– MP slams move as “recipe for corruption”In a move being criticised by a Member of Parliament as a recipe for corruption, Government has gazetted changes to Guyana’s procurement laws that will see larger contracts being awarded without the benefit of advertising.The gazetted Procurement (Amendment) Bill of 2019 signed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan will change the previous threshold for restricted contracts for goods and services from $3 million to $10 million.In the case of construction contracts, the threshold catered for in Section 26 of the Procurement Act has been moved from $10 million to $20 million. QuotationPPP MP Juan Edghillmethods of procurement have been raised to $3 million.According to Member of Parliament Juan Edghill, this is likely to create an opportunity for the coalition Government to hand out contracts to unqualified persons and companies on a larger scale than ever before.“This action enables award of contract without Public Advertisement, by way of Restricted Tendering and subverts the use of qualifications for this procurement process to be confined to specialised services or procurement of highly-complex items,” Edghill said in a Letter to the Editor.“It can only be concluded that this decision is to facilitate corruption, cronyism and nepotism, by way of handpicking friends and cronies and awarding them contracts. This is a blatant political scheme to buy votes and especially pilfer the public purse and to enrich officials of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change over the few remaining days in office ahead of (elections),” he added.Edghill also zeroed in on a letter dated February 4, 2019, written by Deputy Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Mark Bender and addressed to Permanent Secretaries, agency heads and regional administrations.In the letter, he alerts them to the changes and announces that they takeFinance Minister Winston Jordanimmediate effect. But Edghill said considering the passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, Government’s actions are illegal in this regard.“Article 106(6) of our Constitution states that on passage of a no-confidence motion by the majority of all elected members of the National Assembly, the President and his Cabinet shall resign, coupled with the CJ’s ruling of January 31, 2019 that following the passage of the motion, the President and Cabinet stands resigned.”“Therefore, they are merely in office in a caretaker capacity and as such, these actions are unconstitutional. It is therefore logical that the letter by Mr Mark Bender authorising (officials) to implement these new thresholds is illegal and will lead to criminal proceedings being instituted against public officials who may be tempted to act on such a directive which is illegal.”
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he doesn’t know whether the measure can make it through the Senate. Liberal activists who call the measure a good start but object to major parts have “a couple of bites at the apple” to change it as it makes its way to President George W. Bush’s desk, said Frank Sharry, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “It’s been hatched in the backroom at the eleventh hour; it’s now going to be debated in the light of day,” Sharry said. If they don’t succeed in reshaping it, the groups that have been among the strongest proponents of an immigration overhaul might desert the deal. “We’re not sure that our support for moving forward will continue to be support if the bill that approaches the finish line has these kind of problems in it,” said Cecilia Mu oz of the National Council of La Raza. There’s broad agreement on some elements of the plan, such as improving border security and workplace enforcement and allowing for the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants to earn a path to citizenship. Plan controversy But the plan’s cornerstones are among its most controversial features. It would allow the millions of undocumented immigrants already here to gain legal status virtually immediately and keep it indefinitely through a new “Z visa” that could be renewed repeatedly. Those seeking permanent legal residence or eventual citizenship would face long waits and have to pay fees and fines, and their household heads would have to return to their home countries. Some conservative Republicans want to limit the amount of times Z visas could be renewed. The deal also proposes a fundamental reordering of the nation’s immigration priorities, moving the system from one based on family to one primarily designed to meet the needs of U.S. employers. While spouses and minor children of legal residents and citizens could still get green cards, other relatives would have to qualify under a system that rewards advanced skills, education, English proficiency and experience in high-demand occupations. This has drawn fire from both sides, with conservatives arguing that the system should not reward low-skilled workers or extended families at all, and liberals saying it devalues family. “The merit-based point system that was promised is just a shell of what it could have been and what it should have been,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who wants to guarantee that a larger percentage of future green cards are awarded based purely on employment criteria. On the other side, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., plans to offer an amendment that would exempt the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents from the measure’s visa caps, guaranteeing that families receive a higher priority. The guest-worker program, which would provide 400,000 visas yearly for immigrants seeking temporary employment, has come under criticism from conservatives and populists who think it’s too expansive and immigrant-advocacy groups who say it creates a working underclass with few rights. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., wants to strike the temporary-worker program, arguing that it harms American workers and depresses wages. Workers could come for two-year stints and renew their visas twice, with a year home in between each time, but they would ultimately have to qualify for green cards based on the point system. The next steps A look at the next steps for an immigration-overhaul plan worked out by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House: Senate consideration The Senate plans to open debate Monday on the bill and consider amendments throughout next week. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has set a Memorial Day deadline for completing the measure, but it’s unlikely that the complex plan can be finished that quickly. House action Democratic leaders are waiting for the Senate to pass a bill before they consider one in the more-polarized House. They plan to act on immigration in July, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has told President George W. Bush she won’t bring up a bill unless he can promise that at least 70 Republicans will support it. Conference If the House passes a version, House and Senate negotiators would have to blend the two bills into one. The House and Senate then would each have to pass that product. It would then go to Bush for his signature. Enactment Bush has said he’s eager to sign the measure into law by August, when Congress adjourns for four weeks, returning Sept. 4. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Get ready for a raucous free-for-all in Congress. Even before lawmakers had seen the final immigration-overhaul legislation – which was still being drafted late Friday – they were taking aim at key elements of the bill, eyeing changes that could break up the fragile coalition that hatched it. Letting millions of illegal immigrants stay in the U.S., favoring skills and education over families in future immigration, creating a new temporary-worker program – any of those provisions could draw challenges that threaten to peel off supporters from the measure or draw new opponents to it. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who helped negotiate the compromise, called it “very well-balanced,” and cautioned against revisions that could upset the framework. “You take something out and you’re creating a problem throughout the system – you may think that you’re only tweaking one part,” Gutierrez said in an interview. “We’ve got to be very careful as to what is proposed to change.” As the White House and proponents in both parties began laboring to sell the agreement to the public, interest groups launched elaborate efforts to alter major pieces of the complicated proposal. “We’re going to fight like mad to fix the parts we don’t like,” said Tom Snyder, national political director of UNITE HERE!, a service workers union comprised largely of immigrants. Tweaks sought Senate leaders met to plot strategy for next week’s debate, which is likely to feature Democratic efforts to kill or substantially shrink the temporary-worker program and Republican attempts to prevent illegal immigrants from staying indefinitely in the U.S. without applying for permanent residency or citizenship.
BASEBALL: Blalock hits a grand slam off Shields in the eighth, helping rally Texas to a victory. By Ben Villa STAFF WRITER Even with all the Angels’ success this season, Manager Mike Scioscia was adamant before Sunday night’s game that the team needs to play at a higher level the rest of the way. Apparently, Scot Shields didn’t get the memo. Shields’ second-half struggles continued when he gave up a grand slam to Hank Blalock in the eighth inning that propelled the Rangers past the Angels, 8-7, in front of 40,635 at Angel Stadium. Fortunately for the Angels, the lost didn’t cost them in the standings because the Seattle Mariners lost their ninth straight game earlier in the day. The Angels’ lead in the American League West remained 6
According to Fáilte Ireland Northwest, beds are scarce in Letterkenny town centre from Thursday 1st November to Sunday 4th November due to the huge crowds expected for the annual Oireachtas Festival.It will see over 10,000 people descend on the town for a weekend full of music, dancing and storytelling.The Oireachtas is a Mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts including sean-nós dancing, sean-nós singing and storytelling. It will take place in various venues in Letterkenny, including the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Aura Centre.Liam Ó Maolaodha, director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, is delighted that interest in the festival is still growing.“The Oireachtas festival is going from strength to strength each year and the challenge now is to find towns with enough places to accommodate the huge crowd the festival gathers,” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge.“We’re delighted to be back in Letterkenny again as the town is ideal for all the competitions and events that are held during the Oireachtas festival” he said. One of the highlights of the weekend is the ‘Steip’ sean-nós dancing competition which will be broadcast live on TG4.Other highlights include the Corn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition held in memory of Sean Ó Riada which is the sean-nós singing climax where champions and challengers will sing their hearts out in a variety of regional styles to win this most prestigious title which sets the standard for sean-nós singing in Ireland.Otv, the dedicated online Oireachtas festival channel, will show footage of various events in order to portray the spirit and the essence of the Oireachtas Festival.All major organizations in the Irish Language sector will attend the festival including Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Conradh na Gaeilge who will hold seminars and meetings during the weekend.For more information visit www.antoireachtas.ie ORGANISERS SAY 10,000 PEOPLE WILL VISIT LETTERKENNY FOR OIREACHTAS was last modified: October 12th, 2012 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:000 PEOPLE WILL VISIT LETTERKENNY FOR OIREACHTASORGANISERS SAY 10
Fans of renowned traditional group Altan have still got time to be part of their new album or even have a private gig in their front room by simply making a pledge.The Donegal-based group are currently working on the album, which they plan to record in Nashville, and have teamed up with PledgeMusic to offer music lovers the chance to be a part of the creative process as well as offering the chance to receive rewards for their pledge.The group have reached more than 70% of the pledge music campaign – where fans make a donation to the making of the album and get benefits in return. Vocalist and fiddle player Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh thanked everyone who has made a pledge.She said: “We are steeped in mixing our new album at the moment and we hope to have it with you in the Spring of 2015. Time is running out and if you’re not in you cannot win.”Not only will your pledge grant you exclusive access to the album before anyone else, but you will also get to view the Pledgers Only Updates page.This is a free backstage area with demos, live tracks, rough mixes, and all things Altan as a reward for those who pledge. See here for more detailswww.pledgemusic.com/projects/altan FANS PLEDGE CASH TO HELP ALTAN LAUNCH NEW ALBUM was last modified: October 10th, 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:AltanCampaignMUSICPledge
Larissa in actionFRANCE 19, IRELAND, 15: DONEGAL duo Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon put in a stunning second half performance to almost deny France the grand slam tonight.Tries from Marion Lievre, Elodie Portaries and Shanon Izar had France seemingly home and dry before a superb second-half rally from defending champions Ireland.Gillian Bourke went over for two tries off rolling mauls, the first of which was the first try France have conceded all tourmament, and the boot of Niamh Briggs brought the women in green right back into it. But it was not to be in the end and to the delight of the crowd in the south of France Les Bleus held on to complete the cleansweep.The hosts got off to an ideal start when Lievre went over in only the fourth minute, good hands down the right putting the winger over in the corner, although fly-half Sandrine Agricole missed the conversion.reland managed to hold out in the face of incessant French attacks in the first period, No.8 Safi N’Diaye leading the charge but unable to make a breakthrough and it was 5-0 at the break.But their hard work was undone straight after the interval when prop Portaries crashed over from close range and with Agricole’s conversion France led 12-0. A Briggs penalty reduced the gap to nine points but no sooner had Ireland established a foothold than they were punished, Izar picking a great line to go in under the posts after a fine pass from Agricole, who also added the extras.Ireland refused to buckle though and when Bourke burrowed over at the back of a rolling maul on the hour mark the tide appeared to be turning – despite Briggs missing with the extras.And the driving maul proved too much for France with Bourke again emerging with the ball to grab her second but it proved to be just too little too late. WOMEN’S RBS 6 NATIONS: DONEGAL DUO DO IRELAND PROUD IN PARIS BATTLE was last modified: March 14th, 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:6 nationsfranceIrelandLarissa MuldoonNora StapletonRUGBY
One man believes that Donegal will lift Sam Maguire again this year and he’s even written it in stone.Hundreds of people have been to see Anthony Barrett’s Stone Sam in Newtowncunningham!In fact, farmer Anthony Barrett has spent two months building a huge stone version of the famous All-Ireland trophy and placed it on his land.The cup, which stands more than 12 feet tall, has become a local tourist attraction for people from miles around. It took four tonnes of cement and a huge steel girder to keep the cup in place and Anthony reckons it weights at least 20 tonnes.Anthony, from Newtowncunningham, believes he will be putting the green and yellow ribbons of Donegal on his stone cup come Sunday after they beat Dublin.“I have a lot of time for the Dubs and I think they are a great bunch of fellas who play a lovely brand of football.“But I think it’s destiny that Donegal will beat them and go on to win Sam. I have the ribbons ready and they will go on the cup on Sunday afternoon,” he said. The Donegal team are due to visit his farm at Newtown to see the amazing stone cup but Anthony says he is prepared to wait until before the All-Ireland final.He admits that some of his neighbours think he is “stone mad” but he wouldn’t have it any other way.“A lot of people come and see the cup and it’s a great talking point. Of course some of them think I’m stone mad.“I have no training in stonework but I just started it one day and decided to keep going with another lad helping me.“I’m a big GAA fan and I just thought it would look nice on the land. “A lot of people said it would never stay up but like Donegal on Sunday, it’ll still be standing after the final whistle,” he laughed.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FARMER BELIEVES DONEGAL WIN IS WRITTEN IN STONE! was last modified: August 28th, 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:Anthony BarrettdonegalGAASam Maguirestone
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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Murphy resigned in July – only seven months into his second term – after failing to tackle the pension mess. Frye finished first in the July primary with 43 percent of the vote, short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Sanders finished second with 27 percent and Steve Francis, a Republican businessman who quickly endorsed Sanders, captured 24 percent. Stacy Fowler, 26, supported Frye for a third time because she felt the councilwoman’s proposal to raise taxes reflects her honesty. “If she doesn’t win this time it wasn’t meant to be,” said Fowler, a student at Mesa Community College. “She should already be mayor.” SAN DIEGO – A former police chief was elected mayor of scandal-plagued San Diego Tuesday, defeating a maverick councilwoman and surf-shop owner with a campaign that trumpeted his record of turning around troubled organizations. Jerry Sanders, a mild-mannered Republican who was San Diego’s youngest police chief, will inherit a $1.37 billion pension deficit that has triggered federal investigations of the nation’s seventh-biggest city and fueled talk of bankruptcy. In early absentee voting and with 77 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanders had 122,457 votes or 55 percent, while Councilwoman Donna Frye had 100,269 votes or 45 percent. Frye was almost elected mayor in November 2004 in a write-in bid that garnered her 34 percent of the vote in a disputed contest. She lost to Republican Dick Murphy only after a judge refused to allow more than 5,500 ballots on which voters wrote her name but failed to darken the adjoining bubble.
There was a fantastic turnout for the annual ‘Sandra’s Run’ in south west Donegal on Saturday July 1st. Three hundred and twenty bikers on bikes, trikes and scooters turned out on the rainy day to ride for a good cause. ‘Sandra’s Run’ is an annual motor bike ride which this year raised money for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. All money raised will be donated to raising both awareness and much-needed research funds for the charity. Every county in Ireland was represented as bikers rode to Donegal for the event. Image: Burtonport Community CentreEach year the organisers, Jim and Rosaleen Boyle of Killybegs, County Donegal, bikers themselves, gather other bikers from all over the world to raise money for various hospitals and charities. Bushes, trees, fences, seats, street lights and buildings across the area are bedecked with teddies and other stuffed toys and dolls.Jim and Rosaleen are the parents of Sandra after whom the event is named, started ‘Sandra’s Motorcycle Run’ in honour of their daughter Sandra who sadly passed away on the 21st of May 1991 after a battle with leukaemia. It was the eve of her 18th birthday. Sandra BoyleJim and Rosaleen’s other daughter, Dianne, has been diagnosed with a rare muscular condition and three of their nephews (3 adult brothers) are each confined to motorised wheelchairs. The couple have many friends who suffer from different types of muscle disorders. It is hoped that donations from Sandra’s Run this year will make a difference to the lives of people of all ages and it is hoped that a cure can be found for all progressive wasting muscle disorders.Over the years ‘Sandra’s Run’ has raised well in excess of a quarter of a million euro. In its first year, 14 bikes took part and last year this had risen to 290 bikes.The success of Saturday’s event was celebrated with a dinner and music and dancing at the Tara Hotel Killybegs.The great weekend was rounded off with Sandra’s Run Sunday Boat Trip around the magnificent Sliabh Liag Cliffs.Picture Special – Over 300 bikers ride out to make Sandra’s Run a success was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 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:charityfundraisingmotorcyclingsandra’s run
Brentford are giving a trial to United States Under-17 goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, who is also expected to train with Fulham and Arsenal during his time in London.Caldwell, 17, watched from the stands as Brentford were beaten 2-1 at home by Celtic in a pre-season friendly at Griffin Park on Saturday.Currently with North Carolina Fusion, he is hoping to secure a move to England and a number of clubs have expressed an interest in him.Brentford have had another goalkeeper from the USA on trial, Winstone Boldt, who was among their substitutes for the Celtic game.See also:Celtic win friendly but Brentford impressYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook