Govt defends decision as PPP predicts recipe for disaster

first_imgDelinking environment from Natural Resources MinistryGovernment is defending its decision to establish a separate department with responsibility for the environment while the parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) predicts disaster.State Minister Joseph HarmonMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, chairing this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing, disclosed that the move to remove overview of the environment sector from the Natural Resources Ministry was to lessen the responsibilities which lie on the shoulders of the subject Minister Raphael Trotman.He explained that in so doing, it will alleviate potential conflicts which often existed between the simultaneous management of the extractive industries and the environment.In this vein, President David Granger made the decision to have responsibility of the environment be handed over to a Department of the Environment under the Ministry of the Presidency, since a number of environmental areas, including the Office of Climate Change, are already there.Prompted for a comment on this development, PPP/C Chief Whip and Executive Member Gail Teixeira laughed at the apparent indecisiveness of the Government in outlining how it wants its ministries to function.Making reference to the many changes in Ministries and transfers of Ministers since the coalition’s assumption to office, Teixeira sarcastically declared that the reigning confusion was making it challenging to keep track of who was responsible for which sector of the country.On a more serious note, however, she explained that these constant changes are a demonstration of ineptitude and an undermining of the public service.“They (public servants) like to know where they are, they like to know their supervisors, they like continuity, they don’t like that one morning you wake up and you are with this minister, the next morning you wake up and you’re with another minister and then suddenly you are moving back; you then find yourself making arrangements to move to another building and then suddenly you moving back to another building. This is a recipe for disaster in a public service,” she stated.Teixeira added that the situation could also arise where important files go missing as a result of the numerous moves.Furthermore, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall pointed out that this move will result in financial chaos in the accounting system.“Because we had a national budget where the National Assembly approves line items situated under a particular ministry and now it is cut in half or quarter and transferred over…there are financial implications on how they will account for the money and without parliamentary scrutiny. That is why these abrupt changes are minimised because it leads to mismanagement,” he explained.last_img read more

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Watch: Dylan Murray astounds fans with his version of classic card trick

first_imgIreland’s Dynamo has released his latest magic video, in which he performs his version of the classic trick called 673 King Street.Dylan Murray from Burtonport has astounded people with his videos of unbelievable magic tricks and illusions which are seemingly unexplainable.673 King Street requires incredible shuffling and sleight of hand skills. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Dylan said; “this was the very first trick I performed online and that’s where it began a year ago.”“I am now performing mentalism also – the summer is going to be a very busy time!”To keep up to date with Dylan you can like his Facebook page.Watch: Dylan Murray astounds fans with his version of classic card trick was last modified: April 2nd, 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:673 king streetCard TrickDylan Murrayvideolast_img read more

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Supreme Court suggests Centre to make sports a fundamental right

first_imgKeeping in view the benefits and importance of sports in life, Kanishk Pandey, a worker of a sports- based NGO known as ‘Sports: A way of life’, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).In the filed PIL, as represented by advocates Siddharth Dave and Rajiv Kumar Dubey, he asked the Supreme Court to consider Sports as a Fundamental Right under section 21A (Right to education).What are the Fundamental Rights? The Fundamental Rights are the basic human rights of all citizens, defined in Part III of the ConstitutionThese rights are applied throughout the nation irrespective of race, place of birth, religion, caste, creed or sexSome basic fundamental rights: Right to EqualityRight to FreedomRight to Freedom of ReligionCultural and Educational RightsRight to Constitutional RemediesAbout the petition:The petition puts forward the view that Sports and education go together and contribute to the overall development of a child.”Their confidence and patience level will also be strong through sports activities and competition involved in sports,” the petition said.The petition has also requested the court to instruct the government to promote and organize sports and also to make it a part of the school curriculum.Action by the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to revert within the period of four weeks.The Court has also issued a notice to the State governments, University Grants Commission, Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Ministry of Finance, and Sports Authority of India regarding the same matter.advertisementRead: No change in exam system for JEE Advanced, decides 52nd council meeting of IITsAlso read: Delhi govt warns schools about recognition loss, principals to face action for compromising on ‘student safety’last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A8s Infinity-O display glass leaks, shows cutout for selfie camera

first_imgThe Galaxy A8s has been in the news for a few weeks now because it is tipped as the first phone to launch with Samsung’s new Infinity-O display. This is one of the many displays Samsung has been working on and it is unique because it will bring a cutout for a selfie camera, which is something we haven’t seen before. Last week, some renders of the Galaxy A8s surfaced that showed us what the device with the new Infinity-O display will look like. Now, we have a live image of the alleged screen protector that gives us an up-close look at the cutout.The latest leak comes from tipster Ice Universe on Twitter who posted an image of the screen protector of the Galaxy A8s. It shows a round cutout on the top left corner, which is where the selfie camera will be placed under the panel. The idea of the Infinity-O display is to remove the need for a notch so the top bezel is almost non-existent. Samsung is working on separate Infinity-U and Infinity-V displays for the notch.It may be the world’s first hole in the screen smartphone: Galaxy A8s pic.twitter.com/dBQfgUXed2Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 24, 2018The cutout means the display will have to work around the selfie camera, so we are yet to see if this is less distracting or less intrusive than having a notch. Unlike the notch that can be hidden via software, the cutout cannot be hidden. The Galaxy A8s is expected to be the first phone to sport the Infinity-O display when it comes out in January, but there are rumours that the Galaxy S10 will also get this display panel.advertisementThe latest leak once again tells us nothing more about the upcoming Galaxy A8s. As per paast reports, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. It may also ship with Android 9 Pie with the new One UI on top that will be optimised for the cutout display.last_img read more

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