Students who are inclined to the technical and vocational aspect of education will now have a chance to improve their skills following an agreement that was signed between the Education Ministry and the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Thursday.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and OAS Representative Jean Ricot Dormeus at signing ceremony of the agreementThis signing ceremony was attended by a representative from the OAS, Jean Ricot Dormeus; Education Minister Nicolette Henry; Assistant Chief Education Officer Patrick Chenadu; Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Vibert Welch; and the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, Vanessa Dickenson.Ricot Dormeus, in remarks, stated that, along with this agreement, Guyana has also benefited from a scholarship programme established by the OAS to boost technical and vocational training in secondary and post-secondary institutions.“It comes under the umbrella of quality, inclusive, equitable education promoted by the Development Corporation Fund managed by the OAS,” Dormeus said.Implementation of this programme will assist in production of skilled individuals — a necessity in today’s society –and further enhance the sustainable development factor.“Our people need good jobs and good technical [and] vocational education. They will be able to secure good jobs, and even set up a business of their own, in the future, so that the (country improves and the economy grows),” Dormeus added.While expressing her gratitude, Minister Henry also explained that this would advance the development of education in Guyana.“I know that this will be very impactful in the development of our youth population,” she said.She revealed her cognisance that sometimes the main focus is mainstream academics, and many students do not receive a platform to improve their skills in the technical and vocational areas, which are off the radar. For that reason, she said, this agreement and the injection of the substantial sum will solve this issue. She highlighted, “As you know, we are a country that is looking for development in terms of oil, which is new and different; and we have to prepare our people so that they can be able to manage, and manage well, the resources; and so this will feed in to that broader picture.” The document signing was spearheaded by Assistant Chief Education Officer Patrick Chenadu, who spearheads the technical and vocational education sector. Over the years, the OAS has been a critical partner in the education delivery process, and has now embarked on this new initiative to further assist in the development of the education sector in Guyana. The monies received from the fund will be used for training and in the occupational health and safety bracket.
Mandatory elections in 90 daysPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Sase Gunraj, on Saturday revealed that promised work plans on preparations for polls are yet to be delivered to the Commissioners. Following last Tuesday’s meeting at GECOM, the Secretariat agreed to provide members of the Commission with several work plans detailing the various options and the timelines regarding the holding of General and Regional Elections.“No excuse, or attempt at an excuse, has been forthcoming for this refusal and or neglect to provide these work plans, which should have been ready or in any event, easily prepared, from the Secretariat,” he said.These plans were to be submitted on Friday and were to be discussed by members of the Operations Committee at a meeting scheduled for this Monday. However, Gunraj said on Saturday that no such documents have been received nor was any excuse forthcoming from the Secretariat. According to the Opposition Commissioner, this is just another tactic that is being employed to delay the commencement of preparations for holding elections in the constitutionally mandated timeline.GECOM’s Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson“I have had cause to comment, both within GECOM meetings and publicly, about the obvious dilatory tactics that are being employed to prevent the commencement of preparations for holding of elections in the constitutionally mandated timeline. I view this as another such delay,” Gunraj noted.The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused Government of attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections following the no-confidence resolution of December 21, 2018. The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated in last Thursday’s interpretation by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that the motion was validly passed 33-32. GECOM has been unforthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion. In fact, during a meeting with both Opposition and Government Chief Whips, the Chairman of GECOM, retired Justice James Patterson abruptly ended a meeting on the Commissions preparedness after he was pressed for answers. On Friday, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the Guyana Government to demonstrate integrity and respect the Constitution. She told a gathering at an interfaith ceremony at the launch of Harmony Week, that building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regards to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance…The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrates the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the legislative arm of the State,” she said last week.Tanaka lauded acting Chief Justice Roxane George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.“It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka added.
Parking meter burdenThe highly controversial contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the parking meter company, Smart City Solutions (SCS), can only be terminated through arbitration.According to the contract seen by Guyana Times, if in any event a dispute arises over the terms of the agreement and there is need for it to be terminated, it must be done through arbitration by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Miami, Florida. The contract states under the “Dispute Resolution” clause that “the Parties expressly declare that any disputes arising in connection with the interpretation, performance, breach and termination of this Agreement shall be settled through arbitration.”It specified that the arbitration must be administered through the ICDR in accordance with the applicable rules of the Arbitration Committee of the International Business Council.There has been much resistance against the Parking Meter Project since the idea was flouted by the City Council.Since its implementation, that resistance has grown into a mass movement calling for the initiative to be shelved and the contract which was signed in total secrecy to be scrapped.But it appears that the parking meter company has taken all precautionary steps to ensure it is protected in any turn of events regarding the initiative.The contract stipulates that City Hall must be liable for any expenses incurred by the company as a result of a third party action.Among the shocking clauses in the contract are: the fact that the company can extend the duration of the 49-year agreement for an additional 49 years under the same terms of the current agreement, subject to the approval of City Hall; the company was given the option to operate in Guyana for almost one century; the contract’s ‘terror clause’ protects Smart City Solutions, as it includes a clause intended to scare the Mayor and City Council over the prospect of terminating the agreement.Should the company be ordered by any court to take any form of action, which will incur expenses, then these will become the burden on the City Council.The reimbursement for any loss suffered as a result of third party action is titled “Indemnification.”The section reads, “The city shall indemnify the Concessionaire against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses including, but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs and all other professional costs and expenses suffered or incurred by the Concessionaire.”The contract also provides for the Company to be reimbursed if any claim, action, motion, petition, summons, writ or other proceeding whatsoever made against the Town Clerk, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown which results in the delay in the performance or frustration of this agreement.Additionally, if such payment due from the City is subject to tax (whether by way of direct assessment or withholding at its source), the company shall be entitled to receive from the city such amounts to ensure that the net amount received, after tax, is the same as it would have been were the payment not subject to tax.There has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest action against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project.Already, the New Building Society (NBS) is challenging the legality of the parking meter By-laws in the courts.The case comes up before Justice Brassington Reynolds on February 20.
SIMI VALLEY – Scientists are beginning a project this month to sample about 55 wells in Ventura County to monitor water-quality changes over the next decade. Water drawn from wells for public drinking is already checked to make sure it meets health standards, and the new study, which will begin April 9, is not designed to evaluate the quality of water delivered to consumers. But the new Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment program will eventually provide even more detailed information about chemicals in groundwater through much of California, and will help scientists determine the source of these chemicals, said Justin Kulongoski, research hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey. As the study progresses, the information will provide an early awareness of changes in water quality, officials said. The information will help scientists understand the natural and human factors affecting the state’s water. “It’s important for the public to know what is in the groundwater so that they can protect the groundwater resource,” Kulongoski said. “What we hope for is this does provide the base-line information to evaluate future trends in groundwater quality.” The GAMA study is a $50 million project being conducted over a decade by the U.S. Geological Survey and sponsored by the California Water Resources Control Board. The study was developed in response to the Groundwater Quality Monitoring Act of 2001 and is already under way in other areas of the state. Some of the statewide survey’s first findings were released Wednesday regarding 12 wells in the San Fernando Valley area and 23 in the San Gabriel Valley that showed traces of contamination from the area’s industrial and agricultural past. The scientists found volatile organic compounds in 33 of the 35 wells tested, including tetrachloroethylene, which was once used in dry cleaning and manufacturing. The researchers also found low levels of pesticides in 31 of the 35 wells in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Since 1984, more than 8,000 public water wells in California have been shut down, some because of contamination from chemicals such as MTBE, solvents and perchlorate, state officials said. For years, water quality and the threat of contaminants have been of major concern in parts of Ventura County, from runoff near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory to salt from the Santa Clarita Valley damaging farmland along the Santa Clara River. While the study could shed light on some of these concerns, it will monitor wells randomly rather than targeting specific issues, officials said. The 55 wells being monitored in Ventura County include those in Simi Valley, Las Posas Valley, Pleasant Valley, the Santa Clara River Valley, Ojai and the Ventura River Valley. In Ventura County, scientists hope to have initial data from the study by January of next year. email@example.com (805) 583-7602 Information For more information on the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment program, go to www.waterboards.ca.gov/gama.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jason Quigley visiting the store shortly after it opened.After a busy first Christmas, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is gearing up for 2015. The shop’s massive January sale continues with huge reductions across all leading brands, including Nike, Asics, Adidas, Puma, Canterbury and Underarmour.There are also big reductions in the golf shop, so whether you’re a golfer, a GAA fan, an outdoor enthusiast or a fitness fanatic, you’ll pick up great bargains at the Station Roundabout shop in Letterkenny. While only open five months, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure hit the ground running in 2014. Since opening its doors in August, the shop has welcomed visitors from across Donegal and further afield.The opening weekend saw thousands of visitors flock to the store, while the Facebook page reached 10,000 likes in just one week.The first few weeks in business coincided with the All-Ireland fever that gripped Donegal this summer. The place was a hive of activity, as media from RTE to Sky Sports and Today FM broadcast from the shop in an effort to capture the colour and excitement within the county.Other visitors in these first few months included Donegal boxer Jason Quigley, snooker champion Ken Doherty and World Number One Darts Champion, Michael van Gerwen and Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis.In November, Michael captained the International Rules team in Australia, before Neil Gallagher and himself headed off to Boston for the All-stars tour. In December, the shop added another All-Ireland winner to its team, when Laura Gallagher and her Termon Ladies’ colleagues became the first Donegal club to win any level of All-Ireland ladies football club title. Another team member, Tony McNamee, topped off 2014 by signing with Finn Harps and winning an U21 medal with Milford GAA.Michael, Neil and all the team at Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure would like to thank everyone for their support in their first year in business and wish their customers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. MASSIVE SALE CONTINUES AT MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE was last modified: December 29th, 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:Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure
FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT HAMPDEN PARK: Celtic will face Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup final after seeing off Falkirk in today’s semi-final here at Hampden Park.Scott Brown’s penalty gave Celtic a 27th-minute advantage only to see Jay Fulton, son of former Celtic and Falkirk midfielder Steve, level matters five minutes before half-time with a composed finish.Anthony Stokes restored Celtic’s lead with an excellent free-kick on 56 minutes and the striker got his second with a tap-in late on. With the Bairns having knocked Rangers and Dundee United out of the competition in an earlier round, the First Division side were hoping to claim a third Scottish Premier League scalp, while Celtic were looking to continue their push for the domestic treble.And they were not to be denied today.Speaking after the game Neil Lennon has confirmed Celtic’s transfer coup over Old Firm rivals Rangers with the signing of Ibrox target Pawel Brozek from Trabzonspor.Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed his interest in the Polish striker over the weekend but the Parkhead club have agreed terms with the player and subject to a medical he will sign on loan until the end of the season, with a permanent deal on the table. The Celtic boss was speaking at Hampden after Anthony Stokes scored twice in the Hoops’ 3-1 Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final win over Falkirk to set up a final meeting with Kilmarnock.“I know Rangers were interested but we have been involved with players before and Rangers have nipped in,” said Lennon.“I am not saying we have nipped in, but we have been tracking him for quite a while. We have tried to keep it under the radar.“I have not seen him yet but if he does come in I will be delighted.“We will see how he is and if he is ready to go he won’t be far away from starting. He scored a lot of goals in Poland and he will give the squad a jag. “We can’t keep relying on Gary Hooper and Stokesy for the goals.“If one of them gets injured or suspended we could be a goalscorer short and Pawel is a goalscorer.“He has gone to Trabzonspor and for one reason or another it has not worked out but what we do know is he is a goalscorer.“He is a bit like Hooper, he knows where the goal is. We might try to get another player in before the window closes, we are always looking.” THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC THROUGH TO CUP FINAL AFTER 3-1 WIN was last modified: January 29th, 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC THROUGH TO CUP FINAL AFTER 3-1 WIN
Emergency services are appealing to road users to be extremely careful due to icy conditions today.Roads in parts of Co Donegal are the worst affected after temperatures dropped well below zero.Motorists are urged o take extra care on the N56 Donegal/Glenties road and the N13/N15 Donegal/Letterkenny road because of icy conditions. Many back roads and minor routes are very slippy, particularly around Inishowen, Kilmacrennan, Pettigo, Raphoe and the back of Errigal Road to Dunlewey. Met Éireann says an overnight frost saw temperatures in some areas drop to -5C in some rural areas – one of the coldest nights of the winter so far.Many secondary routes and back roads are slippy in places.Temperatures will rise later, but not by much.Met Eireann is predicting the cold snap will be gone by the end of the week as Atlantic lows push away the Siberian highs. YOU CAN SEND PIX TO INFO@DONEGALDAILY.COM© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything FOR FREE on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWEATHER WARNING: ICE CAUSING PROBLEMS ON DONEGAL ROADS TODAY was last modified: February 1st, 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)
INVESTIGATORS have launched a probe into why a protected stretch of Co Donegal beach was ploughed earlier this week.The strand at Murvagh was closed for several hours on Tuesday because an algae bloom had left dead fish there.But at some stage after that incident an area of around 12,000 square metres was ploughed with an agricultural vehicle. The National Parks and Wildlife Service has confirmed one of its wildlife rangers has launched an investigation into who ploughed the beach – protected under the EU Habitats Directive.A spokesman for the service said: “This is a special protected area for birds and is also a special area of conservation.” ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS INVESTIGATING ILLEGAL PLOUGHING OF A BEACH was last modified: July 12th, 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:ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS INVESTIGATING ILLEGAL PLOUGHING OF A BEACH
The mother of missing Mary Boyle has said people like the family of Maddie McCann should never give up hope of finding missing loved ones.Ann Boyle with one of her grandchildren. Pic courtesy of RTE.Ann Boyle was speaking following a possible breakthrough in the search for her daughter who went missing in Donegal 37 years ago.Although a 64 year old man arrested in connection with Mary’s disappearance was released last night, Gardai are hopeful of a breakthrough in the case. Speaking from her home in Keadue, Ann, 69, said people must put their complete faith in the police services.“I know exactly what the McCann family are going through and my heart goes out to them.“What I would say to them is that they should never give up hope. I have never given up hope of finding out what happened to Mary.“Every day I pray that Mary will be found and I still feel that we will find out what happened to her. “Hopefully we may be a little closer now.“And I hope they never give up hope of one day finding out what happened to their daughter,” she said.Ann said she has complete trust in Gardai getting to the bottom of her daughter’s mystery.“They have been so good over the years and have always kept us in touch.‘They have always been courteous and let us know what is happening with the case,” she added. PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER GIVE UP HOPE OF FINDING MISSED LOVED ONES – ANN BOYLE was last modified: October 22nd, 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:Ann BoyleCashelarddonegalMARY BOYLEmissing
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