Budget critics call for reform

first_img“That’s his problem – he’ll surrender at the first sign of a fight,” McClintock said. “The four measures that he put to the voters in 2005 were important steps forward. But at the first setback, he not only ran up the white flag, he joined the other side.” McClintock has several suggestions to reform the budget process. For one, he would like to see a restoration of the original Gann spending limit, a formula which restricted state spending increases based on population growth and inflation, but which was later modified to be less restrictive. Also, he said, the entire budget process needs to be conducted in full public view, rather than a reliance on the “Big Five” process by which the governor and four legislative leaders meet behind closed doors to hammer out the most contentious budget issues every year. Also, the governor should once again have the power to make mid-year budget cuts when spending exceeds revenue, without having to seek legislative approval. Mike Genest, the governor’s finance director, denied that the governor has given up on budget reform. But he is taking a different approach this year. Rather than write his own proposal, he has challenged lawmakers to come up with a plan that could be then subject to negotiations. “He intentionally did not make a specific proposal, because of the experience with Prop. 76 \,” Genest said. “He thought it was wiser to ask the Legislature what their ideas were.” “What he has said is what we have now are peaks and valleys, and we need to level it out so we have rolling hills. So when we have drops in revenue, it’s not devastating.” Last year, he added, the governor proposed restoring his midyear cut authority, but lawmakers did not agree. But even without sweeping reforms, Schwarzenegger has made several improvements in the state budget. Last year, he signed an on-time budget, the first one in five years. He has also reduced the state’s long- term structural deficit from about $16 billion to a proposed $1 billion next year, though some critics say that number would be higher if not for some budget gimmickry. His Proposition 58, approved by voters in 2004, put some limits on state spending and borrowing, though the measure was weakened in the negotiation process from his original plan. He later sought stronger reforms in Proposition 76, the Live Within Our Means Act, which proposed specific formulas to limit increases in spending, while giving the governor new authorities to make budget cuts without legislative approval. Following a strong opposition campaign led by the state’s public employee unions, all of the governor’s reform measures were defeated in 2005. “I think the governor’s 2005 failed year of reform probably caused a timeout on reform talks for a year or two,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget committee. “It’s too bad, because I think he had political sway, if they were reforms that were fair and balanced.” Democrats also acknowledge that reforms are needed to the budget process, but they have different perspectives on how to achieve them. Laird said he would like to see reforms in the state tax system, rather than on the spending side. The state could broaden the items that are subject to taxation – such as applying the sales tax to services – while lowering the actual tax rate to keep the changes fiscally neutral, he said. Such a change would give the state a broader and more diverse tax base, and one less subject to fluctuations in personal income and capital gains He would also like to see a lower threshold for the Legislature to approve budgets than the current two-thirds requirement that is often blamed for late budgets. The California state budget is a massive thing, a $146 billion behemoth that has more financial value than the economic output of many countries. The general fund – the portion that is most directly under the control of state policymakers – has more than doubled in the last decade to a proposed $103 billion next year. Put another way, if California were its own nation, it would rank around 16th in the world in government spending, according to data compiled from the CIA’s World Factbook. If it were its own company, it would rank around 13th in the world on the Forbes 500. But state officials say they actually have very little control over what ends up in the budget. The administration estimates that about 8 percent of the budget is discretionary, while the rest is predetermined by a series of state and federal laws, ballot measures, court settlements, negotiated contracts and debt obligations. Proposition 98, for example, guarantees that roughly 40 percent of the state budget will go to K-12 education and community colleges. Other ballot measures have locked up funding for transportation, local governments, after-school programs and a host of other areas. McClintock, however, says the idea that lawmakers have little control over the budget is nonsense. Laws like Proposition 98 can be suspended through a two- thirds vote of the Legislature, he notes, the same margin needed to approved a budget. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the 2003 recall, when the state was facing a massive budget deficit, Schwarz- enegger ran on a platform of fiscally conservative budget reform. After taking office, he proposed several measures to rein in spending, but met with mixed success – getting voters to approve one diluted measure in 2004, but failing to pass a stronger plan in 2005. Since then, he has been relatively quiet in terms of proposing major long-term constitutional or structural controls. There are still a few voices in the wilderness calling for budget reform, but debates over health care, prison reform and infrastructure have overshadowed that issue in the public eye and on the floor of the Legislature. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, one of the state’s leading fiscal conservatives, has long advocated for strict budget reforms that would tightly control increases in spending. Schwarzenegger, he said, started his term with the right ideas, but after meeting initial defeats failed to continue pursuing them, and instead focused on cooperating with Democrats in other areas rather than fighting them on fiscal reform. As state lawmakers start negotiating over Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed $146 billion spending plan, some critics are wondering whether the governor has abandoned any hope of making the long-term reforms needed to avoid the disastrous budget situation the state faced only five years ago. Analysts and critics say even though the economy might be stronger now than during the dot-com bust of 2001-02, the governor and state lawmakers are ignoring budget reform at their peril. If the state runs into another budget-busting slowdown, the public will demand to know why they didn’t act sooner. “The window of opportunity to reform the budget process was wide open when the budgets were continually late and very acrimonious,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies, at Cal State Sacramento. “We’ve had two years of relatively on-time budgets, and relatively collegial budget-making. That has taken the urgency away and closed the window.” “It’s human nature to focus on long-term problems only when they’re hitting you in the face. It is shortsighted. It’s also very human.” last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Installation Service Engineers required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A leading Security Company are expanding and are currently recruiting for Installation / Service Engineers in County Donegal. The ideal candidates will have 3+ years’ experience in the security industry focusing on the areas of Intruder Alarms, CCTV Systems and Access Control.The position comes with development opportunities together with a competitive remuneration package Excellent opportunity for service and Installation Engineers to join a growing company thatcan help you progress your career.Job Responsibilities:• Installation, service and maintenance of intruder alarms systems• Installation, service and maintenance of CCTV system with experience withnetworking IP CCTV Systems.• Installation, service and maintenance of Access Control SystemsPlease forward C.V. to Gilroy Gannon Chartered Accountants, 25 Stephen Street, Sligo withreference MMK.Closing date for applications is Friday 23 March 2018 Job Vacancy: Installation Service Engineers required was last modified: March 8th, 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) Tags:Installation Service Engineerslast_img read more

DD GARDENING: FROM MY HEAD TO-MY-TOES – with GARETH AUSTIN

first_imgTomatoes grown in bucketsTomatoes are a real worthwhile crop to grow and with the wealth of varieties on offer there are tomatoes suitable for everyone, for every location. Tomatoes have been bred constantly for many generations, breeders looking for bigger fruit, better growth, disease resistance, colours, low growing, tall growing you name it there is a variety on offer!In my opinion the most exciting varieties are available from seed, but the downside is that the time for sowing Tomatoes from seed was 2 months ago. As a result if you’re thinking of producing a tomato crop for this year – don’t be sowing seed, get down to your local garden centre and pick up a few plants.Depending on how ‘exciting’ your garden centre is you may be offered just a few varieties, or they may have 10+ varieties for you to choose from. The varieties on offer may range from regular sized tomatoes to the big Beefsteak varieties down to the cherry types, and the colours may range from yellow to red to orange to black.Tomatoes being planted within Rathmullan HouseAlso you may find some of the dwarf types, such as Garden Pearl, which is an excellent variety for pots, hanging baskets and containers – outside of the polytunnel.In general tomatoes adore a sunny location, within a protected structure such as a Polytunnel or Glasshouse is ideal, as this offers maximum light concentrations and a more stable temperature. Some of the varieties, such as Totem and Garden Pearl (the dwarf types) do really well outside in Pots – aslong as they are positioned in a sunny location – away from cold winds. I grow the vast majority of my own tomatoes in buckets and big pots so that I don’t have to worry about crop rotation as when I’m finished with the crop I just empty the contents of the buckets around the plants in the garden. Where if I was to plant the tomatoes into the soil I would have to operate a 4 year crop rotation to reduce pest and disease pressure.Tomatoes love good soil, they like to be planted into good rich compost at the start, and then start feeding every fortnight once the first flowers fall off, your feeding should be consistent and then increase the frequency of feeding as you increase your watering frequency, building up to feeding every third watering.The reason we increase our feeding inline with increased watering is that as we water you’ll get a certain amount of nutrient loss via runoff.Tomatoes planted using ring culture pots in compost bagsWatering is vital with Tomatoes, keeping them nice and moist and never letting them dry out – especially when they’re in fruit is vital. Inconsistent watering leads to black circles developing on the bottom of the fruits, a cultural problem called Blossom End Rot.Also vital is the management of the temperature in the glasshouse, keeping a max temp of around 25-30C is ideal, too much and too intense and you’ll get another cultural problem called Leaf Curl develop. DD GARDENING: FROM MY HEAD TO-MY-TOES – with GARETH AUSTIN was last modified: May 22nd, 2016 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:donegalGardeningGareth AustinTomatoeslast_img read more

DONEGAL ATHLETES CONTINUE TO SHINE

first_imgPATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT: The miserable conditions continue to play havoc with the early track season in Ireland despite that life goes on and it was the Ulster schools Saturday.Quite a few progressing to Irish schools finals in Tullamore Saturday week June 4th.AS follows John Kelly winning for Royal and Prior in the shot 13m plus with Castledergs H S Kyle Donnell 2nd john went over 41m in javelin for 3rd. A 1,2 in senior steeple James Speight taking a tumble recovering to win in first km. in 3-02 going on to return 6.25 with Mark Bonner ,Columbas 2nd having come from behind. He will need to stay on pace if at all possible in a few weeks.Caoimhe McMenamin wins Junior long jump, Sasha Byrne similar story minor long and a good day for Shaun Woods ,Royal and Prior taking 400m inter in 52 odd and silver high jump 1-75 m.Blaithnaid silver high 1-57m in inter it would be great to see her clear 1-60 in a few weeks to put her in the frame for schools international selection going forward.Shannon Mc Laughlin Columbas was very impressive in districts but nearly missed the start junior girls 800m . She has such potential so a medal will encourage from this day a bronze . Provided she can grab a race by the scruff of the neck she can impact. Over to Shannon. In Portugal a bronze medal in European cup 10km junior for Waterford girl Kate Veale behind 2 unbelievable Russians and aso at this event Brendan Boyce was on 20k team. Brendan from Milford continues to improve and we in the club wish him well.School sports Tuesday and Wednesday 10-30 any body that can volunteer to help it would be much appreciated and then the biggest meet annually in the county each year the CO primary finals June 1st 11 am . Again help really appreciated.Cathal O Connor and Noel Collins in action BMC meet Sat. in Manchester.Finally if this weather ever settles the contractor moves on site June 2nd to complete track project. This development cost Finn Valley 350k totally funded by the club itself a serious acheivement in this our 40th year.DONEGAL ATHLETES CONTINUE TO SHINE was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:athleticsdonegalfinn valleylast_img read more

WHY SEAN AND HIS FAMILY WANT TO ‘LAP IT UP’ FOR CRUMLIN HOSPITAL

first_imgSinead, Sheila Sean Emer and Danny Mc Menamin pictured with Manus Kelly as they get ready for the big night at the karting centre in aid of Crumlin Hospital tomorrow night (FRI). Photo Brian McDaidLike many families, the McMenamins from Letterkenny were left devastated when told their son Sean had a serious heart defect.But through the wonderful work of the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Sean is fighting fit and ready to take on the world.Here, to coincide with a charity night the family are hosting at the Karting Centre in Letterkenny tomorrow night, mum Sheila tells the touching story of a family’s fight for their young son. In times of austerity, water charges, Garda whistle-blowers and elections, it gives us some hope that deep down people are still good.“This is Sean, our bright eyed and bushy tailed wee man!! He was born 6th, 2013 in Holles St, Dublin. Sean’s story is not unique and is probably more common than a lot of us realise.“Last year while attending the ‘big’ scan in Letterkenny, it was detected that there was an issue with his heart, now Sean being Sean, wouldn’t move or position himself in a way that might give anyone a chance of a clear heart view!!“So a week or so later we went to Holles St and it was confirmed that yes there was a serious heart defect there. “To say we were devastated was an understatement. We drove home fairly quiet and so it began. We met with the cardiologist that was based in Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin (OLHSC) and he confirmed that Sean had an AVSD – which meant his heart only had 2 chambers with only one valve. They did go through what would be done but to be honest at that stage, most of it went over my head especially when they refer to his heart being the size of a strawberry!There were many black days of worrying what to expect and we had been told that no surgery would take place until he was 5kgs and that if there was any other issue with any other organs there would be no surgery.We had an amnio (tests) done and it was confirmed that Sean was also Down Syndrome. We were told that feeding would be a problem and to prepare for anything up to 6 months in hospital if he didn’t put on weight. With 2 other kids at home and Danny being self employed the thought of factoring how my life was to go on without me in it for that length of time was challenging to say the least! At one of our cardiologist appointments I was interrogating the consultant on exactly what I would need for Crumlin and he said he would get one of the specialist nurses to ring me. This was my first contact with Crumlin and to be honest probably one of the first times I breathed normally!!I had a list of questions as long your arm! Would the baby survive? Would he be incubated? Would I need to have him christened at the hospital? What did I need to bring? And the list went on! Over the time of the phone call, I was calmed and reassured that while his condition was serious, he was still a baby and yes he would need all the normal baby stuff!! It was arranged that at our next Holles St visit that we would call over to Crumlin where our nurse would show us the ward so we wouldn’t keel over when we arrived with Sean!Now I don’t know what bubble I live my life in – but my eyes were opened. We met Jackie inside the door of the hospital and it was like meeting an old friend! We chatted like it was a normal day and then we went to St Theresa’s ward …. It was packed and a hive of activity and I have never seen so many sick children ever before. All the nurses were flat out but they were all smiling and just carrying on with what they do. We left the ward, slightly overwhelmed, nervous but relieved that we had seen where Sean would be. Jackie was still as chilled as you like and in hindsight her calm approach kept us upright while we were there. She arranged that on our next visit that we would have a look at the intensive care unit and as she put it – nothing like a bit of advance warning!JuneIt was arranged that Sean should be born in Holles St given its close proximity to Crumlin and on 6th within 2 hours was transferred to Crumlin while I sat like a tulip in Holles st feeling all my aches n pains and feeling very sorry for myself!!!On the Friday, I signed myself out of Holles St and headed over to see Sean. I was glad that I had been in the ward before as at least I knew where I was going and it wasn’t as scary although still eye opening. Sean was cubicle 6 and when he was admitted there was 8 other babies there, on Friday evening there was19. Sean was lying back and was being tube fed every 3 hours and was on a stats monitor (now to us lay people, this machine continually checks his heart rate and also his breathing and just so you know …. It beeps and beeps and beeps every time u move!!!!). Once we arrived, Sean’s nurse came in to say hi and give us an update on how he was doing. Sean slept!! We were told of all the checks he had done the previous day and that morning and that he was very stable and very sleepy! At this stage, reality was sinking in fairly lively! The extent of road ahead was now very real and the fact that Sean couldn’t drink much of his bottle brought a whole new angle on tube feeding end of things. But that’s when the nurses kick in! Slowly we were encouraged to take small steps and work with Sean and everything that went with it; try him on the bottle, check the tube is still where its meant to be, tubing through the rest of his feed, not keeling over every time the stats monitor goes nuts!! Every nurse that looked after Sean spoke to him like he was one of their own! The team that followed Sean was mind blowing, Speech therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, consultants, radiographers and the full complement of nursing staff. And each member supportive, pleasant and always there to answer my often daft questions. Over the next couple of months, Sean was at home being tube fed, on constant oxygen and settling into life at home with 2 doting sisters at his side every time my back was turned! It was hard, but its amazing what you do without even thinking about it times. Every week we spoke to Jackie in Crumlin about Sean’s weight gain.And as always, there were often calls with daft questions too.In September we got the call that Sean’s heart surgery was booked and my heart sank. But again the girls in Crumlin knew the enormity of the phone call and were as supportive and as reassuring as they could be. The dread, the relief the mixture of emotion was unnatural. Sean’s surgery was rescheduled twice and then on the September we were admitted to Theresas ward again for surgery the next day.30thOnce Sean arrived on the ward, there was an automatic recognition of the wee man and all the nurses that looked after him in June all commented on how big he had got and given the number of children these people see in any given week is amazing that they would remember our Sean!JuneSean appeared with authority!!! He was taken to ICU and Mr Nolke, Sean surgeon, arrived into Sean’s room like any normal man. He went through the procedure and was more than willing to answer any questions – just pure normal!! Mr Walsh, Sean’s Cardiologist called to say how well Sean was doing and that he was happy with his progress. Jackie called in and went through how the day would pan out and at what stage of surgery she would ring us to update us on how things were going. We walked Sean down to theatre at 1:06 on the Monday morning. To say handing my wee dude over was hard is an understatement, he smiled all the way down the corridor and it was the hardest moment of our lives.The day passed so slowly, Jackie in fairness to her called us at every stage, being ventilated, going onto bypass, starting surgery, finishing surgery, coming off bypass and to recovery and then to ICU. It was 8.46 pm when we saw Sean. Thank god we had been shown ICU on a previous visit because it is one of the scariest places I have been. Sean was sedated when we went in but he did wiggle about a bit when we spoke, we couldn’t stay long, it was better for him stay still and he wouldn’t with us there.The reassurance of knowing that there is a specialist nurse there minding just Sean was enough to keep our minds at rest. ICU was full all with wee babies fighting their own corners, all with the help of their own nurse and a team that can only be described as genesis!On the Tuesday, Sean had one of the three drains removed and he abandoned the ventilator and for the first time since June was not on Oxygen!! (We could get rid of the canisters at home and the machine that sounded like a tractor with serious engine issues!!!!!)On the Tuesday morning when I went in to sit with Sean, a handmade crochet blanket was at the bottom of his bed. I told the nurse that it wasn’t Sean’s and that it would be safer being removed before it was christened! But Deirdre (his nurse) told me ‘that in hospital doctors and nurses have to do what they do and there is prodding and poking, giving injections and examinations at different times of the day and this blanket is a comfort to hide behind.It is their comfort that they can hide under when it all get too much and they have it forever. Volunteer blanketeers make and donate blankets so any child that has heart surgery gets a comfort blanket’. I was gobsmacked; the lump in my throat was so big I thought it would explode. People are good.He was due to go to the ward at a stage on Tuesday but all the beds in the ward were full so he stayed for another night in ICU. (Personally I think he was enjoying the 24/7 one to one!) He moved back to St. Theresa’s on the Thursday, and god love him – he didn’t like the drains. I have never seen him lie as still as he did but we did get a few wee smiles and an odd tug of the hair if it came any way close!On Friday the third drain was removed and when I came back to the ward, Sean was sideways at the bottom of the cot!!!! He was put on special milk as fatty deposits were picked up in the drains and Sean wasn’t too impressed (the smell would have knocked you over!!) so the tube was still there but in fairness the wee man didn’t seem to mind that much as long as he got fed and didn’t have to taste it.We left Crumlin the following Wednesday on 8 feeds a day of the smelly stuff! The nurses all bid him farewell and Sean smiled the bit out!! (Such a ladies man!!!) We had 6 weeks of the special milk every 3 hrs. It passed in a blur and the relief when we were told that we could go back to normal baby food! Mr Walsh was as lovely as ever, back up in 3 months to make sure all is going as it should. Surgery had gone exceptionally well and by the looks of things no more surgery needed.Sean attends Crumlin now every couple of months, he is now the full of life wee boy that he is meant to be. He terrorises his sisters, has his mom and dad on 24/7 call and has it all sussed!!We are lucky; we have come through a bumpy road with the support and help of family, friends and a fortune of holy candles, masses and prayers. The list of people that we are indebted to: The Paediatric Ward in Letterkenny General Hospital, Caroline/Mary – District Nurses, Mary Murray – The specialist cardiac nurse (the genius that makes it all seem so simple!!), Donegal Down Syndrome, the Early Intervention Team and so many others.But today it is about Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the reason we are “karting for Crumlin”. As a unit they have gently nudged us through one of the toughest challenges to date! This is their normal – they do this all day every day and until you experience it you just don’t appreciate to work they do.We would like to thank John Dolan, a patron in fundraising for different charities and the Donegal Motor Club for helping us in this fundraising effort for Crumlin. We hope that you can join us for this worthy cause and you never know; Sean might have to get a wee lap round too…….!WHY SEAN AND HIS FAMILY WANT TO ‘LAP IT UP’ FOR CRUMLIN HOSPITAL was last modified: May 16th, 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:Crumlin Hospitaldonegalkarting centreletterkennySean McMenaminSheila McMenaminlast_img read more

McBREARTY TO ASK FELLOW COUNCILLORS TO SUPPORT MOTION TO ABOLISH WATER CHARGES

first_imgIndependent County Councillor Frank McBrearty is to put down a motion calling on Donegal County Councillors to support a motion to abolish water charges.The former Mayor of Donegal has written to current Mayor John Campbell asking him to hold a special meeting on the water charges issue facing Donegal.Cllr McBrearty described the situation as a ‘crisis’ which must be addressed. “I am requesting that a special meeting be held in order to allow the members of Donegal County Council to debate the ongoing crisis that residents face with the billing of water charges by Irish water.“The elected members can discuss what steps should be taken in support of the citizens that gave us a mandate to represent them at Local government level.“If a special meeting is agreed, it is my intention to put forward a motion calling on the members of Donegal County Council to support the abolition of water charges on residential homes and that the government accept the decision and mandate we have as public representatives,” said Cllr McBrearty in his letter to council chairman John Campbell.  McBREARTY TO ASK FELLOW COUNCILLORS TO SUPPORT MOTION TO ABOLISH WATER CHARGES was last modified: November 8th, 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:ABOLISHCllr Frank McBreartywater chargeslast_img read more

SC Villa elections slated for 24th August

first_imgMisaga I the current President of VillaAfter months of waiting, a date for the SC Villa elections has been set.This was during a press conference in which the current President Ben Misaga addressed the general public and made the long awaited announcement.“Let me first thank all those that managed to start SC Villa and ensure its existence like the late Patrick Kawooya, Franko Mugabe and all his mates that he was working with at the time because they laid a stable foundation that our club thrives on, said Misaga.“I have lived to witness voting on three occasions at Villa, Kawooya was voted for at Villa Park and then Franko Mugabe the first time and second and of course me at Namboole.“But due to the fact that many thought i was young, they refused to announce me the winner yet i was unopposed.“So in the history of Villa, me, Mugabe and Kawooya are the only ones that have officially been Presidents because in the club’s culture, the leader is just voted-in.“All those interim have been there to help.“The most important thing in all, Villa is the fountain of Ugandan football. Everyone revolves around us to see how leadership in a particular club should be conducted, continued Misaga.“All those other clubs like KCCA don’t vote their leaders and just appoint.“Do not know why FUFA always tells Villa that it is supposed to vote but i guess that should not be our issue, it shows that the club is stable and everyone is looking out for its elections but what we will not allow is to run under interim management, we have to follow the constitution of the club.“I was also not there when it was drawn. It was drawn when i was still in Lusaka-Zambia and when i came, it was the only precious thing that Villa gave me in my Presidency.“On that note, basing on the rule in our constitution, article 39, as the leader of the club, i have authority to name Mr. Ivan Kakembo as interim CEO, Sarah Adong the spokesperson and also a committee that is going to over-see the elections like under article 24 stipulates.“It will be led by Mrs. Evelyn Asimwe, her Vice is Hon. Sarah Babirye Kityo, Musa Mirunda, Ivan Kakembo like FUFA’s rule says that the CEO is supposed to be on this particular committee and he is and Sarah Adong the spokesman.“I have also appointed an appeals committee which will be chaired by council Robert Kagolo.“It will Ronnie Mutebi as a member and Charles “Gaza Man” Kodili as its Spokesman.“The committee should ensure that they work under the rules of the club, ensure that all the voting rules are put into consideration, strictly following that the particular deadlines are met, letting all members of the Congress (club Perliament) and Public know about proceedings, ensure proper co-ordination with all related partners and to revise the list of individuals who are to vote and certaining it.Misaga also enlighten about the personnel that can stand for election.“Every person who wishes to stand for any post must have a seasonal membership card for the club that runs from the past season.“I personally will be standing for Villa presidency.On the date of elections, he had this to say.“Elections will take place on the 24th of August at 10:00am at Royal Gardens in Masaka.“What i argue FUFA is that they should ensure that the people they bring to stand don’t break our constitution’s rules and regulations and also not force Villa to run under interim because all that we want is equality and tranquillity in these elections.“I ask everyone to campaign basing on truth and also the voters to vote for someone who will take the club forward not make it stagnate.The program of the whole process was also tabled.-11th-15th June. Reviewing the members of SC Villa.-24th June. Looking at how the voting process will run basing on the rules guiding the club.-24th of June throughout the month. Allowing members to second all those who want to stand for election.-2nd-6th July. Handing nomination forms to all those that may have gone throw the vetting process successfully and ensuring that each person standing is very much capable of being a leader of the club, not someone who will shame the institution.-16th-20th July. All the successful applicants bring back nomination forms.-24th July, Letting the public know who has successfully been approved to stand for the Presidency.-30th July-3rd August. Printing posters of those that have successfully stood for the Presidency and also drawing of ballots.24th August. Election Day at Masaka Recreation Garden.Comments Tags: Ben MisagaSC Villatoplast_img read more

To beat malaria and dengue, vaccinate the mosquitoes

first_imgIf there’s one thing the malaria parasite wants, it’s to get inside the guts of a mosquito. Once there, it releases hundreds of wormlike cells that enter the human body through a bloodsucking bite. Now, scientists have found a way to make mosquitoes much less hospitable to this pathogen, as well as the one that causes dengue: stacking the insect’s gut with killer microbes that wipe out the invaders before they have a chance to cause disease.Like humans and most other animals, mosquitoes are stuffed with microbes that live on and inside of them—their microbiome. When studying the microbes that make mosquitoes their home, researchers came across one called Chromobacterium sp. (Csp_P). They already knew that Csp_P’s close relatives were capable of producing powerful antibiotics, and they wondered if Csp_P might share the same talent.The team cultured Csp_P in a sugar solution and in blood and fed both concoctions to mosquitoes whose natural microbiomes had already been eliminated with doses of antibiotics. As the scientists hoped, Csp_P quickly took over the mosquito’s gut after being ingested by means of the sugar solution—and even more quickly when it was fed to them in blood. In another experiment, done with mosquitoes that weren’t pretreated with antibiotics, Csp_P-fed mosquitoes were given blood containing the dengue virus and Plasmodium falciparum, a single-celled parasite that causes the most deadly type of malaria. Although a large number of the mosquitoes died within a few days of being infected by the Chromobacterium, the malaria and dengue pathogens were far less successful at infecting the mosquitoes that did survive, the team reports today in PLOS Pathogens. That’s good news: If the mosquito isn’t infected by the disease-causing germs, it is less likely to be able to transmit the pathogens to humans.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The team, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, also exposed the malaria parasite and dengue virus to lab cultures of Csp_P to test for anti-Plasmodium and antidengue activity. Here, too, they found that the bacteria inhibited the growth of the pathogens.The researchers say there could be two mechanisms by which Csp_P fights off Plasmodium and dengue infections. First, because Csp_P is toxic to mosquitoes, it activates the insect’s immune system. This has the collateral benefit of staving off infection from Plasmodium and dengue virus, which otherwise would have thrived in the mosquito’s gut. But that’s not all, says George Dimopoulos, a parasitologist at Johns Hopkins who led the research team. Because the bacterium also snuffs out Plasmodium and the dengue virus in the laboratory, it means Csp_P is producing toxic compounds that are killing the pathogens directly.Dimopoulos and his colleagues believe Csp_P could be used to “vaccinate” mosquitoes against the malaria and dengue pathogens, perhaps through the use of sugar-baited traps that are already used to spread insecticide through populations of the pest. This would have the twin effect of killing most mosquitoes while severely curbing the survivors’ ability to spread disease. This one-two punch is “a unique property” for any malaria-control agent, says David Fidock, a microbiologist at Columbia University, who was not involved in the study. “No current malaria-control agent does both.”Csp_P could also play a more direct role in combating malaria and dengue in humans. Because the compounds it secretes kill pathogens in the lab, these toxins could be turned into drugs to treat malaria and dengue in people.Tanjore Balganesh, a medicinal chemist who heads the Indian Open Source Drug Discovery program in Bangalore for neglected diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, is skeptical, however. Because Csp_P is so toxic to Plasmodium, the dengue virus, and even the mosquito that carries them, there is a good chance it could be damaging to human cells, too, he says. That’s not a death blow for this line of inquiry, however. “It’s still early days [for this research],” he says, “but no drug discovery program is without problems.”last_img read more

ED attaches ₹67-cr. worth assets in Manesar land scam case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth about ₹67 crore in connection with the Manesar land acquisition scam in Haryana.The properties include 14.56 acres in Gurugram belonging to Mahamaya Exports Private Limited, besides four acres and bank balances of other accused persons. The ED had made an attachment worth Rs.42.19 crore in December last.The money laundering case is based on an FIR registered by the police in August 2015. The CBI later took over the case and filed a charge sheet against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others.According to the probe agencies, the State government issued notifications in 2004 and 2005 for acquisition of land measuring 912 acres to set up an industrial model township.It is alleged that the farmers and landowners of Manesar villages in Naurangpur and Lakhnaula were compelled to sell about 400 acres to private builders at throwaway prices under the threat of acquisition. This allegedly caused a loss of about Rs.1,500 crore to them.According to the ED, ABW Infrastructure and its group entities allegedly bought most of the land in question. As alleged, it got licences for residential, commercial and group housing projects in connivance with government officials.The ED has also alleged that ABW sold some licences at high rates and earned “undue” profits. The group companies entered into “false” land sale agreements with different entities to conceal the income and avoid tax.The agreements were later cancelled, false cancellation-cum-settlement agreements prepared and amounts to the extent of six to seven times of the sum as per the agreements-to-sell were shown to have been paid to these entities in compensation for cancelling them.The compensation was credited to the bank accounts of these entities and taken back in cash, the ED has said.last_img read more

‘Kolkata airport apology not enough, better training needed’

first_imgA day after two disability rights activists alleged that they were “insulted and humiliated” by security personnel at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, the airport authorities issued an apology on Twitter, and assured that steps would be taken to ensure such incidents do not occur again.“We would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to Ms Jeeja Ghosh & Ms Kuhu Das during check-in process at #KolkataAirport. The matter is being strongly taken up with concerned teams to ensure that such incidents does not happen again [sic],” read a tweet posted by the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Airport.When contacted by The Hindu, both activists said that the apology “meant nothing if airport officials did not train airlines and security staff to engage with persons with disabilities with respect”. Jeeja Ghosh, who has cerebral palsy, recounted that in 2012 she was deboarded from a flight at the same airport. She had taken the issue to the Supreme Court, which directed the airline to pay ₹10 lakh as damages to her.“They will do it again when I or anybody else with disability tries to travel,” said Ms. Ghosh, who was brand ambassador for West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.The incident occurred on Sunday when Ms. Ghosh, along with Ms. Das, a polio survivor, was travelling to Delhi. While Ms. Ghosh was told she could not fly without an escort, Ms. Das was told to remove her calipers so that they could be put through the scanner.“I told her [the woman security officer] that to remove my calipers, I would have to take my trousers off. I have been wearing calipers with titanium rods for many years,” said Ms. Das. She recounted that the woman security officer called her colleague, who said they “had never encountered such a person” [in reference to Ms. Das]. Like Ms. Ghosh, Ms. Das said an apology was not enough, and that she would file an official complaint on the matter.“A tweet will not set things right. What we are seeking is a systemic change. We were allowed to travel after protests but an ordinary person with disability may not be allowed,” Ms. Das said.Four well-known disability right activists from Kolkata were travelling to Delhi to discuss recommendations made in the United Nations Country Report on Disability.Referring to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, she said the law in the country has a rights-based approach for persons with disabilities, yet people are so “insensitive”.last_img read more