PPP followed a Pro-Poor approach to growth, development – Irfan Ali

first_imgPPP’s ideology…At the opening of the PPP’s 31st Congress, last December, where he was latter to receive the largest number of votes that led to him being elected as the General Secretary, Opposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo disavowed the party being shackled to any “isms”. However, in a letter to the press last week, Central Committee Member Hydar Ali, asserted there “was no confusion in the PPP’s ideology” and cited a 1993 quote from Cheddi Jagan that claimed the PPP was “guided by the principles of Marxism-Leninism”. In comments solicited by this newspaper, Executive Committee member, Irfaan Ali, cleared up the evident contradiction between the two statements.PPP Executive Committee member Irfaan Ali“Hydar Ali, has quoted Dr Jagan’s position from 1993, 24 years, ago. If he had quoted Dr Jagan from 24 years before that – 1969, he would have heard something different. That year Dr Jagan declared the PPP had “decided to transform itself from a loose, mass party into a disciplined Leninist-type party.” A “Leninist” party is totally different entity than “a party guided by the principles of Marxism-Leninism”. A Leninist party would never have countenanced the conclusion of Dr Jagan’s quote: “and with the aim of building a democratic and humane society with a multi-party parliamentary system.”“Wasn’t it Lenin who dissolved the elected Constituent Assembly in 1918 because it was “too bourgeois” and prevented the evolution of a western style democracy?” asked Irfaan Ali rhetorically. “ The point I am making is that Dr Jagan, had become very pragmatic by the 1990’s and we see this exemplified in the policies and programmes he followed,” Irfaan Ali concluded. “Pragmatic in a very principled sense.”Asked by this reporter to offer some examples of Jagan;s “pragmatism”, the Central Committee Finance Secretary pointed to Dr Jagan accepting the neo-Liberal premises of the IMF Stabilisation Programme to which President Desmond Hoyte had signed onto in 1989. “This was anathema to even a mild cooperative socialist like Forbes Burnham, who had rejected the IMF programme before he died. Dr Jagan had come a long way from arguing with Burnham who was a “Bolshevik” and who was a “Menshevik”Questioned as to what Dr Jagan might have espoused in 2017, Mr Ali replied, “This is obviously speculation, but with a man like Dr Jagan, who was focused on his goals of improving the standard of living of the ordinary citizens by whatever means necessary, I can project from his own actions he would have followed closely the collapse of ideology across the socialist world. He might have followed Deng Xio Ping’s philosophy that “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.” Dr Jagan was serious about improving libes!”Prodded to say if there is any conflict between the views expressed by Hydar Ali and himself, Irfaan Ali took some time to respond. “You have to understand that change is always difficult and the PPP must be constantly aware and ready to respond to changes internally and externally as it confronts both domestic and international challenges. It’s a new world. The new General Secretary made it quite clear at the opening at the 31st congress where the party stand. We are a party grounded in the struggle for the working class. Hydar, letter highlighted a particular thinking and what Dr Jagan’s reaction might have been at one point in the past. But the present is radically different and not to change our responses will be to court inevitable death. He and others in the party will accept that Dr Jagan was willing to listen and change his thinking when the “objective conditions”, as he put it, had changed.”But asked whether in fact, Mr Hydar Ali, as Education Secretary, had not pronounced definitively on the PPP’s ideology in the present, Irfaan Ali was firm. “As we go forward as a party, comrade Hydar know that our party will encourage debate and discussion and try to arrive at a consensus, knowing that is not easy. After all, comrade Hydar would remember Dr Jagan has said there can’t be “all unity and no struggle” within the party”With this new “openness” Irfaan Ali was asked whether this was part of what GS Jagdeo had espoused to have many ex-PPPites return to the fold. “Definitely! I see the approach to be as broad as possible with room for healthy debate on every issue. Both young and old has an equal stake in building a party that is resilient, proactive and flexible without changing its fundamental principles. At the end of the day leaders must be able to learn and unlearn if we are to remain relevant to a drastically changing environment. What I know for sure is that in Government the PPP followed a pro-poor approach to growth and development. Wealth creation is critical for economic transformation but must simultaneously improve the stock of the poor and working class whilst reducing the gap of inequality.”last_img read more

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Supervisor to ask youths to abstain

first_img“We at Planned Parenthood also believe it’s critically important that parents speak to their teens about matters of sex, relationships and values, and that they convey information about abstinence and about how teens can protect themselves once they become sexually active,” said Mary-Jane Wagle, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. “Not giving that vital information leaves teens in the dark and leads to the kind of public health crisis that the Public Health Institute study documents.” In recent years, the number of sexually transmitted disease cases has increased substantially at the county, state and national levels, including large increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV cases, officials say. By the 12th grade, 65 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and one in five has had four or more partners, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of the diseases, known as STDs, can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and increased risk of HIV. Johanna Nestor, director of the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs at DHHS, said President Bush initiated the “Parents Speak Up” campaign in his State of the Union address in 2004, urging parents to talk to their children. “The message is to get parents to talk to their children early and often about waiting to have sex,” Nestor said. In recent decades, a national political and philosophical battle has raged over whether children should be told to wait to have sex until marriage, or instructed to use condoms to prevent STDs. Republicans have long called for abstinence education, primarily based on moral reasons. In recent years, more government funds have been dedicated to abstinence education. But for every $9 spent on sex education, only $1 is spent on abstinence education, said Moira Gaul, director of Women’s Reproductive Health at the Family Research Council, a pro-family public policy organization in Washington, D.C. “Clearly, we have an epidemic of STDs in young people,” Gaul said. “And premature adolescent sex has been associated with a number of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, substance abuse, mental health (problems), as well as increased risk for STDs and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Citing new statistics showing one in five county youth contracted sexually transmitted diseases in 2005, Burke will join others at a pro-abstinence rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. Burke, along with actress and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, gospel duo Mary Mary, comedian Michael Colyer and youths from various community-based organizations, will speak after the morning rally. The rally is designed to promote local participation in the national “Parents Speak Up” campaign, which encourages parents to initiate the conversation with their preteen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence. “It’s very important for parents to talk to their preteen and teenage children about the importance of abstinence and the risks of getting some sexually transmitted disease,” Burke said. “We realize teens are often under a great deal of pressure, but parents need to get in there first and explain the real problems.” Burke decided to call for the rally after a recent report by the Oakland-based Public Health Institute estimated more than 1million young people in the state contracted sexual diseases that cost the state more than $1 billion in 2005. In the county, about one in five young people from 15 to 24 contracted diseases that year. HEALTH: Burke decides that sex diseases require a new plan. She’ll speak at a rally. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Breaking ranks with other officials who for years have promoted condom use among the young to protect them from sexually transmitted diseases, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke today will urge youth to abstain from sex. last_img read more

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Donegal Garda gets €40k after attack by a woman in patrol car

first_imgA 36-year-old Donegal garda, who was kicked and injured by a woman in a patrol car, has been awarded damages of just under €40,000 in the High Court.Mr Justice Tony O’Connor said during a Garda Compensation hearing that Garda Sinead McBride had developed post-traumatic rotator cup tendonitis in her left shoulder following the assault. The mother-of-two suffered pain for three years and still experienced occasional twinges more than seven years after the incident.Barrister Fiona Crawford, who appeared for Garda McBride with Gallagher and Brennan Solicitors, Letterkenny, told the court Garda McBride had been kicked in the shoulder by “an aggressive and abusive” woman who had been arrested following a disturbance at a family home in August 2011.Independent.ie reports that Garda McBride, of Largenreagh, Downings, told Judge O’Connor she had been driving the local patrol car and the arrested woman had been sitting in the back and kicked her in the back of her left shoulder.She had been treated in Letterkenny Hospital and by her GP for soft tissue injuries and had been advised to do exercises and have physiotherapy.Following some time off work she had returned to light duties for a period despite having movement restrictions and pain in her shoulder and neck.Garda McBride told Ms Crawford she had suffered pain in her shoulder for more than three years and had difficulty nursing her children. At one stage when she had to undertake baton training she had aggravated her shoulder injury by having to carry a heavy shield in her left hand during the exercises.She would also suffer pain if called on to do traffic control work.Read the full report here https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/garda-who-was-kicked-and-injured-by-woman-in-patrol-car-awarded-40k-damages-37785045.htmlDonegal Garda gets €40k after attack by a woman in patrol car was last modified: February 7th, 2019 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:assaultdonegalDowningsGardapatrol carSinead McBridelast_img read more

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HURLING: MINOR BOARD RESULTS

first_imgHURLING BOARD RESULTSU 14 Round 5Dungloe/Gaothdobhair 1.4 Burt 4.1 Four Masters 5.12 Aodh Ruadh 2.2Mc Cumhaills 7.7 Setanta 5.4St. Eunans 5.9 Letterkenny Gaels 1.0Buncrana 5.10 Carndonagh 0.3 MinorAodh Ruadh 1.13 St Eunans 1.8Burt 5.9 Strabane 1.9Buncrana 0.22 Carndonagh 2.3 HURLING: MINOR BOARD RESULTS was last modified: April 18th, 2015 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:HURLINGMinor BoardResultslast_img read more

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200 ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS CUTS TO SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS

first_imgMore than 200 people turned up for the meeting.Around 200 parents, teachers and members of the community have attended a public meeting in Carndonagh to voice their concerns about severe cuts to small schools and the growing threat of forced amalgamations.The meeting, organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue, took place at Túl Na Rí last night.Father John Joe Duffy and Reverend John Deane, who have both campaigned against cuts to small and minority faith schools in Donegal, also spoke at the meeting. Deputy McConalogue told the meeting that that as a result of cuts introduced by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, schools with 1,2,3 and 4 teachers are being subjected to phased increases in their Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) over a two year period. This means that all schools with 86 pupils will have less staff, bigger classes and less funding.“Many of our local schools have been crippled by cuts to resources. The abolition of the Summer Works Scheme and the Minor Works Grant over the past two years has made a bad situation worse. On top of that, schools with less than 86 pupils are facing additional cuts to resources as Minister Quinn targets their Pupil Teacher Ratio ,” said Deputy McConalogue.“It is very clear to me that the Government’s real aim here is to force some of our local schools to amalgamate. It means that some communities here in Inishowen and across Co Donegal will ultimately lose their local school. This is completely unacceptable. It’s a highly damaging and discriminatory policy by a Dublin based Minister who has no clue of the importance of the local school to a community,” the Inishowen based Deputy said.Teachers and parents also expressed their anger at the cuts to funding that have left many local schools in serious debt. They said that the loss of the Minor Works Grant and Summer Works Scheme over a two year period left a major hole in school finances and it was being left up to parents to plug the gap and raise much needed funds. “The Government’s lack of commitment to supporting local schools is appalling. We are only talking about the basic funds required to keep a school open. Although the Minister has reinstated the Minor Works and Summer Works grants this year, this is only on a once-off basis and the funding remains extremely low. We need a commitment from him that these two vital grants will be reinstated permanently,” said Deputy McConalogue.“We also need clarity from the Minister about the future of our local schools. The very existence of minority faith schools in Co Donegal is under threat due to Minister Quinn’s cuts. And all Donegal schools with less than 50 pupils could face closure. I am urging Minister Quinn to reverse his targeted cuts to the Pupil Teacher Ratio in smaller schools, to publish the Value for Money Review, and to come clean on his plans in relation to our small schools,” the local Deputy said. 200 ATTEND MEETING TO DISCUSS CUTS TO SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEPUTY CHARLIE MCCONLAOGUEInishowenschool cutslast_img read more

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NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ GALA DANCE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgThe New York ‘Mary from Dungloe’ Irish Gala Dance will take place on Saturday, May 17, at St. Joseph’s School Auditorium, 28-46 44th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York. Admission $45.00 pp. For tickets/table reservations, please call 718-361-1847 or 914-552-8110 mcculknit@hotmail.comHot Buffet, Beer/Wine Open Bar/Super Raffle Prizes A warm ‘thank you’ for your loyal support. NEW YORK ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ GALA DANCE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 16th, 2014 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) Tags:Mary From Dungloenew yorklast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MARY BOYLE DISAPPEARANCE

first_imgA 64 year old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Mary Boyle.Mary BoyleThe man was arrested in the Midlands this morning and is being questioned by Gardai.Mary went missing in Ballyshannon in 1977 while visiting the home of relatives in Cashelard. The man is being questioned at Mullingar Garda station and can be questioned for 24 hours without being charged.It follows a recent review of the case by Gardai.It is believed the man has been arrested for alleged kidnapping.Ann Boyle, missing Mary’s twin sister said: “I have heard from nobody. I am shocked that there has been an arrest in the case. I had no idea there were any developments in my twins disappearance.” It is the first time anybody has been arrested in relation to the case.Gardaí have issued the following statement.Following new evidence being discovered by the Review Team based in the Northern Region that has been investigating the disappearance of Mary Boyle in March 1977.A man aged 64 has today been arrested by An Garda Síochána for alleged kidnapping.The man has been detained for questioning in Mullingar Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and is currently being questioned. He can be detained for up to 24 hours. As well as the investigation at the time there have been two reviews by An Garda Síochána into Mary’s disappearance.The latest began in 2011 and is being undertaken by a Review Team from the Northern Region.The Review team has to date conducted a significant investigation that has involved interviewing a wide range of people and undertaking a number of searches with the assistance of forensic and geology experts.Its investigation is ongoing. Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner Northern Region Kieran Kenny said: “We are appealing for anyone with any information on the circumstances around Mary’s disappearance to contact us.Even something that people may have thought was insignificant at the time could help us advance the continuing investigation.”A family liaison officer has been continuously liaising with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, to keep her informed of developments including today’s arrest.BREAKING NEWS: MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MARY BOYLE DISAPPEARANCE was last modified: October 21st, 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:arrestBalyshannondonegalMARY BOYLElast_img read more

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Man caught ‘diffing’ while going wrong way on roundabout

first_imgA young man who was driving the wrong way around a roundabout while ‘diffing’ in Letterkenny has been ordered to do a safer driving course.On June 19th last, Gardai witnessed a black Lexus car diffing at Mountain Top in Letterkenny.It came close to impacting with an oncoming car. Gardai activated their sirens and stopped the driver who was Dylan Parker.Gardai realised that Parker had no insurance on the vehicle and did not hold a driving license.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett told the court that it was Rally Weekend and that his client suffered a “rush of blood to the head.”He said Parker was employed on a full-time basis with a construction firm in Dublin and needed his driving license for how work. Mr Hartnett said his client apologised and it was an act of “extreme stupidity.”He added that Parker came from a well-known local family and it was a once off event which would not happen again.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 19th next and order Parker to complete the Pro Social Drivers Course and to maker a donation of €200 to complete the course.But he warned Parker’s solicitor “I am not making any promises.”Man caught ‘diffing’ while going wrong way on roundabout was last modified: October 4th, 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)last_img read more

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Cole may keep options open with City and United keen – report

first_imgReal Madrid and Paris ­Saint-Germain are to open talks with Ashley Cole about a ­summer move, according to the Sunday Mirror.It is claimed both clubs are willing to offer the Chelsea star a three-year contract but that he may keep his options open, with Manchester United and Manchester City apparently monitoring the situation.There has been speculation about Cole’s future as his contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge.The Sunday Mirror also say Chelsea believe they will sign striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid for £40m, while the Sunday Telegraph suggest the Blues are now favourites to sign Newcastle’s Demba Ba.And the Sunday People say Chelsea will have to wait until the summer if they want Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle, as the German club have apparently refused to sell him in January.Meanwhile, QPR want to sign Mevlut Erdinc from French club Rennes, the People say.It is claimed R’s boss Harry Redknapp is keen to capture the forward along with Joe Cole and West Ham’s Mohamed Diame.Everton’s ­Sylvain Distin is again linked with a move to Loftus Road, this time by the Sunday Mirror, who suggest he is a back-up option if Rangers fail to land Tottenham’s Michael Dawson.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ohio 4-H member wins National Tractor Championship

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tanner Inkrott of Leipsic in Putnam County won the Tractor competition at the National Youth Engineering Challenge. The event was hosted by Purdue University, Sept. 27-29, at Lafayette, Ind. TheTanner Inkrott of Putnam County4-H competitors and parents participated in workshops at the Purdue College of Engineering, and toured a Caterpillar plant, which manufactures huge diesel engines.Tanner is a sophomore at Miller City High School where he is taking engineering prep classes and is in FFA. The Inkrott family (Fred and Rhonda) farms 250 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans, and they feed 200 beef cattle and a few hogs.Tanner has been driving tractors since he was eight years old. The farm has two Allis-Chalmers tractors and a couple of New Hollands. His driving skills paid off because with five components in the contest, he had the best scores in maneuvering a two-wheel trailer and a four-wheel wagon.last_img read more

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