West Indies all-rounder Krishmar Santokie is hoping to contribute to development while motivating his rural community of Race Course in Vere, Clarendon, by staging the Santokie Eight-a-Side Football Competition.”Because of the violence and crime, I just decided to organise some funds and see if I could just get back the place lively and happy,” said Santokie of the competition, which is played on Thursdays and Sundays.”It’s all about giving back to the youth, because them not doing anything and everybody loves football, so this draws people together. You come and play and enjoy yourself. At the end of the day, we try to let them know you have to have discipline and be determined to achieve,” he said.Santokie first represented West Indies in the Under-15 Costcutter Cup in England in 2000, then made his Jamaica senior debut in 2007-08.He has since featured for the West Indies, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Mumbai Indians and West Indies A.The cricketer is greatly respected by his community folk and remains encouraged by the turn-out on match days, following the start on Heroes Day, October 19. The competitors are vying for cash prizes, trophies and medals.”I was a footballer in high school, … (but) things changed and the opportunity presented itself with cricket, (but) football and my community are two things I love,” Santokie pointed out.He added that his project has got good corporate/community-based support from the member of parliament, councillor and some business places.”I am not the one who is gonna run away from where I am just to go live somewhere else. I decided that I am here and we are respected in the community, so I have taken the responsibility to plan and execute this community idea,” he assured.”Inside, I really feel good to know I tried something and it worked. It’s not about going on the street and a man beg me a $1,000 or a $200. It is about community partnership, unity and building the community vibes and helping youths,” Santokie told The Gleaner.
Firing of striking workers…as bauxite company defends firing striking workersRussian bauxite company RUSAL is maintaining its contention that it does not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), something the Government’s Labour Department is rebuffing.RUSAL officials: In foreground is former Chief Labour Officer Mohamed Akeel, followed by RUSAL’s representative (right) and another officialThe matter came up at the Social Protection Ministry on Tuesday where RUSAL officials met with the Labour Department. Afterwards, the RUSAL representative was asked about the relationship between his company and the Union.The GB&GWU has complained about the company’s refusal to negotiate with the Union. This is despite winning a recognition poll in 2017 involving bauxite workers by an overwhelming majority as the preferred representative of workers in the sector.“We have no relation with this union,” the Russian company’s representative said. “It happened before I came to Guyana to work … it was an alternative poll. This poll took place on October 3, 2017. It was won by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“Only a few weeks after, we got information that the judge in (a case decided) this board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of judge illegal. I think many people knew the board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered nil and void.”Chief Labour Officer Charles OgleThis is a reference to the judgement issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a chairman in 2015 without consulting them, and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC).In the written judgment issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a chairman of the organisation.RecognisedWhen asked, however, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle maintained that the GB&GWU by virtue of winning that poll should be the duly-recognised representative of the bauxite workers. This is, after all, the approach the Ministry has adopted.“They (RUSAL) can’t say that. A poll was done there. The Union is the recognised union; there’s no doubt about that. The GB&GWU is the recognised union. They did a poll and the Union won that poll.”The poll came against the backdrop of eight years of refusal by the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), RUSAL’s local subsidiary, to treat with the GB&GWU. This Union has been crusading against the transgressing of workers’ constitutional right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining (Article 147), and the violation of Section 23 (1) of the Trade Union Recognition Act (1997) in the domestic and international communities.The GB&GWU, as a result of the poll, had renewed calls for the BCGI to honour the laws of Guyana and treat with the Union according to said laws, failing to do otherwise would constitute a breach of the law and be continued high-handedness and disrespect shown by management for the sovereignty of Guyana and the workers of Guyana.The GB&GWU said too it called on the coalition Government, with authority vested by way of recognition, to cause the BCGI to respect the will and rights of these workers. Back then, the Union had warned that after any failure to do so, Government could not absolve itself from taking responsibility in siding with foreign forces to undermine this nation’s integrity and sovereignty.Company defends decisionMeanwhile, the company’s managers have defended the firing of 60 of its employees, saying that the workers’ contracts do not cater for them taking industrial action.When asked, RUSAL’s representative said that workers sign contracts which stipulate they could be dismissed if they down tools. According to the official, firing workers for breaching their contracts by striking is a ‘usual practice’ in the mining sector.The fate of the 60 workers who were dismissed remains in limbo, as the RUSAL representative noted that their re-employment depended on a number of factors. According to RUSAL’s representative, the company has already tried to get the striking workers to resume work by reaching out to them, with only one success story.RUSAL’s representative was also asked about RUSAL’s reluctance to pay more than one per cent increases. This is believed to have directly led to the strike. The official said that for some time RUSAL has not been making a profit, but rather breaking even.Meanwhile, Chief Labour Officer Ogle was very guarded when asked by the media about the meeting and the way forward. However, he revealed that more meetings will have to be held, including one tentatively scheduled for tomorrow with Russia-based RUSAL officials who are flying in to Guyana. He also revealed that Government would put two proposals to RUSAL on the way forward.The striking workers were fired last week after they downed tools and protested an arbitrary one per cent salary increase. The workers said that they were told that the one per cent was sanctioned by the Government itself.
“There are sections that can be eliminated regarding our overall strategy. But I am more concerned than anything else that we maintain a very effective corrective action process and address the issue of the facts of a case, and not tell the public a different set of facts than what actually occurred.” Molina also called on Fortner’s office to release details of lawsuit settlements that had previously been taken to supervisors in closed session. Fortner said that in the event a proposed settlement needs to be brought to the supervisors in an emergency – such as during a trial – details will be released after the board has voted on it. “While things are still in flux, we’d prefer to wait to release any information that might cause a plaintiff to have second thoughts,” Fortner said. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At the time, Fortner said lawyers suing the county were using the information to demand more money in settlement negotiations. The policy reversal comes as the county’s legal costs have risen in recent years and officials had come under fire for fostering a culture of secrecy. County legal costs hit a high of $109million in 2002-03, dropped to $74 million in 2003-04, but are set to hit $89 million in 2006-07. Supervisor Gloria Molina said she has agreed with a new format for releasing details about strategies used in the legal deals. “The County Counsel’s Office has provided examples where we might be compromising our position by releasing those details,” Molina said. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the County Counsel’s Office to publicly release summaries of all proposed legal settlements of more than $20,000 – including those that have long remained secret. The vote rejected a policy enacted by County Counsel Ray Fortner earlier this year to make all details of legal settlements confidential.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Roberts didn’t go into detail about his concerns in the letter, and a representative said he was declining to comment. However, the company said in a statement accompanying the letter that Roberts had been pressing for tighter cost controls, a position the company and others disagreed with, favoring instead efforts to continue XM’s heavy cultivation of subscribers. In a statement, XM’s chairman Gary Parsons said the company’s directors and managers “believe that the balanced growth strategy that we have set for the company is the right one to ensure XM’s long-term value.” In noting the departure of Roberts, Merrill Lynch analyst Laraine Mancini said in a note to investors that XM’s cost management had been a concern of hers as well. “We hope that an insider disagreement could force a shift in strategy,” she wrote. XM, which is the larger of the country’s two satellite radio operators, lost $270.4 million in the fourth quarter, or $1.22 per share, after dividends for preferred stockholders. In the same period a year earlier, the loss was $190.4 million, or 93 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected a much narrower loss of 92 cents per share. Revenue more than doubled to $177.1 million from $83.1 million. Unlike traditional radio companies, XM and Sirius make almost all of their money from subscription fees instead of advertising. NEW YORK – As rapidly growing startup businesses, no one expects XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. to turn a profit right away. But as the arms race between these two bitter rivals drags on, investors’ willingness to continue funding their massive losses could be wearing thin. On Thursday, XM delivered a double dose of bad news to Wall Street, reporting a bigger-than-expected loss because of mounting subscriber-acquisition costs, as well as the abrupt departure of a director over disagreements on strategy. In his resignation letter, Pierce J. Roberts Jr. warned of a looming “crisis” unless major changes are made, saying: “I cannot be part of the solution, and I will not be part of the problem.” Roberts, the former chief telecom banker at Bear Stearns, had served on the board’s audit, compensation and nominating committees. He had been a director for five years. Investors, who had already become less enamored with XM over the past year, punished the company’s stock Thursday, sending the shares down $1.27, or 5 percent, to close at $23.98 in heavy trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, where they touched a new 52-week low of $22.94. Sirius’ shares fell 17 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $5.65, also on the Nasdaq. Also of concern to investors was a big jump in the net average cost that XM incurs for adding each subscriber, which rose to $141 in the quarter from $104 in the same period a year ago. Those figures include marketing expenses. Company officials said the jump was unusual, saying they expected those costs to fall significantly as advertising spending declines. Last fall XM was going up against the imminent arrival of hugely popular shock jock Howard Stern at rival Sirius. XM continued to spend heavily to fund its expansion. Overall marketing costs almost doubled in the quarter to $196.5 million, and costs for programming more than tripled to $30.6 million. XM and Sirius are locked in a fierce and expensive battle to line up listeners and programming for their pay-radio services, which currently cost about $13 a month and require a special receiver. Both offer dozens of channels of talk and news as well as commercial-free music. Both have also racked up significant financial losses, signing big-ticket contracts for programming with Stern, Major League Baseball, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and others. Like Sirius, XM relies heavily on capital markets to fund its aggressive expansion efforts, and analysts cautioned that any disruption to the willingness of investors to stay on board could have serious consequences. “They have been in a startup mode for a very long time, and have been in a negative cash flow mode for a very long time,” said Heather Goodchild, chief media analyst at the Standard & Poor’s debt rating agency. “If the capital markets became less receptive, you could envision the music stopping and not enough chairs being there.” The ratings company ranks XM’s debt CCC+, seven levels below investment grade. It rates that of Sirius CCC, eight levels below investment grade. For the full year, XM posted a loss, after preferred dividends, of $675.3 million, or $3.07 per share, compared with $651.2 million, or $3.30 per share, last year. Revenue rose to $558.3 million from $244.4 million. XM said it had more than 5.9 million subscribers at the end of 2005, up 84 percent from a year earlier, and said its total had risen to more than 6 million in the first week of January. Sirius has said it has more than 3 million subscribers. It is expected to report its earnings for the quarter on Friday. XM’s chief executive officer, Hugh Panero, said the company expects to reach profitability from its operations by the end of this year, with subscription revenue reaching $860 million. He also said he expects to have 9 million subscribers by the end of the year. 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSaying too few streets were affected, city transportation officials denied earlier requests for the parking district. But City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, saying residents deserve relief from the park traffic, has asked for parking restrictions until a permanent solution is found. Brown said the preferential parking district is only a Band-Aid. He wants the conservancy to rescind the $3 fee and enlarge the lot. But the conservancy’s director of public affairs, Dash Stolarz, said the state agency has no plans to lift the fee that helps pay for park maintenance. The conservancy has taken no position on the proposed parking district, although it could be harder for hikers to use the trail without street parking, Stolarz said. “There’s not enough space in that parking lot for the people who want to go. It’s a public park, and the public has a right to visit its park. We are open to any suggestions,” she said about a solution. Robert Locke, 21, and some friends parked on the street to avoid the $3 charge as they prepared to hike the three-mile Betty B. Dearing Trail loop at Wilacre Park on Tuesday. If street parking near Wilacre were prohibited, they said they would probably visit Runyan Canyon or another free hiking trail. “This is such a beautiful place to work out. I don’t understand why they’d want to limit it. It’s kind of selfish. If nobody is bothering (the residents), I don’t understand. What’s the problem?” STUDIO CITY – Tired of hikers’ cars clogging their neighborhood, homeowners have asked city officials to ban public parking on the streets around Wilacre Park. The park off Laurel Canyon Boulevard is so popular with hikers that the 30-space parking lot fills quickly. And the congestion has been worse since the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy began charging $3 per car to park in the trail-head lot. “It’s dangerous. It’s crowded. You have people walking down the middle of Fryman Road. I’ve had to swerve out of the way of dogs jumping out of cars,” resident Clancy Brown said. At its meeting today, the City Council’s Transportation Committee is scheduled to consider creating a one-year preferential parking district to limit street parking to residents with permits. The district would include Fryman Road, near the park entrance, and Iredell Street. Free parking for the Dearing Trail is also available through the TreePeople headquarters at the top of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and at the Nancy Hoover Pohl overlook on Mulholland Drive, between Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyon Boulevards. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Judge Paul KellyA Judge has warned a Derry man that he is not allowed to bring drugs into Buncrana.Buncrana District Court heard that Eamonn Green, of 6 Inis Carn Crescent, Creggan, pleading guilty to possessing cannabis earlier this month. The court heard that Green’s car was searched by Garda Jason Conroy on April 14 at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot.Superintendent Eugene McGovern said the value of the cannabis was €45. He said the Derry man had no previous convictions and was extremely co-operative when arrested. he said the detection arose when Garda Conroy searched his vehicle in a public place.Supt. McGovern told the court that there were other occupants in the vehicle but that Green admitted ownership of the drugs.Judge Paul Kelly asked Green what he was doing bringing drugs into Buncrana. The Derry man said the drugs were for personal use and admitted that it was a ‘stupid decision’.Judge Kelly warned Mr. Green that cannabis, even for personal use for completely illegal in the Republic of Ireland. He said his employers would not be too impressed with him if he ended up with a conviction for drugs.He said because he had no previous convictions he would give him one opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction. Judge Kelly told Mr. Green if he made a charitable donation of €150 to the St. Vincent de Paul in Buncrana and bring the receipt back to court, he would strike out the charge against him.Green, 30, returned a short time later and produced a receipt. Judge Kelly told the Derry man that he would strike out the charge and that he would not be left with a conviction.MAN WHO BROUGHT DRUGS INTO BUNCRANA GIVEN A CHANCE was last modified: May 1st, 2016 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:buncranadonegaldrugsJUDGE
Los Angeles County residents will be able to determine if they are eligible for government programs by visiting a new Web site launched Thursday, a county supervisor said. On the Web site, www.lacountyhelps.org, residents can confidentially enter information about their income and family to determine if they can receive assistance from 26 county and federal government programs, said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “Because lacountyhelps.org is anonymous and can be accessed privately, it will assist those individuals who may otherwise be too intimidated or too concerned about their privacy to enter a government office to find out about available benefits and programs,” Yaroslavsky said. Prior to the launch of the site, residents had to go through a lengthy process to determine if they were eligible for government assistance, said Bryce Yokomizo, director of the Department of Public Social Services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Residents will still have to apply for assistance in person, but can be more prepared when they do. “It will make it more efficient for you when you visit one of our offices,” Yokomizo said. Information on the site is provided in English and Spanish, although six more languages will be added if the service proves successful. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
VALENCIA – College of the Canyons Extension is offering a summer lineup of classes and day camps for kids 5 and older. For the 17th summer, the Canyons Extension will host the Institute of Reading Development to provide reading instruction for all ages. Classes will include pre-reading, reading enrichment, speed-reading, comprehension and study skills and efficiency reading for work, school and recreation. Programs range in price from $199 to $299 per session with a variety of class times and dates. For future scientists, the extension program will host Destination Science camps for 5- to 11-year-olds. This year’s day camps include four, one-week sessions that run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays for $295 per week. Half-day sessions are also available at $159 a week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Camp themes include Extreme Battlebots, Hydro Galactic Rocket Mania, Outrageous Science Mysteries and Raging Wet Reaction Lab. Teens and adults can take a cartooning workshop with professional cartoonist Chris Martinez. A one-week, early morning fine arts camp with local artist Lorelle Miller will be offered for kids 7 to 12. The Money Camps for kids and teens are weeklong financial literacy programs. The cost is $259 for each weeklong camp that meets from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Horse-lovers 6 to 16 can benefit from “try out” equestrian practice. Each one-day camp will be held at Windy Ridge Ranch in Agua Dulce from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a cost of $59. College-bound students can prepare for the SAT by taking an SAT preparation class. Other classes available for teens are an American Red Cross baby-sitting class for ages 11 to 15 and a Canyons Aquatics Swim Club for ages 5 to 18. For information, call Canyons Extension at (661) 362-3304 or visit http://www.canyons.edu/offices/com_ext/.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GLENSWILLY GAA NOTESLAST CHANCE!The last registration night will be held for all club members on Saturday, March 15th from 6.45pm until 8.45pm. Adults members cost €40 per year while under 18s cost €15. Membership plus a yearly lotto ticket costs €70.Remember, if you are not registered, then players cannot line out for their teams.HEALTH AND WELLBEINGThe club is considering hosting a Cardiac Screening Day. The aim is to identify and manage Ventricular Arrhythmias and in the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death . All young players, members , non members and members of the public/other sports are welcome to participate in this programme . The cost is €45 per person. Screening is for both Male and Females from the ages of 14 – 35 ..On the day an ECG will be performed and a Questionnaire completed .It will be reviewed and reported on by a Consultant Cardiologist Mr Mc Glinchey within 48 hours and results sent to each individual and the GP (if requested) . Following the results should a Echocardiogram be required – it is covered in the price. Also available on the day will be Mr Oisin Mc Conville, whose services are available to anyone who receives a result that requires them to cease playing sport or that requires additional cardiac testing….(at a later date ). The screening is by “Healthy Hearts Healthy Lives “.Anyone interested Please call or text 0861611240 ….EASTER DRAW Easter Draws cards are now available and can be got from committee members.There is a great Easter Hamper and many other prizes on offer.Tickets cost €2 per line and the draw will take place in the clubhouse on Easter Saturday, April 4th.UNDER 12 TRAINING Under 12s boys training will be in the Aura Centre this Friday night from 7.30pm until 8.30pm. All players are asked to be there at 7.20pm.BINGOBingo continues in the hall every Wednesday at 9pm. Anyone wishing to play bingo are advised to get along early as it is becoming very popular with great cash prizes on offer.BAG DAY!The club has secured a very important fundraising opportunity through a pack-packing day at Tesco in Letterkenny.The day in question is Friday, March 6th and the club needs a commitment form as many bag packers as possible.If you can give a couple of hours (or more!) then contact either Bryan Faul or John McGinley.KEYS WANTED!Would any members who may have keys to the clubhouse, either outside or inside doors, please return them to any committee members.A new of keys have been cut but the club would appreciate any members who may have keys from a previous role would return them.GAA NEWS: LAST GLENSWILLY REGISTRATION NIGHT ANNOUNCED was last modified: March 4th, 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:Glenswilly GAA notes
SOCCER: Shane Byrne has got his managerial reign off to a flyer as manager of the LYIT Men’s Soccer team with a stunning 3-0 win away to NUIG.Byrne masterminded an excellent away victory against NUIG earlier this afternoon in Galway. Goals from Daire McDaid, Kevin Doran and Paul McVeigh ensured the LYIT side took all three points.It could’ve been different for LYIT had it not been for the inspired efforts of goalkeeper Peter Burke.Burke who plies his trade in the Irish League with Cliftonville FC produced a sensational point-blank save after just one minute.He made a couple of another important saves before Daire McDaid opened the scoring after a fine run and finish. Then Kevin Doran scored directly from a corner to put LYIT two up – although the NUIG goalkeeper didn’t cover himself in any glory.LYIT were comfortable and completely dominated the game and they extinguished any hopes NUIG had of getting back into the game when Paul McVeigh finished neatly after a lovely through ball from Anthony Appiah.McVeigh told Donegal Daily, “We’re delighted with the result and it was a fantastic performance from us.“NUIG are always a difficult opponent, and only for a world class save from Peter Burke we should have been one down after just a few minutes.“That save was a big turning point, but once we got the first goal, we looked in total control and we fully deserved all three points.“It was a great team performance and everybody played well and worked hard. “We spoke before the match about working hard and we said we’d leave it in the tank!Shane Byrne will be delighted with his opening day win and next up for LYIT is a trip to Dundalk next Tuesday.LYIT team that played NUIG:Peter Burke, Liam Doherty, Peter Doherty, Ross Coughlan, Fergal Harkin, Daire McDaid, Darren Gallagher, Ryan Connolly, Kevin Doran, Anthony Appiah, Paul McVeigh.SOCCER: LYIT GET OFF TO A FLYER WITH SUPER WIN OVER NUIG was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYITnewssoccerSport