Granger assures commitment to coalition Govt

January 12, 2020

first_imgPNC General Council Meeting… as senior public servants express displeasure at being requested to attendThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Saturday held its first General Council Meeting for the year 2017 at the Party’s Headquarters, Congress Place,From left: Members of the head table, Ronald Bulkan; Dr George Norton; Volda Lawrence; Amna Ally; party leader, President David Granger and General Secretary Oscar ClarkeSophia. Notably however, this newspaper understands that the event themed “PNCR – Vanguard of a Green Economy,” was reminiscent to the 1970’s as senior public servants were insisted upon to attend the event. According an upset senior Government official, the event was déjà vu to the Forbs Burnham era where public servants, despite displeasure, were forced to attend the PNC’s general council meetings.Meanwhile, at the event at President David Granger, assured the Council the PNC is committed to the coalition Government.“The PNCR is committed to coalition politics; we are better to together.”Focusing attention on the family, the President said that that society was founded on the family, that the family was sacrosanct and urged Party members to protect and preserve the family.He noted also that regions must focus on education and it was imperative that employment be found for the young people of Guyana. “Despite the challenges, we have to find employment for the young people of Guyana. We have to develop the village economies; we have to start producing things at the village level.” The Leader asked village leaders to take rebuilding the village economy seriously and pledged government support for such initiatives.The PNCR Leader speaking to the Diaspora, he said that “the Diaspora is vital to the PNC; it is a vital component. I trust the Diaspora and I believe in the Diaspora.”Following the formal opening, plenary sessions examined the Party Leader’s address, the General Secretary’s Report and plans for the Party’s 60th anniversary. A Motion giving full support to the Government in the action that was taken to retake the Red House, a National Heritage building was presented to General Council by the Vice Chairperson of the National Congress of Women, (NCW), Carol Smith-Joseph.General Council is the second highest decision making forum of the PNCR.last_img read more

Council cuts reimbursement policy

January 11, 2020

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera officials are now required to pay for their own golf fees while attending any city-related events and can only expect reimbursement for three educational conferences a year. At its regular meeting this week, the City Council voted 3-1 to approve a resolution amending the old reimbursement policy which allowed city money to be spent on things like golf fees – a luxury that can run upwards of $150 a person, according to city documents. Mayor Ron Beilke, Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Councilman Bob Archuleta made up the majority, while Councilman Greg Salcido voted against the move. Councilman David Armenta was absent. The change is expected to save the city approximately $8,000 a year on a “needless and excessive” expense, said Archuleta. “We’re here to answer where the money is being spent,” Archuleta said. “They’re spending money on golf. It’s one thing if they’re spending it to gain knowledge at some of the conferences. Some are essential, but some may not be. “Maybe Pico Rivera can be an example to other cities,” he added. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Development Services Department moves to new location

January 11, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Development Services Department of the City is moving to a leased space in a new location, as a culmination of the final stages of the Organizational Review that began as part of the 2012 Council Strategic PlanAccording to a press release sent by the City of Fort St. John, Development Services staff will be located on the main floor of the Beaton Building: 10003 110th Avenue  effective March 8, 9 and 10. As a few staff will be moved each day, the City recommends a call before a visit is planned.The services moving to the new office space include development, land use permits, building inspection, engineering, GIS & mapping, and planning.- Advertisement -The organizational review was conducted with the objectives of the review. The move aims to develop an organizational structure that would improve management of the City over the next five to ten years, align with the City’s strategic goals, identify and address organizational challenges that currently exist — and ensure that key work processes, systems and services are well managed.Staffing was reorganized into better functioning departments with a General Manger responsible for the Division and Directors responsible for the Department work groups, to meet these objectives.Staff will be moved around to allow work groups to be situated near each other, and for better work flow.Advertisement Payments for permits will still be received at City Hall.last_img read more

Pochettino poised for Man United job? Balotelli set for Liverpool return? Paper review

December 30, 2019

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Mauricio Pochettino could wreck Jose Mourinho’s dream of becoming Manchester United’s next manager. United chiefs have spoken to representatives of the Tottenham boss about succeeding Louis van Gaal. Similar conversations are on-going between Old Trafford chiefs and Mourinho, who is desperate for the job. But United also see Pochettino as a man who can lead them long-term and deliver trophies as well as good football. (The Sun)Juventus are ready to give Manuel Pellegrini a route out of Manchester City this summer – paving the way for Massimiliano Allegri to join Chelsea. (Daily Express)But Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has told Chelsea to forget about trying to make Massimiliano Allegri their new coach in the summer. Allegri has become one of the favourites for the post after Chelsea missed out on their first choice target Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United are ready to take on Manchester City and Juventus for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. (Daily Star)Mario Balotelli will return to Liverpool when his season-long loan spell at AC Milan ends. The Italian giants don’t want to keep the striker because he has scored just twice in 10 appearances since going back to Italy last summer. (Calciomercato)Dimitri Payet is caught in the middle of a row between West Ham and his agent, who has demanded a new deal worth £125,000-a-week. Club chiefs have been left staggered by the agent’s request, which represents a pay-rise of nearly £50,000-a-week — just eight months after signing the 28-year-old Frenchman. (Daily Mirror)Leicester are ready to give new deals to Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Simpson. The Premier League leaders have already tied England striker Jamie Vardy to a new contract and are now looking to do the same with other Foxes first-teamers. (The Sun)Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he could leave Real Madrid when his contract expires in two years. The Portuguese has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror) Alan Pardew has not given up hope of prising Mo Diame away from Hull. The Crystal Palace boss was interested in signing Diame last month, but did not bid because the Championship side were adamant the Senegal midfielder was not for sale. (Daily Mirror) Tim Howard could be in his final season of English football after strong interest in taking him back to the States. The USA international goalkeeper has become a major target for MLS side Colorado Rapids, who have first choice in signing any American star in the league’s draft system. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?Bayern Munich move to tie down Robert Lewandowski as Manchester United and Real Madrid lurkTransfer report! Manchester United FAILED with £23m move for Inter Milan star in JanuaryParis Saint-Germain ready to take on Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets‘He preferred the Italian league’ – Claudio Ranieri on Leicester’s failed move for Sampdoria strikerBorussia Monchengladbach keen on permanent deal for Chelsea’s Andreas ChristensenBarcelona and Manchester City set for transfer battle over Paris Saint-Germain defenderHope for Manchester United? Defensive target Aymeric Laporte denies Barcelona agreementlast_img read more

Incredible story of community hero to be featured on Irish travel series

December 28, 2019

first_imgThe legacy of Paddy the Cope is set to be explored on UTV documentary series Lesser Spotter Journeys this week. The episode will be focused on Templecrone in Dungloe, where presenter Joe Mahon will be meeting local characters to learn about the history and culture of the area.In the episode airing on Tuesday at 9pm on UTV, Joe’s visit to Upper Templecrone sees him talking to local people to discover the history and quirky facts about the town.The story of Paddy the Cope features during the presenter’s visit to the parish. The Donegal businessman founded the Templecrone Co-operative Agricultural Society Ltd (The Cope) which supported the community and provided employment for hundreds in the early 1900s. Joe will be uncovering the difficulties in soapstone mining at Crohy Head, as well as studying the destruction that sand can cause.He will be also be finding out about the benefits of seaweed oil and helping Maghery hair stylist Brian Roche collect seaweed for his clients’ seaweed baths.The delights of West Donegal will be captured on film throughout the episode, as Joe travels to the coast to study the impact and benefits of the sea.The programme could serve as another great boost for the county, highlighting the natural beauty it has to offer and the best of the local communities. Incredible story of community hero to be featured on Irish travel series was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:joe mahonlesser spotted journeyspaddy the copetemplecroneTVUTVlast_img read more


December 28, 2019

first_imgJason Haughey. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A DONEGAL man behind bars after 38 previous conviction has been given another month in jail.Jason Haughey, (25), and from Letterkenny admitted obstructing gardai, making threats against them and being drunk in the town on March 13, 2012. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Haughey had been the victim of circumstances and had been in trouble since the age of 13 but appeared to be benefitting from services provided to him in jail.“Anything that could happen to a young man has happened to this young man,” said Mr Gallagher.“He was in a situation where he loses it when he comes across authority.”Judge Kelly was told that Haughey was due to complete a current prison sentence in late October.The judge jailed Haughey for a further month and fined him €150.JASON HAUGHEY JAILED FOR A MONTH OVER GARDA THREATS was last modified: September 4th, 2015 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:GardaijailJason Haugheyletterkennythreatslast_img read more

Disney to settle suit over crash

December 25, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We are still grieving the loss of our son Marcelo, but we understand that we must move forward,” the family said in a statement. “There is no money possible to pay for his life … ever, but that is the only remedy the law can provide. Now, that this exhausting emotional process has finally concluded and we have our answers, we will hopefully have some closure.” A second lawsuit brought by the family of Torres’ best friend, Vicente Gutierrez, was also settled. Both cases were to be tried together beginning Monday. Gutierrez was sitting in the car next to Torres and suffered substantial injuries. He also suffered from post- traumatic stress disorder and is recovering, according to Wylie Aitken, the attorney representing both the Torres family and Gutierrez. A third suit brought on behalf of other passengers injured in the crash has also been settled, Disney spokesman Rob Doughty said. “We all deeply regret that the tragic accident occurred and are terribly saddened by the grievous pain this caused the Torres family,” Doughty said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a 22-year-old man killed on a roller coaster at Disneyland in 2003. Disney said Friday it accepts responsibility for incorrectly performing maintenance on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. An axle assemble came loose on the ride on Sept. 5, 2003, causing the first passenger car to jackknife and slam into the lead car, which is shaped to resemble a locomotive. The accident caused the death of Marcelo Torres of Gardena, who suffered severe blunt force trauma and extensive internal bleeding. Terms of the settlement were confidential. But Torres’ family said it would take $500,000 from the settlement to establish a memorial scholarship at Brooks College for aspiring animators. Torres graduated from the school and planned on a career in animation. last_img read more

Donegal businesses on trade mission to Boston

December 22, 2019

first_imgO’Donnell’s Bakery and Irish Gap Year will join 15 other businesses on a trade and investment mission to the United States this week.The businesses will join civic leaders and officials from across the northwest on the largest ever delegation to Boston, Massachusetts.The delegation is being jointly led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Terence Slowey and the Mayor of Derry, Cllr. Hilary McClintock. Along with both councils, other participating organisations include Udaras na nGaeltachta, Invest NI, Enterprise Ireland, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College. O’Donnell’s Bakery has been in business since 1969 and is a traditional craft bakery with a modern twist. Owner Andrew McElhinney is using the Boston trip to develop his export market: “We’ve recently started exporting our Wild Atlantic Wheaten to New York and it’s going down a treat in restaurants and shops in America. So much so, that we’re now looking to develop contacts and expansion opportunities in Boston and other cities along the East Coast – this trade mission will help us do that”.Based in Bundoran, Irish Gap Year is a small Irish company that provides cultural and adventure gap year and summer teen programs for young people from the US. The business employs five people and is one of only a few gap year providers in northern Europe.Founder Killian O’Kelly says: “We’re visiting Boston to re-connect with contacts made during previous trips to the States, while also hoping to foster connections with Ivy-League universities, including Harvard.”“We provide universities and students with a well-structured, organized and educational overseas program all based from our business in Bundoran. We’ll be highlighting our unique combination of a strong, educational format with a fun and experienced-led structure that utilises all of the great natural resources on offer in Donegal”. Michael Tunney is Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council and he says the trade mission is about making connections with key influencers in America: “Historically, the northwest region has strong links with Boston, and this trip is about reaching out to the city’s business community, reminding them that we offer an attractive mix of skills, infrastructure and excellent support services for any company establishing operations in Europe”.Businesses participating in this mission are multi-sectoral comprising digital tech, education, agri-food, manufacturing and creative industries. Joining O’Donnell’s Bakery and Irish Gap Year are Donegal businesses; Consilium Education, Sendmode, Kinnegar Brewing, Gartan Technologies, Irish Fish Canners, Donegal Hosiery, Studio Donegal, Hanna Hats, SLM Connect and Kelsius. The Northern Irish businesses are O’Neill’s Sportswear, Northbound Brewery, GoWalkTalk, Modern Democracy and Qubizm.Donegal businesses on trade mission to Boston was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves steal Honda generator from construction site

December 21, 2019

first_imgThieves broke into a construction site in Kilmacrennan and stole a Honda generator.The criminals took the generator while workers were on holiday between August 1st and 14th last.Any information on the theft should be given to Gardai in Milford. Thieves steal Honda generator from construction site was last modified: September 17th, 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:generatorHondakilmacrennanstolenlast_img read more

Ayesha Curry jokes about ‘Viking’-sized 17-month-old son

December 20, 2019

first_imgLast spring, Ayesha Curry was hitting back at trolls who body-shamed her 10-month-old son Canon by suggesting he needed to be on a diet.It turns out that Canon, now 17 months, is simply a big, tall toddler, likely in the highest percentiles for growth. That’s a situation that Ayesha Curry was laughing about on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday.“We birthed a Viking,” the cookbook author and celebrity chef said about her youngest child with her husband, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. …last_img read more