– urges them to cut wasteful spending of public fundsIf Government cuts back on its exorbitant spending and end some of the corrupt contracts it currently has, then it would be able to pay increases to the country’s teachers’ without raising the current level of expenditure.This is the firm view expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who told media operatives on Thursday at his weekly press conference that it is in the interest of Guyana that a new multi-year contract for teachers’ be secured. He said this avoids the hassle of negotiations on an annual basis.“I believe that there is money to fund a lot of what the teachers have been asking for, without increasing overall expenditure in the budget,” he stated pointing firstly to a corrupt contract which costs the Government $170 million annually.He was referring to the controversial Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, house used as a drug bond which is rented from a campaign supporter of the People’s National Congress (PNC) for $14 million monthly.The Opposition Leader reasoned that that sum could cover the request by teachers to increase clothing allowances from $8000 to $21,000. The task force set up by President David Granger has only recommended $16,000.“So, I urge the President to address this matter urgently and I said to him, you have been stressing the importance of education and so now it is the time to address the teachers concern urgently,” he stated.Jagdeo, a former President, said that if the Government had committed to creating such a task force, then it must adhere to its recommendations or findings. He said he has had a look at the report from the task force which did not recommend all that the teachers wanted. However, the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is calling for these very recommendations to be implemented.“I thought the report is very reasonable, in terms of affordability. And the teachers themselves have said that. And I’ve seen from the Union that 40 per cent was their starting point. I’ve also heard double digits for one year and a single digit for the remaining period of the agreement,” he recalled.The Opposition Leader has debunked claims that the teachers and their union are acting unreasonable, stating that they have been waiting for three years to meet with Government. He therefore criticised Government for sensationalising the 40 per cent figure and not saying that teachers are prepared to accept lower.In providing a further break down of how the demands of the teachers could be met, Jagdeo said he has even taken a look at the budget estimates to come up with how spending could be curtailed to facilitate the request.In comparing seven items from the current expenditure column between 2014 and 2018, Jagdeo said there are enough monies that are being wasted that could be reduced and used to meet the demands.He pointed to the celebration of national and other events, where in 2014 $477 million, while in 2018 $911 million has been budgeted. For dietary (food) this was $3.6 billion and in 2018 it is now $5.2 billion. The other category (operating expenses) showed that it was at $1.8 billion in 2014 and in 2018 $2.6 billion.“If you add those three that’s $2.8 billion increase alone,” he pointed out.Further, for travel, in 2014 it was $1.4 billion and it is now $2.1 billion. This indicates a growth of $732 million per annum. As for vehicle spares and service, in 2014, $853 million was budgeted but in 2018 it has moved up to $1.34 billion. Other transport and travel was $874 million in 2014 which has now gone to $1.3 billion. Rental of buildings in 2014 was $795 million and now $1.39 billion. This totals $2.2 billion.“In these seven heads alone, we have increased expenditure of $5.1 billion. We could easily cut these and find money to pay the teachers wages and restore the one month allowance to the Discipline Forces, pay the debunching for the teachers, housing allowance, all of these things… just here,” he explained.He continued, “But worst of it all, this Government has the gall to go out and talk about teachers being greedy and they want duty-free and all of that… when they without working a single day, they took a 50 per cent increase for themselves and their salaries have gone to close to $1 million per month.They also have State vehicles and duty-free and go and lecture teachers.” Jagdeo said while he doesn’t agree with all the demands of the teachers, he feels they deserve to be treated respectfully.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are looking to get back in the win column this weekend, as they travel to Fairview to clash with the Flyers tonight, then welcome Beaverlodge to the North Peace Arena on Saturday.The team is coming off a two-game series with the NWJHL leading North Peace Navigators, where they posted a 1-1 record. A 3-2 win on Friday was followed by a 4-2 loss Saturday afternoon as the visitors scored two goals in the third to win it and deal the Huskies their second loss of the season.General Manager Jeremy Clothier said,“I think after the loss on Saturday the guys will be more focused on getting back on track. They just have to play the same game that they have been over the past month or so.”- Advertisement -The Huskies sit two points back of the first place Navigators in the standings with eleven wins and two losses.Tonight’s game in Fairview and tomorrow’s affair with the Blades’ get underway at 8:00 p.m.Advertisement
B.C. New Democrat Leader Carole James has resigned following weeks of internal dissent.James called a hasty news conference Monday morning and announced she will step down immediately as the Opposition leader.The party cancelled an emergency caucus meeting planned Sunday to deal with the ongoing controversy over James’s leadership.- Advertisement -Last week, the party’s longest-serving MLA put the final nail in James’s political coffin with a blistering public attack on her leadership.MLA Jenny Kwan’s call for an immediate leadership convention was only the latest in a string of dissent and criticism that saw one MLA turfed from cabinet and several others publicly renounce James’ leadership.Carole James was elected Leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party on Nov. 23, 2003. Advertisement
1 Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko’s agent has quashed speculation the striker is keen on a move to Roma and insists his client has no interest in leaving Manchester City this summer.The Serbian is being tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium after a disappointing last season and there have been claims he has held talks with the Serie A side over a possible switch.Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic further fuelled speculation a deal for Dzeko could be imminent when he claimed earlier this week that his compatriot would go “running” to join him at the Italian side.But Irfan Redzepagic, the 29-year-old’s agent, insists there have no been discussions with Roma and maintains there is no desire on the hitman’s part to quit City.“I was frankly surprised by Pjanic’s comments, unless he knows something that I don’t,” Redzepagic told Italian radio station Rete Sport.“I have had no contact with Roma, nor am I aware of any talks between the two clubs.“It’s not a financial issue, he simply doesn’t want to leave the Citizens.”
Pablo Zabaleta 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed Pablo Zabaleta will be out for a month with a knee injury.The full-back only reported for pre-season training in late July after playing in the Copa America with Argentina and has yet to feature this term.Bacary Sagna has taken his place for the wins over West Brom and Chelsea, and the former Arsenal man is now set for an extended run in the team after Zabaleta picked up a knee injury.The 30-year-old suffered ligament damage during a training session and is expected to be sidelined until the end of September.“Pablo Zabaleta yesterday had a problem in his knee with his ligaments so he will be out for around one month,” said Pellegrini.There is some good news for City, however, with Fabian Delph back fit.The summer signing from Aston Villa suffered a hamstring injury in his first outing for the club in pre-season but returned to training this week.He is unlikely to start against Everton on Sunday but could be named on the bench by Pellegrini for the Goodison Park clash.
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is a wanted man this summer Manchester United have made Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic their No.1 transfer target.The Bosnian reportedly wants to leave the Italian capital this summer in search of a new challenge.Chelsea and Liverpool have previously shown an interest, as have Spanish champions Barcelona and French giants Paris Saint-Germain.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United have now made Pjanic their top target after Jose Mourinho urged them to do so.The Portuguese boss is a big fan of the 26-year-old and scouted him during his time at Real Madrid.Mourinho has now encouraged Manchester United to tie up a deal for Pjanic, which could be worth over £30million. 1
21MINS DONEGAL HAVE WON. CASSIDY SCORES WINNING POINT20mins: CHRISTY TOYE SCORES TO LEVEL THE GAME!!! 19mins Cassidy puts it wide when there were better options.15mins. Kildare playing cyncial game, time-wasting and rugby tackles galore.13mins. Captain Murphy strikes again. deficit down to a point. Hold onto your hats! It’s Kildare 0-14, Donegal 1-10.11mins: Murphy scores. Deficit back to 2 points. 11mins Kildare score first point and go three clear. Emmett Bolton was scorer.SECOND HALF OF EXTRA TIME: Donegal lose breaking ball from throw in.1 min of injury time: Karl Lacey pulls a point back with a great score. Kildare 0-13, Donegal 1-08. Whistle blown. Jim McGuinness is on encouraging his troops in the middle of a huddle.10mins. Kildare are 3 points ahead.9mins Two cynical fouls by Kildare, Two yellow cards shown.8mins Kildare are 2 points ahead. White scores from free. 6mins: Kevin Rafferty has chance to equalise, but puts it wide. Doyle back on for Kildare.4mins: Kildare take lead. 0-11 to 1-07. Point from Kelly.1 Min: Kildare have first chance but it’s wide.8.08PM It’s raining at Croke Park. Kildare’s Johnny Doyle is off. Throw-in won by Kildare. Ten minutes each way. 8.04PM Players are still in the dressing room catching their breaths after a pulsating second half.Donegal and Kildare were all square at full-time.Donegal were much the better side in the second half, turning around a two point deficit from the first half.Christy Toye was the Donegal hero, scoring a goal for the Tir Chonaill just seconds after replacing St Michael’s club mate Colm McFadden.But Kildare pulled three points back to level the game, scoring the equaliser just 20 seconds from the end.It was nail-biting stuff for the 39,000 fans at Croker.LIVE TEXT: EXTRA TIME AT CROKE PARK DONEGAL V KILDARE was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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 v kildareGAA
Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Brian Ó Domhnaill, has heavily criticised the Minister for Agriculture for overseeing an attempt to cut payments under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme (DAS).Farmers in Donegal and throughout the country, who did not have much stock last year, have begun to receive letters from the Department outlining that unless the letters are answered by next Friday (24th of August), they may lose these payments for 2012.Senator Ó Domhnaill commented: “I have written to the Minister on two occasions pleading with him to defer withdrawing any payments to farmers. He needs to immediately scrap any changes to the Disadvantaged Area Scheme (DAS). In light of the terrible summer we have had, farmers throughout Donegal have already taken huge hits to their finances, they cannot afford to take any more cuts to their income. “Farmers can appeal the decision to the Department in some circumstances but the changes need to be scraped because of the awful weather farmers have had.At least 12,000 farmers, including many in Donegal will not meet the new criteria and have only a week left to appeal this.“The Minister’s decision will badly affect farmers who actually farm the poorest land in the country, mainly along the Western seaboard including Donegal. This move is discriminatory in nature and I firmly believe that smaller farmers should be supported and not targeted in this manner.“Small farmers will lose payments of up to €3,000 under these plans and this will drive them off the land. The new stocking requirements need to be withdrawn, famers have been forced to buy stock for land that is in a poor condition and many farmers are under severe financial strain. “The Minister has no understanding of farming matters in the West and he doesn’t seem to be interested. The Minister should cancel this whole procedure and revert to the stocking levels of 2011.” CUTS TO DAS PAYMENTS FOR FARMERS MUST BE REVERSED – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: August 16th, 2012 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)
With a smoky coal ban in place in Letterkenny since 2013, the Asthma Society is calling for support of an all-island ban that would see it extended to all of Donegal.Asthma Society wants smoky coal ban extended to all of Donegal.In anticipation of an all-island ban, the Asthma Society has also launched its campaign for Clean Air calling on householders across Donegal to ‘be a lifesaver’ and burn smokeless coal or an alternative clean fuel to reduce asthma symptoms and save lives.Niamh Kelly, Asthma Society of Ireland said, “With 470,000 people affected, Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. The dangers of smoky coal on public health are well documented and it is also a commonly known asthma trigger. “In advance of an all-island ban, we are calling on fuel consumers across Donegal to burn smokeless coal or an alternative fuel, to reduce asthma symptoms and save lives.”While many lives have been saved with the provincial bans, Dr. Dermot Nolan of the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Medical Advisory Group, estimates that almost 2,000 lives could be saved annually with the implementation of an all-island ban on the sale and distribution of smoky coal.Dr. Nolan said, “While we have made significant strides in recent years with many urban areas now covered by a smoky coal ban, until an all-island ban is implemented, policing these regional bans is difficult and hundreds of thousands of people still breathe pollutants from smoky coal every day.“I see the effects of smoky coal on the most vulnerable in society on a daily basis- in particular patients of chronic lung diseases such as asthma. With the implementation of an all-island ban, we estimate that 2,000 lives would be saved each year.” A representative member survey conducted by the Asthma Society also revealed that poor air quality affects asthma in 78% of members and smoke from coal fire affects asthma in 55% of members.Furthermore, 1 in 5 Asthma Society members surveyed reported to have had an asthma attack as a result of breathing smoke from coal fire.Join the Clean Air Campaign by visiting www.asthma.ie. ASTHMA SOCIETY DEMANDS SMOKY COAL BAN EXTENDED TO ALL OF DONEGAL was last modified: April 3rd, 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:asthma societydonegalletterkennysmoky coal ban
Muchael Muprhy: scored Donegal’s first point.Donegal lead Armagh by two points at half-time on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-06 in their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Croke ParkMichael Murphy gave Donegal the lead in the third minute, putting a free over the bar from 30 yards.Tony Kernan drew Armagh level five minutes later with an excellent point from play from 45 yards. The game threatened to boil over in the 10th minute as players and officials got involved in a “bit of handbags” in front of “Hill 16” during which the Donegal team doctor was pushed to the ground.When the game restarted after a two-minute delay, Aaron Kernan put a free over the bar to put Armagh in front for the first time.Wing forward Aiden Forker extended the Armagh lead when he floated over a lovely point in the 20th minute and the same player should have scored again a minute later but he put his shot wide when in a good possession.The game burst into life in the 22nd minute when Oran MacNiallais found the bottom corner of the Armagh net for his first ever championship goal to put Donegal into a one point lead on a scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03. However, the lead last only lasted three minutes as first, Stefan Campbell and then Andy Mallon put the Orchard County back in front.A brilliant free swung in from distance by Michael Murphy brought the Tir Chonaill county back on level terms a minute later and he put over another to put Donegal back in front with five minutes of the half remaining.Full-back Neil McGee pushed up to double the advantage with an excellent score before Armagh’s Kyle Carragher put over the bar to reduce the deficit to a single point.Following another “handbag” confrontation between the players in the Armagh goalmouth, Michael Murphy put over another free to send Donegal in at half-time with a two-point advantage on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-06. HALF-TIME AT CROKER: DONEGAL LEAD ARMAGH BY TWO POINTS was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:armaghcrokedonegalFootballparkQuarter final.Senior