NTC, Government to work together

first_imgSeveral days after the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry launched a scathing attack on the executive of the National Toshoa Council (NTC), particularly pointing out the Chairman of Vice Chairman, the two parties have decided to put their differences aside and plan to work on a better relationship.Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock (centre) embraced by NTC Vice Chairman Lenox Shuman (right) and NTC Chairman Joel FredericksDuring a press conference on Wednesday, Minister Sydney Allicock addressed this issue describing it as a “teeth and tongue” which has been addressed. The Minister said his Ministry is committed to working with the NTC to ensure that the rights of Guyana’s first people are protected and they receive the best possible help to continue to improve their lives and bring development to their villages.“While we have had some serious discussions and challenges, we have been able to accomplish a number of successes we are yet to utilise…we are at the point where old pathways will now lead us in a new direction. Working in partnership is the way to go,” he explained.Vice Chairman of the NTC Lenox Shuman confirmed the Minister’s comments and explained that while the issues may have been taken to the public, both the Ministry and the NTC have managed to iron out the issues that they had with each other. He said while there were external forces that may have wanted to see the matter being further exacerbated to a point of hostility, he said that will never happen.Last week, Government accused the NTC of disrespecting President David Granger, and launched a scathing attack on several vocal Indigenous representatives who were not toeing the line, but exposing serious malpractices of the current A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration.The Ministry accused the NTC and Shuman, of being confrontational, demanding, and disrespectful in their writings to President Granger. The Ministry said it has also observed a trend of public posturing by NTC executives, and has stated that the NTC has so far not distanced itself from what the Ministry described as rather divisive, disingenuous, and sometimes incoherent statements made by these officials.In the strongly worded statement, it also pointed to Shuman and said it has taken note of his issuing calls for mass public protest against the Government by the Indigenous citizenry. The Ministry said it would allow the Guyanese public to judge his intentions. Further to that, the Ministry said it is aware of countless complaints of alleged disrespectful treatment of residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission by Shuman.Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai had described the statement issued by the Ministry as a vicious and blatant attack on the Council and Toshoas across the country. Sukhai said she is under the impression there seemingly is disconnect between the Ministry and the NTC. The former Minister said she finds it to be strange, especially since the Minister sits on the NTC as an ex-officio member.last_img read more

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Registration open for FSJ soccer

first_imgRegistration is now open for the upcoming winter soccer season. Fort St. John soccer is also looking for more coaches and paid referees to get involved. To register, or find out more, visit fsjsoccer.com, or call the soccer hot-line, at 250-787-KICK.- Advertisement –last_img

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Chinese giving local toy brands less play

first_imgThe preference is evident in the gargantuan New World Department Store in Shanghai’s commercial heart. Shelves are crowded with foreign-brand models and remote-control cars, the ubiquitous Legos from Denmark, Mattel Inc.’s Barbies, Transformers made by Japan’s Bandai. Chinese-brand toys are crammed into a few shelves stacked with dolls and toddler toys made by Star Moon Toys, a manufacturer in the southern city of Dongguan that also makes toys for some of the world’s biggest brands. China’s toy market is still in its infancy. Domestic retail toy sales totaled $603 million in 2006, according to Chinese government figures. That’s a fraction of the $22 billion in U.S. toy sales last year, according to the research firm NPD Group. The culture lacks an equivalent to the Christmas holiday toy binge in the United States; traditionally, children are given clothes and money for the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. But times and tastes are changing. Chinese toy sales are growing about 20 percent a year as living standards rise with the buoyant economy. Since most urban Chinese are limited by government policy to having one child, families are willing to spend lavishly on their sole offspring, especially for books and educational toys. “The children’s market here is huge,” said Alice Tang, managing director for AT Licensing & Merchandising Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company that acts as licensing agent for brands such as Tezuka Productions, owner of Astro Boy and other Japanese cartoon figures. Nationwide, most Chinese families devote less than $10 a year to toys, according to industry estimates. But families in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities spend more than that in a month. “Sure, foreign-brand toys are about 40 percent to 50 percent more expensive than domestic ones, but I think it’s worthwhile,” said Wang, a churchgoing Christian who raises her son with her computer-engineer husband. “The design is much better, unlike domestic-brand toys that kids get bored with quickly because the quality isn’t good. Plus, they break easily,” she 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champQuality and safety issues are drawing more attention as incomes rise and upwardly mobile Chinese grow more health conscious. While virtually all toys on the market, whether foreign or domestic brands, are made in China, factories making foreign brands are assumed to abide by more rigorous standards to screen out lead paint and other harmful materials. “I dare not buy cheap wooden toys or toys with paint,” said Lin Yan, a professor at Shanghai International Studies University, whose 7-year-old daughter tested for elevated levels of lead in her blood. “I have a stupid standard: I buy her expensive toys in big department stores. I can only assume most of the expensive ones are foreign brands and are guaranteed to have better quality,” said Lin. When her daughter is given toys she suspects are unsafe, she throws them away. “Sometimes they have indescribable odors,” she said. SHANGHAI, China – When freelance writer Wang Jian shops for toys for her 5-year-old son, she’s happy to pay extra for Legos blocks and Japanese-brand train sets. The reason, she and other parents say: Foreign brands enjoy a reputation for higher quality – a perception reinforced by the product scares of recent months. “We pay close attention to the news about toy and food safety. If I find a problem with a certain brand, I will just stop using it for sure,” said Wang, who writes for film magazines. China may be Santa’s global workshop, but when it comes to buying playthings for their own children, Chinese families who can afford it opt for foreign-brand toys – even if they are made in China. last_img read more

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BALLYBOFEY MAN DECLARES FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS

first_imgA well-known Ballybofey voluntary worker has declared his intention to run in the local elections in May. Alan McMenamin said he was approached in November 2013.“Having given it much consideration I want to officially confirm Today that I WILL be standing as an Independent for the Stranorlar Electoral Area for the Local Elections in May of this Year,” he revealed. He said having consulted widely with people in all parts of the electoral area to see if there was a desire to support a “REAL INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE.”“I believe that the time is right to adopt new politics that is “solution focused” and getting the best deal with and for the local area.“I’m tired of hearing all the bravado from some who say they will ‘be a strong voice for the people, or they will stand up for the people, or their party are the only party to do x, y or z when the reality is the people on the ground don’t see this and only see politicians bleating for themselves.“It’s about time we elected someone who will draw on the strengths of the community and business sector to develop local solutions to local problems and that person is me” He said he couldn’t “continue to sit back and watch the area suffer further hence I want to do something about it and not merely complain like others.”“We have good people and the people deserve better from our local government.“I hope people remember which party’s started this nations spectacular economic crash, who has compounded it and who has done little to truly implement the democratic votes & more importantly the wishes of the people.“This elections campaign is not just about policy issues, it’s about the people being involved in decision that impact on their lives, having a proper input on how we as a county manage our budgets and find solution for local problems. This is about “Putting People First” , putting people at the heart of policy and the heart of Local Government.”Alan has been involved in a paid and voluntary capacity within the region for over 20years. He has direct experience of working with community groups and securing significant funding for them and developing various initiatives. He has worked for a Local Authority so knows the working internally.Alan has been heavily involved down through the years in sporting clubs, community groups, national organisations and has participated in National Consultations and Conferences.He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is crucial to the position and believes that this election should be about the Right People for the job.BALLYBOFEY MAN DECLARES FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS was last modified: January 27th, 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)last_img read more

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‘THUGS WHO ROB ELDERLY WILL LEAVE IN PINE BOXES OR PLASTIC BAGS’ – MEETING TOLD

first_img>>>> RIGHT: Some of the huge crowd which turned out last night to discuss the break-insMore than 1,500 people last night sent a stern warning to thugs who are terrorising and robbing elderly people in their own homes.The meeting, held in the Manorcunningham Resource Centre, was one of the most passionate and vocally-charged held in Donegal in recent years. It heard personal stories from elderly people who have been left prisoners in their homes by gangs operating in the Manor, Raphoe, St Johnston, Convoy, Carrigans and surrounding areas.Organiser Tony Morning addresses the meeting.The meeting heard pledges totaling €10,000 for solid information leading to the arrest of those responsible for carrying out the robberies.Organiser Tony Morning said he was overwhelmed by the huge turn-out.“This goes to show how we will not be beaten by these vermin. We will beat them and we will them out of our communities. They will be eradicated,” he said. Among those who spoke was Tom McKean, the nephew of Suzy and Isa Arthur who were attacked and terrorised in their St Johnston home last year.A minute’s silence was held for Suzy, 89, who passed away last October as a result of her injuries sustained in the July attack.“I hope the Gardai get whoever was responsible for attacking Suzy and Isa.“And when they did I will go to the court and I will tell the Judge not to go lenient on them,” said Tom choking back tears.Speaker after speaker told horror stories of how they had been attacked by gangs in their homes.An emotional Tom McKean, nephew of Suzy and Isa Arthur, speaks at the meeting.They included John Gillen who had a gun smashed in his face. Others included Katie Sweeney who was also terrorised.Another man Donal Deeney recounted how he was visiting an elderly man in Castlefin when four men burst in through the door.He spoke in a hushed tone when he revealed how the raiders warned them they would pout a kettle of boiling water over both of them if they did not reveal where the safe was.They eventually got away with €12. Organiser Tony Morning said he wanted to hear positive and constructive contributions about how the homes of the elderly could be made safer.Local election candidate John O’Donnell from Kilmacrennan said he had met with Martin Hilferty from Orbit Security in advance of last night’s meeting.He had been assured by the security company owner that he will supply alarms to the elderly at cost price.Others argued about the benefits of installing lights.Some of the elderly people attacked in their own homes.Businessman and former politician Jim Devenney from Newtown revealed he had been a victim of theft and had lost €15,000.He pleaded “These people up on this stage are the salt of the earth. They are in the twilight of their years and they do not deserve this.“They deserve peace and quiet at this time of their lives and we must help them to have that,” he said.Other speakers included councillors Frank McBrearty, Tom Crossan, Michael McBride, Liam Blaney and Gerry Crawford.The meeting became quite vocal when local Detective Garda Sgt Michael Galvin was asked how far people could go to protect their homes.Detective Michael Galvin speaks to the crowd.Sgt Galvin assured the crowd that a huge amount of resources was being put into catching the people behind the aggravated burglaries.He revealed that he is a resident of Manor for ten years and that he would like nothing better than to see these “thugs” brought to justice.“Some of our staff are even coming in on their time off to work on these cases,” he said.But he advised people that they must act within the law.Other people from the floor said that while Gardai may be trying their best to bring offenders before the courts, the judiciary was letting them off with lenient sentences.Three large buckets were also handed around which were filled generously in a bid to keep the campaign up and running.Organiser Tony Morning declared that this was just the start of a long fightback by the community.He finished by telling the meeting defiantly “The message should go out to these vermin, to this scum – come to our doors again and you will leave in a pine box or in plastic bags.”‘THUGS WHO ROB ELDERLY WILL LEAVE IN PINE BOXES OR PLASTIC BAGS’ – MEETING TOLD was last modified: February 13th, 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:break-insCarrigansGardaiManorNewtownRaphoerobberiesTony Morninglast_img read more

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Drake Track & Field Opens Up Competition At MVC Championship

first_imgStory Links Live Results Women’s Team Standings (Through 4 events) 1. Wichita State 49 2. Southern Illinois 27 3. Northern Iowa 26 4. Bradley 19 5. Illinois State 10 6. Indiana State 8 6. Loyola (Ill.) 8 8. Drake 5 9. Missouri State 4 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. Drake Individual Men’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 5. Demetrius Shelton, 21.21 11. Pierce Vincent, 21.53 20. Aaron Chier, 22.04 Hammer Throw 7. Michael Dolan, 173-5 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Emma Huston, 4:34.61 9. Taylor Scholl, 4:33.44 10,000 Meters 4. Cassie Aerts, 36:30.28 Day 1 Results center_img Men’s Team Standings (Through 3 events) 1. Wichita State 55 2. Southern Illinois 25 3. Illinois State 12 4. Northern Iowa 11 5. Drake 6 6. Bradley 4 6. Indiana State 4 10,000 Meters 13. Griffin Jaworski, 31:39.95 Pole Vault 12. Christina LeMunyon, 11-8 Javelin 5. David Silkman, 192-0 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three student-athletes scored and four others qualified for final events on Friday evening during the opening day of the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship.Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in a final with a fourth-place showing in the 10,000 meters. Her time of 36:30.28 was just 14 seconds off the winning pace in what was her first 10,000 meters as a Bulldog.The men’s team got points from a pair of field events with David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) finishing fifth in the javelin with a throw of 192-0, his best toss in two seasons. Michael Dolan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) was seventh in the hammer throw with a mark of 173-5, a personal best.The women’s team advanced a pair to the finals in the 1,500 meters as Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) both moved through the preliminary heats. Huston recorded the second fastest time of the day in 4:34.61 while Scholl was the first competitor to advance on time alone in 4:33.44 in the second heat of the event.In the men’s 1,500 meters, Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) had the second best time of the day in 3:55.62 to advance as well. Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) clocked a personal best time of 21.21 to finish fifth in the heats of the 200 meters and advance to the final as well.Action resumes at the MVC Championship on Saturday with field events starting at 3 p.m. And action on the track beginning at 5 p.m.  Print Friendly Version 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Robert McCann, 3:55.62 13. Ali Jandal, 3:58.72 14. Josh Yeager, 3:58.72 Drake Individual Women’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 18. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.20last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Last Friday marked the next step forward for me and the Rushe Fitness brand.I’ve finally opened the doors of my new gym.With January just around the corner, I intend to make it the number 1 place to train in Donegal and help as many people as I can in 2015 and onwards through my Personal Training, Small Group Training and Classes. With 2015 fast approaching, how are you going to start the New Year?Will you be another New Year’s “resolutioner” who starts off with great intention, only to fall at the first hurdle?Will you make it to the end of January or the middle of February?Will old habits creep in and take over before you actually get started? Why do these things even happen?Why is it that with all the best intentions, you cannot break the bad habits that you have acquired over the years?It comes down to expectations v’s reality.For most, people’s expectations far outweigh the reality of the situation when it comes to weight loss.We have been lead to believe that massive continual weight loss is THE ONLY way to lose weight. Advertising, Fad weight loss products and television shows like ‘The Biggest Looser,’ all portray an expectation of weight loss that is simply not realistic for 99% of people.Why not?It is not realistic because it is not sustainable or practical for a normal life.They do not tell you what to do when weight loss stalls. They don’t tell you that weight loss WILL stall and it should be expected to stall.Why?Weight loss isn’t linear, that’s why.But for most people, when weight loss stalls, they freak out and lose hope.If your weight hasn’t moved for 2 days, relax and keep at what you are doing. You cannot judge by daily fluctuations.If your weight hasn’t moved for more than 2 weeks it’s time to reassess your nutrition.You need to go into the New Year with a new mind-set.If you start off with the same approach that you have used since time began and it continually fails you, why continue to do it?Start the New Year with a new attitude.Start the New Year with a new you.Allow for mistakes and bumps in the road.Allow for family events and for unforeseen circumstances.When you reach points like these, brush it off and get back on track.Set yourself goals for the first month and BE REALISTIC.A 1lb loss per week is fantastic.If you allow for this and you surpass it, you will have smaller victories and you will be more likely to keep going.Setting out a 1 stone weight loss goal over January sounds great, but when you consider that 90% of people put back on their New Year weight loss and more on top of it, the 1lb per week sounds like a better target doesn’t it.Wrapping up, I’ll leave you with 4 simple tips to help you.Set small goals.
Make small changes weekly rather than daily ones.
If it’s working don’t change it. 
If it stops working, reassess what you are doing and make small changes rather than trying a complete overhaul.P.S
If you have no idea where to start and you would like guidance through your journey, let me help you.Contact me through the link below and we can arrange a chat where we can map out what you want to achieve in 2015. 
#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW was last modified: December 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:emmet rushefitness columnNew Yearweight loss fadslast_img read more

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LYIT rising to the urgent challenges highlighted in finance report

first_imgThe Letterkenny Institute of Technology is facing urgent financial issues – with a €1million deficit revealed in this year’s budget.The Higher Education Authority today published a financial review of the Institutes of Technology sector, which shows a stark change in financial performance in recent years.LYIT is one of six of the institutes facing immediate sustainability challenges. Budget figures from 2015 showed that the college faced a deficit of -€1,345,000. The LYIT, along with all Institutes of Technology, has had a reduction of state funding by 34% over the last decade. In the same period, the student population has increased by 24%.A priority for the college is the campus extension and improvement of facilities at the School of Tourism in Killybegs, which has an estimated cost of €25m.The rise in student numbers at all national Institutes of Technology is expected to go up by 12% by 2020, the report stated.The report also found a need for increased funding in the STEM areas – which is another challenge to be considered in a formal HEA review later this year. Pay inflexibility and staffing is putting a major constraint on the Institutes’ efforts to reduce expenditure, the report said. This is despite a reduction in core staff levels already. The report suggested the consideration of a national redundancy programme to address the pay inflexibility.President of Athlone Institute of Technology Professor Ciaran O’Cathain stated that “it is clear from this report that the Institutes of Technology have risen to the challenge over the last decade of managing a reduction in state funding of 34%, as a result of the crisis in the state’s finances, while simultaneously increasing student numbers by 24%.” “Notwithstanding this effort, and the ingenuity and commitment of management and staff in the sector in addressing the unprecedented collapse in state funding, that the sector has been aware for some time of the precariousness of its financial position and warns that the main finding of the report that this approach has run out of road”.The THEA representative body for LYIT has called on the Government to establish a Stability Fund of €130m to ensure that the Institutes of Technology remain solvent in the short term, and have the necessary financial base to meet the challenges in the coming years.LYIT rising to the urgent challenges highlighted in finance report was last modified: November 4th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Weather alert: Overnight freeze leaves roads and footpaths hazardous across Donegal

first_imgPlunging overnight temperatures have left many roads and footpaths in treacherous conditions across Donegal this morning.Gritters were out in full-force last night in a bid to treat roads as best they could.But with temperatures plunging to up to below -5 in some places, motorists are being advised to take extreme care. Many footpaths too are treacherous in towns and villages across the county.A Forecaster advised: “Extremely low temperatures tonight with severe frost, ice and lying snow.“Lowest temperatures of -2 to -8 degrees, coldest in east Connacht, Leinster and Ulster.“Slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice.” The Department of Education and Skills has said schools nationwide will remain open tomorrow.A spokesperson told RTE News “The Department is continuing to monitor the situation nationwide and will follow any advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group.”We will bring you any updates on possible closures and badly-hit roads as soon as we get them.Weather alert: Overnight freeze leaves roads and footpaths hazardous across Donegal was last modified: December 12th, 2017 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:donegalfreezingiceplungingtemperatureslast_img read more

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Dempsey ‘believes Liverpool will now move to sign him’

first_imgClint Dempsey thinks Liverpool will now finally table a firm bid for him, the Daily Mirror say.Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing Dempsey from Fulham, where the American has reportedly fallen out with manager Martin Jol.And it is claimed that Liverpool shelling out £15m to capture midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea has left Dempsey believing Rodgers will now look to complete a deal to sign him too.Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton are considering making a move for Dempsey, the Daily Mail report.The Sun claim Arsenal are ahead of QPR and Fulham in a race to sign South Korean star Ki Sung-Yueng from Celtic.Once again it is suggested – this time by the Mail –  that QPR want to loan Joey Barton to a League club in order to run down his 12-match ban but the Football League will not sanction a deal. Meanwhile, the Mirror say Chelsea have entered fresh talks with Marseille in an attempt to push through the £6m signing of Spain full-back Cesar Azpilicueta before the new season starts.They will apparently turn to alternatives, including Juventus’ Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, if their pursuit of Azpilicueta does not work out.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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