WAITING ON HINDSIGHT WESTERN BUREAU: Lillian Bolt, arguably the biggest fan of nephew and world sprint superstar Usain Bolt, has come out swinging at the Government for what she says is the careless way in which they have gone about handling certain aspects of his legacy. Her main issue is in relation to the development of the sprinter’s boyhood community of Sherwood Content in Trelawny. “It is shameful. The Jamaican Government is doing nothing for Bolt; this is his community, where he is from and not even a sign post to say welcome to the place where Bolt lived,” she said. Two washed out murals not too far from each other depicting the world’s greatest ever sprinter in his familiar ‘To di worl’ pose, and a more recently done one on the wall of the Waldensia Primary School where he attended, are the main signs of Bolt’s presence in the community. Aunt Lillian blamed the Government for this, telling The Gleaner, that while Bolt has taken the Jamaican name and colours beyond the furthest reaches of the globe to be challenging reggae legend Bob Marley for being the most recognisable Jamaican on the planet, the authorities continue to pay scant regard for the massive potential that could come from his visibility. “I am sure that had he come from China or Australia or wherever else, that by now his place of birth would become a major tourist attraction,” she said, “Where is the vision, are we waiting on hindsight?” she asked. “The roads here are so bad, some residents don’t even go out, yet we boast about Usain coming from here. And yes, he has come from here, but what’s next? I feel so ashamed when a tourist asks certain question. Maybe we should direct them to the Government,” she added. In addition to the bad roads, parts of the community also suffer from the lack of piped water. The only attraction bearing any resemblance to the Bolt legacy is a quaint little boutique shop Aunt Lillian has created to sell a few T-shirts and other Usain Bolt memorabilia to the trickling of tourists, who make the trip up the hills to Sherwood Content. “Being a humble person, an ambassador, and big time role model, I’m sure Usain would not come out talking about such things. He would rather leave the protesting to community members, who feel the need to voice their own concerns.” “But there is absolutely nothing here and while they big him up with awards and celebrate his accomplishments, and rightly so, nothing comes back to the community, where he is from, where tourists want to come and where he has made famous,” said Aunt Lillian. Bar and shop operator Marlon Jackson agrees that Bolt’s home town is in need of development to help attract visitors and from which the spin-offs could be in the form of jobs. “I feel really sad, when I see a bus with tourist coming through, and for what? There is nothing to see, no monument, no sign, no wall art, nothing. Jobs could be created here for youths as tour guides and these things,” Jackson said. Bolt himself has been active in the community, partnering with sponsor Digicel to renovate the community centre through his foundation.
Dear Editor,The insistence of the caretaker coalition Government for the data from the un-scrutinised House-to-House Registration to be merged with the National Register of Registrants Data Base (NRRDB) – which has been updated through several cycles of Continuous Registration and used as the basis for the last several elections, including the 2015 General and Regional Elections that led to the APNU/AFC coalition taking office – must be rejected as a perpetuation of delay tactics.Any merger with the NRRDB is worrisome for several reasons. Firstly, the merger of the data with the existing National Register of Registrants will contaminate the database and it may take months to address any such contamination. Secondly, the data gathered is suspect since the gathering of said information was not scrutinised. Thirdly, the form used in the House-to-House Registration was not the statutory form required for such a purpose.Editor, it is clear that the push for a merger is premised on the caretaker coalition Government’s obsession with holding on to power – even if it means trampling of the Constitution of Guyana, which mandated that elections are to be held within three months of the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion – that is by March 21, 2019.The fact that the caretaker coalition Government has a complicit partner within the Secretariat of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is also not lost on the Guyanese people, given the options that were presented on the way forward by the Secretariat. Only today we saw another statutory GECOM meeting concluded without any serious talk about preparations for elections.There can be no more delays, since Guyana is already over five months past the constitutional deadline for elections.Additionally, Editor, the comments by the Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, as quoted by News Room in an article on September 6, 2019, headlined “No ‘credible, practical’ alternative to merger of House-to-House data – Harmon”, is misleading at best. While Mr Harmon insists that opponents of the merger have provided no “credible, practical and efficient alternative” he selectively forgets that the time-tested option of Claims and Objections is available. This proposal we have been making will capture new registrants and sanitise the list of those who are deceased among other things.There is no reason why extraneous matters should be allowed to cloud the situation at hand. A Preliminary List of Electors should be extracted from the National Register of Registrants Data Base and a Claims and Objections exercise should commence almost immediately to allow Guyana to move toward an election and end the uncertainty plaguing all sections of society.Let’s all be reasonable and act with integrity.Sincerely,Bishop Juan Edghill,PPP/CParliamentarian
As Guyana prepares to observe National Breastfeeding Week from Sunday, a series of events have been planned to sensitise the public on the importance of breastfeeding. Beverage giant Banks DIH Limited has already made a warm donation towards the cause. The series of events are planned by employees of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The programme will begin on Sunday at 07:00h with a Breastfeeding Awareness Walk for all staff of the institution, commencing at the junction of Vlissengen Road and Lamaha Street and ending at the Maternity Unit Car Park.In support of this year’s activity, Banks DIH has donated bottles of Rainforest Water and Well J Juice drink for Sunday’s event. The beverage company’s Brand Manager, Clive Pellew, made the presentation during a simple ceremony held on Friday at the GPHC. Denise Marks, Departmental Supervisor of the Maternity Unit, received the donation on behalf of the medical institution. Also in attendance were Keith Alonzo, Director of Nursing Services (ag); and Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters.Marks thanked the beverage company for supporting the walk, which she said is one of the main highlights of the week of activities; while Peters said his company was very appreciative in supporting the venture which promotes the importance of breastfeeding in Guyana.According to the Departmental Supervisor, there will be an educational programme on Monday for anti-natal mothers at the Anti-Natal Clinic, while on Wednesday, new staff of the institution will attend a lecture on the importance of breastfeeding.The GPHC was recently declared a baby-friendly institution by the World Health Organisation/UNICEF.
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has announced that plans are afoot to terminate the services of dozens of sugar estate workers, adding to the thousands already jobless.The Union noted that these are workers that were retained following the closures of the Wales, Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara estates to maintain skeleton operations at the factories. These workers were involved mainly in security, drainage and irrigation and power house operations.It reminded that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) had indicated that it was always its intention to have the workers terminated and it is now giving effect to its intent.“GuySuCo has assured GAWU that it has monies to pay these workers their severance payments as it becomes due,” the Union said in a statement on Wednesday.GAWU described the situation as saddening, saying more workers have had to lose their jobs occasioned by the “short-sighted and wrong haphazard decision” to minimise the sugar industry.“While workers at Wales Estate, closed nearly two years ago, were being paid, GuySuCo at the same time is in the process of informing workers… that they would be terminated by year-end or sometime early next year,” the Union added.The National Assembly recently approved $2.4 billion in severance payments for over 4000, Wales, Berbice and East Demerara sugar workers who were thrown on the breadline when Government closed several sugar factories.Wales ended operations in December 2016 and some 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, remain without severance payments, putting hundreds of families on the breadline and causing economic crisis in surrounding communities.The workers had taken to the streets, protesting for their severance to be paid.Last week, some 238 workers who remained on the breadline received their payments while the remaining 109 workers who took up work at Uitvlugt got their severance on Wednesday.As part of its plans to bring the heavily indebted and cash-strapped GuySuCo back into profitability and efficiency, Government made 5700 workers redundant in an effort to downsize the sector leaving a mere three estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – in operation.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017 with no severance payments made to the workers.However, back in January, Government secured $93 billion from the National Assembly to pay some of the ex-sugar workers from those three estates.Those dismissed workers whose severance packages are $500,000 or less were paid in full by January 31, 2018, while those entitled more than that amount were only paid 50 per cent, with the remaining half to be paid in the second half of the year.As such, since July, these workers and their families have been looking forward to the second tranche of the severance money from Government.The coalition Government has made its position clear that the move to downsize the industry was a necessary one, as the monies used as annual bailouts were too much.But the Opposition said even if this was the case, the laying off of workers could have been done in stages, to allow for them to prepare for alternative employment.With valuation works for the closed estates having been completed, the Skeldon, Rose Hall-Canje, East Demerara/Enmore, and Wales Estates were advertised for sale.
The EnCana Division is a little less clear than the SunLife Challenge, especially because two of the division’s top teams won’t be competing this weekend, including teams Jeff Henricks and Kelly Henricks. Due to their absence, the door has been opened for their fellow competitors to break into the top eight.The weekend event will also feature six junior teams in the Canwest Group Benefits Junior Division, who will hit the ice Sunday. Following this weekend, the Juniors have four more events in which they can earn points.Games begin Friday at 1:30 p.m. and will be running all weekend, until the finals are played on Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m.To view the standings leading up to this weekend’s cash spiel, as well as to see how points are awarded to teams, check the attached files.Advertisement This weekend’s Cash Spiel is an important one, as it will determine which eight teams from each division will qualify for the Tour Championships, set for January.Each team playing in the Tour Championships will be competing for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.Fourteen teams will be competing this weekend in the SunLife Financial Competitive Division, four of which will be playing on home ice. Representing Dawson Creek will be teams led by Tracy Steinke, Darrel Veiner, Jordan Steinke and Jeff Ginter.- Advertisement -Fort St. John will also be represented in the weekend Cash Spiel, as Glen Godberson and his team try to bring a victory back to the Energetic City.Due to successful results at the previous two bonspiels, Sexsmith’s team Balderston has already guaranteed their spot in the Tour Championships. However, the remainder of the spots are still up for grabs.Looking at the EnCana Challenge Division, fifteen teams will be competing, with just team Marlene Maxwell representing Dawson Creek. Three teams will play on behalf of Fort St. John in the Challenge Division, including Bob Cooper, Donna Sipe and Jodi Busche.Advertisement
At Harbor Interfaith Services, a San Pedro social services agency for the homeless and working poor, 14,000 people received food, shelter or other services offered, said Caroline Brady-Sinco, the group’s director of development. “Especially with the holidays coming up, every year we register families that don’t have enough money to put a holiday meal on the table, and every year the number of families just grows and grows and grows,” she said. “Minimum-wage jobs are just not enough to survive, especially if you have children.” The minimum pay needs outlined in the study are based on full-time employment for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks per year. There is no allowance for unpaid days off during a year. The report assumes that families have two children each. Other findings in the report include: Part-time workers or those working only part of the year need to earn a higher hourly wage to make up the difference. A two-parent family with only one parent working can live on less than a single-parent family or a two-parent family with both as wage earners, since one parent can stay home with the children. The basic family budgets assume that families use home-based child care, rather than more expensive center-based care. The report’s calculations also assume that families rent rather than own a home, and live in housing that “many would consider overcrowded for a three- or four-person household.” The report assumes families buy private individual health coverage rather than receive health insurance from an employer. Saving for later is excluded from the report’s calculations. “These estimates allow very little to no room for savings toward retirement or a child’s college education,” the report says. Families that fall short of the report’s minimum income levels can still get by. They might use friends or family for child care, receive health insurance from an employer, use public or private handouts or dip into their personal credit, the report says. Economist Jack Kyser acknowledged that California’s cost of living makes life difficult for minimum- wage workers. Yet Kyser cautioned against assuming that raising the minimum wage would solve the problem. “You don’t have a massive job loss if you raise the minimum wage. But over a period of time, business may start to look at ways to maybe reduce their reliance on minimum-wage workers,” said Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “If you increase (the minimum wage) by two to three times, then, literally, minimum-wage workers would be competing with more skilled workers. So you have to be careful because not only would you be hurting the people who earn minimum wage, but you’d be hurting the businesses, too.” Kyser suggested that gaining more education and skills can help such workers raise their standard of living while also filling a need in the economy. The report’s stated goal is to inform public policies that promote financial self-sufficiency by “boosting incomes or by providing help with access to necessities, such as child care and health coverage.” The report also suggests that more funding can go into training and economic development to help minimum-wage employers gain higher-paying jobs.”We hope our basic family budgets provide a benchmark that policymakers, politicians and researchers can use to assess whether our public policies are appropriate to serve our working families,” Ross said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That would translate to $74,044 a year in income. “It does point to the fact that even if you put in your 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, there still is a significant gap between what people make and what they need,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project. The study, by the independent public policy center, also demonstrates the inadequacy of the federal poverty line when applied to California’s high cost of living, Ross said. Of the four household types noted in the study, a single parent raising two children faced the highest hourly wage need of $30 in Los Angeles County. That’s exactly four times the minimum wage. California’s minimum wage is $7.50. The 2006 wage median is $17.42, the midpoint where half of wages were higher and half lower. A couple supporting its family on minimum-wage jobs might be able to pay for rent, food and perhaps clothing. But what about child care and transportation for the four-person family? Add the need for health care, and that family might be unable to sustain itself. L.A. County families must earn two to four times the minimum wage just to make ends meet, says a study to be released today by the California Budget Project. Each parent in a family of four must make $17.80 an hour working a 40-hour job to “earn the basic family budget,” according to the study titled “Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in California?”
Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel inched closer to his transfer to Fenerbahce by passing his medical with the Turkish club on Wednesday.The Slovakia international arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday evening to finalise a move that will see him leave Anfield after eight years for a fee understood to be £5million.Fenerbahce posted images of Skrtel being put through numerous medical tests on their official website on Wednesday.The 31-year-old defender now only needs to finalise personal terms with the club before completing his exit from Liverpool.Skrtel made over 300 appearances for the Reds but fell down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp following a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury.With Joel Matip joining the club from Schalke this summer and youngster Joe Gomez fit again, the Slovak is now seen as surplus to requirements on Merseyside.However, Klopp may be forced to dip into the transfer market again for additional strength at the back, following news that Mamadou Sakho may miss the start of the new season because of an Achilles injury. 1 Martin Skrtel is set to leave Anfield for Turkey in the coming days
A House Price Report issued by Daft.ie yesterday shows that house prices in Donegal have risen by 12% in the past year.The well-known property website reports that the average house price is now just over €138,000, 22% above its lowest point. Although Dublin’s house prices remain stable but outside the capital, the average house price increase has been €43,000 since the end of 2013.Economist Ronan Lyons, author of the Daft.ie report said that the recovery which began in Dublin in 2012 is now going ‘country-wide’, and reflects ‘increased employment’.He also noted that people are not holding back from buying houses anymore due to fear that the prices may fall lower.HOUSE PRICES IN DONEGAL ARE UP BY 12% WITH FURTHER HIKES EXPECTED was last modified: July 4th, 2016 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:daft.ieHighland Radiohouse price reportronan lyons
DONEGAL Gardaí are facing a crime crisis.So few officers are available for duty, crime victims have been told they may have to wait for DAYS for them to attend.We have learned that on one night last week just TWO Gardaí were on duty for the whole of the Letterkenny area. Officers are also stretched in Ballybofey, Buncrana and Milford as they struggle to keep up with criminals.One victim of crime in Letterkenny last week told Donegal Daily: “I had been robbed before and the guards were here in 20 minutes.“But last week I was told no-one was available to come to my home as there were just two guards and they were dealing with other crimes. I was told it could be days before someone could come to take a statement.”Rank and file Gardai in the county confirmed that a “serious lack of resources” had led to what they called a “crisis” in the force in Donegal. “We just don’t have the personnel to deal with all the crimes taking place,” said one source.“There’s a crisis right now and no-one appears to be doing anything about it. Our greatest fear is if we have a major incident because we don’t have the people to deal with it.”The Garda Commissioner and the Justice Minister Alan Shatter have repeatedly claimed that the force in Donegal does have enough staff.But Gardaí on the ground have dismissed the minister’s claims.“It would take him five minutes to look at what we have to deal with and look at our numbers. If this was happening in his constituency there would be uproar,” said another source. Gardaí did make a number of arrests at the weekend in relation to car crime.CRISIS IN DONEGAL AS GARDAI STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH CRIME was last modified: August 19th, 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:BallybofeybuncranacrimedonegalGardailetterkennyMilford
THRILL-seekers don’t have to go too far when you live in County Donegal.This was the scene on Sunday as a school of dolphins came in to Teelin Bay…to play!Our pictures were taken by Patrick McBrearty of the Sliabh Liag Hillwalking Club. As the rest of the country dodged showers and downpours, we managed to retain some decent weather.And it was as if the dolphins had come along to enjoy it all.Local people certainly enjoyed it – boating enthusiasts taking to the water to do some dolpin-spotting.And they didn’t have to wait too long as two of the dolphins swam in and out of waves, at one point going ahead of the boats. “It was an incredible sight,” said Patrick. “I counted around six or seven adults and a few calves, they stayed in the bay longer than usual today, I believe they were feeding on salmon that was unable to swim upriver, as the water is low these days.“It shows once again what Donegal has to offer people – locals and tourists,” he added.The wonderful display comes just a few weeks after a school of dolphins entertained locals and tourists alike off Moville.Dingle in Co Kerry turned just one of them into a multi-million euro industry. And Funghi’s been missing for years!WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON WONDERFUL DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: June 4th, 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:donegal dolphinsWOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON WONDERFUL DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL