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first_imgPlanned strike– Union pushes for mass protestBy Shemuel FanfairTeachers on Monday expressed great frustration over their current wages and are demanding that union members let their voices be heard on the streets come September 3; the day public schools are scheduled to reopen. This call was made at a meeting held at the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) headquarters in Woolford Avenue, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, where Union executives reiterated their position that the August 27 strike action remains in place. Members heard that teachers on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are ready to shut down schools when the opening day arrives.“Come September 3, 2018, we teachers need to be somewhere because theThe Guyana Teachers Union, Woolford Avenue headquarters was packed to capacity where many teachers called for mass protests (Shemuel Fanfair photo)Ministry’s education officials will go out and do their regular follow-up exercises,” one male teacher remarked during the meeting with hundreds of teachers on Monday.“Are we going to turn up to school and not teach or is there a place that we can go and picket and say what we have to say and come out in our numbers and be heard,” another queried of her colleagues.As the session continued, a female shouted that her fellow teachers should gather on the school opening date: “I want us to get our placards and decide where are going and go!” she exclaimed.The teachers came out in a large contingent at the GTU meeting and stridently expressed that they are fully on board with the strike action. Another engagement with teachers was held at Enmore, East Coast Demerara, on Monday afternoon. GTU President Mark Lyte, surrounded by executives, held on to the 40 per cent increase teachers are asking for and said Government’s $700 million ball-park figure would account for 2018 only. He said too that the GTU wants a 2016-2020GTU Mark Lyte makes a point to teachers at Enmore, East Coast Demerara (Dexter Ceres photo)deal which comes despite Government’s position that it could only give what it can afford.“We have not heard from the President, but we are still hoping to hear from [him] because he said, ‘I’m going to put a task force together’… the task force recommended on top of the 2015 salary, 40 per cent; not any ball-park figure,” the union President expressed.The teachers shouted a unified “no!” when President Lyte asked them if they could be replaced by substitutes. This was in reference to Education Minister Nicolette Henry indicating that arrangements are in place should the strike situations become extensive. She cited an Internal Standard Operational Procedure (SoP), which speaks to measures Government would implement if teachers are absent, such as temporary workers to fill the gaps. However, one union representative, Stacy Benjamin questioned if such a move would be practical since teachers would often dive into their own pockets to fund classroom materials and towards meals for those who are in need.Some of the teachers while supporting the strike, expressed fear of victimisation and salary cuts but Lyte later on told reporters that he was set to meet with an attorney in this regard as the union seeks to solidify its legal standing. On teacher suggested that the union files a High Court injunction to prevent Government fromAnother section of teachers at the meeting on Mondaycutting salaries as they have a “right to strike”.A popular teacher, “Sir Mars”, in exuberant and vociferous fashion, said he is prepared to “go to the end” to advocate for the teachers’ cause. Mars concurred with Government coalition partner, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) when it said last week that the Administration going against teachers was tantalum to “political suicide”.Another teacher asked what would happen if the matter goes to arbitration, but the Union representatives pointed out that if this stage is not successful, the matter will be taken to a tribunal. Former Education Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey told <<<>>> on Saturday that the GTU should request arbitration to help bring the matter to a possible conclusion. Government and the GTU have been talking for three years but those talks broke down last week.Lyte had noted that the GTU outright rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. He said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases; Government also wants the clothing allowance to remains at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said too that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off even though the GTU appealed for three years.The Union has 7000 members but the union President at the time when reporters questioned him on Monday could not confirm if the Union could pay the teachers’ salaries if Government were to make deductions for absenteeism. The GTU has however invited non-unionised members to take part in the industrial action.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are set to secure an £11 million deal for Villareal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, according to reports.The versatile Brazilian defender, 24, who can also play at left-back and right-back, is close to putting pen to paper after the Spanish side confirmed a deal had been agreed “in principle”.Paulista joined Villarreal from Brazilian side Vitoria in 2013 and has a good reading of the game as well as tough-tackling ability.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be pleased with his capture, after admitting earlier this month that it would be a “gamble” not to sign another defender during this transfer window, with only six senior defenders currently fit.Paulista’s arrival should add to the positivity surrounding the Emirates at the moment, following last weekend’s emphatic 2-0 away win over champions Manchester City.You can check out the best bits of Paulista’s season so far with Villarreal below…last_img read more

first_imgTottenham had hoped to open their redeveloped stadium this season, but safety issues have severely delayed the project, meaning the north London club have returned to playing their home games at Wembley.With Wembley not ready to host a football match this week after the Anthony Joshua boxing bout on Saturday, Tottenham arranged to play as the ‘home’ team against Watford in Milton Keynes.It is not an ideal situation, especially as Tottenham have played only two home games all season, but Pochettino is adamant that shouldn’t be used as an excuse for the team’s inconsistent performances.“If there is one thing I didn’t want it is to give reason to the players to say, ‘If we don’t win it’s because of Milton Keynes, it’s because we don’t play at our stadium, it’s because we play at Wembley’,” he said.“I understand that it is not the same as playing in your home and the help from our fans will be fantastic in our new stadium and the energy is different playing in MK than your own stadium.“That is our responsibility, it is not to blame the venue or the fans or the chairman. I try to avoid the players finding excuses.”Tottenham should have settled into their new 62,000-seater stadium by now, had it not been delayed after failures to the alarm systems.Argentine coach Pochettino admits it is a frustrating situation, but he doesn’t want unhappy fans to create a negative atmosphere while the delay drags on.“I am the first that would like to finish the new stadium. If I have to go to work after training and help the builders finish the stadium as soon as possible so the fans will be happy, and all the players will be happy and the chairman will be happy, I promise I (will) go,” he said.“Of course we feel disappointed for our fans but they need to understand that is a venue for the rest of our lives and for the next generations and years and years and it is so important to finish (it) in the right way.“Maybe one or two months means a lot but in the end it is no time because the most important thing is to finish and in the future have a venue that is going to help us win trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Home comforts? Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino refuses to let his players complain about their stadium woes © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Mauricio Pochettino has warned his Tottenham stars not to use the club’s delayed new stadium as an excuse for their spluttering start to the season.Pochettino’s side have been forced to play their League Cup third round tie against Watford on Wednesday in Milton Keynes due to the on-going problems with the rebuilding of White Hart Lane.last_img read more

first_img1 Blackpool have snapped up Jim McAlister after he impressed during his pre-season trial.The 29-year-old was without a club having left Dundee and has been with the Seasiders for the past 10 days.He featured in the club’s friendlies against Morecambe, St Johnstone and Ross County and manager Neil McDonald has decided to sign the free agent.McAlister has penned a two-year deal with the option for a third after a successful medical. Jim McAlister last_img

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Dunkineely Community Ltd is considering running 2 more courses in April/May after Easter. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678.1) Basic First Aid – a full one day course held on a Saturday in April or May – details to follow – please contact DCL if you might be interested. 2) A six week course in either Upcycling or a Follow On Interior Design course with Sile Kelly. (The most popular of these two would run). This course will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme. Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieDunkineely Montessori School will be holding an enrolment evening on Thursday 12th March 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Enrolments are for the ECCE pre-school year for children born between 2 Feb 2011 and 30 June 2012. Also taking enrolments for non-ECCE participants at an affordable rate. Please contact Sinead and Joanne on 0873814655 for further information.Killaghtee Parish Good Friday WalkDunkineely Community Ltd in conjunction with the three churches in Killaghtee Parish is to hold a Good Friday walk on Friday 3rd April starting at Dunkineely Methodist Church at 1pm, pausing at Killaghtee Church of Ireland and finishing at Bruckless Chapel around 2pm. They are looking for members of the parish from all church backgrounds and none to join them as they carry a cross from Dunkineely to Bruckless to mark the special day of Christ’s death shared by all Church traditions. Don your walking boots, trainers, bring the children and make it a family outing if you wish. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together and take some exercise whilst remembering the meaning of Good Friday. Garda support will keep us safe on the main road, but once we reach Darney, the route leads along back roads and by Bruckless shore – many thanks to Joan Evans for allowing us through the grounds of Bruckless House. If you would like more details or to let the group know in advance you intend to walk, please phone the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or speak to one of the three clergy. Last year we were blessed by sunshine. Start your prayers now and we hope for more of the same!The Bride Christian Fellowship, Bruckless, will be holding a women’s meeting on Saturday 14th March at 10.30am. Rev Michelle Vento from the USA will be sharing on how women now have influence to bring great change. She will also pray for the sick or any other need. Everyone welcome. Contact 086 3464046 for further info.Dunkineely in Bloom ran very successfully last year with two workshops and over 30 competition entries. If you’d like to help make it bigger and better this year please contact DCL on 074 9737678 or dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). COMMUNITY NOTICE: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD SET TO LAUNCH SIX-WEEK FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Community NoticecourseDD LocalDunkineelyFirst Aidlast_img read more

first_imgCity of Derry Airport, CoDA, has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards in the 2015 Aviation Industry Awards:  Airport Achievement Award and Airport Safety Award. The Aviation Industry Awards celebrate excellence in the aviation sector in Ireland.Over 650 industry professionals are expected to attend the awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 28th May, bringing together leading companies from every sector of aviation. City of Derry Airport received it’s nomination for Airport Achievement award demonstrating management’s commitment to infrastructural improvement and enhancement of the passenger experience in the last 12 months.City of Derry Airport was also nominated for the Airport Safety Award following its contribution to safety, both safety promotion and safety awareness, and is deemed to have enhanced behaviours, which demonstrates the airports overall commitment to achieving excellent safety performance.Clive Coleman, Contractors Director for RCA (the company responsible for the management of CoDA) said, “CoDA is delighted to be shortlisted in the Aviation Industry Awards 2015 – such a great honour which illustrates the significant role of the airport as a vital piece of infrastructure for the region and showcases the great work of all the team here at CoDA.“The category of Airport Achievement demonstrates how recent infrastructural improvements have had a positive impact on the overall customers experience and the Safety Award demonstrates the success of our people as CODA employees continue to challenge themselves on a daily basis on their attitude to risk so that we can develop inherently safe practices in all of the airport’s operations. “This hard work falls to each and every one of CoDA staff and management as we continuously look at everything we do with a view to eliminating risk.“Achieving the goals set out within the Airports Target Zero Safety Plan is a significant challenge as these targets are set high but they are achievable.“Nothing else is acceptable.  Achieving these targets keeps CoDA and our customer’s safe, and allows the airport to thrive in an aviation market where Safety is a decisive factor”.Commercial and Marketing Manager, Charlene Shongo, outlined “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted in the 2015 Aviation Industry Awards – this is a significant achievement for the airport and demonstrates the hard work and commitment from all the team here at City of Derry Airport.“We are particularly proud to be nominated for the Airport Safety Award, in common with other leading companies in the aviation sector; safety is of significant importance at the airport, we are constantly striving to mitigate risk and improve Safety”. Charlene added:  “The value of continuous improvement in all areas of safety can never be underestimated.“CODA is firmly committed to our safety programme, Target Zero and we strive to ensure it remains focused on reducing risk and improving standards for all stakeholders.“The airport promotes a positive safety culture which in turn provides an excellent customer experience leading to CoDA remaining very much at the forefront of the aviation industry”.CITY OF DERRY AIRPORT SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AVIATION AWARD was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardsBusinessCODAFeatureslast_img read more

first_imgAN INCREDIBLE 71 Donegal pubs have been forced to close in the past six years, a report says today.An investigation by the Irish Independent says more than a thousand pubs have closed nationwide since 2005.The full report is here: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/1000-pub-closures-since-2005-2914729.html71 DONEGAL PUBS CLOSED IN PAST SIX YEARS was last modified: October 24th, 2011 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:closeddonegal pubslast_img read more

first_imgTRUCK FEST COMES TO DONEGAL – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: August 26th, 2013 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:clanree hotelletterkennyTruck Festlast_img read more

first_imgCaptain Phil: Running Donegal from WednesdayBreaking News: MEET the new man set to be in charge of Donegal County Council and running your county from next week – Environment Minister Phil Hogan.Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have this morning refused to pass a budget for 2014, protesting at the handover of €350Million worth of council assets to Irish Water.Cllr John Campbell (Independent) also opposed the budget but for different reasons, with the budget proposal defeated by 15 votes to 13. It means the council could be dissolved and an administrator will almost certainly be appointed by Minister Hogan to run council affairs if the council fails to agree on a way forward at another meeting next Monday. All parties except Sinn Fein agreed to return.Fine Gael and Labour and independents P Doherty, F McBrearty and I McGarvey had supported passing the budget for the year, insisting the water issue was a separate one.Fine Gael’s Micky Doherty arrived late in the chamber to vote – but the budget was defeated by the 11 votes of Fianna Fail, three of Sinn Fein and the vote of Cllr Campbell.Under legislation council powers switch to the Department of the Environment from midnight and the council may be dissolved. Councillors lose their positions – and unless Minister Hogan agrees to an extension – there will be no local democratic representation until after the council elections in May. Councillors will also lose all allowances and payments.Mayor Ian McGarvey’s role as first citizen is also now at an end – and Sinn Fein councillor Gary Doherty who joined the council just six weeks ago has set a new record as the shortest ever serving county councillor.Tired: Mayor McGarvey had chaired 3 days of talksThe move will not effect the day to day delivery of council services but how money is spent this year will be decided by Dublin civil servants under the direction of Deputy Hogan.There was heated debate all day – but Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail took a decision they would not support the budget. And they had the majority of votes between them.Cllr Barry O’Neill made a last minute plea for the budget to be passed. But this was rejected. Cllr Ciaran Brogan (FF leader on the council) said: “Politics is about people and we have to follow our instinct.“We have to stand up over the A5, over our health services, over Garda resources and now over water. It was the right decision to take. We have to send a message to Dublin.”Dessie Larkin, (FF) said: “Donegal will be left behind and overlooked in favour of the big urban cities, I’m very concerned about this issue and it’s one of the biggest issues this chamber has ever faced.“From the 1st of October Donegal people will be charged for water and we have no idea what those charges are going to be. “The citizens of Donegal are in the dark on this issue and as a public representative I have a responsibility to express my concerns.“I think it’s a very bad deal and a very rushed deal the privatisation of Irish Water we’ve seen what happened in the North when they privatised the water.”Cllr John Campbell discusses the budget with Cllr Marie Therese GallagherCouncillor Marie Therese Gallagher (SF) said the asset transfer was “like having a hole in your roof, asking a contractor to fix it and then handing over your house.”She said the reservoirs and assets of Donegal belong to the people of Donegal.“It’s daylight robbery and it’s happening right now. People should be angry. We are custodians of this asset and we have never even been considered,” said Cllr Gallagher.Barry O’Neill (FG) responded to Cllr Marie Theres Gallagher’s (SF) objection to the confusion on the impending water charges saying: “You say no to everything, you said no to everything at last year’s budget, it’s no to everything, this meeting is turning into a shambles, I came here to talk about a budget meeting and all we’re talking about is Irish Water it’s a disgrace.“It’s a total fudge, it’s a smokescreen and they’re jeopardising this meeting by talking about Irish services.”Party colleague John Ryan (FG) said: “There is no doubt about it, it’s a very important issue, there has been a lot of discussion on this topic; a lot of it has been accurate, a lot of it hasn’t.“There are several types of assets being transferred to Irish Water, the assets that we are transferring that provide a service now saying that they still have a worth to the Donegal County Council because they’re providing a service.“It’s a mistake in to say we’re handing over €355 million worth of assets.“We can talk about Irish Water all day but in this arena we have no say or no power to change anything about it.“We owe the people of Donegal to talk about the budget instead of potentially dissolving the council.”Seamus O’Domhnaill (FF) said: “I accept it’s a book value of €355 million for Donegal’s water assets but in my opinion it’s worth more than the book value.“I have to ask the question – are the people of Donegal getting the best value for money for the services we provide and I don’t think they do.“Our roads are in terrible condition and to be honest the money allocated to roads both nationally and here in Donegal will make them worse.“We talked about creating employment, we could create employment by getting people out on our roads.“Are we going to become tax collectors for Irish Water?“We should not be working on behalf of Irish water.“We should have also re-evaluated our development charges long before this situation arose.”* Check Donegal Daily Facebook and Twitter Feeds for more.THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER! IT IS NOW – PHIL HOGAN SET TO RUN DONEGAL AFTER COUNCIL COLLAPSE was last modified: January 8th, 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:Department of the EnvironmentDonegal County CouncilPhil Hoganlast_img read more

first_imgA lighthouse on Inishtrahull Island off the coast of Donegal is to be examined by personnel using a Government helicopter following the recent storms.Inishtrahull Lighthouse off Malin Head.It is believed the lighthouse may be one of six which sustained damage during the strong winds and high seas.Inshitrahull sits 10 kms off Malin Head and is uninhabited since 1929 but enjoys an abundance of wildlife and is a protected area. The lighthouse has not been manned since 1987. DONEGAL LIGHTHOUSE TO BE INSPECTED AFTER RECENT STORMS was last modified: January 9th, 2014 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:damagedonegalInishowenInishtrahull Islandstormlast_img read more