Investors eyeing abandoned Linden State property for business

first_img… Govt to make a decision – Region 10 ChairmanSeveral investors have expressed interest in utilising an abandoned state property in Linden to open another business.Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianThe abandoned entity situated at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, once housed a call centre, formerly the Toucan Connection Incorporated.Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian speaking with Guyana Times indicated that Government has to make a decision on the welfare of the new interests. He noted that while some investors are seeking to conduct call centre-like services, several other business ideas have been touted.“Everybody wants a piece of the call centre, but the Government got to make a decision as it relates to that. I would hope that it turns a call centre”, Morian said, while opining that the former Toucan Connection building is ideally suited for a call centre.Regional Councillor Sandra Adams had also recently stated that she was in talks with a possible investor, however, the process was moving along slowly.Several call centre investors have used the location, however their services have been short-lived. The Toucan Connection was the most recent, which operated for several years before abruptly closing last year, leaving approximately 86 employees on the breadline.The call centre has over the years been one major source of employment in the community. A larger percentage of women and single parents benefited from employment.The Government was forced to intervene last year, as workers from the Toucan Connection were sent home without prior notice and without receiving their severance packages. The issue has so far been resolved with over 60 employees having received their severance packages, however, the centre, which is considered the property of the State has since remained closed.Residents are voicing concerns as to if and when the centre will be re-opened, so as to provide much needed employment to Lindeners.last_img read more

‘Liberia an Unhealed, Unjust Society’

first_imgMr. Swen: “The worst war that befall the country is the declaration of political and violent oppression by uniform security against uniform students…”— Transitional justice advocate, Jeremiah SwenJeremiah S. Swen, founder of the Alliance for Transitional Justice of Liberia has taken the country to task, believing that because of the noncompliant posture of the government to adhere to the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, the country is being placed in a situation that undermines accountability, healing, reconciliation and the impunity.Swen recalled how currently, Liberia serves as an unhealed and injustice society, unable to project sustainable peace,He added, “As a fragile society, Liberia always lives in the unbalanced space of corruption, nepotism, under-development and unemployment of its citizenry due to the limitation of foreign investment and donor funding.”For this, Swen observed that there will be no serious investment from multilateral institutions and industrial countries when “impunity reigns as a king and corruption as a queen.”He made the observation on Friday, November 22, when he served as a guest speaker at the first fundraising information session of the Education Transforms Lives Foundation (ETLF), a non-for-profit organization that is intended to eradicate poverty through the power of quality education.Swen informed his audience that due to the wrongs in the country, “we need to revisit and intervene, especially by tapping into the strategic nature of education.”On the theme, “Provoking Our Self-Commitment Toward the Provision of Quality Education for Children’s Empowerment,” Swen described quality education as a medium to defeat illiteracy, ignorance and poverty to project sustainable growth and development.He recalled that during the past decades, the world witnessed an insurrection of violent and deadly proportion that devoured the Liberian’s population.“During that time, we removed the pen and all education-related instructional materials from the hands of our youngest generation to the extent that we immorally breed a new philosophy of death, sustained by illicit drugs, and dangerous substances.”He continued, “Vicious destruction was introduced, instead of vision and ego, and our adolescent and youth (ages 8 thru 15) were masters and vampires of death.”Swen added, “Some of the youth were the engines and instruments that sustained the unpatriotic actions of warlords, who exploited their talents; victimized them by becoming the vessel that victimized others. But, this must be accounted for so that we change the course of events.”According to Swen, the worst war to befall Liberia is the declaration of political and violent oppression by uniformed state security against uniformed students, who only seek quality education to defeat poverty, ignorance, diseases, hunger and underdevelopment.He said that the authorized action of vandalizing the premises of schools, inflicting pains and body bruises on minors ages 12-16, which the nation witnessed during the 27th Memorial of the notorious Octopus invasion (1996), clearly point to tyrannical rule, and lack of nationalistic consciousness by the government to uphold Article 1 and 17 of the 1986 Constitution, and Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution says: “All power is inherent in the people,” while Article 17 says: All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives to petition the Government…”“Among us and somewhere in the shadow of anti-liberation, some perceived that the act of the government was driven by emotion of miscalculation that is false from the infamous St. Peter Lutheran Church’s massacre (1990) to the King’s Town sporadic murder, where today, impunity has overshadowed our nation. But don’t be deterred, justice shall triumph over impunity” Swen declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Confident stock market bulls ahead

first_img“The M&A activity and earnings seem to be holding up better than expected. I think you’re going to see more of this,” said Bill Dwyer, chief investment officer at MTB Investment Advisors, referring to merger and acquisition deals as well as surprisingly strong profits. The Dow rose 79.81, or 0.59 percent, to 13,556.53. The blue chips set a new trading high of 13,558.48, having crossed 13,500 for the first time Thursday. The Dow has risen in 30 of the past 36 sessions. Broader stock indicators also advanced. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10.00, or 0.66 percent, to 1,522.75, its highest level in more than six years. The index came within fewer than 5 points of its record close of 1,527.46, set in March 2000. The Nasdaq composite index rose 19.07, or 0.75 percent, to 2,558.45. While the week saw a number of mixed finishes for the major indexes, investors seemed unfazed by the mostly modest pullbacks. Bigger consolidations aren’t unusual given the string of gains seen in the past month in particular. For the week, the Dow rose 1.73 percent, its seventh straight week of gains. The recent weekly gains mark the longest streak of wins since an eight-week gain that ended in January 2004. NEW YORK – Stocks surged higher Friday as another round of corporate takeovers prodded investors to continue a largely uninterrupted months-long buying streak. The Dow Jones industrial average registered its 24th record close this year and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index came within striking distance of its record high. Beyond the buyout news, which has lent buoyancy to the markets for months, a stronger-than-expected reading on consumer sentiment helped investors set aside some concern that consumers unnerved by higher gas prices would pull back on spending and upend the economy’s smooth slowdown. The latest takeover news, including deals involving such marquee names as General Electric Co. and Microsoft Corp., signaled that the enormous amount of liquidity that has lubricated global stock markets in recent months doesn’t appear on the verge of evaporating. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Developers hopeful for change after City reviews development process

first_imgIn recent years, developers wanting to build projects in Fort St. John, regardless of whether these projects are new businesses or housing developments, have been frustrated by what they feel is an expensive, time-consuming and unclear process.The City too, has been frustrated with its own development permit process, and commissioned Tantus Solutions Group to review the policies, practices and bylaws used by the City of Fort St. John’s Development Services Department. After consulting with members of the development community, contractors, utility companies, Council and City staff, Tantus identified a number of areas that need improvement, and presented a report containing their findings and recommendations to Council last week.The goal of the review is to create a permit application and approval process that is functional and efficient, trackable and reliable.- Advertisement -One recommendation that City staff implemented even before the report was presented, was to initiate a software program to manage the permit process. The permit was also divided into two permits, the first a Development Area Permit, which deals with zoning, form and character, and gives the developer early approval for the project. The second is a Development Servicing Permit which requires full engineering details.“This was an area that developers has requested a change, as they did not want to have to spend funds to fully engineer a project if the concept had to change due to zoning or form and character reasons,” stated Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services for the City, in the cover letter of the report.The Tantus review found, among other things, that not only is the application process paper-driven, but the application process is unclear to applicants and submissions are often incomplete and of poor quality. Improving the process by making most steps available on-line, including permit application, payment and an FAQ, as well as enabling applicants to track their applications on-line would go a long way towards streamlining the process.Advertisement Implementing single points of contact for developers, and improving the communication process, would address a number of concerns, the review found. Considering implementing more neighbourhood plans, implementing a performance management framework were also recommended in the review.Lee Bedell, president of the North Peace Construction Association said, “The Construction Association is pleased with the progress the City has made by retaining Tantus to provide an evaluation on the current development procedures. For the most part, Tantus has outlined our primary concerns in their explanation to council. They have also suggested solutions for consideration that we too feel will improve the situation. We trust that their evaluation will encourage the city officials to continue working with the local developing community to improve current procedures.”In order to go forward with the recommendations, Tantus also developed an implementation plan, outlining the tasks and projects needed to enable each recommendation. The majority of these are anticipated to be put in place within the next year to 18 months.Here is a copy of the full review.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham: Kane spares Spurs’ blushes with late winner

first_imgTottenham substitute Harry Kane proved just why he deserves a crack in the starting line-up by netting a dramatic late winner at Aston Villa.Spurs fans were left wondering just what the academy graduate had to do to earn a first Premier League start, having scored eight times in 12 games this season, as under pressure boss Mauricio Pochettino stuck with the divisive Emmanuel Adebayor.In contrast the Villans had Christian Benteke up front, who put in an imperious display until he stupidly saw red, giving Spurs their route back into the game as Nacer Chadli cancelled out Andreas Weimann’s opener and Kane stole all three points.Neither side came into the match in decent form, so it was unsurprising to see nervousness dominating more than skill and clear cut chances, and even when opportunities did arise they were badly squandered.A prime culprit of wastefulness was much-maligned Spurs striker Roberto Soldado, who somehow managed to put a totally free header wide from a staggering total of just four yards out. The travelling supporters immediately made their feelings known to Pochettino by breaking into chants of ‘Harry Kane’.At the other end Benteke was proving precisely why he is the sort of striker the north London outfit would benefit from having in their ranks as he cannoned a blistering left-footer off the outside of the post.But Weimann ensured Villa took advantage of their building momentum as he toe-poked in Charles N’Zogbia’s cross on 16 minutes to put the hosts ahead, ending their two month barren run and 547 Premier League minutes without a goal.Adebayor then took his opportunity to prove he can match Soldado in being just as poor a goal threat as the Togo forward burst through one-on-one and then had his tame effort easily saved by Brad Guzan. Manager Pochettino, clearly feeling the rising pressure in the Spurs dugout, took to throwing his water bottle to the ground in frustration.The Argentine’s anger could have risen a few more notches had Benteke’s brilliant looping header fell just a few inches inside the post, rather than flicking the outside of it.Finally, it was time for the boss to give Spurs fans what they wanted, as he hauled off the laughably bad Adebayor for man of the moment, Kane.Immediately the England Under-21 international showed more in 60 seconds than his team-mate had in 60 minutes, winning a corner through bustling work and then planting a thumping header at Guzan’s chest.Re-energised by Kane’s introduction, Spurs were thrown an added incentive to find an equaliser when Benteke needlessly got himself a straight red card for raising his hands and mildly slapping Ryan Mason after a feisty challenge from the youngster.However, the Tottenham midfielder could also consider himself lucky not to walk having butted heads in the confrontation.Villa’s bench were left fuming by the incident and the temperature gauge noticeably increased on the field too as Weimann entered the book for a wild challenge on Mason.But the testy mood was playing into Tottenham’s hands as they sought and equaliser. Eventually, it would come as Chadli smartly volleyed home from a corner with six minutes remaining.Paul Lambert desperately tried to rally his troops and Aly Cissokho was almost the unlikeliest of heroes as he smashed a shot just wide.But it was Spurs who would end up executing a classic smash and grab as Kane hammered in a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque dipper free-kick which, aided by a vicious deflection off Nathan Baker’s head, left Guzan wrongfooted. Tottenham’s Harry Kane 1last_img read more


first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 12, 16, 25 and 30. There was one winner of Match 3 Numbers, Christine Cunningham, Co. Clare. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,300. Match 3 rolls over to €60. The Killotto is now online. This week team selling Killotto is Shane Molloy’s team and 24th is Brenda Foy’s team. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Eileen Gallagher, Glenties. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,200 on 46 calls.As the ladies season has now concluded, we wish to thank the following for their help during the past year. The tea committee under stewardship of Patricia Murrin and Mary Hitler, those club men who officiated as umpires and lines men, those senior and reserve players for their valuable inputs, tony Hegarty for his assistance on medical matters, Mary Gallagher and Shannon Gorman as masseurs, the club officers for all their help, the Harbour Bar who sponsored each girl a hoodie and the people of Killybegs who came to support us in our matches. The ladies will begin again in January. We welcome back our existing panel and look forward to new members joining us. GAA: KILLYBEGS CLUB GAA NOTES was last modified: September 13th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: KILLYBEGS CLUB GAA NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FC notesOur u/14 girls won the u/14 Rosebowl with a 5-0 win over Bonagee Utd. Scorers were Rachel, Mc Daid, Casey Barrett and Brenna Dunne. Earlier in the week they lost on penalties to Glenea Utd after a 3-3 draw. Scorers were Bronagh Gallagher(2) and Brenna Dunne.In the Plaque final our younger side lost 2-1 to Glenea Utd with Erin Doherty scoring. Our mens team start their league campaign with an away trip to Donegal Town this Sunday. Our ladies team were due to play Glenree Park in the Glencar Inn cup final in Ballyare this Wednesday 2nd Sept.Our u/14 boys start their campaign with a home game v Drumkeen Utd at 12.00 on Saturday. Our u/12’s are away to Convoy Arsenal on Wednesday 9th Sept.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 13,14,19 and 24. Nine people had two numbers with Sandra Mc Crea drawn out and winning E50. Next weeks jackpot is €5,700.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U14 GIRLS WIN ROSEBOWL was last modified: August 31st, 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:Lagan Harpslast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: DONEGAL is being battered by a damaging FORCE 11 storm.Winds gusting to an astonishing 150km/hr have increased to 160km/hr and are hitting coastal areas of the county.Tides of over 10metres are hitting the coasts – and 50mm of rain is expected to fall today. There is also the possibility of more snow on higher ground throughout Tuesday and since 10am many areas are being lashed with hail storms.The winds hitting the county are the strongest to hit in months and are what would normally accompany a hurricane.Earlier trees were blocking roads in Newtowncunningham, Trentagh, Churchill, Ramelton (pictured below), Kilmacrenan, Lurgybrack, Portsalon Crossroads, St Johnston, Convoy, Rathmullan, Creeslough, Termon, Lough Salt near Glen and several other locations.There were also reports of road blockages in Donegal Town, Dungloe, Ardara, Kilcar, Glenties and Ballybofey. The Harry Blaney Bridge is closed. A power line is down between Ballyliffin and Carndonagh and a tree is partially blocking the N13 Letterkenny/Ballybofey Rd near Kilross.Gardai have warned motorists to drive with caution.Power has been cut to thousands of homes during the night. Donegal and Sligo have been worst hit, with 9,000 customers affected although half of those were repaired by 10.30am.Said a Met spokesman: “Winds will moderate later in the day.”© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on DONEGAL HIT BY 160 KM/HR WINDS AS STORM STRIKES was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weather warningrainsnowwindslast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: MORE than 120 new jobs are on their way to Killybegs, Donegal Daily can reveal.The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and the Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology have agreed to develop a new facility in fishing town.The facility will have the capacity to process 50,000t of raw material, which to a large extent will include boar fish and other species such as blue whiting. Fifty jobs will be created during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production.The official announcement of the jobs is expected later today.    120 NEWS JOBS FOR KILLYBEGS WITH NEW PROCESSING PLANT was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 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:120 jobsjobsKillybegslast_img read more

Najjemba strike enough as Crested Cranes scrap past Ethiopia to seal semis spot

first_img Tags: CECAFA Women’s Championshipcrested cranesEthiopiafaridah bulegaFauzia NajjembaJuliet NalukengeKenya Action between Ugandaand Ethiopia on Tuesday. (PHOTO/FUFA)CECAFA Women’s ChampionshipUganda 1-0 EthiopiaChamazi Stadium, Dar es Salaam Tuesday, 19-11-2019Fauzia Najjemba scored the only goal of the game as Uganda edged Ethiopia 1-0 in the CECAFA Women’s Championship on Tuesday afternoon.Najjemba who was also on target in the 13-0 win over Djibouti on Sunday, found the back of the net with 17 minute left on the clock.The game looked to be headed for a scoreless draw but Najjemba burst through the Ethiopia defence before slotting into the back of the net from an acute angle.This was Uganda’s second victory in the competition and after Kenya annihilated Djibouti 12-0 in the early kick off, it means that Faridah Bulega’s side now march onto the last four.The victory over Ethiopia also feels like revenge after the same side eliminated the Crested Cranes from the qualifiers of the 20202 Olympics earlier this yearFor the game on Tuesday, Uganda maintained the same starting XI similar to the one that started in the win over Djibouti on Sunday.Margret Kunihira replaced Zaina Namuleme in one of the changes that would be made as the game went on. Shamira Nalugya then came on for Fazila Ikwaput.Juliet Nalukenge who scored five on Sunday was kept under lock on the day as was the duo of Fazila Ikwaput and Hassifah Nassuna.Nalukenge thought she had scored but unfortunately her goal in the 85th minutes was cancelled for offside.Uganda’s next game will be against Kenya, one that will determine who finishes top of group B as both sides currently sit on six points.Crested Cranes starting XIRuth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Asia Nakibuuka, Shadia Nankya, Bridget Nabisaalu, Riticia Nabbosa, Zaina Namuleme, Hasifa Nassuna, Fazila Ikwaput, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia NajjembaSubstitutesDaisy Nakaziro, Joan Namusisi, Eunice Ariokot, Grace Aluka, Aisha Namukisa, Harriet Nakuba, Amina Nababi, Margret Kunihira, Shamira NalugyaComments last_img read more