Dear Editor,“If you say that you love God, but don’t care for his people, then it has no meaning – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar”It is an established fact that only His Excellency, President David Granger is empowered by the Constitution to call elections, not GECOM. So, this whole myth of GECOM having to advise the President on a date is exactly that, utter gobbledygook from those who are subscribing to this myth. Mr Granger’s actions since December 21, 2018, reflects one that is unaccountable, aloof and distant from the people. The longer they hide from the people the greater the political damage to the Palm Tree with a key superimposed for cosmetic purposes. Are the thinkers in the PNC totally blind to this fact?Since GECOM held elections in November 2018, that institution has in place a valid list that expires on April 30, 2018. So, there is nothing preventing the President from doing his job in accordance with the Constitution. Therefore, this high nonsense being peddled by the GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander, is exactly that; a determined attempt to mislead and distort the truth. I would not want to call the gentleman an untruth peddler, but all I am seeing is grave acts on his part of subterfuge and deception in service to his masters in Congress Place. Is this the legacy he wants to be remembered by – the man who frustrated democracy?All the voters want is adherence to the rule of law, free and fair elections so that they can have a framework that will facilitate their economic and social upliftment. So why is Mr Alexander bent on destroying democracy?Granted that the President is bedridden, the functioning of the Presidency does not stop. Who is tasked with the responsibility to get out and understand what is going on out there in the villages of Guyana on behalf of the President? Who is tasked with carrying out his constitutional functions while he is in bed? This nation needs leadership now and Mr Granger must step up or please have some dignity and step out.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singh
…Govt’s coverage ‘public relations gimmick’ Outspoken attorney and accountant Christopher Ram has dubbed the Government’s coverage of the Green Paper “public relations and propaganda” and not serious consultations.He told a forum organised by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) on Thursday to discuss the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) that the paper leaves more questions than answers.“It is not a Green Paper, it’s a White Paper. A Green Paper tells you what your options are and various variables, what are the advantages and disadvantages,” he explained.However, he claimed that the document is “very prescriptive.” In other words, it actually outlines what the Government plans to do. He argued that that is not consultation.“And we are also speaking against the background of inadequate information. We still don’t know things about the contract and there is an elephant in this room and we are not addressing it,” he said.Ram, pointed to a host of things that are yet to be done, including information being released about the prospecting license, the production license, a depletion policy, and no local content policy.“I think the paper has paid some lip service to the Dutch disease particularly as it relates to the impact on exchange rate, inflation, unemployment, balance of payment, unbalanced development. We have already seen the Dutch disease here,” he added.The outspoken accountant told the forum attended by persons from civil society that the distinction must now be drawn between the theory and the practice.“We are gone a far way with a Natural Resource Fund…And we are seeing the economy already suffering from the Dutch disease…We have said, we talked about the resources curse. There is nothing saying how to do you prevent it,” he further pointed out.A section of the audience at the forum organised by the GMSA on ThursdayHe continued, “I am, not sure what there consultation process is, who is taking the notes, and do we have a committee in the Ministry of Finance for the Government to consider recommendations and to decide? Because unless we do, we are hearing that government is going ahead with legislation by the last quarter of 2018. They are not waiting on us.”Ram stressed that “Unless you put good mechanisms in place nothing is going to work” and added that he believes that “the best sovereign wealth fund you can have is a well-managed economy and a proper structured country.”Using Singapore as an example, he said that that country is not one that is natural resource blessed but still has one of the best economies and SWFs in the world be “because it “runs its economy well and puts aside its money.”Veteran trade unionist and General Secretary of the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis who was part of the panel said that the Government has failed to engage the Guyanese people in active consultation to hear from them what they would like to see done with the resources from the oil and gas sector.Meanwhile, University of Guyana lecturer Carol Webster said there is need for a clearer rules set out in the Fund that will guarantee sustainability and the equal distribution of wealth.The discussion covered issues such as the guiding principles for a SWF; how the SWF should be utilized and mechanisms for doing so; governance mechanisms, and oversight and management of the SWF and the role of civil society and the private sector. Forum also included a representative of the Finance Ministry Sonya Roopnauth.The Green Paper on the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), which will deal with the question of management of anticipated oil revenues starting in 2020, was laid in the National Assembly in August. Government has said that legislation in relation to the fund could be laid in Parliament before the end of the year, as indicated in Budget 2018.It said that the proposed legislation addresses two main issues: stability of the economy, and saving for future generations. Advice on this fund is being sought from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently said he still did not agree with the model being proposed for the Fund, which could cater for a representative from the Opposition.
CHICAGO – A surprising study of elderly people suggests that those who see themselves as self-disciplined, organized achievers have a lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who are less conscientious. A purposeful personality might somehow protect the brain, perhaps by increasing neural connections that can act as a reserve against mental decline, said study co-author Robert Wilson of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. Astoundingly, the brains of some of the dutiful people in the study were examined after their deaths and were found to have lesions that would meet accepted criteria for Alzheimer’s – even though these people had shown no signs of dementia. “This adds to our knowledge that lifestyle, personality, how we think, feel and behave are very importantly tied up with risk for this terrible illness,” Wilson said. “It may suggest new ideas for trying to delay the onset of this illness.” When the researchers took into account a combination of risk factors, including smoking, inactivity and limited social connections, they still found that the dutiful people had a 54 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s compared with people who had the lowest scores for conscientiousness. Could lower conscientiousness merely be an early sign of Alzheimer’s? The researchers think not. At the start of the study, the less-conscientious people were no more likely to have lower mental abilities or more memory problems than the most-dutiful people in the study. Renee Goodwin of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health was not involved in the new study but has done similar work that found a connection between conscientiousness and better health. “It’s having self-discipline and energy, doing the healthy things,” Goodwin said. Because priests and nuns are an unusual group, the findings might not apply to the general population, Goodwin said, but she noted that there was a normal range of personality types among the participants. The research could lead to strategies for developing dutiful personality traits as a way to prevent dementia, Goodwin said. The study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Previous studies have linked social connections and stimulating activities such as working puzzles with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The same researchers reported previously that people who experience more distress and worry about their lives are at a higher risk. The new findings, appearing in Monday’s Archives of General Psychiatry, come from an analysis of personality tests and medical exams of 997 older Catholic priests, nuns and brothers who participated in the Religious Orders Study. At the start of the study, none of the participants showed signs of dementia. The average age was 75. Everyone took tests, including a standard personality test, then the researchers tracked them for 12 years, testing yearly for cognitive decline and dementia. Brain autopsies were performed on most of those who died. During the 12 years, 176 people developed Alzheimer’s disease. Those with the highest scores for a personality trait called “conscientiousness” at the start of the study had an 89 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared with people who had the lowest scores for that personality trait. The conscientiousness scores were based on how people rated themselves, on a scale of 0 to 4, on how much they agreed with statements such as: “I work hard to accomplish my goals,” “I strive for excellence in everything I do,” “I keep my belongings clean and neat” and “I’m pretty good about pacing myself so as to get things done on time.”
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ResultsPeter McFadden BreenaghU12 Go Games Section One Termon 5.05 5.06 LK GaelsSection TwoRed Hughs 1.06 0.16 McCumhaillsN Padraig 1.03 2.08 St Eunans B Crawford Trophies LiffordUnder 14 Division OneBurt 3.05 3.13 GlenfinFanad Gaels 2.04 0.08 Ghaoth DobhairSt Eunans 6.18 1.03 Cloughaneely McCumhaills 5.03 4.13 ConvoyDivision Two Section OneUrris 12.14 0.04 Robert EmmetsMalin 9.15 3.05 Naomh Colmcille Carndonagh 6.09 2.08 UrrisRed Hughs 1.08 2.03 BuncranaN Padraig 0.00 1.05 CarndonaghDivision Two Section TwoL/Kenny Gaels 5.10 3.03 Gaoth DobhairSt Eunans B 5.09 4.10 MilfordDownings 1.02 6.06 GlenswillyTermon 1.02 6.19 St MichaelsFixturesWednesday15th June 7.30 pmCrawford Trophies LiffordUnder 14 Division OneConvoy v Fanad Gaels Paul CrampsieCloughaneely v Burt Conal O BaoillGhaoth Dobhair v McCumhaills Hughie McGarveyGlenfin v St Eunans Cathal DohertyDivision Two Section OneCarndonagh v Urris Paul McLaughlinBuncrana v Malin Alan FrielR Emmets v N Padraig Gareth DevenneyN Colmcille v Red Hughs Joe O DonnellDivision Two Section TwoSt Michaels v St Eunans B Seamus BradleyGlenswilly v Letterkenny Gaels Conal McGreneraMilford v Termon Mark DorrianGhaoth Dobhair v Downings Joe CaseySaturday 18th June 12.00Peter McFadden BreenaghU10 Go Games Section OneCloughaneely v Letterkenny GaelsGhaoth Dobhair v St EunansFanad Gaels v MilfordDownings v TermonGlenswilly v St MichaelsPeter McFadden BreenaghU10 Go Games Section TwoNaomh Colmcille v BuncranaRed Hughs v N Padraig LiffordRobert Emmets v McCumhaillsGlenfin v ConvoyWednesday 22nd June 7.30 pmCrawford Trophies LiffordUnder 14 Division OneSt Eunans v Convoy Paddy McKeeverBurt v Ghoath Dobhair Paddy McGonagleFanad Gaels v Glenfin James McGinleyMcCumhaills v Cloughaneely Cathal DohertyDivision Two Section OneRed Hughs v Carndonagh PJ ScanlonMalin v Robert Emmets John FarrenUrris v Naomh Colmcille Paul McLaughlinN Padraig v BuncranaDivision Two Section TwoDownings v St Michaels Daniel HallL/Kenny Gaels v Milford Conal McGreneraSt Eunans B v Ghaoth Dobhair Gary McDaidTermon v Glendwilly Don LanganRegistrationsAll clubs must ensure their registrations are with Northern Board Registrar Emma McAtteer before 30th June. Any club who fails to do so will not be allocated any further fixtures and will forfeit their gamesCups & TrophiesAny club who has still not returned a divisional or county trophy should do so immediately.Championship DrawsThe U16 championship games will be played immediately after the exams have been completed, commencing on Monday 27th June. Fixtures can be viewed on the website.DONEGAL NORTHERN BOARD GAA NOTES was last modified: June 14th, 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)
1 Argentina’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup campaign are in tatters following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia.Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed the resounding defeat for the two-time World Cup winners. It’s been a miserable campaign in Russia for Lionel Messi and co so far following their disappointing draw to Iceland last weekend.And Argentina will probably need a win in their final Group D game against Nigeria in order to prevent themselves from getting an early plane home.It was 0-0 at half-time in what was a tight first-half but the game turned on a moment of madness from Argentina keeper Willy Caballero.The Chelsea man tried a terrible flick in his own box which presented Rebic with a great opportunity to give Zlatko Dalic’s side the lead which was finished brilliantly.After that Argentina capitulated and went 2-0 down through a great strike from Modric before Rakitic teased the dejected defence before tapping home the third.And many fans on Twitter were quick to make fun of Caballero after his costly error. Below you can see footage of the mistake and some of the best tweets mocking the goalkeeper… Modric celebrates Croatia’s second goal What a ball by Caballero 😂— Joey B (@ElMayaBlanco) June 21, 2018 David De Gea: My mistake will be the worst in the World Cup this year.Willy Caballero: Hold my beer.#CRO #ARG #ARGCRO #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/XzHq5YgU9h— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@TheSporTalk) June 21, 2018 Definitely going to spend years arguing about whether Caballero passing the ball to Rebic was Messi or Higuain’s fault.— Mike L. Goodman 🔥 (@TheM_L_G) June 21, 2018 Caballero just like an English keeper there.— TrueNumber10 (@TrueNumber10) June 21, 2018 Even Mesut can’t play this type of lobbed through balls.Willy Caballero is the new KING OF THE ASSIST! What a pass!bow down peeps! GOAT is here! 🐐🔥— 1666’s apple 🍎 (@Ananno11Asif) June 21, 2018 The highlight of my day was seeing how angry my dad got with Argentina’s goalkeeper Caballero #ARGvsCrO— Adaly Acosta (@AdalyAcosta3) June 21, 2018 Willy Caballero did something out of one of those FIFA Fails videos and showed why he’s only second best at Chelsea in one go! #ARGCRO— Daniel Baker (@DRB_1992) June 21, 2018 Its a miracle how chelsea went through a succesful FA cup campaign with caballero in goal #worldcup— Ogb Donne (@piouskiddd) June 21, 2018 Rebic take a bow 🔥🔥⚽️⚽️ Caballero what are you doing 😂😂 #Arg #CRO #ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/0NaU0LqYTX— Richard lavender 🏴 (@Lavender901) June 21, 2018 Don’t worry Caballero, you and Karius can start a club 🤣😂🤣😂— Brunna (@PrincessaBrunna) June 21, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
A MAN has been rushed to hospital in Letterkenny after a serious road crash.The incident happened around at 12.30am when a car left the Glen Road in Glenties.The vehicle hit and tree and ended up on its side in a nearby field. Glenties Fire Brigade crews attended the scene and assisted with the recovery of the driver.Ambulances from Killybegs and Glenties Gardai also attended the scene.The driver, who was is a foreign national, was transferred by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital in a serious condition. BREAKING NEWS: MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ROAD CRASH was last modified: August 19th, 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:ambulaceambulancedonegalFIRE BRIGADEGlentiesletterkennyroad crash
The scene at Manor post office: Pic Copyright Joe Boland North West News PixThree men charged in connection with robbing a Co Donegal post office have been remanded in custody.The men, all from Co Derry, appeared amidst heavy security in handcuffs at Letterkenny District Court today. The three, Noel Lavy, Joseph McMullan and David Knight, are charged with robbery and criminal damage at Manorcunningham Post office on October 3rd last.Solicitor for McMullan, Mr Frank Dorrian applied for bail for his client.He said he had little means, had no passport and could sign on at Burnfoot Garda station just a few miles from his home in Derry.However Judge Paul Kelly refused the application.Knight, is 36 and from 24 Melmore Gardens in Derry, Lavy, is also 36 and from 57 Ballymagowan, Derry, and McMullan, is from Kavanagh Court in DerryHe remanded all three in custody to appear at the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on April 28th.THREE DERRY MEN TO FACE TRIAL FOR MANOR POST OFFICE ROBBERY was last modified: February 16th, 2015 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)
Letterkenny man Eugene Gallagher has been formally co-opted to Donegal County Council today.Mr Gallagher fills the vacancy left by Independent Cllr Dessie Shiels, who announced his resignation in February.(Pictured above: Cllr Eugene Gallagher with Letterkenny Mayor Cllr Ian McGarvey, who proposed that Mr Gallagher should fill the casual vacancy in council today.) With just two months to the local elections, Mr Gallagher intends to put his shoulder to the wheel in his new role at county and local level, adding that he has his sights set on returning after May.Mr Gallagher said: “I intend to carry on as a councillor for as long as I possibly can.”“I have a hard act to follow in Dessie. What he lacked in participation in this council he more than made up for in his work behind the scenes.“I’m sure every councillor here has the will of their community and constituency at heart and I’ll be no different than that.” Mr Gallagher said that he aims to do his best to work in cooperation with the executive and members, but he will also be vigilant to hold the local authority to account.“If I see something wrong, don’t think I won’t call it out, because I will, that’s my nature,” he said.Mr Gallagher also paid tribute to the former councillor Dessie Larkin of Letterkenny, who passed away last week. Letterkenny’s Eugene Gallagher takes his seat on council was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County Councileugene gallagherletterkenny