Government abuse of State funds (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Now that Local Government Elections are upon us, President David Granger has made several trips to Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) in recent weeks, and is due to return there again on October 14 for the “official launch” of Lethem Town Week. This is just another manufactured event to utilise State funds to campaign.I expect he will be giving away bicycles as he did in Anna Regina in an effort to win votes. Then earlier, the President going to Skeldon to distribute bicycles to children in the middle of a campaign is nothing short of obscene.For he could have easily gone to the schools to distribute the bicycles instead of taking the children to make up numbers at his campaign rally.And a compassionate President would have also taken the severance pay to the thousands of sugar workers he displaced, most of whom can’t even provide food for their families.Then Granger has the cohones to tell the gathering at Anna Regina – a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) stronghold, that on November 12, they should elect visionary leaders, “It is not just a passive town council where people just get elected and they just sit down… They have to look after public services and public health…They must look after sanitation and keep the canals clean. They have to look after security and economic growth.Elect someone who is multitalented and willing to work, not because they belong to a political party but because they are prepared to work.” If Granger had adhered to this same principle, the voters would never have elected him and his Ministers.Over the last few months, a huge number of trips were made by Ministers of Government to Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini); Lethem, Region Nine; Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and other interior locations ostensibly to do Government business with sometimes three chartered aircraft seen on the ground.But in reality, they’re there to do political work and to distribute the People’s National Congress newspapers – The New Nation.So, the question submitted to the National Assembly by PPP Member of Parliament, Pauline Sukhai-Campbell that was disallowed by the Speaker, is not without merit. This Government needs to stop the shameless abuse of State funds to finance their political campaigns.During the pre-election period leading up to the last Local Government Election in 2016, it is estimated that A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change cost the Treasury almost $50 million flying campaign workers and others to the Lethem and Mabaruma municipalities alone.Where are the international organisations and the local groups who used to talk about abuse of resources during the previous Administration? Cat got your tongue?Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS – IMPRESSIVE BROWNE WINS PRESIDENT’S PRIZE AT PORTSALON

first_imgHistory was created at Portsalon golf course on Saturday last when the clubs members contested for Ms Kathleen Mc Cormick’s Presidents prize.Kathleen holds the honour of being the first lady member to hold the prestigious title of club President.The golfing fraternity of the north west were peering over the weather forecasts for the region and despite the changing weather conditions there was a large turnout which showed the esteem in which the members held for their President Kathleen Mc Cormick . The President has served her club well having been a member of Portsalon Golf Club for many years. In this Kathleen’s first year of office as President she has also held the position as club Lady Captain, held various positions on the ladies committee and represented the club on various teams throughout her golfing career.The President thanked the members of Portsalon golf club who had bestowed the title of club President to her. She said she was indeed delighted and privileged to be the first lady member to hold such a prestigious title She thanked the members and her guests who participated in this her historic first Presidents Day’s at Portsalon Golf Club.The President thanked John Shields and the greens staff for the excellent condition of greens. She thanked the office staff Karina Mc Ginley, who put in long hours and ensured all ran smoothly throughout the day. She thanked Sean Mc Gettigan and his catering staff for the magnificent food served on the night. Finally she thanked her family for all their support during this her first year as President of Portsalon Golf Club.The Captain Joe Harkin congratulated the President on this her special day at Portsalon Golf Club. He said that it was indeed his honour to be Captain and work alongside the first lady of Portsalon Golf Club.whom he has known and respected for many years. After the clear skies the previous day the golfers of Portsalon took to the course with some rain and windy conditions. The tough playing conditions was reflected in the scoring with few birdie puts being recorded. With the weather playing a pivotal roll the conditions were indeed favourable to the long and straight strikers.The winner of this years Presidents prize was five handicapper Tim Browne who started off with a bogey 5 on the first followed by a double bogey on the second must have thought his chance of victory had gone On completion of the first nine he recorded 17 points.The homeward nine was indeed more favorable as Tim started a magnificent run with a birdie on the par three 11th hole and and further birdie on the 17th , he completed the back nine two under and record with 22 points and an overall total of 39 points Runner Up: Gary Sheehan (17) 36 points B.O.T Gross: Paschal Cullen (4) 28 pointsThird: John Logue (13) 36 points Fourth: Paul Deeney (25) 35 points B.O.T. Best nines went to MichaelMcFadden and Gareth McLarnon . The Country Member prize went to Jim Toal (22) 35 pointsCountry Member 2nd: Adrian McGurnanghan (28) 30 points. The council members prize winner was Hugh McGinley (21) 35 points. The winner of the past Presidents prize went to Patrick Shields (18) 35 points.The winner of the ladies section in this year’s Presidents prize was Roseanne Logue and the visitors prize went to Karen McCormick (36) 40 points. The CSS was 35 points.Results The winner of the Wednesday open staged on 13th August was Rory McFadden (10) 41 points B.O.T (Belvoir Park) Runner Up: Eamon McConigley (12) 41 points Gross: Martin Sutherland (3) 37 points Third: David Edwards (16) 39 points B.O.T. The CSS was 37 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Kevin McFadden (19) 40 points Runner Up: Diarmuid Logue (4) 38 points B.O.T Gross: Stephen Connolly (6) 32 points Third: Aidan Langan (16) 38 points. The CSS was 35 points.EventsOn Saturday 24th there is an open gents stableford competition and on Sunday 25th it’s a members competition. On Wednesday 28th an 18 hole open gents competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Past Captains Calling all past captains of Portsalon golf club, the prestigious J J Wall Past Captain’s cup will be staged at Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday 31st August and the first tee is reserved for the past captains from 12.20 p.m. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459.Congratulations.The Captain Joe Harkin and members of Portsalon golf club would like to congratulate our neighbours Rosapenna Golf club on their achievement of winning the Ulster Section of the Irish Senior Cup and now advance to the All Ireland Finals in Royal Tara Golf ClubA New Look for Portsalon Golf ShopMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club will see the major upgrade which has taken place to the club shop area, The new layout has a much needed shop where both members and visitors can purchase many golf requirements not forgetting the Portsalon Continuing Story. It may also be the place to purchase the next birthday present or just the perfect gift for your golfing partner.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS – IMPRESSIVE BROWNE WINS PRESIDENT’S PRIZE AT PORTSALON was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

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