– awaiting debunching paymentThe Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) – with the aim of bargaining for increased wages for its public school teachers – is awaiting the Education Ministry to restart its salary negotiations so that teachers will, in the near future, be able to benefit from a 40 per cent increase in their current income.Due to undisclosed reasons, the Ministry had postponed the negotiations until further notice, but the Union is hoping that these discussions resume in the near future so that the teachers could get a significant salary increase from what they have been subjected to over the years.GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, during an interview with Guyana Times, said there has been no indication from the Ministry thus far on whether the proposal for the increase has been agreed on.Recently, the Union held the belief that the Ministry had postponed the negotiations because of the Local Government Elections held in March; however, a month has since passed following the elections and there still has been no indication of a decision being made.The subject had initially been delayed in January due to the reading of the 2016 National Budget, however, with this current delay, it is being speculated by some that the Ministry is intentionally dodging the discussions.It is worthy to note the statements made by Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine in the media, downplaying there being negotiations between his Ministry and the GTU over the 40 per cent salary increase. He essentially cited that both parties were basically discussing this issue. He also indicated that should the possibility of a 40 per cent salary increase be considered for teachers, then the nurses would then expect to be facilitated as such.The Union has proposed for the year 2016-2020 a series of increases.This, they say, is being projected with the aim of improving the financial stability of its teachers, who are the most significant figures within society.The 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers is proposed for the year 2016. Overtime, the percentage will be increased for all categories of its represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union is hoping to have bargains for a 45 per cent increase, which will then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).Meanwhile, in regards to the debunching payment, where teachers will be eligible for one per cent of their salaries for each year beginning from 2011 to 2015, the Education Ministry had indicated to the Union that the lump sum cash would be paid at the end of the term. However, this proposal is still awaiting approval from Cabinet.Among its list of proposals that are still in queue for a response are the duty free concessions that the Union has been making pleas for over the past few years.The proposal had been reapproved by the Minister of State Joseph Harmon, earlier this year but since then there had been no further discussions on when or if this would be implemented.
By Michael YoungeSeveral major local, regional and international companies have already submitted proposals or are in the process of doing so to the Government’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) which was set up to manage the affairs of the three closed sugar estates and its assets.The entity is also tasked with looking at practical investments and divestment proposals from stakeholders who would like to embark on ventures following the closure of several of the country’s sugar estates.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes confirmed that already the response has been encouraging as she implored scores of dismissed workers toMinister Cathy Hughes addressed the fired sugar workers at Enmore on Fridaylook to their futures and move past the past.“We have a range of tremendous opportunities today… Let us stop the screaming and shouting and let us try to make the best with what is happening today,” Hughes said, as she referred to the behavioural patterns of some workers who only seem to see gloom and doom following their dismissals from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).“We have learnt the hard way that we can’t continue to put our money into something that is no longer profitable… not because of us but because the world is changing… we have to move with the times,” she stressed.She promised workers that “Guyana will always have some element of sugar but we have to reorganise. We will always need sugar for our local consumption… we will also need sugar for DDL… We are not going to throw that away… now is not the time to focus on all that happened in the past but how we were moving forward”.The Public Telecommunications Minister said it was time for the sugar industry to be modernised with a view of enhancing its productivity and competitiveness so downsizing the industry is just one step in a long overhaul process to arrive at the desired changes at GuySuCo.“The last six months instead of thinking about what we were going to do as we are going to be laid, we as sugar workers, were shouting ‘we got to get out severance… We have a range of individuals and international companies that are interested in Guyana and our sugar industry… you would have read that DDL said that they are interested… workers would be needed for that…”, she stressed.Explaining the mandate of the SPU, Hughes reiterated her point that here are several international companies that have already indicated to SPU that they are interested in Guyana.She said Government created that Unit because that is the entity that any company in any part of the world that are interested can come with their proposals.“There are big companies like Pepsi Cola and other companies that are already saying to SPU that we are working on our numbers and our plans… we coming and the SPU is taking their time to ensure that we have the best deal for Guyana… we don’t want no hurry work and then we realise that we can get a better deal.”“My friends at Nand Persaud have also said they have their own ideas about how they can invest,” the Minister disclosed. Workers, who have the skills will get the jobs, she related before saying, “I am trying to show that you have value and your skills are a commodity.”She disclosed that companies in India and Trinidad and Tobago have already approached the SPU about investment in Guyana and the now closed estates in order to roll out new projects.“I can’t come and give you the names of who the people are… I’ve got to wait for them to sow-up the deal because I don’t want to jeopardise their investments,” she said calmly.“I promise that this a process that we will be with you… All your knowledge is going to be available to all of those companies that are coming in the new sugar industry we are creating,” Minister Hughes insisted.
“That’s why it’s not good that international players allow themselves to be manipulated for his electoral campaign.“In doing that, our players have certainly not helped the DFB’s work on integration.”During a meeting Sunday with Erdogan, the two players, both born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, handed over signed Arsenal and Manchester City shirts. Photos of the meeting were used on social media by Erdogan’s campaign team.Gundogan insisted he “didn’t want to make a political statement with this photo and even less so campaign for his election.“As German internationals we adhere to the values upheld by the DFB and we are aware of our responsibilities,” added Gundogan. Earlier, the extreme-right German party, the AfD, reacted quickly to the picture, politician Beatrix von Storch asking: “Why is Gundogan playing for the German national team when he recognises Erdogan as his president?”Cem Ozdemir, former leader of the German Green party and himself of Turkish origin, was also scathing.“The president of an international German footballer is called Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his chancellor Angela Merkel and his parliament the Bundestag, the headquarters of which are in Berlin and not Ankara,” Ozdemir told AFP subsidiary SID.German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said he would raise the issue with the players.“I have no doubts over the desire of either Mesut or Ilkay to play for Germany and identify with our values,” said Bierhoff.“Neither one of them was aware of the symbolic value of this photo, but it’s clearly not right and we’ll be talking to them about it,” he added.Erdogan, in power for the last 15 years as premier and now president, will seek a new term in snap June 24 polls.After the landmark vote, a new system agreed in an April 2017 referendum will come into force, which the opposition says will give the president authoritarian powers.Turkish football federation vice-president Servet Yardmici, an executive member of the UEFA Board, claimed Erdogan’s meeting with the players was centred on “football chat”.Turkey, who are not qualified for the 2018 World Cup, is one of several countries hoping to host the 2024 European Championships, but Yardmici — who described the players in the photo as “Turkish” — affirmed none of them would feature in any upcoming promotional campaign.“I don’t think we should involve them, they are Turkish but are playing for another national team. We should not involve them in our campaign,” he told AFP in London on Monday.Asked about the photo, he added: “Our president Erdogan is visiting England and was an active footballer and he loves meeting Turkish football players especially, although he does meet foreign players in Turkey when he has the time.“That is one of the reasons he met them yesterday (Sunday), to ask them how many goals they scored etc, it was football chatting but I have to make it clear they are not part of our campaign and there is no intention of bringing them into our campaign.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German footballers of Turkish origin, Ilkay Gundogan (L) and Mesut Ozil (L 2nd) and Turkish international Cenk Tosun (R) pose with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan(2nd R) in London © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP / KAYHAN OZERBerlin, Germany, May 14 – Germany internationals Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, both of Turkish origin, were accused by their national federation on Monday of having been “manipulated” after posing for photos with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“Football and the DFB (German football federation) defend values which are not fully taken into account by Mr Erdogan,” DFB president Reinhard Grindel tweeted.
The 82-year-old was suspended for six years by FIFA in February 2016 from any football-related activity over a 1.8-million-euro ($2mln) payment to Michel Platini.Blatter was replaced at the head of FIFA by Gianni Infantino.Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin to come and see the World Cup in Russia.Contacted by AFP, FIFA said it had no comment on Blatter’s trip, the Swiss national slated to fly to Moscow Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Portugal-Morocco Group B match in the Russian capital.He was also scheduled to attend Brazil’s Group E match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday before returning to Switzerland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sepp Blatter due to defy ban and attend two World Cup matches and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin © AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 18 – Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said Monday.Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of FIFA.
BALDWIN PARK – Council members are steadfast on their vision of an urban downtown village for the city’s main drag. On Wednesday, they rejected 25 proposals from area businesses for the revitalization project, agreeing the submissions weren’t a fit for the 124 acres along Ramona Boulevard. “We want developers to come in thinking out of the box,” Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. “We want to change this environment, make it an urban village, a walkable community.” Proposals from The Charles Company and Primestor Development Inc. for properties the companies own downtown were also met with skepticism. In the past several years, the city has revived the issue. The city entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Bisno Development Co. LLC, last year for the revitalization plan. City officials gave property owners a chance to jump on board and submit their own ideas. But Olivas said Thursday he was not impressed, for example, with Primestor’s suggestion to build a La Curacao – an appliance and furniture retailer – on its property. Garcia was even less intrigued with The Charles Co.’s ideas to build a drugstore on its Ramona Boulevard land. “We’re tired of that,” she said. “I think we’ve become the San Gabriel Valley capital of drugstores. It’s enough.” The area is lined with mostly medical offices, discount stores and fast-food chains. But some owners are balking at the city’s stance. “The way I see it is they want total redevelopment and it’s absolutely unfair,” said Wayne Fletcher, owner of Maine Pawn Shop on Maine Avenue. “I don’t think people are going to come from out of their way to come to Baldwin Park,” he said. “Everyone uses downtown Pasadena as a model. Baldwin Park is not going to be a downtown Pasadena. It won’t happen. It’s a ridiculous thought.” And as a working-class community, city residents aren’t going to be spending the kind of money officials are hoping for at high-end restaurants and stores, Fletcher said. But Olivas disagreed, arguing that the city loses a large amount of sales tax revenue from residents who shop out of town. “If we are able to capture even a percentage of what we call sales tax leakage that goes to West Covina,” he said, “then Baldwin Park will not be in such tough shape.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But city staff members will continue discussions with those companies as well as the Valley County Water District to see if any projects can be worked out, officials said. “It’s not so much being picky as it is wanting to go with a developer who is going to take a comprehensive approach to the downtown,” Councilman David Olivas said. “No one was really proposing anything near what we want, which is a downtown master plan project including a movie theater and restaurants and mixed-use.” About 120 acres mostly within the city’s commercial corridor along Maine Avenue and Ramona Boulevard make up what is considered the downtown area, said Melecio Picazo, the city’s acting redevelopment manager. The boundaries are Clark Street on the north, La Rica Avenue on the west, city limits on the east and Sterling Way on the south, he said. Officials first considered revamping this area in the late 1990s but the idea was eventually shelved, Garcia said.
Brian McCormack Sports Division One:Glenswilly v Malin Venue: Sean MacCumhaillsMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoGlenfin v Naomh Columba Venue: ConvoyMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveKilcar v Bundoran Venue: Pairc Tamnaigh Kilcar Centra Supermarkets Division ThreeNaomh Colmcille v Naomh Mhuire Venue: Pairc ColmcilleNaomh Brid v Naomh Naille Venue: Naomh BridCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveNaomh Colmcille v Naomh Mhuire Venue: Pairc ColmcilleNaomh Brid v St Nauls Venue: Naomh BridUrris v Aodh Ruadh Venue: Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighCarndonagh v Buncrana Venue: CarndonaghMarley Coach Hire Division FourNaomh Padraig Leifear v Naomh Padraig-Muff Venue: O Donnell ParkMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveRed Hughs v Naomh Ultan Venue: Red Hughs Marley Coach Hire Division 5Sean MacCumhaills v Naomh Conaill Venue: Sean MacCumhaillsSt Eunans v St Michaels Venue: O Donnell Park, 14:30GAA: TODAY’S GAA FIXTURES was last modified: November 20th, 2011 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)
Buncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 14th October, by Oisin DohertyCondolences: The Club wishes to pass on its sympathy to the McNamee family, Buncrana, on the recent passing of their mother and especially to former player Matthew McNamee.Bord na nÓg: Please note that the Bord na nÓg AGM will be on Sunday 21st of October at 7pmin the clubhouse. Senior Football: Our Senior sides were in Championship action again this weekend, with the second legs of the Intermediate Championship being held in Burt on Saturday evening. Both sides will be happy to have recorded wins and are now firmly focused on the quarter finals which will see both Buncrana sides take on neighbours Carndonagh, Senior scoreline – Burt 1-7 Buncrana 1-9. Reserve scoreline – Burt 1-2 Buncrana 2-12U16 Hurling: Hard luck to the Club’s Under 16 Hurlers, narrowly beaten in the County Final Replay on Saturday 29th September by 2 points. The lads have put in a great effort and were very unlucky not to complete a unique hat trick for us having secured the U14 and Minor titles already. Signs are good for the future and no doubt these lads will be back again and well done to all involved.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along. Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Sale of club gear: Orders are being taken for club gear and there are two special Christmas Pack Offers: (A) Windcheater (Emerald Green), Hat, socks & shorts, Boot bag, Hoodie, Bottoms. Kids €110/ Adults s/m/l €130. (B) Sports bag, Hat, socks, shorts, Hoodie, Bottoms, Boot Bag. Kids €110/ Adults s/m/l €130Orders being taken on Monday 8th and Friday 12th and Monday 15th and Friday 19th (4 nights) of October from 8-9pm in the Clubhouse. Contact Elizabeth Anne Nelson on 086 0604075. Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at email@example.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 8th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS
The Sean Davis Summer Soccer Academy finished last week with the annual visit to Deele College in Raphoe.Pictured are Sean [below] and coach Paddy Gallagher with over 50 kids who took part on the course. SEAN DAVIS SUMMER SOCCER ACADEMY A HUGE SUCCESS IN RAPHOE was last modified: September 4th, 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:AcademyCoachingdeele collegeFeaturesKidsNoticesRaphoeSean DavissoccerSport
A meeting to explore the possibility of a Neighbourhood Watch for a group of townlands outside Letetrkenny has received a huge response.The area, which stretches from the Top of Moorefield to the Golf Course Road in Letterkenny, attracted a huge crowd of more than 200 concerned residents to the Silver Tassie Hotel on Monday night.A further meeting to establish Neighbourhood Watch is to take place at the same venue on next Monday evening at 8.30pm. As the crowd struggled to get inside the room it was clearly evident that this is a community determined to make their voices heard in supporting the Gardai in the battle against criminality in Donegal.There are many such like communities on the outskirts of Letterkenny but until Monday night they had not been together on a community basis and despite living close by for a number of years, they are still strangers to each other.The call to action had come from local man, Noel Sweeney of the Swilly Drive School of Motoring.He expected a handful of people to come along and he was dumbfounded as the crowds just kept coming. He explained that he took this initiative after a series of thefts and burglaries had taken place in recent months and it was time to fight back.He organised Monday evening’s meeting in the hope that an organised approach can help to turn the tide on the criminals at a time when Garda resources are at an all-time low.And so it was that a huge crowd attended the function room at the hotel to hear Sgt. Paul Wallace and Sgt. Eunan Walsh provide vital data and advice on how to fight back against the current crime wave sweeping across many parts of Donegal as the ever lengthening shadows of winter dominate the rural landscape.“Crime is a community problem and we can do lots to prevent it by being aware of our own surroundings. By being involve with our own areas: by getting the young people involved and by keeping a lookout for the elderly people in all your townlands.“It is vital to develop a sense of community through proper communications and so much can be achieved by being alert: being aware and by being good neighbours,’ said Paul Wallace at the outset of the meeting. In a very informative PowerPoint presentation, Sgt. Wallace laid out the facts, figures for crime: prevention measures and the necessity for good community communication strategies and how to lessen the risk of thieves coming onto your property.Many at Monday night’s meeting would be very familiar with the distinctive blue and gold Neighbourhood Watch signs which have been dotted across many roadsides in rural Ireland for almost 30 years.Neighbourhood Watch, which started in Ireland in 1985, runs in close to 2,500 communities and villages across Ireland and Gardaí say they have seen a 30% increase in Neighbourhood Watch schemes as dormant schemes are rejuvenated and new schemes are set up by residents around the country.The increase comes amid changing lifestyles that people in urban areas are less likely to know their neighbours than they were twenty years ago. The reasons why the crime prevention scheme has been kick-started over the past three years could be attributed to people who have lost jobs or had working hours cut back looking to do something positive and meaningful in their neighbourhoods; to older people locked in fear behind closed doors. And to a shift in policing approaches which has seen community policing become more important to reduce crime.Neighbourhood Watch, said Sgt. Wallace is not a replacement for the role of the Gardai but it is a means to being more alert, more vigilant and it is a way of getting to know each other in communities like those at Monday night’s meeting.These schemes are a good way of making people feel empowered to take on the problems in their areas and while the scheme doesn’t replace policing, a large part of Neighbourhood Watch is about stopping smaller, preventable crimes by encouraging people to take actions themselves.‘It’s about reducing and minimising opportunities for crime and encouraging people to do what they can to stop smaller crimes and it sends out a message to the criminals that every townland is on the lookout for strange behavour in their midst.“Often, this comes down to following basic tips to stop criminals from taking advantage of an opportunity to commit a crime: not leaving valuables in clear sight in a car, for example, ensuring that house doors are locked, and leaving a light on in a house when the occupant is not there.“It’s also about fostering a sense of community in an area. If people know each other, they’re more likely to look out for each other,” says Sgt Wallace.Next Monday’s meeting will see a steering group formed with a framework set in motion to establish a Community Neighbourhood Watch in the area as a matte of priority.The meeting will begin at 8.30 and those attending are being advised to come early. And while a huge crowd came along on Monday night, every household in the area is invited to be present at next week’s meeting in the Sliver Tassie because the opinion of every single family is vital in preparing an organised approach to the campaign.HUGE RESPONSE TO ANTI-CRIME MEETING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 7th, 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:letterkennynieghbourhood watch schemeNoel Sweeney
Finn Valley poll-topper Martin Harley has paid tribute to his family and friends after he was given a huge endorsement by the people to continue as a county councillor.Public Harley increased his personal vote by 550 votes from his last outing five years ago.The Harley family suffered a personal tragedy when they lost their 19 year old daughter Kym in a road tragedy in late 2014. An emotional Mr Harley told Donegal Daily that he was “humbled” by the support he has received in recent weeks.“I am humbled. It’s been a very difficult four and a half years for the family including my wife Denise.“When I knocked on doors people told me that they were voting for Martin Harley no matter what party I was with and I appreciate that.“I am a Fine Gael man but I will help anybody no matter what their background,” he said. Councillor Harley said there was no question he was hurt by the manner in which Frank McBrearty was brought into the Fine Gael camp to run in this election.“I have absolutely no issue with Frank and I think he does great work in his area.“But I was upset at the manner in which another candidate was brought in. I was told nothing about those plans by the party. I heard it first from a friend by phone after it had been agreed. I was never consulted.“But I am a Fine Gael man and I will be actively looking at the results around the rest of the county to see where we are picking up seats,” he added.He added that he thought the possibility of a third Fine Gael seat in the Lifford/Stranorlar area is a “strong possibility.” “I think it will be very tight and it’s very hard to call.“As a person and a community worker I have so much time for Liam Doherty and the work he has done but I think Fine Gael have a strong chance of that last seat with Garvan Connolly.“It could be a long day and night and I wouldn’t rule out a recount,” he said.Poll-topper Martin Harley – “It’s been a tough few years” was last modified: May 27th, 2019 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:electionLiffordMartin HarleypollStranorlartopper