first_imgDear Editor,I had tuned into the live broadcast of APNU/AFC’s press event. I hesitate to use the word ‘conference’, as it seemed to have been held in a mini-rally format. That this party event was being broadcast by the Department of Public Information was no surprise; what was astonishing, however, was the absence of representation from the WPA, JFAP and NFA parties, who are supposedly still members of APNU.Given that the reason for this event was to demonstrate the solidity of the Coalition, it raised more questions than answers.The mistreatment of members of the press at this event has been well catalogued in the complaint released by the Guyana Press Association, which prompted a response from the APNU/AFC public relations machine, which stated, “The APNU does not condone nor endorse any conduct that serves to intimidate and hinder duties of media workers.”Editor, what nonsense! The leaders of APNU/AFC sat there behind their enormous name tags and watched silently, and in some cases nodded in agreement as their bussed in supporters abused the media. This is not remedied by press releases; “actions speak louder than words” is a truism that has withstood the test of time.This intimidation and hostility is not new behaviour for APNU; it is the norm. How many ‘counter-protests’ have we seen since the APNU+AFC Administration came into office? There is video footage of Presidential hopeful PNC Chairperson Volda Lawrence pelting a glass (and hitting) Jason Abdullah as he peacefully protested outside of the Red House. There is video evidence of PNC supporters hurling abuse at retrenched sugar workers who were forced to protest for severance pay being unlawfully withheld.I urge the press corps to earn respect by walking out of any event at which they are so abused in the future.Editor, I will not delve into the substance of the mini-rally, as there was little. The voodoo mathematics of 8000 votes out of a total of 208,000 being equivalent to 10 per cent did provide a clue as to why our nation has moved from an $11 billion surplus to $56 billion deficit in little more than three years.That the ‘fearless’ coalition cowardly absented itself from work at the National Assembly later in the day came as no surprise; the false bravado fooled no one but itself.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

first_imgThe Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, is proposing an upgrade for the Military Academy at Camp Todee, Upper Montserrado County.While paying his respects to the AFL’s sizeable platoon serving with the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), Dr. Sawyer observed that upgrading the academic capacities of the nation’s armed forces are part of the implementation of the government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Dr. Sawyer’s statement was part of a speech he delivered at a program marking the 57th Armed Forces Day celebration held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia.Tuesday’s ceremony coincided with a colorful change of command by the army. During the formal procedure, AFL command was once again squarely placed in the hands of Liberians, who were promoted to the ranks of Chief of Staff, Deputy COS and Brigade Commander.This year’s Armed Forces Day was observed on the theme, “Enhancing the Capabilities of the Armed Forces of Liberia to Meet Contemporary Challenges.”According to Dr. Sawyer, the occasion’s main speaker, the celebration of Armed Forces Day is presently faced with the challenges of ensuring the full integration (mixing) of the country’s security sector; especially the military into the national AfT.Dr. Sawyer explained this process would ensure security is used equally to project the AfT toward national reconciliation and healing; allowing good governance and progress in the national development agenda.“We all agree the Liberian security sector should be organized with the objective of protecting and promoting human security—that which has to with the political, economic, social, and cultural empowerment of our citizens and other inhabitants,” Dr. Sawyer said.According to him, the ongoing quest to turn the military into the driver of the country’s AfT stemmed from history when the armed forces were reshaped (from the Frontier Force into the current AFL during the 1950’S) to meet modern realities.Dr. Sawyer noted a major part of this reshaping involved each AFL member being educated to the point where they are able to read and write effectively.To buttress this progress, Dr. Sawyer, who served as an Interim President during the years of civil conflict, called for improved training curricula for the military that would include technical and vocational manuals allowing soldiers to become even more viable to overall national development.“Our military today is the most educated we ever had. They are capable, trained and equipped to become the most developmentally centered military in Liberia’s recent history.”   The former Interim President was impressed with the level of education being achieved by officers and enlisted men of the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) since the restructuring exercise commenced in September 2006.The Minister of National Defense, Brownie Jeffery Samukai, Jr., who spoke later, reported to the Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that since 2006, almost 85 percent of the officers’ cadre of all ranks had completed required levels of training and military specialties.That meant, Minister Samukai reported to C-I-C Sirleaf, all officers of the first class of 2006 have completed Command and General Staff College Training, which is a requirement for enhancing the strategic command capabilities of the military leadership.Minister Samukai also reported that over 400 soldiers and non-commissioned officers have benefited from training abroad in several countries in various disciplines.Some of the countries the soldiers were trained included: the United States of America, Nigeria, China, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Benin, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Indonesia, among other places.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgEvery year, GEPAN provides stationery and school supplies to children as part of the organisation’s commitment to enhancing access to education. These items are given to children whose families are financially challenged and who subsequently find it difficult to attend school owing to limited resources.This year, school bags containing two rulers, two pencils, two sharpeners, two erasers, five notebooks, 12 crayons for kiddies/five pencils and four pens for older children were distributed to 200 children in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 160 in Region One (Barima-Waini). Another 24 back-packs with stationery were donated to children in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) while aRecipients of stationery and hampers from GEPANnumber of children from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are scheduled to benefit by the end of December 2018.The decision to focus the majority of the organisation’s activities in the hinterland this year was not an easy one, as distribution was rendered difficult owing to logistics, the remoteness of communities and poor infrastructure which delayed access to remote areas, especially in Region Nine. However, given the hardships faced by Indigenous children in the hinterland with regard to attending school, GEPAN was determined to assist families in alleviating school expenses.Indigenous children are among those who face tremendous challenges associated with harsh geographic, climatic and infrastructural setbacks. Shortages of trained teachers, as well as financial difficulties owing to unemployment or struggling village economies, increase the burden of families who struggle to send their children to school.Some families are unable to purchase uniforms and shoes, and sometimes, cannot afford more than a meal a day for their children. It is, therefore, not uncommon to see schoolchildren attending school bare footed with worn-out uniforms in the deep hinterland.last_img read more

first_imgIt is presumed but not confirmed, the delay in the hearing, originally projected for this month, will push back SemCam’s proposed construction and start-up dates.They had been tentatively set, for September this year and next year, respectively. The National Energy Board has set October 28th as the hearing date for the Redwillow Pipeline Project in the South Peace at the Best Western Inn in Dawson Creek.SemCams, Alberta’s largest licensed sour gas processor is, proposing to build the 150 kilometer pipeline, southwest of Tumbler Ridge, for just over 160 million dollars.It would connect with the company’s existing gas transmission system near Grovedale, southwest of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -It would transport 70 million cubic feet of sour gas daily, from two northeast BC producers but, there’s opposition on this side of the border.The Peace River Regional District and the City of Fort St. John are among those who have filed for intervener status.They’re arguing Alberta will benefit from housing all of the gas processing facilities. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United have strengthened their defence with Porto’s Diogo Dalot, pictured on the left © AFP/File / Francisco LEONGLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 6 – Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot became Manchester United’s second major signing in two days the English giants announced on Wednesday after securing a 22 million euro (£19 million) move from Porto.Dalot, 19, has signed “a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year”, United said in a statement. Brazilian international midfielder Fred joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported fee of just over £50 million on Tuesday.United are aiming to close the gap on Manchester City, who won the Premier League by a record 19 points from their local rivals.Despite only making his senior Porto debut in February, Dalot has been hailed by United manager Jose Mourinho, who made his name as a coach with Porto, as the best full-back in Europe of his age.“Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club,” Mourinho said in United’s statement.“He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.”Dalot’s best position is at right-back, although he has at times deputised at left-back, including in a 0-0 draw away to Liverpool in the second leg of the Portuguese champions’ Champions League last 16 tie in March.Full-back has been a problem position for United with Mourinho using converted wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, both 32, as regulars in his defence over the past year.“Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me,” said Dalot. “The chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down.“I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach. I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta believes Paul Pogba would choose the Spanish giants over Manchester City.The Frenchman looks likely to be on the move this summer with clubs all around Europe desperate to sign the midfielder.City are reportedly leading the chase having put together a £60million package for the 22-year-old.However, Laporta insists Pogba would prefer a move to the Nou Camp and claims he is working on a deal for the powerful midfielder should he return as president.“I have a good relationship with [Pogba’s agent Mino] Raiola,” the 52-year-old, who was previously in charge of the Spanish giants from 2003 to 2010, told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.“If there is a possibility we must try to bring Pogba to Barcelona, because he has some fantastic qualities.“[Eric] Abidal has already been in talks with some of the players we are following, I’m not sure if he’s spoken with Pogba yet.“In any case we must target the player, and we’re working on it. If he had to choose between us and [Manchester] City, I’m sure he’d come to Barca.” Paul Pogba in action for France 1last_img read more

first_img Tony Pulis 1 Tony Pulis expects a raft of changes to his squad before the transfer window he loathes finally closes.The West Brom boss used his post-match press conference after the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday to rip into the system after he dropped Saido Berahino amid interest from Tottenham in his signature.But Pulis has admitted he will have to use the controversial period to make extensive alterations of his own and he asked the club’s fans to be patient with the transition.“We enter the last week of games before the first international week and by the time we run out at the Hawthorns again I am sure we will see quite a few changes,” he said.“Please be patient and get behind the lads again, it’s imperative that we are together as one group.”last_img read more

first_imgDomestic Home Insulation Installer’s Training CoursesThe Letterkenny Community Centre are now organising a Domestic Home Insulation training course which covers both hands on, practical and background theory in topics such as an introduction to insulation materials, building regulations, how to assess a buildings insulation requirements, plumbing and electrical considerations together with health and safety requirements. Enquires and starting date; phone Terence on 0863192721Course Duration: 3 Days Course Times: 9am-5pmAccreditation: FETAC Level 5 (component Certificate)  Bounce & Tone NEW Class Times from Wednesday 21st MarchMondays 5.30-6.30pm, Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm, Fridays 10-11am.Cost – 10 week course €40 or pay €5 per class  Junior Soccer CampIndoor Easter Camp at Letterkenny Community Centre for boys & girls aged 7-12yrs.Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th April 10.00am-2.00pm Cost €40 per personLimited places Medals & Trophies.  Lunch at 12 noon daily Bring boots for outdoor – weather permitting. Contact reception on 074 91 22761 for booking information.Livewire Easter CampLivewire Easter Camp at Letterkenny Community Centre for kids aged 6 to 13 yrs.Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th April 10.00am-5.00pm Cost €65 per personContact reception on 074 91 22761 for booking information. LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY NOTES was last modified: March 9th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY NOTESlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN politics, it’s never too early to start handicapping a big race, and half the California media are well into their assessments of the chances that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be re-elected come November. I have tried to ignore the horse race, and focus on loftier issues like preschool for California’s vast population of disadvantaged small children. But like an ex-smoker surrounded by hard-core partiers, I have succumbed. Lately, a few things have made me suspect the governor is on the road to recovery, even in this heavily Democratic state, even after his free-falling approval ratings. First, as I predicted recently, the gloves came off between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Westly and Phil Angelides. Westly is an appealing guy, a former Stanford professor who helped found eBay and who is rich enough to finance his own race. Already, Westly who as state controller is the official check-writer for California has spent several million dollars of his own on his campaign. Angelides is state treasurer and a rich former developer. He’s also a loud-mouthed unionista who can’t wait to raise taxes. His ambition to be governor is so raw that he looks desperate on camera. Several days ago, these two rich and powerful Dems engaged in their first debate, and it wasn’t pretty. During the increasingly nasty fur-pulling we’ll probably see before the June 6 primary, Angelides is likely to attack Westly for backing Schwarzenegger’s stellar efforts to reform workers’ compensation, or for traveling California with Arnold to pass Propositions 57 and 58, which saved us from our junk-bond fall toward insolvency. For his part, Westly will also utter nasty things about Angelides, probably pushing the idea that Angelides, an incessant campaign fundraiser with his hand outstretched, is some sort of wholly-owned subsidiary of rich Indian tribes or big unions. This gives Arnold a couple of months to look good if he chooses. A year ago at this time, he made all the wrong moves. Flush from his three victories fixing workers’ comp, halting the issuance of drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants and reversing Davis’ fat increase of the hated “car tax,” Schwarzenegger jumped into ill-advised battles with the nurses’ union, firefighters and teachers. He was the subject of endless, unflattering news coverage. But look at things now. The front page of the Los Angeles Times recently offered up a positive, non-snarky feature about Schwarzenegger’s policy of lowering the state flag to half-staff at the Capitol every time a California soldier dies. A positive story in a newspaper that worked hard to trash the governor when he ran to unseat Gray Davis is something no amount of money can buy. To me, it’s another indicator that Arnold’s new political advisers are helping him turn a corner of sorts. The governor fired his old advisers, the same ones who convinced him before his State of the State speech in January of 2005 to take on nurses and firefighters but who had no plan for what might happen once he did. The Times story depicted how the governor has been honoring the fallen soldiers from California, how his office issues a formal press release with each death, and how much the families appreciate it. Some people don’t believe in media bias. Grow up. If the editors at the L.A. Times were as peeved at the governor as they were a year ago when the paper gleefully covered his tussles with firefighters and nurses those editors would not have assigned an endearing story in which Arnold gets to play the role of mensch. And that brings us to the polls. Several days ago, another poll was released containing the fascinating information that, although Schwarzenegger is in the doghouse with some Californians, many voters hope he will succeed. In short, people like him. So let’s add up what we have so far: Angelides and Westly have already begun sniping at one another. The media are not nearly as furious with Arnold as one year ago. Voters want Schwarzenegger to succeed. Those three truths put Schwarzenegger in a nice spot. His greatest threat is probably is from President George W. Bush, who is such a divisive figure that Democrats dream of winning back a majority in Congress on Bush’s “not-coattails.” There will be perhaps 30 congressional seats in play nationwide. If the Dems could stop acting like the Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight which I doubt is possible they could win back Congress, a shift that would reverberate through every contested gubernatorial race in the land. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The horse race is just getting started. I’ve dipped my toe in, merely sized up the ponies. I’ve seen a couple of decent nags. I’ve started to lay down a few very modest bets. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, read more

first_imgPaul Mallon of Gallagher’s Bakery, Linda McLean of Mallow Mia, Anna Good of the Whole Green Juice Co, John Molloy of Green Pastures Dairy and Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods Ltd, all local companies with products in this year’s finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards.Donegal’s blossoming reputation as an exciting and innovative food destination, received another timely boost this week with confirmation that 13 Donegal food products have made the finals of Blas na hEireann – the Irish Food Awards.Now in its 8th year, Blas na hEireann takes place in Dingle, Co Kerry on October 2nd and 3rd and is the
 biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of IrelandOver 2,500 products were entered into this year’s competition and organiser Artie Clifford, who visited Donegal earlier in the year to encourage food businesses to enter, says the Donegal products have reached the final stages in some very competitive categories. The Donegal finalists who between them provide all 13 of the Donegal products in the final stages, are Aran Ard Teo from Ardara, Green Pastures Dairy from Convoy, Island Seafoods from Killybegs, PureBred Gluten Free Bakery from Ardara, Mallow Mia from Newtowncunningham and Mulrines of Ballybofey.But the companies will have to go through a rigorous judging process first to see if they can capture one of the much sought-after prizes.The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative said the awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Donegal Food Businesses. “Last year we had seven products in the finals so it is a sign of the progress we are making here in the county that we have almost double that number this year. The Donegal Food Strategy recognises the huge potential for food in Donegal and we want to work with people with a commitment to Donegal food to create opportunities for success.”Indeed Artie Clifford affirmed that he has been extremely impressed with the ongoing commitment to food industries in Donegal.‘The Local Enterprise Office & Donegal County Council are keen supporters of what we do and we are delighted to be working again with them. It is great to see what they are doing with the Donegal Food Coast Initiative and I think it is important that we have an offering all along our coastline for our guests and visitors to be able to sample the finest of local product.”The local businesses in this year’s final will hear results from the Regional Best in County and Best in Farmers Market for Donegal on 2nd October in Dingle, but it will be a day later before they discover if they have been awarded a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze at the national awards. THIRTEEN DONEGAL FOOD PRODUCTS IN PRESTIGIOUS FOOD TASTE FINALS was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:awardsdonegalFOOD TASTElast_img read more