PPP questions Govt plan for Amerindians with Norway funds

first_imgNTC Conference 2018– says no word on resources being used for Amerindian development As the National Toshaos Council (NTC) 2018 Conference gets underway today, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has raised concerns that Government has not made any reference to funds being made available for developmental programmes for the Amerindian communities, be it community development plans, or any other developmental works in those communities.The opening of the NTC last yearThe Opposition said that it was particularly worrying as the Government’s abandonment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), and the initiatives designed to enhance national, and in particular, Amerindian development, has destroyed long years of work at all levels.“The Government’s often-mooted, vague Green growth strategy remains locked away in some backroom office, with snippets emerging infrequently as to what it will contain. Consultations across the country and with national stakeholders are still being awaited after three years,” the PPP said in a statement.The Opposition argued that under the LCDS, programmes were identified, including multi-year projects, the Amerindian Titling Project and the Amerindian Development Fund, which are fully funded, but have been stagnated due to coalition Government’s reluctance to move on these issues.They said, “The Government does not appear to share a common position with the Toshaos and the communities on an inclusive national development agenda. One cannot see any major intervention or innovation to address these issues since the change of Government.”It also made reference to Vice President and Indigenous Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who admitted before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources that no titles, or extensions of lands to Amerindian communities had been issued in the last three years.Further, the Opposition said it has noticed that ‘Free Prior and Informed Consent’ has been repeatedly honoured in the breach; one of the most glaring examples is the decision by the Government to establish the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Lands.“The promise by the Government to the NTC a year ago to put on hold the CoI’s examination of issues relating to Amerindian lands, pending discussions with the NTC, has been stalemated with no follow-up meetings and no amendment of the gazetted terms of reference to exclude the CoI’s continued scrutiny of all Amerindian communal lands titling,” it also noted.Local authorityAnother newer and even more worrying development, according to the PPP, has been the intrusive role of the Government in the declaration of new Local Authority Areas in Amerindian titled lands in violation of the 2006 Amerindian Act and the amendment to the Local Democratic Act 2006 which “removed any council established in an Amerindian community” from inclusion in LAAs.“This newer challenge is very serious. The Amerindian governance structure is separate and distinct layer from the LAAs. Without notice or consultations, the Government included Amerindian villages and communities in gazetted orders to establish these new LAAs.”Describing them as impositions on the Amerindian people, the PPP said it revealed the scant respect the Government held for the people and their elected leaders. Maicobe’s and Campbelltown’s opposition to their inclusion in the new township of Mahdia is striking.“We hope their voices will be heard and obeyed. The new Annai NDC is a glaring violation of the Amerindian Act with several titled villages becoming a Neighbourhood Democratic Council.”As such, the Party said it hoped that the NTC will ensure that there was clarity and commitment by the Government on these and other issues including the proposed amendments to the 2006 Amerindian Act. The PPP said it hoped that the revision of this Act does not harm Amerindian rights and ensures that there is the widest possible consultation in the communities across the country.It said the Government has failed to propose an alternative for the Hinterland Household Electrification Programme and after four to five years of the solar systems installed by the PPP Government, there is no maintenance plans to provide new batteries. It said communities that were listed and expecting to receive their solar systems in 2015 were still waiting as this project appeared to be abandoned by the Government.The US$17 million hinterland ICT programme, from the PPP’s LCDS, was also diverted to other targeted beneficiaries and the industrial solar units acquired for the computer hubs in 100 Amerindian villages were diverted for executive use, yet another blow to the Amerindian development agenda.“We anticipate that many of these issues, including many other concerns, will be deliberated on by and among the NTC participants as well as in the presence of the Government. As the week of discussions unfolds, it is critical for the Toshaos, Councillors and other representatives to recognise that you have two powerful instruments at your disposal – the Guyana Constitution and the 2006 Amerindian Act.”The Party reiterated that at the conclusion of the 2018 National Toshaos Conference, it hoped that there were clear and unequivocal commitments from the Government that land rights would be protected, that the principle of ‘free prior and informed consent’ will be followed in every case in their interaction with the Amerindian communities; that agreed-on projects for the development of communities will be accelerated, and delivered in a timely manner, and, that resources are allocated to assist the flood- affected communities in Regions Seven, Eight and Nine.last_img read more

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Early deficit puts end to Colony’s dream season

first_imgLONG BEACH – The ball was slippery. The officials called a tight game. The arena was big and imposing. And for a team as young as the Colony High School girls, all that was too much to overcome on such a big stage. “We let our age show,” Colony coach Roger Anderson said. “We didn’t have that quick passion that we normally do.” Nervous and jittery at the start, the Titans never gave themselves a chance. Colony star Amani Butler said she and her teammates didn’t have any butterflies before the game, but the flutters arrived once they hit the floor. That was immediately evident. Colony (18-13) had about as many turnovers as there were waves on the beach, to the tune of 20 in the first half (31 for the game). Silverado, which had 18 turnovers of its own, was credited with 22 steals. “The ball was really slippery,” Butler said. “It was hard to keep it in your hands.” Photo Gallery: Silverado vs. Colony The Titans fell 64-52 to Victorville Silverado in the CIF-Southern Section DivisionIII-A title game on Saturday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, ending a terrific late-season push. center_img Anderson said he complained to the officials about the ball’s texture, and said they acknowledged it was slippery. But he was told there was nothing that could be done about it. Meanwhile, as Silverado (22-7) built a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Titans were finding themselves in foul trouble. Four Colony players already had at least two fouls with four minutes left in the first half, and Butler picked up her third with 2:51 to go before halftime. Strangely enough, Colony picked that point to start a comeback. Led by freshman Haley White, the Titans cut the lead to 34-30 over the next 80 seconds. But Colony couldn’t get any closer, and the margin grew to seven at halftime, then 13 just moments into the third quarter. Silverado led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter. “We went up early and kept them on their heels,” Silverado coach Tyrone Brown said. “These girls showed they can play basketball with anybody.” Colony had showed the same thing, at least until Saturday. The Titans’ playoff run included three double-digit victories, including an 18-point semifinal win and a 50-point second-round victory. Not bad for a team that has more freshmen in the starting lineup (two) than seniors (one). Still, Anderson wasn’t thinking about the future. “Our expectation was to finish this off,” he said. “For some reason, we just came out flat.” Senior Laquisha Robinson led Colony with 13 points, and White added 11. Camille Buckley also pitched in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans. Ashley Richie paced all scorers with 19 points and nine steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ancelotti poised to take over as Napoli coach

first_imgThe 58-year-old Ancelotti and Italian film producer De Laurentiis are finalising details of a three-year contract.Corriere dello Sport reported that everything was now in place for Ancelotti to take over the southern side, but only if Maurizio Sarri decides to leave the club.Contact between De Laurentiis and the former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach has been ongoing for weeks amid the indecision of Sarri, who has a contract with Napoli until 2020.Sarri indicated last Sunday that he was ready to leave the Serie A side he joined in 2015 after finishing runners-up for the second time in three seasons behind Juventus.Ancelotti, who also had spells in charge of Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach. He has also won the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.He was reported to have recently turned down the opportunity to coach the Italian national side to stay in club football.Sarri, meanwhile, has been linked with English side Chelsea.The 59-year-old former banker was also reported to have been contacted by Zenit Saint Petersburg, with the Russian club able to pay his eight-million-euro ($9.4 million) release clause.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlo Ancelotti is reported to be set to be appointed Napoli coach © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, May 23 – Former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over as Napoli coach, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.Ancelotti, who was sacked by the Bundesliga champions last September, was reported to be holding talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in Rome on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Homelessness on the rise in the San Gabriel Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “All the police departments along the 10 Freeway, the 210, the 60, are seeing that because those are the major arteries out of downtown L.A. They take the bus and head east,” he said. But Reyes estimated that 60percent to 65 percent of the local homeless population is from the San Gabriel Valley, or even West Covina. “They started their lives within five miles of the city,” he said. Among the more than 1.6 million people in the San Gabriel Valley, the 2007 countywide Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority count found the numbers had grown from 25,000 homeless annually in 2005 to 27,000 now. That increase bucks the national and local trends. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week that there are fewer chronically homeless on the streets, “for the first time ever.” LAHSA’s local homelessness count found more than 13,000 fewer homeless people countywide per year than in their 2005 count. Efforts to clean up Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles are pushing some of that area’s homeless population into the San Gabriel Valley, local officials say. West Covina police Officer David Reyes estimates there are 80 to 120 homeless people in his city. “During the summer we saw a big influx, and the reason for that is all of the new construction going on downtown around Skid Row,” Reyes said. People from other service agencies and the homeless people he has talked to also tell him the homeless are being pushed out. Some police agencies and homeless service providers in the San Gabriel Valley say they aren’t seeing drastic changes, but others have noticed the influx. In Hacienda Heights, the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless is also seeing more people, said Emergency Assistance Center Director Colleen Castellano. “It’s not just a slight increase, it’s really jumped,” Castellano said. “I used to average about 180 to 200 clients a month. Now I’m seeing anywhere from 250 to 300 clients a month, since last winter.” Panhandling has also increased, she said. “Right now, people are reaching into their pockets (to help) because they’re not used to it,” Castellano said. “When they find that it’s being abused, they’ll be less receptive.” But not everyone is feeling the increase. At the sheriff’s Industry station, where Deputy Paul Archambault of the Community Oriented Policing Bureau has overseen several outreach efforts to help the homeless, there’s no notable shift in the population, he said. “We will run into people who will have a Skid Row address,” Archambault said. “If you question them, they may have grown up in Hacienda Heights or Industry or another (local) city, and then gone to Skid Row and come back again.” In Baldwin Park, police Lt. Dave Reynoso said he hasn’t noticed an increase, and at the West Covina Access Center, program manager Maria Baber-Smith says their figures have actually decreased. “I would say that the incidence of homelessness is on the rise, and that’s because incomes and market rate rents are not compatible, and many families are not able to pay their rents,” Baber-Smith said. “So yes, homelessness is increasing, but not drastically here.” Reyes estimates that about 20 to 25 percent of West Covina’s homeless population are recent transplants from Skid Row, including people who used to live in and people who are new to the area. “They feel safer here,” Reyes said. One homeless man, originally from El Monte and West Covina, actually began taking daily bus trips from a shelter on Skid Row back to the San Gabriel Valley before he was recently placed in a local shelter, Reyes said. “He said people are more generous here,” Reyes said. “He says he goes to the mission in L.A. every day, then he’ll commute out here to where he feels safe, panhandle until he has enough money for food for the day, then head back home.” Reyes struggled with whether local residents should be upset about that. “I don’t know,” Reyes said. “They should be bothered that someone has to do this.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Divock Origi’s injury is ‘serious’

first_img1 Divock Origi scored in the 4-0 win before he was stretchered off Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted Divock Origi’s injury is ‘serious’, but it does not mean he will be out for the rest of the season. The Reds striker was stretchered off during the Merseyside victory over Everton, after Ramiro Funes Mori’s red-card challenge in the second half. But the German believes it will not be season-ending. Liverpool have five Premier League games remaining, plus at least two Europa League matches. Origi will be a big miss, having scored five goals in his last five outings. “It is serious, but we will try everything,” said Klopp of the Belgium international’s injury.“The season is not over, without taking any risk for the player.“I am long enough in this to know we are all different, all individuals.“A long time ago I had an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament injury) and I played after four months. No-one could believe it worked, but I never had a problem.“Why should we say now the season is over when we still believe there can be a few games?”center_img The boss confirms @DivockOrigi’s injury is serious but doesn’t believe his season is over.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 22, 2016last_img read more

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Sheriff’ staffing still off

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McSweeney estimates it will take two years to recruit and train enough deputies to staff all the county’s jails and sheriff’s stations. “We’ve got about 8,300 deputies now, and we’re about 1,000 light,” he said. “We are filling up the academy with good candidates, but getting the right people and getting them trained takes time. “Probably half of what we graduate (from the academy) is to cover attrition, and, during the good times, we usually hire enough people every year to keep almost all the positions filled,” McSweeney said. About 400 deputies retire every year, according to McSweeney, and two years of a hiring freeze stretched the department thin. In addition, deputies and staff usually assigned to recruitment and training were moved to other duties. After two years of budget cuts and hiring freezes in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Board of Supervisors in September announced with much fanfare that they were spending $10 million to fill the sheriff’s depleted ranks. Additionally, the department announced that community policing teams pulled three years ago from Whittier, Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights would be restored. But after three months, the department is still about 12 percent short of a full staff of deputies, according to Bill McSweeney, chief of the sheriff’s leadership and training division. In the San Gabriel Valley alone, stations are still short about 69 deputies, according to statistics. Getting background checks and training programs rolling again took time, McSweeney said. “We literally had to go in and clean and dust classrooms that hadn’t been used in a while,” McSweeney said. The Sheriff’s Department is competing with all other area law-enforcement agencies, which also have recently ramped up recruitment efforts. Part of the shortage might also be attributed to the fact that many of the best candidates are serving with the U.S. military in Iraq, sheriff’s officials said. In the Whittier area, the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station has 21 vacancies and the Norwalk Station is short six officers. Chief Marvin Cavanaugh, who in command of sheriff’s stations in eastern Los Angeles County, said the news is not as bad as it seems. “Deputy vacancies at a station does not necessarily mean there is a shortage in patrol operations (the actual field work),” he wrote in an e-mail. The last two years, the department cut down on the number of desk jobs, such as watch commanders and detectives, and reassigned deputies to patrol, he said. The department used overtime hours to make sure every station had enough patrol deputies, he said. But, Norwalk Station Capt. Ralph Webb said that constant overtime work can be tiring for deputies. “Under-staffing hurts patrol the most,” said Webb. “The vast majority of our 159 deputies are patrol deputies. They have to do a tremendous amount of overtime just to fill our commitment to Norwalk, La Mirada and unincorporated Whittier. A lot of people are getting tired of working all the overtime.” Pico Rivera Station Capt. Irma Becerra said that under-staffing is demoralizing for deputies. “Under-staffing stops movement for deputies to get elite assignments as detectives or in homicide,” Becerra said. “In order for there to be movement, deputies have to move from the jails to a station. Then, they have to apply for a more specialized job.” Less deputies coming from jails into stations means less promotions for officers. “It’s a little bit demoralizing for deputies,” she said. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at ben.baeder@sgvn.com. Sandy Mazza can be reached at Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at sandy.mazza@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES!

first_imgIt may be a small Donegal school but it is going big places in national competitions.Cloughfin NS are going to see Google!Cloughfin N.S., situated in a rural setting between Ballindrait, Castlefinn and Raphoe, might be a small two teacher school but this has not impeded them from excelling in two national competitions.Pupils and staff were thrilled to hear that their school’s website has once again been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards for the Best School Website category. There are only seven primary schools from all over Ireland that have been shortlisted in this category. Pupils will attend the Awards Cermony in none other than Google’s European Headquarters in The Foundry at Google in Dublin on Tuesday the 29th of April.Principal Fiona Farry said “Pupils are so excited at the prospect of traveling to this spectacular venue. It will be an amazing experience for them. Our school website www.cloughfinns.com showcases the huge amount of hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff in our school. We are the only primary school in Co. Donegal to be shortlisted and are delighted to hear that a group of students from St. Eunan’s College (post primary school) in Letterkenny have also been shortlisted for their project in the Best web design category http://www.optimalf1.com/ ”The school’s website.But wait, there is more. 5th and 6th class pupils have also topped the polls in a National Maths Competition for the months of February and March and are currently in pole position overall as the end of the challenge approaches on May 16th. TD Joe Mc Hugh presented them with there Mathletes Cup for winning the National February Challenge. http://www.mathletes.ie is the brainchild of Junior Minister for Education Ciarán Cannon and Sean O Sullivan, Sos Ventures and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den (RTE) and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Mr. O Sullivan tweeted the following ” Sean OSullivan @sosventuresBiggest little underdog Primary School in #Ireland @MATHletes_ie Cloughfin NS in Lifford, Co. Donegal http://mathletes.ie/leaderboards-schools-march/ … #Superhuman ”Pupils master maths skills online using Khan Academy in school and at home. It is amazing to see how much time they spend learning maths at home and even during the school holidays! http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/khando-approach-rips-up-the-rule-book-on-learning-by-rote-30193088.htmlIf the students retain their overall lead on May 16th, they will be presented with their award and a grant to purchase technology for their school at the eXCITE Global Digital Learning Conference, in Dublin on May 31st. http://www.excited.ie/Great see the Donegal Flag flying high again at National Level!!Http:/www.cloughfinns.com or follow the school on Twitter @CloughfinNs A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES! was last modified: April 27th, 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:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalGooglelast_img read more

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Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift

first_imgDonegal Daily goes behind the scenes at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane to see their recent luxurious facelift. The major new facelift not only includes a new coat of paint along the foyer and corridor but a huge investment in its four original screens. All four screens have been modernised to stadium style seating providing the optimum viewing experience, they also have had new larger cinema screens fitted making the viewing experience that much better. Screen 1 in particular has had a massive budget spent with a Sony 4K projector being fitted along with new leather American Style Rocker Chairs. The Sony 4K projector produces over 8,000,000 pixels, which is four times the amount of a standard cinema screen. Along the original corridor there is plush new décor and brand new modern washrooms.The cinema originally opened in 1996 and is owned by the Barrett Family from Omagh. In 2008 there was also a major renovation which contributed to a new extensive foyer and three additional screens making it a seven screen cinema.“We have faced some big challenges over the years the banking crisis, the recession, film piracy and now Brexit and the effect it had on the pound. Because around half of our income is in sterling and most of our bills are in euro the renovation ended up costing much more than budgeted earlier this year. In real terms to pay for the budget overrun because of the sterling collapse we need to sell 26,923 more popcorns than planned,” Director Daniel Barrett stated. In this modern world it is very difficult for an Independent Family Owned Cinema Group to compete against big chains however Eclipse Cinemas try and do this with a variety of different offers including Crazy Tuesdays all tickets all day €4, Over 50’s Wednesday all tickets €5 for people over the age of 50, Thursday Meal Deals Admission, Popcorn and drink for €10.00, Late night Fridays all tickets after 10.30pm €4 and kids club €1.80 at all 12noon shows.For Christmas Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane have a special offer on gift cards. When you spend over €25 you get a free ticket, if you spend over €45 you get two free tickets. There is also a Christmas Fun day and Christmas market on Saturday 3rd December with visits from Old St Nicholas Santa (Mascot), Elsa, Anna and Olaf.Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift was last modified: November 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Breaking news: Road sealed as Gardaí probe ‘serious incident’

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ sealed off a road in the centre of Letterkenny and are investigating a ‘serious incident’.Oliver Plunkett Road, which connects Main Street to Pearse Road, was closed off to traffic for a time following the incident, which happened at around 5pm, but the road has since been re-opened.The incident happened in an apartment block just off Oliver Plunkett Road. The adjoining carpark to the apartment block remains sealed off as officers continue to investigate. A man is believed to have sustained serious injuries.Emergency services rushed to the scene.More on this story as we get it.  Breaking news: Road sealed as Gardaí probe ‘serious incident’ was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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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Tough cost-cutting measures for govt

first_img23 October 2013Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced a raft of cost-cutting measures in a bid to curb wasteful government consumption, restore confidence in the economy, and reprioritise spending on infrastructure investment and socio-economic development.Ahead of tabling his 2013 medium term budget policy statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan told journalists that the Cabinet had taken a number of difficult decisions that would send a message to citizens, financial markets and ratings agencies that discipline in managing the country’s public purse was the backbone of economic stability.Gordhan said public servants would no longer be given credit cards for official and personal use, and that those already in possession of credit cards would be told to discontinue using them with immediate effect.Other measures would include a limit on the amount spent on ministers’ cars, as well as restrictions on air travel, car hire, accommodation, catering, entertainment and conference budgets.At the same time, government departments would be instructed to put plans in place to minimise their use of consultants. This comes after the Auditor-General found that a number of government departments had spent billions of rands on consultants.Gordhan said the measures, which the government plans to introduce by 1 December, would result in billions of rands of savings. This would set the scene for next year’s Budget, which is expected to focus on expenditure on infrastructure investment.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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