Holder flies to Costa Rica to discuss support for agriculture

first_imgAgriculture Minister Noel HolderEnhanced agricultural cooperation is in the making between the Governments of Guyana and Costa Rica.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on Monday departed for Costa Rica on official Government business to discuss agricultural priorities of the two countries.According to the statement issued by the Agriculture Ministry, some areas up for discussion are the systematic, participatory, and organised approach to dealing with agriculture in the Region; support for the development of medium- and long-term objectives, enabling each country to achieve its development goals and to look at the international vision for dealing with global phenomena related to agriculture and rural life.There will also be discussions on the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Country Strategy 2014-2018.The objective of the visit is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector, strengthen agriculture’s contribution to the development of territories and the well-being of the rural population, and improve agricultural capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change.Holder is accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), Nigel Cumberbatch and General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), Ida Sealey-Adams.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgIt was a quiet weekend in terms of football and the only activity at the club was the Og sport Seven a side on Bank holiday Monday.Under 15 teams from Termon, Buncrana, Muff, Mac Cumhaills and Glenswilly were in attendance and it was a fantastic days football with some quality players on show. Our boys didnt make it through but did fantastic to get that far.The Mothers and Others group had their first meeting at the training pitch last Wednesday and good numbers turned up on the evening, the group will continue to meet every Wednesday at the training pitch from 8 to 9pm. There is also a walking group meeting there at the same time. It is a great social group and an opportunity to meet others.Any queries contact Elaine Mc Fadden on 086 1611240. Due to the Donegal match the Under 13 girls have no training this week. We would like to wish our Under10s all the best this coming Saturday when they travel to Dublin for a competition at Fingal GAA Club and they will also be attending the match in Croke Park thus an exciting day for them all.The annual Summer Camp will take place from August 20th to 22nd at the Clubhouse, places are very limited so to get your names in contact Karen on 0863827312.The Under 16 boys are in the league semi final at home to Carndonagh on Monday August 11th at 7.30pm. Well done to Cormac Callaghan and the Donegal Minor team on reaching the All Ireland Semis where they face Dublin, hopefully Neil and Michael will follow suit with a victory over Armagh next Saturday.The Club had a fantastic evening last Monday when we had the Two County Boys along with the Ulster Cups in a meet and greet at the Clubhouse. Great numbers turned up for photos and anyone looking for their photo can contact Geraldine Diver on 086 0741551. Unfortunately Cormac was unable to attend due to County training, but again thanks to Michael and Neil for their time and patcience on the evening. GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: August 5th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Dual Citizenship Striptease

first_imgIndian babus are to a good idea what a pin prick is to a bubble. A proposal to introduce parity between Non Resident Indians (NRIs) – Indian citizens living overseas – and overseas citizens of India (OCIs) – typically Indian origin foreign citizens – has become mired in the endless and mindless bureaucratic maze of various ministries invited to comment on it.The proposal, drafted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, seeks to extend to OCIs the same benefits as NRIs in such areas as investment, employment and property rights. Mind you, it seeks parity not with Indian residents, but NRIs. However, several ministries are resisting the proposal.The same tired arguments advanced two years ago to kill dual citizenship are again being trotted out to gut the new bill. Overseas Indians will recall that after tantalizing them for years with a much-ballyhooed offer of dual citizenship, the Indian government reneged on the promise, instead adopting a bogus and misleading “overseas Indian citizenship” card, which explicitly ruled out dual citizenship. Security considerations were cited at the time against extending dual nationality to overseas Indians, notwithstanding the fact that roughly half the countries in the world permit it, including some that are most sensitive to security matters, such as the United States.The new mutation was the OCI card, a form of glorified People of Indian Origin (PIO) card introduced earlier, fashioned after the U.S. green card. The OCI card does not entitle its holder to a passport, but like the alien card its holder does not need to secure a visa for travel to India or to register in India during extended stays, which other foreign nationals are required to do.The promise of dual citizenship for all overseas Indians was first pared down to just 16 countries, principally Western, predicated partly on the plausible logic that dual nationality was viable only in countries that themselves permitted it. After the babus batted that around for two years, dual citizenship was dropped entirely and the OCI card introduced with a publicity campaign that it was dual citizenship in all but name.However, as details, and later the forms and process, trickled out, it became clear that the OCI card was a sad consolation prize for the failed promise. Now the babus are chipping away at whatever remains of the OCI card. The home ministry wants to preserve a distinction between NRIs and OCIs in the strategic financial sector; the Department of Economic Affairs wants to distinguish between the two in the acquisition and transfer of property in India, while the Revenue Department is objecting that income tax and wealth tax benefits available to NRIs should not be extended to OCIs. The ministry of health and human welfare, likewise, wants restrictions on foreign educated physicians practicing in India.The bottom line of all this hand wringing is that the only tangible benefit of the OCI card is that it serves as a lifelong travel visa. Even green card holders in the United States enjoy more rights and privileges than holders of OCI cards. Certainly in the areas of investment, employment and property rights, alien residents in the United States have many of the same privileges as U.S. citizens. One would think that, at minimum, for people the Indian government is proposing dual nationality could be afforded at least the same privileges Indian citizens with a U.S. green card are entitled to in the United States.Instead, the OCI card is emasculated every time another layer masking it is peeled away.Any surprise that under 1 percent of the eligible 24 million overseas Indians have bothered to even apply for it?     Related Itemslast_img read more