Financial independence key to empowerment of women – First Lady

first_imgFirst Lady, Sandra GrangerFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Friday said she believes the financial independence of women will make them less vulnerable to abuse and advised that women use their skills to secure their financial freedom. Granger was at the time addressing 36 female graduates of her Early Childhood Development Workshop at a ceremony hosted in the Baridi Benab at State House.“In this age when every single day we get up and read about people being slaughtered by so-called people who love them, I believe deeply, that once our women are financially independent it will be very difficult for people to hold them [captive] by telling them ‘you can’t do anything,’” the First Lady said.The First Lady further noted that being independent does not mean the same thing as being wealthy, but having the education and requisite skills to earn.“It doesn’t mean you have to be the richest person or the most famous person, it means that when you stand you know who you are. You know what you have in you and you can build on all the skills that you developed… a group of you can even set up your own community day-care centre,” she said.Women Across Differences Coordinator, Clonel Samuels-Boston made similar statements in her address. She noted that too often persons are more aware of their limitations than their potential.“You don’t need to be perfect because nothing is and no person is and that is okay…do not allow other people’s opinions and judgements to control the direction of your life… You are born unique for a reason, you are born to stand out, to be appreciated and loved for who you are… There are times when you will have failures in your life but it is what you do during those times that will determine the heights of your peaks,” she said.The workshop was held in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and the Guyana Red Cross Society.last_img read more

PPP wants Police to probe alleged fraud at GRA over seized vehicles

first_imgOpposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has approached the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate alleged fraud at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over seized vehicles that find their way onto the streets without being registered or gazetted.The Guyana Revenue AuthorityAccording to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, they were forced to make this move owing to inaction on the part of the GRA Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia to look into the matter.“(Thursday) we wrote the Police. If the GRA is not going to write the Police, they have now been written to because it’s fraud. So let’s see what the Police will do on this matter,” Jagdeo noted.The Opposition Leader told reporters at last week’s press conference that hundreds of motor vehicles were being imported into Guyana and were not being placed on the register for Want of Entry and, therefore, were never gazetted and put up for action. In fact, Jagdeo posited that these motor vehicles, most of which were luxury vehicles, were finding their way onto the streets.“The hundreds of luxury vehicles like Land Cruisers, Lexus, Hummers, BMW that came into the country were seized by GRA, never made it to the register for the want of entry and so were never gazetted and placed at the auctions. These hundreds of vehicles found their way into the hands of people sympathetic to the Government resulting in billions of dollars of lost revenue,” he disclosed.Jagdeo went on to outline that most recently, two vehicles, both Land Cruisers, were brought into Guyana from Venezuela and were seized by the GRA in Lethem, back in May 2019. However, in a turn of events, the very same vehicles were then registered to a member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), but backdated to March 14, 2019.In documents seen by the Opposition Leader, for the vehicles PXX 5337 and PXX 6338, there were several blank areas which are required to be filled by GRA, including the sourcing area.“So, after my press conference, I was hoping that the Commissioner General would pick up his phone and say ‘is this so? When did the vehicles come in?’ They would have told him and then he would have asked ‘when were they registered?’ And if he was told this, the next thing he would do is to put out a statement and call in the Police because this is corruption. (It) is fraud to backdate a vehicle (document and) I’m not even sure that it’s sold. It might be given or sold below value. So until now, nothing, not a word!” Jagdeo pointed out.Further questioned on the matter, the Opposition Leader argued that if the GRA Head did not have anything to hide, then he should call the Auditor General in to prove the issue.“I want to give him the benefit of the doubt: maybe he doesn’t know about this information, but I ask if the Commissioner doesn’t have anything to hide too, he would call in the Auditor General. I have not seen any movement on that,” Jagdeo contended.As such, the Opposition Leader noted that his Party had to act on the matter and get the Police involved. He added too that they would be closely monitoring the issue to see the outcome.Earlier this month when Jagdeo had first made this fraud claim, local media reported Statia confirming that indeed the vehicles were seized and disposed of. However, he had indicated that he would have to investigate the other allegations being made by the Opposition Leader before he could comment.But efforts to contact the GRA Head for an update on the matter were futile.last_img read more

Sierra Vista rolls on

first_img“We were the better basketball team tonight,” said Sierra Vista coach Keith Locklear, who credited his players’ talent for winning the game but was dissatisfied with the overall performance. “We didn’t feel like we played well,” Locklear said. “We had a lot of turnovers, we missed a lot of easy shots and we were horrible from the free-throw line. Teams that do those things don’t win championships.” “I felt like the energy was going up, the adrenaline,” said Cabrito, who scored six of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. Sierra Vista’s next game is against top-ranked Laguna Hills on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at a site to be determined. james.figueroa@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2684 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – The Sierra Vista High School girls basketball team has its sights set on a CIF-SS championship, and if it can dominate its opponents like it did against Irvine on Wednesday, the Dons will get their wish. Sonia Morales and Jasmine Cabrito led the Sierra Vista offense, and the entire team badgered and frustrated the visiting Vaqueros as the Dons grabbed a 41-22 victory in the Division IV-A quarterfinals. center_img Nevertheless, Sierra Vista (25-3) handily controlled Irvine nearly from the start with an 11-0 run in the first quarter as Morales asserted herself in the middle. She led the Dons with 14 points. Irvine clearly had problems handling the Dons’ full-court press and the Vaqueros committed shot-clock violations on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. Things got worse for the Vaqueros after halftime, as they were held scoreless in the third quarter. “We tried to play a quick game with them, but they’re a quick team and it didn’t work for us,” Irvine coach Amy Klamberg said. Sierra Vista showed signs of lethargy in the fourth quarter but escaped thanks to Cabrito, who ended the third quarter with a twisting, off-balance 3-pointer that beat the buzzer. last_img read more

State wants pot sellers to pay tax

first_imgThe board ultimately decided that medical marijuana was not exempt from sales taxes because it was not dispensed by a pharmacist or approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a medication. “For the Board of Equalization, any tangible personal property not exempt from tax is subject to a sales tax,” board chairwoman Betty Yee said. The board’s action has divided the medical marijuana community, with some sellers saying it helps legitimize their businesses. But others worry that any tax information they report will be used against them by the federal government, which still bars use of medical marijuana. “It’s frustrating,” said Chris Moscone, an attorney who is representing the Hemp Center, a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary that is negotiating with the board on back taxes. “There are basically two camps: those that want to be treated like legitimate businesses, and the other side, where they’re still rebels and don’t want to be taxed.” SACRAMENTO – The taxman is going after the medical marijuana man. For the first time since California voters approved use of medical marijuana more than a decade ago, the state Board of Equalization is telling the estimated 150 to 200 medical marijuana retailers in California to pay sales taxes on pot. “If you sell medical marijuana, your sales in California are generally subject to tax, and you are required to hold a seller’s permit,” the board said in notices sent out in February. “If you do not obtain a seller’s permit or fail to report and pay the taxes due, you will be subject to interest and penalty charges.” Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative that decriminalized use of marijuana for medical purposes, did not address how state tax officials should deal with medical marijuana sales. The sales weren’t covered before Proposition215 because they were illegal. The applications for a seller’s permit do not require the retailer to disclose what he or she is selling, which would make it difficult for federal officials to track sales. Kris Hermes, legal campaign director for Americans for Safe Access, a national medical marijuana advocacy group, said the board would get more medical marijuana dealers to come forward and pay taxes if it agreed not to go after back taxes. “If they started collecting taxes when they sign up for seller’s permits, that would reduce anxiety for many of these providers,” Hermes said. “And it would probably increase the level of participation in the state.” But Yee says that’s not an option, that the board has to treat all retailers the same. The board has the authority to collect taxes going back as many as eight years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

California bus trip drives hard bargain

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With gasoline again nearing $3 a gallon, local transit agencies are touting the bus as a cheap, quick and energy-saving solution to the high cost of fuel. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority now runs a “limited” from downtown to LAX. Express lines cross both valleys. The glory days of public transit last seen during gas rationing in World War II seem to have returned. But not entirely. Encouraged by government subsidizes at the fare box, regional transportation districts have sprouted up in recent years. Dozens of cities, counties and special districts run buses. A careful examination of their schedules reveals that an intrepid bus rider could travel from the Mexican border to the Bay Area without having to take Greyhound, Amtrak, hail a cab or fly. Imagine, all the way to Oakland by municipal bus. I’m a bus nut. In 1978, I pioneered the route via local buses from Los Angeles to Tijuana, with a dozen transfers over 12 hours, all for a mere $3 and change about three cents a mile. In the mid-1980s, I rode over 400 miles in one day around the L.A. Basin aboard RTD buses on a dollar pass a quarter-cent per mile. At those rates, commuting to Oakland on municipal buses ought to save a pocketful of money. Finding the right connections is more challenging than the Daily News’ Sunday crossword; solving the route maze more satisfying than finishing U’s cryptogram. But be careful, for we might find ourselves at a dead end in Los Banos with no escape except retreat. And who wants to spend a weekend in Avenal? We leave Union Station on an early Monday afternoon aboard Antelope Valley Transit, transferring at Lancaster to the East Kern Express. At Bakersfield, find a motel, for long-distance regional transit’s a daylight operation. Tuesday: Zigzagging back and forth across the San Joaquin Valley on a 12-hour, five-transfer itinerary gets us to Avenal at dinnertime. Plan ahead: AAA lists just one motel in Avenal. Wednesday we leave early for Huron, make two transfers in Fresno, and reach the Children’s Hospital in Madera County at lunchtime, then on to Chowchilla for dinner. Day Four: Here’s where the system really breaks down. Perhaps jealously guarding their borders or reluctant to encourage residents to shop in a rival city, Neither Madera nor Merced transit systems cross the county line dividing them. Nor will their dial-a-ride service take a passenger to the border. Thus, after an overnight stay in Chowchilla, we hoof it eight miles up Minturn Road to Le Grand, catch the bus to Merced, transfer to Livingston, then Turlock, then Modesto. (An alternate route, without that hike, is only available in summer via Lancaster, Ridgecrest, Mammoth, Tioga Pass and Merced. Instead of leapfrogging from city to city through the Delta region, we take the late afternoon Modesto Area Express to Dublin/Pleasanton. Then north via bus to Walnut Creek and a motel at Martinez. From here on it’s easy! Ride out of Martinez on Friday morning to El Cerrito, where we catch an AC local to downtown Oakland. Total fare? A shade under $60, plus four motels and meals for five days. The discount airline can match that price and save nearly a week. Even Amtrak looks more attractive. At $3 a gallon, gas would be less than bus fare, and you wouldn’t have to find a bed for four nights. So, considering the cost, inordinate amount of time required, and the debilitating effect of five days jostling along on local buses, why make the trip? And why Oakland? In the words of Sir George Mallory, explaining why he climbed Everest, and despite the admonition of Gertrude Stein, “Because it’s there!” — When not analyzing bus schedules, Ralph E. Shaffer is a professor emeritus of history at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. Write to him by e-mail at reshaffer@csupomona.edu.last_img read more

GLOWING TRIBUTES PAID TO KIND, BEAUTIFUL CHRIS

first_imgGLOWING tributes have been paid to Inishowen drowning victim Lorraine ‘Chris’ Plummer at her funeral in Derry.Mourners gathered to pay their respects at her funeral in St Mary’s Church in the Creggan.A native of Derry, Chris had settled in Inishowen and fell in love with it. Friends said she will be missed by everyone who knew her, and was very kind-hearted by nature.The dead woman had many passions including gardening, salsa dancing and archery, and also took an interest in geology.She was also a keen photographer and recently had her pictures published in the Donegal Daily, mourners were told.Relatives said she was deeply loved by her whole family. Her sister Sandra said Chris had a gentle nature, would always put other people in front of herself and helped look after elderly family members.One of Chris’s snaps for Donegal DailyShe said she regularly visited her mother in Derry at weekends and would go out of her way for others.Sandra said it will be very difficult for the family to deal with the loss of her “beautiful” sister.“Everybody would say she was very loving, very caring and very considerate– she was beautiful, too,” said Sandra.“She was just really sweet and lovely. She was always going out of her way for people. “She’ll leave a huge hole – it’s going to be very hard for us to get by without her.”It was while she was exploring her interest in geology on Monday at Rockstown Bay near Clonmany that the tragedy occurred.She was out on a small island identifying rock specimens and taking notes and photographs to record what she had discovered, when she encountered difficulty after being cut off from the mainland as the tide came in.It’s thought she tried to make her way back and went into the water. Her body was found close to the Rockstown Harbour area on the Inishowen Peninsula at about 5.30pm that day following a search.Ms Plummer is survived by her parents, sister, and brothers John, Eamon and Stephen.GLOWING TRIBUTES PAID TO KIND, BEAUTIFUL CHRIS was last modified: July 26th, 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)last_img read more

OUTRAGE AT BURGLARY OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL: GARDAI FOLLOW ‘DEFINITE LINE OF ENQUIRY’

first_imgGARDAI are said to be following a definite line of enquiry following the ‘despicable’ burglary at a special needs school in Co Donegal.As donegaldaily.com reported on Friday night at least one thief wreaked havoc at the pre-school HSE facility at Ballaghderg, Mountain Top in Letterkenny.The thugs smashed their way into the school – which caters for disabled pre-school children – and tried to wreck the place. They kicked over furniture and busted open cupboards, before making off with a petty cash box.Gardai have confirmed that forensic officers have examined the scene.Children who attend the school had to be turned away on Friday as the clear up got underway.Gardai say the incident was despicable. Sources say they believe they have CCTV pictures of the suspect and are hoping they can catch the man concerned.On Friday one Garda told us: “We have to deal with burglaries all the time but it takes a particular type of criminal to break into a special needs school and steal money from them because that’s what has happened here – this thief or thieves have taken money from some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”Last night another source told  us: “We have managed to obtain CCTV pictures and we are hoping to identify this burglar very quickly.”It’s understood Gardai may be linking the theft to a series of break-ins in the past week in the same area.Burglars also targeted offices at Mountain Top quarry on Thursday night/Friday morning. Also last week burglars crashed a car near Kilmacrennan.As Gardai carried out a follow-up operation, the thieves broke into a house in the area and made off with the family car.Anyone who can help Letterkenny Gardai catch those responsible for the school break-in are asked to call the town Garda station on 0749167100.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyOUTRAGE AT BURGLARY OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL: GARDAI FOLLOW ‘DEFINITE LINE OF ENQUIRY’ was last modified: March 11th, 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:ballaghdergGardailetterkennyMountain TopOUTRAGE AT BURGLARY OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL: GARDAI FOLLOW ‘DEFINITE LINE OF ENQUIRY’last_img read more

“Butt out”: Minister Harris slams social media critics over anti-vaccine statements

first_imgHealth Minister Simon Harris has once again reiterated his request for people to be wary of vaccination advice they read on social media. This follows the launch of the 2017/18 Schools HPV Vaccine Programme and Information Campaign this morning, which will see 40,000 information packs delivered to schools across the country ahead of the HSE Vaccination Teams starting their scheduled post primary school visits in September where first-year girls will get the first of two doses of the vaccine.Speaking at the launch of the HPV vaccination in Dublin this morning, Minister Harris has asked amateurs to “butt out”, according to Newstalk. “If you want to be a clinician, if you want to be a pharmacist, if you want to be a scientist – go ahead and study one of those disciplines, and then come back and give us medical or scientific advice.“Until then, please butt out because this is too important,” said the Minister.The amount of young women availing of the vaccine has dropped from 87% to 50% since its induction in 2010 due to opposition from anti-vaccination groups; however no scientific research has been able to back up arguments from these groups.This is not the first time Minister Harris has warned people of pseudoscientific advice on social media. Speaking at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual meeting in April, he slammed “scaremongers” who share “uninformed nonsense” on the HPV vaccine.“Let’s come out fighting. Let’s take on the scaremongers. Let’s tell people – in no uncertain terms – that it is you, the doctors, who are the experts and the people who are most trusted, to know what is best for our people’s health and well-being, young and old.”He also slammed those who get their medical information from “random social media accounts”, and said that if you want to dispense advice on vaccinations, become a doctor – if not, “stay away from our public health policy.”“I take my advice on vaccinations from the Chief Medical Officer, from the European Medicines Agency, from the World Health Organisation and the medical community – not from random social media accounts.“If you want to give medical advice on vaccinations, become a doctor. If not, get out of the way and stay away from our public health policy. He went on to say that those spreading “uninformed nonsense” should feel ashamed.“We have vaccines in this country that can prevent death. We have a vaccine that can prevent girls from dying of cancer. And yet we have uninformed nonsense interfering with medical efforts to save lives. Shame on them.”Every year over 90 women die from cervical cancer. Over 280 women – many young – need treatment for invasive cervical cancer. Over 6,500 women will need hospital treatment for a precancerous form of cervical cancer.“Butt out”: Minister Harris slams social media critics over anti-vaccine statements was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anti-vaccinationhpvSimon Harrislast_img read more

Foy & Company to host fun and fresh coffee morning for Relay for Life

first_imgFoy & Company are hosting a coffee morning to raise funds for Relay For Life on May 31st!The Letterkenny store will be welcoming everyone for fresh brews in the showroom from 10 am to 12.30pm this Thursday.Everyone is invited come along for some fresh coffee, tea and treats. Any support given for this great cause is greatly appreciated. Funds raised will go towards Relay for Life Donegal in support of cancer research and local services through the Irish Cancer Society.For more updates on the event, check out the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/602198360141960/Foy & Company to host fun and fresh coffee morning for Relay for Life was last modified: May 28th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Councillor expresses fury over delays on A5 road project

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Patrick McGowan has expressed his total frustration at the ongoing delays with the A5 project from Derry/Donegal to Dublin.He said the latest update from the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure on the A5 is very disappointing.“I can’t help feeling that if the NI Assembly was up and running this project would not be taken as long as it is,” he said. The update on the project states “In light of the recent ARC21 judgement and subsequent appeal by the Department which is to be heard in late June, the legal challenge to the A5WTC scheme, brought by the Alternative A5 Alliance (AA5A), has been rescheduled for a hearing in the High Court on 4 September and is likely to run over 4 consecutive days.“A judgment from the Court is unlikely before December and, as a result, construction will not now commence on Phase 1a until early 2019 at the earliest.”Cllr McGowan said we need all the political and business people to put their shoulder to the wheel and start pushing to gather for a change and forget about the political circus that’s going on.“First it was over thirty years of the NI troubles that put the NW in stagnation now it’s the lack of political will that’s costing this part of the country to lose out on much-needed investment. We need action now not promises,” said Cllr Mc Gowan Councillor expresses fury over delays on A5 road project was last modified: June 27th, 2018 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:A5cllr patrick McGowanprojectroadlast_img read more