Govt warns of crackdown on corrupt Toshaos

first_imgNTC’S criticism fallout…says officials unable to account for wealthAt the opening of the 2018 National Toshaos Conference, Government has been accused of breaking promises made to the National Toshaos Council (NTC); and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, in seeming retaliation, has taken a tough stance against toshaos who allegedly profiteer off public funds.Sitting emotionless throughout NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks’s speech, which lambasted Government for its sloth in keeping promises made to indigenous peoples, Minister Allicock, when his turn came to speak, issued an ominous warning to the effect that toshaos had better be able to account for personal financial gains.“I must say that we have not gone to take anybody to court because of mismanagement of the village funds. But for this next council, I would like to signal to the toshaos that we had three years to get it right. You have to prove that you got it right!” Allicock warned.“So those toshaos who have public property and homes and cannot give account for the funds they were given responsibility for, you will be called to answer for it!” he declared.“We still have some persons who do not want to hand over keys, but you were notIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, during his address to the Toshao’s Councilput in that position on your own; people put you there. You are servants of the people. Let us talk it! Walk it! Reflect it!” Allicock charged.The minister also expressed expectations for the NTC. According to Allicock, the Indigenous Affairs Ministry has, over the past three years, worked on unifying communities and facilitating discourse. He expressed hope that the new council would continue in this vein.“In going forward as the newly and hopefully improved NTC, we must elect persons to the executive committee based on what they can and will do for all indigenous people of Guyana. We must elect people who place a high premium on accountability; not just for resources placed at their disposal, but also for their actions,” he admonished.The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA) has been awarded $2.2 billion in the 2018 budget. Last year, Government provided a budgetary allocation of $16 million to the NTC. It is understood that individual communities have been crafting Village Improvement Plans (VIP).The VIP is an initiative birthed from the Sustainable Indigenous Villages and Communities Policy (SIV&CP). Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Alfred King, had last March said the MoIPA would be working with villages and communities in the Santa Rosa, Moruca Sub-district of Region One to implement their respective VIPs.King had been a member of a team led by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, on a recent visit to Region One. King had explained the working of the VIP, and had claimed that its introduction was at an opportune time.During his presentation, King had said, “We are always going to use that as a model or framework to guide such development in communities; and I think the time is right now — after spending some time working on that plan in Region 9 — to roll it out as a national effort”.He had added, “It will require a number or resources, a lot of competence, a lot of technical support; and once there’s a good plan, where do you go next? Because a good plan just cannot make things happen; a good plan will just guide the process of development and/or implementing activities in a structured way.”last_img read more

Burnley land Chelsea starlet on loan

first_imgBurnley have announced the signing of Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah on loan.The 19-year-old England Under-21 international has put pen to paper on a deal at Turf Moor that runs until January.Able to play in defence or in midfield the youngster presents Sean Dyche with depth to his Premier League squad as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship this season.Chalobah has already had successful temporary spells in the Championship with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough in recent campaigns. Nathaniel Chalobah 1last_img read more

Danielle Stewart discusses being a female farmer on ‘The Late Late Show’

first_imgDairy farmer Danielle Stewart featured on an all-female panel of farmers on the Late Late Show last night.Donegal native Danielle was joined by two other female farmers; Karen Eliffee and Ashleigh Fennel, who discussed how they got into farming, their biggest challenges, and whether or not they are treated differently due to their gender.As International Womens’ Day took place on Wednesday, host Ryan Tubridy said that he felt it was appropriate to interview female farmers as they are breaking down barriers and paving the way for other women interested in agriculture in what is traditionally a male dominated arena. Although just 12% of Irish farms are owned by women, this figure is set to rise due to the amount of women studying agriculture at third-level and the disappearing tradition that farms should go to the sons to “keep it in the family name”.Ambitious 22-year-old Danielle manages a 170 cow farm in Tipperary, and is aiming to be within the top 10% of Irish farmers.Danielle said “I grew up on a farm. I always followed my dad and my grandad around. From an early age – since I was a toddler, I’ve always been interested in it. “Even when I was in secondary school I used to always skive school and go to the mart because the mart was next door, so mum and dad might get a phone call saying “Danielle’s not in school today where is she?” And dad would say “aw she’s in the mart again!”Danielle’s two sisters who still live in Donegal also help her father with the farm.The biggest challenge Danielle faces in relation to farming is the day to day management of the farm. “I’m only out of college, and this is the first step into the big bad world.” However through discussion groups and support from her colleagues, Danielle is making leaps and bounds.When asked if she is treated differently due to her age, she said “no. You have a voice, you need to use it” and stressed that there’s “ways and means of getting around” any obstacle that may come her way.When Tubridy asked one of the other farmers about castrating bull calves, Danielle had the audience in stitches after her quick and witty response; “She can give you a demonstration if you like!”Danielle told Tubridy how she always loved the farm, and loves being out and about. She said that “there’s no point in sitting back and tipping along, you have to push yourself.” To see the full interview click here.Danielle Stewart discusses being a female farmer on ‘The Late Late Show’ was last modified: March 11th, 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:danielle stewartfemale farmerLate Late Showlast_img read more