NTC being politicised by Govt – PPP regional reps

first_imgAs the curtains come down on the 2019 National Toshoas Conference, regional representatives have complained that the forum is not what it’s supposed to be and instead, is politicised.Some of the Indigenous leaders at the NTC at the conference centreThis is according to Vice Chair of Region One (Barima-Waini), Sarah Brown, at a press conference on Friday.“…The conference at this time is not was it used to be or what [it] is supposed to be. We have seen politicising of the entire conference – from the leadership of the National Toshoas Council right down, we’ve seen politicising,” she noted.According to Brown, Amerindian leaders who have attended the conference are not getting any of their concerns addressed. In fact, she noted that they are not even getting the opportunity to raise their issues.“Instead of having the Toshoas coming here to represent the issues, our Toshoas are concerned that they’re only coming here to listen to speeches and to be a part of the campaign show instead of having our issues addressed…,” the Region One Vice Chair told reporters.Meanwhile, the same sentiments were raised by her Region Nine colleague, Vice Chairman Karl Singh, who said that the NTC is not like it was previously conducted.Vice Chair of Region One (Barima-Waini), Sarah Brown“The timeframe in which they allow for questions and answers by the Toshaos, which is most important, are cut short. So basically, when the Toshoas started asking questions they says we can only take two or three questions so there is not sufficient time,” he contended.Singh believes that this is deliberately planned because there are no proper answers to the many questions that the Amerindian leaders have.Furthermore, the regional leaders went on to bemoan the Government’s neglect of hinterland communities. They pointed out that many of the projects that the coalition has been touting are ones that were actually initiated under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) regime but implement by the current Government.Only recently, the PPP highlighted its effort, while in office, to engage the NTC on issues of Amerindian rights and community development as well as matters of national importance. Something which the party said is absent from this current Administration.Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Vice Chairman Karl SinghTo this end, the PPP announced that it is planning a National Development Conference to be held in April, should it win the elections next year. This was revealed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at this weekly press conference on Thursday.Already, he noted, the party has drafted its agenda for the conference and shared it with the Indigenous leaders who attended the NTC.Key among those issues is ensuring that the country’s Indigenous peoples benefit from the resources that Guyana will be receiving from the budding oil and gas industry.“It’s a comprehensive agenda. It speaks of economic development and job creation. Oil and gas – we need to clarify the position that Amerindians have to benefit as much as any other group of persons in Guyana from oil and gas… So the conference will discuss specifically that,” he noted.This is in light of statements made by Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott back in 2017 when he said Amerindians were “avaricious” since they had too much land and threatened that they would not benefit from the new oil revenues.Nevertheless, Jagdeo noted that this is just among an array of issues to be addressed at his party’s conference.“It will discuss the resumption of land titling activities and timelines for both titling lands as well as for processing extension. It would address healthcare, for example, supply of drugs, medical personnel, upgrading facilities. It would address education issues because many of them would have complained that they don’t have teachers, the nutrition programme that we start have not extended to some communities – the hot meals – and all of the other things,” he contended.According to the Opposition Leader, the PPP National Development Conference will highlight specific outcomes for policy initiatives that it will be undertaking – unlike the coalition’s agenda which he said consists of just making speeches as was done during the NTC.“There is no development in these communities. Just Ministers flying in, spending millions of dollars … then they go to the community, eat up the people food but then they bring no development in that area… That is what we can continue to expect and a lot of promises,” he asserted.On the other hand, he posited that the conference agenda the PPP has put together consists of policies for hinterland development. Jagdeo said that they are trying to shift the conversation to the future and unlike the coalition, they intend to detail specific plans for every sector to develop hinterland communities.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Defoe will save Sunderland from relegation, claims former Tottenham team-mate

first_imgJermain Defoe will ensure Sunderland beat Premier League relegation this season, according to former Tottenham teammate and ex-Black Cats loan star Danny Rose.The FC Toronto striker is on the verge of joining Gus Poyet’s side, with Jozy Altidore moving in the other direction.The MLS operates an allocation system, meaning other clubs have been offered the USA star first, depending on how they fared in the previous season.The Canadian outift is the only franchise interested in the 25-year-old, talkSPORT understands, so Defoe’s switch to the Stadium of Light will be confirmed once the delay has been rectified and the England international could be in Poyet’s squad to face Tottenham on Saturday.And, speaking following the north London club’s 4-2 FA Cup third round replay victory over Burnley, Rose claims the former West Ham forward will help Sunderland, who are currently just one point off the relegation zone, beat the drop.“I was shocked when he went to America,” Rose told talkSPORT. “If you know Jermain he’s as fit as he’s ever been. He keeps himself in incredible shape.“He loves scoring goals and he’ll help Sunderland pick up their form. He’ll keep them in the Premier League this season.”Former Sunderland star Michael Gray has also backed Defoe to spark the Black Cats’ season into life.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “It is one of those signings that really excites the fans. That hasn’t happened since possibly the Adam Johnson signing, somebody with a name who certainly knows the Premier League.“Everybody seems to looking for goalscorers. They are looking at the Championship or in Europe but with Jermain, he knows the Premier League. He is a goalscorer and that is exactly what Sunderland need at the minute.“I have seen some of their performances lately and they just need a spark, and I hope it is going to be Jermain that brings that.”last_img read more

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Sony Sugar coach scoops July award

first_img0Shares0000Sony coach Patrick Odhiambo named July coach of the month. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Sony Sugar tactician Patrick Odhiambo was on Wednesday morning named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for July.The immediate former Chemelil Sugar head coach beat Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala to become just the second winner of the gong from the club since the inaugural award three years ago. Sony Sugar, who played four games that month, collected the most points in July after beating Sofapaka 2-0, Nzoia Sugar 2-0 and Mathare United 2-0 but fell to AFC Leopards 1-0. Bandari, on the other hand played one match less in July winning two games and drawing one.“I’m very thankful to God, to my players and team management for the good work that has culminated in this award. It has taken a lot of hard work and sacrifice to reach here. When I took up this job it seemed impossible to revive the club. It was a huge risk, but I was confident in my ability and moving from 18th to 8th on the table is testament,” Odhiambo said.Sony Sugar head coach Patrick Odhiambo with his players. Photo/SJAKThe tactician decamped Chemelil to Sony mid-season re-energizing the 2006 Kenyan Premier League champions who were languishing in the relegation zone.“I identified a weakness in the team and engaged everyone in addressing it. Leadership was lacking and I had to sign up one or two players to give the rest direction. Fortunately, everything went well and players responded positively,” Odhiambo notedHis focus is to win the rest of his league games and finish in the highest possible position.“I’ve got phenomenal players in the likes of Agwanda Enoch and the rest who have played key roles in our rise and hope we continue on our form,” Odhiambo added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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UFC VICE PRESIDENT SAYS JOSEPH DUFFY IS MORE IRISH THAN CONOR MCGREGOR

first_imgUFC vice-president Joe Carr has hit back at Conor McGregor’s claims that Joseph Duffy isn’t Irish by saying the Donegal fighter is more Irish than him! McGregor was speaking at a Q&A session with MMA fans yesterday when he said, ‘He’d love to KO Duffy stiff.’He made derogatory claims about Duffy’s Irish authenticity which angered a lot of Irish MMA fans. Duffy hasn’t responded to the remarks as of yet, but the pair will meet this weekend in Las Vegas.However, vice-president Carr says Duffy has more in common with the average Irish person than McGregor.Carr said, “Being of Irish decent and growing up in an Irish community, I feel like, when push comes to shove, the Irish people identify more with a personality type like Joe Duffy than they do with Conor McGregor.“Conor is larger than life, and he’s probably well more liked than hated, but deep down that strong, silent go-about-your-business is more of an Irish personality type, in my personal opinion.“And, I think the Irish people, and the Americans, can very much identify with that.”Duffy and McGregor will meet at the UFC GO BIG launch event which takes places at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tomorrow. The event is expected to draw a massive crowd and is FREE and open to the public.All the big UFC stars will be in attendance including Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, Josh Barnett, Frankie Edgar, Justin Poirier and female UFC star Ronda Rousey at the meet and greet event.It’ll be interesting to see if there’s an exchange of words between the pair in Las Vegas tomorrow.UFC VICE PRESIDENT SAYS JOSEPH DUFFY IS MORE IRISH THAN CONOR MCGREGOR was last modified: September 4th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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FINN HARPS ACADEMY GOES CONTINENTAL

first_imgYoung soccer star Brian McDaid with Sean McCafferty.A young American-born defender with strong Finn Harps links will help get the ball rolling this summer when the Finn Harps Academy forges exciting transatlantic links with the Continental FC Academy in Philadelphia USA.Central defender Brian McDaid is a member of the Continental FC Academy whose Technical Director Sean McCafferty from Derry is a former Finn Harps player and ex team-mate of Harps Academy head coach, Trevor Scanlon.Trevor, who went to college in Pennsylvania, says the links between the two academies is an exciting development that will hopefully lead to opportunities for players and coaches in both. “Our Academy at Finn Harps is about the development of our young players as individuals off the pitch as well as their development as players. I’m very hopeful that the links we forge with Continental FC will lead to exciting chances for players and coaches from both.“We’re looking forward to welcoming Brian this summer and we hope he will have a fantastic experience when he is with our group. Hopefully in the future some of our young lads and coaches will get the chance to travel to Philadelphia to train with Continental.FC”Sean McCafferty agreed that the links being forged are ones with amazing scope to further develop the young players as individuals.“It will be great for Brian to experience what’s involved when you have to settle into a new environment with a new group of players. Like Finn Harps, our academy is aimed at developing technically gifted players, but also at developing them as individuals as well. “The opportunity to travel, to meet new people and to see new possibilities in life will be a major benefit from this and I’m looking forward to working with Trevor and the Harps lads in developing the links between our academies over the coming years.”Meanwhile Brian, who arrives in Ireland at the end of the month, says he is really looking forward to meeting up with the players and coaches in the Harps academy.“I’ve been to Ireland a good few times before and I have met Trevor at the FAI summer camp in Raphoe when I was younger, but this will be different and I can’t wait to be part of it.”Brian has already got some Harps connections though, his uncle Paddy McDaid has played for the club in the League of Ireland, while his cousin Conor Porter captained a Harps team that included Shay Given, to Foyle Cup victory a few years before he headed off on a soccer scholarship to Villanova University in Philadelphia.“Our Academy is going from strength to strength each year and earlier this season our coaches and volunteers all participated in the Building Positive Clubs Programme piloted by Donegal Sports Partnership, not to mention the fact that we have former academy players back now working as volunteer coaches which is really fantastic.We aim to make being part of the Finn Harps academy as enjoyable an experience as possible and hopefully the links we forge with Sean and Continental FC will open up new avenues for our young players and coaches to progress and develop in the future,” Trevor concluded.CaptionBrian McDaid from Philadelphia pictured with Continental FC Coach and former Finn Harps player Sean McCafferty.FINN HARPS ACADEMY GOES CONTINENTAL was last modified: June 16th, 2016 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:Continental FCdonegalFinn Harps Academylast_img read more

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DDTV – THE AURORA IN STUNNING TIMELAPSE OVER DONEGAL

first_imgNoel Keating’s amazing Timelapse film certainly captured the spirit of the Northern Lights in al their glory last Thursday.Noel managed to snap the Moon and Sun from Rossnowlagh and the Aurora from Murvagh Beach and also Mountcharles.The results, we’ll sure you’ll all agree, are quite stunning. Simply click to play.DDTV – THE AURORA IN STUNNING TIMELAPSE OVER DONEGAL was last modified: March 7th, 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:AuroraDDTVdonegalNoel Keatingnorthern lightslast_img read more

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Warriors address their home-court disadvantage and how to avoid disaster

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – In hopes to eradicate regular-season complacency and improve their chances to win another NBA championship, the Warriors made having the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference a priority.So far in the NBA playoffs, though, the Warriors have a home-court disadvantage. The Warriors will play the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 on Friday in L.A. after …last_img read more

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How High Royalty Fees Affect Independent Internet Radio Stations

first_imgfruzsina eordogh 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#business#music#web Since Pandora threw its support behind the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), and urged its listeners to do the same, the Internet radio streaming giant has dominated media coverage of the impending Congressional legislation. As the largest Internet radio player, Pandora has the most to lose, but how does IRFA affect all the small independent Internet radio stations?Shawn Campbell, the founder and general manager of Chicago’s community Internet radio station CHIRP, calls the proposed legislation “a positive thing.” The current high royalty rates “are definitely an issue” says Ms. Campbell, adding  “it’s our second biggest expense every month besides rent.”And those royalty fees are a doozy.Internet radio stations currently dish out 55% of their total revenue as royalty fees, more than triple the percentage that satellite radio pays (8%). The Internet Radio Fairness Act aims to lower the royalty fees Internet radio stations pay to reflect other radio distribution methods. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who introduced the bill to the Senate, called the 55% royalty fee “discriminatory.”  Campbell agrees.Different Rates For Different Kinds Of Radio“Webcasters are definitely treated differently,” says Campbell, who has been in broadcast radio for some 18 years. Before founding CHIRP, Campbell was the program director at 88.7 WLUW while it was partnered with WBEZ.  “When Internet radio launched a decade ago, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) were able to make a really convincing point that radio on the net will never have the impact broadcast radio had, of breaking an artist” given the scope of Internet radio at the time explains Campbell.“But Internet radio has grown by leaps and bounds and to make that argument that Web radio isn’t as important as broadcast radio doesn’t make sense to me.”The RIAA’s proposed legislation, which runs counter to the IRFA, seeks to increase royalty fee amounts to those paid by Internet radio, but this also doesn’t make sense to Campbell. “What the RIAA is arguing now – paying those higher rates –  could effectively put some players out of business,” she says.Terrestrial radio pays the lowest fees, and Campbell has been trying to get a broadcast frequency for CHIRP for two years now. Growth Is An IssueCHIRP is a non-profit community radio station operating on the grace of its many volunteers. So far, its high yearly royalty payout hasn’t been too detrimental to the station. “But if we continue to grow,” Campbell warns, “it is something that will definitely affect us down the road.”And the station is growing, consistently at about 8% since the station’s inception in 2010.  “We’ve been really happy with our growth,” says Campbell, who estimates roughly 1,200 people tune in a day. But “we don’t want exponential growth because of the high fees. It would put us out of business.”  Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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The Benefits of Breakfast!

first_imgBy: Sarah Pittman BS in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignWith school in full swing, and everyone getting back into their normal routines again, what better time to look at the current research of the benefits of eating breakfast to remember why it is so important!So, what is the current research saying? “Eating breakfast before exercise may ‘prime’ the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise and more rapidly digest food after working out…” (University of Bath, 2018).“Breakfast skipping leads to more eating of unhealthy diet later in the day because of prolonged craving” (Bandyopandhyay, D., Ashish, K., Hajra, A., Ghosh, R., 2018).“Prolonged hypoglycemia leads to overactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis causing sympathetic activation validates its temporal association with AF and chronically elevated cortisol in habitual breakfast skippers, associated with cardiometabolic derangements…” (Bandyopandhyay, D., Ashish, K., Hajra, A., Ghosh, R., 2018).“Subclinical atherosclerosis is more prevalent in breakfast skippers” (Bandyopandhyay, D., Ashish, K., Hajra, A., Ghosh, R., 2018).“Late night overeating is associated with skipping and/or consuming a smaller breakfast. In children with low levels of physical activity, it is associated with increased body mass index” (Karatzi, K., Moschonis, G., Choupi, E., Manios, Y., 2018).What are great breakfast options? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest these breakfast ideas to “power up with breakfast” (Gordon, B., 2018):OatmealYogurt ParfaitBreakfast SmoothieToaster wafflePita egg sandwichBanana roll upBagel and veggiesEnglish muffinOverall, there are many benefits to eating breakfast, research has shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to have balanced diets than those who don’t, they are less likely to be overweight and have reduced risk of diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, (Brost, B., 2018).Do you eat breakfast daily? Do you suggest to your clients to eat breakfast daily?We would love to hear from you!References:Bandyopadhyay D, Ashish K, Hajra A, Ghosh R. An interesting insight into breakfast and cardiovascular disease. International Journal Of Cardiology [serial online]. April 1, 2018;256:7. Available from: MEDLINE, Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 15, 2018.Brost B. NUTRITION: Make a plan to have a healthy breakfast. Duluthnewstribune.com. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4484118-nutrition-make-plan-have-healthy-breakfast. Published 2018. Accessed August 20, 2018.Gordon B. Power Up with Breakfast. Eatright.org. https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/snack-and-meal-ideas/power-up-with-breakfast. Published 2018. Accessed August 23, 2018.Karatzi K, Moschonis G, Choupi E, Manios Y. Late-night overeating is associated with smaller breakfast, breakfast skipping, and obesity in children: The Healthy Growth Study. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.) [serial online]. January 2017;33:141-144. Available from: MEDLINE, Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 15, 2018.University of Bath. “Eating breakfast burns more carbs during exercise and accelerates metabolism for next meal.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 August 2018. .last_img read more

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