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Piracy attacks Fishermen should be given guns, Suriname protection – Ramjattan

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is suggesting putting firearms into the hands of fishers going out to sea as one measure to reduce high-seas piracy.His comments were made Saturday at the Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Complex where he met with fisher folk to discuss piracy and other issues affecting the industry.The visit to Corentyne comes on the heels of an attack on 15 fishers by five pirates between 27 and 28 May last. The attack left one fisher; Hemchand Sookdeo, 45, of Number 55 Village, dead and three others missing: Dochan Sukra, 54, also called ’Butcher’ of Number 55 Village, Dhanpaul Ramphal of Number 67 Village, and Munish Churman, 26, also called ‘Boyo’ of Number 60 Village.During the attack, the captain of the boat the missing men were in, Seepersaud Persaud, 43, of Corriverton, was thrown overboard five miles offshore but was rescued by other fishers after swimming for some three hours.Minister Ramjattan, addressing the more than one hundred persons in the industry, said firearms might help to solve the problem: “I did make the statement when I first became a Minister and we had the bad round of piracy last year, that I want people, if it is possible for them whenever they go out to catch their fish, they can go out with a firearm, allowed by the nearest police station.”He said the firearm will be uplifted before the fishers leave for sea and returned as soon as they return to shore.However that suggestion was again met with opposition. One fisher noted that his son went out with a licensed firearm and it was taken away by the Surinamese.Most of the waters Corentyne fishers use to fish are considered Suriname territory.According to Ramjattan, negotiations are currently taking place between the two countries to iron out some of the issues surrounding fishing in waters belonging to Suriname and in close proximity to Guyana.Most of the fishers have obtained licences from Suriname to fish in the foreign waters allowing them to ply their trade hassle free.When this was told to the minister, he urged the fishers to seek protection from Suriname police: “You are using Suriname licence to fish in Suriname waters then you need to go to the Suriname police and ask them to protect you.”Ramjattan noted that his government had suggested communication sets be used by fishers while out at sea, but the suggestion when put to the fishing community, was shot down. “When I made the suggestion, a lot of people went to members of the opposition saying that we want to take away most of your monies. They want us to give free radios but we can’t do that, we don’t have the money to do that.”Ramjattan said too many lives and property are being lost due to piracy. “What is the value of a life as against putting up a $300,000 radio system?” He asked.According to him, government will be looking to make it compulsory that persons going to sea to fish are equipped with a radio system.Minister Ramjattan said there is need for more stringent registration processes in the fishing industry.He also suggested that there must be proper documentation of persons who are going out to sea and in which boat they are going.“We feel that one of the solutions lies with better communities; communities that live and also communities that are going to ensure that they give the information to the law enforcers so that we will be able to have this thing solved. And that we can know up front who might be the ones that will turn out to be bad boys…We have to start doing all of these things rather than sometimes pass the blame on to somebody else, like the police or government” Ramjattan outlined.Ten days after fishers came under attack by five pirates on the Corentyne River, three remain missing. However with very little chance of finding the men alive, the focus of the search is expected to concentrate on the recovery of bodies as from today.Commander of Berbice Police, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam made that disclosure on Saturday when he along with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan met with fisher folk at the Co-op Complex.Amsterdam said that with assistance from Suriname and the Guyana Defence Force using their ‘metal sharks’ (sophisticated military boats) they have carried out extensive searches for the men who are feared drowned.He noted that the services of divers may be employed as he vowed to find the men even if they are under the muddy Corentyne River water.Meanwhile, Sookdeo was laid to rest yesterday at the Number 51 Cemetery.last_img read more

Kobras, Colts record victories in GABA League

first_imgThe Colts played the Eagles and the Guardians clashed with the Kobras in the first-division leg of the Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme/Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) tournament on Wednesday at the Burnham Hard Court in Georgetown.Part of the ongoing action in the GABA LeagueIn the first match of the night, the Colts scraped a 75-74 win against the Eagles. The Colts started off the first period in a deficit as the Eagles led them 17-5; however, they managed to bounce back in the second and third periods leading 21-12 and 23-17 respectively. But even though the Eagles won the last round 17-20, all credit was given to the excellent play of the Colts Captain Shaine Webster, who scored 16 points and was ably supported by Evans Johnson (13) and Jonathan Mangra (13). Scoring for the Eagles was Travis Belgrave with 23 points, but even with support from Michael Richards (13) and Captain Louis James (11), they still weren’t able to overcome the Colts.In the second match, the Kobras struck early to defeat the in-form Guardians 74-67. It was all thanks to their commanding lead in the first period (18-9) that gave them the match as the Guardians returned in the second period to level the score 19-19. The Guardians then won the third round 20-19, but it still wasn’t enough for them to make it over the line. For the Guardians, it was once again Mr Consistent, Nikkolai Smith, who scored 25 points in a losing effort. He was supported by Trenton Woolford (14) and Marlon Chesney (10). The Colts played as a unit converting every pass and making the best of the opportunities and that was reflected in the scoresheet with Captain Carlos Edwards pulling 17; Garfield Greenville 17; and Jermaine Slater 13.The matches will continue on Saturday with the Pacesetters taking on the Eagles in the first and second divisions.last_img read more

Airplane enthusiast needs only sketch pad

first_imgEveryone at the airport knew the 14-year-old kid standing at the observation deck window with a sketch pad in his hand had talent. The pilots, flight attendants and ground crews would see him there every weekend in the early 1960s drawing their TWA, Western and Eastern airlines jets as they taxied off the runways at New York City’s Idlewild Airport – now JFK. The kid had to take two buses to get there – an hour-and-a-half trip each way – but it didn’t matter. It was worth every minute sitting on those crowded buses to stand alone at that observation window watching all those beautiful planes take off and land. Poor eyesight would rob the kid of the opportunity to become one of those commercial pilots, but he had a backup plan. If he couldn’t fly those airplanes for a living, he would draw them. “When I was 8, my dad returned from a business trip with a promotional lithograph of an Eastern Airlines Golden Falcon DC-7 he had flown on,” said Mike Machat, at 59 now a well-known aviation artist living in Woodland Hills. “I remember asking him who drew the picture because it was magnificent. I couldn’t believe people had jobs that paid them for drawing airplanes.” So, that’s what he was doing one Saturday in 1963 – working on his career dreams – when the head of customer service for New York Airways, a commuter helicopter company, tapped him on the shoulder at that observation deck window. “Hey, kid, you want to get a closer look?” the man asked. Machat laughs at the memory. Imagine, with all the airport security today, anyone being invited down on the tarmac for a closer look. The teen jumped at the chance. Before long, he had parlayed his drawing talent into free helicopter flights around the city, including one for his mother on her birthday – her first flight ever. It would be 15 years later, though – after a hitch in the Air Force in northern Japan as an illustrator, and earning his degree in fine arts at California State University, Long Beach – when Machat would finally get the chance to repay that old debt he had been carrying around since the day his father brought home that promotional lithograph. “In 1977, I was hired by Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach to work in its art department,” Machat said Wednesday, getting ready for Friday’s second annual Aviation Career Day at Van Nuys Airport, where more than 1,400 local high school students will have their eyes opened to the field of aviation. “The first person I met in my new job was George Akimoto, the illustrator who had drawn that Eastern Airlines print my father brought home. He was getting ready to retire. “I brought it to work and showed it to him. He was astonished. I told George, `You’re the reason I am here.”‘ Machat, a private pilot, has had a successful career drawing more than 250 major works for the Air Force, Douglas Aircraft, Airbus and many private aviation enthusiasts, including legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager. “I’ve flown in 203 different types of aircraft, drawing them,” he said. “If I had become a (commercial airline) pilot, I would have never had the chance to do that.” And now he’s hoping to become a George Akimoto to the next generation of young men and women who may walk away from Aviation Career Day with the same passion he had for airplanes as a child. Machat will have 22 hand-picked illustrations of aviation history on display at the event sponsored by Syncro Aviation Inc. and Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas. “I’m hoping to plant the seeds that were planted for me,” he says. Hoping that a few kids will ask if it’s true that a person can really make a living drawing airplanes like this. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Kerr admits to selection headache for Rayon

first_img“I gave them (players) a challenge because they work hard in training and deserve this chance and they in turn have given me another challenge on who to select for the Rayon game. I am happy with that performance for players who have not played together to dominate a game as they did,” Kerr said after his side’s post-match penalties victory.“I don’t want to see it as a second string team because we have a strong squad all round. The two central defenders were outstanding. Wazza (Godfrey Walusimbi) has just come back and he is finding his feet after missing almost 35 days of training,” the tactician further added.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is hoisted high by fans after the side beat AFC Leopards in the Hull City challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHe further stated; “We have played three matches within a week and we have an important one coming up. Obviously I cannot risk with injuries and fatigue with the same squad.”He was pleased with the performance of the team and the fact they kept a clean sheet against a strong AFC Leopards side, especially having conceded four in their last two games with back-to-back 2-2 draws against Chemelil Sugar and Mathare United.Kerr turned red in anger after the weekend stalemate against Mathare United but the performance on Tuesday calmed his nerves especially after receiving stick from social media over how he reacted after the game.Kerr gave his players a tongue lashing in the dressing room and openly vented on the pitch, leading to a section of Gor fans on social media expressing displeasure.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr pushes his fist up in the air in celebration after the side beat AFC Leopards in the Hull City challenge match on May 1, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“I have been under pressure this week on social media, but again if you have a problem with me come see me because we all make mistakes but what we are trying to do is make this club big and it doesn’t take 10 months to do that,” the coach added.Kerr now switches his attention to the tie against Rayon on Sunday where he hopes to get the club’s Confederation Cup campaign off to a flier.“We are getting our strength now to Rayon. We want to ensure that we are mentally focused. I watched Rayon Sport play Mamelodi Sundowns and what I noticed is that they are a good attacking side. We should prepare to face their attacks on the counter and that is one thing we are working on,” the tactician added.He has maintained they will be taking a match at a time despite being in a group that looks manageable, insisting that they will need to take a game at a time.After playing Rayon on Sunday, Gor will prepare for the Hull City game on May 13 before playing Algerian side USM Alger in their second match and the first at home at the Kasarani Stadium. They will then play Tanzanian side Yanga at home on July 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 1- The performance of his second string side against arch rivals AFC Leopards in the ‘Hull City Challenge’ play-off has given Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr selection headache ahead of Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup tie away to Rayon Sport in Kigali, Rwanda.K’Ogalo depart for the land of a thousand hills on Saturday morning but prior to that, the British tactician says he is faced with a massive task of selecting his best 18 for the game.last_img read more

GARDAI AT SCENE OF THREE-CAR ROAD CRASH

first_imgGARDAI are at the scene of a three-car smash in Co Donegal today.The incident happened at the roundabout where the N13 and N14 meet near Manorcunningham.Two of the vehicles have been badly damaged. There are no serious injuries. Traffic travelling to and from Derry and to and from Lifford is slow as a result of a follow-up Garda investigation into the crash which happened at 4.20pm. GARDAI AT SCENE OF THREE-CAR ROAD CRASH was last modified: February 10th, 2013 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:GARDAI AT SCENE OF THREE-CAR ROAD CRASHlast_img read more

2018-19 Women’s Basketball Senior Class Feature

first_imgThere have been individual honors as well. Maddy and Becca were named to the MVC’s all-freshman team and Maddy was the freshman of the year. She also was first-team all-conference that season and was the conference tournament MVP in 2018. Sammie has been the league’s defensive player of the year, a first-team all-conference selection and a two-time member of the all-defensive team. Nicole has been a steady contributor off the bench with her speed and 3-point shooting and is Drake’s recipient this year of the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award, which honors athletes across all sports for their community service. Becca earned her teammates’ respect from the start with her play on the floor. Her resiliency through adversity has only heightened their regard for her. Special AND successful. It was Maddy, screaming that no one could stop her. They’ve had an unofficial pact this season that they never tell one another no. If someone wants to do something, they all do it. Their time together is running out so they want to share everything. They arrived at Drake as four strangers from four different states. They’ll leave as friends forever, bound by the laughter, the tears, the joy, the heartbreak, the work and the fun that makes college basketball such an unforgettable, and in many cases, life-altering, experience.All four signed on when the thought of Drake winning championships in women’s basketball was just that — a thought, a vision, a dream. It was that way for Maddy Dean and Becca Jonas in 2013 and the same for Sammie Bachrodt and Nicole Miller a year later.They’re in the same class now after knee injuries forced Maddy and Becca to take redshirt seasons, and they’ve helped lay the foundation for a program that has turned those hopes and dreams, that vision Coach Jennie Baranczyk laid out for them, into actual championships and trophies.  Sammie and Nicole have lived together since they were freshmen, two years in the dorms and two in a house, which they share with teammate Sara Rhine. Maddy and Becca share a house with Kierra Collier, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Washington, and two softball players. Jennie will take away memories of this class as well, of how they took a chance with a program that had not yet arrived, how they bought into the culture she tried to establish and how they nurtured that culture when younger players arrived. When Maddy and Becca signed, Jennie had been in the job for only a year and Drake was coming off an 11-20 season that produced just five league wins. Now, as the careers of the four seniors near an end, Drake is the best program in the league and a top 25 program nationally. It’s class that’s shown nothing but class throughout. Four different skill sets, four different personalities. Yet when they’re not playing, all they want to do is spend time with each other. “It was at the end of summer, right before the year started,” Becca said. “It was kind of poetic. We’re going to go into this year together.” “We had a successful first year and then having to sit out that next one was hard,” Becca said. “But I said from the beginning, God’s taken me out of this year and that means He’s planning something special. So far it has been. I can’t imagine being done right now. It kind of worked out perfectly, as it always does.” She’s right. Sit down with them for a while and there’s never a moment they’re not smiling. Maddy, too, had to sit for a year, missing 2016-17 because of a torn ACL. “Seeing her constantly overcome hurdles and just her strength throughout everything is just incredible,” Nicole said. “I don’t know how she’s done it. Seeing her go through that yet still continue to love the game and love the people around her is just awesome. She wants to go into coaching and she’s going to be an amazing coach.” “So I turned and scored.” “I think that game made a really big statement for us and kind of showed us we are really good and we can beat these teams,” Sammie said. “It was great to have that validation. That was kind of a breath of fresh air because we had been working for that for so long.” “I know Jennie has challenged both of us when we sat. You’re still a part of this team. You still have an obligation to bring whatever it is you can. Just having that focus of the bigger picture, like we’re part of something that’s really big.” So yes, they undeniably are winners as players. And when you spend a little time with them, you find they’re winners as people, too. They are Drake’s seniors and this is their story, a story that’s not quite finished, one they hope contains a few more chapters. “You don’t have the culture we have if our players didn’t take hold of it a long time ago and if they didn’t take leadership of it a long time ago,” Jennie said. “If that class didn’t come in understanding that that’s THE most important thing, there’s no way we’re having the success were having — or any success at all.” Maddy laughs when she thinks about the two-week break they get to go home between summer workouts and the start of the fall semester. Maddy plays with a bit of an edge to her game and is fearless. She’ll take any kind of shot, from any distance, any angle, at any point in the game. Becca’s road has been the most challenging of the four. After a standout freshman season in 2014-15, she missed all of the next season because of a knee injury, and knee problems have dogged her this season, keeping her out of 14 games and limiting her time in the others. So she finds other ways to help, something she learned while sitting out what would have been her sophomore season. “They’re both just bundles of joy and energy,” Maddy said. “They’re literally so great I don’t even have words to describe them. They make the game fun.” That tough exterior melts off the floor, when Maddy becomes, as Sammie puts it, “just this little ball of energy, this little bubbly, hilarious, awesome, really joyful person.” “They both walk into a room and have the biggest smiles,” she said. “They bring life to any situation.” For Sammie, just standing on the Knapp Center court and looking at the crowd at the beginning of a game is as special as anything else she could be doing. And to be doing it with your best friends — that’s something to cherish.center_img The four will make their last regular-season appearances at home this week, against Illinois State on Thursday and Bradley on Saturday. Win one and the Bulldogs clinch at least a tie for another championship. Win both and the title is all theirs. They enjoyed some big moments earlier this season when they knocked off two nationally prominent programs, Rutgers and South Carolina, at a tournament in Vancouver. South Carolina is only two years removed from winning the national championship. BECCA JONAS   Hometown: Independence, Missouri   Signed with Drake: November 2013   Height: 6-2   Major: Graduated in digital media productions, working on masters in communications   What’s next: Become a college coach   Becca says: “Our freshman year, we didn’t even know what we were doing. We didn’t realize that starting 9-0 (in the conference) had never been done. We were just in it and playing games. And that’s carried over through all of our years. When you’re in it, you’re just playing basketball and competing, just trying to get better every day. It’s when you look back, oh, cool.”   Jennie on Becca: “She really believes in this team and she wants to do whatever she can. If stepping on the floor is what she can do and we need her to do that, she’s going to do that. And if it’s not, then she won’t. But she still is completely invested in everything that’s going on. Is it hard? Yeah, but there’s a bigger picture in sight. She still makes an incredible impact.” She’s also someone you can count on to be there for you. Maddy once sat with Sammie for three hours at the Sprint store when Sammie had to get a new phone, patiently waiting while her teammate took care of her business. Now that is friendship. As difficult as it’s been, neither can imagine not being a part of this team. If they had not been injured, this season would not have been possible. “We literally spend 11 months on top of each other every day,” she said, “and after two days at home, ‘Hey, we miss you? Can we come hang out?'” “That’s one thing I will never take for granted,” she said, “that when I came to Drake, I played college basketball and I had a blast.” They’ve helped the Bulldogs win two regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championships and two tournament titles, and they could win one more of each this season. During their time in a Drake uniform, the Bulldogs reeled off a 47-game MVC regular-season winning streak, ended a five-game losing streak to Iowa State and broke a 14-game skid to Iowa. They’ve won at least 20 games every season and played in a postseason tournament every year. She also remembers the time during a game in the MVC tournament when she got the ball in the low post and didn’t do anything with it right away. Then she heard this voice from the bench: “Becca! Score!”  Among the four, it’s a mutual admiration society. Becca, for example, describes Sammie and Nicole as “human glow sticks.” “It’s a blessing in disguise,” Maddy said. “At the time you don’t realize it and it was the hardest thing to go through. I think looking back, all the things it’s done for our education, our team and just being able to be part of this for another year is really special.” With all that’s happened, there’s been much to remember and celebrate. The first MVC tournament championship was one such moment, accomplished with an overtime victory over Northern Iowa. A year later, the Bulldogs beat the Panthers again in the title game. “I don’t know why,” Becca said, “but I never laughed harder than on that 20-minute ride, there and back, just laughing.” Both bring that energy to the court. Nicole has put up consistent numbers throughout her career as a spark off the bench. That started in her very first game, when she scored 13 points and sank four clinching free throws in Drake’s first victory over Iowa State since 2009. Sammie can do a little bit of everything — pass, hit the 3, drive to the basket, rebound and defend. Turn her loose on the floor and she’s relentless. “The way they have taken this year, I think they do an amazing job of leading by example,” Jennie said. “They cover for each other, they challenge each other, they build each other up. And they really have high expectations, not only for themselves individually but as a class, for us as coaches and for the rest of their teammates. They’re just a really special class.” And maybe the best part of all, they’re not done yet.MADDY DEAN   Hometown: Jordan, Minnesota   Signed with Drake: November 2013   Height: 5-9   Major: Graduated in finance and accounting, working on MBA   What’s next: Play basketball overseas   Maddy says: “To help lay the foundation for the rest of the program and to see what Jennie’s done here is really incredible. I’m just lucky and thankful to be a part of it. And I can’t wait to see what the future has for the Bulldogs.”   Jennie on Maddy: “She’s literally one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around. She tore her ACL her sophomore year and she played three more games. We didn’t even know it was torn. You could see early she was going to be able to come in and do some really big things. She had it. If you watch her in front of the whole team, she’s just awesome. She can be completely the life of the party and she could be the one you need to have a one-on-one conversation with.” “It’s definitely hard and not fun, but it’s part of the game,” Becca said. “I’m just thankful for how I was able to make it through. My family, my coaches and my teammates constantly were there for support, just making it always feel like you have value. With the extra year in school, Maddy is getting her MBA and Becca is finishing a master’s degree in communication. The little things make great memories, too — the bus rides, sharing a meal together, watching a favorite TV show. During the team’s trip to Italy in the summer of 2016, most of the players took a short bus trip into Switzerland, mainly so they could say they were in Switzerland. SAMMIE BACHRODT   Hometown: Wichita, Kansas   Signed with Drake: November 2014   Height: 5-10   Major: Finance   What’s next: Become a college coach   Sammie says: “Everyone’s love for the game has expanded on this team. You grow up with each other. Playing with Nicole has made me love the game so much more because she brings things out of me that I didn’t even know I had. I can go through everybody on the team. The same thing with the staff. They pull love out that you didn’t even know you had.”   Jennie on Sammie: “Sam’s just relentless. And she’s the same in her personality. She’s just a shining light. She’s fun, she’s fun loving, she’s a super extrovert. She wants to be around people all the time. You can’t help but just really like her. She plays like that. She can compete and have a smile on her face at the same time, like she’s just got this electricity to her.”NICOLE MILLER   Hometown: Walker, Iowa   Signed with Drake: November 2014   Height: 5-9   Major: Health sciences   What’s next: Become a physician’s assistant   Nicole says: “The relationships I’ve created with the women on all four of my teams (at Drake), everyone’s so different but we just find a way to be so close and make it work. It’s just such genuine love. It just makes me smile. We talk about that — be super athletic, be super genuine, be real and we are. That has made this experience even more worthwhile.”   Jennie on Nicole: “Nicole is just as blue collar as you can get. She knows how to work and she can go forever. And she’s a delight as a teammate, as a person. One of the things I think is so special about Nicole, anytime you would see her play (in high school), every little girl you saw in their community had a Nicole Miller something. It wasn’t just because she’s a good basketball player. There’s a lot of good athletes that come out of a small community, but they don’t have that kind of impact.” “I couldn’t think of a more perfect senior class,” Nicole said. “We’re all best friends. We’ve gotten so close over the years. Gosh, I’m just so thankful for them. We’re all so different, but we all bring so many different things and it all meshes together just perfect.” “Just the feeling I have in that championship moment, it’s an unmatched feeling,” Maddy said. “The way we’ve done it is the coolest part, which is team basketball, bringing that love of Drake, that love of competing, loving basketball,” Becca said. “Giving that back to (Jennie) as well as to this program and all the teammates we’ve had is the best part. We knew we were going to do it and now when you’re in reflection mode in your last year, OK, it’s pretty cool. We’ve done some cool things.” “She has ice in her veins. She can do things that no one else can do,” Sammie said. “She’ll take shots where I’ll go, ‘What are you doing?’ And then they’ll go in and she’ll run back with a little smirk on her face like, ha, ha. I just have a blast being on the floor and playing with her.” Last summer, they took a “senior trip” to Cape Cod, where Becca’s parents have a house. All four went, along with Paige Greiner, who graduated last year.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

THREE DONEGAL TOWNS IN LINE TO BE NAMED GAELTACHT SERVICE AREAS

first_imgThree Co Donegal towns are among a list of places across the country which are set to be named as Galtacht Service centres.Letterkenny is in line to become a Gealtacht service area.Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, named Letterkenny, Dungloe and Donegal Town, are to be named under the Gaeltacht  Act of 2012.Announcing the list at the Gaillimh le Gaeilge Christmas lunch, the Minister of State said the list is a step forward in the language planning process as it relates to Gaeltacht Service Towns. “I hope that all of the stakeholders will come together in these towns to prepare and implement a language plan.”The list is being published following the public consultation process conducted by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in which recommendations were sought in relation to the most appropriate towns to be selected as Gaeltacht Service Towns.Údarás na Gaeltachta or Foras na Gaeilge, as appropriate, will be working with the relevant organisations to prepare and implement language plans in these towns, depending on whether the town is situated in a Gaeltacht area or outside of the Gaeltacht.The Minister of State said: “It has been agreed with Foras na Gaeilge and with Údarás na Gaeltachta that the focus will first be on Galway City, Letterkenny and Daingean Uí Chúis.” Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, Gaeltacht Service Towns are defined as those towns situated in or adjacent to Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas and which have a significant role in providing public services, recreational, social and commercial facilities for those areas.A total of 26 Gaeltacht Language Planning Areas have been recognised for the purposes of the Act.The purpose of the Gaeltacht Act is to identify how to foster and reinforce the positive impact these towns can have on the Irish language as the community and family language of the Gaeltacht. The Gaeltacht has a significant cultural and economic impact on the towns which serve it. Similarly, those towns have a significant impact on the Gaeltacht itself.THREE DONEGAL TOWNS IN LINE TO BE NAMED GAELTACHT SERVICE AREAS was last modified: December 20th, 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:Donegal TowndungloeGaeltacht Service TownJoe McHughletterkennylast_img read more

South Africa’s election free and fair: AU

first_img9 May 2014 The African Union’s (AU’s) election observer mission has declared South Africa’s 2014 national and provincial elections as free, fair, transparent and credible. “The elections were also peaceful and reflect the wishes and aspirations of South Africans,” the mission said in its preliminary report on Friday. The mission will release its final and comprehensive report two months after the elections. Officials from the 54-member strong observer mission were deployed in all the nine provinces. Led by former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, the mission was made up of representatives from the Pan African Parliament, human rights groups and civil society from over 25 African countries. Releasing the report to the media in Pretoria, the deputy head of the mission, Ibrahim Fall, who is also a former assistant secretary-general to the United Nations, said they were pleased with the general political and electoral environment. Fall said the mission noted that the parties conducted themselves in accordance with the electoral law. “The general political and electoral environment was generally peaceful across the country, with voters being able to exercise their right to vote. “There was also a high level of tolerance between the contesting political parties and their supporters. The mission also noted the professionalism of the security forces,” he told journalists at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) national results centre in Pretoria. Regarding the preparedness of the IEC, the mission observed that the commission’s personnel were adequately trained in all aspects of the electoral process and demonstrated high levels of professionalism, competence and understanding of their roles and responsibilities. On polling stations and election materials, the team noted that most of the polling stations were located in public places, and that the commission had conveniently placed signposts to direct voters to these polling stations. Election materials were adequate in most of the polling stations visited and were deployed well in advance. However, a few incidents of inadequate voting material at some polling stations were observed. The mission also noted the special measures taken by the IEC to facilitate and assist special groups, including the elderly and people with disabilities, and was particularly impressed with the participation of women and youth in the elections, as well as with the use of technology. As the electoral process is yet to be concluded, the mission called on all stakeholders to continue to uphold peace and harmony across the country and await the final announcement of results. The IEC is due to declare the final results at 6pm on Saturday. Kufuor congratulated South Africa, saying the mission had taken lessons. “We commend the IEC and the people … They have shown commitment in their own processes … South Africa has set the bar high for other countries who have upcoming elections.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Eliminating Your Minimally Acceptable Personal Standards

first_imgThere is a certain quality and quantity of work that is minimally acceptable. Let’s equate this to a grade of C in school. Even though you pass the class, your grade suggests that you are doing just enough to get by, nothing more, nothing less. It’s a grade that suggests a lack of commitment, dispassion, and lack of direction.Minimally acceptable is mediocrity. There is no growth available to those who choose to just scrape by, those who sit in the parking lot waiting until precisely 8:00 AM to start working, unwilling to put in an extra few minutes of work. Minimally acceptable is a withholding of value, the kind that would make a difference in results—even if it would require more effort, more energy, and more commitment on your part.Even though you may be doing just enough, what is minimally acceptable to other people should not be minimally acceptable to you. There is no benefit, outside of comfort, for lowering your own personal standard to something less than what you are truly capable of. There is no reward for being mediocre, for trying to stay smack in the middle of the Gaussian distribution curve (what we know as a bell curve).There is this popular idea right now that your company is supposed to supply you with purposeful, meaningful work. This idea is no doubt something far greater than “increase shareholder value.” But it is only half correct, and it requires the other half to make a whole. The other half is that your work has purpose and meaning only when you invest those things in your work. When your personal standard is excellence when the minimally acceptable is no longer acceptable to you, then your work becomes something different than your job, your profession becomes something different than your job title.The rewards in all their forms accrue to those who give themselves over to something, insisting that their personal standard is the bar, refusing to withhold value, and refusing to do what is minimally acceptable. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Ghost streets and deserted booths mark Srinagar bypoll

first_imgGhost highways and young men armed with stones and stationed in alleys were the dominating feature of the Lok Sabha byelection in Budgam district of central Kashmir on Sunday. It’s 11 a.m. at the Bagura High School polling station. Just 40 out of the 1,800 voters arrived early in the morning to cast their vote and left swiftly to avoid being held up by protesters in the vicinity. “The killing of three civilians at Chadoora in March acted as a spark in the powder keg. All five Assembly constituencies in Budgam saw protests all day,” Reyaz Ahmad, a lecturer who decided not to vote, said. At the Parinooo polling station around 11.30 a.m., no voter turned up. However, there was brisk polling in the Gujjar-dominated Khan Sahib area. The morning trickle of voters was followed by massive street protests in the major towns of Chadoora, Beerwah, Charar-e-Sharief and Khan Sahib. Eight persons died here and more than 50 were injured.Polling staff face ordealA presiding officer said many employees failed to reach the polling stations because of stone-throwing. Nissar Azim, a polling staff member, was injured when youth hurled rocks and a petrol bomb on his booth in Budgam. “Since morning, we have faced stone-throwing. Around 1 p.m., we decided to stop polling,” Mr. Azim said.Several vehicles carrying polling officials were damaged. The police fired in the air and lobbed teargas shells to safeguard booths and the polling staff all day. In several areas, the protesters denied the polling staff exit. Around 14 EVMs were damaged. “It’s the first time, since the 1990s, that I saw Budgam erupting this way. The district has become a new source of violence,” Khazir Ahmad, a village elder said.last_img read more