Region 1’s scholarships in jeopardy

first_img…RDC paying students, but not guaranteed their return — Regional ChairA number of persons who have been “released” by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region One (Barima-Waini) to attend tertiary institutions across the country may not be returning to their communities to serve since their contractual agreements are now in question.Regional Chairman of Region One Brentnol AshleyThis is according to Regional Chairman of that Region, Brentnol Ashley, who told Guyana Times that outside of the contracts these persons would have signed with respective ministries in Government, they also sign one with the RDC.He added that some of the individuals are being victimised and are not receiving the support that they need to complete their studies.“Persons attending tertiary institutions such as the University of Guyana (UG) and, for instance, the various nursing schools across Guyana, the RDC decides a contractual agreement which these trainees or these persons who are granted with the regional release or the regional scholarship. In some cases, some of these programmes in the RDC are not honouring the obligations that have been placed by the RDC to assist and in a sense assure that those students will be returning”.According to Ashley, these beneficiaries are expected to return to serve in their communities as per the contractual agreement, but that at present, the situation is unpredictable since there is not much assurance that they will indeed return.“They are also expected that once they are going to be paid by the RDC for the time that they will be on training, to sign a regional contract in a regional context giving us the guarantee that when they finish, they will return. We are not getting the opportunity for the programme heads, inclusive of the Regional Executive Officer, to answer to the Council as to why they are undermining or superseding the decisions of the RDC in implementing their own decisions as against what the official decision makers are making”.Meanwhile, while touching on the issue of education within Region One, the Regional Chairman highlighted that although schools would have been officially closed for some three weeks, no developmental work has commenced.This, he noted, is worrying since such a period should be used to address infrastructural advancements at certain schools to avoid affecting students during their classroom hours.“Not a single school has commenced renovation, or even rehabilitation to those major schools, Waramadong, Port Kaituma Primary, Port Kaituma Secondary. Those are the areas that should be focused on in these two months because what I see, what we are in the view of, is that the administration of the region, the Regional administration would wait until September when school reopens and then want to disrupt the school”.Just a few days ago, Ashley had cited that the standstill in Region One and the hold up of crucial projects are by no means the fault of the RDC, but that the blame should be placed solely on the shoulders of the REO, Randolph Storm.“The REO is doing everything else except the job he needs to do pertaining to the implementation of the Region’s budget. We have not had a sitting of the RDC since April. The REO behaves as though as if he is not answerable to the RC or the councillors of the RDC. This has been causing problems as it relates to the administration of the region, causing problems to the implementation of the regional budget in certain aspects”.last_img read more

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Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Blues restore five point lead at the top

first_imgChelsea restored their five point lead at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable win over Arsenal in a niggly London derby.There were more bookings than shots on target as the Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the season in a contest that had plenty of bite but precious little in the way of goalmouth drama.Indeed, there was arguably more action on the touchline during the opening 45 minutes with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger having to be separated as their war of words escalated.Arsenal battled hard, but simply had no cutting edge in the final third as they failed to force a single save from either of the home side’s goalkeepers.Petr Cech replaced Thibaut Courtois midway through the first half after the Belgian was forced off with a head injury following a clash with Alexis Sanchez, an injury that necessitated a trip to a local hospital for tests, but the Gunners were unable to test the Czech stopper, who was making his first appearance in the Premier League this term.In truth, Wojciech Szczesny was rarely troubled either, but the Gunners No.1 was beaten twice following the two moments of genuine quality in the match.The opening goal came in the 26th minute when Eden Hazard burst into the penalty area at the culmination of a thrusting run into the heart of the Arsenal defence, and he was stopped only when Laurent Koscielny stuck out a leg to trip him.Referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and brandishing a yellow card for the French defender, and Hazard picked himself up to confidently send the goalkeeper the wrong way and roll the ball into the bottom corner.That gave the hosts the half-time advantage and, as they have done so often in the past, Mourinho’s side had little trouble in maintaining that lead.They also seemed to have little interest in adding to their tally, with Szczesny called into action only to make an instinctive stop to block when Calum Chambers deflected a cross towards his own goal.But 13 minutes from time the home side provided the killer blow as Diego Costa took his tally to nine goals in seven Premier League games as he continues to terrorise the top-flight in his debut season.Once again it was his countryman, Cesc Fabregas, who provided the opening with an inch perfect pass into his path, and the striker controlled the ball on his chest before lifting it over the advancing Szczesny with genuine aplomb.Defeat means Arsenal lose one record, as the only other Premier League side who went into this weekend unbeaten, and maintain another, with Wenger still waiting for his first victory over Mourinho in a competitive game. Diego Costa celebrates his goal against Arsenal with his Chelsea team-mates 1last_img read more

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Two people killed in Chatsworth crash

first_imgCHATSWORTH – Two people are dead after a four-car collision tonight near the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Chatsworth Street, officials said. The man and woman killed appeared to be in their 60s and were riding in the same vehicle, said d’Lisa Davies, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. A 56-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were taken to local hospitals complaining of minor back and neck pain, Davies said. The crash occurred about 5:55 p.m. and police have shut down traffic in both directions as investigators determine the cause. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Unbelievable volley! Man United misfit scores a stunner

first_imgManchester United lost 2-1 to Swansea City on Saturday but there was still reason to be cheerful for Louis van Gaal as an outcast gave him food for thought with an outrageous goal.Nani was sent on loan to Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal that took Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford, with the Portugal winger looking to rediscover his form of old.He’s had a pretty good season so far and he helped his side to a 2-0 Primeira Liga win over Gil Vicente with an unbelievable long-range volley.Nani, 28, picked up a throw-in from the right and, after nudging the ball with his head, unleashed a stunning shot into the top corner beyond Adriano Facchini.And having had a tough year, the winger broke down in tears on the pitch while celebrating, before dedicating the wonder goal to his family.You can check out the volley in the video above…last_img read more

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Transfer Rumours and Paper Review – Thursday, June 18

first_imgHere is the latest transfer gossip from the backpages and beyond…Jack Wilshere will become Manchester City’s next English transfer target. City are set to make a £30million bid for the Gunners star. (Daily Mirror)Robin van Persie is on Galatasaray’s wanted list and could leave Manchester United for Istanbul if Louis van Gaal splashes out on a new look strike force. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea are set to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal for £14m – and bring in QPR’s Rob Green as his replacement. (Daily Star)Southampton have slapped a £24m price tag on Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham target Morgan Schneiderlin. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City will look to wrap up a deal for Fulham’s Patrick Roberts in the coming days. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have offered £5m, plus another £5m in add ons. (Daily Mail)Liverpool’s bid to sign Nathaniel Clyne has moved a step closer after Southampton agreed a deal for the England international’s replacement, Sporting Lisbon full-back Cedric Soares. (Liverpool Echo)Manchester United are readying a £10.2m transfer bid for Monaco full-back Fabinho as Louis van Gaal plots a Premier League title challenge next term. (Metro)Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba, along with QPR winger Matt Phillips, are on Tony Pulis’ West Brom shopping list. (Birmingham Mail)And here are the latest transfer tales from talkSPORT.com…Inter Milan move ahead of Man United in race for Atletico Madrid starMan United targets: Agent claims there’s ‘no reason’ for striker to leaveRoma boss Rudi Garcia counting on Liverpool and Man United target to stayCaros Tevez set to disappoint Liverpool as striker targets Boca Juniors returnBoost for Tottenham! AC Milan pull out of race for Ligue 1 starLiverpool will sell Raheem Sterling to Man City for £45m, talkSPORT toldReports – Manchester United prepare £10m offer for right backLiverpool and Chelsea target set to seal another loan move to MarseilleLiverpool and West Ham to miss out on defenderCrystal Palace, Newcastle and Tottenham contact PSG midfielder’s agentTottenham set to miss out on Juventus strikerBurnley defender Kieran Trippier nears Tottenham switchSouthampton slap £24m price tag on Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham targetPSG line up audacious summer swoop for Man City strikerSwansea ready bid for Sampdoria forward Stefano OkakaSampdoria latest club to pull out of race for Liverpool strikerMan City make improved £40million offer for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterlinglast_img read more

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Andre Gray set to seal £9m Burnley switch – and could make debut against Brentford

first_img1 Andre Gray Burnley are close to completing a £9million deal for Brentford striker Andre Gray.Gray wants to leave the Bees this summer and had been in talks over a switch to Bristol City.But the 24-year-old, who fired 18 goals in the Championship last season, opted to turn down the opportunity to move to Ashton Gate.Now he is in advanced negotiations with Burnley after they agreed to match the £9m fee Bristol City had offered Brentford.Gray is understood to be keen to join Sean Dyche’s side and is due to undergo a medical at Turf Moor on Friday.Should he complete the switch, the former Luton Town man could make his debut for Burnley against Brentford this weekend, with the Bees visitors to Turf Moor on Saturday.last_img

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Fitness scores rising, but most still not in shape

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocally, however, the results were mixed. Five school districts – Little Lake City, Montebello Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, Whittier City and Whittier Union High – saw increases across all three grades from last year’s fitness scores. Only South Whittier School District officials didn’t see any gains among their students from last year. But South Whittier’s fifth-graders still outperformed their peers at the Los Nietos School District, where 87 percent of fifth-graders failed to meet the state’s minimum fitness standards. That figure was up from last year, when 82 percent were considered unfit. Link: Look up your school’s physical fitness test results Most of the Whittier-area students who took California’s annual fitness test in the spring are doing better than their peers did last year – but about 70 percent are still out of shape, according to state statistics. State education officials on Thursday released the 2007 results of the annual Fitnessgram, which tests fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in public schools in six areas: aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance, and overall flexibility. Statewide, the results showed minor gains of at least 1.3 percent among all three grades when compared to last year. “We agree, we are not pleased” with the figures, said Carol Kaylor, director of instruction at Los Nietos. But the good news, Kaylor said, is that the district has received $35,000 in state grants at each of its four schools to hire new physical education teachers. One teacher who will travel between Rancho Santa Gertrudes and Aeolian elementary schools has already been hired. “So that means that all of our schools will now have someone dedicated to just P.E.,” Kaylor said. “This is capturing our attention where it hasn’t before. This is something all of us need to take on.” The highest percentage of physically fit students was seen among fifth-graders at the East Whittier City School District (36 percent); seventh-graders at El Rancho Unified School District (42.9 percent) and ninth-graders at the Whittier Union High School District (35.3 percent). The lowest percentages were among fifth-graders in Los Nietos (12.2 percent), seventh-graders at the South Whittier School District (20.9 percent) and ninth-graders at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (15.7 percent). “We are glad to see our ninth-graders are doing well on the physical fitness test,” said Whittier Union Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “We view physical education as a critical part of our whole program because we know that healthy students do better in all aspects of their schoolwork.” Susanna Smith, assistant superintendent of the El Rancho Unified School District, said her district’s fitness test results were promising, especially among the seventh-graders. “But even though we’re celebrating the progress of our students, we still have some significant work ahead of us,” Smith said. “This continues to be a challenge for not only our district, but in general – it’s a national challenge.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said the annual fitness results serve as an “important reminder to all of us that the majority of our students are not in good physical shape.” Statewide, the fitness test was administered to more than 1.3 million students, officials said. Individual school and district results can be found at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘HOUSE’ ABOUT THAT FOR SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL’S QUEST FOR SAM?!

first_imgThe race is on for Donegal’s fans to go that extra mile in their support for their beloved county ahead of the All Ireland semi-final against Dublin.And leading the pack is one Dunfanaghy businesswoman who has quite literally covered her house in Donegal flags, bunting and signs. Liz McFadden from Main Street, Dunfanaghy is known as an ardent Donegal supporter – as how picture shows!Liz, who owns The Willows B&B has spent hours making signs and decorating her business and it certainly has caught the eye.Dozens of tourists (many from Dublin!!) are stopping at the B&B to take pictures of the house.Rumours that Liz has offered Jim McGuinness and the boys free accommodation for life if they bring home Sam could not be confirmed. *Has your family, club or workplace splashed out to put the Donegal colours on display ahead of August 28th? Send us all you pictures to info@donegaldaily.com and we’ll put them up!Ends‘HOUSE’ ABOUT THAT FOR SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL’S QUEST FOR SAM?! was last modified: August 19th, 2011 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:donegalDunfanaghyJim McGuinnessThe Willowslast_img read more

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DD COMMUNITY: RAPHOE MAN SET TO EMBARK ON EPIC 338KM – NINE DAY WALK

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre: SympathyThe Family Resource Centre would like to extend its deepest sympathy to staff member Damien Curran on the recent sad passing of his nephew Jordan. Our condolences also to the extended Curran and Mitchell family circles.Sponsored WalkAs people are aware Tony, our Coordinator is embarking on a 388km/242miles sponsored walk to raise funds for the Family Resource Centre. The walk from 4th-15th May will take him around the nine Family Resource Centres in Donegal. In preparation for the walk which is close to 10 marathons in 12 days Tony has already covered 395km/245miles in 76 hours of walking and for the calorie counters out there he has burned off 20,000 calories losing 18lbs in weight in the process! If you would like to sponsor Tony please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796/087-3641503 or log onto www.JustGiving.com and search for Raphoe FRC and follow the steps to donate. The Family Resource Centre would like to sincerely thank those individuals and businesses who have already sponsored Tony or have made pledges. Your kind and generous support is greatly appreciated. Date for your diaryThe Family Resource Centre will this year again host ASIST training on Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th May. ASIST is suitable for all kinds of caregivers-volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers and professionals. The 2-day workshop trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. This is an updated ASIST and those who have completed the training 2 or more years ago are encouraged to attend again. Contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503 to book a place or Sarah Meehan, ASIST Coordinator for Donegal on 071-9852000/086-0421040 or sarahm.meehan@hse.ieDrop-in TuesdaysDrop-in Tuesdays will commence in the Family Resource Centre in the Volt House on Tuesday 5th April 2016 from 10.30-11.30am. The Drop-in provides the opportunity for members of the community to call in for a cup of tea and a chat. Local and daily papers will be available so you can catch up on local, national and international news. The Drop-in is free so why not come along and join us?50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus ball was Catherine Toner, winning number 6. To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant. A person will be eligible if he or she is:· Aged 65 years or older; and· Of limited means or resources; and· Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and· Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and· Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and· Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme.   Therefore,  if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe.Whitecross Vintage Association – Ferguson World Record Re-Match 2016Whitecross Vintage Association will hold the Ferguson World Re-Match in Carrigans, Co. Donegal from the 16th – 18th September 2016 on lands kindly made available by the Mc Erlean Family.The Ferguson World Re-Match has 3 record Targets1.      To beat the 2014 record set at 726 tractors2.      To have the World’s largest Massy Ferguson Logo made with Ferguson tractors3.      To achieve the most number of Ferguson 135 tractors working at one time in one field.Proceeds from the event will be shared by the following charities: Sean O’Hare Unit, Stroke & Medical Rehab Unit, Donegal Hospice, Ballytrim House, Raphoe, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Alzheimer’s Association, Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Foyle Hospice.In this the 70th Anniversary of the TE20 Ferguson we are delighted to welcome Harry Ferguson’s Granddaughter, also in attendance will be the Harry Ferguson Memorial Band. Demonstrations will include motor accident rescue methods by a fire service, farm machinery safety and other services of interest.The event will be covered by TV, press coverage and event DVD sales.  Social events are planned for Friday Saturday and Sunday nights.  For further information please contact whitecrossvintageassociation@hotmail.comNotification of Annual General Meeting of Donegal Youth Service 2016Donegal Youth Service is holding an Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 7.30pm in the main DYS office at 16-18 Port Rd, Letterkenny (the Old Cinema building).  Information on nomination to the Board of Directors is available by telephoning Lorraine Thompson Regional Director on 0749129630.  All welcome to attend.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD COMMUNITY: RAPHOE MAN SET TO EMBARK ON EPIC 338KM – NINE DAY WALK was last modified: April 1st, 2016 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:CommunityEpic WalkFeaturesnewsRaphoelast_img read more

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DDTV: HILARIOUS DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKING VIDEO ON HOW NOT TO DO THE BOGMAN RACE

first_imgIT’S a video about mountain biking in Donegal – and how NOT to take the your bike through a bog…..Marc Hansen, a Canadian member of the Donegal Mountain-Biking Club, found that going cross-country can get messy….very messy! Marc, who works at Sita in Letterkenny, found that tackling a Donegal bog, isn’t as easy as he thought.If you think you can do better the Golan Bogman XC Race takes place outside Milford on July 31st. For more click here http://www.donegalmtb.com/BogmanXC.htmlDDTV: HILARIOUS DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKING VIDEO ON HOW NOT TO DO THE BOGMAN RACE was last modified: July 10th, 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)last_img read more

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