behind a spate of robberies in the Downings, Carrigart and Glen areas of County Donegal.Residents affected by the thieves want to warn others that a gang is operating in the area.“It’s too late for me, but perhaps it might prevent someone else being robbed,” said one resident. Copper piping and cylinders as well as oil has been taken from a number of premises.A 1978 Mark 2 Ford Escort was stolen from a shed in Carrigart.It is an Australian import which was origanally white but painted a dull land rover green, has a petrol filler cap on the back panel (very distinctive)A reward has been offered for any information leading to whereabouts of the car. If you have seen the car please contact the owner on 0879137301  COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN THE CARRIGART, DOWNINGS AND GLEN AREAS – VINTAGE CAR TAKEN was last modified: January 21st, 2014 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:Carrigartcommunity alertDowningsFord Escortglenthieveslast_img read more

A walk on vibey Vilakazi Street

first_imgVilakazi Street is steeped in history Nobel peace prize winner ArchbishopEmeritus Desmond Tutu’s house showsno sign that a legend lives inside A plaque outside the Mandela FamilyMuseum celebrates the street’s twofamous residents Street performers on Vilakazi Street Words and pictures by Khanyi Magubane The people on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, seem to walk with an air of grace, which tells you there’s something special about it. The vibrant, tourist-swarmed neighbourhood is the only one of its type in the world – home to two Nobel peace prize winners.The first thing you see when you turn on to the street is the house in which Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu still lives with his wife Leah. Painted light grey and enclosed by high walls, there’s no sign that a legend lives inside. Locals say that when he’s in back in town Tutu loves to walk about and freely mix with the community.Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in fighting apartheid. His equally famous compatriot, former president Nelson Mandela, also has a lifelong history in Vilakazi Street.Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, lived in Vilakazi Street from 1946 to 1961. He stayed in the redbrick five-roomed house with his first wife, Evelyn Mandela, until their divorce.When he remarried, Mandela remained in the house with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The couple divorced in 1996, six years after Mandela was released from prison.The Mandela Family MuseumThe house is now the Mandela Family Museum, and a South African heritage site. The museum is open to the public for tours on weekdays.Inside, the house is decorated with photos of a young Mandela, his children, other African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts, and his ex-wives. Memorabilia include gifts he’s received from across the world, and honorary doctorates he’s received from international universities.Tour guide Jane Monakwane explains that the structure has undergone serious revamping. “The house came under attack many times before Mandela went to prison. At that time, Mandela spent many nights on the kitchen floor, as it was safest. Bullets could not penetrate through the kitchen.“Shortly before Mandela’s release, Winnie had the house renovated to welcome him back.”Inside the main bedroom are three pairs of shoes: a pair of size-nine army boots worn by Madikizela Mandela; a pair of hiking boots, the first pair of shoes Mandela wore as a free man, which were too small for him; as well as the shoes he wore in prison.A block up from the Mandela family museum, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Street, is the intersection where Hector Peterson was killed by police. Peterson was the first victim of the June 16 1976 students’ uprising, a key event in the struggle against apartheid.The image of the boy’s death, captured by photographer Sam Nzima, sent shock waves around the world. The Hector Peterson Museum was later built close to the site, where visitors are walked through the events of June 1976.A leading intellectualVilakazi Street was named after Dr BW Vilakazi, one of South Africa’s earliest black intellectuals, poet and novelists, who wrote in a number of indigenous languages. Vilakazi’s main works include three novels and poetry collections Inkondlo Ka Zulu and Amal’eZulu. He was inspired by Dr John Langalibalele Dube, who was the founder of the Ohlange Institute and the first ANC president.Vilakazi was the first black man to teach at the University of the Witwatersrand. Officially employed as a “language assistant”, he was in fact a lecturer – the race laws of the day did not permit the technically white institution to call him a lecturer. While teaching at Wits, he obtained a PhD in literature. During his lifetime Vilakazi helped to develop the languages of isiZulu and siSwati in written form and helped develop the isiZulu dictionary.New developments in the streetOver the years, the tourist excursion to Vilakazi Street has been extended to include lunch at eateries established to cater for the many visitors who pass through. A popular restaurant in Vilakazi Street is Nambitha (meaning “to taste” in isiXhosa). Established in 1999 by entrepreneur Khulani Vilakazi, the restaurant has already been host to many famous visitors.The Sakhumzi Restaurant, just down the road from Nambitha, is also a big attraction for tourists. It was started by Sakhumzi Maqubela, and boasts a wide variety of traditional meals sold at the venue, including a daily buffet, where visitors have a chance to sample the different types of South African dishes.Johannesburg’s only community television station, Soweto TV, is also based on the street. The station broadcasts from a classroom at a local primary school. It’s here that young producers are taught to generate local content that will appeal to the community. Soweto TV reaches about 4-million viewers in the township’s largely low-income market.A most recent development in Vilakazi Street was the addition of a health and beauty spa, Afro Nubian, opposite Nambitha . Here guests get to be treated to manicures, pedicures hot stone massages and makeovers, and are pampered thoroughly in the process.Useful links Nambitha restaurant Sakhumzi restaurant Soweto Soweto tours South African Tourism City of Johannesburglast_img read more