#JAVotes2016: ‘Wi done wid politics war’ – Tel Aviv/South Side residents

first_imgLocated just metres from each other, supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) stronghold in Parade Gardens – otherwise called Tel Aviv and those of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in South Side remained calm as they prepared to cast their votes early this morning. The two communities have been at political loggerheads for decades, but residents have said that the rivalry is now more gang – related. According to residents, there has been no recent politically related incident, but they are concerned about the state of shooting that has occurred in the area in recent weeks. “The gang rivalry still deh bout, but no politics. We dun wid dem ting deh long time. We are all friends,” Sandra Ellis said.last_img read more

MP calls for programmes to tackle child sexual abuse cases

first_img…after 2018 half-year figures risePeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Vindhya Persaud has decried the reduced allocations to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) in the 2019 Budget.This comment was concurrently made what another offender was found guilty and handed a life imprisonment sentence in the Sexual Offences Court at the Supreme Court for raping a one-year-old toddler.Speaking on Thursday, Dr Persaud told members of the National Assembly of the alarming reports of child sexual abuse in Guyana, highlighted that 418 cases werePPP/C MP, Dr Vindhya Persaudalready recorded for 2018.“We cannot be immune to the paedophilia that occurs and we read about in the newspapers. Over 4000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in 2017.For this year along in the first six months, 481 cases; when will we wait, before it gets to a 1000 before a comprehensive programme is rolled out?” the MP questioned.She stated that Social Protection Minister Amna Ally “did not mention” those numbers in her last Budget speech, adding that it was a “very thin document.” In fact, the PPP/C member stressed that she has been saying the same things over and over to no avail.“I sound like a broken record when every year I keep asking for counsellors in school. I have asked for specialists to provide therapy for children who are suffering from post-trauma disorder of abuse and sexual abuse. By the Minister of Social Protection’s admission, there is one psychologist in the whole country. There are 88 case workers that service the children’s home and centres,” she expressed.“Clearly, the Child Care and Protection Agency needs more money as was espoused at a recent meeting, needs more financing but what is the money being used for – fences and the CC&PA capital budget has been slashed by 50 per cent. Is this how we take care of our children?” Persaud quipped.She is of the view that Guyana’s health sector is “caught in the troughs of mismanagement”, having noted that there are “crippling shortages” which are paralysing the health sector. She stated that there is a lack of transparency which dogs the Public Health Ministry. She added that rather than expending sums on children and those vulnerable in society, Government rather spends funds on cultural celebrations among other “unnecessary” expenditures.“What bothers me and what is bizarre in the lengthy budget is that pensioners, women, children, youth, the sugar workers have zero to miniscule allocations but compare that $713.6 for the provision of furniture under Citizenship and Immigration Services. Adding $5000 to the pension would be half of this amount. $350 million for Jubilee Republic initiatives under the Ministry of Social Cohesion but I certainly don’t see the social cohesion happening. But should we do that by more frenzied and unnecessary spending at the cost of the taxpayers.I think taxpayers want some money in their pocket, they will forgo an arch or two,” she said.She expressed that none of the aforementioned expenses contribute to the growth and development of Guyana’s economy but noted that these expenditures are “stark reminders of waste, extravagance and the reality of economic instability and stagnation.”Up to June 2018, Guyana recorded an increase in reported cases of sexual abuse against children as was noted by Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Green. Green had outlined that she believed the high number exposed itself only due to intensive work by the department.She had encouraged that more persons report abuse as she noted the half-year numbers were just ‘tip of the ice berg’ as abuse, especially sexual abuse, is often hidden and goes unreported.last_img read more

Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

first_imgRussia has been hit by a string of suicide bombings since winning the right to host the world’s most watched event in 2010.Some have been blamed on militants from the north Caucasus with ties to the Islamic State group in Syria.Russia’s military bases in the war-ravaged Middle East nation have also been targeted by deadly drone attacks this year.The possibility of someone using the increasingly ubiquitous devices to drop a bomb on a stadium is one Russia’s defence ministry is not taking lightly.Moscow’s RBK news site said army chief Valery Gerasimov issued orders in February to set up jamming stations outside the 12 stadiums that would make remotely operating a drone impossible.A source in the Russian defence ministry told RBK that some of the units are still classified as top secret and only available to the FSB security service.Others have reportedly been set up in Syria and spotted in east Ukraine by European monitors of the four-year conflict between Kiev forces and Russian-backed separatists.“Drones are an effective way to deliver two or three kilogrammes (one or two pounds) of TNT, land them on a target and detonate them,” former anti-terror officer Alexei Filatov told RBK.Russia has set up dozens of no-flight zones and other air space restrictions for the coming months.These cover not only the stadiums and 11 host cities but also training grounds and hotels that will be used by the 32 participating national teams.The transportation ministry has identified 41 locations around which all types of flights — from drones to planes — are prohibited.These stretch from anywhere between 500 metres (500 yards) and 10 kilometres (six miles).But operating a drone will be illegal within around 100 kilometres of any of the 11 host cities.Drone flights over Moscow are permanently banned.Russian state media have been issuing regular reporters in recent months of state security services conducting raids that led to the capture of alleged terror masterminds.President Vladimir Putin also took the unusual step in December of personally thanking US counterpart Donald Trump for providing intelligence that helped avert the bombing of a major cathedral in Saint Petersburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Luzhniki stadium in Moscow will host the opening match and the final of the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, May 21 – Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack.The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece.last_img read more

Chelsea plot move to sign Uruguay midfielder from Inter Milan

first_imgChelsea have set their sights on Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino.The 26-year-old moved to the San Siro from Fiorentina last summer as part of a deal worth over £20m. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sarri is a huge fan of Vecino having watched him in Serie A and he believes he could bolster Chelsea’s options.The Uruguay international is unlikely to come cheap, though, as Inter want to make a profit on what they shelled out last summer. Vecino is currently playing for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup crackers possible standings Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible xi England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 gameday cracker Latest Chelsea News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars smart causal REVEALED silverware Before that, the Uruguayan was a target for Tottenham but they were pipped to his signature by Inter.Vecino, however, could finally be about to get his move to England as – according to Mediaset Premium – Chelsea are chasing him.The Blues are expected to hire Maurizio Sarri as their new manager this summer and he wants to bring in the midfielder.last_img read more

BELGIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS ÚDARÁS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgTHE Belgian amabassador to Ireland Robert Devriese and his wife Lieve have been given a tour of the business park in Gaoth Dobhair.The couple met a number of senior Údarás na Gaeltachta officials and were invited to chat to several local entrepreneurs.Pictures from Clive Wasson. BELGIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS ÚDARÁS IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: June 23rd, 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:Gaoth DobhairÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

HAS ANYBODY SEEN ENDA? …..JARLA’S SIDEWAY VIEW

first_imgHAS ANYBODY SEEN ENDA? …..JARLA’S SIDEWAY VIEW was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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:cartoonistEnda KennyJarlalast_img read more

COUNCIL INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS

first_imgThird class of Lurgybrack National School.This school year more than 300 national school children are benefiting from the advice and experience of volunteers from Donegal County Council, who are teaching Junior Achievement programmes in their schools.These volunteers have helped the children gain a better understanding of the world they live in.Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s leading enterprise education organisation and Patricia Friel Co-ordinator of the programme in Donegal has said that she is delighted to have Donegal County Council involved. “Donegal County Council has supported this programme for a number of years now and it is great to have them on board. The volunteers from the Council, who are mostly employees, bring a different dimension to the programme and it is great for the children and the schools to get to know the Council staff so well and vice versa. Each volunteer works with one school at a time and delivers a specific programme over a six week period”Christina O’Donnell, a clerical officer in the Community, Development & Enterprise section of the Council taught the “Our City” programme in St. Patrick’s National School, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny with Ms. Green’s third class.Christina together with her students built a new city. The students constructed paper buildings and mapped out a city on the correct zoning. They also wrote class newspaper articles, planned their own restaurants, and examined the importance of the banks role in doing.“It is not just about teaching the children about how things actually work but it is about giving them the confidence and empowering them to use their own ideas and their own thoughts to shape how they would like their city to be and what is important to them. “It was great to see the children working together, developing and sharing their ideas and bringing their city to life” says Christina.There are 10 employees from Donegal County Council volunteering with schools throughout the county and any school interested in participating in this programme should contact Patricia Friel on pfriel@jai.ie COUNCIL INSPIRES A NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS

first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who broke into two pubs in Buncrana overnight.Hutton’s Bar (left) which was broken into overnight.The thieves broke into the premises on the town’s Main Street and got away with a considerable amount of spirits.The gang also stole a consignment of cigarettes from vending machines. The two bars which were targeted included Hutton’s Bar and O’Doherty’s Bar.The gang are understood to have gained entry to Hutton’s Bar through a skylight before getting away with a considerable amount of alcohol.Gardai are viewing CCTV as part of their investigation into the break-ins.They have also urged any members of the public who may have been offered cheap alcohol to contact them. Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin urged business owners and the public to be vigilant.“It’s tough enough for small business owners to make a living at the moment without being faced with a robbery.“I am appealing to business owner to ensure to take all the necessary precautions and also to the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to Gardai,” he said.  GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS was last modified: May 8th, 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:barsbuncranaburglarydonegalgangGardaiHutton’s BarO’Doherty’s Barlast_img read more

CASSIDY ON CLUB FIXTURES ISSUE -“TIME TO GROW A PAIR OF BALLS AND STAND UP FOR YOUR CLUB”

first_imgFormer Donegal player and two-time All-Star Kevin Cassidy had said it’s time for club players in the county to stand up and be counted, instead of bowing to the county senior set-up. Club players in the county face the prospect of having just ONE round of club fixtures between now and the end of August.The decision is scandalous according to Cassidy which he sees as yet another kick in the teeth for the ordinary club players who make huge sacrifices to turn out for their club all year round. Cassidy says with virtually no club football now on offer for clubs players in July and August the time has come for club players all across Donegal to stand up together and say enough is enough.Cassidy feels structures should be put in place at the start of the season so everybody knows when exactly they’ll be playing and says county management should have no say whatsoever in calling off club fixtures.Cassidy suggested that NO club games should be played the week before a county match and if a county player doesn’t want to turn out for his club then that should be his own prerogative.Cassidy wrote the following in his column with Gaelic Life. Last week the county board here in Donegal along with the clubs voted to put an end to club football altogether until the end of August. There will be one more league game played on the 26th of July and that will be it until the end of August. Having already taken the decision here last year not to play any club championship football until the county teams participation in the race for Sam is over they are now denying club players league football as well.“We are now left with the situation where there will be virtually no club football here in Donegal during the  months of July and August.“A new rule must be implemented in all counties where club games league and championship will be played right through the summer with county players expected to play for their clubs. A one week rule should be implemented when there will be no club football the week before county matches and at least everyone knows where they stand from the off.”And Cassidy, who was player-manager with his Gaoth Dobhair club last season, believes that the buck should stop with the county players when it comes to appearing for their clubs.“County management should have no say whatsoever in relation to getting games off or telling county players they are not allowed to play, if the county player doesn’t want to play himself them let him stand up in the dressing room surrounded by his mates and neighbours that he grew up with and tell them he doesn’t want to play for them and that he would rather save himself for the county team. “Without your club you would not have been given the opportunity to play at that level in the first place and when you make it at that level you become a role model and leader for younger players in your club so grow a pair of balls and stand up for your club.“This would put an end to the smoke and mirrors carry on which we have at the minute where everyone seems to be blaming each other for not being able to play.”CASSIDY ON CLUB FIXTURES ISSUE -“TIME TO GROW A PAIR OF BALLS AND STAND UP FOR YOUR CLUB” was last modified: July 9th, 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:Club Fixtures rowGAAgaelic lifeKevin CassidynewsSportlast_img read more

Call for criminals to get clear message under extended Twin Towns Text Alert

first_imgThe people of Ballybofey and Stranorlar are invited to meet tonight to organise extended coverage of the local Text Alert Scheme.A meeting at the Finn Valley Centre on Thursday 10th August at 8pm seeks to bring together volunteers to raises awareness of criminal activity in the area. Everyone is welcome to attend.Cllr Patrick McGowan said volunteers are needed to cover their own areas to ensure every house is signed up to the Text Alert Scheme. He said the meeting is to ensure that no Townland or Estate around Ballybofey and Stranorlar is left uncovered by the scheme. “Criminals have no trouble in finding areas to terrorise so let us look out for one another.”“Send a clear message to criminals,” Cllr McGowan said.For €10, those who register will receive text messages of suspicious activity in their area for an indefinite period.Information & Text Alert application Forms can be collected anytime from the BASE  Stranorlar 0749190909.  Call for criminals to get clear message under extended Twin Towns Text Alert was last modified: August 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyStranorlartext alerttwin townslast_img read more