GTU awaits word from MoE on 2019 proposal

first_img– threatens countrywide protest if talks do not conclude in timely mannerThe Guyana Teachers’ Union is wasting no time in highlighting the benefits that it wants for teachers for this year as it has already submitted its 2019 proposal and is awaiting word from the Education Ministry to commence discussions.That is the word of GTU’s General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, who, on Thursday, told the media that she expected the two parties to begin the first round of talks before the end of March.However, she warned that a timely decision agreeable to both the GTU and the Education Ministry must be made, so as to avoid any negative reaction from teachers across the country.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald“In 2018, you would have seen the reaction of the teachers when it came to their benefits and I want to say to you in 2019, it is going to be no different… I am hoping that at that first meeting, we are going to actually lay out where we want to go and how quickly we are going to get there, because I am sure the officials at the Ministry of Education, they would not want to have a repeat of what transpired in 2018. If we have to do it, we will do it, but we are saying loud and clear we are prepared to sit and talk, but we are not prepared to sit and talk for a whole year,” McDonald stated.She explained that the 2019 proposal submitted by the GTU went beyond this year and was a three-year proposal. She hopes that within a two-month period after discussions begin the two parties involved can settle things amicably with decisions that are welcomed by both the Union and the Ministry.“I am hoping that we are able to sit, look at that proposal, agree, disagree, come to a compromise, so that we can have a Memorandum of Understanding signed off so that teachers can begin to enjoy their benefits… Our first talks are going to be held before the end of March, I can tell you that, before the end of March, we might have two sets of meetings and we might have agreements, half-way agreements coming from that proposal,” the GTU General Secretary noted.According to McDonald, the Union has a positive outlook at this year’s upcoming discussions with the Education Ministry because it understands in full what transpires in the school system and is aware that teachers are hardworking people.Teachers protesting last year“When we look at the results we get every year at CSEC [Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate] and the improvements we would have gotten at the Grade Six and at CSEC, come on, under the conditions that teachers work, it should ring a bell to let you know that teachers have not only been working within the confines of their job specifications, but teachers work outside of (them). When you sit in a classroom of 37 children all with a different mind-set and you as one teacher, you have to be able to work around all of them, to ensure that they all grasp the concept. Quite a lot of our folks, our employers can’t do that.”The GTU General Secretary added that the role of a teacher went beyond the syllabus that the school provided for them to work along with.“The job of a teacher is not only to stand in front of a classroom, but you’re a mother, you’re a father, you’re a counsellor, you’re a policeman, you’re a judge, you’re a nurse, every single thing all in one. And so, I am hoping that our employers, our partners – the Ministry of Education, they will not only take the praises when the results are out, but they are going to stand in the places of teachers when we sit there to discuss benefits for teachers,” she reiterated.last_img read more

Local B.C. liquor store 25 per cent away from ‘Share-a-Bear’ goal

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — With a little over a week to go in this year’s campaign, the Fort St. John Liquor Distribution Branch store is already past the three quarter pole and heading down the stretch to another sell out year in the annual Share-a-Bear charity program.The teddy bear program began last month and by closing time on Wednesday night it had slipped past 75 per cent of the sales target of 2,400, with total sales posted at 1,836.The Liquor Distribution Branch program has become a central part of the holiday season and it won the Retail Council of Canada’s, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Award in 2007.- Advertisement -For more than a decade now, there’s nowhere in the province, where it has been more successful than in Fort St. John, with the local store at the top of the province-wide sales list for twelve consecutive years.For those not familiar with the program, for every panda bear purchased by customers, there’s a charity twin supplied by the LDB for distribution in the area where it was sold.In addition, many customers also donate back the purchased twin bears raising considerably the LDB distribution totals.Advertisement The purchase price for a set of twin bears is now $12.50 and the program will continue until the Christmas Eve 6 p.m.Since the program was launched in 1989 more than 600,000 bears have been distributed to charities, shelters and hospitals, and this year province-wide more than 25,000 are ready to be shared.Participating customers can also take part in free draws for giant pandas — and they’re approximately 56 centimetres tall — and each LDB branch will have two of them to give away in contest draws on Christmas Eve.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgApplications are due at 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Community Services Department, 13230 Penn St. in Whittier. The commission will make its selections and notify all applicants by late spring. Funding will commence on July 1. For more information, call (562) 464-3360. Registration open for kids’ basketball LA MIRADA – Registration is now open for the city of La Mirada’s Youth Co-ed Basketball League for children ages 6 to 15. The last day to register is Nov. 21. The registration fee is $50 per participant, or $60 if accepted from the wait list after the registration period. Each participant will receive a team jersey, trophy and photo package. A copy of the participant’s birth certificate is required at the time of registration. Players must participate in a player evaluation on Dec. 1. Teams will practice once a week and play one game on the weekend. Practices will begin the week of Dec. 17, and games are scheduled to begin Jan. 5 and 6. For more information or to become a volunteer coach, call the La Mirada Community Gymnasium at (562) 902-2938. College workshop offered at Pioneer WEST WHITTIER – Parents with children in the ninth through 12th grades are invited to attend a free informational workshop on paying for college at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Pioneer High School cafeteria, 10800 E. Benavon St. Presentations will be given in English and in Spanish, and will cover college financial planning, how to plan for and manage college costs, preparing for students’ next educational steps, and ways to navigate the college financial aid process. There will also be a question- and-answer session for parents. For more information, call Victoria Cuevas at (562) 698-8121, ext. 5062. Locals urged to donate blood WHITTIER – Residents are being asked to donate blood in the wake of wildfires that have caused the cancellation of several blood drives in Southern California, resulting in a loss of nearly 200 units of blood, according to the American Red Cross. As such, the Red Cross is now encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to donate. Any healthy person, age 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health, may be able to donate blood. For more information, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Funds for social services available WHITTIER – The city of Whittier Social Services Commission is now accepting applications for its 2008-09 Social Service Funding process. The program invites citizen participation and applications for funding from local organizations that provide needed social services for Whittier residents. Applications are available online at and may be downloaded. Hard copies of the application are also available on request, but must be submitted either typed or computer generated. WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association will host the annual Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Vendors’ booths will be placed along Philadelphia Street between Greenleaf Avenue and Painter Avenue. These merchants will offer furniture, art, pottery, jewelry, glassware, quilts, toys, books and memorabilia. Appraisals will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $3 per item, with a three-item limit. A pumpkin patch for children, handwriting analysis and a display by the Historical Society will also be presented. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 696-2662. last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: Kelly’s American Roadside Diner have teamed up with fitness guru Neil Barrett due to on-going demand for their healthy meal options. Since Kelly’s Diner introduced healthy meal options on their daily lunch specials menu they’ve been an incredible success, but there has been a demand for additional options.Management at Kelly’s Diner have decided to collaborate with health and fitness guru Neil Barrett, who owns the hugely successful local gym Fit Hub. Barrett is a sports scientist and lecturers at LYIT, and he’s using his expertise to provide healthy meals for health conscious consumers.The new option will be called the ‘Heavenly Zone’ which is dedicated to health conscious slimmer’s and fitness guru’s.A spokesman for Kelly’s American Roadise Diner said,”Neil has individually went through every dish on the menu and not just calorie counted them but also provided all the nutritional information including carbs, protein and fats per 100g.The Heavenly Zone has something for every meal of the day and also includes a selection of nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothies. For more information on this exciting new development then check out the links outlined below:Link to Facebook is: mountaintoprestaurantLink to webpage is: http://www.’S AMERICAN DINER TEAM UP WITH FITNESS GURU NEIL BARRETT FOR HEALTHY MEAL OPTIONS was last modified: June 29th, 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:FitHubHeavenly ZoneKelly’s American Roadside DinerNeil Barrettlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has announced his retirement from soccer.Rory DelapThe 37-year-old, who has strong connections to Donegal, made 11 appearances for Ireland.Delap’s uncle is well-known Letterkenny shopkeeper Paddy Delap and the player often visited Donegal. Rory called time on his career after struggling to recover from a torn hamstring.He played with Southampton, Derby, Sunderland and Barnsley but it was with Stoke City where he enjoyed the best spell of his career.The midfielder joined Stoke in 2006, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League and his long throw-ins were a crucial weapon for the Potters.Signing a one-year contract with League Two side Burton Albion in the summer, Delap had hoped to prolong his player career but injuries and time have caught up with him. Burton manager Gary Rowett said: “Rory has been a constant professional since he joined the club in the summer.“His attitude and work ethic have been a credit to himself and the invaluable knowledge and experience that he has passed onto the rest of the players here at Burton Albion has been priceless.”He added: “He has had a fantastic career and we are honoured here at Burton that he has finished his career with us.”DELAP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM SOCCER was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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:letterkennyPaddy DelapRory Delaplast_img read more


first_imgWhat would you say if I told you that I had found the perfect gift? This is something that every woman needs and wants; they will never tire of and will always make them feel great. Would you believe me, if I said that this gift is as much for you as for them? It lasts for six weeks, can be experienced again and again and is sure to turn heads!By now you are probably wondering what this magical gift is? It’s BEAUTIFUL HAIR of course and getting it has never been easier. Make someone smile this Christmas with a Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Gift Voucher.When you buy a €100 voucher pay €90, that’s a €10 saving to buy a little treat for yourself, sounds good doesn’t it? STILL HAVEN’T FOUND THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT WOMAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING? was last modified: December 22nd, 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:CHristmasGift VouchershairdresserPatrick Gildealast_img read more


first_imgThe winning team of Tommy Greally, David McHale, John Bowe, & JoeLamb with Donegal Senior Ladies Captain Katy Herron. They are pictured holding the Ulster Senior Ladies trophy, the U21 All-Ireland trophy and the U14 Ulster championship trophyDonegal Ladies Gaelic Football Association held a very successful Golf Classic in Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on Friday as clubs and businesses weighed in to help our county’s girls and ladies gaelic football teams.The main sponsor of the event was Daly’s Topaz Lifford.There was a large turnout with more than 50 teams taking to the Twin Towns fairways in what was perfect conditions for golf and this was shown in the tremendous scoring on the day. The winning team was Tommy Greally, David McHale, John Bowe & Joe Lamb with a fantastic score of 95pts helped in no small way by a magnificent 8 pointer at the road hole & 2 x 7 pointers at the par 3, 8th & 13th holes.2nd Place went to Lawrence Hegarty, Sean Clerkin, Michael Kearney & Micky McMahon with a tremendous 94pts their score was boosted with 8pts at the 11th & 7pts at the 5th & 9th holes.3rd Place went to Patsy Lafferty, Sean Canning, Donal Murphy & Brian O’Donnell with 93pts on a break of tie these lads produced a steady round of 5 & 6 pointers throughout.4th went to Martin Roarty, James Cullen, Paul Harkin & Eddie McHugh with 93pts 5th was Paul Henderson, Keith French, Eugene McKeever & Matt Gallagher with 91pts6th went the way of Dessie Shiels (snr), Bobby Shiels, Francis Higgins & Dessie Shiels (jnr) on a break of tie from Eamonn M Donnell, Danny Conaghan, Tommy McGinty & Seamus Clerkin in 7th both with 90pts.The Ladies team prize was won by Eileen Reilly, Anne Sweeney, Anna Dillon & Deirdre Kelly with 84pts With some very accurate shooting at the par 3s where they scored heavily.Longest DriveGents: Mark BoyleLadies: Gemma McClenaghanNearest the PinGents: Danny ConnaghanLadies: Anne Bonner“We cannot thank Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club Staff & Members highly enough for the way in which they looked after us they went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed,” said Moville’s Liam Skelly who co-ordinated the event. “Thanks to the Green staff for the way they had the course looking. All the golfers where complimenting it after their rounds.”Skelly added: “Thanks to the one and only Dermott Foy who provided a superb Barbecue at the 9th Hole that included Burgers, Hot Dogs, Juice & Water for all the participants.“Thanks to all those clubs which supported the event, and in particular to the businesses people who sponsored tees and entered teams – we are very grateful for their support and it is much appreciated by all the girls who represented their county this  year.“A special word of thanks to the Donegal Senior Ladies Players – Ulster Champions 2015 – who went out looking for the sponsorship and getting people to enter teams. This would not have worked girls if they didn’t get behind it.” It has been a hugely successful year on the pitch for Donegal Ladies with the Senior Ladies and the U14s landing Ulster titles whilst the U21s picked up the All-Ireland.Donegal Senior Ladies Manager Davy McLaughlin entertaining thecrowd during the presentation.Ladies prize winners Eileen Reilly, Anne Sweeney, Anna Dillon &Deirdre Kelly with Donegal senior ladies Manager Davy McLaughlin & CaptainKaty Herron and Paddy McNulty captain of B&S Golf Club.The winning team with B&S Golf Club Captain Paddy McNulty, DonegalSenior Manager Davy McLaughlin & Senior Ladies Captain Katy Herron.Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club Captain Paddy McNulty welcomingDonegal Ladies GAA Chairman Hugh Devenney to the podium to address the crowdbefore the presentation of prizes.PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES GOLF CLASSIC DRAWS HUGE ENTRY was last modified: August 16th, 2015 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:Ballybofey and Stranorlar golf clubDonegal LGFAGolf classiclast_img read more

Quarterback deficient Redskins say they discussed Kaepernick; why he didn’t get a tryout

first_imgWashington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said team personnel discussed giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick a tryout, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.Before you get all fired up, it’s not happening.“Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice,” Gruden told the AP. “So he’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”Hail to the Redskins. Mark Geragos, …last_img

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.“Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced,” said Secretary Perdue. “More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half.”The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to provisions of the MPP program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to strengthen its support of dairy producers. USDA encourages producers contemplating enrollment to use the online web resource at to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.The next margin under MPP, for May 2018, will be published on June 28, 2018. Therefore, all coverage elections on form CCC-782 and the $100 administrative fee, unless exempt, must be submitted to the County FSA Office no later than June 22, 2018. No registers will be utilized, so producers are encouraged to have their enrollment for 2018 completed by COB June 22, 2018.All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018 during the re-enrollment period, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. MPP payments will be sequestered at a rate of 6.6 percent.To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at or visit us on the Web at read more