Wales severance criesAfter feeling that their calls have been ignored, former Wales Sugar Estate cane harvesters will once again picket the President’s office with the aim of having someone in authority look into their severance package plight.According to information received by Guyana Times, the former employees, their families and other supporters will gather at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday morning to intensify their calls for termination benefits. This publication was told that the protest was likely to be taken to the High Court as almost one year has passed and the workers’ legal suit was yet to be called up before a judge.Former workers of Wales Estate have planned additional protests for tomorrowOfficial operations at the Wales Estate were closed in December 2016, and some displaced cane cutters were still to receive their severance pay. Earlier this month, the former Wales workers staged similar protest action and expressed much frustration that their colleagues from other estates were paid all or part of their severance, just weeks after the entities were closed.However, their former employer, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has maintained that these workers were not entitled to this benefit, with acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State entity, Paul Bhim saying earlier this month that GuySuCo has honoured all its obligations regarding the payment of severance at the Wales Estate.The workers who have been refused severance had refused to take up work at Uitvlugt on the contention that 22 miles were beyond the stipulation that the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) allows. They have observed that they could not be compelled to travel beyond 10 miles from their original place of work. The retrenched employees’ representative body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) had taken the matter to court since March 2017.Since losing their jobs in late 2016, the former Wales Estate workers, their relatives and other residents in the surrounding communities have complained of deleting finances and sustenance challenges. Reports reaching this newspaper indicated that the remaining skeletal staff at Wales will similarly lose their employment as early as March.The closure of Wales affected and displaced over 1000 workers directly and thousands of persons in Wales and the surrounding communities indirectly. Meanwhile, over 4000 workers attached to the Enmore, Skeldon, and Rose Hall Estates were given dismissal letters in December 2017. However, some of the former Enmore and Skeldon workers could be rehired under plans by the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) to re-open the two estates as the State-owned body eyes private investors. This revelation has prompted stakeholders, including GAWU, to push Government to rehire all of the dismissed sugar workers on the contention that the sugar industry remained viable.Meanwhile, GAWU on Monday sought to respond to media reports that when Enmore and Skeldon resume temporary operations that cane cutting will be undertaken by a contractor reportedly from West Coast Demerara. GAWU views this report as an upsetting development, noting that this indicates that few of the displaced workers will have an opportunity to be re-employed.According to its press statement, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has found that the promotion of such arrangements has served to “expand the army of the working poor across the world”.
After completing the Community Plan Review, the City is preparing for what comes next.The next step in the important process of creating an Official Community Plan is to decide on a Vision Statement, in which the City requires the help of its residents.- Advertisement -This important component of the OCP outlines the plans for the future of the community. The Vision Statement should be a source of inspiration to the community by answering the following questions: What do we do? From whom do we do it? How do we excel?Throughout the past four years there have number a number of vision statements created and now, the City must decide on the best option with regards to the vision of Fort St. John.Before a vote can occur for the preferred Statement, the City would like to review all the options, giving the public a chance to listen, comment and change any of the presented Statements.As a result, the City will be hosting an open house to discuss these Vision Statements. The session will be held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on Saturday, June 11 and will be taking place from 2 until 4 p.m.Advertisement Later in June, after the information from these sessions has been gathered, the public will have the opportunity to vote on the Vision Statement they feel best represents the future of Fort St. John.If anyone has any questions or concerns, or require more information on the developing OCP, please contact Fort St. John City Planners Kevin Brooks or Jennifer Decker at 250-787-8150.
The organisation of the tournament has been complicated by a power struggle at the heart of the Cameroonian Football Association after Tombi Roko Sidiki’s controversial victory in the 2015 race to be chief executive was annulled by the country’s national Olympic and sports committee.The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed that decision, agreeing that the electoral process had contained irregularities and FIFA said Thursday it had put in place an interim committee until new elections can be held “no later than” February 28, 2018.“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today decided to appoint a normalisation committee for the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT),” FIFA said in a statement released Wednesday.Continental football chief Ahmad Ahmad warned this month that Cameroon was “not ready” to host the 2019 tournament, which will be expanded to 24 teams for the first time and held in June and July.“Cameroon isn’t ready to welcome even four teams,” said Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).That drew a pledge from Cameroonian President Paul Biya that his nation “will be ready when the day comes”.CAF spokesman Junior Binyam said FIFA’s decision did not mean the Cameroonian federation was banned.“It’s just the executive that is (no longer) existing,” Binyam said.A number of countries, including Morocco and Algeria, have said they are prepared to stand in to host the 2019 Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Continental football chief Ahmad Ahmad warned this month that Cameroon was “not ready” to host the 2019 tournament, which will be expanded to 24 teams for the first time and held in June and July © AFP/File / STRINGERYAOUNDE, Cameroon, Aug 24 – FIFA has appointed a committee to run crisis-hit Cameroonian football as doubts grow over the country’s ability to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Cameroon is struggling to complete the necessary infrastructure projects to host the three-week event.
0Shares0000France forward Antoine Griezmann will go head to head with Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Jeff PACHOUD, Gabriel BOUYSMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take centre stage as the World Cup shifts into high gear at the weekend with the start of the knockout matches in the loaded top half of the draw.Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section of the competition, with only Spain among recent winners in the other half. The unbalanced nature of the knockout phase increases the chances of an unlikely team reaching the semi-finals — and of the big guns cancelling each other out.That scenario sparked debate ahead of Thursday’s England-Belgium group match — was it better to win and enter the tougher side of the draw or lose and face potentially easier fixtures down the line?In the event, third-ranked Belgium won 1-0, adding even more firepower to the top half, while if England can get past Colombia they will fancy their chances of reaching a potential semi-final against 2010 winners Spain.The first phase in Russia featured just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, with the video assistant referee (VAR) often in the spotlight.Of the half-dozen winners of the trophy since 1970, Germany have gone home in the biggest shock of the tournament by far while Italy never even qualified for Russia. – French firepower –Lionel Messi takes part in a training session ahead of Argentina’s World Cup last-16 match against France © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAThe standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage.France are packed with firepower, boasting Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, but they have failed to click so far, finding the net just three times in three matches — one was a penalty and another an own goal.“It’s make or break. We don’t have any choice. We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.Five-time world player of the year Messi underlined his importance to Argentina with a sublimely taken opening goal against Nigeria but that came after his penalty miss against Iceland in a lacklustre 1-1 draw that set the tone for a disappointing campaign so far.Ronaldo on the other hand started his tournament with a hat-trick against Spain but has slipped behind England’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot after seeing his penalty saved in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran.The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russia and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defence that did not concede a single goal in the group phase.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is targeting the World Cup Golden Boot © AFP / Francisco LEONGAside from their watertight defence, two-time winners Uruguay boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.The Uruguayans are aware that Ronaldo is not the only threat for the European champions — he is supported by younger talents such as Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.“We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar,” said Uruguay’s Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo. “You don’t prepare a match just looking at one player.”– Video boost for referees –Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA’s referees committee, said on Friday he was pleased with the impact of VAR at the tournament but that it did not mean all decisions would be perfect.FIFA said VAR crews conducted checks on 335 incidents during the group stage, helping achieve a 99.3 percent rate of correct decisions.“VAR doesn’t mean perfection,” Collina said. “There could still be some wrong interpretation or even mistakes, so it’s a not a perfection that can be reached having implemented VAR.”Debate was still raging over Japan’s approach to their final group game against Poland after the Asian side sneaked into the last 16 on the back of their superior disciplinary record.The Asian side faced an angry backlash for running down the clock at walking pace in the last 15 minutes even though they were losing 1-0 on Thursday, gambling that Senegal would not equalise against Colombia in the other Group H game.Kozo Tashima, president of the Japan Football Association (JFA), insisted the team deserved a place in the knockout stage in Russia, won at the expense of the west African team by virtue of having picked up fewer yellow cards.FIFA said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria.“This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way. Obviously what we want to avoid is the drawing of lots,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief competitions and events officer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
DONEGAL community campaigners have taken their case to politicians in the North, fearing a sewage plant will damage Lough FoyleA delegation of environmental campaigners led by Enda Craig, spokesperson for the Community For a Clean Estuary (CFCE) have met with the Northern Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’ Neill and with members of the Environment Committee in the Assembly to outline their concerns about the impact on the Foyle estuary from the proposed sewerage treatment plant at Carnagarve between Moville and Greencastle.Mr Craig was joined by renowned environmentalist, Dr Karin Dubsky, coordinator of Coastwatch Europe, Moville based zoologist, Dr Trish Murphy, and Dr Liam Campbell – a local academic whose specialises in river catchments. The campaigners were joined by local TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Enda Craig outlined the history of the Moville/ Greencastle sewerage scheme and the concerns of the community at Carnagarve and surrounding town-lands.Dr Dubsky and Dr Murphy outlined the unique potential of the wetland eco system in the Foyle estuary from natural oysters and other shellfish to recently discovered sea grass.They requested that the Northern Executive work with the Irish Government to develop the estuary into a international Ramsar special area of conservation and explained that the immense potential of all of this could be seriously undermined if Donegal County proceed with their plans for the plant at Carnagarve. Dr Campbell outlined his concerns that authorities on both sides of the Foyle are in a position to further damage the Foyle estuary because of the zoning of much of it as “coastal” back in 1990 and demonstrated that this zoning is erroneous and needs to be changed to protect the amenity of Lough FoyleSpeaking afterwards, Enda Craig said: “We brought the campaign to protect the Foyle estuary to politicians in Stormont today because they have a shared responsibility with the Irish government to protect this vital resource.“It was clear that the Minister and the other Assembly members we met were moved by our presentations and they have assured us that they will pursue these matters with their southern counterparts.“There is no doubt that the appropriate location for the outflow pipe of a future sewerage scheme for Moville and Greencastle is out into coastal waters and not into the Foyle estuary.“In recent months, we have taken our campaign to Europe supported by MEPs Marian Harkin and Martina Anderson and now to Stormont and we have had the Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness out to see for himself the issues at Carnagarve beach. “We will keep fighting because the cost of defeat is too high for all of our communities that live beside Lough Foyle”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Minister O’ Neill was clearly impressed by the strength of the arguments from this eminent delegation of environmental campaigners. The history of the Moville and Greencastle sewerage scheme is one of shameful failure. Rather than develop the wonderful amenity of the Foyle estuary, Donegal County Council has given into political tomfoolery and failed everyone in the area.“I hope that in the absence of leadership at council level in Donegal or from the Irish government that both Europe and the Northern Assembly can now pursue this matter so that common sense is restored at last.”Pictured are Minister Michelle O’Neill and the environmental campaign team. Names left to right: Dr. Trish Murphy (Celebrate Water), Maeve McLaughlin (MLA for Derry), Dr. Liam Campbell (Specialist in river catchment), Dr. Karin Dubsky (Co-ordinator Coastwatch Europe), Padraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Fein TD), Michelle O’Neill (Northern Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development), Enda Craig (Spokesperson CFCE). DONEGAL ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO STORMONT was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO STORMONTGreencastlemoville
LA MIRADA – Roddy Flocken took one step back, then two steps forward. He twisted his body and let fly a plastic disc. Watching it soar hundreds of feet across a special course at La Mirada Regional County Park, he took off after it, walking fast across hilly terrain, lugging a bag filled with more discs. Flocken, 32, of Whittier is part of a growing number of disc golfers, a colorful bunch that – equipped with specialized saucers and limber throwing arms – is putting the “par” into parks around the country. As in regular golf, players of the disc version traverse grassy courses, aiming to complete a series of holes with the fewest number of strokes. Only here, balls and clubs are swapped for Frisbeelike plastic discs. Each throw – be it an arm-whipping, running-start launch for long drives, or a gentle toss for short putts – counts as a stroke. The “hole” is actually a metal basket positioned halfway up a planted pole; chains dangling from atop the pole into the basket snag flying discs from the air. “For me it’s the challenge of trying to get the disc inside the basket,” said Flocken. “You also get to be outside and play for free with your own Frisbees.” Officially created in Pasadena more than three decades ago, the sport has spread quietly around the globe. It even has its own ranking association, the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), which sanctions disc golf tournaments all over the world. The PDGA tallies nearly 2,000 disc golf courses worldwide, with more being added continually. The game has an especially devoted following here in Southern California, where optimal weather allows players to enjoy a wealth of courses year-round. There are now about 40 courses in Southern California, including two in the Whittier area – in La Mirada and at Whittier Narrows in South El Monte. The La Mirada park’s disc golf course, one of the bigger and better known courses, has 27 holes. It offers recreational disc golf 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing hard-core players to play at night under lights. Each year, PDGA holds two national and two regional disc golf competitions at the La Mirada park. “We get about 1,000 players a week and about 300 on a weekend day,” said Mike Williams, owner of Lifetime Sports, a store within the park that carries Frisbees and other flying discs. The PDGA estimates as many as 10 million people have tried the game, and that nearly 500,000 people play it on a regular basis. Part of the appeal is that it’s cheap. Most courses are on public land and don’t charge any fee Williams is a long-time disc golf player. “It’s just fantastic exercise for all ages,” he said. The course in La Mirada also has links with the sports’ roots. It was designed in 1976 by the late “Steady” Ed Headrick, who invented the modern Frisbee for Wham-O. Hendrick gets credit for giving the game more official status. In 1976, he designed the first disc golf basket and installed the world’s first permanent course at Pasadena’s Oak Grove Park. Today, La Mirada park is home to two major disc golf competitions – the U.S. Open in the spring, and the Coors La Mirada Open every August. Last year’s U.S. Open had a purse of $43,000, while the Coors event offered a purse of $10,000. “I see everyone from young kids to grandpas, lawyers, ex-convicts and an amazing amount of dentists playing this sport,” said Dan Mangone, who owns Discovering The World, a Buena Park company that sells flying discs and Frisbees. “It’s great to see the full gamut out there playing.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The organisers of the annual Danny McDaid 15k road race in Letterkenny hope to see participation for this year’s race exceed 200.Launching last years Danny McDaid 15k road race are from left Brendan McDaid, Danny McDaid, Siobhan Doherty-Barrett, Station House Hotel and Neily McDaid.Now in its ninth year, the race will take place on August 11th.Last year saw 140 runners take part in the Letterkenny Athletics Club organised event, and it is hoped that the continued growth of running in the town and the county in general will see even more take part. The race, named after the Newmills 1972 and 1976 Olympic runner, was established as a preparation for those preparing for marathons and half marathons later in the year.Speaking at the launch of this year’s event at the Station House Hotel, which is sponsoring the race for the fourth year, Mr McDaid said the numbers keep increasing.“It is at the right time for people who are thinking of longer distances,” he said. “People have been doing that many 5ks now that it is a nice change and it gives them a feel of where they are at in their training.“Before people used to just want to exercise but they did not want to go to the line to compete but today that is not a problem.” Chair of Letterkenny Athletics Club, Brendan McDaid, hopes the participation can exceed last year’s race, which was the biggest to date.“There are a lot more people doing fun runs. Every race this year has seen an increase. More and more people are being active and keeping fit and running is one of the cheapest ways of doing that.”Siobhan Barrett-Doherty of the Station House Hotel said the hotel was delighted to be associated with such a beneficial local event.“This is an event with strong local affiliations and we like to be able to support local initiatives as a local home-gown hotel,” she said.Registration swill be accepted right up until the morning of the race. Anyone interested can email: email@example.com DANNY McDAID 15K TO ATTRACT RECORD NUMBERS was last modified: July 31st, 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:15kDanny McDaid
It might be the most popular name in Ireland but there wasn’t enough Paddys or Patricias to set a new world record in Co Donegal today.Was Packie at the Finn Valley centre today?The Twins Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar was the setting for an attempt to break the world record for the most number of people with the same name in the same place at the same time!Other versions of the name Paddy including Pauric, Pat and Patricia were accepted as hundreds queued up at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar from 4.30pm onwards. In the end, however, organisers managed close to 800 Paddys and Patricias.Organiser Kathy Taaffe said she was proud of the attempt but the cold weather may have played a part in keeping people away.“It was a bitterly cold day but we really did come so close. It was no mean feat getting almost 800 people with the name Paddy, Patricia or Patsy.“There was a great atmosphere here and everyone really got into the fun of things but we just didn’t have the number in the end. “Who knows though, we may just give it another go next year,” she said.Organisers needed a total of 1,070 Paddys or Patricias to beat the current record which was set in Dubai in 2005 when 1,096 Muhammads gathered.The Guinness Book of World Records has set down strict guidelines to make sure it is a genuine world record attempt.Entrants needed to bring a copy of their birth certificate to prove their name and variations of the name Paddy must be agreed beforehand by organisers.The event, which was called “We’re Counting On You Paddy”, was part of the Twin Towns Gathering Project. PADDYS AND PATRICIAS GO CLOSE BUT NO WORLD RECORD! was last modified: March 17th, 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:Finn Valley CentrePaddyworld record
Charlie McConalogue TDGOVERNMENT plans to scrap the Junior Cert and replace it with class exams and assessments are facing heavy criticism, especially from unions.Ireland is set to introduce a system used in the UK for the past 20 years before being scrapped.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue is urging Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to enter mediation talks with teacher representatives on the proposed reform of the Junior Cert, under the auspicious of an independent mediator. Deputy McConalogue said: “It’s clear that trust needs to be built up in this process or the reform agenda will go nowhere fast.”He added: “I don’t think anyone will benefit from a fractious or divisive process and I do not want to see teachers going down the road of industrial action or non-co-operation or feel that they have to in order for their voices to be heard.“Unfortunately the the Minister has, until now, paid little more than lip service to teachers and many others who have expressed concerns in relation to junior cert reform plans.“I am urging the Minister to act now on the issue and seek to use the conciliation service available at the Labour Relations Commission to build renewed trust among teachers’ unions and the Department of Education. In the event of any form of industrial action both sides will likely end up before the LRC anyway. The Minister should be looking at everything possible to avoid a divisive dispute. “Fundamentally this is about the beginning of a major reform of our education system and we have to get it right from the start. This is about teachers and parents having confidence and trust in the reform agenda and those leading it. Without that confidence I believe the buy-in needed by parents and ultimately the students, who will be directly affected by a reformed Junior Cert, will be harder to gain.“If the Minister is serious about bringing teachers along in this process he will find the appropriate forum to reach out and ensure we have a genuinely inclusive consultation process.” DONEGAL TD WANTS TALKS BEFORE JUNIOR CERT IS SCRAPPED was last modified: January 20th, 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:assessmentsclass examsJunior Certscrapped
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Representatives of the group, which disbanded in 1995 following the death of guitarist and lead singer Jerry Garcia, haven’t reached a final decision about whether they will ultimately permit the Internet Archive and other sites to offer free live recordings, McNally said. He said a compromise could be reached that allows some downloading of specific songs or shows. The Grateful Dead once set concert attendance records and generated millions of dollars in revenue from extensive tours. With concert tickets now removed as a source of revenue, sales of the band’s music and other merchandise have become increasingly important in an age where music is distributed digitally instead of on CDs, vinyl and cassette tapes. And the arrival of Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online music store, and other similar sites, means free downloads can be seen as competition, said Marc Schiller, chief executive of Electricartists, which helps musicians market themselves online. The band sells music on iTunes and exclusive shows through its Web site. “When the music was given away for free to trade, the band was making so much money touring that the music was not as valuable to them,” Schiller said. “Apple iTunes has made digital downloads a business.” The Grateful Dead’s free-form improvisational style led to vastly different sounding songs, from year to year or even night to night. A song that lasted four minutes during one performance could be stretched to 20 minutes during a different show. Fans eager to explore the varying versions frequently built large collections of shows spanning the band’s 30-year career. The band even encouraged recording of their live shows, establishing a cordoned section for fans to set up taping equipment. Representatives from the Internet Archive didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The Grateful Dead, the psychedelic jam band that toured for three decades, has angered some of its biggest fans by asking a nonprofit Web site to halt – at least temporarily – the free downloading of concert recordings. Representatives for the band last month directed the Internet Archive, a site that catalogs content on Web sites, to stop making recordings of the group’s concerts available for download, band spokesman Dennis McNally said Wednesday. Fans, who for decades have freely taped and traded the band’s live performances, quickly initiated an online petition that argued the band shouldn’t change the rules midway through the game. “The Internet archive has been a resource that is important to all of us,” the petition states. “Between the music, and interviews in the archive we are able to experience the Grateful Dead fully.”