Accessing of public assistance now a hassle

first_imgDear Editor,The accessing of public assistance is now a royal prerogative which only the chosen few can acquire. The service now solely depends on Government officers, who it seems are bent on applying their own subjective criteria other than objective guidelines.According to the Director of Social Services, Mr Wentworth Tanner, public assistance is conditional, and applicants have to fulfill certain requirements before they receive the assistance. Currently, there are over 10,000 persons receiving the assistance under the categories of medical, temporary and economic public assistance.Mr Tanner also said the applicant must prove the money is being spent for what it is indeed. He gave an example that in the case of an application for assistance on behalf of a school-aged child, the child must be registered, and the attendance must be 85 per cent. A child simply cannot make 85 per cent attendance before accessing the cash to go to school. That is equivalent to putting the cart before the horse. The child needs the assistance, so that he/she can attend school regularly. It cannot happen in the reverse!Many persons are denied the public assistance even though they cannot sustain themselves, and in some case their families. Some people are bluntly rejected by the Government officers, who tell them that their relatives or children abroad or in Guyana can sustain them. These officers need to understand that families and children do not support dependents unless dependents have something to offer them in return.Moreover, some applicants who are denied the assistance are bedridden, but were told that their children should look after them. Some are also differently abled. It is a shame that they are denied the assistance!Throughout Region 6, there are some officers who, it seems, were nurtured in a pigsty, given their rude and aggressive attitude towards some applicants. Imagine, these people are insulted and rejected for the ‘princely’ sum of $8,000 per month! Is this social protection afforded by this Government? This type of attitude has resulted in many persons being afraid to even apply! The people in the Social Protection Ministry must have undergone training sessions costing millions of dollars; all being wasted!In the 2018 Budget, the Ministry of Social Protection received $16.988 billion to continue its mandate of providing quality service to the country’s vulnerable groups – women, children, the elderly, homeless and youths; yet these vulnerable groups are insulted and chased away when they attempt to access the assistance.There are many widows who are denied this assistance, while some who continue to reproduce for multiple partners are given public assistance without any hassle. Why are these applications not accepted and carefully investigated, and the findings then sent to the Board for a decision to be made? Applicants must be made to feel that their requests are given due process. On many occasions, people of a certain ethnicity are the ones who are rudely rejected.Old age pensioners are not excluded from this type of discriminatory practice. It must be recalled that, not so long ago, the electricity and water subsidies were snatched away. In some cases, if the applicant applies a year after attaining the age of 65, he/she is given the ‘royal run around’ to access the benefit. Moreover, the residency requirements are applied in a discriminatory manner.There are instances when persons have been spending a large proportion of their time in Guyana and yet have been denied the assistance. They are told that they travelled to the US on a regular basis, hence they cannot qualify for old age pension. The Social Protection Ministry had stated that, ‘In the event that the person is temporarily absent from Guyana, the applicant or pensioner must satisfy the Authority, usually through the provision of the person’s passport and an immigration check conducted by the Ministry, that the period of absence from Guyana has not exceeded two years during the past twenty years, according to law.’ Why is this criteria not applied in all cases? Why is this changed to ‘you are travelling regularly to the US so you cannot qualify’?It is time that the vulnerable groups: women, children, the elderly, homeless and youths, be treated fairly, and not be discriminated against because of race or ethnicity or political affiliations.I call upon Minister Amna Ally to convince these rejected applicants that they are being treated fairly. The money belongs to the taxpayers, not the Government!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

World Bank Provides US$3.4m for Youths

first_imgThe World Bank has provided US$3.4 million agriculture package to benefit 10,500 youths from the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia for 18 months.This was disclosed by the Community Livelihood Investment Project (CLIP) Manager Andrew K. Macgona, under the Social Protection Department at Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE).He said the role of LACE as implementing partner of the Government of Liberia and World Bank is to work with local partners, referred to as Community Facilitators (CF), in the counties.He further disclosed that in each county are 14 community projects focusing on agriculture for youths, aged between18-35 years.He said a five-day workshop convening on food security in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County will discuss the roles of CFs and stakeholders, procurement of project inputs, community sensitization and mobilization, tracking attendance of workers and keeping of records, preparation of payroll and wages, monitoring and evaluation. Others include roots and tuber crop production, swamp development, techniques in vegetable crops production and post-project monthly report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Follow the yellow dots to Foy & Company this weekend

first_imgFoy & Company Letterkenny and Ballybofey is hosting a Yellow Dot Sale Event this weekend with some great offers and in-store events taking place. Running from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st March (online only on Sunday), the Yellow Dot Sale Event includes a series of in-store textile demonstrations, one-to-one colour consultations, a live cookery demonstration with Chef Brian McDermott, and lots of competitions and giveaways. There’ll also be a chance to meet the famous Dulux dog this Saturday in Letterkenny and Ballybofey! Interior designer and Dulux colour expert, Kathy Bracken is holding a number of one-to-one consultations in Foy’s Ballybofey and Letterkenny, with limited spaces still available. The interior design workshop with Adele Roche has already sold out, so if you’re interested in getting free expert advice, call Foy & Company today to book your slot with Kathy. Book a one-to-one consultation with interior designer and colour expert, Kathy Bracken from Dulux.Chef Brian McDermott will also be doing a live cookery demonstration in the Ballybofey store on Saturday 30th March from 1pm to 2.30pm, where he’ll be giving top tips ahead of Mother’s Day and sharing recipes from his new book, Donegal Table.Join Chef Brian McDermott (pictured with Ann Foy) at Foy & Company Ballybofey this Saturday (1 – 2.30pm) for a live cookery demonstrationThe Yellow Dot Sale Event will also see some great offers with 20% off items with a yellow sticker throughout the weekend. There’s also 20% off ready-made curtains and selected lines of fabrics as well as some extra special offers running across both stores with up to 70% off selected lines. Rachel McLaughlin chooses her top picks from Foy & CoEarlier this week, Rachel McLaughlin of Donegal Woman caught up with the Foy & Company team to select her top Yellow Dot picks.Her favourite was this multicoloured statement chair: “This colourful chair caught my eye as it would really add warmth and character to any living space. It’s an ideal size for cosy living spaces and the wooden legs give it a contemporary feel,” Rachel said.“Foy & Company also has a great selection of corner sofas to suit every type of space. I particularly loved this Hexham Corner Group in the Letterkenny store.”  The Hexham Corner Sofa is now only €1199.20 in the Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale.Rachel adds: “The store is packed with bright and beautiful cushions and throws, which are great for adding splashes of colour to spaces in an instant. I love this pink cushion, which would work very well with grey, white or navy colour schemes.”Get 20% off selected lines of fabrics and accessories in The Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale Event“I can imagine these cushions would add great colour to this luxurious chaise longue, which really stood out in the store. Comfy and elegant, this would be the dream seat for me to curl up with a good book.”This chaise longue was €499 and is now €299 in the Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale this weekendFoy & Company Ballybofey has an excellent homeware department with all your kitchen essentials. From Stellar and Judge pots and pans to baking equipment, you’ll find everything you need to stock your kitchen. For this weekend only, there’s 20% off these handy kitchen tools pictured here. Kitchen Essentials from Foy & CoSet your home apart with Foy & Company’s range of designer and ready-made curtains. If you’re not sure which set to choose or how to match wall paint with curtains and other textiles, speak to the highly trained in-house interior designers at Foy & Company who are available for consultations for both residential and commercial projects. Visit www.foys.ie for more information. Follow the yellow dots to Foy & Company this weekend was last modified: March 28th, 2019 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

Winless Raiders host Baker Mayfield in starting debut

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***ALAMEDA — Here comes trouble.Baker Mayfield makes his first NFL start Sunday at the Coliseum against the Raiders, having energized a moribund franchise by coming off the bench to lead the Cleveland Browns to their first victory in 635 days.A surprise No. 1 overall draft pick, Mayfield’s size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds), production in a college spread offense at Oklahoma and a few behavioral glitches brought comparisons to …last_img read more

49ers announce Joe Staley’s two-year contract extension

first_imgJoe Staley took the stage at the 49ers’ State of the Franchise event Wednesday night so CEO Jed York could break news that was hardly surprising.Staley, a 12-year cornerstone at left tackle, received a two-year extension on a contract that was to expire after this season. Financial terms were not disclosed by the 49ers nor Staley’s agent.“Honestly, Jed, since the moment you guys drafted me in 2007, it’s been my absolute honor to play for this franchise and I wanted nothing more than to …last_img read more

Mpumalanga playing its part for South Africa’s reputation

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 17 September 2015 – Brand South Africa today took the national agenda to build and profile South Africa’s competitive strengths to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, during a one-day workshop.The workshop was attended by local government representatives and officials from the Department of Health, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the Government Communication and Information System.Robust discussion ensued on what makes South Africa a globally competitive inward destination for investment, tourism and skills and how provinces can play their part.Provincial and city brands are a critical building block of the nation brand, particularly as they often provide the first experience of a country. Visitors and investors experience a country through its provinces and cities and it for this reason that Brand South Africa is taking its programmes to provinces.One of the greatest attributes of the province of Mpumalanga and a significant contribution to the nation brand is its tourism offering and experience which begins at the airport. Discussions at the workshop centered on economic development and potential in the province. This will impact positively on both provincial social and economic development and ultimately South Africa’s reputation.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Mowrystown FFA gets into the giving spirit this holiday season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Mowrystown FFA hosted a school wide day of giving at Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School on December 18th. Students had two different sessions to go to where they could either make tie blankets, assemble boxes of food, help decorate and fill bags for Totes for Hope, or watch a movie.By the end of the day the students had assembled about 30 blankets, 95 boxes of food, and about 25 bags for Totes for Hope. It was a fun and successful day of helping others and the Mowrystown FFA would like to thank everyone who helped and those who donated the material.last_img read more

Traders celebrate GI tag to Odisha rasagolas

first_imgOdisha’s sweetmeat traders’ association distributed 50,000 rasagolas free of cost to celebrate conferment of the geographical indication tag on the popular dessert here on Monday.“This is a matter of great pride for us that rasagola has been awarded the GI tag. The whole world has recognised that Odisha is the place of origin of the rasagola which is in circulation since the beginning of the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath,” said Pramod Prusty, vice-president of the Utkal Mistanna Byabasayee Samiti.As per the application submitted to the Registrar of Geographical Indication, the Odisha rasagolas are white in colour and round in shape but off-white rasagolas in various shades are also prepared. The UMBS, which was an applicant for the GI tag, demanded that the State government raise awareness about the tag’s benefits. “We want the government to start filing applications for GI tag for other famous sweets,” said Mr. Prusty.last_img read more

PCB to oppose end to ICC president rotation policy

first_imgPakistan has rejected reforms which could see the country lose the right to have one of its nationals at the head of cricket’s governing body, an official said on Tuesday.ICC chief Sharad Pawar with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.A plan to scrap the rotation policy for appointing presidents and vice- presidents of the International Cricket Council is likely to be tabled at its board meeting in Hong Kong later this month.”Under the current rotational system, Pakistan and Bangladesh have to put up the next candidates for president and vice-president and we don’t agree with the proposal of change and we have shown our reservations to the ICC,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters.Ahmed said Pakistan and Bangladesh had the right to nominate their candidates.”We are in touch with the ICC over the matter and will decide the future course of action soon,” said Ahmed.The post of ICC president was first created in 1997 when India’s Jagmohan Dalmiya took the top job. He was followed by Australian representative Malcolm Gray, followed by Ehsan Mani of Pakistan and Percy Sonn from South Africa.India’s Sharad Pawar is the current president and will be succeeded by Australia-New Zealand nominee Alan Isaac next year.Pakistan and Bangladesh will nominate their candidates after Isaac completes his term in 2014.It was unclear what new system for picking ICC presidents would replace rotational appointment.Pakistan has also opposed another suggested amendment in the ICC’s constitution allowing the council to suspend members in cases of government interference in the running of national cricket boards.advertisementThe role of PCB chairman is widely criticised for being a political appointment by the ruling administration.”But we challenged them on this issue and sent a legal notice in April. Now we are in talks with them to explain our position,” Ahmed said.Ahmed pointed out that the PCB had taken the stance that every member country had its own particular environment and set-up that it functioned under.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’

first_imgRavena did say that whatever’s going on with Romeo is beneficial to both the former Far Eastern University star and the whole KaTropa team.“As of now, wherever he’s in it’s maybe the best for him and the team,” said Ravena after the PBA Draft Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “He did not go AWOL (absent without official leave) he had a flu so we let him rest first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefRomeo was traded to TNT in April of 2018 after playing his first five years with NorthPort, then known as Globalport, and if a trade happens then the spitfire guard won’t even last a year with TNT.Ravena did not also confirm if whether Romeo is indeed being shopped in the trade market or not. Yeng Guiao ‘can’t confirm’ Poy Erram trade to NLEX yet “I don’t want to confirm it or deny it,” said Ravena.He added that there’s no problem with Romeo and that he’s just sick.“There’s no problem with him and he’s professional with dealing with teams,” said Ravena.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Bong Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—TNT head coach Bong Ravena beat around the bush when asked about the status of polarizing guard Terrence Romeo with the team.Romeo is reportedly on the trading block after being absent from the team for some time now, but Ravena did not say exactly if the guard will be traded or not.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more