#JaVotes2016: No cooking gas, no vote

first_img Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.last_img

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Ellen Dishes Out US$16,780 to 750 Graduates

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has given US$16,780 to 750 graduates of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) to express how impressed she was about their achievements in several technical and vocational training professions.She gave out the cash prizes on Saturday, June 27, during the 10th graduation exercise of MVTC.The President gave the over-all dux of the entire class, Dogba Kollie – US$200 as “cash of appreciation” for his achievement under the tough, 18 month training program.The amount of US$100 was given to each of the 20 students who were certificated for “excellent performance.”The remaining students, 729 of them, were given US$20 each also to appreciate their efforts.This is the first time since the outbreak and eradication of the Ebola virus that the President has dished out such an amount of money to graduates.The President’s appreciation of the students was buttressed by Madam Cyvette Gibson, the Mayor of Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) with the immediate employment of Dogba Kollie, an auto mechanic technician, and Madam Otilla Nimely, the only female and one of the duxes of the air-condition and refrigerator department.President Sirleaf expressed thanks and appreciation to the management and staff of MVTC and donors for the improvement thus far.“I am happy for you all – technocrats, because before I became a politician, I was once a technocrat,” the President said to a round of applause from the audience.“I am only disappointed on the low enrollment of females and I hope the Minister of Gender and Children Protection and Social Welfare will strategize for more women to attend the MVTC. Well done, well done,” the President waved and smiled.According to statistics, out of the 750 graduates, 664 students or 89% are males, while 86 students, 11%, are females.The statistics further indicated that in three departments- mechanical, building trades and electrical, there were more students in the electrical department, followed by mechanical and building trades. The keynote speaker, Madam Sheila Paskman, called the predominantly male graduates – as the fabulous future leaders of the country.On behalf of US Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Deputy US Ambassador said the graduates are essential in the building of the country’s social and economic fabric.She urged them to be innovative to serve as agents of change.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nephew jailed for pawning uncle’s property

first_imgNeville Haynes was on Friday sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly after he admitted to fraudulently converting household items belonging to his uncle and valuing $670,000.A smiling Neville HaynesThe Prosecution’s case was that, on April 10, the household items were entrusted to Neville Haynes by Orin Haynes for safe keeping after Orin Haynes was asked to leave his ex-wife’s home. Neville Haynes agreed to keep the items until his uncle returned.Upon returning one month later, Orin Haynes learnt that his nephew had been in custody, charged with assault. He later visited the accused at the station, and while there, he inquired about the items he had left with him and was told, “It deh home”.Orin Haynes later went to the location to collect his items, but was given a receipt which stated that the items had been pawned by the accused.He reported the matter to the Police, and Neville Haynes was charged.last_img read more

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Caricom to lobby US Govt over banks withdrawal

first_imgComing out of the 37th Caricom Heads of Government Meeting held earlier this week in Guyana, regional Leaders have decided to lobby the United States Government to intervene and stop the country’s banks, which have been ending corresponding relations with indigenous banks in the Caribbean over money laundering concerns.During the final leg of the Caricom caucus, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness updated the meeting on discussions over the two days. He noted that the issue of correspondent banking has affected all the countries in the Region.In this regard, the Jamaican PM declared that the Conference has come to an agreement to lobby the US Government on the matter: “We have advanced on this matter in terms of agreeing that we should seek to lobby directly to the US Government.”Additionally, the Jamaica Leader outlined that member States also resolved to increase their voices in various international forums, as well as to enlist the support of friendly countries on their behalf.According to Holness, the issue has the potential of seeing the Caribbean being locked out from the international financial system if it is not addressed immediately. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister stated that steps are afoot to ensure that member States are compliant with the relevant Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws in order to avoid de-risking.“We feel that we are taking the necessary steps to comply – all countries are moving apace with compliance and internally, we have encouraged each other to, as quickly as possible, meet the compliance requirements,” he remarked.However, the Jamaica PM noted that at the same time, it should be recognised that there are those countries that are in compliance and should therefore be rewarded for facing the threat of a correspondent bank pulling out its services.Moreover, when asked, Holness opted not to provide a figure as to how many corresponding banks have cut ties with the Region but stressed that several banks have pulled out from various countries across the Caribbean.The Jamaica Leader went on to highlight the issue is not only about the ending of correspondent banking relations but also the threat of it and the uncertainty it adds to financial transactions in the Region.“Certainly, in Jamaica we know of at least one case where we have lost a correspondent bank and the burden it imposes, the uncertainty. But we are doing everything to move apace with compliance and Jamaica would be amongst those countries that have complied at this stage,” he remarked.Caricom’s final decision to lobby the US Government comes on the heels of St Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet cautioning that such a move would be fruitless; instead, they should seek help of US companies and individuals with ties to the region.According to the St Lucian Prime Minister, the region must stop thinking that it has to solve this problem alone. He pointed out that there are a number of multinational companies in the US such as airlines, cruise industries, suppliers and individuals who own their homes – who have a vested interests in the region and who know exactly how to lobby their government.“The idea of us going to Washington DC by ourselves is a tried and tested failure. We must be able to bring more people to the argument and we must do it urgently,” Chastanet stated in his presentation at the opening of the Heads of Government Conference on Monday.Foreign Banks, particularly those in the US, have been withdrawing from their relationships with indigenous Caribbean banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds, which would cause them to receive heavy fines from regulators.However, the Caribbean banking institutions rely on such relationships in order to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. Since last year the Region has been facing the impact of de-risking and the issue has been occupying the attention of Regional policy-makers, following signals by international banks that they are unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks.This situation is called de-risking and poses dire consequences for the region including crushing impacts on the wider economy.De-risking in the Caribbean came into the limelight last year when the Belize Bank was cut off by the Bank of America and one of the two banks in Montserrat experienced the same fate. In addition, the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, just recently confirmed that the Bank of America has also ended its correspondent banking relations with Guyana about a month ago.However, Dr Ganga assured that there is no need to panic since Guyana is already in talks with other overseas banks that are interested in offering correspondent banking services to local financial institutions.Some of the areas that affected because of de-risking are: transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade, and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients.The Caribbean Development Bank quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services, with the Caribbean being the worst affected.last_img read more

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Thirkettle eyes good night at Irwindale

first_imgThe Super Late Models return to Irwindale Speedway tonight for the second race of the season. Thirkettle said it was his best opening night in a long time. He finished with a top 10, but more importantly didn’t wreck his car on opening night. There have been times in the past when his opening nights ended in wrecks, followed by costly repairs. Thirkettle is driving a car owned by Loren Fancy, whose son Cory is driving in the Super Late Model division as well. It’s an underfunded team with few resources, but Thirkettle said he wanted a new challenge. After testing at the track last week, Thirkettle said his team is improving and showing signs of challenging for wins. “I’m not feeling it yet,” Thirkettle said. “But I’m closer to having that feeling.” David Beat won the Super Late Model season opener, but Thirkettle said Michels might be the top driver in the division. Michels set fast time in qualifying for the season opener and led the first 25 laps of the race, but a bolt came loose in his car’s engine and he ended up finishing 27th. Newhall’s Travis Thirkettle surprised himself a little bit with the way he finished the NASCAR Super Late Model season opener at Irwindale Speedway two weeks ago. He was sixth in the race and was part of a pack of drivers who were able to separate themselves from the field. Thirkettle finished ahead of some very talented drivers, including former track champions Rod Johnson of Canyon Country, Rip Michels of San Fernando and Van Knill of Tucson, Ariz. “I’m pretty happy with where we finished,” said Thirkettle, who won the track’s Late Model championship last year. “We finished ahead of a lot of good guys, and I didn’t expect to.” “Rip Michels is where our targets are set,” Thirkettle said. One of the reasons Thirkettle said he thinks Michels was so fast in qualifying and early in the race was because of the new Hoosier tire teams in the division. It’s the same tire Michels used when he was racing on the NASCAR Southwest Series the past three years. “It’s a factor, I think,” Thirkettle said. “It’s one of the reasons Rip has a big edge right now.” As for tonight’s race at Irwindale Speedway, Thirkettle said he wants to repeat what he did on opening night. He would be happy with another top 10, perhaps even a top five, finish. But he wants to finish the race with the car in one piece and continue to pursue a win in the top division at Irwindale Speedway. “I’m excited about running this weekend,” Thirkettle said. The NASCAR Super Trucks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and Pure Stock figure 8s are also scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Joe Herold of Poway won the season opening Super Trucks race. Pat Mintey of Quartz Hill was second; Joe Anderson of Valencia was third, Brian Reed of Castaic was ninth and Connor Cantrell of Valencia was 10th. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. American Le Mans Series: After winning the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, things did not work out so well for the Andretti Green Racing team in St. Petersburg, Fla. Valencia’s Bryan Herta had to nurse his Acura-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing to a 21st place in the Acura Sports Car Challenge last weekend. His teammate, Marino Franchitti, made contact with the wall and caused damage to the rear wing after the team was leading the race in the early laps. He later collided with driver Ryan Briscoe and crashed into a tire barrier. “I’m disappointed for the whole Andretti Green Racing team,” said Franchitti, who was making his season debut for the team in St. Petersburg. “The XM Satellite Radio Acura was fantastic even with the little problems that we had.” Herta, who with drivers Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti won the 12 Hours of Sebring, took over driving duties in the team’s Acura in St. Petersburg after Marino Franchitti crashed into the wall and with Briscoe. “I have to thank the crew,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “They worked really hard to repair the damage, and we just got it done in time to complete enough laps to earn some points.” Herta came out of the St. Petersburg race third in points in the American Le Mans Series LMP2 division standings. He is five points behind Penske Racing teammates Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard. They finished fourth overall, second in class, at St. Petersburg. “By the time I got into the XM Satellite Radio Acura, all I could do was try to finish enough laps to get us some points,” Herta said. “Luckily, we were able to do that because it helps in the championship, so this doesn’t hurt us so bad.” The Highcroft Racing team of David Brabham, Stefan Johansson and Duncan Dayton was the highest-finishing Acura team. They were fifth overall, second in the LMP2 division. The Acura-powered Lowe’s Fernandez Racing team of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz was sixth overall, third in LMP2. Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita, designs and develops the Acura engines for the three teams in the American Le Mans Series. The next American Le Mans Series race is April 14, part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Giggs hopeful of full recovery for stricken mentor Ferguson

first_img0Shares0000Ryan Giggs was part of all 13 of Alex Ferguson’s Premier League winning sides © AFPLondon, United Kingdom, May 6 – Manchester United’s most decorated player Ryan Giggs led another day of well wishes from the world of football for his legendary former manager Alex Ferguson following the Scot’s emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson, 76, won 38 trophies in just over 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before retiring in 2013. United have offered no update on Ferguson’s condition since saying a procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”, but that a period of intensive care is needed to optimise his recovery.Wales manager Giggs was part of all 13 of Ferguson’s title-winning sides in a 24-year playing career at Old Trafford.“Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full recovery,” Giggs told BBC Wales.“He has been the biggest influence in my career, both on and off the pitch.“I know the operation has been a success – but he is a fighter and that is what makes me think that he will be able to make a recovery.”United defender Phil Jones is also positive on Ferguson’s chances of making a full recovery, despite admitting to being “devastated” by the news of his ill health.“(I am) just devastated, absolutely devastated,” said Jones, who was signed for United by Ferguson in 2011.A global impact: messages have poured in from around the world wishing former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy recovery following emergency for a brain haemorrhage © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL“He is such a legend in my eyes. He is the one who brought me to the club and gave me that opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s taken me under his wing like a father and it was shocking.“It’s sad, but I know his character. I know he has that fight in him. Hopefully he’ll recover well.”United midfielder Juan Mata admitted news of Ferguson’s condition had a “huge impact” on the current squad.“This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine,” Mata wrote in his blog.“All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.”United thanked the many well-wishers, including the likes of rival managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who spoke of their admiration for Ferguson.– ‘Strong man’ –Wenger enjoyed a long, and at times fractious rivalry with Ferguson as they battled for Premier League supremacy in the first decade of the Frenchman’s 22-year reign in charge of Arsenal. However, they later became friends and with Wenger leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, Ferguson presented his old adversary with a memento on his final visit to United’s Old Trafford ground just last weekend.Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger enjoyed an epic rivalry with Alex Ferguson on the pitch, but was among those to wish the Scot a speedy recovery © AFP / Paul ELLIS“I was with him on the pitch last week. I went to see him in the box after the game and he looked in perfect shape,” said Wenger, after his final home game as Arsenal boss.“He told me he is doing a lot of exercise, and he looked very happy but that kind of accident can happen. We wish him all well and to recover very quickly. He is a strong man and an optimistic man.”Sunday saw runaway winners Manchester City receive the Premier League trophy. But local rivalries were forgotten as a banner was held aloft by City fans reading: “Football aside get well Fergie” as supporters spilled onto the pitch at full-time of a scoreless draw with Huddersfield.“All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best for an amazing person,” said City boss Guardiola.On the streets of Manchester on Monday there was huge respect from both sets of fanbases for Ferugson’s achievements.“He will always be the greatest manager in Premier League history – and I’m saying that as a City fan,” Dan Holland told AFP. “I’ve got mad respect for him.”Giggs was just one of many youngsters that Ferguson nurtured from the United academy to stardom on the international stage.“He’s taken English football to the pinnacle of world football. The amount of trophies he won not just nationally, but internationally, all the European Cups he’s won as well,” said United fan Ben Montgomery.“Also the fact he’s brought talents to England and shown that you can actually use homegrown talent right through to the first team – look at David Beckham for example.”Ferguson famously described his mission upon joining United from Aberdeen in 1986 as knocking Liverpool “off their perch”.He duly did so as United overtook Liverpool as the most successful side in English domestic football.“When I heard the news yesterday I really couldn’t believe this could happen. He is absolutely the boss,” said Liverpool manager Klopp after his side’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. “I wish him the best.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS NOTES

first_imgSEAN MAC CUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES 16/07/12RESULTSUnder 10’s took on St Eunans and Buncrana in a Blitz on Saturday in O’Donnell Park. With a few key players missing they put up a valiant display with Thomas McMenamin and Daniel Gordon along with pete Byrne were the outstanding players for the A’s and Amy McGuirk and Catherine Gallagher shining for the B’s a great display by all. The highlight of the day was the drenching of Minor board chairman John Burke by the youngsters. Donegal Vs DownCongratlations to Donegal on thier second Ulster Championship although our own Martin O’Reilly didn’t feature our neighbours own Frank McGlynn played a man of the match performance and scored a well deserved goal. Hopefully Jim and the coaching staff can take us all the way. MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 2,11,12,30There was no match 3 winner. Sean Farrah, Aiden Heeney and Jim McNamee win €30 each€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsNext week’s Jackpot is €1,300 IF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 6.00pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899 Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.00 on Training pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys.Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00.All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls football 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058FOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35.Also we have new gear bags for sale. €15.These can be purchased from the club on Tue and Wed at 7.00pmSIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS NOTES was last modified: July 23rd, 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)Tags:Sean MacCumhaills noteslast_img read more

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DONEGAL BUSINESSES GO TO WAR OVER ‘ILLEGAL’ RECYCLING CENTRE

first_imgTwo Donegal businesses have gone to war with eachother over a recycling centre which one claims is over-run with rats and flies.Recycled waste is on open display at the Inishowen siteHaulage boss Paul Bradley says he is outraged at the Inishowen Recycling Centre on the outskirts of Buncrana.He claims the site is not operating under the proper planning laws. Donegal County Council has confirmed it has started a new enforcement action against the centre.It also expressed surprise that the company obtained a household waste permit when it does not have the relevant planning permission.The owner Paul McLaughlin was given planning permission for a ‘materials recycling centre’ 12 years ago.The permission came with strict guidelines that it be fenced off by trees and that no materials be stacked outside. There are no tress planted and mounds of recycled waste is clearly in display at the site, says Mr Bradley.The haulage company boss claims the site is a serious health hazard, is an eye-sore and that it is infested with rats.A Donegal County Council spoekswoman said Mr McLaughlin had been fined before the district courts in 2006 for operating his premises outsides of its conditions.However Mr McLaughlin has maintained he is doing nothing wrong and said he does not need planning permission.He also claims he was visited by the Environmental Protection Agency and that they found nothing wrong with his operation. DONEGAL BUSINESSES GO TO WAR OVER ‘ILLEGAL’ RECYCLING CENTRE was last modified: March 23rd, 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:buncranafliesInishowen Recycling CentrePaul BradleyPaul McLaughlinratslast_img read more

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Draymond Green sidelined ‘the next few games’ with finger sprain

first_imgRuled out for Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, forward Draymond Green will miss more time with a sprain to his left index finger, leaving the Warriors with no healthy players who participated in last year’s Finals.Green, 29, tore a ligament in his left index finger during the first half of the Warriors’ 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday. While the injury isn’t as severe as those afflicting guards Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Klay Thompson (ACL), Warriors …last_img

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Eskom’s dollar bond in high demand

first_img24 January 2011 Eskom’s 10-year, US$1.75-billion bond – aimed solely at international investors – has been more than two-and-a-half times oversubscribed, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, calling it a sign of investor confidence in South Africa. “The oversubscription on the bond issuance demonstrates international investors’ confidence in Eskom and the South African government,” Gigaba said in Pretoria last week. “This is Eskom’s first dollar bond issue, and the pricing is extremely attractive for us,” Dames said. “It has been facilitated by the government’s strong support for Eskom, and we are within the cost of funding target set by Eskom’s regulators.” “We welcome the confidence that international investors have shown in Eskom,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames, adding that the offer was “an important part of our funding programme. The proceeds will be used to fund our committed capital expansion programme, and so help to keep the lights on for all South Africans. The oversubscription follows roadshows conducted in the US, UK and Europe. The US$1.75-billion (about R12.3-billion) bond is only available to foreigners, and may not be sold to investors in South Africa. Funding capital expansioncenter_img Gigaba said the government’s support of Eskom had helped to lower the utility’s risk profile and had provided the foundation for Eskom once more to be able to raise funding off its own balance sheet. Source: BuaNews Ratings agencies, including Moody’s and Fitch, have responded favourably to the government’s decision to increase guarantees for Eskom debt to a total of R350-billion, up from R176-billion. Lowering risk profile “We hope that this trend will persist as other state-owned enterprises approach the market to raise funds for their capital expansion programmes, as this will serve to reduce pressure on the fiscus,” Dames said, adding that completion of the utility’s build programme was critical for ensuring security of electricity supply in South Africa.last_img read more

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