Dear Editor,By now the workers of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown should realize that they are being dreadfully failed by the two unions that represent them, and they need to become a union themselves.The failure to remit the National Insurance Scheme contributions — which is not Council’s money, but rather deductions made from employees — is just simply criminal, yet the two unions are hardly lifting a straw to have that situation rectified.It is most unkind of the municipality to deny their workers the opportunity to claim refunds for their health-related expenses. The Council should be taken to court not just by the administration of the NIS, but the union should take them as well, on behalf of the workers. This is so unlawful.And the brutality to the workers does not stop there: the workers can no longer access loans from their credit unions, as those deductions have not been handed over by the Council either. They have no recreational facilities, their working environment in those dilapidated buildings is extremely poor, except for the big shots in their plush offices.Workers who retire have to wait for months and years to receive their gratuity payments. Former workers have to wait months at a time for their meagre pensions, after serving the Council in most instances for more than thirty years. Day care centres are being shuttered, so the children of workers can no longer be accommodated there. Workers at the Abattoir are subjected to the most unhygienic conditions, where the ‘Hot Pit’ that was used in the slaughter of pigs is no longer functional.It is time for the Council’s workers to stand up and demand better working conditions, as it is clear that the unions will not do it for them.Mr Minister, when will you straighten out those delinquents at City Hall?Sincerely,Amber Valentine
Dear Editor,Christmas was/is the most popular and largest of cultural celebrations in Guyana, the diaspora and throughout the Caribbean. Although a Christian holiday, it was/is widely celebrated by non-Christians (Hindus and Muslims who also are present in large numbers in the Caribbean). A Caribbean X-Mas was/is a secular-like holiday with gift-giving, feasting, exchanging cards, seasonal music, watching the (masquerade) bands, horse racing, visiting friends and relatives, etc. Neighborhoods were festooned with simple trimmings, balloons, varied lightings, and other decorations but not in abundance as exist today. People went out on Christmas eve for snacks and ice cream and purchasing toys for children.The celebration of yesteryear is etched in the minds of Guyanese in the diaspora with a basket of memories. It is the main reason why many in the diaspora prefer to go “home” to be with relatives and relive that unique experience.Christmas offered the opportunity for renewal within the home. Old curtains were replaced with seasonal curtains. The pickets, house walls and tree trunks would be washed or painted or white washed (with a special lime). Some acquired new furniture. Some people polished and varnished old furniture and the floor are done. New cushions would be in place along with new spreads on the beds and new pillows to welcome the new season. The lawns were immaculately kept. The decorated tropical Christmas tree on the front yard was lit up with simple lights.The season produced a special feeling that is associated with certain sounds (music – both religious and secular, western and Indian, church bells, special radio programs, horns, whistles, bells, popping toy guns, crying dolls, etc. Christmas carols were very popular with choir singing in front of churches. Carols and Christmas songs were also played on the air and the radio stations. Businesses advertise their Christmas goods and services early and as such radio and television stations started Christmas programming in November.Christmas had a certain smell (curry and massala dishes, the fruit cake, bread, ginger beer, sorrel, mauby, pine drink, new or redone furniture and new curtains, bed spreads, etc.). The aromatic scent wafted in the air and all the decorations and trimmings brightened up entire neighborhoods. There was a spirit of friendliness (expressed in smiles, handshakes, hugs, etc.).Christmas was a time when people sent Christmas cards to each other and to relatives and friends around the world. People called one another at Christmas time – about the only time in the year to speak with friends because of the huge costs associated with call and the limited phone lines. Most of the international calls were from America, Canada, United Kingdom because of high costs for calls emerging from Guyana. But today many calls originate from the Caribbean because of reduced rates arising out of competition.People looked forward for radio programs that carried telephone greetings recorded and packaged as a program from the diaspora and aired on Christmas Day or Boxing Day or New Years. These were later replaced with telex messages and subsequently by phone calls and internet messages and now whats app.Christmas was the time for masquerade bands, performing and playing their special brand of music on special instruments, accompanied by colorful costumed characters dancing. The performers would stop in front of a house, playing and dancing and even entered into yards and danced entertaining households. The spectators generally offered cheers and money.The season was associated with giving gifts primarily to children — toys, games and clothes are some of the favorite gifts. Children were told that their gifts were brought by Father Christmas and that they should hang socks and commit to being good. They were encouraged to go to bed by midnight so Santa can bring their gifts. Gifts were opened in the morning with squeals of delight from the children.Christmas was a time for preparation of food, cakes and other goodies served with traditional homemade drinks. It was traditional for families to expect uninvited visitors. Among the main items served were black cake, ginger beer, (imported apples and grapes, walnuts, dates, sweet wine, etc. before they were banned).The season was also a time to go to horse races and the cinema and many people went to the cinemas to view hit movies from India or Hollywood.The Christmas holiday season extended over on Boxing Day and repeated itself for Old Year and New Year with similar activities.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
With commercial production of oil slated for 2020, a regional representative of the United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is anticipating a time when Guyana will have to deal with a spike in the influx of migrants and re-migrants.IOM Regional Coordinator Robert NatielloIOM Regional Coordinator Robert Natiello, speaking during the opening of a consultative session with Government officials on Monday, posited that those present may know someone who migrated in search of education or otherwise, but even now, Guyana was a destination country as foreigners come here to work.“As yet, Guyana has not been seriously affected by the large movements of peoples. However, there is no country that has not, to some extent, been affected by human mobility and Guyana is no exception. Primarily, (this work is) in the mining and logging sectors in the interior.”Guyana is projected to grow with the production of oil as economic opportunities increase with the development of infrastructure and accompanying services. Natiello noted that the country was “likely to become a magnet for immigrants and for returning Guyanese looking for new opportunities. There’s important evidence that Guyana is becoming a country of transit, as citizens from other countries enter Guyana and then begin an often perilous migration journey.”According to Natiello, however, return migration comes with its own unique sets of challenges. He noted that in order to effectively manage migration, a combined approach from Government and civil society is needed.“Migration constitutes one of the megatrends of the 21st century. It will continue to be one of the key factors of all economic and political scenarios worldwide throughout the remainder of the century. It’s important to know that in order to achieve its ambitious goals, the global compact has to be able to listen to, consider and respond to the interests, priorities and experiences of Governments and other stakeholders in different regions of the world.”With the adoption of the New York declaration for refugees and migrants on September 19, 2016, member states of the United Nations agreed to embark on the road towards the development of two global compacts. The first one was on the protection of refugees and the second on the issue of safe, orderly migration.”IOM is an inter-governmental organisation that works with UN Member States to ensure safe and orderly migration. The Organisation concentrates its work on four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration and forced migration.Guyana has not only experienced migration of its skilled and unskilled workforce in the past, it has most recently experienced an influx of migrants and remigrants from Venezuela.Venezuela, once an economic powerhouse in the Region driven by oil revenues, has had to deal with issues such as a downwardly spiralling economy and civil unrest. And despite the border controversy, there have been several instances where Guyana has either been called upon to render assistance or has offered such assistance.There have been persistent reports of a shortage of basic services in Venezuela including health services as a result of the failing economy and unrest that has gripped the nation. Back in May of 2017, Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Reina Diaz had called on Guyana to support her government’s efforts to end this unrest.
…2 arrested, 1 suspect on the runSixty-one taped parcels containing 9.5 kilograms (21 pounds) of cocaine and 45.9 kilograms (101 pounds) of compressed ganja were confiscated by the Police during a raid at an incomplete structure at Tabatinga, Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Reports are that around 19:30h on Wednesday evening, the Police, acting on information, visited the location, where they spotted a male. Upon realising that ranks were closing in on him, the suspect fled the scene, and is yet to be apprehended.According to the Police, when the incomplete structure was searched, the parcels containing the illegal substances were found.Two males were subsequently arrested in connection with the find and were said to be assisting with the investigation.One of the men has been identified as the owner of the property in which the drugs were found while the second person was arrested after he attempted to bribe Police Officers.Guyana Times was told that the second arrest was made following a sting operation set up by the Police. It was noted that the suspect attempted to pay ranks a huge sum of money to have the drugs returned to him.According to the Police, this discovery was as a result of a “good intelligence” system in that area. It is believed that the drugs discovered were for local distribution and not to be trafficked outside of the country.Investigations into the matter continue.Earlier in the week, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch arrested 24-year-old Rena Jagernauth of West Coast Berbice, who had in her possession in excess of 10 pounds of cocaine concealed in books at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The four books were reportedly in her luggage. According to information received, the woman cut holes in the centres of the books and stashed the cocaine inside. She then used glue to paste the pages together. She was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $13 million.
VENTURA – A dead blue whale was discovered floating off Southern California’s coast Thursday. A boater spotted the whale, estimated between 70 feet and 75 feet long, in the Santa Barbara Channel, said Easter Moorman, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. It appeared to be floating toward a beach where another blue whale washed ashore a week ago, Moorman said. It was the third blue whale found dead off the Southern California coast this month. “It’s raising the possibility of an unusual mortality event,” Moorman said. The carcass of a blue whale washed ashore in Long Beach Harbor earlier this month, but local officials towed it out to sea before marine wildlife scientists could conduct a necropsy to determine its cause of death, she said. A headless blue whale carcass was found Wednesday on a beach near Ensenada, and scientists believe it was the same creature found in Long Beach, Moorman said. An oceanographer with the Mexican navy said it wasn’t clear how the whale died. A necropsy of a 140,000-pound blue whale that washed onto a beach in Ventura on Sept. 13 revealed that the mammal was killed in a collision with a ship. Blue whales are listed as a federally endangered species. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job Vacancy: Donegal Plumbing & Bathroom Supplies Ltd in Donegal Town are seeking a Store Manager to join their hard-working, knowledgeable and innovative team. Management are seeking applicants to work in their stores/deliveries department.The applicant must also have a full clean driving licence and a forklift pass. Donegal Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd is a family run business established since 1983. The candidate will be joining a team of very experienced and knowledgeable staff and be in charge of goods inwards and outgoing deliveries.To apply for this role, send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.orgClosing Date: 31th July 2018Job Vacancy: Store Manager sought for well-established showroom was last modified: July 17th, 2018 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:Donegal Plumbing & Bathroom Supplies LtdDonegal TownStore Manager
Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Local Notes• Art classes run on a Monday from 10.30-12.30 EVERYONE WELCOME!• One day Basic Food Hygiene Course on Tuesday 17th December from 10am-4.30pm. If you would be interested in taking part please contact Reception on 074 91 41773! • English Language class starting on Tuesday 12th November from 2.30-4.30. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• In the New Year we are hoping to run the ASIST programme (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) this is a two day skills building workshop in Suicide first aid delivered by the HSE. This course would be suitable for caregivers who regularly have contact with vulnerable groups in their work or role in the community. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Mental Well Being Programme: This programme is open to all women. It aims to improve overall mental well-being using a holistic approach. The programme will highlight the value of nurturing, enable you to better manage stress, learn useful relaxation techniques and equip you with skills to maintain mental well-being and enhance the quality of your life moving forward! This programme runs in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on a Monday Morning from 10.30-12.30 for more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Self Management Course: This programme runs on Wednesday morning from 10am-1pm. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773. • Parent and Toddler Group: Parent and Toddler group runs on a Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the ABC Centre Lifford. Life start will be attending to facilitate Messy Play, Fun and games, Arts and Crafts with the children. For more information please contact reception on 074 91 41773 or Feel free to pop in on the day.• Driver Theory and Gardening: The following courses will commence in the next few weeks in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• New weight loss class on Thuirsdays from 6.30-7.30pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre €5.00 per class. There is no joining fee or no penalty fees. Weekly group meetings and weigh in. For more information contact Karen on 086 3470798 www.slimruswithkarenmcglinchey.com • Good Morning Service: We are currently looking for volunteers for our Good Morning Service in Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Do you have a few hours per week to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers who make telephone calls to older people each week in their homes. Full training, Monitoring and support are provided for all volunteers. Contact us for more information on 074 93 21598.• Astro Turf Pitch available for hire midweek and weekends (daytime only) for more information contact the centre on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Service Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Castlefinn and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact44 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30.• Knitting group: every Wednesday from 8.00-9.30.• Just 4 Me Group: every Monday from 12.45-2.45.• 50+ groups: every Tuesday from 11.30-1.30.• Friday Club: every Friday from 11.00-1.00.DD LOCAL – LIFFORD IS HAVING AN ‘ART’ ATTACK was last modified: November 7th, 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:LIfford notes
MALIN Head coast guard officers have once again coordinated a daring night time rescue – this time on Lough Swilly.Paul and Jeanette McLaughlin, their son Gary (8) and his friend were stranded on the Lough on Sunday night after the power on their speedboat failed.Coast Guard officers were able to coordinate a rescue led by the RNLI which took the family to safety. “The group were drifting on the lough and a full rescue operation was launched,” said a spokesman.“Thankfully the RNLI crew were able to locate the family and bring them to safety.”The latest rescue comes as the station – which saves hundreds of lives every year – has been left in limbo amid fears the Government will close it down and transfer all rescue services to Dublin. MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD PLAYED KEY ROLE IN SAVING FAMILY ON LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: October 23rd, 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:MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD PLAYED KEY ROLE IN SAVING FAMILY ON LOUGH SWILLY
The Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, has made a number of clerical changes across the diocese.Bishop Boyce has made a number of clerical changes.A total of twelve different changes which include retirements, new appointments and study leaves were announced by Bishop Boyce’s Diocesan Secretary, Fr Michael McKeever.The changes include the announcement of the retirement of the Chaplain of Letterkenny General Hospital, Very Rev John Gallagher, after 41 years service in the Diocese. His post will be taken over by Rev Shane Gallagher, formerly of Leitirmacaward/Doochary.It has also been announced that popular Rev Damian McGroarty, CC of Conwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish), will go on to further studies.Meanwhile Rev Mariusz Semia will be CC at Massmount, Fanad and Chaplain to the Polish community in the Diocese.All changes will take place at the end of August. The following is a full list of appointments and changes in the Raphoe Diocese:Very Rev Canon John Gallagher, Chaplain of Letterkenny General hospital retires after 41 years service in the DioceseRev. Joseph O’Donnell, CC Aughaninshin (Church of the Irish Martyrs) to be CC, MountcharlesRev. James Gillespie CC Milford to be CC AughaninshinRev. Adrian Gavigan CC Mountcharles to be CC Milford Rev. Shane Gallagher CC Leitirmacaward – Doochary to be Chaplain in Letterkenny General HospitalFr. Mark Byrne (Society of Our Lady of the Trinity) to be CC Leitirmacaward-DoocharyRev. Damian McGroarty, CC Conwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish) goes for further studiesRev. Stephen Gorman, newly ordained, to be CC Conwal and Leck Rev. Paul McGeehan CC Massmount, Fanad to be CC ArdagheyRev. Hugh Hanlon, (Missionaries of the Sacred Heart) to be CC BallyshannonRev. Mariusz Semia to be CC Massmount and Chaplain to the Polish Community in the DioceseRev. Liam Boyle, to be ordained on the 7th of September will be CC Ardara.BISHOP OF RAPHOE MAKES TWELVE DIFFERENT CLERICAL CHANGES was last modified: August 11th, 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:appointmentsbishop boyceChangesdonegalraphoe diocese
Promoted PostLetterkenny’s Radisson Blu Hotel is hoping to turn other businesses ‘green’ with envy for St Patrick’s Weekend.The Radisson Blu, LetterkennyThe family-owned hotel will be carrying out a green initiative for St. Patrick’s Day beginning this Friday. For the occasion the hotel will be transformed from Radisson ‘Blu’ to ‘Green’! There will be a huge emphasis on celebrating Irish culture and playing the green card for the guests and visitors. The lighting in the hotel from the reception area to outdoors will change to the traditional colour to celebrate the upcoming day.The day itself will be full of entertainment for everyone. Live music will be performed by extremely talented duo, Zara Montgomery & Michael Gillespie from 5pm. Crafty kids will be there on the day to face paint the kids (whether that is young or old!). If you fancy a tipple, then the hotel will be serving St Patrick’s Day themed cocktails & pints of the black stuff, of course.The Port Bar & Grill will be serving food all day with a menu translated in both Irish & English – Perfect to incorporate a few words of Irish into your vocabulary. The St Patrick’s Day Special? Traditional Irish Stew (for the day that’s in it!).Staff will be hanging up their purple ties for the event & replacing them with green, sporting shamrocks as accessories & provide guests with that authentic Irish hospitality that they deliver 365 days of the year. So if it’s a taste of St Patrick’s weekend you are looking for and a team that are trying their best to bring it to you, the Radisson ‘Green’, Letterkenny is the place. RADISSON BLU TURNING OTHERS ‘GREEN’ WITH ENVY FOR ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND was last modified: March 12th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyRadisson BluSt Patrick’s Weekend