first_imgBy Devina SamarooHeavy downpours on an early Sunday morning did nothing to stop scores of workers from leaving the comfort of their homes to participate in the historic Labour Day Rally, during which the two main trade union bodies finally put aside their differences and gyrated in one accord through the streets of Georgetown to soca and chutney tunes – a Guyanese pastime.GTU members along the parade routeUnity messages were aplenty, with trade union leaders echoing all too familiar sentiments: the need to combine forces and use one resounding voice to call attention to the desperate need for better recognition, value and honour for the working class people in society.Decked in red, with umbrellas in hand and colourful banners held high, hundreds of workers gathered at Parade Ground where the march commenced, before making their way onto Main Street then onto the Avenue of the Republic, straight into D’urban Street and then all the way to the National Park for the unity rally, where Government Ministers and representatives of the parliamentary Opposition were also present.GAWU workers marching on SundayKenneth Joseph, General Secretary of both the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) told Guyana Times that it is quite satisfying that there is at last unity among the trade unions.“This is what we were fighting for all the time. We always knew that the workers of the country were never disunited, there was disunity among the labour leaders… Now the two labour organisations can meet and discuss matters of interest to the entire nation,” he stated.Guyana Labour Union (GLU) President Carvil Duncan, whose long serving position has disgruntled some workers, expressed hope of seeing a united movement going forward in addressing workers’ issues and upholding workers’ rights.“It is a wonderful thing and the beginning of unity in the trade union movement and I hope that we can use this May Day celebration when we come together as a catalyst to move forward so we can unite in everything. I want to see a united movement where we can have issues affecting the workers discussed, for example, the teachers have an issue; the mining workers have an issue; the public service has an issue, where they have not gotten an increase in salary yet; those things will be echoed at today’s rally but that is not enough, we need to get together and unite our forces to ensure that we achieve something for our workers,” he stated.Long standing President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Patrick Yarde noted that Labour Day is an exceptionably important day in the life of any conscientious worker.“Labour Day should be a kind of beacon for solidarity of our working people. It is a day when they should all forget differences and strive for the alternative which is unity among working people. Today is also a day when we reflect on the challenges ahead and there are many challenges ahead and we have got to find ways of overcoming them. We believe power resides in the people and the majority of people are workers and therefore the only thing preventing us from ceasing control of our destiny is disunity, which we must correct,” he stated.Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) President Mark Lytle boasted of his organisation’s contingent being the largest participants in the road march, however, he lamented that despite this fact, teachers are still not being given the priority they deserve.“We’ve always been a Union that celebrates Labour Day but we are of course disappointed that many of the issues we’ve had haven’t been resolved, but we are confident that with a showing like this today, it will also indicate to our employers and Government that you will have to address our issues,” he posited.Additionally, a representative of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union who identified herself as Cathy Fowler emphasised that while Guyana has come a long way in the trade union movement, not much is being done to honour the achievements which Nathaniel Hubert Critchlow fought for.“Today is a day where workers look forward for unity. We want strength, we want togetherness as workers, we want to know that as workers, we can achieve. In my view, we are only receiving a portion of what Critchlow has done for us because there are so many indifferences going on and I am really disturbed over it,” she expressed.Particularly, the worker noted that workers’ rights are still being flouted by management – a practice she urged to reach an immediate halt.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour Keith Scott, along with other Government members participated in the parade. …moments later trade unionist/politicians clash over workers’ rightslast_img read more

first_imgThere is now officially a federal election race in the Prince George/ Peace River/Northern Rockies Constituency, and it will feature two teachers as the candidates for what are historically the countries two most dominant political parties.Incumbent Conservative, Bob Zimmer, who has a degree in Education with a major in History and another in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Political Science/History, prior to succeeding Jay Hill as the local area MP, was for seven years a shop teacher at Fort St. John’s North Peace Secondary.Last night Matt Shaw, who for 26 years has lived and worked in Prince George as an adult education teacher, counsellor and author, won the Liberal nomination for the October 19th federal election by acclamation.- Advertisement -Recent political history shows Mr. Shaw now has a major challenge ahead of him as it’s been 47 years since a Liberal was elected in the riding.In the last federal election the Grit candidate failed to win any of the 235 polling stations, finishing fourth will just over five per cent of the vote, and ahead of only the candidate for the Pirate Party.Latest checks with the head offices of the New Democrat and the Green Parties, which finished second and third respectively in the local riding, in 2011, failed to produce anything new on current candidate choice, or nomination process.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 Newcastle United fans love seeing a youngster come through their academy and Rolando Aarons is really getting them excited at the moment.The young flyer scored in their League Cup win over Manchester City in midweek before coming off the bench as Alan Pardew’s in-form side put Liverpool to the sword at St James’ Park.Football fans across the country were impressed too and, thankfully for England fans, the Jamaica born 18-year-old has committed his future to the Three Lions having played for the Under-20 team.And supporters on Twitter couldn’t speak highly enough about his potential, although some were frustrated by his theatrics… Rolando Aarons last_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives from the Donegal Youth Council attended a State Ceremonial for Children in Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.The State Ceremonial for Children, which was hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, was one of the final events of the official State 1916 programme.Four Youth Councillors Bridget McDyer from Annagry, Megan McGee from Bundoran, Paddy Gallagher from Downings and Emma Egerton from Letterkenny were joined by Donegal County Council Director of Service, Community, Enterprise and Planning Control Liam Ward and Youth Council Co-ordinator Martin Keeney at the event. Chairperson of the Youth Council, Bridget MyDyer also participated in the poignant ceremony, carrying one of 40 lanterns to mark each young life lost during 1916.Some 200 young guests were invited to the event nationally, from Comhairle na nÓg and school groups who participated in a report called “Children: Seen and Heard 2016”, which shared the results of a consultation which captured young people’s children’s vision of Ireland, what they liked and what they would like to change. The Irish language, culture and the warmth of the people stood out as strong positives. Homelessness, alcohol abuse and suicide were some of their chief concerns.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service. PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL GUESTS AT ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN was last modified: June 16th, 2016 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:Aras an UachtarainDonegal Youth CouncilPresident Higginslast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Participation is voluntary; applications were filed by 997 of the 2,043 schools that were eligible. Overall, California has more than 5,000 public elementary schools. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Rancho Vista Elementary School pupils raised a California Distinguished School flag over the campus Tuesday in recognition of pupils’ academic achievement. The award, announced in April, was the first ever for the Westside Union School District, and the first in Palmdale in 20 years. The award went this year to 377 California elementary schools, including Meadlowlark School in the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and Bailey Avenue School on Edwards Air Force Base, as well as Rancho Vista. The California School Recognition Program was created in 1985 to identify and honor exemplary and inspiring public schools. Eligibility was determined by schools’ Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores. last_img read more

first_imgThe North West 10K committee are to be honoured at a civic reception on Wednesday next, March 28th at 7pm in the council offices in Letterkenny.The 10K attracted many characters down through the years!The committee have helped a number of charities down through the years managing to raise more than €500,000 through the event.Faces from past and present are expected at the event which continues to grow from strength to strength. Congratulations to all involved in what is a truly well-deserved honour. NORTH WEST 10K TO GET CIVIC RECEPTION NEXT WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 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:civic receptionNorth West 10klast_img read more

first_imgManagement at a Donegal Nightclub have done a u-turn after a controversial promotion caused uproar with parents.The ‘Shag A Ginger’ night planned for tonight at Pulse Nightclub in Letterkenny hit the headlines because of objections from local parents.Even local Glenfinn priest, Fr Lorcan O Searcaigh labelled the event as a disgrace. The nightclub claimed however, that the event was only a bit of fun.They had planned to give out condoms and to even have a hairdresser at the club to help people dye their hair.However, the club has now rowed back on their ambitious plans and apologised for any offence caused.Pulse management have now confirmed the original event has been changed to ‘Kiss Me, I’m Ginger’. In a statement they said: “Given recent controversy surrounding a promotional poster advertising the event, the management have removed it and wish to make it clear it was not their intention to cause insult or offence to anyone.“The promotion of such events on student nights are commonplace throughout the county and have occurred in the past without knowingly causing offence.”LYIT Student Union say the event has nothing to do with them.NIGHTCLUB DO A U-TURN ON CONTROVERSIAL ‘S*** A GINGER NIGHT’ was last modified: October 7th, 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:donegalPuse NightclubShag A Gingerlast_img read more

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders take on the Chargers in Los Angeles beginning at 1:05 p.m.Fresh off their first win of the season, the Raiders take on their AFC West rival Chargers, led by the Raiders’ archenemy Philip Rivers. L.A. beat the 49ers 29-27 last Sunday on the strength of Rivers’ three TD passes.In the process of knocking off the 49ers, Rivers climbed past … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

first_imgMy Reading Light will enable children to continue with their homework after the sun goes down. The unit is durable and robust. A group of Maasai with the portable,rechargeable lantern.(All images: Philips)Janine ErasmusElectronics giant Philips has developed an environmentally-friendly solar-powered reading light that is targeted at the education sector in Africa, giving schoolchildren the means to carry on with their homework after darkness has fallen, especially in communities where electricity supply is erratic or non-existent.In rural communities especially, many children are assigned family chores to do after school, resulting in a race to finish schoolwork before the sun sets. Not only does unfinished homework have to cease, but life in general grinds to a halt in many parts of Africa during the night, affecting economic activities and quality of life.According to Philips, about 1.7-billion people around the world have to choose between total darkness at night, or the potentially dangerous alternatives of candles or kerosene lamps. Of those, about 500-million live in rural Africa, with a scant 2% having access to any electricity in these far-flung areas. In South Africa’s informal settlements hundreds have lost their lives in shack fires caused by uncontrolled flames.Besides the health and safety risks, there are other disadvantages associated with kerosene lanterns – oil-driven prices fluctuate, and low luminosity makes it hard, if not impossible, to read.Light in the darkIn poor homes lighting is one of the biggest expenses, typically accounting for 10-15% of total household income, according to the World Bank. This is an expenditure that gives little in return.As part of a new range of sustainable lighting solutions developed by Amsterdam-based Philips for those with little or no access to electricity, My Reading Lamp is set to eradicate these problems and make a real difference in the lives of many disadvantaged people.My Reading Light is a lightweight reading light with a built-in rechargeable battery that charges under the sun’s power during the daylight hours, and allows its user to read and write in the dark. Children who are forced to close their books when the sun goes down will now have more time to devote to their homework.Sustainable and durableThe sustainable range consists of three solar powered lighting products and a wind-up torch. The former include My Reading Light, a portable lantern with two light level settings that will work for up to four hours, and a complete home solar lighting kit which can provide light for a whole evening.The reading light is constructed in such a way that night reading does not strain the eyes, with patented LED light sources softly and evenly dispersed by an anti-scratch Perspex sheet that covers the page. The battery, once fully charged, provides light for between 3.5 and nine hours, depending on the brightness level. There are three brightness settings, and the battery can be charged more than 500 times.The wind-up torch is powered by a dynamo that provides 17 minutes of light after just two minutes of winding by hand. Light is provided by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are bright and energy efficient, thus draining the battery at a slower rate than a normal bulb.The three lighting products are expected to be available from mid-2009, while the torch is already on the market. Being portable, all products are of necessity extremely robust and, according to Philips, affordable. The reading light will be available in two versions: a standard and a slimmed down, low-cost version with a consumer price of less than R150 ($15).Still, this amount is almost certainly beyond the budget of those who need it most. However, there is a credit model available that allows customers to pay for the product in small instalments.Win-win situationPhilips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost said that the new LED-based solar-powered solutions offer a double benefit – “the lives of people in Africa will be generally improved, and LEDs result in a very low carbon footprint”, he commented.Philips has partnered with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa (Sesa) project. Established in July 2008, Sesa’s aim is to provide 10-million people in 10 sub-Saharan countries with affordable and sustainable energy services for lighting, cooking and water purification, by 2015.This is in keeping with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project, a set of eight goals agreed on by developed countries to improve the lives of people in emerging countries.Philips is working on the technology and distribution, while the ministry is focusing on market development, including entrepreneurial training and support of finance and micro-lending mechanisms.“Giving things away for free often proves unsustainable,” said Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. “People in rural Africa currently use kerosene and batteries. They will soon be able to buy solar lamps, paying for them in instalments with the aid of micro-credit. After one or two years, they will have paid for their sustainable lamps and the only costs they incur (minor ones) will be for maintenance.”Lighting AfricaPhilips is also involved in the World Bank initiative known as Lighting Africa. Launched in 2007, the programme is jointly managed by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank member.Lighting Africa seeks to involve corporations in developing innovative ways of bringing non-fossil fuel lighting sources, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diodes, to Africans who are not connected to any power grid. The World Bank has set the target of bringing affordable lighting to 250-million people by 2030.Related articlesA power plant in your home Power from the South African sunTapping into ingenuityUseful linksPhilips South AfricaUN Millennium Development GoalsLighting AfricaWorld Bank – Lighting AfricaInternational Finance Corporationlast_img read more

first_imgBeautiful seascapes greet the hiker on the Harkerville trail. The rugged Garden Route coastline.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • SANParks Regional Office  Harkerville Forestry Station  +27 44 532 7770 or +27 82 803 0701 RELATED ARTICLES • Garden Route’s new national park • Hiking the dragon’s back • Unforgettable SA hiking trails • Walking for Eden, and elephants • Slackpacking in the CederbergEmily van RijswijckSouth Africans sometimes forget that they live within easy reach of the most beautiful and accessible wilderness areas in the world – some, literally on their doorstep.One such treasure is the Harkerville Trail on the southern Cape coast, a hike which can pack the punch of a longer trail in just one weekend.But it’s not just the ocean and the giant yellowwoods. There is so much more to treat the senses – the smell of the forest floor and the sea spray; sudden outbursts from red-billed wood hoopoes; and rows of edible-looking cup-shaped fungi marking the paths.Spoilt for choiceInhabitants of the greater Cape area are generally spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking in the aptly named Garden Route, with the Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma and a host of other popular trails concentrated just in this area.The Harkerville, however, remains a favourite for hikers who appreciate its diverse offerings, all squeezed into just two days.This trail is rated “moderate to difficult” by those in the know. Port Elizabeth resident André Moolman has done the Harkerville 10 times and says it is the perfect benchmark trail to see if you are ready for more strenuous hikes, like the Fish River Canyon and the better known Otter, South Africa’s oldest hiking trail.In size, the Fish River Canyon takes second place only to the mighty Grand Canyon in the US and forms the natural border between South Africa and Namibia.“The Harkerville trail is a good measure for me to see if I am fit enough,” says Moolman, adding that it offers probably the most beautiful scenery a hiker will encounter in South Africa.The Harkerville HutA challenging 27 kilometres in length, the trail starts and ends at the Harkerville Hut at the Harkerville Forestry station located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.This is also the end point for the seven-day Outeniqua Trail, and energetic hikers may combine the two into a nine-day trek.Day one is a 15km hike which starts off with a long stretch in the forest before you are suddenly greeted by a break in the foliage to a beautiful view of the sea far below you.While nothing should be taken away from the forest and the mountain fynbos sections of the hike, it is the part trailing along the edge of the sea which brings the real thrill.The use of “edge” in this instance is deliberate as you will find yourself with the sea spray flicking your feet and the waves charging in with purpose if the tide happens to be high during your crossing. Though the ledges across the rock face are not excessively high, hikers with fear of heights may feel nervous.But, once safely over the rocks, the calm refreshing pools of seawater will delight you, while little fish and other creatures swim with you, sometimes taking a precautionary nibble at your feet. It’s worthwhile remembering to squeeze a pair of diving goggles and some flippers into your backpack.Californian RedwoodsIn this little piece of indigenous paradise, the remnants of an experimental plantation of Californian redwoods, planted in 1925, are still to be found.These remaining trees are all to be cut down but for one giant specimen of about 33 metres in height and more than a metre in diameter, which will mark time and location. The redwood is native to the west coast of America where it can grow up to 300 metres in height.Harkerville is also a place where the smallest creatures have right of way, from the large black shongololos (Ndebele word for millipede, widely used in South African lingo) to the very common forest spider, a creature seemingly intent on building his web exactly at face height.But as nature lovers tend to be mindful of these things, hikers manoeuvre carefully around these delicate webs, while a “mind the shongololo” from a fellow hiker is not uncommon.Sinclair HutThe second night is spent at the comfortable Sinclair Hut, situated on higher ground. While the hut does not have beautiful views of the ocean, some points of this rocky coastline are close by and it’s worth a 700m stroll to watch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean.During the whale season which starts to peak in October, it is not impossible to get excellent sightings of these magnificent creatures from various vantage points along the trail. The Southern Right whale is a common sight in these parts from around July to December as pods travel north from the Antarctic region to mate and breed.In fact, the small coastal town of Hermanus, further south along the coast, is considered to be the best land-based whale watching area in the world and has its own whale festival and full-time whale crier.The second part of the trail winds for 12km with some challenging parts over rocky ledges and pebbled beaches, before hikers tackle the stiff climb up to the car park and picnic spot located on top of the hill.With muscular strain setting in, the last stretch through the forest is easy enough to walk even barefoot, with a soft forest carpet of leaves and twigs easing the way. Sunburnt and exhausted, you will know that you have finished a serious hike in just two days when finally you reach the Harkerville Hut once more.But, every step would be worth it.last_img read more