Still no stipends for Region 9 HEYS participants

first_img… money promised since October 1Douglas Casimero, Toshao of Aishalton, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), has indicated that participants of the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS), within the region have not been paid their stipends despite promises that the money would be distributed on October1.He said participants of his village, along with other villages within the region, have not received their stipends. He noted that the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry had committed to pay them within seven days following the National Toshao Conference.“These youths were supposed to be paid every two months but till now, the students and the facilitators are waiting,” he added.Over 100 Indigenous villages and 2000 youths have been able to benefit from the programme since it began in 2015.It replaced the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s (PPP/C) Youth Entrepreneurial and Apprenticeship Programme (YEAP).The programme is expected to utilise an integrated and user-friendly approach to learning, which seeks to give youth and young adults a second chance to maximise their full potential, economically and socially.According to the Government Information Agency, the HEYS Programme is the fulfilment of a commitment to Indigenous youths, made by the Government to positively contribute to improving the lifestyle and standards of living for youth and young adults residing in the hinterland with an academic or non-academic need, irrespective of race, gender, religion or political persuasion.But Casimero stated that no payments are contrary to what is being pushed by the Ministry and the Government into the public domain.A source close the programme, on the other hand, stated that two teams are presently in Region Nine and are distributing the cash. The source added that most of the communities would have already received their monies.“We will have the payments completed by Tuesday,” the source said, noting that payments to Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have already been completed. Participants in the other regions will receive their payments before the week ends.last_img read more

NAREI helps Baramita residents establish kitchen gardens

first_imgThe National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) is assisting 10 households in the mining community of Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) to manage and establish kitchen gardens.According to NAREI, between August 9 and 12, 2018, its Hinterland Coordinator Participants engaging in practical training in Baramita, Region 1Aaron Ramroop assisted participants with practical training in cash crop seedling production and orchard management. The training was conducted at small holdings owned by some participants and also at the Baramita Training Centre.The commencement of this training is part of the Ministerial Task Force approach to improve the standard of living within this community. NAREI’s involvement mainly focuses on promoting food security and nutrition through diversifying and increasing crop production.Each participant was given three seed trays and seeds for various cash crops including hot and sweet peppers, cabbage and Boulanger. They also received small packs of ochro seeds and 20 seedling bags to plant soursop and pawpaw.NAREI through its extension services will be monitoring the progress of the 10 households. The institute is confident that the project will benefit the participants, especially those who are single parent mothers and members of the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS).last_img read more

Taxi driver stabbed several times during failed hijacking

first_imgA hire car driver in Berbice is now a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital, nursing a broken arm and several stab wounds to the regions of his back, neck, chest and arm, following a failed carjacking by a passenger.The driver, Chunilall Dudnath, 52, of lot 232 East Canefield, Canje, Berbice, was asked to take a lone passenger in his car into a street at West Canefield, East Canje, when the incident occurred shortly before 22:00h on Monday night.According to Dudnath, the passenger claimed to be going to the last house in the street. He said when they got there, he asked theThe vehicle which a passenger attempted to carjackpassenger if he lived at that house. Instead of answering, Dudnath said, the passenger stabbed him on the shoulder.Dudnath noted that the stabbing continued as he tried to loosen his seat belt. He was then ordered out of the vehicle. After doing so, the passenger drove the car further down the street and Dudnath ran behind the carjacker. Not content with the injuries already inflicted on the hire car driver, the carjacke then reversed the vehicle into Dudnath, knocking him off his feet.According to one eyewitness, Rafeek Hoosain, the taxi driver was hit twice, resulting in his arm being broken.“This car knock down the man flat on the ground and the man get up and running and hollering help! Help! Help! By the time I turn in the street, the car reverse and knock him down again… The car slide in the drain and the man come out and run away and jump in a car. I thought it was a car driver knocking somebody, not knowing that is the thief knocking down the car driver,” he related.Another villager, Khemwattie Submanani, who said she was able the get a look at the perpetrator, related that he was dressed in black and wore a red hat. She explained that the villagers ran after him but they were not able to see his face. The carjacker successfully escaped by leaving the community in another hire car which he stopped.Following the incident, neighbours called the Police. Submanani said she repeatedly called 911 for about 15 minutes but did not get through. She also noted that the Reliance Police Station’s number was also tried but gave a busy tone. The Station Sergeant was then called on his cellular phone and moments later a patrol which included investigators arrived.However, relatives of the injured hire car driver are concerned that the Police did not dust the vehicle for fingerprints. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

PPP concerned over “prolonged” delays

first_img2015 Elections petition caseThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Saturday said it was concerned over the continued and prolonged delays that have stalled the hearing of the Elections Petition case filed in the High Court, challenging aspects of the results declared following the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections.The Party’s legal representative and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall confirmed that much progress has not been made in determining several matters related to the petition, which is before the High Court.He recalled that after the PPP filed its case in the High Court, the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield moved to the court to block the hearing of the petition.After the High Court heard and determined Lowenfield’s summons, it was dismissed but soon after the GECOM CEO appealed the decision of the High Court.Nandlall said the matter took about one year or more to be heard by the Full Court and that same court is taking approximately more than six months to deliver its judgement.The PPP member added that he is very concerned because election petitions by law, and by their very nature, are expected to be heard and determined speedily.“In fact, the law expressly provides that once the hearing begins, it should continue on a day-to-day basis by the Judge assigned to hear it… the rationale is obvious. A nation must not be in doubt about who its representatives are in the National Assembly nor who should form the Government. Delays in the hearing and determination of election petitions therefore can easily lead to chaos, civil unrest and a complete breakdown of democracy in a society,” he reiterated.Nandlall said it was against that backdrop that it is deeply regretful that after three years, the election petition filed challenging the 2015 General and Regional Elections is yet to get off the ground.“It is even more unfortunate that the party that is frustrating the hearing of the elections petition is the CEO whose role in an election is an impartial one and whose responsibility it is to ensure that there is fairness and compliance with the laws in relation to elections. This official, therefore, ought to be accommodating and encouraging in any process which seeks to examine the legality and propriety of elections because it is in the interest of the integrity of this officer to ensure that the integrity of the electoral process is vindicated and validated,” he remarked.He said on the contrary, this officer attempted to strike the petition out in order to prevent legal scrutiny of the elections and then when his application is dismissed, appeals the decision further stalling the process.“The Judiciary is not without blame in taking so long to dispose of the legal challenge and to ensure that the petition is heard with the speed contemplated by the letter and spirit of the law,” he explained.He reminded  Guyana Times of a situation in Trinidad in 2016 where an election petition was filed – after the PPP’s 2015 petition in Guyana – and that petition had already been determined in the High Court and in the Appeals Court.He declined to say whether he felt the petition was deliberately being stalled by the GECOM CEO and others within the Executive branch who may have some sort of influence over the process.It was expected since November 2017 that a speedy ruling would have been handed after the CEO’s appeal was heard by the Full Court presided over by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George and Justice Franklin Holder, who reviewed written submissions.At that time, the Chief Justice announced that the court needed no clarification after reviewing the submissions laid over by the parties – Attorney Judy Stuart-Adonis for Attorney General Basil Williams SC; Attorney Roysdale Forde for Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield; and Attorney Rajendra Jaigobin for Opposition parliamentarian Ganga Persaud.The petition filed on behalf of the PPP/C seeks to challenge the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

English referees will show cards to badly-behaved managers

first_imgIn the top flight, managers will not be shown cards but receive verbal warnings.Like cards for players, the warnings will be totted up and could lead to match bans.What the FA calls “stage one warnings” will be issued for inappropriate language or gestures “which are an obvious show of dissent or an attempt to influence the decisions of the match officials”. These include kicking or throwing water bottles or clothing, sarcastic clapping or waving imaginary cards.Managers who receive four warnings will be banned for one match, eight warnings will result in a two-match ban, 12 warnings will bring a three-match ban and 16 will lead to a misconduct charge.Unlike cards for players, the warnings will not, in most cases, be wiped out after a fixed number of games.Shaun Harvey, the chief executive of the English Football League which runs the three divisions below the Premier League, said on Tuesday that rules for behaviour in the dugout or technical area are not new, but the idea is to make the disciplinary procedure clearer to fans.Referees have long been able to banish badly-behaved managers, but now a red card will make clear what is happening.“We thought it should add to the clarity and hopefully better behaviour in the technical areas,” said Harvey.Harvey said that the referee can, if necessary, caution a team’s entire coaching staff.“This is not about creating a drama. It is about making sure behaviour doesn’t decline further.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000English referees will show cards to managers and other touchline staff in most professional competitions the coming season.© AFP/File Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, July 31 – English football intends to start punishing managers who behave badly on the sidelines as severely as players on the field, the Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday.In the coming season, referees will be able to show red and yellow cards to coaching staff in England’s top professional competitions, with the exception of the Premier League, as part of a pilot project based on the FA’s existing “technical area code of conduct”.last_img read more

Neymar banned for three matches for lashing out at fan

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar banned for three matches fo lashing out at fan © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, May 10 – Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar was banned for three matches Friday with a further two-match ban suspended for lashing out at a fan following the club’s shock defeat in the French Cup final.Announcing the ban, the French football federation said the sanction would go into effect from May 13 allowing the Brazilian superstar to appear for the French champions against Angers in Ligue 1 on Saturday. But he will miss the last two games of the domestic season and the French Champions Trophy pitting PSG against their cup final conquerors winners Rennes in Shenzhen, China in August.Neymar swung at an abusive opposing fan while climbing the steps to receive his French Cup final losers medal following the shock defeat to Rennes on penalties last month.On a nightmare night for PSG, Rennes came back from 2-0 down to 2-2 at the end of regulation time, forcing extra time and penalties.Meanwhile, Neymar has appealed against another ban, this time a three-match Champions League ban imposed by European football’s governing body UEFA .He was punished for an angry outburst at match officials of PSG’s last-16 tie against Manchester United in March.PSG lost following a last-minute penalty award to the Premier League side after a VAR review of a disputed handball appeal.Neymar did not play in the match through injury but took to social media to call the penalty award a “scandal” and accuse the VAR referees of incompetence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Targeting peak performance on Local Enterprise Week – Picture Special

first_imgSmall and medium enterprises in Donegal have been called upon to turn their passion into action and ‘Dare to be amazing.’The call was made by Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, at the end of Local Enterprise Week 2019, who said that the backbone of the economy of the county is small and micro enterprises – but they don’t get the importance they deserve.“I’d say to our businesses – you need to have more confidence in yourselves – you need to tell your story, because if you don’t, how will people know?” The theme for the week was ‘Peak Performance’ and the Head of Enterprise urged Donegal businesses to be ambitious.“Know what you want to achieve and then match that with the ambition. If you are going to have peak performance, then you need to have the ambition to perform at that level.At the end of the day, you have to have some sort of goal – but you shouldn’t set those goals too low and make them easy to achieve. Be ambitious, aim high,” Mr. Tunney said.Tommy Bowe, Adrian Logan, Anna Gearey and Michael Murphy stop for a selfie ahead of the ‘Peak Performance – Lessons for Business in Sport’ event in the Villa Rose, Hotel, Ballybofey during Local Enterprise Week.Joe and Brenda O’Hora of Benny & Co and Joe Doherty of Simply Inish pictured with Michael Tunney Head of Enterprise and Eve Anne McCarron and Maggie Campbell at the ‘receipe for Success – Starting a Food Business’ event during Local Enterprise Week.His comments came as another busy Local Enterprise Week came to an end with 25 events at locations right across the county, thanks to support from other agencies and partners. The Local Enterprise organised events included a number of high-profile speakers, but many local businesses also featured on the podium over the course of the week to share their stories.Seamus McMenamin of McMenamin Enginnering, Larissa Feeney of Accountant Online and David Gildea of Cloud Ranger pictured on stage with Anton Savage at the launch of Local Enterprise Week.Participants in the ‘The Ingredients for your food story using video’ event at Castlegrove House, one of the many events across the county as part of Local Enterprise Week.Pictured at the Digital Marketing Expo in Rockhill House during Local Enterprise Week were Greg Fry, Anna Good, Richard Finney, Marie Shields, Andrew Clarke, Emmett Rushe and Grace Korbel from the Local Enterprise Office.“It was great as always, to have some excellent speakers come in to give brilliant advice, information and inspiration over the course of the week, but one of the highlights of the week certainly was the fact that we were able to include so many local businesses who could share success stories that hopefully will inspire other businesses to follow in their footsteps,” the Head of Enterprise said.Those stories this year ranged from the opening event and continued right through the week until the final event, the launch of ‘Donegal – We Create’ charting the stories of 8 creative businesses in the county.Businesses featured in ‘Donegal – We Create’ get their first look at the finished at the final event of Local Enterprise Week. Included with Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, Head of Enterprise Michael Tunney, Assistant Head of Enterprise, Brenda Hegarty and Liam Porter who wrote the stories are- Paul McMahon, The Rusted Pixel, Sharon McDaid, Silver Birch Gallery, Lynn Costello Erskine, The Pear in Paper, Caitlín NicGabhann of Caitlí, Thomas McLaughlin, Tádaiás, Karen O’Kane, Koko Designs, Elaine, Lyndsey and Zara McGonigle of McGonigle GlassThomas McLaughlin, Caitlín NicGabhann, Karen O’Kane and Lynn Costello Erskine pictured in conversation with host Marie Louise Muir at the launch of ‘Donegal – We Create’ in Rockhill House, Letterkenny, the final event of Local Enterprise Week 2019.Local businesses also featured in many of the partner events and the Head of Enterprise paid tribute to all those who had made last week’s series of events a huge success.“It was great to have such co-operation from other agencies and partners in the county and I’d like to thank them, all our speakers and all our venue hosts for their contribution towards a great week for Donegal businesses. I’d also urge the businesses who attended and indeed those thinking of starting a business, to continue to engage with the Local Enterprise Office and we will do everything possible to help them,” he concluded.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely in conversation with Tony Forrester of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Eve Anne McCarron from the Local Enterprise Office at the launch of Local Enterprise WeekVisitors to Inishowen Engineering enjoying a tour as part of the ‘Up close and personal’ event organised as part of Local Enterprise Week.Visitors to Inishowen Engineering pictured before their visit to the work floor. The visit was one of two ‘Up close and personal’ events with engineering firms in the county organised as part of Local Enterprise Week.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to or phone 0749160735.Targeting peak performance on Local Enterprise Week – Picture Special was last modified: March 12th, 2019 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:Businessdonegal leoeventsLocal Enterprise Weeklast_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA Club News: It was a good weekend for our underage hurlers with the U12’s and Minors both winning titles. The Minors completed a B League and Championship double fielding a very young team, many of whom will be underage for two more years and some for 3 more years.They defeated rivals Burt on a score of 1-16 to 1-06. Well done to everyone. The U12’s lifted the county Go Games title with a good victory over a good Four Masters team. This is their second year in a row to claim the title and there is no doubt these teams will do battle again in the future.The Seniors travel to Gaoth Dobhair for a League match this weekend, keep an eye on social media and e-mail for details of time, day etc. The U21 hurlers take on MacCumhaills this Sunday in the championship at 11am.The U16 Boys div. 1 footballers advanced to the Northern semi-final after a good win over MacCumhaills on Saturday. They will meet either Glenfin or St. Michaels in the semi-final. They take on Southern area runners-up Ardara in the Co. League semi-final this Saturday at 3pm in Glenfin. The div. 2 team will take on the Gaels at home in the championship with day and time tbc.The U13 div. 1 boys were beaten by Termon on Monday night meaning they are unlikely to reach the Northern final, they take on the Gaels this weekend. The Div. 2 team travel to St. Michaels for their game this Sunday.The U10 footballers made the trip to Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland tournament on Saturday. The boys had three tough games in the group stages. In the first game they narrowly lost to St. Colmcilles (Meath), the second game was a hard fought victory over host club Kilmacud Crokes and the final group game was another close battle with a win over Clann NaGael (Armagh). The team missed out on qualification for the cup semi-finals on aggregate scores but did qualify for the Shield Final against Crossmaglen. The boys fought hard against the team from South Armagh and eventually lost after an epic encounter. The team and club would like to thank everyone involved and especially to coaches, children and parents who made the enjoyable trip to Dublin. The team and club would also like to say thank you to both Cllr. Tom Crossan from the Letterkenny Town Council and Seamus Hughes (Managing Director) of Zeus Industrial Products (Letterkenny) for helping sponsor the trip to Dublin. There is a Level 2 coaching Course coming up shortly, provisionally set November 8th/9th and 15th/16th in Glenswilly. Anyone interested must have completed the Level 1. Give your name to Jim Clarke asap to book your place on 086-3131550.Ian Duffy was the winner of the All-Ireland Final Tickets Draw on Thursday night. Thanks to all our sponsors for their generosity. The full results were: 1st Ian Duffy, Coolboy; 2nd Siobhan Ni Churraighin, Teelin; 3rd Jean Foley, Letterkenny; 4th Ann Carr, Loughnagin; 5th Catriona Harrington Kilkelly, Co Mayo; 6th Frankie Doherty, Letterkenny; 7th Ciara Bonar, Lismonaghan; 8th Sarah Gillen Hawthorn Heights.We extend our sympathies to Mary Tuite and family on their recent bereavement. GAA NEWS: GOOD WEEKEND FOR ST EUNAN’S YOUNG HURLERS was last modified: September 24th, 2013 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:St Eunan’s GAA club noteslast_img read more

County dirty dealing

first_imgSomeone ought to give county Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley a medal. He alone seems to have been able to make sense of the Rube Goldberg scheme by which the county apparently fleeced federal welfare programs out of $6 million. Not that others aren’t trying. The District Attorney’s Office is looking into the situation, but the matter is mired in bureaucratic complexity. But McCauley has presented a clearer picture: Realizing that the county could get more federal welfare money – money that’s supposed to help the poor – if it leased welfare facilities rather than built them, officials opted to lease rather than to build or to use some of the 5,000 buildings in the county inventory. There’s more: The city built one of the buildings, using taxpayer-backed bonds, and then leased it to the county, which in turn billed the feds. And after 30 years, the city gets to keep the building. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Confused? You should be. But here’s one last detail to consider: County officials may have provided insider information to the companies bidding to build the projects in exchange for expensive vacations to Europe, Jamaica and Colorado. So while investigations continue, McCauley has concluded that the county owes Washington $6 million for past overbilling and that the county is entitled to $1.4 million less in future annual payments than officials think. All of which points to dirty county dealing that McCauley and prosecutors must continue working to resolve.last_img read more

Slain deputy memorialized

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKEWOOD – Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz was remembered Saturday as a brave and caring peace officer during a ceremony at the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station monument for deputies killed in the line of duty.Family members, including Ortiz’s widow and sons, quietly paid respects to the fallen deputy at the monument at the station off Clark Avenue.Ortiz is the fifth name on the wall honoring Lakewood station deputies.His family later paid respects at a private ceremony inside the station as Ortiz’s locker was sealed. More than 100 uniformed deputies stood quietly on the lawn to the west of the station’s visitor parking lot.“(Ortiz’s) dedication, passion and courage caused him to act alone, and he even went alone when it was not safe,” said Undersheriff Larry Waldie, who attended in place of Sheriff Lee Baca, who is at a conference in Moscow.Ortiz was a 15-year deputy assigned to the anti-gang unit Operation Safe Streets. He was working alone June 24 in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street in Hawaiian Gardens investigating an earlier shooting when he was shot in the face.Jose Luis Orozco, a gang member whom Ortiz was investigating, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.The mourners included Lakewood deputies and their families, and dignitaries from Lakewood and surrounding cities. They were joined by several deputies Ortiz knew while working at the Century Sheriff’s Station between 1996 and 2000. David Rogerslast_img read more