Wages impasse…following “fruitful” meeting with GTUStemming from a more than two-hour long meeting between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry on Wednesday afternoon, teachers are being assured that they can now sleep well, as “fruitful” discussions were harnessed, where a “matrix of figures” for teachers is now being promised to be presented by Friday.As smiling representatives walked out of the meeting held at the Ministry’s 26 Brickdam, Georgetown office, tight-lipped officials would only say that “new information was provided that was not discussed nor considered prior to the offers made earlier.”When asked what was the “new information”, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald explained, “Well, of course we would want to have all of our teachers benefiting from whatever the increase is going to be so… we would have had promotions and so with promotions come new salaries and so those are all newSmiling representatives of the Guyana Teachers Union and the Education Ministry after “fruitful” talks on Wednesdayinformation”.Further, she noted that the Union is looking forward to having a final resolution to the teachers’ wages dispute by Friday, when the two sides will again meet to reveal the “matrix of figures” for teachers. The Ministry will stand the responsibility of presenting this figure, the GTU said.Meanwhile, the Education Minister described the new salaries for teachers as “a work in progress”. “If we may say, it’s a work in progress, and so the new information is nothing specific that we would wish to share at this point in time. A lot of what has to be sorted out requires the interaction of both parties so that we can resolve the issue.”Earlier on Wednesday, President David Granger had announced that he was shocked by the Union’s move to reject the increase being offered.On Monday, a new offer of a 10 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018 was put forward by the head of state.The GTU had also said in a social media post that, “…an offer of $350 million is made to settle debunching for the period 2011-2018. Teachers to be placed in scales as of January 2019. Payments for debunching and 2018 will be made in December while retroactive 2016 increase will be made in January 2019 if agreed.”Monday’s intervention by President David Granger came after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo advised that the Head of State take a stand on the impasse regarding teachers’ salaries.Initially the GTU was asking for a 40 per cent increase and were set for arbitration after calling off a nationwide strike on September 6. The Union was however ready to return to the streets after the Education Ministry and the Union were unable to agree on an arbitration panel.This was after conciliator, Labour Minister Keith Scott, unilaterally appointing a Chairman who was introduced as University of Guyana Professor Leyland Lucas.The last nationwide teachers’ strike took effect on August 27 during schools’ pre-term activities and lasted for a little under two weeks, as the Ministry gave into pressure and agreed to arbitration on September 6, 2018.The Union has been clamouring for the Education Ministry to honour a proposal for a 40 per cent increase in salary for 2016, 45 per cent in 2017, 50 per cent in 2018, 50 per cent in 2019 and 50 per cent in 2020 be granted to all categories of teachers/educators. (Davina Ramdass)
Cost for registration is $35. For more information, call (562) 698-8121. Hospice facility honors volunteers WHITTIER – The Companion Hospice Care held its annual volunteer recognition luncheon April 2. Honored volunteers received pins indicating the amount of hours they have donated. The volunteers provide companionship and support to terminally ill patients and their families. The Companion Hospice Care also is looking for volunteers for the Long Beach area. Training classes are provided. The next class begins Saturday. For more information, call (562) 944-2711. Group to hold annual bike tour NORWALK – The Norwalk Arts and Sports Foundation will hold its annual Spring Spokes bike tour. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and there will be three different tours: the 63-mile ride will begin at 8 a.m.; the 25-mile ride will begin 9 a.m.; and the 15-mile ride will begin at 10 a.m. All tours will begin and end at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, 13000 Clarkdale Ave. Entry fee is $45 for adults and $35 for children 12 or younger. All participants will receive a T-shirt, a goody bag and lunch. For more information, call (562) 929-5702. Parenting classes begin at school WHITTIER – Whittier Adult School’s “Mommy & Me” classes are beginning this week, Monday through Friday at Whittier Adult School, 9401 S. Painter Ave. Classes available include: “Parent and Infant,” “Parenting the Toddler,” “Parenting a 2-year-old,” “Parenting the Pre-schooler” and “Parenting the Pre-kindergartner.” In all classes, children participate with their parents in activities such as singing, educational games, cooperative play, arts and crafts. The classes also include a discussion about child development and parents have the opportunity to share parenting skills with others. The cost for a 10-week session is $30, both day and night classes are available for all classes. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1352. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local residents are invited to attend the West Whittier Community Advisory Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sorensen Park, 11419 Rose Hedge Drive. Adrianna Garcia, a probation officer for Pico Rivera and unincorporated West Whittier, will be the guest speaker. Garcia will address probation issues. For more information, call (562) 949-2124. Free massages, blood test offered WHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center will be offering free blood pressure tests for seniors at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street. Free massage therapy will also be offered at noon. For more information, call (562) 646-3370. Piano classes given at high school WHITTIER – Piano classes will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Thursday at Pioneer High School, 10800 E. Benavon St. in the music room. The classes are geared toward beginner, intermediate and advanced players and it will emphasize classical foundation technique as well as contemporary and jazz improvisation, transposing and sight reading skills.
Tickets for the show are $25 dollars in advance, or $35 at the door. They can be purchased at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, Whole Wheat and Honey, or the Lido Theatre.At the show there will be a bucket draw with a number of prizes up for grabs. A book of tickets for the draw is $20. There is also a door prize of a COACH prize pack with a value of $750. Tickets for the prize pack are one for $50. or two for $80. The show is part of the global V-Day campaign which is a movement to end violence against all females. It’s intended to increase awareness, raise money and boost the spirits of anti-violence organizations.- Advertisement –
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This Christmas and New Year, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will have a great selection of programmes for its Donegal listeners.On Christmas morning at 10 am Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh will bring us the atmospheric Réalta Órga Ríogacha programme, featuring reflections on Christmas, as well as hymns and music. Following this, Christmas day mass will be broadcast live from Teach Pobail Mhuire, Na Doirí Beaga at 11 am.Áine Ní Churráin will have two documentaries in the Christmas schedule. On 28 Dec at 11 am the programme Leitir Ceanainn will look at the history and development of Letterkenny. Then, on Tues 1 January 11 am we will hear an interview with Monsignor Raymond Murray, long standing human rights campaigner and former prison chaplain. For a bit of light relief, tune to Faoisidin on 26 Dec at 11 am to hear some well-known Donegal personalities confess all to Michelle Nic Grianna, including Pat the Cope Ó Gallchóir, Nan Cullen, Daniel O’Donnell and Áine Ní Bhreisleáin.Raidió na Gaeltachta couldn’t let the festive season pass without a few mentions of Sam Maguire, and so on 26 Dec at 9.30 pm listeners can tune in to hear the concert recorded live in Ionad Cois Locha before the big match, featuring Pat Gallagher, Na Haroos and Rory Gallagher, amongst others. Then on 27 Dec at 11am Séamus Mac Géidigh and a panel of football analysts, will discuss the year that was, and Donegal’s historic win on 23 Sept.An Crann Óg have made an impression wherever they go, and on Christmas day at 3pm we will hear a concert recorded live with them in Ionad Cois Locha. The Oireachtas in Letterkenny in November was a big event for Donegal this year, and listeners can hear highlights from the festival on Sat 29 Dec at 10 am, and again on Mon 31 Dec at 2pm for the best of the Lúibíní competition, won this year by Gaoth Dobhair women Suzanne Ní Ghallchóir and Áine Ní Bhreisleáin.A live recording of Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí’s Cabaret Craiceáilte monthly music night in Tigh Hiúdaí Beag in Gaoth Dobhair can be heard on Wed 26 Dec 10.30 pm. Those on stage that night included members of Kíla, flamenco group Sarumba, Tory Island box player Pól Mac Ruairí, and Donegal singer Diane Ní Chanainn. Báidín Fheidhlimidh, the new book and CD of traditional children’s songs and poems featuring kids from the Donegal Gaeltacht, was launched recently. Tune in to hear some of those children on Báidín Fheidhlimidh on Sun 30 Dec and Sun 6 Jan at 10.30 am.On the last day of 2012 Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh and Frances Nic Géadaigh will look back at the stories that made the headlines in Donegal this year at 11 am.Other programmes that may be of interest include Siúlach Scéalach na Nollag on Sun 23 Dec 1.15 pm, featuring material from the RTÉ Sound Archives about Christmas on the Gaeltacht islands in times past, including Arranmore and Tory. A project to translate Leonard Cohen’s songs to Irish was part of the IMRAM literary festival this year. Tune in to hear those songs performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and Hillary Bow on Wed 26 and Thurs 27 at 2pm on Túr na nAmhrán.A special Christmas series called Ceiliúradh Ceilteach – Idir Dhá Nollaig will be broadcast every day from 26 Dec – 6 January. The series celebrates Christmas music and traditions from the Celtic countries, and was recorded with a live audience in Dublin. Each programme will feature a special guest poet and musician, and these will include Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Gabriel Rosenstock, Liam Ó Muirthile, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Fionola Ó Siochrú and Niamh de Búrca. A six programmed series of the proceedings of a seminar held earlier this year to mark RnaG’s 40 years, Raidió na Gaeltachta – 40 Bliain faoi bhláth– will be broadcast from 27 Dec – 3 Jan. A newly-composed oratorio by Colm Ó Foghlú, Oratóir na Nollag – Ceol ar snámh ón spéir anuas , will be broadcast on Christmas day 7.00 pm Some of those performing will include soprano Lynn Hillary, fiddler Aoife Ní Bhriain, Niamh Ní Charra on concertina and Noreen O’Donoghue on harp, as well as the New Dublin Voice choir.That’s just some of what listeners can look forward to in the Christmas schedule on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Full listings and further details are available from www.rte.ie/rnag RnaG HAS TOP LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL LISTENERS OVER CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 14th, 2012 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:Christmas listingsRnaG
• AP Video: New bin Laden tape surfaces WASHINGTON — The CIA determined Thursday that the voice on a tape claiming preparation for an al-Qaida attack on the United States was that of Osama bin Laden, an agency official said. The audio tape, played by the Arab television network Al-Jazeera, was the first public communication from the terror group’s leader since December 2004. “Following technical analysis of the Osama bin Laden tape aired today, the CIA assesses that it was the voice of Osama bin Laden,” said the agency official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak by name. The official provided no details about how the CIA concluded that the voice was that of bin Laden. The agency’s determination was sure to intensify the scrutiny that officials from the United States and other countries will give to the recording. Despite the tape, U.S. counterterror officials said they have seen no specific or credible intelligence to indicate an upcoming al-Qaida attack on the country. The Homeland Security Department has no immediate plans to raise the national terror alert, spokesman Russ Knocke said. Over the last year, there has been much speculation about bin Laden’s whereabouts and even whether he was still alive. The tape apparently provides no definitive answers to either question. However, a U.S. counterterror official said analysts had no reason to doubt an assessment by Al-Jazeera that the tape was recorded in the Islamic month that corresponds with December. The national threat level was at “yellow alert,” the middle of five stages, signifying an elevated risk of terror attacks. It has mostly been at yellow since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but has been raised to the orange “high alert” level seven times since then. Also Thursday, Vice President Dick Cheney warned that the United States still faced significant threats from a network of terrorists intent on establishing a radical Islamic empire throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. In a luncheon speech at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative public policy think tank, Cheney insisted the U.S.-led war in Iraq was essential to combating that threat. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States will not let up in the war on terror despite the threats on the tape. “We do not negotiate with terrorists,” McClellan said. “We put them out of business.” While warning against downplaying the taped threat, officials at intelligence and law enforcement agencies said there has been no recent increase in “chatter” that can indicate that such an attack is imminent. The officials discussed the tape on condition of anonymity because intelligence analysis is usually sensitive and because the tape was still being examined. “If there is any actionable intelligence, we will act on it,” McClellan said. President Bush was told about the audiotape shortly after an appearance on the economy in Sterling, Va., McClellan said. Intelligence authorities were examining why bin Laden would be speaking out after more than a year of letting his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, serve as al-Qaida’s public face in statements and other communications. One official speculated that it might be an attempt to show supporters that bin Laden is still around. For More Info AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says his party remains committed to finding a solution for distressed homeowners who are facing repossession.The Inishowen based Deputy claimed the hallmark of Fine Gael and Labour’s time in office is one of abject failure when it comes to dealing with hone repossessions.He said “Between 2014 and 2015, the number of repossession orders on family homes granted by circuit courts increased by 20%. The last Government refused to take concrete action to protect homeowners and this has resulted in a significant rise in the number of individuals and families who have lost their homes.“The next Government must make mortgage arrears a priority. There are families across the county that are fearful of losing their home, and the last Government failed to fight the corner of these homeowners. It is no longer acceptable to sit back and allow this situation become a crisis. We saw that happen with homelessness and housing emergency, which has been exacerbated by rising mortgage arrears. This problem must be tackled. “The Mortgage-to-Rent scheme has not had the desired results. It was set up to keep people in their homes but unfortunately this is not happening – fewer than 3% of mortgage holders in arrears have applied to the scheme, and of those only 3% of them have qualified for assistance. The scheme is simply not working.“Fianna Fáil wants to change this. We would set up a new system to help people at risk of repossession. We will adapt the system to provide sustainable solutions for people in mortgage arrears or facing repossession. We would also ensure that banks are prevented from securing a repossession order if they have failed to comply with the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears.“This is an issue that we have been raising for some time and will continue to pursue a plan to help people at risk of repossession”.ESCALATING REPOSSESSION RATE MUST BE TACKLED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: March 19th, 2016 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:Charlie McConaloguehousesRepossessions
Natasha Adams from Lifford AC won the Donegal Athletic Board’s Master Cross Country Championship today.Castlefinn was the venue for the race which was run in perfect conditions.The following is a list of the entrants and their times. Pos. No. First Name Surname Club Time1 381 Natasha Adams Lifford A.C. 10.502 373 Catroina Devine Finn Valey A.C. 11.183 380 Noleen Porter Finn Valey A.C. 11.28 4 372 Kay Byrne Finn Valey A.C. 11.315 375 Dona Evans Finn Valey A.C. 11.336 376 Helen Stockdale Finn Valey A.C. 11.417 361 Ita Boyle Rosses A.C. 12.008 362 Eimear Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.04 9 378 Catherine Brogan Finn Valey A.C. 12.2010 371 Irene Mc Fadden Letterkenny A.C. 12.2811 383 Tracey Harley Inishowen A.C. 12.3012 366 Noreen Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.34 13 377 Marie Harper Finn Valey A.C. 12.3514 374 Noreen Bonner Finn Valey A.C. 12.5315 368 Dara Dunne Letterkenny A.C. 13.0016 382 Henreita Elves Inishowen A.C. 13.1317 388 Ruth Doherty Inishowen A.C. 13.2118 370 Fin Begley Letterkenny A.C. 13.3319 395 Amanda Barr Lifford A.C. 13.3920 369 Marrian Kerr Letterkenny A.C. 13.3921 384 Breege Collins Inishowen A.C. 13.4422 386 Johanne Mc Clogan Inishowen A.C. 14.0023 367 Pat Mc Kenna Letterkenny A.C. 14.1424 391 Sharon Carlin Lifford A.C. 14.1925 392 Ursla Coyle Lifford A.C. 14.2226 379 Gloria Donaghey Finn Valey A.C. 14.2827 390 Andrea Mc Gavigan Lifford A.C. 14.4328 385 Joanne Whoriskey Inishowen A.C. 15.1129 363 Maureen Doherty Rosses A.C. 15.1430 389 Isobel Bresslin Lifford A.C. 15.2331 387 Sonia Lynch Inishowen A.C. 15.3532 365 Sinead Diver Rosses A.C. 15.4133 393 Roisin Friel Mc Ginnley Lifford A.C. 15.5934 396 Orla Moore Lifford A.C. 16.0935 364 Brid Doherty Rosses A.C. 17.21ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC’S ADAMS WINS MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY was last modified: October 13th, 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:Donegal Cross CountryLIfford ACNatasha Adams
One man has died following a road crash outside Raphoe this afternoon. Pic by Northwest News Pix.Gardai have confirmed that one man has died after a traffic accident outside Raphoe this afternoon.The man, a motorcyclist, was in collision with a jeep towing a trailer off the Ballinalecky Crossroads at Oakfield Demense.The victim has not ben named but it is understood he is married to a local woman. The accident happened just after 4pm.The road has been closed overnight until accident scene investigators arrive tomorrow morning.Road diversions have also been set in place.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan has confirmed one person has been killed in the accident. She appealed for anybody who was driving or walking in the area to contact them at Letterkenny Garda station. BREAKING NEWS: YOUNG MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ROAD CRASH was last modified: October 30th, 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)
DNF’s Earns Geocacher Coveted Award SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly MailerAugust 22, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community” If this DNF Pride video you’re about to watch was located at a set of exact coordinates, and disguised in a geocache container, it’s unlikely the man being honored would ever discover it. This April 1, we honor a geocacher who sets a proud example for other adventurers to follow. It’s a simple, easy-to-follow, statement: DNF Pride. Chosen as a Geocacher of the Month, Dean F, logged more Did Not Finds than anyone in history. He further logged exactly zero finds. His partner, Eftie F, and their geocaching friends created a special event to honor Dean F’s accomplishment. Watch this new video to find out what happened next.Proudly celebrate your DNF Pride or a friend’s DNF accomplishments with DNF gear from Shop Geocaching.Share with your Friends:More