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Sugar not as sweet as before

first_img…will weigh heavily on the nation’s budget – Finance MinisterIn light of recent calls for another bailout to the cash-strapped sugar industry, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said recent challenges have made sugar “not as sweet”. At a press briefing Monday Jordan explained that to sustain what he deemed an “expensive industry” the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) would have to undergo “severe structural transformation” for it to be sustained.“Sugar is not what is used to be and it is probably not as sweet and sugar has to go under severe structural transformation to survive as an industry,” Jordan pointed out.In reference to the recent announcement that the Wales Sugar Estate would convert to new enterprises including dairy production, the Finance Minister revealed that government is currently petitioning the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a loan to aid in agricultural development.“We are talking to IDB to get an agri development loan that will look at agricultural diversification… this loan is going to target dairy and livestock development,” Jordan explained.He however cautioned that the loan is still in its formulation stages. Notably, when the media questioned him as to whether considerations are being made for Wales to be covered by this loan, Jordan declined to confirm this.“I’m not saying that [the loan] would include Wales,” he said.“Diversification of sugar was attempted in the 1970s but we have to do more than attempt, we have to be realistic,” he pointed out.The minister said sugar production is not able to compete in international markets. In this light, he explained that government has an obligation to support the ailing industry but warned the industry will weigh heavily on the nation’s budget.“We have an obligation to try to carry [the industry], given its contribution to the economy; it is clear that this cannot continue forever but in the short-term the industry will weigh heavily on our budget,” Jordan pointed out.The country’s finance manager also noted that most of government allocations to the industry has already been expended.“This year, we put in $9B… today, almost 75 per cent of that has already been transferred… El Niño reduced the first crop by 30,000 tonnes. This obviously means that the sugar industry will be coming to government again for more money… this is the reality, this is not something that government can change overnight,” he posited.He further noted that government had “stepped in” and allocated $12 billion for last year as “a matter of urgency” and was also of the view that too much was expended in the past to Skeldon Estate and the Enmore packaging plant. The minister likened the two initiatives to coloured elephants.“The last government spent tremendous amounts of money including the money spent on the Skeldon and the money spent on the Enmore packaging plant and both of these are either white, black or brown elephants at the moment to which we are expected to carry,” he observed.It was only last week that Chairman of GuySuCo Dr Clive Thomas related that the corporation would need another bailout as most of the funds were already used up. President Granger in response noted that his government might be inclined to award another bailout to the declining industry.It was on Wednesday last that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder announced that Wales Sugar Estate would be converted to into a dairy product, fruit juices processing facility.“We can see the land being used for dairy production, and we can see some land being made available to people in the area so that they could farm and provide milk, provide fruit juices, provide things of that nature, and we would want to see that replicated in other estates,” Holder is quoted by the Government Information Agency as saying.Holder explained that since the lands will no longer be used for sugar cane cultivation, it will be allocated for cattle rearing, and cultivation of myriad of crops to sustain the operations of the juice plant.“[This decision presents] an opportunity to convert the estate into a model for other areas within the sugar industry’s diversification,” he noted. However it is yet to be made clear as to how these measures will be implemented.In January, it was announced that Wales would cease sugar operations by yearend.last_img read more

Mandela Washington Fellowship Local Chapter Established

first_imgBeneficiaries of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (formerly Young African Leaders Initiative — YALI) have established a Liberia chapter in to help keep them together and forge ahead.Since 2010, the  Mandela Washington Fellowship has taken a hundred or more selected young Africans between the ages of 25 to 35 to the United States every year to help enhance their respective initiatives in entrepreneurship, public service and social causes.  Lately, the Fellowship has grown from over 100 participants annually to to nearly 1000 from across the continent, with enhanced enrichment experiences including weeks high-level networking and training in various disciplines including business entrepreneurship, governance, private sector investment, agriculture, civil leadership, public service, amongst others.Beneficiaries are expected to return to their respective countries to provide services in line with their careers in order to meet the needed change they want to see in their communities and countries.The newly established local chapter is chaired Mr. Benjamin M. Freeman, Jr.; J. Alben Greaves, vice chairman; Abel W. Cheayan, secretary general; Yassah N. Lavelah, event planner and Patricia Juah, communications officer.Speaking to the leadership and fellows, US Ambassador Deborah Malac reiterated the program’s objective which is directed at sharpening skills of young Africans to improve in networking, and to strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa by investing in the next generation of African leaders.She showered praises on the fellows for being truthful and patriotic to return to their country to provide basic social services in their communities and country at large.Making a specific reference, Ambassador Malac said, “The 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows returned home last fall to a set of unique circumstances, and they have utilized their skills and leadership training to face those challenges head on.”According to her, the Fellows immediately got involved in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, and have been working 24/7 raising public awareness about Ebola and how to be protected.She expressed the hope that Fellows establishing the association as a formal NGO will offer them a platform to expand their activities into a wider national network, pledging the Embassy’s continual support.In his induction speech, Chairman Freeman said as they have received training from the fellowship to perform leadership roles, he and his team were happy to assume their leadership positions, and promised to serve with distinction to reflect the true image of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.Having gained a legal status as a non-governmental organization in Liberia, Mr. Freeman said it puts them in the position to carry on activities as manifestations of what they learnt during their fellowship.“We take this leadership as a challenge to strive for excellence to impact our nation and Africa at large,” he stressed.He intoned that while all cannot be considered Mandela Washington fellows, young people of Liberia are under obligation to adopt a moral attitude that will impact the country, and as such, everyone needs to collectively work to make the needed impact.The Mandela Washington Fellowship began as Young African Leaders Initiative in 2010 with a two Liberians, Bai Best and Amos Teah Koffa, attending the first edition.Giving remarks at the occasion, Mr. Best said that leaders are not only those at the top, but leadership can be found at every level of the ladder; and it is the responsibility of leaders at every level to nurture and grow the leadership potentials of those below them, in order to ensure sustainability of any vision or entity.  In this vein, he said a good leader must know when — and be prepared — to step aside to allow others to lead when the time comes.He also stressed that leadership should not only be exercised when one is in a position, but one should take initiative to do something before taking on the responsibility of leadership.He added that becoming a leader is not to always be there for people to follow you, but to set a good example that others can follow. In remarks, Deputy Justice Minister Wheatona Dickson-Barnes lauded the leadership and roles of Mandela Washington Fellows in government, emphasizing that James Alben Greaves, who benefited from this program last year has exemplified true leadership and patriotism to his country in his capacity at the Justice Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boat builder drowns in Barama River

first_imgThe body of 27-year-old Tulsie Prashad, a boat builder of Abrams Creek, Pomeroon River, Region Two, was on Monday fished out of the Barama River, wherein he is suspected to have drowned after he fell into the water while washing his garments on Saturday.Based on reports received, the man, who had migrated to Venezuela since aDead: Tulsie Prashadteenager, had returned to Guyana about three years ago, after being involved in a major accident overseas. He had moved to Barama, where he had been engaged in building boats for individuals and companies in the area.Guyana Times was told that the man had been washing his clothes when the hard brush fell into the water. He reportedly went under the water after the brush, and never resurfaced. A search was launched then, but the body was not found.However, the body was recovered on Monday, and was positively identified by his father, who, with other relatives, had travelled to the area after receiving the dreaded news. A post mortem is expected to be performed on the body today.last_img read more

Linden man slapped with murder charge

first_imgTravis Hazel, also known as “Fifty”, of Lot 24 Silver City, Wismar, Linden, will be spending Christmas in jail after he was remanded on a murder charge when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Hazel appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh, who read the charge which stated that on September 15, 2018, he murdered 55-year-old Leroy Barron.Remanded: Travis HazelIn court on Wednesday, Hazel was remanded to prison until January 10, 2019,when the matter will be called again for statements and fixture.It is alleged that on September 15, at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie, Linden, Hazel inflicted injuries on Barron, which lead to his death. Barron of Lot 59 Old Kara Kara, Mackenzie, was allegedly beaten to death during an altercation with Hazel. Initial investigations had revealed that there was an argument between Barron, who was known to do odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market and the accused, during which the Hazel allegedly armed himself with a piece of wood dealt the man a severe beating before fleeing the scene.The deceased was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex in an unconsciousDead: Leroy Barron6state but was pronounced dead on arrival.A post-mortem examination which was later conducted on the body of the 55-year-old gave the cause of death as brain hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head.last_img read more

Ali promises to increase disposable income in Region 6

first_img…during meeting with business communityPresidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party, Irfaan Ali, continued his nationwide outreach on Saturday; this time in the ancient county, where he met with the business community before a grand rally in Port Mourant, Berbice.Ali, accompanied by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, sat down with business owners at the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) building in Rose Hall for a near three-hour engagement.Presidential candidate for the PPP, Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo chat with a section of the Berbice business community on SaturdayAddressing the businessmen, Ali, an economist, said when the party returns to Office, it will put measures in place which will see disposable income in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) if the party is to return to office. He noted that they will reverse all tax measures implemented by the coalition Government that is causing hardships for the business community.The presidential candidate added that disposable income was plucked out of the region’s economy with sugar and rice sectors going downhill. Oil, he noted, will bring some relief to the region.“… All improvements that we had seen has reversed over the last three years and where is the Government getting revenues from, through taxation. So what we are seeing is that tax revenues from VAT (Value Added Tax) has increased from $37.3 billion to $48.4 billion and that is only in VAT revenues. We have a situation now where the Government has not been able to grow any sectors, has not been able to create wealth in any of the productive sectors; the entire productive sector is on the decline, so the only source of revenue is actually taxation. Hence, the disposal income – the money available to be spent in the economy – has declined significantly as a result of the tax measures,” Ali posited.He went on to say that these plans include the construction of a deep-water harbour in Region Six, the spin-off from which will benefit sectors such as transhipment, construction and broker services. Additionally, Ali noted that the development of ICT in Berbice is also in the cards and this will not only create hundreds of employment opportunities but there will be easy financing available.Further, the presidential candidate hopeful posited, however, that they cannot ignore the existing industries that once thrived in the region such as rice and sugar. To this end, Ali reiterated his party’s promise of reopening the sugar estates that were shut down by the current administration, while highlighting plans to diversify the sector.Speaking to the business sector, Ali asserted that the region’s economy has tumbled because of Government’s uninspiring policy and framework that has impacted negatively on Berbice businesses. Increased taxes and the lack of incentives and subsidies are among the factors, he said, that killed commercial activities in the region.“Going on to four years now in the Government and they are not able to lay a development plan out or share it with the population so we don’t know what direction the Government is going into. But we in the PPP have honoured, always, developed and communicated a clear strategy. Businessmen need predictability; they need to understand where the country is heading, where the opportunities will be and how they can have access to those opportunities that will arise in the future,” Ali posited.Meanwhile, Jagdeo also interacted with the business community, fielding questions from and lending assurances to the businessmen. Also present at the engagement was Regional Chairman David Armogan, who lamented the state of affairs in the region to the party leaders.last_img read more

Pep urges City to learn from Anfield pain

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had no complaints about his side’s dramatic defeat to Liverpool, their first league loss since April 5 © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 15 – Pep Guardiola has challenged his Manchester City stars to use their dramatic 4-3 defeat at Liverpool as a warning to guard against complacency.Guardiola’s side saw their 30-match unbeaten run in the Premier League come to a stunning end at Anfield on Sunday. The leaders fell behind to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early opener and although Leroy Sane equalised before half-time, City were blown away by three goals in nine second half minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.Although late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put a flattering gloss on the scoresheet, City boss Guardiola had no complaints about his side’s first league defeat since April 5 at Chelsea.It was City’s first domestic defeat since an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal on April 23.Conceding that all the talk of City winning the title at a canter and possibly going unbeaten throughout the entire season made it hard to keep his players motivated, the Spaniard said: “In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done.“I always said no. It is still to be done. Sometimes the worse thing is when people say from one month ago that it is over.“It’s so difficult to maintain this run, especially against good teams like Liverpool.“Football is an unpredictable game. We have to fight until the end to win the league.”Guardiola admitted City had lost their composure in the second half after being rattled by Liverpool’s relentless pressing and the ferocious Anfield atmosphere.“We lost a lot of balls. Liverpool are so aggressive without the ball and we had little bit of a problem to control that,” he said.“We started the second half good until the goal from Firmino. After that we lost our control and we become involved in the environment at Anfield.”Although City’s lead at the top can be cut to 12 points if second placed Manchester United beat Stoke on Monday, they remain firm favourites for the title.Guardiola, who will be without defender Fabian Delph for several weeks after his first half injury, believes City will use their Anfield frustration to bounce back in their next game against Newcastle.– Cathartic moment –Liverpool’s defender Dejan Lovren (L) jumps in to celebrate their third goal against Manchester City scored by Sadio Mane (C) on January 14, 2018“Now we must be positive, analyse why we lost and look to the game against Newcastle,” said Guardiola, who refused to reveal if he is still in the hunt to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.“It’s never good news to lose, but when you lose it’s important not to lose again.“We have a young team and maybe it can be good for the future.“I’ve won a lot of titles and always I’ve dropped points on the way.”For Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp the victory was a cathartic moment after City thrashed his team 5-0 earlier this season.It was also significant because it proved Liverpool can still thrive without Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, who got his wish to join Barcelona earlier this month.“To score four in the week after Phil Coutinho leaves the club is a very big statement,” Klopp said.“It’s not like we held a meeting and said ‘guys can you win today because then no-one will talk about Phil.“But of course it was important to show it’s possible to play well without him.”Unlike the rest of the Premier League this season, Liverpool found the formula to knock City out of their stride.Klopp believes the game — undoubtedly one of the best in England this term — showed the need to be fearless when facing a team of City’s class.“Maybe it was a historical game, it could be the only one they lose in the entire season,” Klopp said.“They are so strong but I really think we deserved it. You need to be brave, you need to play football.“You can sit in your box and hope they don’t score but that’s not really likely.“We are Liverpool, so we shouldn’t play that way. We have to attack. There is no alternative against City.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL, LETTERKENNY

first_imgNEWSLETTERSunday 8th April 2012Easter Sunday We wish all our Parishioners and visitors to our Parish, every Blessing at Easter and we pray that we may all come to know the Risen Christ in the core of our being.Thanks to everyone who participated so willingly in our Holy Week Ceremonies. Thanks to all who prepared the Cathedral, the Altar Society Members, Cathedral Cleaners and Sacristans. A word of gratitude to all Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Cathedral Ushers, Cathedral Collectors, Knights of Columbanus, those who had their feet washed and to those who brought up the gifts. Finally, to the Cathedral Choir, Children’s Choir, Irish Choir and Patrick Doherty and Choir who always add to our celebration of Mass every weekend, many thanks for your hours of practice and commitment.WILL YOU NOT SPEND ONE HOUR WITH ME IN ADORATION?48 Hours of Adoration will begin in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Wednesday morning (11th April) at 8.30 am and will continue throughout the day and night until Friday morning (13th April) at 10 am. This time of Adoration is in preparation for the 50th Eucharistic Conference in Dublin in June. We invite you to come and spend some time with our Risen Lord. It may be for a short period of time or perhaps for an hour or two.OUR NEW SUNDAY MASS TIMES . . . BEGINS TODAYSaturday Evening Vigil Mass: 7.30 pmSunday Mass Times: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6.30 pm If you forgot to take your TROCAIRE BOX to the Cathedral on Good Friday, please bring it to the Parochial House as soon as possible. Please DO NOT leave Trocaire Boxes sitting around the Cathedral, unfortunately they may not go to those they are intended for.Parish Notice-boardPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9124200Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSUNDAY ~ 8th April 2012Masses: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm and 6.30 pm (Please note new Mass times)Baptisms: 1.30 pm in the CathedralSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAYNo 8 am Mass10 am Mass ~ John MullenNo 7.30 pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent ~ 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAYNo 8am Mass10 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowNo 7.30 pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation will take place in the Parochial House at8 pm on Tuesday 17th AprilLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room ~ After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School –7 pmDivine Mercy Prayer in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pm WEDNESDAYNo 8 am Mass10 am Mass ~ Michael McGinty (First Anniversary)No 7.30 pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Centre – 8.15 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmCathedral Choir in the Conference Room – 8.15 pmTHURSDAYNo 8 am Mass10 am Mass ~ ®No 7.30 pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCharismatic Prayer Group in the Conference Room – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmFRIDAYNo 8 am Mass10 am Mass ~ Charlie Coyle7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGambler’s Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSATURDAY10 am Mass ~ Eamonn Harkin (Jnr.) – First Anniversary7.30 pm Mass ~ Vigil for SundayConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 am SUNDAY 15th AprilMass Times: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6.30 pmSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Conwal & Leck Parish ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366MASS INTENTIONS FOR 8 am TUESDAY and 7.30 pm FRIDAYColumba McDaid ~ Patricia McDaid ~ Maura Devine ~ Barney Winston ~ James Kelly ~ Margaret Winston ~ Jennie Drein ~ Mary Drein ~ Charlie Drein ~ Margaret RoartyRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s Community ~Mary Olusolape Motunrayo Oyindamola Olufolakemi Abiola Phillips ~ Paul Anjolaoluwa Oluwagbotemi Adegboyega Ayokunmi Abiola Phillips ~ Caoimhe Marie Cooke ~ Sarah Evelyn Higgins ~ Caitlin Stephanie McBreartyDIVINE MERCY SUNDAY ~ The Divine Mercy Novena began on Good Friday and it will end in the Cathedral with a Eucharistic Liturgy next Sunday, 15th April at 3 pm. Attending Confessions during Easter fulfils the request. Everyone is very welcome to attend. Leaflets are available from the back of the Cathedral.The next meeting of the LETTERKENNY ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP will take place on Tuesday 10th April at 7.30 pm in the Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny. For details contact the Alzheimer’s Branch office on 9722795.The Loreto Convent Car Park will be relined on Thursday 12th April. The Car Park will be CLOSED all day.The next CAFECHURCH will take place on Thursday 12th April in Costa Coffee, New Dunnes Car Park at 7 pm. Theme: Art and Faith – Creativity and Spirituality.The next meeting of the LETTERKENNY ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION will take place in the Pastoral Centre at 2.30 pm on Thursday 12th April. New Members very welcome.The AGM of LETTERKENNY PIONEER ASSOCIATION will take place on Friday 13th April at 8.10 pm in the Pastoral Centre. There will be a member of the Association outside the Sacristy after Mass on Saturday 14th April and all the Masses on Sunday 15th April to take the names of anyone interested in joining or finding out more about the Pioneers. If you would like to find out more about these meetings or any other aspect of the Pioneer Association, please contact Joe on 085-1269238, Michael on 087-6774618 or Geraldine on 087-7962045.A Bus will leave the Clanree Hotel for Divine Mercy Sunday in KNOCK departing Saturday 14th April staying overnight. Please ring 9320734/086-3222874 for details.The LITTLE FLOWER PRAYER GROUP will meet on Monday 16th April in Mount Carmel House of Prayer, Drumkeen at 8 pm. All are welcome.The Letterkenny Music & Drama Group are presenting ‘The 39 Steps’ in An Grianan Theatre on Tuesday 17th April for one night only in aid of the Parents Association Funds of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal. Tickets are €12 and are available from the An Grianan Theatre on 9120777.The Loreto Convent Parents Association is hosting the Lifford Players ‘SHADOWLANDS’ nominated for an Academy Award (screenplay) in An Grianan Theatre on Wednesday 18th April for one night only. Tickets €10/€12 available from members of the Parents Association and from An Grianan Box Office on 9120777.Are you working in the Rural Community? Farming? Senior Citizen? Unemployed? A BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING COURSE FOR BEGINNERS will begin on Thursday 19th April in Cara House, to book a place phone Chrissy 090-6482744.The LETTERKENNY WOMEN’S CENTRE will be delivering an 8-week Personal Development course entitled ‘Renew U’ commencing on Tuesday 17th April from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. For further information please phone the Centre on 9124985.GRAVEYARD SERVICESConwal Graveyard Service ~ Sunday 15th July at 4 pmAughaninshin Graveyard Service ~ Monday 16th July at 7 pmOld Leck Graveyard ~ Sunday 22nd July at 4 pmNew Leck Graveyard ~ Sunday 22nd July at 5 pmFIRST FRIDAY CALLS – Fr. McGroarty will visit the sick, elderly and housebound of his areas on Thursday 12th April and Friday 13th April.A WORD OF THANKS to a Parishioner for sponsoring the new Mysteries of Light.LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL, LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 6th, 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:letterkennyLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRALlast_img read more

TROUBLED COUPLES LEFT IN LIMBO AS DONEGAL LEFT WITHOUT FAMILY MEDIATOR

first_imgUp to 27 local couples seeking help with their relationships have been left high and dry because Donegal has no family mediator.Many Donegal couples have nowhere to turn for help with their relationships.Now Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald has been called on  to ensure that a full time family mediator is immediately allocated to the Donegal Family Mediation Office based in Letterkenny.There currently is no mediator in place in the office so no service is being provided. This has resulted in a growing waiting list for mediation, currently at 27 couples and no new cases have been taken off the list since October 2014.Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn said he was alarmed to learn off this serious situation.“Family mediation is vital to so many families, particularly when couples separate and there are difficult issues such as the sharing of parenting responsibilities and financial challenges.“It is also for many, a much more appropriate avenue than the adversarial environment of a court room and with all the cost that can ensue”. “As Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Justice and Equality, I have repeatedly advocated for the resourcing and promotion of mediation services for families. I want to see the long delayed Mediation Bill 2012 that would strengthen mediation services, taken through the House of the Oireachtas and enacted. Minister Fitzgerald insists that she shares my determination in this regard.“I am now calling on the Minister to ensure that a full time family mediator is immediately allocated to the Donegal Family Mediation Office based in Letterkenny to ensure that the growing numbers of families on the waiting list, currently at 27 couples, is urgently addressed and that these families get the support they need”. TROUBLED COUPLES LEFT IN LIMBO AS DONEGAL LEFT WITHOUT FAMILY MEDIATOR was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 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

Willis bros score 43, Fortuna advances; Hoopa surrenders 4th quarter lead, falls

first_imgThe Willis twins, Bradley and Donald, combined for 43 points as the Huskies put to bed their North Coast Section title loss with a first-round NorCal win, holding off a comeback attempt by visiting No. 10 Liberty Ranch in the closing minutes of Tuesday night’s 85-77 victory.No. 7 Fortuna (30-2) will continue its pursuit of a Division-III California Interscholastic Federation State Championship (NorCals) on Thursday when it hosts No. 15 Foothill.Foothill (24-8), a Palo Cedro-based team, upset …last_img read more

Perceptions from abroad

first_imgBusiness administration students from the US’s Rutgers University joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill this week to discuss South Africa’s standing from a global perspective. The visiting students also got to peer into South Africa’s past during a tour of the Hill.During a tour on their visit to Constitution Hill on 16 March 2017, students from Rutgers University, in New Jersey US, took a look into the lives of some of the leaders and political figures who helped shape South Africa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeNot everything you hear about other countries holds true. Once you visit a country and have a closer look at what makes it tick, you get a better understanding of its people, its heritage and its customs.This was the sentiment shared by a group of business administration students visiting South Africa from Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.The students Joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students.Talks touched on a range of factors that influenced the country’s brand, such as tourism, investment, immigration, governance and exports, as well as delved into the rich culture and heritage of South Africa.“Whose perceptions are we trying to influence?” asked Tshepiso Malele, the marketing manager at Brand South Africa.“The answer is, anybody whose decisions or actions have an impact on us as a country. In everything that we do we need to make sure that we influence and shape their perceptions positively and help them develop balanced views about South Africa.”It was also an opportunity for the visitors to engage with Brand South Africa representatives, such as strategic government relationship manager Toni Gumede, and learn more about the great strides the country is taking.“In terms of our efforts to influence perceptions, when we say good things about the country they are not lies,” Gumede explained. “We’re saying these good things because they are real.”Students from Rutgers University in the USA joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Thoughts from our visitors“I believe that the people on your Brand SA team really have a lot of love for their country,” said Edbia Diggs, one of the Rutgers University students.“I like that there are people who are actually working together to make sure that South Africa is seen in a different light because there are a lot of misconceptions out there, particularly in the States and other African countries too.”Philip Ward, another of the Rutgers students, said it amazed him that South Africa was so misinterpreted in terms of its story and what went into shaping it.“It’s a completely unique entity and it has so much to offer, and in terms of history when you look at why things are the way are,” Ward said.“South Africa can be looked at as an independent cornerstone of the continent to be able to show other countries on the continent how to do business.“We’ve learned a lot about how South Africa still wants to influence the rest of the continent in trying to drive development.”Through the discussions, the visiting students got a better understanding of the country as a whole, completing the picture they would carry home.“We want our visitors to go back home and act as ambassadors for our nation brand,” Gumede said.“We want them to take home the experiences they had here in South Africa and help change perceptions of our country for the better.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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