Region 10 council, LM&TC meet with parties to discuss ‘discrepancies’

first_imgIllegal mining in Upper Demerara RiverSeveral persons, including nine Brazilians, implicated in alleged illegal mining activity in the Upper Demerara River in Linden were questioned and released by Police in Linden.The dredge which was spotted in the Upper Demerara RiverAbout 12 persons were detained on Saturday after suspicion arose that they were conducting unauthorised activities. Acting on suspicion, Municipal Councillor Lennox Gasper along with Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Orrin Gordon ventured to the area at Watooka, Mackenzie and confronted the individuals prior to summoning Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune and Police to the area.An investigation has since been launched by the Police. Councillor Gasper has indicated that the individuals said they had received permission to conduct mining further up the river. However, enquiries disclosed that the permission did not come from the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). It was noted, however, that the group was in possession of written permission which was granted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) in 2014. The permit which was seen by this publication gave permission for small scale mining for gold and precious stones. It is unclear whether the document was updated or renewed since 2014. However, those implicated, according to sources, were also allegedly operating under the pretense of transporting parts of a dredge to dredge the Berbice River at Kwakwani to assist in flood relief efforts. But the Regional Chairman confirmed that the group was not part of the flood relief efforts. Further investigation disclosed that some of the individuals were not in possession of work permits, and some had passports which were near expiry.The Regional Chairman told this publication on Monday that he, along with some Councillors and representatives of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) met with those involved on Monday and would have discussed the “discrepancies” associated with the situation. He promised to provide a full update on Tuesday.According to Councillor Gasper, who was part of the meeting, both the RDC and LM&TC remain resolute that the activity be halted because of health concerns.Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told this publication that the investigation disclosed that three of the Brazilians were not in possession of work permits but claimed that their documentation was processing at the time, by the company to which they are attached. This, the source noted, has been verified by Police after the nationals were detained. They were later released, given that all were in possession of valid passports, and documentation for work permits of the three Brazilian nationals were being processed.The source added that they were sent away until they receive permission to conduct dredging, and were instructed to have the dredge removed. Regional officials were concerned that any dredging activities at the particular section of the river could lead to erosion.Councillor Gasper has also questioned the lack of an assessment report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as is necessary for such activities. Officials have also indicated that neither the RDC nor LM&TC, the two main organs of governance in the Region, had been informed of the activities which were being conducted in the river.last_img read more

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Fly Jamaica to process refunds by July 1 – CCAC

first_img…over $8M in reimbursements complaints received Stemming from a discussion between Fly Jamaica and the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), the airline has given its word to process refunds owed to inconvenienced passengers by July 1, 2019.Those passengers were left stranded when a Boeing 757 flight crash landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, in November after encountering hydraulic issues.According to the Consumer Department, it met with the airline on May 2 where they discussed compensation for those travellers. Some 46 complaints have been received so far by the Commission which value about $8, 316, 504, CCAC said.In attendance at the meeting were the Director of CCAC, Dawn Cush, Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul and Senior Investigator, David Kaladin of the Consumer Affairs Unit along with Fly Jamaica’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Reece and Operations Manager, Carl Bowen.“Resulting from the discussions, Fly Jamaica has committed to work with the Commission to process refunds for consumers by July 1, 2019. Captain Paul Reece expressed his regret at the situation and looks forward to bringing closure to the matter, stating that, refunds to consumers is at the top of the company’s agenda,” the Consumer agency said.Further, the Commission reminded that it is committed to ensuring that consumers are kept updated on the developments as it continues to engage the airline on passengers’ refunds.In a recent interview with this publication, the Consumer Affairs Officer had pointed out that the airline could be hauled before the courts if it fails to compensate affected passengers.Initially, the airline had promised the Commission to begin payments in March but was unable to do so due to lack of funds. Subsequent to this announcement, Fly Jamaica made its staff redundant at the end of March.In light of this, the consumer officer explained, “They will be treated just like a normal supplier and the [Consumer] Act will be enforced against them”.She noted that it was too early to determine whether the Commission will be forced to take the airline to court or if passengers themselves would have to make that move. Already, two lawsuits have been filed against the airline, both for compensation to passengers. The most recent order was issued in December.Of the 120 passengers on board the Boeing 757 flight on November 9, 2018, along with eight crew members, at least six were injured during the crash landing.An 86-year-old woman died one week after the incident as a result of brain swelling.The flight left the CJIA for Toronto at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, from the CJIA, but after reportedly encountering hydraulic issues, the pilot returned to the airport where the aircraft crash landed at about 02:53h.last_img read more

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Asian demand waters B.C. forestry

first_imgAnother benefit of the Chinese market is the increased demand for employment. Bell claims that “increased demand for China means more forestry workers are back on the job, more mills are running and forest-dependant communities are enjoying more economic stability.”In the timber harvesting industry alone, jobs are up by 4,500 over 2009. Jobs are also up in the wood product manufacturing sector. The past year has seen more than 20 saw-mills re-open their doors. As a result, this has led to a 5.2 per cent increase over 2009, providing an additional 1,400 jobs.For other economic statistics and other highlights, visit . The B.C. foresting industry is ending the year on a high note.According to Forest, Mines and Lands Minister Pat Bell, 2010 will end with several clear signs that a stronger, more diverse foresting sector is moving towards a healthy recovery.- Advertisement -The province’s main foresting exports include pulp, paper, plywood and lumber.Bell explains that the forest sector “was much busier this year and it appears that the worst of the economic downturn is behind us. The latest net earnings summary from PricewaterhouseCoopers reported all of B.C.’s largest foresting companies showing profits in the third quarter. This is the first time in a decade that we have seen quarterly profits across the board.”One of the most encouraging indicators of success to come is Asia Pacific’s steadily increasing demand for B.C. wood products.In September, the industry saw, for the first time ever, the value of products shipped to China and Japan surpass the value of those shipped to the United States. The growth of the Chinese market is estimated to make up for the lack of U.S. housing industry in 2010.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Countrywide boss changed stock plan as company suffered

first_imgCalabasas-based Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender in terms of volume, faces a lawsuit claiming it failed to warn employees about the depth of its financial troubles, resulting in heavy stock losses in their 401k retirement accounts. The company recently said it will eliminate as many as 12,000 jobs in the coming months. Its stock, meanwhile, is off more than 50 percent from its $45.03 high on Feb. 2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS- Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo cashed in $138 million in stock options over the last year, switching his trading plans as the mortgage company went into a tailspin, it was reported today. Between November 2006 and August, Mozilo changed the plans outlining how many of his shares would be sold monthly, the Los Angeles Times reported. Mozilo unloaded 4.9 million Countrywide shares, most of which he bought through exercising options. Hundreds of executives use similar trading plans, approved by federal regulators in 2000 as a way to defend against insider trading allegations. While not illegal, it is highly unusual for the plans to be changed so often in a short period, experts said. “If a guy is changing his plan around, I would think that would send up a red flag. I wouldn’t allow my clients to do it,” said Thom F. Carroll, a financial planner with the Baltimore wealth management firm Carroll, Frank & Plotkin. Mozilo adopted a new trading plan, added a second one and then revised it while the housing and mortgage industry slumped, the Times reported, citing regulatory findings. The changes allowed him to sell hundreds of thousands of additional shares before Countrywide stock plunged. Sandy Samuels, Countrywide’s chief legal officer, said Mozilo’s stock sales were all “in accordance with company policy.” “The (trading) plans were put into place in consultation with Mr. Mozilo’s financial adviser, without regard to any non-public or market information,” Samuels said in a prepared statement to the Times. last_img read more

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The Europa League is Liverpool’s to lose, not Dortmund’s – and here’s why

first_img 3. Sturridge, Coutinho and Firmino – Finally, the trio are fit. It’s taken a while, but at last Klopp has his strongest possible attack at his disposal. With this attack available, Liverpool are capable of breaking down the toughest of defences. Even more worryingly for their opponents, they are unpredictable when these players start together – as was seen in Coutinho’s goal against Manchester United in the second leg at Old Trafford. They might not match the fire power of Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but they can certainly challenge. 4 4. Liverpool will not finish in the Premier League’s top four – Liverpool currently sit seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City, and it’s improbable that they will make a late surge for a spot in the Premier League’s elite bracket. With this in mind, success in the Europa League is the Reds’ only chance of competing in the Champions League next season. It’s this that makes triumphing all the more important to the English side, thus providing that extra drive to progress. 4 2. Borussia Dortmund are the biggest threat remaining but if anyone can mastermind victory, Klopp can – Liverpool have been drawn against Dortmund in the quarter finals and it’ll be an emotional return for the club’s German manager. His heart, though, will be focused on victory – no matter how stylish the triumph. Klopp spent seven years at BVB; he knows how they operate and will know how to set his side up to combat their prolific attack. Do not underestimate the value of inside knowledge. Liverpool remain on course for Europa League glory.After their victory over Manchester United in the last-16, sealing progression to the quarter finals, Jürgen Klopp has edged closer to getting his hands on his first piece of silverware for his new club.At the end of February, the German manager voiced his confidence that his side could go all the way in the second tier European tournament, describing the competition as their best chance of Champions League qualification.But just how realistic is it to suggest Liverpool can win the competition?talkSPORT has taken a look at four reasons why the Europa League is the Reds’, not favourites Borussia Dortmund’s, to lose… 4 4 1. Dortmund aside, Liverpool should be the favourites to beat any other team remaining in the competition – There is no team in the next round with the Bundesliga outfit’s aura. While not insulting the quality of those remaining in the competition – Athletic Bilbao, Braga, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sparta Prague and Villarreal – Liverpool should feel confident they can overcome any of these sides.last_img read more

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DONEGAL-BORN RACEHORSE WINS AT CHELTENHAM

first_imgA thoroughbred horse, which was born and bred by a Donegal horse breeder, was the toast of Cheltenham yesterday.Hunt Ball raised the roof at the world’s most famous horse-racing festival when it romped home to victory in the 5.15 Novices Handicap.It’s the horse’s seventh win out of eight starts for its owner, dairy farmer Anthony Knott. But Donegaldaily.com can reveal the horse was born and bred in Convoy by well-known horse–breeder Michael Slevin of Ruskey Lower.Michael is the grand old age of 91 and was a little under the weather to see the horse he bred claim a famous victory at Cheltenham.But his daughter Eileen Woods said he would have been the proudest man in the world to see the horse take victory.“My father always bred working horses up until he was 80 and then started to breed thoroughbreds. “He sold Hunt Ball a number of years ago and look how well it has done,” she told donegaldaily.com.Eileen revealed how she managed to persuade a number of friends to put a few euro on the horse because of her dad’s connections.“I’m not a big gambler but I got it at 7-1 and we won a few euro on it. I told a few people about it and I’m delighted they won as well.“But I’m particularly happy for dad. I can’t imagine the pride someone must have in breeding a horse that wins at Cheltenham,” she said.And that might not be the end we’ll hear of the seven year old Donegal-bred animal. His owner Mr Knott is thinking of entering him into the English Grand National and Hunt Ball has already been quoted at 50-1 for next year’s Gold Cup!© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL-BORN RACEHORSE WINS AT CHELTENHAM was last modified: March 14th, 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)Tags:Cheltenhamconvoydonegaldaily.comEileen WoodsHunt BallMichael Slevinlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: SHAUN DUFFY PRODUCES SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO WIN AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf News: Last Sunday was definitely a day when conditions changed dramatically for members tackling the wee course in the annual Otway cup. As the format was stroke, when the wind and rain/hail came, things got very tricky as players worked hard to avoid the ‘disastrous’ double or treble bogey (or worse !). The winner on the day was Ramelton’s Shaun Duffy with a net score of 58, followed in second place one shot back by the quiet man Francis McFadden, and Philip Friel in third.This bank holiday weekend Sunday, Jimmy Bruen team members will represent the club in neighbouring Portsalon, with players asked to arrive at 8 am for an 8.30 tee off.GOLF NEWS: SHAUN DUFFY PRODUCES SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO WIN AT OTWAY was last modified: April 29th, 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

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Again, it’s all about race

first_imgThe Milton Bradley-Jeff Kent flap has landed the Dodgers back in the center of the racial ballfield, their home since long before anybody envisioned a major-league stadium in Los Angeles. In 1947, in Brooklyn, the franchise claimed its destiny when it escorted Jackie Robinson across baseball’s color line. Don’t bet on Bradley, who is signed only through this season, being offered a Dodgers contract for next year. The club will reason that, from his angry reaction to a Dodger Stadium fan’s bottle-throwing last September to his inflammatory remarks about Kent, the 27-year-old outfielder is more trouble than he’s worth. Whether Bradley stays or goes, the issues he raised will remain for a franchise with seven decades’ experience in this dicey area. Whatever you think of Bradley, he seemed to be speaking sincerely about serious subjects that deserve not to be brushed aside as the ravings of an oversensitive hothead. He raised real issues that have to be addressed, even at the cost of distracting a bad ballclub from its hapless pursuit of a division title. Manager Jim Tracy was asked, before the Dodgers’ game Wednesday against Colorado, if the franchise’s image had been bruised by four days of back-and-forth on Kent-Bradley . “I think that what we do, as far as the handling of this situation and dealing with it, will go a long way in determining that factor,” Tracy said. “I’d like to think this is something you can deal with and keep a black mark from the (Dodgers) name.” When Bradley and Kent had their brush-up following the Dodgers’ victory Saturday over the Marlins, after the younger man failed to score from first base on a the veteran’s double, the incident was said not to have racial overtones. But before Tuesday’s homestand opener, Bradley stopped just short of calling Kent racist, telling reporters “the problem here is that he doesn’t know how to deal with African-American people.” On the broader issue of race in a sport that has seen a steady decline in African-American participation, Bradley said “white people never want to see race in anything. There’s race involved in everything. There’s race involved in baseball.” Robinson, a second baseman and American hero, became the face of integration when Dodgers executive Branch Rickey chose him to became the major leagues’ first black player. Campanis, the Rickey disciple who had mentored Robinson, oddly became the face of the game’s prejudices with his “Nightline” comment that blacks might lack the “necessities” for front-office work, a mistake that brought irresistible pressure on owner Peter O’Malley to fire the longtime executive. Bradley and Kent, although neither is as grand a character as Robinson or Campanis, become the black and white faces on the race issue’s current incarnation. The Dodgers’ immediate concern is trying to pull themselves up to .500 and defend their National League West title. Therefore, Tracy sounds less interested in what Bradley said than the commotion he caused by saying it. “The disappointment for me is that what took place in-house went outside the house,” Tracy said before Wednesday’s game, “which makes the resolution (harder) to get to.” But the Dodgers must realize: This is not a distraction from your season. This is your season. This is your challenge. If you’re real good, you can get Kent and Bradley to that “resolution.” If not, you go down as the generation of Dodgers who were stumped by race. Fate has chosen the Dodgers, one more time, to take on this issue, apparently believing they’re big enough to make the best of it. We’ll see. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “In terms of what we’ve stood for as an organization,” Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said, “we take this history seriously.” But can this Dodgers front office live up to its legacy after showing so little vision, finesse and communications skill on much smaller matters? We might have been able to pass judgment as early as Wednesday, when there were rumors that Bradley would be slapped hard with a suspension or release for defying manager Jim Tracy’s order not to go to the press with the Bradley-Kent confrontation Saturday in Florida. DePodesta and owners Frank and Jamie McCourt were able to avoid, or at least delay, deciding Bradley’s future with the club when the center fielder was found Wednesday to have tendon and ligament damage in his left knee, and the team doctor recommended surgery. Although Bradley wasn’t put on the disabled list, pending a second medical opinion, the mere fact of the injury would have prevented his suspension or release under baseball rules. As for his chances of playing for the Dodgers again after his recovery, DePodesta was purposely vague. center_img In 1987, in L.A. and under different management, it was dragged kicking and screaming into dealing with the issue again when Al Campanis became the symbol of baseball’s lack of front-office diversity. Now, in 2005, under yet another set of leaders, it finds itself forced to figure out what to do and say after Bradley made public what he considers a racially charged feud with superstar teammate Kent. last_img read more

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Cowboys, Bledsoe open it up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After not scoring a point in the first quarter all season, Dallas was up 17-0 before Philadelphia even had a first down. It was 27-3 at halftime and 30-3 after the Cowboys’ first drive of the third quarter, making for the kind of one-sided game typical of this series the last five years, except with the twist of Dallas sticking it to Philly. “What happened in years past doesn’t matter,” McNabb said. “This is a much better Dallas team. But we feel like we’re still the best team in the NFC. We weren’t able to get things going. We have to learn from it and move on.” Although the Eagles overcame an 18-point deficit the previous week, McNabb and Terrell Owens didn’t have it in them again. The NFL’s top offense was held to 129 yards and the league-best passing attack put up only 110. Philadelphia’s offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 13 games. Panthers 24, Cardinals 20 Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown passes to Steve Smith, one for 65 yards in the first half and a 4-yarder with 6:54 to go to give Carolina a come-from-behind victory at Arizona. Delhomme completed 18 of 29 passes for 243 yards and two scores. He was intercepted once. Packers 52, Saints 3 Brett Favre made the most of a makeshift offense and carried host Green Bay to a much-needed victory. Favre completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in three quarters and the Packers earned their first win of the season by routing New Orleans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So much for the Dallas Cowboys following their season-long script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start and they stomped the Philadelphia Eagles. Drew Bledsoe led the suddenly risky Cowboys to two early touchdowns and scores on six of their first seven drives, and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league’s top offense in a stunning 33-10 victory Sunday. “You play like that, you’ve got a chance to beat anybody,” coach Bill Parcells said. center_img Dallas had lost nine of 10 to Philadelphia and spent the first month of this season using a ball-control approach, resulting in every game being decided in the final minutes. Parcells hinted to expect more of the same and the Eagles apparently fell for it. Sucking in the defense with play action, Bledsoe hit Terry Glenn for completions of 18, 16 and 15 yards within the game’s first four snaps. The last one put the Cowboys ahead, 7-0. Minutes later, Bledsoe and Glenn connected on a 39-yard touchdown that made it 14-0. last_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: PART-TIME DENTAL NURSE/CHAIR-SIDE ASSISTANT WANTED FOR IMMEDIATE START

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A Letterkenny dental practice are seeking to recruit a dental nurse/chair-side assistant.  They are seeking to recruit a candidate with the required qualifications for the vacant part-time position.Job description: The position is part-time with variable hours – usually mornings and will be for approximately 16-19 per week (mornings) A candidate living in the Letterkenny area would be preferred for this vacant position.Job Responsibilities:To assist at chair-side in dental surgery.To maintain a high level of hygiene within the surgery and environs.To carry out light reception duties including answering the telephone.Requirements:Experience in similar position preferred but not essential.Good communication skills.MUST be able to start immediately.First aid certification preferred.Non-smoker.Willingness to undertake training within and outside of the practice.Apply with CV to Practice Principal DentLK@hotmail.com JOB VACANCY: PART-TIME DENTAL NURSE/CHAIR-SIDE ASSISTANT WANTED FOR IMMEDIATE START was last modified: October 13th, 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

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