HIGHLIGHTING TALENT “The unique meet further seeks to highlight athletic talent from various independent schools located in western and central Jamaica,” he added. The event will have three classes for both prep and high schools and feature all the standard relays, high jump, long jump, ball throw, shot put, and more. There will, however, be a few special events for the physically and mentally challenged student athletes. “We believe that sports can be used as a powerful tool to pass on values, principles, and character development. This belief is the core operating principle behind the concept of this invitational meet, and what CPJ and associate sponsors are investing in,” Boynes outlined. The meet will also be used as a platform for charity, with all participating student athletes being asked to bring in gifts (including cash) that will be donated to an aid organisation. Rajah Thomas of CPJ noted that the company has been proud to be part of the event since day one and hopes to continue future sponsorship. More than 30 schools are set to compete in the highly anticipated 2017 staging of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association-Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (JISA-CPJ) Invitational Friendship meet to be held in Montego Bay, St James, next week. The one-day meet, which is in its fifth year, is slated to be staged at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall on Wednesday, April 12. The number of schools participating this year is up by six when compared to last year’s event, where institutions such as St John’s Prep and Victor Dixon High were in the top rankings at the primary level and secondary level, respectively. Both institutions will make a return this year, which will feature 24 schools such as St James Preparatory School, New Horizon Preparatory School, Hemmingay Prep, and Hosanna Prep School in the Preparatory School Division. Achievers Multi-Resource Centre, Genesis Academy, Northgate High, Victor Dixon High, Victory Academy, Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, and St John’s High will make up the high school category. “The meet is aimed at strategically contributing to the nation-building process by using sporting activities to promote value-based education,” explained Pastor Wesley Boynes, president of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), at Tuesday’s launch in the Second City.
Counselor David A. B. Jallah pulled no punches when he delivered to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf his comprehensive and no nonsense report last weekend on allegations by the National Security Agency (NSA) of money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud , involving some Korean nationals, a Lebanese and the NSA. Counselor Jallah was head of a Special Independent Committee (SIC) constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to investigate the matter. In his report to the President, Cllr. Jallah and his Committee recommended that the NSA operatives who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals, and co-conspirators, be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.The NSA operatives were unnamed but the Jallah Committee further recommended that appropriate administrative action be taken against those involved. The NSA is headed by the President’s step son, Fumba Sirleaf.The President received the Committee’s Report and immediately forwarded it to the Ministry of Justice for review and appropriate actions, including all of the recommendations contained in the report. These recommendations are to be taken into consideration consistent with law.The background of the case is that on July 8, 2014 some Koreans were arrested by NSA officers at a guest house on Old Road, Monrovia. In their complaint to the court following the incident, they alleged that during their arrest, their money, amounting to US$247,500 and other valuables, including their wallets containing money and credit cards, were confiscated by the NSA officers. This was done without a search warrant.In a release subsequently issued, the NSA claimed that the money seized from the Asians was counterfeit. But the Koreans maintained that the money had been transferred from their home in South Korea to the International Bank (IB) in Monrovia. It was upon receipt of the money from IB that the Koreans said they proceeded to the Old Road guest house where the NSA arrested them.In its recommendations, the Jallah Committee said administrative action should be taken against the five NSA officers involved in the case; that they be prosecuted by the MOJ; and that GOL refund to the Korean nationals the full amount of US$247,500 which they withdrew from IB on July 8, 2014.Though we have not yet seen the report, we think we can safely conjecture that Cllr. Jallah, being a reputable lawyer and dean of the University of Liberia’s Louis Grimes School of Law, must have contacted the IB to ensure that the money in question was legitimate and not counterfeit. After all, since Jallah headed a Presidential Investigative Committee, IB’s ethical principle of confidentiality did not apply.We believe the President, who has herself admitted that corruption in both government and the Liberian society is “endemic,” has an excellent opportunity to set an example by prosecuting the NSA operatives involved in offenses which clearly are in violation of the Liberian Constitution and ethical principles governing all government institutions.What is surprising to us at this point in time is that the Director General of the National Security Agency, Fumba Sirleaf, has not yet resigned, knowing full well how badly his Agency has embarrassed his own government, and more particularly, his mother, the President. Though he may or may not have been personally involved in the scandal, the fact remains that he is the head of the NSA and should, therefore, take personal responsibility for all that happened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Celebrations on Thursday turned to distress for a young man who was dealt several stabs to his back and allegedly received a gunshot wound to his knee after he tried intervening in an argument between his sister-in-law and another female.Injured is 27-year-old Kezil Brazalio. According to reports, at about 18:30h Brazalio was along Sussex Street, Albouystown, when he noticed two females in a heated argument.Realising that one of the women is his sister-in-law, he attempted to make peace among the duo. However, the mother of the other female involved in the argument allegedly approached Brazalio and dealt him several stabs to his back. He then fell to the ground but things took a turn for the worse when a male resident from Charlestown, Georgetown, approached him and fired several shots in his direction.After discharging the rounds, the male perpetrator made good his escape while Brazalio was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where he was admitted a patient. He was shot once to the knee.The police have since launched an investigation.
GuySuCo Community Outreach Programme…more workers needed to fill gapsBy Lakeram BhagiratForty thousand tonnes of sugar by 2020 is achievable but lack of labour would severely hamper that target, according to Uitvlugt Estate Manager, Yudhisthira Mana. However, Mana identified that if that target is not met then the estate would incur a loss.Mana was at the time addressing a gathering of sugar workers, community leadersSome of the stakeholders gathered at the outreachand residents of Uitvlugt Village, West Coast Demerara. The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is conducting a series of community outreaches in sugar dependent communities throughout the country. This comes on the heels of the closure of the Wales Estate and the Government’s proposed closure of the Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates.The aim of the outreaches includes creating awareness of the need for employees to show up to harvest cane and mobilising community leaders and other stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, government, private and civil society sectors around the importance of improving attendance on all Estates.With the closure of the Wales Estate, the sugar cane processed at the facility is sent to the Uitvlugt Estate and, according to Mana, the target of 40,000 tonnes of sugar by the year 2020 is an ‘achievable’ task. He noted that the factory is expected to produce some 18,000 tonnes of sugar by the end of 2017.Forty thousand tonnes challengeThe greater the target, the greater the challenges of achieving that, Mana says. HeA worker from the Uitvlugt Estate interacting with the paneladds that the major hindrance towards achieving the target is the failure of workers to attend work. Some 375 workers, harvesters and planters, from the Wales Estate refused to take the approximate 45 minutes commute to the Uitvlugt Estate and as a result, production is severely hampered.“We will be the only sugar producing estate in the Demerara region and we will not have to go up to Berbice for sugar to supply our demands anymore,” Mana explained.He made those statements while presenting the Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme (UEIP) to the stakeholders. However, when questioned about the cost attached to the factory upgrade, to facilitate the achievement of the proposed target, Mana was unable to provide an answer.The estate would require over 520,000 tonnes of sugar cane to achieve its target requiring some 6,005.9 hectares of land to be cultivated. This would create employment for over 1,700 persons and would influence communities along the West Bank and Coast of Demerara and the East Bank of Essequibo.Part of the UEIP encourages members of the communities to encourage the workers to attend work on a regular basis to maximize production.Mana told the gathering that he is confident that the agricultural team at the Uitvlugt estate would be able to reach the target but adequate labour is needed. “We have the ability, we have the commitment, we have the togetherness to make this a reality…we recognise that we don’t have adequate labour force to take us through 40,000 tonnes of sugar,” he related.“Not reaching the 40,000 tonnes will definitely increase the cost of production and everything that depends on the revenue coming out of that will be stymied,” he added.The New GuySuCoGuySuCo’s Senior Communications Officer, Audreyanna Thomas, spoke extensively on the ‘New GuySuCo’ and how it seeks to diversify the sugar industry. She noted that the plan proposes a two-component approach- the sugar component and the diversification component.The sugar component include the amalgamation of the Albion-Rose Hall, Blairmont and Uitvlugt Estates with an expected 147,000 tonnes of sugar produced annually. This estimated production will support the demands of the markets with the break down being 25,000 tonnes for local consumption, 50-60,000 tonnes for CARICOM and Regional markets, 12,500 tonnes for the US market and 50,000 tonnes for the World markets.While the diversification aspect includes exploring the possibilities of the aquaculture – the rearing of tilapia and dairy farming – the establishment of two milking farms at the Wales Estate. There are feasibility studies conducted on both aspects and favourable reports have been handed in.Thomas said that the new GuySuCo would see massive training programmes for employees so that they would be able to fit-in in alternative careers. She noted communities affected by the closure of estates and those in areas where estates are still operable are ‘vulnerable and susceptible’ to the challenges of GuySuCo.She added that this needs to change and as a result, they are embarking on the Sustainable Community Development Programme since they see an immediate need for it. She notes that this programme includes the need for improved attendance at the estates and urged the community members to join the GuySuCo Voluntary Network so that they can be informed of the happenings of the sugar industry.Wales still operableFollowing the closure of the Wales Factory, in December of 2016, GuySuCo began its diversification process by planting some 200 hectares of seed paddy on what used to be sugar cane land. According to the estate’s manager, Devendra Kumar, sugar is an ever-evolving process and one that has been bringing in ‘pretty’ low returns. In justifying the diversification of the estate, he said that the industry needed to be reshaped and retooled to become a multifaceted one.Kumar said that over 6,500 hectares of seed paddy is needed to supply the demands of the rice industry in Guyana and committed to doubling the current number of hectares under cultivation at Wales. He added that the diversification would see workers, who opted for severance, be given the opportunity to lease lands for dairy farming or other crop production.The first meeting, was on Thursday last, at the Wales Community Centre and the sugar workers stormed out following a dispute between the former Estate Manager of Wales Factory and the workers. However, the workers say that they are not going to attend the Uitvlugt outreach although some of them work at the estate.They related that they would continue to call for their severance pay since Uitvlugt Estate “is share blows.”At Thursday’s meeting, the workers were told that they would be fired if they fail to turn up for work at the Uitvlugt Estate. However, the workers stood their ground and informed the GuySuCo officials that they refuse to attend work at the estate.Since the closure of the Wales Estate in December of 2016, some 1700 workers have been directly affected and thousands of persons in the Wales and surrounding communities indirectly affected.Some 375 workers are yet to be paid their severance by GuySuCo. They are planning to seek an audience with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who visited the community in March, for him to provide an update on the position of his promises.The workers also plan to meet with their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), for an update on the court proceedings against GuySuCo.However, when contacted, GAWU President Komal Chand said that there is not much of an update for the workers since the case has not been called yet. He added that the union would provide updates as the matter progresses and noted that if the workers ask they are informed of the status.“We are in the process of completing a petition and getting the workers to sign so we can take it directly to the President so he can look into the matter,” Chand said.
0Shares0000Six Juventus fans were injured, two seriously, during the team’s open-top bus parade © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, May 20 – Six Juventus fans were injured, two seriously, when a truck they were travelling in during the Italian champions’ victory parade on Saturday night struck the electric cables of the city’s tramway, according the media reports.The team were celebrating winning their seventh straight Serie A title and fourth Italian Cup in a row with an open top bus parade through the streets of Turin. According to reports, the truck was carrying supporters from one of the team’s fan clubs and was closely following the players’ bus before becoming entangled in the electric cables of the tram.Six were injured and two will remain in hospital overnight, one being treated for concussion and the other a neck injury.One fan is reported to be a 38-year-old Italian and the second a 63-year-old Irishman.Earlier Saturday, club legend Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus, bringing the curtain down on a 17-year career as the champions enjoyed a 2-1 win over Verona.It was the first time since 2014 under Antonio Conte that Juventus’s players got to celebrate their title with their fans in the streets of Turin where they were greeted by thousands of their supporters.Coach Massimiliano Allegri this season lead the club to a fourth successive league and Cup double of his reign.But in recent years Juventus skipped the parade because they had qualified for the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017 with the European championships in 2016.On Saturday, the team left the Allianz Stadium in a fog of smoke from flares and fire crackers after being presented with the Scudetto trophy.Escorted by scooters the open top bus made its way towards the city centre along Corso Regina Margherita, one of the longest avenues in the city.Waving flags in the club colours of black and white, with beer and cigars in their hands, the players arrived at Piazza Castello, where the atmosphere hit fever pitch with songs, more fire crackers, green, white and red in the colours of Italy, or the black and white of the jersey of the champions.The bus then made its way through the throng of supporters along Via Po before finally arriving at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where it was surrounded by a sea of fans waving flags and scarves in the colours of the club champion of Italy.In the morning, tifosi had arrived in Turin from all over Italy for this celebration which also marked Buffon’s farewell.Juventus this season won the their 34th Scudetto and 13th Italian Cup.The number 36 was held aloft on the bus by players as the club also counted the two titles of 2005 and 2006 which the club were stripped of for their role in the calciopoli match-fixing scandal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
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What promises to be a great weekend of information, education and fun takes place in Carndonagh between June 24th and June 26th when the Colgan Heritage Weekend is held.The theme of the event is a very topical one at the moment – Emigration – Past and PresentKevin Myers, Irish Historian, Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster will open this year’s heritage event in the Colgan Hall with a very comprehensive talk at 8pm. The well-known Irish Independent journalist’s talk will be preceded by prize giving for local school children’s work at 7pm.An added attraction will be well known local harpist, Maeve Ward who will play some Irish renditions on the harp.Explore InishowenThere will be a display of records, research and memorabilia centered on the theme of emigration on Saturday, 11am to 5pm, rooms 1 and 2, Colgan Hall. Entitled – Explore Inishowen- this exhibition promises to be a wealth of information on local emigration.Children’s arts and crafts, school essay work will also be on view.The committee are delighted to announce that Keith Smith research historian at the Micheal O Clerigh Institute, UCD will give an informative lecture.A noted historian and researcher, Keith has done exhaustive research into the St Anthony’s College in Louvain. We are fortunate to have Keith give a lecture on the era of Carndonagh’s famous friar, John Colgan. Keith’s talk will take place on Saturday at 2pm.We have pleasure in welcoming back local historian and author Sean Mc Cool who now resides in Gweedore. Sean will give an interesting paper on local place names. Sean’s talk will take place on Saturday at 3.15pm.We are also pleased to announce that John Ward, Malin Head, founder of Headland New Media will give a paper on how technology can be harnessed to develop tourism and heritage. John’s talk will take place on Saturday at 4.30pmArt ExhibitionThere will be an two day exhibition of artwork in the Silver Birch Art Gallery, Malin Road, Carndonagh, by outstanding and popular Carndonagh artist Sharon Mc Daid. The theme of the exhibition is – A Place I Know, Portraits of Inishowen-.The openingof the exhibition will be on the Saturday at 12.30pmHeritage WalksWe are delighted to announce that there will be two heritage walks this year with local historian Dessie Mc Callion. Dessie, an enthusiast of local history, has a wealth of knowledge of the locality. The walk on Saturday will be to the Meentiaghs area.Group meeting at the Colgan Hall at 9.30am The walk on Sunday will be to the Mass Rock. Group meeting on Sunday at the Donagh Cross at 4pm.Genealogy WorkshopsThe committee are pleased to announce that the Genealogy Group from Clonmany will be giving information on research which they have conducted on emigration from Inishowen to North America, UK and Australia. They will also advice on tracing the family tree in the Wesley Hall 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 25th June. Note this is the only event that will not take place in the Colgan Hall For more information contact Jennifer Doherty 074 93 78917DanceThere will be a dance in the Colgan Hall on the Saturday at 10pm. Music will be provided by ‘The Phoenix Showband’. This event will recall the ‘Big Night’ before the emigrant’s departure. Admission €10.Book ExhibitionAt 2pm on Sunday there will be a antiquarian and modern book exhibition by Christine, of the Carndonagh Book Shop and David Faughnan, Universal Books, Letterkenny.There will also be readings from various historical works by Sean Beattie and Teish DohertyBook LaunchOne of the main attractions on Sunday 26th June, will be a book launch by Irish/American writer Eva Doherty Gremmert who will launch her book on the family history of the O Dohertys and their pioneering emigration story in the New World.This will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday. The committee are pleased to welcome research historian Professor Paul Mc Kevitt, University of Ulster, who will give a short talk on the O Dohertys of Inishowen and enforced emigration in the 17th century prior to the book launch.ConcertThe weekend will conclude with a concert on Sunday 26th at 8pm. This will be a musical extravaganza of music and song. There will be an abundance of local talent on display who promise to uplift and entertain.The very busy and energetic committee are putting the finishing touches to the packed programme. The weekend promises to be a feast of local history and entertainment and there is something of interest for everyone visitors and locals alike.EndsHUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR COLGAN HERITAGE WEEKEND IN CARNDONAGH was last modified: June 15th, 2011 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:Colgan Heritage Weekend
A LETTERKENNY man who threatened to shoot gardai and cut their throats has an “irrational” anger towards the force, his lawyer has said.Myles Connors, from Neil T Blaney Road, appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a number of charges relating to offences in the town on September 7.The court heard Garda O’Mahoney was on patrol in the Canal Road area that night when a bottle was smashed in front of his car. Gardai entered Connors’ home and found him drunk in a living room.The accused man then threatened to shoot gardai before threatening to “knife them in the jugular” using a broken beer bottle.He then threw a bottle at a garda patrol car, damaging a door.Connors has previous convictions for public order offences and has failed to appear in court on a number of occasions.His solicitor Frank Dorrian said Connors has “issues and demons that he struggles with.”Mr Dorrian went on: “He is irrational towards gardai and had unfortunate irrational anger and the language used was of a very exaggerated nature.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for a probation report.LETTERKENNY MAN HAS ‘IRRATIONAL’ ANGER TOWARDS GARDAI, LAWYER TELLS COURT 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:LAWYER TELLS COURTLETTERKENNY MAN HAS ‘IRRATIONAL’ ANGER TOWARDS GARDAI
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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As city attorney, Delgadillo has had some commendable accomplishments, such as his Neighborhood Prosecutors program and reducing the city’s legal liability. But he is a cautious politician, too cautious sometimes for his own good – and the public’s. As city attorney, Delgadillo has been uniquely positioned to take on the culture of corruption in City Hall, both as a law-enforcement official and as someone in the public light. But this is a role he has largely avoided, mostly staying quiet amid the scandals around him. California needs an attorney general unafraid to shake up the Sacramento power structure, and there’s little reason to think Delgadillo would rise to that role. Brown, on the other hand, has never been one to go along to get along – which is why his leadership is needed in Sacramento. It’s out of the ordinary, to say the least, for a former governor to re-enter state politics and run for attorney general. But then there’s nothing ordinary about Jerry Brown, which is a big part of why he’s the best choice in next month’s Democratic primary. Brown’s political career has most recently taken him to Oakland, where he has won wide praise for his tenure as mayor. Under Brown’s leadership, crime has dropped, the downtown has been revitalized and the city has been transformed from scary to hip. By working closely with business in Oakland, Brown has also helped to shed the “Gov. Moonbeam” reputation that sometimes still dogs him from the ’70s. Far from being some left-wing ideologue, Brown – especially in his approach to crime – is actually quite centrist. In 2004, he helped lead the campaign to defeat Proposition 66, which would have watered down the “three strikes, you’re out” law. Brown’s opponent in the primary is Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo – who has gotten ahead of himself in jumping into this contest.
Although design and consulting work has gobbled up nearly 70 percent of the money spent so far on the Los Angeles Community College District’s $2.2 billion construction program, officials expect these “soft costs” to total as little as 18 percent by the time the projects are complete. The nine-campus district had spent about $195.6 million – or 67 percent of its budget – on environmental tests, design and similar costs as of Aug. 31, records show. But officials predict that soft costs will total $400 million to $550 million by the time all the projects are completed in 2011, a lean 18 percent to 25 percent of the total. “Twenty-five percent is a good rule of thumb, and if you can get it down to 20 percent, that’s outstanding,” said Duane Hickling, a facilities management and construction consultant based in Chicago. “I have seen 30 percent and 40 percent.” Hickling was hired by the district to analyze the multibillion-dollar Proposition A and AA construction bonds approved by voters in 2001 and 2003. He initially gave officials only a “C-plus” grade for implementing the plan, but says they’ve since made a concerted effort to bring soft costs under control. Depending on the project, the district might have to hire a seismologist, security consultant, estimating consultants, and fire protection, geotechnical or acoustic engineers. Pierce College even had to hire an ornithologist because of the flock of migrating Canada geese that stops every year at the Woodland Hills campus. In addition to keeping an eye on soft costs, district officials also are concerned about rising construction costs. The demand for building materials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is expected to drive up costs by 2 percent to 3 percent, an addition to the 30 percent spike resulting from a global construction boom fed in part by a building campaign in China. Higher costs also have forced the district to suspend several proposed projects, although officials hope to revive them in the future, if more money becomes available, either through cost savings or another bond issue. With that in mind, Eisenberg said, the district is trying to suspend projects at “logical stopping points,” so that when they are revived, the district won’t have to spend additional funds hiring architects to redraw plans or engage in other redundancies. “The worst-case scenario would be to go out and bid a project, and then tell the contractor, ‘Wait a couple of years – we’ll let you know,”‘ Eisenberg said. “We want to be in control of the situation.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 email@example.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It has been impressive the degree to which they have tried to implement improvements,” he said. “I do give them high marks for that.” Larry Eisenberg, the college district’s executive director for facilities planning and management, said construction would begin in earnest in 2006 and 2007, and he expects spending to shift to land acquisition, materials, fixtures, furniture and equipment. “One of the fundamental ideas is that better planning leads to better projects,” Eisenberg said. “It’s way easier to change something with a pencil than it is with a jackhammer.” Soft costs vary, depending on the complexity of the project, Eisenberg said. Such costs made up just 5 percent – $144,000 – of the $3.2 million to renovate the main parking lot at Pierce College, but 13 percent of the $1.9 million addition to Mission College’s instructional services building.