Caretaker President fires 6 diplomats

first_img…yet denies degutting foreign serviceSix Guyanese diplomats who served in foreign states were fired by the David Granger-led Administration but the President downplayed the issue on Wednesday, saying that his Administration’s actions were “just a planned change”.This newspaper understands that those terminated are Hamley Case, who was posted in the United Kingdom; Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop, stationed in the twin-island republic Trinidad and Tobago; Clarissa Riehl, who was posted in Canada; Bayney Karran in China, Cheryl Miles in Venezuela, and JR Deep Ford in Switzerland. Riehl had taken the Government to task in 2016, when Attorney General Basil Williams attempted to take control of a plot of land she owns at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown under the Acquisition of Lands for Public Purposes Act. Efforts to contact the diplomats for comments on Wednesday proved futile.President David GrangerAlong with the recalled diplomats, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audrey Waddell was replaced by a permanent secretary. She is cited as one of the newest recruits for a diplomatic position outside of Guyana.On the sidelines of an event at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday, the President downplayed the situation by insisting that it was the Government’s intention to recruit new diplomats who have reached the eligible requirements. According to him, there is no ‘shakeup’.Hamley Case“There has been no shakeup. At the start of my presidency, I had made it clear that the Ambassadors who would be appointed would be there for only three years and that with my Government’s intention to professionalise the foreign service, that is to say, to reduce or remove political appointees and to allow career officers who had been recruited as diplomats and have been trained and educated as diplomats, to be diplomats,” Granger said.Clarissa RiehlHe further asserted that the Guyanese Ambassadors and High Commissioners were aware of this intention.This decision, he said, was made after the elections were announced for March 2, 2020.“It so happened that the contracts of many of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners expired during the time there was some uncertainty about when elections would be held and as a result of that uncertainty, some of the changes were not made. But when it became certain that elections wouldn’t be held until March 2020, a decision was taken to proceed with those changes. So it is not a shakeup.JR Deep FordIt is a planned change and the Ambassadors and High Commissioners knew that the intention of the Government has always been to professionalise the service”.Bayney KarranAfter news of the recall spread last week, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had contended that Government is a caretaker mode, and, therefore, has no authority to make such decisions.However, the President contended, “There is no change really, it is a smooth transition from having political appointees as head of Guyanese missions to having professional Ambassadors and High Commissioners…I do not see that it would have any impact that is negative for this country because it is typical in most countries to have professional Foreign Service officers”.Bishwaishwar RamsaroopGranger, meanwhile, confirmed that Waddell was moved from her portfolio. But the President insisted that she has been earmarked for a foreign post. It was his decision to replace her with the Permanent Secretary.However, while Granger points to the fact that he wants professionalise the foreign service, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed is not a career diplomat but his services have been retained.Cheryl Mileslast_img read more

Business is blooming for star gardener Paddy with new Letterkenny store

first_imgPaddy McDermott, one of Donegal’s best-known gardening talents, is enjoying great growth in his business ventures.Paddy, who is from Burt, has had an exciting summer as the winner of RTE’s Super Garden Viewers’ Choice Award. He was Donegal’s first finalist in the TV competition, which saw cameras coming to Letterkenny to film him transforming a local family’s garden.And now Paddy is putting down roots in Letterkenny with a second branch of his Creative Landscaping Works store. The official opening will take place on Saturday 17th August and it promises to be a fun day out for all with special offers. Alongside his popular store in Bridgend, Paddy’s Letterkenny store offers everything you could need to design your dream garden with ease.Watch the video below for a tour of the brand new store:He was also recently awarded a coveted Business All Star Accreditation, which is an independently verified standard mark for businesses based on rigorous selection criteria; performance, trust and customer centricity.With Paddy’s expertise, you can get help to make your garden an attractive space to relax and play. Creative Landscaping Works is the north west’s leading artificial grass supplier, providing premium quality synthetic green grass 365 days a year. Which means no mowing! They also sell Tobermore concrete block paving and paving flags/slabs, which come with a 25 year guarantee. Get your paving sealers and outdoor cleaning products in store.And for the little ones, Creative Landscaping Works specialised in outdoor playframes and fun. Find playframes, trampolines, swings, goal posts and more to suit any garden size at the stores. There is a wide range of playframe accessories available, from swing seats, slides, handles, climbing rocks, telescopes, steering wheels and more.Paddy McDermott at the new Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyThey also have great quality garden furniture, seating and firepits to create a relaxing area for winding down outside. Plus, you’ll find artificial plants and hedges for hassle-free designing.Paddy has it all in the Creative Landscaping stores, with hand tools and DIY equipment including screws, nails and fixings all under one roof. And you can get the best advice from the team on how to make the most of your space.Creative Landscaping Works LetterkennyCiaran at Creative Landscaping Works BridgendCreative Landscaping Works LetterkennyDavid at Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyWhy not call into the grand opening of the new store at Lisnennan Letterkenny for a browse of all the stock. The opening party will feature family fun events and an environmentally friendly car exhibition. Plus, customers can book into a free one day design clinic taking place on Saturday – call 087 937 9967 to get booked in now.With Highland Radio broadcasting from 12noon, it’s sure to be a fun day out. Paddy and the team are looking forward to welcoming everyone.Follow Creative Landscaping Works on Facebook for regular offers and updates from Letterkenny and BridgendPaddy McDermott at the new Creative Landscaping Works, Lisnennan LetterkennyBusiness is blooming for star gardener Paddy with new Letterkenny store was last modified: August 12th, 2019 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:Businesscreative landscaping worksGardeningOutdoorPaddy McDermottStoresuper gardenlast_img read more