Taylor fails twice but Thunder are on top

first_imgHOBART, Tasmania (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor suffered a rare double failure with the bat, but her Sydney Thunder did enough to win twice in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday.In the first game of a doubleheader at the Kingston Twin Ovals, Thunder beat Brisbane Heat by five wickets in the first game and returned to defeat Hobart Hurricanes by eight runs in a night encounter.Both Thunder and Hurricanes sit top of the standings on 14 points with identical 7-2 records, but Thunder hold the edge courtesy of net run rate. Chasing an uncomplicated 95 for victory against Heat, Taylor was dismissed for a first-ball ‘duck’ as the visitors stumbled to 20 for three in the fifth over.However, Naomi Stalenburg stroked 42 and captain Alex Blackwell an unbeaten 32 in a 60-run fourth-wicket partnership which rescued the innings.Heat had earlier fallen for 94 all out off their 20 overs, with 19-year-old left-arm spinner Maisy Gibson taking three for 14.Taylor claimed one wicket for six runs from two overs of off-spin.In the second game at Bellerive Oval, Taylor managed just eight as Thunder reached 135 for seven off their 20 overs after opting to bat first.Stalenburg was again among the runs with a cavalier 37 off 16 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes.In reply, Hurricanes were restricted to 127 for eight off their 20 overs, with Taylor’s West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews scoring 11.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 26.Taylor produced a crucial spell, picking up two for 27 from four overs, to help cripple the Hurricanes run chase.last_img read more

Questions for GuySuCo

first_imgDear Editor,Below are some questions for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).1. What is the last year of audited accounts and has this been made a public record?2. Has GuySuCo’s procurement procedures being complied with?3. Has GuySuCo disposed of any of its assets and have these been based on public tenders and valuations. How much has been raised and how does this compare with the valuation. Is this information a public record?4. Is GuySuCo up to date with its remittance of PAYE and NIS deductions and obligations5. Are all severance payments up to date?6. Will Government make whole the GuySuCo pension plan deficit and will those workers be guaranteed their full pension benefits?7. Is there a business plan that is being followed and is this a public record?8. How many acres of land does GuySuCo own? How much is leased?9. What percentage of the land owned or leased to GuySuCo is been utilised.10. What is the total funds provided to GuySuCo since the People’s Progressive Party left office?11. Who has responsibility for accounting for the proper use of the monies lent to GuySuCo?12. Will the G$30 billion be repaid by GuySuCo or Government?13. Is there a business plan that shows that these funds will be repaid? Has this been laid in Parliament and made a public record?14. Is Government giving a guarantee to the lenders of the G$30 billion and who will be responsible for ensuring that the funds are properly accounted for.15. Would it be cheaper for Government to borrow the money directly and lend GuySuCo, thus ensuring lower borrowing costs and full transparency and accountability?Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

Independence Celebration Kicks Off in Southeast

first_imgThe much anticipated Independence Day celebrations marked by special events that reflect the growth and progress of the country and that also attract development projects to the host counties, finally kick-off yesterday in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties. This year’s Independence Day falls on Sunday, but will be officially observed on Monday.The celebration was initially planned to have been held in the two host counties last year, but was aborted as a result of the bad road conditions as well as the delay in the commencement or completion of key projects that would have been dedicated. This unfortunate situation was also exacerbated by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country.This year’s Independence Day celebration actually commenced with an investiture ceremony last week Friday in Monrovia, during which the President conferred distinctions of various ranks on 42 personalities, eight of them posthumously, for their outstanding contributions to the nation. The conferral of national honors was dedicated to Liberia’s Ebola Heroes some of whom gave their lives in the line of duty to care for Ebola victims, stop the spread of the disease and bury the highly infectious Ebola dead.July 26 festivities in the host counties officially started yesterday when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leading a large entourage, performed the dedication of several major projects ear marked for the 168th independence celebration.The President dedicated the Johnnie N. Lewis Judicial Complex, the Superintendent’s Residence and the Executive Guest House, among others.President Sirleaf began the dedication exercises precisely at 10:20 a.m. with the Johnnie N. Lewis Judicial Complex, which is known as the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Sinoe County, being the first to be dedicated. Several high profile national and local legal practitioners were in attendance for the occasion. Among them were the Chief Justice of Liberia, Francis Korkpor, Associate Justice Kabinah Ja’neh and the county resident Judge, Cllr. Geeblah Tekloh Konton.Beginning her statement at the ceremony, President Sirleaf called for the observance of a moment of silence in honor of former Chief Justice Lewis in whose memory the Judicial Complex is named.She said the dedication was another manifestation of a promise made by her government to continue to bring development to all counties within the Republic.“The fact that this complex is one of the largest, if not the largest in Sinoe County, attests to this commitment that we have made to bring development to our people.”She indicated that she and her entourage were glad to join the citizens of the county as they celebrate the country’s 168th independence anniversary. “This gives us the opportunity to assess the progress we have made and to recognize the challenges that still exist,” she said.She also said that the celebration gives the national leaders the opportunity to have exchanges with their fellow citizens within the counties on how local residents see the way going forward to continue the progress in the county.She commended the Chief Justice and his Associates for their untiring efforts in constructing vibrant legal facilities in the various counties and for the justice that is now being rendered in the country. She said that the rule of law is being highly recognized by the citizenry.“To the Judges and the staff, we look to you to ensure that the premises are properly maintained,” she advised.She lauded the citizens of the county who provided the five acres of land on which the judicial complex is built, for their material, moral and spiritual support to the project.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor noted that he was happy to dedicate what he described as a “beautiful facility, the third of its kind in the country behind the Temple of Justice in Monrovia and the Judicial Complex in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.”The complex houses several courts, including the Third Judicial Court of Sinoe County, the Debt, Traffic and Magisterial courts as well as several offices. He indicated that there is an area for the grand and petty juries consisting of separate rooms for both males and females.The complex will afford legal practitioners in the county the opportunity to work in an improved environment with better facilities.“The availability of several courts and offices in this single structure will make it easy for aggrieved partners to come to the court and seek redress and for judicial actors to coordinate activities for the speedy disposal of cases,” he said.He said the ultimate intent of the structure is to provide quality services in dispensing justice. The complex also promotes the concept of judicial independence. “It is high time that the Judiciary, an independent branch of government, be hosted in its own facilities throughout the country.” He noted that many of the courts are still operating from administrative buildings in some of the counties.Meanwhile, the President also cut ribbons to the Superintendent’s residence and the Executive Lounge, which has about 15 rooms and cost about US$249K. Superintendent Romeo Quaiah said these accommodations will highly benefit the county because the issue of housing and guest accommodations has always been a major problem in the county. He lauded the president for her continual support to the county.The President is also scheduled to dedicate the Youth Center and the Children’s Playground in Greenville. She will today head to Barclayville, Grand Kru County where several other development projects are expected to be dedicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE BOOK

first_imgThe book was in this very revered libraryIt shelved in a space seen by very honoredThe pages were covered in gold flint linerMade leather like by winds of many lunarA hardback of diamond protects the emberTucked finely that a borrower would comeSomeday pick it up and caress each leafThe BookThe book was written to tell the story of humansEtched on the mud grounds of mangrove miresRoofed in a shack with holes right into heavensHardly enough room for a pleasant night sleepRations of morsel were scarce and very happyAfter hours of toil for Mama needed a hand tooTime has buffed the rugged boy to a pacesetterThe BookThe book for perusal to become a prized keepAs the sheets dust with time the message newA trophy made of all the earth groomed to glowChants a ballad that lifts the faces of our poorestOf a seafront bathed in the breath of evil leadersZinc shacks stern with daily refuse paves the wayWhich founders stood solid by the Book of books?The BookShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UG unions accuse Labour Department of bias

first_imgThe two unions representing workers attached to the University of Guyana (UG) said on Thursday that its members will not be deterred from their current stint of protest actions as they called out the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department for being partisan during a meeting on Tuesday. This engagement was intended to resolve issues between employees and the UG administration.However, University of Guyana Workers’ Union and the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association are unsettled over the meeting with Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle and other officials. In an official statement on Friday, the unions said the Labour Department’s representatives did not appear to be the impartial arbiters they were expected to be in such a situation.Labour Minister Keith ScottUnion representatives further said they were told that striking was “impossible and that it is not right”, adding that they were also told that “what was allowed before would not be allowed again and that they could face disciplinary consequences for their role in leading industrial action.”The bodies are taking this directive as a reference to their 2015 strike action. The unions said they expect labour officials to be “unbiased”, adding that accusations of acting in favour of a particular political group would never arise. Similar accusations of biasness against the Labour Department were made by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) when the department had moved to select its own arbitrator when teachers were protesting last year.On Thursday, the UG unions said the perceived threats will not deter them from their objectives as they renewed commitments to fighting for the interests of over 1000 staff members and 7000 students at the nation’s only tertiary learning institution. They are hopeful that the forensic audit of the university’s finances will help members determine the true fiscal status of UG as they continue to demand more investment for teaching and less talk.UG workers protesting on Tuesday lastThis call was also made at Tuesday’s picket at UG’s Turkeyen campus. The unions during the picketing exercise had alleged that the institution was unable to properly account for its expenditures, nor could it offer a salary increase to its staffers, although tuition fees have been increasing annually.President of the UG Senior Staff Association (UGSS) Jewel Thomas had told members of the media earlier that the University has rejected their proposal for an increase in salaries, saying the University has a deficit. She had accused the University of wasteful spending, explaining that the University has been hosting talks and events to accommodate various speakers; some of whom the University does not even know of although funds go towards their accommodation, food and travel.They said they were later told that the University is in a deficit for 2018. Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith had said the unions breached an agreement they had with the institution.In November 2018, the trade unions representing the university’s workers announced that they had rejected the imposed salary increases of three and four per cent, announced by that institution for 2018, as they deemed the entire situation “deeply disrespectful”.According to the unions, “not only are the imposed increases a violation of good labour relations practices, but some might say that arrogance and hypocrisy are displayed in this action.”last_img read more

Raise protest at CSUN planned

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Dozens of instructors, students and staff at CSUN plan to demonstrate Wednesday to protest stalled contract talks and recently approved raises for administrators. The protests have been held at all 23 California State University campuses to draw attention to the CSU trustees’ recent vote to give executives a 4 percent raise, while weighing tuition increases of 8-10 percent that would take effect this fall. “These actions by the CSU management leave our students in danger, leave the university understaffed, and leave our community at risk of permanent damage to the educational opportunity the CSU should represent,” said James David Ballard, president of the California Faculty Association’s CSUN chapter. “These management decisions make the CSU administration public enemy No. 1 on campus.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But CSU officials say the decision to raise salaries for about two dozen administrators – who now will earn $239,000 to $377,000 annually – will help retain high-quality executives. “They’re just trying to get their salaries up to par with other comparable educational institutions,” said Paul Browning, CSU spokesman. “The presidents are $100,000 less at comparable universities. ” A negotiating session is scheduled again this week, and Ballard said a walkout is likely in April if no agreement is reached. CSU officials have offered a four-year contract they say includes salary increases totaling 25 percent. Ballard says contingencies in the proposal actually limit the average raise to about 15 percent over four years. The contract covers nearly 1,800 full- and part-time faculty, as well as coaches, librarians and staff from California State University, Northridge. last_img read more

Vieira bemoans bad luck after defeat in first Nice game

first_img0Shares0000Patrick Vieira saw his Nice side beaten 1-0 at home by Reims © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 12 – Patrick Vieira said that his Nice side “ran out of luck” as he tasted defeat in his first league match as a coach in Europe with a 1-0 loss at home to newly-promoted Reims on Saturday.The former Arsenal and France midfielder was brought in to replace Lucien Favre after his departure for Borussia Dortmund, but his reign got off to a miserable start. Moussa Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in just the second minute of his Ligue 1 debut after joining Reims from Russian side Rostov.The Malian midfielder cut inside two defenders before beating Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale at his near post with a low shot from long range.Nice dominated the rest of the match — enjoying 71 percent of possession — but only one of their 19 shots on goal was on target as they missed the injured Mario Balotelli.“The goal made things much more difficult. A goal at the start like that is disappointing,” said Vieira.“I was surprised. We ran out of luck. We created opportunities, especially in the second half.”Visiting ‘keeper Edouard Mendy was equal to a low effort from Allan Saint-Maximin, but Nice created little else as Reims clung on to mark their return to the top flight after winning the Ligue 2 title with an unlikely win.Italy striker Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 games for Nice last season, but Vieira refused to confirm that the 27-year-old’s future still lies at the Allianz Riviera.“Balotelli? It’s useless to talk about him because he’s not here,” said the Frenchman. “I want to focus on the players who are here and want to be here.”Vieira, who had been briefly linked with the manager’s job at Arsenal during the close-season, will take his new team to Caen next Saturday, as the 42-year-old looks for his first win since leaving New York City.– Falcao helps Monaco to winning start –Falcao starred as a substitute as Monaco saw off Nantes © AFP / LOIC VENANCERadamel Falcao came off the bench to score and set up another goal as Monaco brushed aside Nantes 3-1 to get their Ligue 1 campaign off to a strong start.With Falcao left out of the starting XI following his World Cup exertions with Colombia and big summer signing Aleksandr Golovin out injured, Monaco struggled for long periods.But the game changed when Falcao was introduced in the 66th minute, and Rony Lopes continued his excellent form from last season by stooping to nod in the opening goal just three minutes later.Falcao set Stevan Jovetic free with 10 minutes to go, and the Montenegrin coolly slotted home.Samuel Grandsir, who also came on with Falcao to make his Ligue 1 debut for the club, crossed low for the Colombian to tap into an empty net in the 83rd minute, as Monaco cruised to victory despite Emiliano Sala’s injury-time consolation.“We still have a lot to improve, but this victory is good to start the season well,” Portuguese youngster Lopes told Canal+.“Last week (4-0 Champions Trophy loss to Paris Saint-Germain) was difficult, but here, first game of the championship, a win, we’re happy.”Elsewhere, Nimes scored three goals in the last 14 minutes to grab a thrilling 4-3 victory at Angers in their first top-flight match since 1993.Whabi Khazri scored on his debut as Saint-Etienne beat Dijon 2-1, while Lille came from behind to win 3-1 against Rennes and Montpellier lost at home to Dijon.Reigning champions PSG get their title defence underway on Sunday when they host Caen.Marseille opened the season in style on Friday night as Dimitri Payet scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES’ DAIRY DIVISION TURNS SOUR

first_imgPlans to sell a major part of Donegal Creameries have hit the rocks.Talks with Connacht Gold over the sale of Donegal Creameries’ dairy division to the large Sligo-based co-op ended without agreement last night.The discussions about a possible deal have been taking place behind closed doors for a number of weeks. News of a possible sale between the two companies was broken by Donegaldaily.com a number of weeks ago.Donegal Creameries’ dairy division, which accounted for 46 per cent of the company’s turnover last year, has been struggling in recent times.Results for the company for the first six months of this year have show that Donegal Creameries made a loss of €970,000 compared to a profit of €350,000 for the same period last year.Donegal Creameries’ agri-inputs and seed potato business saw a strong improvement in profits during the same period. The company owns a number of agri-stores around Donegal including Letterkenny, Kerrykeel, Killygordan, Lifford and Creeslough.While a number are trading well, it is believed a number of the stores are struggling.The company, which has been listed on the Iseq’s junior exchange since 1997, already supplies milk to Connacht Gold and other co-ops, as well as manufacturing its own liquid milk and yoghurt products.It has previously indicated its support for greater consolidation in the dairy industry, a policy endorsed by the Icos (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).Sligo-headquartered Connacht Gold is one of the largest co-operatives in the State. Formed in 2000 following the merger of two Connaught-based co-ops, it had turnover of €300 million in 2010, up from €264 million the previous year.Pretax profits rose to €5 million in 2010 from €1.8 million in 2009, due in part to the disposal of property.Connacht Gold has previously indicated its interest in pursuing acquisition opportunities in 2011.Donegal Creameries closed unchanged at €3.20 yesterday evening in Dublin. SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES’ DAIRY DIVISION TURNS SOUR was last modified: October 13th, 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:connacht goldDonegal Creamerieslast_img read more

DONEGAL TO TAKE PART IN GOLDEN BRIDGES EVENT IN BOSTON

first_imgThis November, the Irish-American community of Massachusetts will join together with the community of Donegal and Derry to forge and consolidate transatlantic cultural links.The fifth annual Boston-Northwest Ireland Golden Bridges Conference 2012 will take place in the Seaport Hotel and the World Trade Centre, Boston on November 8th and 9th 2012.Hosted by leading Irish-American newspaper, the Irish Echo, this year’s conference is centred on the theme, “community, culture and commerce,” and will include the US launch of the Donegal Global Diaspora Project. 2013 will have huge significance in the north-west of Ireland with Derry being named as City of Culture, and The Gathering 2013, extending a huge Donegal welcome to our worldwide Diaspora.Senator Jack Hart, democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate will launch the showcase and on behalf of the cream of the Irish-American business community, welcome the Irish north-west delegation.Two day of intensive talks and discussions will follow featuring an array of speakers from Donegal, Derry and the US, on topics which will include- The Launch of Transatlantic Reading Project; To a Profitable Partnership: Boston and Northwest Ireland; City of Culture Showcase; Rising to Common Challenges; An Invite Home: The Gathering 2013; US Launch: Donegal Global Diaspora Project; Creating World-Class Regions and much more.The conference will be attended by a high-profile Donegal delegation which will include Minister for State, Dinny McGinley, TD; Donegal County Mayor, Frank McBrearty Jnr; Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely; and Letterkenny Institute of Technology President, Paul Hannigan. Speaking this week, Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr commented, “The bonds that tie Boston, Massachusetts, and Irish America in general to the Northwest of Ireland have never been as strong.“This conference offers an amazing opportunity for all parties to consolidate existing partnerships, while also collectively collaborating to establish exciting new innovative processes that can be mutually beneficial to ourselves and our transatlantic Diaspora of family and friends.”A full agenda of the weekends events and names of guest speakers can be found here: http://irishecho.com/boston/wpcontent/uploads/2012/10/GoldenBridgesAgenda.pdf DONEGAL TO TAKE PART IN GOLDEN BRIDGES EVENT IN BOSTON was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has come through an assessment giving them a license to respond to emergency calls across the region for the next three years until 2017. The team face various rescue scenarios.The team and their governing body insist on operating the highest standard during response calls to people caught in dangerous situations across the county.Two assessors put your local mountain rescue team through the paces from 8.30pm until after midnight on Friday night( Admin capability approval) and then again from 10.00am this morning til 1.30pm today ( Mountain Rescue capabilities approval). The assessment scenario was based on a “call-out” from a solo hill walker that sustained a suspected lower leg fracture while walking in the eastern region of the Bluestack mountains.The Incident Control Unit was deployed to, and based at, the car park between Lough Mourne and Biddy’s of Barnes pub.A hasty team was deployed to locate the casualty, followed by two self contained ( ie, fully equipped) Search & Rescue Units.Donegal Mountain RescueThe casualty was located on steep ground and treated by a Team medic while the rest of us set up belay systems to ensure a safe and fast extraction to the road side. At the following debrief, the two independent Assessors told the team what they seen and thought of them, as your local mountain rescue team.And the great news is that the team passed with flying colours. Your local mountain rescue team are validated for another 3 years with the next assessment scheduled for 2017.The second Assessor said “be proud to be a member of Donegal MRT” and he would be proud to a part of us.The best news of all is that Donegal MRT are now invited to join one assessor’s Team for winter training in Scotland and we are in the planning stages of partaking in a multi team exercise based on the mountainous and extreme regions of Connaught.Please remember, all members of Donegal MRT are volunteers. While we give up our free time voluntarily, we can not survive without your contributions on street collection days. DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS was last modified: May 18th, 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:assessmentdonegalDonegal Mountain Rescuelast_img read more