Dear Editor,An opinion survey conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) in the last week of January has found a nation fear struck by the spiraling crime situation — worried they would become victims of rampant criminality. The crime is impacting on social and religious activities with people saying they have curtailed evening movements. Almost everyone feels unsafe saying they are constantly watching over their back fearful of being a victim of the ongoing crime wave even in their own home or at work. The survey also found widespread disapproval of the government’s negotiation and acceptance of the US $18 M bonus from Exxon as well as how the government handled the money (seeking to secretly stash it away).The survey interviewed 490 individuals to represent the ethnic diversity (41 per cent Indians, 30 per cent Africans, 18 per cent Mixed, 10 per cent Amerindians, one per cent others) of the population. The findings, analysed at a significance level of 95 per cent, has a margin of error of four per cent.Sincerely,Vishnu Bisram
The long awaited tax exempted overtime for workers attached to the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) will soon be realised, following intervention by the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence made the announcement at a meeting with Junior Minister Keith Scott, Chief Labour Office Charles Ogle and BCGI officials on Thursday at the Ministry’s Brickdam office.The meeting was a response to concerns raised by stakeholders when both Ministers Lawrence and Scott visited the Bauxite Company to inspect the working conditions under which the workers were exposed.Upon returning to Georgetown, Minister Lawrence met with Finance Minister Winston Jordan to discuss the tax exempted overtime. “I did meet with the Minister of Finance… the workers will be given the tax exemption on overtime,” she said during the meeting.According to an article from the Government Information Agency (GINA), the workers noted that their greatest concern was not being afforded the opportunity to have a union of their choice.But BCGI Senior Safety Officer Linden Prince remarked that management was never approached by employees for Union representation, nonetheless, after discussions, the company committed to provide workers the opportunity to have a union of their choice.Other concerns raised over the past several years included workers being compelled to complete tasks without the company having the necessary equipment to do the job; staff working for in excess of five years and receiving no raise in pay; staff reporting sick, receiving pay eight hours for a three-day period but upon resumption, money is deducted from their salary; poor ventilation in office areas; and no occupational safety and health representatives or committee, among several other issues.In response to the issues raised, BCGI’s management said the Company has no knowledge of workers being compelled to complete tasks without the company having the necessary equipment to do the job.The company’s management said wages and salary increases are provided annually to all regular employees and contractors; however the Social Protection team advised that the company correct any actions that are detrimental to the occupational health and safety of the workers.Moreover, Minister Lawrence emphasised the need for the company to work together with the Government to ensure that both the Company and employees are protected under Guyana’s law.
A Lindener accused of four counts of break and enter and larceny was remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse on Wednesday, when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that Marvelous Stull broke and entered the home of June Cumberbatch at 1218 Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden and stole 00 on Tuesday, June 21.It is also alleged that he broke and entered the home of Fabian Anthony at Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward on Friday, August 5 and stole a flat screen LG smart television valued 9,226 and a desktop computer and CPU valued 8,871, property of Anthony.It is further alleged that he broke and entered the home of Sonita McLean at Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward on Monday, August 8 and stole ,000 in cash.Further, it is alleged that the accused broke and entered the home of Janet Henry at Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward on Monday July 23, with intent to commit a felony. The accused was remanded to prison and the matter adjourned until September 28.
Once again, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has reported a reduction in serious crime – this time a 21 per cent decrease – at the end of September 2016, when compared to the same period last year.According to the Police Force, in its monthly statistics for September, there was a nine per cent decline in reports of murder cases with 105 cases in 2016, relative to the same period last year which had 115 cases listed.With regards to robberies, it was disclosed that gun-related robberies saw a five per cent decrease with 563 cases this year compared to 592 cases last year; while there was a 17 per cent decline in robberies with other instruments, which recorded 235 cases this year against 284 last year. Additionally, robberies with no instruments saw a 15 per cent reduction with 33 cases in 2016 compared to 39 in 2015; while robberies with violence recorded a 25 per cent decrease with 76 cases in this year against 102 last year, and robberies with aggravation reduced by four per cent, recording 52 cases this year and 54 in 2015.Meanwhile, larceny from the person also saw a 33 per cent decrease with 93 cases in 2016, compared to 139 last year. The declining pattern continued with a 13 per cent reduction in burglary, with 171 cases this year against 197 in 2015; and a 21 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny with 965 cases recorded this year when compared to 1226 cases last year.Moreover, there was a 19 per cent decline in rape cases during the comparative period between this year, which recorded 204 cases, and last year when 251 cases were listed.Furthermore, the Police Force reported that some 67 illegal firearms were seized during this period; that is, 29 pistols, 21 revolvers and 17 shotguns. Last year, a total of 89 firearms were seized by the Police.It was reported too that the Force has maintained consistency in clearing up serious crime cases from January to September. During this time, there were 2497 cases reported of which 535 were cleared up, thus reflecting 21 per cent.According to the Force, the consistent and continuous reduction in serious crimes is an indication that the strategies are working well, have yielded and will continue to yield positive results, thereby assuring all citizens that their collaborative effort in partnering with law enforcement is vital.It added that exposure to training both locally and internationally continues to be a priority at all levels of the Force. In this regard, some 97 officers and other ranks during January to September of this year benefited from overseas training in all aspect of policing.This includes: training to combat human trafficking for judicial authorities, victim identification, referral, and assistance and public corruption and ethics.The Force continues to report on a monthly basis, a declining pattern despite crime appearing to be spiralling out of control with an almost daily occurrence of armed robberies throughout the country.In fact, when questioned at a press conference two weeks ago about the public perception that crime might be on the increase and not declining as being touted by the Force, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had explained that the situation is not as extreme as being perceived.“I have released the figures, and I fully understand some people saying there is a dark side of crime, (but) perception is nine-tenth of reality. There is a perception out there but I think some people are taking it too far to say there is a crime situation… Its not a crime situation,” he posited.Nevertheless, Ramnarine urge Guyanese to take extra steps to ensure their safety even in the comfort of their homes.
SACRAMENTO – About one in three of the state’s worst-performing schools will get a share of nearly $3 billion in funding dedicated to helping them improve academic achievement. Although around 1,455 schools are eligible for the money, only 500 will receive funding for the seven-year program so the money can be targeted to the neediest schools for a greater impact, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said Monday. “This is not the panacea, but this is a targeted, strategic investment in schools that need the most help,” O’Connell said. The $2.9 billion package is part of a deal between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state’s largest teachers union, the California Teachers Association, to help settle a lawsuit over money the governor borrowed from schools to balance the 2004-05 budget. Most of the money will be used to hire more teachers to reduce class sizes, a strategy O’Connell said has proven to be one of the best ways to raise academic achievement. But others, including the California School Boards Association, note that while smaller class sizes are popular with parents, most comprehensive education studies have not shown improved student performance based on smaller classes, particularly beyond the third grade. “Class-size reduction, especially in the magnitude here, just is not an effective intervention,” CSBA assistant executive director Rick Pratt said. “The real key is what are the teachers going to do in those smaller classes.” O’Connell pointed to a state program that reduced ninth-grade English classes, in which he said participating schools showed improved test scores over a seven-year period. The state already spends around $1.7 billion a year to keep class sizes small in kindergarten through third grade. According to the Department of Education, the average class size in 2005-06 ranged from 19.2 in second grade to 29.8 in some high school classes. Schools that get a share of the $2.9 billion will have to keep class sizes to no more than 20 students per teacher in kindergarten through third grade and no more than 25 to 27 per teacher in core subjects through the 12th grade. The law authorizing the one-time funds, which the Legislature passed last summer and Schwarzenegger signed, includes a requirement for an independent evaluation of the program at least twice. CTA President Barbara Kerr said the details of the evaluation are still being worked out. Participating schools will be required to meet or exceed the state’s academic performance targets every year. Schools that don’t meet those goals won’t face a loss of funding, O’Connell said. Instead, intervention teams of experts will be sent to those schools for a “collaborative process” to work with the school’s leaders to improve them, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
To start the second quarter, the Lakers tried a strange lineup, and it didn’t work at all. Their only starter on the floor was 19-year-old Andrew Bynum, with Evans, Brian Cook, Sasha Vujacic and Shammond Williams. Cook, Vujacic and Williams had played a combined 16 minutes Tuesday in a loss the Denver. The Clippers pounced on that lineup with an 11-0 run to go ahead 39-22 with 8:47 left in the second quarter. Lakers coach Phil Jackson finally called timeout and sent in four new players, but the damage was done as the Clippers led 57-42 at halftime despite only four first-half points from Elton Brand. Brand finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and sixassists. Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed concern about the officiating. “Kobe took a lot of shots, probably too many in a situation where we had to move the ball,” he said. “He wasn’t getting any foul calls.” Bryant’s scoring has been magnificent of late. He averaged 40.4 points in March and with Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, is one of only three players to average more than 40points in a month. But it was the Clippers who had all the firepower on Wednesday. “We have more weapons than a lot of teams right now,” Kaman said. “But the question is if we can get all of our weapons firing at the same time.” The Lakers lead the season series 2-1 with their final meeting coming April 12. firstname.lastname@example.org. (562) 499-1338 If there were any lessons learned at Staples Center on Wednesday night, one was that Kobe Bryant can’t always save the Lakers. The other was that only two weeks remain in the NBA’s regular season and the Clippers and Lakers are moving in opposite directions. Holding Bryant to 29 points on 13-of-34 shooting and only threeassists, the Clippers still nearly blew a 19-point lead, but held on for a 90-82 victory, their third consecutive. “He just missed some shots, man,” Clippers guard Cuttino Mobley said of Bryant. “Kobe’s Kobe. Some nights, it’s going to be like this. Some nights, he’s just not going to miss. I’m glad we caught him on a night like that.” The Clippers scored only 15points in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers never led in the second half. The Lakers pulled to within a point at 79-78 with 5:03left when Maurice Evans made a 3-pointer, but the Clippers responded with a 7-0 run to build their lead to 86-78 with 3:13 left, and the Lakers got no closer than four the rest of the way. “Our guys in the fourth quarter did a great job defensively, locking down,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “In the last twominutes, I thought we were particularly strong. That’s the way we need to play. That’s the way we’re capable of playing. That’s what we’ve been looking for, and that’s what we’ve been getting.” All five Clipper starters scored in double-figures. Corey Maggette led them with 22points, six rebounds and sixassists, and Cuttino Mobley, who guarded Bryant for most the night, had 18 points, sevenassists and five rebounds. Chris Kaman also had an outstanding performance with 17points and 14 rebounds. The Lakers have lost four of five, while the Clippers have won seven of eight. The Clippers are still in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoff race, remain onegame behind seventh-place Denver and moved 1 1/2 games behind the sixth-place Lakers. The Clippers got back to .500 for the first time since Feb.9.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea skipper John Terry wants a new contract – but the Blues are yet to start talks. (Daily Star)Andrea Pirlo as told Paul Pogba, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, to resist the lure of a Premier League return and stick with Juventus. (The Sun)Manchester United and Arsenal target Benedikt Howedes admits his “goal” is to play in England. (Daily Mirror)Kyle Walker is also on the Red Devils’ wishlist as Louis van Gaal eyes summer move for Tottenham right back. (Daily Mail)Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert revealed how close he came to signing for Aston Villa on transfer deadline day. (The Sun)Marseille have lined up a replacement for Andre-Pierre Gignac, paving the way to a Arsenal or Liverpool transfer. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – ‘Honesty is the best policy’ – Warburton reveals reasons behind Brentford exitExclusive – Warburton could be England manager one day, claims Brentford goalkeeper Exclusive – Sheringham will NOT want to follow Allardyce as West Ham boss, feels former teammateBlow for Man United and Arsenal! Athletic Bilbao defender plays down exit talkCeltic could lose on-loan Manchester City star to LazioVideo: Manchester City and Man United to battle for this £33m star?
Raheem Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick in stoppage time with the goal that would have sent City through, but VAR ruled it out for offside against Sergio Aguero in the build-up.“It was from hell to heaven,” said Alderweireld. “I was thinking we can’t concede in that moment, we knew what we had thrown (it away).“I think we were a little bit angry in that moment but then we saw the ref going back saying, ‘Offside’.“It was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it on the pitch. For the neutral fans it was an unbelievable night.”Alderweireld will now face his old club Ajax in the last four.“I think (it’s like) going back home. I had a wonderful time there.“It is an unbelievable semi-final for us and we know it is a top team to beat.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled his players “heroes” for fighting against adverse circumstances to make the last four of the European Cup for just the second time in the club’s history.Spurs have not signed a new player for over a year and played the majority of the campaign at temporary home Wembley before the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium opened last month.However, Dele Alli believes they have proved on the field they deserve to be considered among the European elite.“We have proved we deserve to be here at the top, amongst the top teams in the world,” said the England midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Heaven sent: Toby Alderweireld celebrates Tottenham’s progress to the Champions League semi-finals © AFP / Anthony DevlinMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld went from “hell to heaven” when VAR denied Manchester City a late winner to send Spurs into the Champions League semi-finals.City won Wednesday’s second leg 4-3 on the night, but Tottenham prevailed on away goals after winning the first leg 1-0 last week.
LETTERKENNY Rovers are through to the last eight of the FAI Intermediate Cup after a 2-1 win over Midleton of Cork today.Paul McVeigh hit a stunning opener in the 10th minute to help send the Donegal outfit into the quarter finals of the competition for the first time in 12 years.Darren McElwaine added a second goal 25 minutes later after a mistake in the Midleton defence. The visitors pulled a goal back eight minutes into the second half but tried in vain to break through the Rovers defence again, but failed.Rovers victory at the Aura was fully deserved, they played the better football throughout and dealt with a barrage of long balls in the second half. SUPER ROVERS INTO LAST EIGHT OF FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP was last modified: January 24th, 2016 by John2Share 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:fai intermediate cupLetterkenny RoversMidleton
THE week-long Donegal Summer School of Music came to an end today with a series of superb performances from the 189 students who took part.The orchestra in this video was only formed last Monday.But under the watchful eye of Elaine Agnew, they performed four stunning pieces to a packed audience at Loreto College in Letterkenny where the Music School has been based for the past week.Next stop for Elaine is a BBC Proms performance at the London Olympics. Tutors from Co Donegal and from across Ireland and the UK helped local students of all ages and abilities over the past week.We will have more videos from today’s concerts over the weekend.Click to play>DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAY ‘MAC THE KNIFE’ was last modified: July 14th, 2012 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:DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAY ‘MAC THE KNIFE’