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LGE in Linden will be very interesting

first_imgDear Editor,As an avid reader of the daily newspapers, I come across many interesting, intriguing, and sometimes shocking stories that cause one to pause and ask the question: Is this for real?One such story was captured in the Chronicle newspaper under the caption “APNU runs off successful primaries for Linden LGE candidates”, September 11, 2018.When? Where? What time? Those are some of the questions I, as a resident of this community, would like to ask. The fact that this was done and the majority of our residents, including me, were unaware, gives an indication of several things. One, Guyana Elections Commission has done a very poor job of sensitising the people about local government elections; and, more importantly, the parties of APNU who held these primaries also failed to inform the people of the different constituencies of these so-called “successful primaries”, and the dismal turn-out is the evidence of this truth.This community, Mr Editor, has a voting population of over 20,000 registered voters, and this article has made several interesting discoveries and revelations that cannot go unnoticed.Firstly, Minister Valerie Patterson Yearwood is the campaign manager for the APNU in Linden. How many people before now knew of this decision? What happened to Minister Broomes, who was in charge? If there was need for a change, why were we in this community not informed? And moreover, why Minister Valerie Patterson Yearwood? Why her? Is this for a blood lineage, her sister, now her?I ask those questions not because I have anything personal against her, but because that is a question many others, like myself, have asked. Minister Valerie is seldom in Linden due to her work commitments. Her very visible physical challenges will pose some difficulties, and quite frankly, Mr. Editor, this community needs to see new, emerging leadership. This community is tired of the same old faces, and we know them because we’ve seen them time and again. One was most recently reinstated as chairman of the Linden Hospital Board, why? Why do we keep recycling these some old people for leadership positions in Linden when we have many others?It’s time for a change; we need new and fresh faces; we need some young and intelligent people with refreshing ideas.Secondly, the statements the minister made when she said, “The process gave the voter population within the communities the opportunity to select who they want to represent their constituencies at the upcoming LGE”, and “she described the process as an orderly one and was most impressed with the “high voter turnout” is most astonishing. Really, minister?I am convinced, Mr Editor, that the APNU campaign manager for Linden has been out of Linden for far too long, and is out of touch with the happenings and, moreover, the realities in this community/town.A town with a registered voting population of over 20,000 people and the campaign manager is happy with the combined votes of the eight constituencies within the township of a mere 400 voters who participated, less than three percent (3%) of the voting population? This leaves me in a place of shock and awe.The APNU campaign manager, the one who is in charge of a team for these important elections in her party’s strongest support base, should not be happy with such a significantly low turnout at the primaries held. She should be embarrassed, to say the least.With less than three percent turnout rate, did the people really have an opportunity to choose their representatives?These indicators have shown, in a major way, the quality of leadership of the APNU in Linden; the disinterest of our people/supporters, and the level of work that has to be done with the party and, most importantly, the dire need for newness of ideas and leadership in Linden and Region Ten. Leadership with the ability to enthuse and organise the people for and increased voter turnout on Election Day; and, most importantly, for a convincing victory at the polls.At the LGE to take place weeks ahead, I will be voting, but not for the candidates who were selected and put to a three percent of the voting population to represent my interest, my constituency, and by extension my town.Better is needed, and certainly a change must come; and these political parties contesting these polls, including the AFC and the PPP, need to come with something new, because I have heard it all before, and all of them were given a chance; and guess what, you didn’t deliver.Is it not time for something new, something fresh? We deserve better, God knows. Linden, it’s time; be local, be vocal.Yours faithfully,Justice Welcomelast_img read more

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GPSU stands in solidarity with employees

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) stands firmly in solidarity with employees of the Russian Aluminium company (RUSAL), and their Union, the Guyana Bauxite & General Workers Union (GBGWU) in their struggle for fair and decent pay, and the employer’s disrespect for the laws of Guyana.The Collective Labour Agreement between the GBGWU and RUSAL allows for discussions on any policy which will alter the conditions of service for employees. It also enjoins the employer to discuss with the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry, any changes in workers’ conditions of service.The Collective Labour Agreement is enshrined in Article 147 (3) of the Constitution of Guyana. Guyana has also ratified ILO Convention 98 which deals with Collective Bargaining. Furthermore, the Trade Union Recognition Act of 1997, Section 23-1 stated pellucidly that where an employee’s organisation is recognised, management must meet with the employees’ representative in good faith to discuss conditions of service of the employee.Section 23-3 of the said Act states that where the employer fails to meet with the employee’s representative, this constitutes an offence and that for every additional day that they fail to meet, a fine is imposed. RUSAL, in arbitrarily imposing a one per cent increase, changed the conditions of service of the employees and this is a blatant disrespect to the employees’ representative and total disregard for the laws of Guyana.This flagrant disregard and infringement on workers’ rights led to their protesting, and RUSAL responded by adding ‘salt to the wounds’ with the dismissal of 61 workers, ejection of employees and their families from their living quarters, and refusing to prepare meals, in an effort to break the workers’ spirit. This is a method used by combatant forces and violates a fundamental international principle of humanitarianism which prohibits the starvation of civilians. The move by RUSAL can be viewed as contempt and disdain towards the workers in their fight for a living wage. This reprehensive and illegal conduct is in violation of Article 147-2 of Guyana’s Constitution which gives the employees the right to strike. The right to strike is also mentioned in ILO Convention 87, a fundamental right of workers and of their organisations and must be protected and respected at all cost!This action by RUSAL flies in the face of all decency and shows blatant disrespect for the people and laws of Guyana more so at a time when the country is celebrating its 49th Republic Anniversary.The Guyana Public Service Union strongly condemns this action by RUSAL and its labour advisor for disrespecting and violating the workers’ rights and breaching the laws of Guyana. The GPSU calls on the Social Protection Ministry to enforce the laws immediately by taking the necessary legal action against the employer.Sincerely,GuyanaPublic Service Unionlast_img read more

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Mashramani will be ‘big’ in 2018

first_img…as new route starts at Thomas LandsSocial Cohesion Minister with Responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton announced the new route for the much anticipated Mashramani Costume and Float Parade 2017.Speaking at a press conference, the minister said, it has been decided that all participating bands will assemble on Thomas Lands west of Albert Street.According to the minister the first judging point will be by the National Park as the the parade will proceed east along Thomas Lands, then south into Vlissingen Road and into Durban Park using the Vlissingen and Hadfield Streets’ entrance.He pointed out that his Ministry has answered to call of patrons to see Vlissingen Road included in the route, but the parade will not return to Church Street.“There is no way that we are ever going to get back to using Church Street, and we have to accept that. But we are confident that this new route that we’re going to adapt will meet everyone’s expectations,” Minister Norton told media operatives, adding that vending will be allowed along the parade route. “Prospective vendors will be provided shortly with all the information necessary, through the news media, with regard to dates for registration, vending fee, and other pertinent information,” Dr Norton assured.New componentsThe minister also announced that Andrew Tyndall is the official Coordinator of the Ministry’s Mash Committee.Speaking to the media Tyndall said that the country’s 48th Republic Anniversary celebrations will boast a number of new components such as the Junior Soca Monarch. “We recognise that there are a number of young persons, who are talented, and I think because of the age where they are allowed to enter the Senior Soca Monarch, sometimes they lose that enthusiasm. We want to provide an opportunity for our young talented singers to hit the stage and showcase their talent,” Tyndall said.Social Cohension Minister, Dr George Norton along with Coordinator of the Mash Committee, Andrew Tyndall and Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain“We feel like if we provide that opportunity from a younger age, they would be really able to craft their talent and develop by the time they get to the Senior Soca Monarch Competition,” Tyndall is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying. Teens from 14 years old would be eligible to vie for the Junior Soca Monarch.“The Adult Calypso Competition’s semi-finals will be held in Region Seven. The semi-finals for the Soca Monarch Competition will be held in region Ten. The Chutney Competition finals will be held in Region Three. We will have steel band concerts in Regions Eight and Nine, so persons living in all parts of Guyana will have an opportunity to experience Mash,” Tyndall explained.There will also be a grand Main Street Lime every Friday starting from January 26, leading up to Republic Day, February 23. “There will be a party atmosphere kind of lime, where we will have various competitors from the song competitions performing…various designers displaying their costumes. We are really trying to build the hype and vibes heading into Mash.There will also be a Family Fun Day for persons, who want to celebrate Mash activities with their little ones.Apart from those activities, the Mashramani season, as is customary, would include a number of academic components, including a Republic Lecture Series.Organisers are also anticipating a full turn out with approximately 50 floats.last_img read more

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Community Bridge hosting Coldest Night of the Year event in February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the 2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year event in February.The event will once again feature a 2, 5, and 10-kilometre walk to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in the community.Children up to age 10 can participate for free, for youth aged 11-17 it’s $25 dollars or raise a minimum of $75 via pledges, participants 18 years of age and older must pay $25 dollars or raise a minimum of $150 via pledges. Fees increase to $40 on February 19th. A toque will be handed out to anyone who pays or raises money for the event.- Advertisement -The event gets underway at 4:00 p.m. on February, 24th at Northern Lights College. For more information or to register visit the Coldest Walk of the Year Facebook page.last_img read more

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Toure turns down Trabzonspor switch after Rodgers urges him to stay at Liverpool

first_img Kolo Toure [left] in action for Liverpool Kolo Toure says he will stay at Liverpool this season after turning down a move to Turkey.It had been thought that the 33-year-old would be leaving Anfield this summer, with new £20m signing Dejan Lovren adding to competition for the centre-back places.Toure had looked set to join Trabzonspor, after the Turkish side agreed a fee with Liverpool.However, Toure has elected to stay with the Reds after holding talks with Brendan Rodgers.“I had talks with the coach who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. It is a privilege to be at Liverpool,” Toure, who joined the Merseyside club on a free transfer last summer, told Sport Ivoire.“I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club.“I feel good physically. At 33 years of age, I am ready for any challenge. It is because I have been spared from serious injuries during my career.“I continue to work hard in training to keep up the momentum, and it is why the coach wants to keep me at Liverpool.“Trabzonspor are interested in me, but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player.“Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time, but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool.” 1last_img read more

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Man on night out with friends told Gardai to “f*** off”

first_imgA young Letterkenny man has been ordered to pay €150 to charity after telling Gardai to “f*** off” on a night out.Dean Wilson appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged under the Public Order Act. The 23-year-old, of The Forest, Ballymacool, was along with friends outside the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny on December 2nd.When approached by Gardai he told them to “f*** off” and was arrested.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said the incident was a “one-off” and that Wilson worked locally and had drink taken in the night.Man on night out with friends told Gardai to “f*** off” was last modified: February 19th, 2018 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:courtGardailetterkennyPUBLIC ORDERlast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL CELEBRATION PIX FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

first_imgCULLEN’S BAR CHICAGO DURING THE GAME: From back left to right ,Daniel hands, James cuffe,Mickey Bradley, peter Richard, Shannon Doherty, Denver Doherty Neil Jackson Mickey McLaughlin Neil jock, Liam Doherty Paul Doherty Simon Bradley patsy Doyle Gavin Bradley Neil Nellie philip Davy Front Annmarie Doyle,Dylan hands , Brandon hands, emmet Ronan and conal Doyle, Philip McLaughlin,Joey Doherty, Leah McLaughlin, Clara Doherty, Kaylen DoyleEVER want to know where the good people of Donegal end up around the globe?Look no further.Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures from all over Ireland and all over the world. Here’s a few more for you to enjoy. As Jim McGuinness said: “We know there are a lot of people away and if we can do something to make them walk a bit taller and feel a but happier, then that makes us feel better too.”CHICAGO CHEERS! There were enough Donegal people in Cullens for a team and ten subs!Celebrating in Chicago: Buncrana man Neil McLaughlin and son PhilipThe Doyle family cheered on Donegal in ChicagoThrow-in for these Donegal fans in Chicago was at 10.30am!Bound for Boston! There was a great line-up of fans at Donegal Boston GFC Little Ryan above couldn’t lose on Sunday – mum’s from Donegal, dad’s from Cork! The sun was out in Boston for these fans as they arrived at the Donegal Boston GFC to watch the game  FROM PHILADELPHIA! Donegal fans outside Paddy Rooney pub Havertown Pa, we have fans from letterkenny, Donegal Town, Adrara, Glenties, Raphoe, letterbarrow, Inver and Meenacally and more, it was a great celebration. And the McGarvey family will be home for the All Ireland, Can’t wait. Congratulations Donegal..Here is Kaelan McGarvey from Upper Darby Pa who is so excited to be going back to New Mills letterkenny on September 19th for a family wedding on the 28th, and now he is adding another event to his calendar He says he is going to see the All Ireland final in Dulbin too! Let’s hope there’s plenty of tickets. We can’t wait to come home now. Congratulations Donegal, so proud to be from there.Finn Shields, Rosapenna, Downings getting ready for the final !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hugh & Maria Cronin McMonagle, with nephew Sean McMonagle and nieces Nicole and Mecheala Cronin share family rivalry at Croker….no hard feelings here!Seamus Coleman very politely and willingly stops to make Sean Thomas McMonagle, Mecheala and Nicole Cronin’s day! On road back to Cork, Mecheala informed us she has switched to supporting Everton! Patrick McCormack, 6 years old from Churchill, couldn’t believe his luck when a match official invited him down to the pitch minutes before the start of the game on Sunday!  PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL CELEBRATION PIX FROM AROUND THE GLOBE was last modified: August 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE DONEGAL CELEBRATION PIX FROM AROUND THE GLOBElast_img read more

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Datebook

first_img Emergency Preparedness Forum, 6:30-8 p.m., Pierce College Campus Center, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Signups for San Fernando Valley Girls basketball league, which begins this month, have begun for girls aged 5-17. Call Patricia Shable at Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley at (818) 886-1801, Ext. 12 to sign up or volunteer. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, PO Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. WEDNESDAY: Olvera Street merchants host Dia de los Muertos, with a dozen altars, mariachi music, Aztec dancers and nightly processions or novenarios, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. El Pueblo Historical Monument, Placita Olvera, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. Call (213) 485-8372 or see www.cityofla.org. Day of the Dead celebration, 3-10 p.m. at Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles. Free. Call (323) 881-6444 or see www.selfhelpgraphics.com. Author Ray Bradbury speaks about science fiction writing at 7 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. For information, call (818) 226-0017. Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector Council meets, 6:30 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. 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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Hands Named to Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence

first_imgELMHURST, Ill. —  Drake University men’s tennis’ Tom Hands was recognized on the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence on Thursday. Hands, a junior from Fulbourn, England, maintains a 3.73 grade point average as an environmental science major. He was selected Summit League Men’s Tennis Academic All-League Team. On the court, Hands was an All-Summit League selection. He helped the Bulldogs to a perfect 7-0 league record and the program’s first Summit League Championship title with his 22-13 overall season singles record. Hands also earned a singles win in Drake’s 4-2 setback to Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. To qualify for the list, student-athletes must have at least a 3.5 cumulative career grade point average on a 4.0 scale, must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters at the institution and must have used at least a season of competition.center_img  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Warehouse Bar and Kitchen to host Daft Punk Tribute tomorrow night

first_imgEurope’s premier Daft Punk Tribute will be performing at Warehouse Bar and Kitchen, recently named Best New Bar in Ireland 2017. The artists have had shows in Berlin, Paris, Budapest – and now Letterkenny. The illusive helmet-clad retro-futurists with whom the world has become so familiar with their infectious dance music, up-beat rhythmic vibe, robotic counterparts and truly epic live shows will be performing this Wednesday, 27th September.Entry is free and the event kicks off at 10pm.Warehouse Bar and Kitchen are also offering fantastic drink promos, including:€10 – 3 x Vodka Red Bull€10 – 3 x Supersplit€10 – 3 x Gin & Bitter Lemon€12 – Bucket of Desperados€10 Pitcher of Fosters€5 Mojito€5 Daiquiri Warehouse Bar & Kitchen is Letterkenny’s only FREE late night venue with music 7 nights a week.Irish Singer Paddy Casey will be performing later this month.Warehouse Bar and Kitchen to host Daft Punk Tribute tomorrow night was last modified: September 26th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:daft punk tributeletterkennyWarehouse Bar and Kitchenlast_img read more