Disciplined Services cite political interference among grievances

first_img…as Opposition continues pre-election outreachAs General and Regional Elections draw closer, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has uncovered a litany of complaints among one of the most important branches of society, the Disciplined Services.The joint services in actionAccording to PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, he has been engaging with numerous men and women in uniform over the past month. What he discovered is disconcerting. Ali said that these professionals have come to him complaining bitterly about political interference and favouritism that have hampered their career advancementOther complaints, Ali said, included obsolete equipment, poor working conditions, limited support for their families, a work environment in which political directives are becoming more prevalent, poor salaries and benefits, lack of access to personal development, and limited community support and attention to welfare issues.“Securing our borders, fighting crime, keeping our homes and community safe requires a healthy mix between well trained and highly motivated manpower backed with the necessary equipment, tools and enabling environment that would foster higher level of performance leading to better results,” Ali said on Sunday.“In ensuring men and women in uniform are able to perform at the highest levels here are some of the initiatives the next PPP/C Government will pursue to enhance the welfare and wellbeing of our men and women in uniform and their families.”Among the things Ali promised another PPP Government would do for the Disciplined Services is to implement affordable housing and support in access to financing, as well as support to families and enhanced training and access to skills development.He also pledged that there would be a return to equitable career development and merit-based promotion without political interference, favouritism and bias, as well as access and support for university education.In terms of the work environment, Ali promised improved and enhanced working conditions, remuneration and benefits. He also noted that their policy directives would see to enhancing access to healthcare and support and reform to improve the effectiveness of the Force.Crucially, Ali is also adamant that the next PPP Government will reinstate the annual bonus that the Disciplined Services enjoyed before the allowance was scrapped by the current Government, with one Minister reportedly saying at a political rally that officers’ loyalty were bought by the across the board bonus.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously called on Government to reinstate the one-month tax-free bonus that was traditionally given to members of the Disciplined Services and for this to be further extended to all public service employees, including those working in the sugar belt.He has argued that fiscal space exists for the reintroduction of the one-month tax-free bonus previously offered to the Disciplined Services, namely the ranks of the Guyana Defense Force, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Prison Service. Among the measures he has touted is Government cutting back on millions in wasteful expenditure.last_img read more

Two tourists experience a close call while climbing cliff in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTumbler Ridge RCMP was notified of two climbers stuck on the cliff face at Bergeron Falls shortly after 2:00 p.m.Both parties had tried to climb the face, following more experienced persons in the group.They soon found out however, that they were not prepared for the climb and had overextended themselves.- Advertisement -Tumbler Ridge and North Peace Search and Rescue were dispatched to the site. With the assistance of a helicopter and rope rescue team, both parties were successfully extracted from the cliff side.This incident serves as a reminder to be appropriately prepared, and to limit activities to those within your knowledge, skills and abilities.Advertisementlast_img

District of Taylor Council decides to prohibit roosters within urban limits of District

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council meeting on Monday, Council made a decision regarding a variance to a zoning bylaw.Council has made the decision to prohibit the keeping of a rooster within the urban limits of the District.At a meeting in August, resident Tammy Smith requested that Council makes a variance to the zoning bylaw to accommodate her chickens and one rooster, this following a complaint the District had received from an undisclosed resident.- Advertisement -The District did not disclose the specific complaint but did list their own reasons for not allowing a rooster, such as noise issues.Since Council has voted in favour of not allowing roosters, the District has given Smith notice for the removal of her rooster.last_img

TRANSFER BLOW! Tottenham miss out on midfield target as Barcelona make move

first_imgTottenham have received a blow in their pursuit of Villarreal’s Denis Suarez after it emerged that Barcelona want to activate their buy-back clause for the playmaker.Barca sold Suarez to the Yellow Submarine last summer with the option of re-purchasing him for around £2.5m.Tottenham had hoped to lure the Spaniard to north London this summer having scouted him regularly since January.But, according to Sport, Barca manager Luis Enrique has also been keeping close eye on the 22-year-old since he left the Nou Camp and has decided the player will add something extra to the Catalans’ squad next term.Villarreal are desperate to keep hold of Suarez, who has played a pivotal role in their successful pursuit of Champions League football this season, but they know their hands are tied by the buy-back option in his contract. Denis Suarez in action for Villarreal 1last_img read more

Man allegedly punched and kicked pregnant partner in the stomach

first_imgCOURTS: A man who allegedly kicked and punched his pregnant partner in the stomach during a violent assault has had his case adjourned. John Latta, aged 32, of Creatland, St Johnston appeared at Letterkenny District Court. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court how the victim was kicked and punched in the stomach during the vicious attack which occurred on in August of this year.Inspector Sheridan said, “The defendant punched and kicked the victim who was his partner at the time in the stomach, knowing she was pregnant.“Both parties have a young child together, and the child was present during the assault.“He delivered a series of punches to the victim and she sustained a cut to her head, but she didn’t receive any medical attention.Solicitor for the defendant Kieran Dillon requested an adjournment for his client – as there was an issue regarding his bail conditions and access to see his child.He was seeking a relaxation of the conditions imposed, and suggested that the injured party was going to withdraw the complaint.However, Inspector Goretti Sheridan said she had no correspondence from the victim to suggest that she was willingly to relax the conditions set and that she was going to withdraw the complaint.The case was adjourned until the 3rd of October.Man allegedly punched and kicked pregnant partner in the stomach was last modified: September 21st, 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)last_img read more

SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP

first_imgSTEPHEN DOHERTY’S ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPDerry City Reserves are the early leaders of this season’s Ulster Senior League after this weekend’s round of games.City drew 3-3 with Kildrum Tigers in St Johnston. Last year’s league winners Fanad United inflicted a second defeat in a row on Cockhill Celtic – Fanad ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Eunan Kelly and Seimi (Nanny) Friel.Drumkeen United got their first win of the season after a 3-0 home victory over Bonagee United and Swilly Rovers and Letterkenny played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening (our pictures are from that game).Letterkenny took the lead in this game after  40 seconds thanks to a  Glenn Hamilton header but Swilly equalised through Ruairi Kelly.On Saturday in the USL Div One League Cup, Swilly defeated Letterkenny Rovers by 2 goals to nil and Drumkeen United got the better of Bonagee United by the odd goal in 9. RESULTSFOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUESwilly Rovers 1-1 Letterkenny RoversDrumkeen United 3-0 Bonagee UnitedCockhill Celtic  0- 2 Fanad United Kildrum Tigers 3-3 Derry City Reserves ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIV ONE LEAGUE CUPSWILLY Rovers  2-0  Letterkenny RoversDrumkeen United 5-4 Bonagee United SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 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:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPlast_img read more

PAT THE COPE RAISES DONEGAL TRUCKER’S WOES IN EUROPE

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has met with Siim Kallas, the EU Transport Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission to discuss plans by the UK government to impose a tax on Irish hauliers transiting Northern Ireland.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPThe controversial HGV Road User Levy will be introduced from April 1st next.Mr Gallagher also raised this important matter with the Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohue, T.D., yesterday during a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Mr Gallagher confirmed today “I met with Commissioner Kallas and he has agreed to request his services to examine the situation and to establish whether the European Commission can intervene. I emphasised to the Commissioner the practical difficulties for Irish hauliers and in particular for Donegal hauliers due to their geographic location and for other hauliers based in the border counties.“This is a penal and totally discriminatory tax on Irish vehicles. For example, hauliers travelling from Donegal to Dublin could cost as much as €30/40 per trip. The charge of €10 per crossing is based on a 24 hour rate commencing at midnight, therefore, the cost is double if a vehicle leaves Donegal on one evening and returns after midnight on the next day.”“I also informed the Commissioner that I believe that the UK authorities must take into consideration the funding being provided by the Irish taxpayer for road developments in Northern Ireland, as part of the Good Friday Peace agreement.”The Fianna Fail MEP recently attended a briefing session by Donegal hauliers and said he is extremely fearful that Donegal companies and other companies along the border may locate to Northern Ireland. “I outlined to the Commissioner the serious implications for jobs in the border counties.”“Last week, I contacted the Minister for Transport requesting that he urgently prevails upon the British Government to exempt Northern Ireland and to ensure this problem is resolved before the 1st of April.”PAT THE COPE RAISES DONEGAL TRUCKER’S WOES IN EUROPE was last modified: February 26th, 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:donegalPat The Cope Gallaghertruckerslast_img read more

Henderson sets HR record, Crabs win 12th in a row

first_imgThere’s a new home run king at the Arcata Ball Park.Since tying the single-season wood-bat home run record on July 6 with a 3-run walk-off in a win over the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, Damian Henderson, with each step to the plate, has ushered an aura of anticipation into the home of the Humboldt Crabs with his record-breaking swings.On Friday night, nearly three weeks after tying Brian Blouser’s record of nine home runs set in 2006, Henderson set a new high-mark for any and all …last_img

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 1

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The South African flag.Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets –manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Makarapas – South African football fans’elaborate and colourful helmets – being manufactured in a factory in Newtown,Johannesburg.Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Beetle mania: With eye-catching stretchlimousines crafted from old VolkswagenBeetles, a group of four football fanaticshave created a mobile show of support forthe home team, Bafana Bafana.Photo: Natalie Erasmus,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Zuma pays tribute to Van Zyl Slabbert

first_img17 May 2010President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of mourners in expressing his condolences to the family of former South African opposition leader, political analyst and businessman Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, who passed away on Friday.Van Zyl Slabbert died at the age of 70 after spending some time at a Johannesburg hospital.Zuma said Van Zyl Slabbert’s visionary leadership lived on in the government’s efforts to build and strengthen democracy in South Africa.“He will be remembered as a principled and patriotic South African who served his country diligently,” Zuma said.Van Zyl Slabbert, whose conventional Afrikaner upbringing did not prevent him from recognising the folly of the apartheid system, played a prominent role in the struggle against apartheid.A sociologist by training, his academic work brought him into contact with people of other races at the height of apartheid. This laid the seeds for his opposition to the system, Zuma said.As a Member of Parliament, Van Zyl Slabbert was an outspoken critic of minority rule.“He will be remembered in particular for his courage and foresight in leading a group of white South Africans to Dakar, Senegal in 1987 for talks with the ANC that proved a critical moment on the path towards a negotiated settlement.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more