Agents against sale of Caymanas lands

first_imgTHE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in the Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys – liaising with trainers – are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockey’s Association as specified in their press release regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment”.”We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Over a week ago, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.No long-term closureThe jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that the Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property reverted to the control of the Jamaican Government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions, i.e., jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at the DBJ on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month, after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to the Cabinet for approval.last_img read more

Constable stabbed, man shot during scuffle at City Hall

first_imgA civilian and a member of the City Constabulary were injured on Friday morning during a scuffle in the compound of the Mayor and City Council.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Constable Rawle Bobb was stabbed to the mouth by the civilian and in retaliation, the Constable whipped out his service weapon and shot the man to his foot.Reports are the incident occurred at about 09:30h after the civilian, who was sentenced to do community work at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts returned to the outpost to enquire about his pedal cycle that was left there.This enquiry, Guyana Times understands, led to a heated argument between the two men which quickly escalated into an altercation. As a result, a door at the outpost broke off and it was this that angered the Constable further. The civilian reportedly armed himself with an improvised “jucker” and stabbed the city Constable to his mouth and in return, the Constable shot the suspect to his foot. They were both taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were admitted.When contacted, Chief Constable Andrew Foo indicated that the matter is being investigated. He said from what was reported, he is of the understanding that the civilian entered the City Constabulary to “claim a cycle”. “He was being spoken to by one of the ranks. He became disorderly. He attacked the rank and stabbed him to the face and mouth,” Foo said.last_img read more

CDC delivers more aid to Venezuelan migrants

first_imgThe Civil Defence Commission (CDC) continues to render assistance to the Venezuelan migrants crossing Guyana’s borders in an effort to escape the social and economic crisis in their homelands.Migrant families receiving hampers from the Civil Defence CommissionOn Saturday, March 9, twelve migrant families in Kamwatta, Barima-Waini (Region One) received much-needed hampers from the CDC.Additional supplies are currently being mobilised to be delivered to communities in the region in the coming week as well as in Region Seven.The National Multi Sectorial Coordinating Committee, through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), has been providing relief to migrants in the border regions. Over the last few months, Guyana has seen an increase in the number of Venezuelans crossing the border to escape the political and socio-economic crisis in their homeland.Migrant families receiving hampers from the Civil Defence Commissionlast_img read more

Dismissed sugar workers to be given 50% severance pay this month

first_imgEstates closure…other half by year endGovernment has announced that it will pay 50 per cent of the severance benefits to dismissed sugar workers by the end of this month. This commitment represents over $2 billion in severance payments.This announcement was made in Parliament on Wednesday when Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo read a statement from President David Granger. However, he said that the remainder will be paid in the second half of the year.This move comes one day after disgruntled workers attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate protested for their severance payment as they demanded thatPresident David Grangerthe Government get its act together.Eight hundred and fifty workers, whose last day of employment was December 29, 2017, on Tuesday protested the non-payment of millions of dollars, which are collectively owed to them by the David Granger Administration and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).According to the President, GuySuCo is not being dismantled. He claimed that Government is working actively to ameliorate the impact of retrenchment on workers livelihood.As such, it will also move to embark on an extensive review of expenditure in every sector to the extent of reducing ministerial budgets in order to find funds to enable sugar workers to receive their severance pay; and, set aside $100 million to provide small loans for entrepreneurial activities for these people.While noting the invaluable contribution of the sugar industry to the development of Guyana, the President said Government will continue to work towards returningWorkers and their families protesting for severance payments on Tuesdaythe reformed sugar industry to profitability and improving the personal income of sugar workers.He made reference to some of the work that has started which includes the establishment of an Alternative Livelihood Programme (ALP), aimed at providing support by enabling displaced employees to access available opportunities to function in other fields.Already, he said, Government has embarked on the training of employees to work in new operational fields across the industry in places such as the field workshops and providing services.Some 500 employees from the West and East Demerara estates will be retrained in fields such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical works and in small business enterprises, the President said.“The Government has acted resolutely and responsibly to protect the livelihood of workers, to preserve the viability of rural communities and prevent the further financial depletion of the country’s Treasury,” he added.Both the current and past Government, the President said, have struggled to maintain the industry’s viability; by implementing several initiatives. He referred to the work done under the People’s Progressive Party to engage international advisory, technical and managerial corporations such as Booker-Tate Ltd, Bosch Projects (PTY) and Global Cane Sugar between 1992 and 2015.In addition to that, a new factory at Skeldon in the East Berbice-Corentyne region was built at a cost of US$212 million and $48 billion was expended in financial support to the industry since 2011, while $32 billion was spent over the past 30 months, which when calculated sums up to a rate of about $1 billion a month.“This Government cannot sustain the sugar industry in its current state. It has had to make difficult choices in order to ensure the industry’s viability,” the Head of State added.Granger recalled that one of the earliest measures included the convening a Commission of Inquiry into the state of the industry in October 2015; publishing a State Paper on the future of the industry in May 2017; and creating a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the industry in June 2017.“I iterated – in my address to the 71st sitting of the National Assembly on 2nd November 2017 – that: The sugar industry is being consolidated; it is not being closed. We will explore all options… to ensure a viable industry, mindful of its impact on the nation’s rural economy and its residents.”The Government, he added, will also continue to engage the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union, National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees, the Corporation, other major stakeholders, but most importantly the workers themselves.last_img read more

Painting school colors part of list

first_imgPrompted by teachers and administrators who complained of leaky roofs and mold, the district has decided to use maintenance funds to take care of some projects. Some residents fear that the district will complete only cosmetic repairs, but Gapper said the work scheduled this week at Hart was just the beginning. District officials plan an in-depth presentation at the April18 school board meeting to review modernization plans at Hart and at Placerita and Sierra Vista junior highs. “Then we will be able to talk about Castaic High School and the modernization of three important schools in our district,” Gapper said. In the meantime, Hart High is getting a number of small things fixed. Older buildings are being painted, the baseball field is getting a new scoreboard, and the school’s main sewer line is being cleaned to prevent future leaks and back-ups. Water-damaged ceiling tiles in the library will be repaired, and tiles in the boys’ locker room and coaches’ offices also are being replaced, Gapper added. At neighboring Placerita Junior High, parts of the campus are being repaved; and at Rio Norte and Rancho Pico junior highs, pipes damaged in the January freeze are being fixed before school resumes Monday. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Spring cleaning is in full swing at Hart High School. Maintenance crews will be making the most of the weeklong spring break by checking off a few tasks on the 60-year-old campus’s hefty to-do list, district officials said. “We have a specific list of work to do at Hart,” said Rob Gapper, the Hart Union High School District’s chief operations officer. “We are working to knock things off that list as quickly as we can.” A major renovation project at Hart was next on the district’s list of modernization work, but skyrocketing construction costs and cost overruns put all such upgrades on hold. last_img read more

DELIGHT FOR DUNGLOE GAA AS CÁTRIONA SOLAN REACHES ULSTER FINAL OF SCOR SINSIR

first_imgB’iad  2,5,8 &15 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €1100 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas  €20 an ceann:Brian O’Donnell – Gweedore Rd, Donna Joyce -Main St,  Dom Ferry – Crickamore, Rosha Byrne – Annagry agus Ann Houston – Cleendra.All tickets for the White Collar Boxing night are now SOLD OUT. There’s no entry on the door without a ticket! We have limited seating and can only accommodate on a first come, first served basis! Doors open at 6:30pm with the first fight at 8pm. Mairead Boyle presenting Jeanie Sweeney with the lotto jackpot of €1,600, which was won last week by Ann Marion Sweeney. Jeanie accepted the cheque on behalf of her daughter.Congratulations to Càtriona Solan on winning the Ulster Semi-Final solo singing of Scor Sinsir in Glenullin, Derry. Catriona will fly the club & County flag in the Ulster Final next week in Downpatrick on Saturday the 20th.Big congratulations to Matthew O’Donnell, Jack Greene and Padraig Sweeney. All Dungloe club hurlers who have made the Donegal U17 panel. Well done lads and good luck in the year ahead!DELIGHT FOR DUNGLOE GAA AS CÁTRIONA SOLAN REACHES ULSTER FINAL OF SCOR SINSIR was last modified: February 15th, 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:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more

TD DOHERTY’S ANGER AT FIANNA FÁIL LEADER OVER ‘CRASS’ SEX ABUSE JIBES

first_imgMartin: Republicans angry at abuse claimsA POLITICAL storm has erupted over claims by Fianna Faíl leader Micheal Martin that Sinn Fein has covered up sex abuse allegations.Speaking after Gerry Adams’ brother Liam was jailed for 16 years for sex abuse, Mr Martin claimed his party is aware of a number of cases where the Republican movement attempted to deal with cases of sexual abuse internally rather than involve the authorities.He claimed Sinn Fein had acted in the same way as the Catholic Church. Liam Adams abused his own daughter Aine in the 1970s and 80s.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty was furious at the claims.“The decision by Michael Martin to use this traumatic case to try and score political points is absolutely disgraceful and sickening,” said Deputy Doherty.“There is no comparison between the approaches by Gerry Adams in this case and that of the Catholic Church in dealing with abuse allegations. “The Church hierarchy presided over institutional abuse for decades. They swore victims of abuse to secrecy. The Church hierarchy set out to silence victims and deny them justice.“Gerry Adams did the exact opposite. He acted in good faith to support the victim.“The accusation was reported to the statutory agencies and the RUC in 1987.“Gerry Adams co-operated fully with the PSNI, with the PPS and courts, and he gave evidence against his brother.“Those are the efforts of someone seeking to support a victim. “Mr Martin goes on to claim that he has been ‘notified’ of other cases of abuse.“The question needs to be asked of Deputy Martin as to when he received this information and has he passed it on to Gardaí?“That is the only appropriate course of action for any responsible citizen.“Or is the reality that Deputy Martin will seek to use any issue no matter how difficult for those directly involved to try and score cheap political points.” TD DOHERTY’S ANGER AT FIANNA FÁIL LEADER OVER ‘CRASS’ SEX ABUSE JIBES was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:TD DOHERTY’S ANGER AT FIANNA FÁIL LEADER OVER ‘CRASS’ SEX ABUSE JIBESlast_img read more

‘RED TAPE’ SEES AMERICAN FAMILY PULL OUT OF MAJOR MILFORD BUSINESS VENTURE

first_imgAn American based family who had agreed to purchase a business venture in the Milford area has been forced to abandon the project due to red tape in the Department of Justice.MIlford has lost out on a major investment because of red tape.It has emerged that to comply with visa regulations to take up residence here the family, as non EU citizens would have to produce evidence of an investment in the region of €300,000.The family with strong Irish roots had agreed the purchase of a locally owned business for an estimated figure believed to be €150,000. And they have reacted to the requirement of €300,000 with total disbelief.The Tirconail Tribune reports that a representative for the family has now accused the Judicial Immigrations Department that while trying to insure that those who come to Ireland do not pose a burden financially to the State, are in fact hurting more of Ireland’s citizens in the process.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who met with the investors while in America as Mayor of Donegal was instrumental in them coming to Donegal with a view to purchase a business.Cllr. McGarvey has said he is shocked that this genuine venture has collapsed and he is of the opinion that many others in America of Irish origin but do not comply with the EU citizenship proviso are being prevented from coming here. He intends to raise this issue at the next meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford at the end of January.The premises involved is a well-known landmark, said Cllr. McGarvey and with the current owners due to retire he fears that an opportunity to save the facility and create jobs has been lost.However, said Ian McGarvey, since the American family members are not EU citizens they found themselves with an insurmountable situation and despite long and tedious negotiations no progress whatsoever has been achieved. This demand for €300,000 is seen a residency guarantee and is operated by the judicial immigration department in Dublin. It is well out of the reach of many Irish emigrants hoping to relocate here in Donegal.A representative for the family told the Tribune: “The investment schemes set by the judicial immigration department are reserved for multimillionaires and not for merely successful professionals. Today’s exchange rate would require an investment of $360,835.27 in American Dollars, in order to begin to fulfill their requirements. As you know, our investment in the business near Milford is well below that figure. And the other schemes offered are way beyond any reasonable consideration.When you look at the huge number of business properties on the market presently, in the range we were looking at, you will see what we have been talking about. Many of these properties have been on and off the market for over three years. Some have gone out of business as result due to no suitable Irish buyers, leaving more people out of work, and out of money. While others, though showing positive cash flow with good to average returns are in the same boat as the aforementioned businesses that most folks do not have the financial resources to complete the transaction. These businesses too will eventually follow in the footsteps as mentioned.At the figures we were looking at we would have had enough funds to sustain our extended family for at least four years, without income from the business we were pursuing. In addition to hiring part time staff with wages equal to current standards. Not to mention, providing and improving service to the community where these businesses operated.In our extensive travels across Ireland it was sad to see so many derelict and run down business properties and homes, even though some were not at the top of tourist destinations, they did offer convenience to the many residents of those given areas. The town we stayed at south of Letterkenny had it’s own areas of blight that took away from what was a beautiful town.The Judicial Immigrations Department while trying to insure that those who come to Ireland do not pose a burden financially to the State, are in fact hurting more of Ireland’s citizens in the process. It is sad that a family like ours, with dreams and vision, who desire to make Ireland our permanent home are restricted due to what most would consider outrageous investment requirements. Many of these businesses perhaps were at that €300,000.00 price a few years back but due to a dismal economy brought about by bureaucratic red tape have fallen to the point where they are today.We have never been afraid of investing in higher risk ventures We are cautious where to invest, but just because a business we are interested in is under performing, does not equate to certain failure,” added the family spokesman.‘RED TAPE’ SEES AMERICAN FAMILY PULL OUT OF MAJOR MILFORD BUSINESS VENTURE was last modified: January 8th, 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)Tags:BusinessdonegalinvestmentMilfordred tapelast_img read more

COMMENT: MAVERICKS TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP – ‘THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN’

first_imgFEATURES: Mavericks Traditional Barbershop had now been opened 3 months, so I decided to call in to see how they were getting on!When I went in there was a warm atmosphere, with 4 barbers hard at work. They certainly looked like they were well on their way of achieving their goals of becoming a successful business.Within their first 3 months in business Mavericks had to recruit another 2 barbers to double their work force to meet the footfall their service is attracting.Since opening Mavericks Traditional has both captured the imagination and more importantly, met the demands of the gentlemen of Donegal.What I found impressive was, everything Mavericks promised at the start, they are now delivering consistently to every customer. Top quality customer service, enjoyable environment, free beverages and above all a well finished hair cut and shave to the customer’s specifications.When asked about the business to date, John said: “We really hit the ground running, everyone loves the style of the shop, they love the location and the availability of parking.“I have been very fortunate not only to have a fantastic barber in Darwyn, but also to get two great barbers to come on board Noel and Ronan.“All three of them truly understand the quality of cut and the experience that I want to deliver to the client and they deliver each time without fail. And fortunate for me they are great guys to work with as well.“Already I’m very proud of the team. It was important to get the two lads on board as we were happy with the service we were providing but at times we were not comfortable about the length of the queues.“Thankfully now we are always on top of the queues and the wait time is never long. “All barbers were busy at the time so I asked a customer what brings him to Mavericks.Michael Boyle from Old Town said, “This is my fourth time in Mavericks, I just love it!“I now look forward to getting my haircut, but above all it’s great to finally have a barbers in Letterkenny where you can get your hair cut the way you want it cut, not the way the barber decides to cut it and all of the barbers here are capable of delivering that.“It’s refreshing to say the least and for what you get with your standard haircut its really good value too! I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone. Mavericks barbershop is located at Lower Main street at the junction of Larkins Lane, there is always parking available and they are opened Monday to Saturday.These guys really are the only show in town…..COMMENT: MAVERICKS TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP – ‘THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN’ was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Watch: Scoil Roisín students celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with unique show!

first_imgStudents of Scoil Roisín celebrated Lá Gaelach for Seachtain na Gaeilge this week, and enjoyed a wonderful day of music, quizzes, and treasure hunts! The newly formed Banna Ceoil Scoil Roisín stepped out in style, marching in a shamrock formation to honour Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. Onlookers were delighted by the display, with the band putting on a fantastic show with a medley of jigs, polkas, and marches, with a special drum solo composed and performed by sixth class pupil Calum Glackin.After putting down their instruments, the band made their way inside for the Céilí Mór with family and friends, with the school’s Irish dancers donning their exquisite costumes and showcasing their toe-tapping talent.Spending the day celebrating our Irish language, culture, and heritage, Scoil Roisín also organised a Leprechaun hunt in the school yard, where teams of pupils headed out in search of clues to crack a mysterious code and find the potá ór.From there, pupils took part in the Tráth na gCeist where pupils from all classes answered a wide and varied range of questions as Gaeilge. Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit!Watch: Scoil Roisín students celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with unique show! was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:picture specialscoil roisinSt Patrick’s Daywatchlast_img read more