Dear Editor,Several weeks ago, I asked where is the $30 billion the Government, through SPU/NICIL, took on behalf of GuySuCo. To this day, no one in Government is providing answers to the people. Now I am asking again, where is the $US18 million Exxon bonus money? These enormous sums of money, amounts that exceed the total amount paid to the entire public service as salaries and benefits for an entire year, have become State secrets. People ask these questions not because they are prying into other people’s business, but because it is their right to want to know about their assets. While people are still waiting to hear an answer for the $30 billion GuySuCo loan, they also want answers for the US$18 million Exxon money.Why is APNU/AFC so secretive about the Exxon US$18 million? Where is the money? How has it been spent, if any has been spent? The stewardship of the $US18 million Exxon money has been illegal from the start and is in total violations of all the relevant laws of Guyana. As the Leader of the Opposition, Bharat Jagdeo, reminded people, the money was not accounted for in the 2017, 2018 and the 2019 Budgets as required by law. Political malfeasance is a horrendous indiscretion by any Government, but the unaccountability and non-transparency with which the US$18 million Exxon money has been handled is totally illegal, breaching all the laws of Guyana. The State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) have become complicit in the breaches because neither of them sees it fit and proper to be even a little inquisitive.APNU/AFC kept the Exxon contract a secret for almost two years. They received US$18 million from Exxon and hid it in a secret account at the Bank of Guyana. Later, the Finance Minister claimed the money was in a secret account in a secret foreign bank. As the Opposition and civic society demanded answers and transparency, Raphael Trotman dug in and claimed the contract had to be kept secret because of national security. When the secret bank account with the US$18 million was exposed, Trotman led the denial and even the President denied, even though the truth was staring at every Guyanese citizen. It turned out to be a secret in plain sight. The contract was then released, as APNU/AFC succumbed to the intense political and civic pressure. We have now known the details of the contract for almost two years, we know there was an Exxon payment of US$18 million since 2016. We do not know where the money is and if any has been used.Trotman now admits that hiding the contract and the payment was wrong. Now that the successful no-confidence motion of Parliament has forced APNU/AFC into caretaker status, Ministers who for almost four years, since May 2015, were too busy to visit and discourse with the people have found time to do so. They are suddenly regretting many things they know were corruption, mismanagement and incompetence, not because of any genuine epiphany, but in a continued effort to fool people. Trotman still insists they were correct because of national security reasons. Yet for almost two years now, since they were forced to release the contract and concede they received the money, he cannot show us what national security was compromised.More importantly, he still refuses to tell the nation where the US$18 million is. Guyanese people want to know. The Parliament demanded answers. People have gone to court for answers. Mr Jordon, Mr Trotman, Mr Greenidge come clean and account for the $US18 million. President Granger, you have a duty to let the Guyanese people know what happened to the US$18 million Exxon money. The nation does not need admission and regrets, the nation wants a simple, plain answer.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
As the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) draws near, the Education Ministry is striving to ensure that students have a sense of familiarity when sitting the exams, which are slated for March 28 and 29. The mock (trial) exams commenced on Tuesday at primary schools throughout the country with the sitting of Mathematics Papers One and Two.Speaking about the familiarisation project, Director of the National Centre for Education Research Development (NCERD), Jennifer Cumberbatch on Tuesday said that this approach was necessary to ensure that students acquaint themselves with the examination. She is also of the opinion that this approach will augur well for the continued improvement of grades among the nation’s Grade Six pupils.The Director is confident that the NGSA grades will continue to improve. She based this assessment on the improvement already made in the Mathematics pass rate, owing to the intervention of the current administration.The objective of the mock exams is to identify and correct weaknesses that students may have. In light of this, the mock exam test scripts and scores will be forwarded to the Regional Education Offices, then to the central ministry. Cumberbatch stated that the Ministry will have enough time to “pick apart the results”, so that weak points could be identified and improved.Additionally, Cumberbatch said that evaluators would continue to visit schools to offer support and such an approach should not be seen as a disciplinary one.
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Motocross Association is hosting the first race of the Peace Motocross Association season this Sunday.The race is the first out of nine races for the Peace Motocross Association. Anywhere from 180 to 250 riders are expected to be competing in the races with ages varying from four to 60 years old. The Taylor Motocross Association will have approximately 30 members participating in races.Everyone is welcome to participate or just watch the races. Spectator fees are $5 per person, or $15 per family. Participants or viewers are also allowed to camp at the event for a fee of $10.- Advertisement -Registration for the event starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. There will be a rider’s meeting at 7:30 a.m. a practice race at 8:00 a.m. and the race starts at 9:00 a.m.
It was also the 18th double digit high recorded during the month, but that’s according to incomplete Environment Canada records which are missing the local airport weather station numbers for three days. The same records show the average high for the month was 10.6 degrees, more than two degrees above the October norm of 8.2. The local weather station also recorded an above average amount of precipitation, as the October norm is only 25.8 millimetres. This year, unofficial records, based on Environment Canada’s daily readings, put the October total at 33.3 millimetres. However, that’s less than 25 percent, of the one hundred and 46 point five millimeters, recorded last October. That total last year also included 87.3 centimetres of snow, more than five times the norm of 16.5, and 25 times this year’s total of 3.8 all recorded on one day last Sunday. – Advertisement –
Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with staff members who organised the event and dancers at the launch in the school on Monday night.Tickets for the hugely anticipated ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ organised by Deele College went on sale this week and already the organisers of the spectacular dance show believe they’re going to need the ‘sold out’ sign very soon!“The show isn’t on until December 6th in the Mount Errigal Hotel, but already demand for tickets has been phenomenal. The phone in the school has been hopping and we cannot believe the level of interest,” said Caitriona Bonner one of the teachers involved in organising the event.With teachers, staff members, students, past-pupils and parents from the school community all involved, not to mention special performances on the night from the TY classes, it’s no wonder however that there’s a huge buzz about the upcoming show. And that excitement is likely to increase even further in the last few weeks of the run-up following the revelation at Monday night’s launch of the full line-up of dancers for the evening.Some of the dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured at the launch with Lee Gooch, Dance instructor Marian Shiels, Joe Boyle School Principal and Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town the main sponsors.“The dancers have been absolutely fantastic, giving up hours and hours of free time to prepare for the show not to mention getting sponsorship and selling tickets. It goes without saying that we really couldn’t have done this without them showing such commitment and I’m sure the huge audience on the night will give them a rousing reception in appreciation of all their hard work,” Deele College principal Joe Boyle told Monday night’s launch.In addition Mr Boyle thanked all of the businesses that had given sponsorship for the event, in particular the show’s main sponsor, Glebe Builders in Donegal Town.“Events like this can rarely go ahead without securing sponsorship, but we are well aware that these are still difficult times for many businesses and we are truly thankful to all the sponsors and particularly to Glebe Builders who came on board as the main sponsor for the event,” the school principal added. He also thanked Marian Shiels who has spent several weeks teaching all of the dancers ahead of the show and Lee Gooch who will be MC for the evening of the 6thUntil then of course, the dancers will continue rehearsing and says Maureen O’Donnell – another of the teachers organising the show to raise funds for new canteen facilities at the school – they are all determined to fine-tune their performances before they take to the floor of the Mount Errigal.“From what I’ve already seen at their rehearsals every one of the dancers is intent on turning in a stunning display on the night. I’d urge anyone thinking of coming along to get tickets early because I am certain from the demand that they will be all sold out very quickly indeed.”CaptionsGroup Dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the event and Lee Gooch of Lee Gooch promotions.Group 2Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town who are the main sponsors of the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured with staff members who organised the event and dancers at the launch in the school on Monday night.Group 3 Some of the dancers taking part in the Deele College Strictly Come Dancing on December 6th pictured at the launch with Lee Gooch, Dance instructor Marian Shiels, Joe Boyle School Principal and Darragh Kelly of Glebe Builders in Donegal Town the main sponsors.DEELE’S DANCE SPECTACULAR SET TO BE A SELL-OUT! was last modified: November 20th, 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:deele collegedonegalStrictly Come Dancing
Donegal continued to deliver sporting success in the final month of the year with Letterkenny AC’s Anne-Marie McGlynn captaining the Irish Women’s team to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria while there were national boxing titles for Bernie Stokes, Darryl Moran and Noel McBride.Finn Valley AC fighter Michael Gallagher was honoured by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association and Termon GAA star Geraldine McLaughlin picked up the Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly award while Ardara’s Ronan Whyte won a National U-16 tournamentSome of these high achievers will be hoping to feature among the nominees for the Donegal Sports Star Awards which take place on Friday, January 30th in the Mount Errigal Hotel. In athletics at the beginning of December Cranford AC’s Oisin Kelly won gold in the U-11 at the National Novice and Uneven Age Cross-Country Championships in Santry. Oisin also led his club and Donegal to silver medals in the team sections. In the middle of the month Anne-Marie McGlynn captained the Irish Women’s team to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria. McGlynn who finished 46th was the final Irish scoring team member to secure third place just a point ahead of the French. Athletics Ireland made a special presentation to Milford AC’ Hugh Gallagher for the being the first Irish person over 90 years of age to win Track & Field medals which the Carrigart man achieved with a combined eight golds at national indoor and outdoor events in Athlone and Tullamore respectively. In snooker North West Snooker Club player Ronan Whyte, from Ardara, won a National U-16 tournament in Letterkenny with a 3-1 win over Jason Hagan. Before Christmas Coaliste Ailigh Letterkenny won the County U-16 blitz and will now play in the Ulster Schools competition in the New Year. Meanwhile Abbey VS defeated Carrick VS 33-23 to reach the All-Ireland Basketball play-offs which take place on Saturday 17th January in Galway. It was another good month for Donegal boxers with national titles for Bernie Stokes who became the first Twin Towns Bluestacks BC boxer to win in an Irish Final in the Intermediate super heavyweight final. There were also National Intermediate Championship titles for Loughanure native Noel McBride, a member of Corrib BC in Galway and Daryl Moran, Illies Golden Gloves BC.On the Saturday before Christmas Michael Gallagher was honoured at the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s annual awards night when he was presented with an Olympic Achiever Award following his winning of a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August. In cycling Dunlewey girl Amanda Gallagher was selected to join the 2015 Irish Cycling Talent Team. She was one of just four girls and eight boys chosen. That will be whittled down to three girls and three boys for the Irish squad that will represent the country at the Youth Olympics in Georgia next summer.At the beginning of December Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly) was named Donegal ‘Senior Player of the Year’. And Paul Sheridan (Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon) was the recipient of the Donegal ‘Senior Hurler of the Year’ award. The Termon Ladies rounded of a truly historic season for the club by winning the Division 1 League title. Geraldine McLaughlin also picked up the Ulster GAA Writers Association awards for her stunning performance when captaining her team to victory in the All-Ireland Ladies’ SFC final during November.Five players from Donegal were nominated for the Gaelic Life Ulster Club All-Star awards. In the list of 45 were St. Eunan’s players Conal Dunne and Rory Kavanagh along with Cloughaneely goalkeeper Sean McClafferty and the Urris pair Michael Grant and Kevin McLaughlin who is also nominated for the Young Footballer of the Year award. Gweedore won the Donegal Minor ‘A’ Championship Final while Glenswilly’s Cormac Callaghan was named on the Ulster College’s All-Star team for his performances in helping St. Eunan’s win the McLarnon Cup. He became only the seventh player from the College to win the Ulster All-Star honour. On the Saturday before Christmas a goal in the dying seconds of injury time from Sean Hume helped St. Eunan’s lift the Donegal U-21 ‘A’ Football Championship title with a 3-12 to 1-15 win over Kilcar in the final. The following day a flying finish from Milford saw them win the Donegal U-21 ‘B’ Football Championship Final overcoming Convoy on a score of 3-10 to 2-9. In early December Paul McGinley was named as the manager of the Irish Men’s and Women’s Golf teams for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. And Anne Condon became the first lady President of Letterkenny Golf Club. Raphoe Hockey Club reached the final of the Linden Cup for the second time in three years with a dramatic 10-9 penalty strokes win over South Antrim at Stormont. There were gold medals and a bronze for the Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club from Lifford at the O.N.A.K.I. Open in Tallaght, Dublin. The golds went to Emma Doherty, Natasha Crawford and Claire Doherty while there was a bronze for Ryan Doherty.In December it was confirmed that Buncrana man Sean McCarter will be presented with a prestigious ‘Outstanding Seamanship’ award at a function in the Cruising Club of America at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on March. He is receiving the award for his role as skipper in the dramatic life saving rescue of a crew member in the Pacific Ocean last March during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on board the Derry-Londonderry-Doire. Loreto Convent Letterkenny’s Emma Vaughan, Cara Nulty and Emma Harvey all won gold medals at the Loreto Schools All-Ireland Finals.The Mulroy College Milford became Ulster Senior Girls Schools champions for the sixth time defeating Gweedore in Dunfanaghy. On the Sunday before Christmas there was bad news for Ramelton man Conrad Logan who ruptured his Achilles tendon in the first minute of Rochdale’s League 1 game against Notts Forrest ruling the 28-year-old Ramelton goalkeeper out for the rest of the season. It was a devastating blow for Logan, who was on loan from Leicester City, as he had been fine form for Dale producing a ‘Man of the Match’ performance to keep his on-loan club Rochdale in the FA Cup at the beginning of the month in a second round tie that ended scoreless away against Aldershot before winning the replay 4-1 set up a third round FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest.Seamus Coleman and Mark English were both nominees for the RTÉ Sport Person of the Year which was won by golfer Rory McIlroy and where the ‘Hall of Fame’ went to rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll. For further information go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook at donegalsports starawards. 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Shay Given says he has suffered enough heartbreak in football as the Republic of Ireland head into Friday’s Euro 2012 play-off first leg with Estonia.Over the last 14 years Given has been involved in three play-offs and only qualified once, beating Iran to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.The Donegal man is determined he will not be part of another defeat, as Ireland look to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1988. The goalkeeper told the Daily Mail: “I think I’ve had my fair share of losing. We have a real belief in the squad and this is our time.“We are at home for the second leg. That’s the first time for me. When was the last time an Irish team qualified for anything in Dublin?“It’s nearly 25 years since we were involved in the European Championship and if we could qualify in Dublin that would be very, very special.“I was in Estonia ten years ago. We won both group games 2-0. But in their history, this is their strongest team by a mile. They beat Serbia and Slovenia. “Our players and fans need to have a reality check. We must not get ahead of ourselves. We must get a good start out there. But we have a real belief in the squad that this is our time.“We can’t fear it, we must believe, be confident that this is our time. It’s a real chance for us. I think our squad is pretty good. But we’re a small country.“For the first leg, Kevin Doyle is suspended and Shane Long is injured. But we’ll have Robbie Keane, Simon Cox was man of the match last time and there’s Jonny Walters who is playing really well.“Four or five years ago if Robbie was injured there’d be a void, but we have a couple missing and still have strength. That’s a big plus. And we’ve been around together as a group for a few years now.“We’ve matured and we feel it’s been to long since Ireland were there. I think qualification would have an impact on the country as a whole. “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom with the way the economy has gone. We’d hoped the lads at the rugby World Cup would get to the final and give everyone a lift.“This is our chance to do that, to give people a feel good factor; not just in football but in life in general. If we could do that I’d feel great about it.”Two years ago the Republic of Ireland missed out on a place in South Africa to France in controversial fashion and the memory is still strong for Given.He added: “We played well that night, one of my best performances in my Irish career. It went into extra-time and we felt we had the momentum. “Then came the handball. I still feel the way I felt then. It was just so blatant, so blatant, it felt unreal, like we were about to take a free-kick. Even Henry knew.“It was like he was handling the ball to keep it from going out of play. You’ve seen players get booked for that.“But then I turned to the ref and he was pointing to the centre circle. Unbelievable!“It knocked the wind out of us. How it wasn’t spotted! It felt like an injustice. I was in disbelief. We had played so well and this was the end of 18 months’ hard graft, of being away from your family, hotels, travel and it comes down to this one incident.“It’s just really hard to get your head around it.“You could think about it as injustice, but Paris gave us belief, actually, at the beginning of this campaign and we went and drew in Italy.”THE MATCH IS LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 7PM THIS FRIDAY.SHAY: ‘I’VE SUFFERED ENOUGH HEARTACHE…TIME FOR US TO WIN’ was last modified: November 8th, 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:Shay Givensky sports
Hitting the beach in DunfanaghyDONEGAL will see temperatures of up to 21C this weekend as forecasters said the county will be the hottest place in Ireland today.And the good news is that the mild weather is set to continue through next week, says Met Eireann.Whilst southern parts of Ireland will be hit by rain and thunderstorms, Donegal is basking in glorious sunshine. “The very best weather this weekend is in the west and north west,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.“Temperatures inland could reach 21C today, with a couple of degrees below that on the coasts.“There will be a bit more cloud on Sunday but it will continue very mild and warm with temperatures around 18C.“It will be very mild again later in the week, especially for the start of October with temperatures again 18 to 20C.” MILD WEATHER TO CONTINUE AS DONEGAL TEMPERATURE TOPS 21C was last modified: September 28th, 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:donegal weatherMILD WEATHER TO CONTINUE AS DONEGAL TEMPERATURE TOPS 21C
Forward Angel Lopez broke a scoreless tie in the 60th minute to help lead the Cerritos College men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Pasadena City College (3-2-2, 0-1-1 SCC) Tuesday in South Coast Conference action. The Falcons (8-3-1, 2-0-0 SCC) scored an insurance goal in the 68th minute when midfielder Derek Woody found the upper left corner of the net. Goalkeeper Miguel Lopez recorded two saves to claim her third shutout of the season. However, Cerritos College (10-1-1, 1-0-0) responded with two goals from Nancy Gutierrez and Rocio Sanchez in a five-minute span to finish the first half. Sanchez scored her second goal of the game in the 65th minute and Dioselina Valderrama added a goal in the 77th minute to finish off Pasadena (7-3-0, 1-1-0 SCC) and seal the victory. The Falcons play host to Mt. San Antonio College on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Cypress 2, Santa Ana 0 Erin Dupont and Rilesha Haynie scored a goal apiece to help the Chargers (11-0-1, 6-0) shutout the visiting Dons (8-4-1), 4-3). Cypress goes on the road to play Santiago Canyon at 3:30 Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Marco Garcia had an assist on the goal for Harbor (8-1-3, 0-1-1 SCC) and goalie Steve Merriweather made one save. The Seahawks play Pasadena at 4 p.m. Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills. JC WOMEN’S SOCCER Cerritos 4, Pasadena City College The Lancer’s Danielle Moorehead scored in the second minute of their SCC game against the Falcons. L.A. Harbor 1, East L.A. 1 Julio Madrigal scored his 15th goal of the season in the 47th minute as the visiting Seahawks’ tied the Huskies in SCC play.
McLaughlin scored Southend’s crucial second goal to send Phil Brown’s men to Wembley. Former Finn Harps star Stephen McLaughlin scored a superb header which fired Southend into the League Two play-off final at Wembley. McLaughlin will fulfil a childhood dream by gracing the hallowed turf at Wembley later this month when his Southend side face Wycombe Wanderers in the play-off final. McLaughlin was dropped from the starting XI by manager Phil Brown following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Stevenage.However, he was introduced as a 63rd minute substitution and his introduction turned this game on its end.The game was locked in a stalemate and was heading for extra-time, but unbelievably Southend were awarded a penalty in the 95th minute.Barry Corr had an opportunity to win it but he missed the penalty and the game subsequently went into extra-time. The first-half of extra-time couldn’t separate the sides, but four minutes into the second-half up stepped McLaughlin.A dangerous teasing cross was met by McLaughlin who guided the ball home with a superbly executed diving header to send the crowd at Roots Hall into a state of delirium.McLaughlin’s goal was the decisive turning point which took the wind out of Stevenage and the game was sealed in the dying seconds when Mark Timlin scored a superb solo effort to send Phil Brown’s side to Wembley.A large contingent from Donegal is expected to head to Wembley later this month to support McLaughlin is on loan at Southend from Nottingham Forest.McLaughlin has swapped Shamrock Park in Clonmany for Wembley….. FORMER HARPS STAR MCLAUGHLIN FIRES SOUTHENED INTO PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY was last modified: May 15th, 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:finalHome-page SportnewsPlay-offsoccerStephen McLaughlinWEMBLEY