January 12

Town Clerk leased lands not owned by M&CC – CoI hears

first_img…as current, former employees testifyBy Rupadai SeenaraineCurrent and former employees of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) appeared in their numbers at the Critchlow Labour College on Monday to testify on the first day of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was launched into the non-payment of benefits and issues surrounding other financial resources at City Hall.An employee of City Hall testifying at the CoI on Monday. Also in photo is Justice Cecil KennardHeaded by Retired Justice Cecil Kennard, the CoI is seeking to investigate the nonpayment of benefits, a rejected no-confidence motion that was filed against Town Clerk Royston King by Councillor Sherod Duncan, contracts that were awarded and the mismanagement of funds among other areas.At Monday’s session, the issue of King distributing lease documents for a plot of land which is not owned by the Council to a shipping carrier came under scrutiny.While the matter has not yet been addressed by the Commission, Guyana Times understands that Quick Shipping Inc was given permission to operate on a piece of land at Lot 1 Mudflat, Lombard Street at the cost of $625,000 per year.Initially, the company had sent a letter to National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on September 6, 2016 which requested permission to rent the piece of land. It has been insinuated that the Town Clerk did not submit the lease document to the entire Council for deliberations. This is supposed to be done d for all contracts which pass through City Hall.Town Clerk Royston KingPrior to the announcement by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to launch a CoI into the operations at City Hall, the Town Clerk was sent on administrative leave and representing the Commission were Everton Singh-Lammy and Sherwin Benjamin.Both King and the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green are expected to testify at later hearings, but witnesses on Monday included 59-year-old Kenrick Hamilton, who shared his concerns as it relates to accumulating no benefits after serving for over 20 years.He was placed to work as an ‘unfixed’ employee which means that he would receive no benefits after the age of 65. Fixed employees are expected to retire at the age of 55, with benefits.Hamilton told the Commission he would have engaged several Ministries on this matter and a response from the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry led to a meeting which the Council did not attend.“Every time we call Labour, City Council make an excuse. We end up now taking it on our own and write the President of Guyana,” he said.Also testifying at the CoI was Julian Orjester, who claimed that he served in the position of assistant town clerk, but was never paid an increase.According to Orjester, he was asked to serve as the assistant town clerk in 2013 on two occasions. The man indicated that he summoned King on numerous occasions as it related to his money but would only get to speak with the Town Clerk if he was in “a good mood”.On one occasion, the man said that King told him, “Julian, I cannot help you.”Retired employees also gave their statements, primarily as it relates to monies that were owed to them after various salary increases. Jardine Hope and Allison Collins testified as former employees who did not receive increases that were granted by the Government.Collins related that she was owed money since 2015 and 2016 and was told, “He (Royston King) said he don’t have money to pay us our back pay nor my gratuity. I would like to have my money from the Mayor and City Council.”The Inquiry is expected to conclude on October 31, 2018 when the necessary recommendations will be submitted after all evidence is presented before the Commission. Justice Kennard sought to point out that letters in the media will not be taken into account as testimony. Hence, persons would have to take the stand under oath to submit their evidence.The CoI comes just months away from the Local Government Elections (LGE) after which a new executive body will be elected to oversee the activities of the Council.However, it was claimed that this was necessary since numerous complaints were made by staffers of the Council and other agencies regarding the expenditure and decisions which were made by the Council.On September 21, 2018, the Town Clerk was instructed to proceed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.last_img read more

December 29


first_imgSo where do I start?Start walking for an amount of time that feels comfortable – anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Once you can walk for 30 minutes easily, start introducing 60 second jogging intervals into your walking. As time goes on, make the jogging intervals longer, until you are running for 30 minutes straight. Track running is better for you (like at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny), but you can just easily go to your nearest beach. Whatever your level of fitness you should comfortably be able to build from nothing to running continuously for 30 minutes in the space of eight weeks. All you need to do is make a commitment to run at least three times a week and follow this simple run-walk programme which will gradually ease you towards the goal.A few things to bear in mind: Is something wrong if I am out of breath?Running causes you to breathe harder than usual, so some amount of huffing and puffing is normal. Most of that out-of-breath feeling diminishes as you become fitter. Concentrate on breathing from deep down in your belly, and if you have to, slow down or take walking breaks. If the breathlessness persists, ask your doctor about the possibility that you may have asthma. Where should I run?You can run anywhere that’s safe and enjoyable. The best running routes are scenic, well lit, and free of traffic. There also soft: choose trails or smooth grass rather than roads. Think of running as a way to explore new territory. Use your watch to gauge your distance, and set out on a new adventure each time you run. Talk to other runners about the routes they run. The more varied your routes, the easier running will feel. If you are out on the open roads at night, you must wear high visibility vests and gear. I often suffer from a stitch when I run. Will these ever go away?Side stitches are common among beginners because the abdomen is not used to the jostling that running causes. Most runners find that stitches go away as fitness increases. Also, don’t eat any solid foods in the hour before you run. When you get a stitch, breathe deeply, concentrating on pushing all of the air out of your abdomen. This will stretch out your diaphragm muscle (just below your lungs), which is usually where a cramp occurs. So you want to get fit, but you can’t afford a personal trainer. Then take up running. Invest in a good pair of trainers at your local Donegal sports store and before you know it, you will be addicted. But it does help of course to have some advice so here’s some answers to some of those questions you may have: Is it normal to feel pain during running?They do say ‘no pain, no gain’. Some discomfort is normal as you start out but you should always try to do some stretching beforehand. If you are in real pain, you should take a complete break for a few days until the injury heals. If it doesn’t disappear, consult your GP.What sort of footwear do I need?Running doesn’t require much investment in gear and accessories, but you have to have a good pair of running shoes. Unlike all-round trainers, running shoes are designed to allow your foot to strike the ground properly, reducing the amount of shock that travels up your leg. They’re also made to fit your foot snugly, which reduces the slipping and sliding that can lead to blisters. There are some great sites online, but it’s hard to beat the advice at your local sports shop.What’s best for me – treadmill or outside?A treadmill ‘pulls’ the ground underneath your feet, and you don’t meet any wind resistance, which makes running somewhat easier. Many treadmills are padded, making them a good option if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are injury-prone and want to decrease impact. To better simulate the effort of outdoor running, you can always set your treadmill at a one per cent incline. But it is hard to beat the great outdoors – and it is cheaper! Track running is better for you (like at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny), but you can just easily go to your nearest beach. There’s plenty in Donegal to go round! Should I breathe through my nose or my mouth?Probably the latter, which will allow you to get as much oxygen as possible to your working muscles. However, some runners breathe through their noses during training runs, believing that this keeps them more relaxed. Do what works for you. So you want to get fit – but it doesn’t have to cost you a cent. As more and more people take up running, here’s the Donegal Daily guide to getting started: Week 1 Run one min, walk 90 seconds. Repeat eight times. Do three times a week.Week 2 Run two mins, walk one min. Repeat seven times. Do three times a week.Week 3 Run three mins walk one mins. Repeat six times. Do three times a week.Week 4 Run five mins, walk two mins. Repeat four times. Do three times a week.Week 5 Run eight mins, walk two mins. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.Week 6 Run 12 mins, walk one min. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.Week 7 Run 15 mins, walk one min, Run fifteen mins. Do three times a weekWeek 8 Run 30 mins continuouslyNEW YEAR, NEW YOU…THE DONEGALDAILY GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED was last modified: January 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Allow at least a day between runs when you begin.If in doubt, slow down. You should be able to hold a conversation while you run. Respecting your body is the best route to progression.Walk purposefully, and be strict with your run/walk timings.Don’t be afraid to repeat a week, or drop back a week. Everyone’s different.Take heart – you can do it!Here’s our guide to getting you up and running:last_img read more

December 29


first_imgThe President of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology has said the college must adapt if it is to offer the courses which will provide students with employment in the years ahead.Mr Hannigan was speaking as the LYIT offered its biggest ever choice in the areas of science, technology and software development.He said the outlook is very positive. “The market is changing and we’re conscious that our courses must meet the needs of industry. That’s why we’re listening to the needs of the market and striving to deliver programmes which equip our students with the knowledge and skills to help them succeed.”Students are now being asked to visit lyit.ie prior to the CAO deadline of 1 February 2012 for course options or call Noeleen on 074 9186108.In 2011, Letterkenny IT was named runner up in the Sunday Times survey and celebrates 40 years in delivering education.The college now offers over 70 courses across its 4 schools of Science, Business, Engineering and Tourism, many up to Masters level. It has seen a steady increase in student numbers which now exceed 3,000, a 30% increase since 2008, and is located on two modern campuses at Letterkenny and Killybegs. LYIT campuses have excellent facilities including state of the art science labs, new cookery demonstration kitchen, gym and floodlit playing fields. A friendly supportive atmosphere is backed by great relationships with staff and students, a point that’s often referred to by graduates.LYIT has always been a strong advocate of encouraging mature students participation within the regular curriculum.Since early 2009 the college has been successful in a number of proposals for the delivery of courses which are aimed at helping those who are unemployed and who wish to retrain or gain a new qualification.It has successfully introduced programmes in Wind Energy, Financial Services Technologies, Pharmacy Technician and Accounting. In January 2012, LYIT will be making an application to deliver a further new set of Labour Market Activation Programmes.LYIT provides an exciting environment which encourages strong academic learning and great practical experience in areas which are growing and employers are looking for. To find out more about studying at LYIT visit www.lyit.ie or call 074 9186108. LETTERKENNY IT PREPARES NEW COURSES FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyPRESIDENT PAUL HANNIGANlast_img read more

December 28

City employees do double duty with nonprofit work on side

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The techie from City Hall had a special credential he did not bother to flash. “My dad passed away when I had just turned 8,” he said. “I was raised by my mom from then. I respect my mom a lot and I think she did such a great job raising me and my sister it makes me want to help other mothers who may be in that same situation.” The other day McRee brought a crew to the group’s Canyon Country digs to fix computers and set up the network. Then Quick spotted another use for his information technology gold mine. “He has a big heart,” Quick said. “He will be part of our mentor program.” Retired firemen and policemen have banded together to create a mentoring program for boys whose fathers are largely absent. Quick has tapped McRee to take part, by sharing his computer skills. Like McRee, other city staff members employ their knowledge – and some leverage social and business connections – outside City Hall to benefit nonprofit groups. While many orchestrate fundraisers from cozy seats in the boardroom, some also find themselves picking up garbage and handing out water to parched firemen, as Adele Macpherson, the city’s superintendent of community services, has done. The president of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center’s board has rolled up her sleeves at fundraising events, and while volunteer work with the American Red Cross sent her across the country to help out in disasters, she handed out the water when fire has consumed hills and blacked the sky in Santa Clarita. The native of Sale, a town near Manchester in England, also is a member of the Queen Victoria chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire. The group holds teas to help support the British Home for retirees in Sierra Madre. City Clerk Sharon Dawson, who spends her days working alongside bureaucrats and private citizens – some who long to become bureaucrats – spends her spare time raising money to make reading fun for kids. It is no coincidence she serves on the board of the Friends of the Santa Clarita Valley Libraries. “My dad, when he retired from his permanent job had worked in an elementary school library,” she said. “He got so much joy out of helping kids find books and learning history. I do it in honor of my dad.” Her father has since died. Special districts administrator Dennis Luppens is the president of the executive board of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. That does not stop him from getting some dirt under his nails. He calls on contacts to donate food, money or marketing expertise, and each year he helps out with the postal drive, where the U.S. Postal Service collects canned food for the group. Mail carriers may collect the food, but unlike the mail, the do not deliver it. Luppens helps out with that, unloading carts and delivering goods to the food pantry. “I used to be involved with low-income families in my city job,” he said. “It’s that desire to maybe help that one person you may never meet again. You know you’ve helped that person and made their life a little better.” The director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department serves on the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, but his calling as a lifeguard from 1975 to 1993 led to collecting and managing lifesaving statistics for open water and lifeguard agencies across the country. Rick Gould’s responsibility for a nationwide statistical database makes him an expert of drowning prevention and lifeguard effectiveness, which he frequently lectures on. “I can tell you with the touch of a finger how many rescues occurred in Miami, Florida” he said. Closer to home, he advises Los Angeles County lake lifeguards. Macpherson, who was a founding member of the Santa Clarita Valley Resource Center, hopes its new presence on the Web attracts more helpers. “It’s the friendliest of ways to look through volunteer organizations without having to call organizations and find what they have,” she said. “It makes it easier and more comfortable.” Volunteer opportunities can be found at www.scvrc.org. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – In his day job, Rob McRee’s computer smarts are pretty much taken for granted. It was another story when he entered the Web-less domain of a nonprofit group that helps out single moms and their kids. McRee, the city of Santa Clarita’s Webmaster, is building a home for Single Mothers Outreach on the Internet. “There will be more awareness from the public, more volunteer opportunities available and updates on events at our office,” said Debbie Quick, executive director of the organization. “To moms who are out there seeking help from themselves, feeling alone and distraught, they can click on the computer and see there’s help.” Single Mothers Outreach helps women find jobs, a place to live and support groups. The local group serves about 1,400 single mothers and their kids, who range from newborns to 20-somethings. last_img read more

December 24

Men’s Golf In Seventh After First Two Rounds At MVC Championship

first_img SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. – The Drake University men’s golf team finished the first two rounds of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in seventh place Monday at The Club at Porto Clima.The Bulldogs carded a round of 306 in the morning followed by 309 in the afternoon for a total of 615. Illinois State owns a 1-stroke lead in first place at 285-292 – 577 followed by SIU at 291-287 – 578.Three Bulldogs are in the top 25 of the individual leaderboard with Tommi Avant leading the way at 74-79 – 153 in 20th place. Lucas Scherf and Shayne Patel are tied for 21st at 174. Scherf wend 76-78 while Patel carded a 79-75 on the 7,060-yard, par-72 course.Illinois State’s David Rauer leads the field at 141 after an impressive opening round of 66.The final round of the MVC Championship is scheduled to tee off Tuesday at 8 a.m.Team Standings1. Illinois State, 285-292 – 577 (+1)  2. Southern Illinois, 291-287 – 578 (+2)  3. Missouri State, 299-292 – 591 (+15)  4. Bradley University, 302-301 – 603 (+27)  5. Valparaiso Univ., 303-302 – 605 (+29)  6. Loyola U.- Chicago, 306-301 – 607 (+31)  7. Drake, 306-309 – 615 (+39)  8. Northern Iowa, 305-312 – 617 (+41)  9. Evansville, 319-306 – 625 (+49) 7. Drake, 306-309 – 61520. Tommi Avant , 74-79 – 153T21. Lucas Scherf, 76 -78 – 154T21. Shayne Patel, 79-75 – 154T39. Tim Lim, 82-77 – 15941. Chase Wicklund, 77-83 – 160 Print Friendly Version Day 1 Results Story Linkslast_img read more

December 24


first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA U14 GirlsTHE management of St Eunan’s U-14 girls squad has paid tribute to them for their dedication this year after losing the county final in cruel circumstances at the weekend.The girls led throughout the final against Moville, only to lose by a point to a goal scored six minutes into injury time.Manager Decky O’Donnell with coaches Greg Harkin, Eimhear Bradley and Liam McCann however say there was certainly no lost pride in the efforts of the girls who put in a fanstastic display before losing out by 6-01 to 3-09. “The girls have been brilliant all year and I didn’t want that to pass without acknowledging the tremendous efforts of every member of the squad,” said Decky.“I hope to see all the girls back next year for the U-14s and U-16s. Every one of them played for their club with pride this year and we’re all very very proud of them.”The girls had their annual end of season meal at the Mount Errigal Hotel after the game – where their biggest supporters, Cathal, Thomas, Noel and Niamh joined in the craic.     GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-14 GIRLS DO THEIR CLUB PROUD was last modified: September 16th, 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 clublast_img read more

December 24


first_imgSinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has hit back at “uninformed and opportunistic” comments by Fine Gael TD Joe Mc Hugh on the HGV levy.Deputy McHugh had slammed Martin McGuinness, the north’s joint first minister, over his “failure” to address the charges being levied on Donegal truckers every time they drive into the North.But Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Fein have raised this issue at Council, Dáil and Assembly level and voiced our opposition in every political arena. Donegal Councillor Gary Doherty in particular has campaigned tirelessly to make sure Donegal hauliers are not penalised. “Deputy Mc Hugh ignores the fact that taxation is a matter for Westminster and that we have called for the British Secretary of State to exempt all local roads. Minister Varadkar in a reply to me stated that the British Minister had indicated “a willingness to consider certain, regional cross-border specified roads”.“Deputy Mc Hugh would be better served pushing his own Minister to capitalise on this potential rather than taking uninformed and opportunistic attacks on others campaigning for the same goal.“Let us be clear Sinn Féin is taking this seriously and we have put pressure on the Minister for the Environment in the north to ensure that Donegal is not peripheralised as a result of this ridiculous levy.“The levy is the latest regressive step from Westminster which ignores the needs of the people of the north and which fails to protect the northern economy and the island economy which generates £2.3bn for the island. “In these times of economic downturn we need to explore every avenue for economic growth not restrict it.“It is time the Irish Government acted in the interests of the people of Donegal and indeed the island and ensured that the British Secretary of state exempts the local northern road system.”Deputy Doherty added: Only this week the Northern Minister for the Environment, Mark Durkan stated in response to a Sinn Fein motion on the issue that no-one is collecting the levy here, but we are also aware that officials from the British Agency from the Vehicle Operations Services Agency have cautioned drivers for not paying the levy. We would ask Minister Durkan to clarify whether Donegal hauliers are to pay this charge?“Sinn Féin will continue to push for the exemption of northern roads to protect the people of Donegal from peripheralisation, protect small business from increased running costs, protect consumers from increased prices and to ensure that we maximise not restrict the gains from the island economy.” PEARSE DOHERTY SLAMS JOE McHUGH OVER HGV COMMENTS was last modified: May 17th, 2014 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:HGV levyJoe McHughPearse Dohertyrowlast_img read more

December 22

Broadcaster Shaun Doherty reveals he is leaving Highland Radio

first_imgIconic broadcaster Shaun Doherty has shocked his listeners this morning with the news that he will be leaving Highland Radio in the coming weeks.Speaking on the Shaun Doherty Show, the presenter said the time has come for him to leave the station. He is due to deliver his last show on Friday, July 14th.“It is time for me to look for fresh challenges in my life and new opportunities,” Shaun said. Shaun has been a recognisable voice on the radio for 27 years and has occupied the mid-morning slot on Highland Radio since 1990.His topical programme explores the stories and concerns of local people and carries interviews with local representatives and members of the public.Shaun said he will reveal more about his future career plans in the coming weeks as he winds up his time at Highland.Broadcaster Shaun Doherty reveals he is leaving Highland Radio was last modified: June 28th, 2017 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:broadcasterHighland RadioShaun Dohertylast_img read more

December 21

Lampard hails Hazard after Chelsea win

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea legend Frank Lampard says Eden Hazard’s display against Qarabag underlined his world-class ability. Hazard scored his sixth goal in seven appearances for the Blues as they coasted into the Champions League knockout stages with a thumping 4-0 win over Qarabag.The Belgian also teed up the second goal for Willian with an exquisite flick.Speaking on BT Sport, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer Lampard, who netted 211 goals for the Blues, said: “World class for me is affecting games at Champions League and international level over a period of time and Hazard is certainly in that bracket.”Fellow pundits Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard agreed.“He has everything,” said ex-Liverpool and England midfielder Gerrard.“He can score goals, he can can create goals, he has vision speed and is direct. His awareness for the little back-heel was sensational; that was world class right there.”Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand added: “Hazard is definitely world class.“He is the reason Chelsea won the league and if they are going to go any deeper in the competition he will have to play a huge role and do what he did tonight.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 19

My story goes like this

first_imgI have been a learner in the 1980s, and in that era there was certainly no career pathing or assistance for people of my colour to get into good jobs or careers.Having excelled in sports at provincial level and having had a good pass in matric I was compelled to take up teaching as a profession. I sucessfully completed my studies after 3 years and got into brass tacks.From 1986 I have been always persistent that matric learners be given guidance on how to choose wisely.After marrying I had to moveAfter marrying I had to move to the rural area of Kwazulu Natal, and I made this type of guidance my priority.Being a disadvantaged person with many financial difficulties, I continued to study and I am currently completing my Doctorate in Educational Psychology.I have voluntarily assisted my community by gettting into the social forum. I began to work giving grade 10, 11 & 12 learners motivation and career pathing choices since 2004.I have managed to secure a very strong working relationship in my community, networking with community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations to give our learners maximum assistance to fulfill their needs and curiosity.Now we can choose from many jobsI have planned very successful career expos for secondary school learners, incorporating all universities, colleges and technikons that can guide our youth.This is merely because now we can choose from many jobs, and not having sufficient information can hinder our progress.I also do counselling for HIV/AIDS and general counselling for people in distress free of charge. I initiated the first Aids Council in Umkomaas, where learners used to form a committee to conscientise the public about the HIV/AIDS scourge right from 1999.I think that this inspirational input to our society needs mileage.Thank you.Story submitted to SAinfo on 9 April 2008last_img read more