Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) President Godfrey Lothian has made a call for greater support from corporate entities, following the country’s third-place finish in Division Three at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Perfect World Team Champion-ships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recently, which also saw the Jamaicans jumping from Division Five to their current status in three years.In 2014, in Japan, the Jamaica team of Michael Hyatt, Kane Watson, Simon Tomlinson and Chris Marsh swept all before them to take the Division Five crown.Starting out at Division Four this time around, the Jamaicans won all their four group matches, before moving on to the quarter-finals where they defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-0.In the semi-finals, the Jamaicans lost to Pakistan.TOO HOT FORPANAMAHowever, the Caribbean team was too much for Panama in the bronze-medal match, as they beat the Central Americans 3-0 to claim third spot and a place in Division Three for the next championship.”In three years, we have moved up two divisions. We have moved from fifth to fourth to third [division], and that is unprecedented. So things are happening in table tennis, and we should be rewarded with some strong support,” Lothian commented.”We see that we can have success in the sport. This [sport] is not just for Asian and European countries. Countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular, Jamaica, can have success, but we need corporate Jamaica to see table tennis as a sport they can invest in.”They (corporate community) need to see it as a sport that can draw large support as it can be played any and everywhere. We also have a lot of new activities coming on board that we just want support for,” he continued.Lothian was also full of praise for the country’s representatives – Hyatt, Watson and Mark Phillips – who won the bronze at the championship, and noted that there were many more youngsters on the rise.”I am elated! This is great because success has been achieved, so we are overwhelmed,” beamed Lothian.”They (players) really did Jamaica proud. We have other youngsters coming up, so we have a face now of five, six players, so things are looking good for table tennis,” he added.
Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that Guyanese are at a lost as to where the country is heading in terms economic growth, adding that the coalition Government has failed to present a substantial economic policy.“I’m a politician and I tend to be partisan; I want the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) to get back in office and that’s my job, working towards that so maybe I don’t give them a fair chance of presenting what their economic policy is. But I’ve asked many people, who are supposed to be not partisan, not politicians and they are just as lost as I am about where the country is heading and a clear vision for taking it there cause it just doesn’t exists,” Jagdeo asserted.Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the gathering at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association annual dinnerHe was at the time delivering the feature address at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Annual Dinner held at the Guyana Pegasus on Friday evening. According to the former President, the country’s growth rates for last year and this year are very anaemic.Jagdeo went on to say that even the projection growth some of the sectors like sugar, manufacturing and construction are unlikely to happen. However, he noted that while the forecasted 3.8 per cent growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) can very well happen, it will be only because of the mining sector, more specifically gold. He added that every other sector in the country is declining.The Opposition Leader premised this argument on the country’s balance of payment data, which shows that earnings from gold exports have moved from US$469.8 million in 2014 to US$778 million in 2016 with a projection of nearly $800 million this year.At the same time, however, the other major sectors pushing the country’s economic are on the decline. Jagdeo noted that rice exports reduced from US$249 million to US$182 million from 2014 to 2016; sugar from US$88 million to US$67 million from 2014 to 2016; bauxite from US$124 million to US$100 million from 2014 to 2016 and timber declined from US$53 million to US$40 million from 2014 to 2016.“So these are the five major areas that are disaggregated… and four of the five have seen significant decline in exports in US dollars,” he posited. Turning his attention to imports, Jagdeo noted that only fuel imports in 2014 was recorded at US$573 million and fell to US$367 million in 2015 and then to US$327 million last year. However, this is projected to go back up to US$433 million in 2017.“The improvement in our balance of payment has relied on two things alone: the drop of fuel prices, we saved a couple of hundred million dollars, and gold price skyrocketed between 2014 and 2016 by a few hundred millions – everything else has deteriorated… On the export side, gold has gone up and on the import side, there is savings in fuel but both are volatile,” Jagdeo surmised.The former President pointed out that because a significant part of the earnings from gold are earned by large companies, it’s recorded in the exports but the bulk of the money does not flow back into the country.Moreover, the Opposition Leader noted that while there has been a growth in imports, persons have been reporting a reduction in the numbers of containers that being brought in. This growth, he added, is as a result of the increase valuations by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).“So you have a reduction in the number of containers coming but it’s seen as a growth of imports because GRA bumps up the valuation. People bring in containers now are complaining that their containers are re-valued 30-40 per cent capriciously and so it creates the impression that more imports are taking place but in real sense, it’s a financial transaction. S people are concern,” he stated.Jagdeo noted that he painted a benign picture of the country’s balance of payment and even with that, there is so much pressure already on the exchange rate. “If you paint a picture of the balance of payment evolving on the basis of what we know anecdotally then it gets worst because the real sector can’t support what’s happening there,” he said.
More than a year following recommendations for appointments from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) President David Granger on Wednesday swore in a Justice of Appeal along with four new Judges to serve in the chambers of the High Court.High Court Judge Rishi Persaud has been elevated to serve in the Court of Appeal while attorneys Simone Morris-Ramlall, Damone Younge, Sandil Kissoon and Gino Persaud have been appointed Puisne Judges.The Head of State speaking at the simple ceremony at State House reminded that the Judiciary is the guardian of the Constitution.The appointments, he said, were made in exercise of the powers conferred upon him as President by article 128-1 of the Constitution of Guyana which states that “the Judges, other than the Chancellor and the Chief Justice, shall be appointed by the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, and article 128-2 which states “the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, may appoint a person to act in the office of Justice of Appeal or Puisne Judge, as the case may require”.The new Judges have been appointed with effect July 17.According to President Granger, independence of the Judiciary is necessary to protect the rights of citizens and ensure that legal controversies are settled in a lawful manner.“It secures the rule of law and acts as a safeguard against tyranny and pressure. The Judiciary must be sustained if Guyana is to remain a law-based State,” he said, continuing that the Constitution of Guyana makes provision for allowing the independence of the Judiciary from the perils of Executive and Legislative encroachment.“The Executive arm of Government is committed to promoting, protecting and preserving judicial independence.In February 2016, the JSC had unanimously recommended that High Court Judges, Justices Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory be appointed to the Court of Appeal, and Attorneys Sandil Kissoon and Damone Younge be appointed Puisne Judges.
TRADERS IN the county reported a record shopping weekend as better value and the good weather combined to make it a mega-shopping weekend for Donegal!After a fortnight of snow and ice, traders were reporting huge trade throughout the county -with traffic chaos at times in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.The slide in the euro also meant more people stayed at home to shop this year – and with new weather warnings for later this week, many people were taking advantage of the thaw. Shopping fever replaced cabin fever – and temperatures of +10C…25 degrees higher than on some nights last week.In the new Dunnes in Letterkenny and in Tesco in the town, there was evidence of panic-buying as shoppers loaded trolleys with turkeys, brussel sprouts and booze.Predictions of the return of the Big Chill next week also had thousands of shoppers queuing to buy presents at many stores on Main Street and in the Retail Park.“Christmas shopping was delayed this year so we had expected to see an influx of customers to Letterkenny this weekend,” said Toni Forrester, boss of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. “There is great value and top brands in Letterkenny this year and it was also great to see some shoppers from the North enjoying what Letterkenny has to offer.”RECORDS SMASHED IN DONEGAL WEEKEND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FRENZY! was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare 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)
CELEBRITY wedding planning duo Ant and Dick are offering their services to gay couples hoping to ‘tie the knot’ in April this year when the first Civil partnerships in Donegal will take place.This week gay couples in the county hoping to have a Civil Partnership can register for their ceremony.And Ireland’s only Civil Partnership experts say they are on hand to help Donegal couples through the planning process. They are also on the look out for couples planning their big day for the first day in April as they have suppliers on board offering their services for free! Ant said today: “The world’s Press will be watching how Ireland handles the first Civil Partnerships and it could even influence other countries such as America in their decision to allow gay couples the same privilege.“This really is the biggest thing to happen in Ireland since Divorce and for Ireland to have come so far so quickly since decriminalisation really is fantastic.”Ant and Dick are the only Civil Partnership experts based in Ireland – and say they’ve already had enquiries from Donegal!Said Dick: “With a thorough understanding of the industry we are able to ensure that gay couples in Donegal not only find suppliers happy to work with them but they will also negotiate on behalf of couples to ensure the right and fair price is being paid and is within the couples budget.” The national average spend of any wedding is approx €20k and gay unions will be roughly the same, he said.But he warned: “Businesses should not get carried away with it all, there will be a great interest at the beginning and the initial influx of couples will most likely be older couples who have been together many years and want to cement their relationship legally for next of kin and financial reasons.“Then the figures will drop, it will be at least three years before a trend can begin to appear and it could take up to ten years for the ‘normalisation’ to really take hold.“Until now gay men and women pretty much accepted that getting married wasn’t an option when they came to terms with being gay, so now that they can enjoy a Civil Partnership it may take some time for that option to sink in and for it to become a normal expectation for gay couples.”The gay wedding planners are at www.antanddick.com. endsGAY DONEGAL WEDDINGS BEING PLANNED BY CELEBRITY DUO was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
THE BROTHERS behind a bakery which went bust have failed to save the company.A liquidator was today appointed to O’Donnell’s bakery in Laghey.It comes following a creditors meeting involving the Directors of the company earlier. The Liquidator Patrick McDermott, from Letterkenny will now try and sell the companies assets. He will also be going to attempt to sell the good will and customer base of the company with the Highland Bakery interested.The Letterkenny Bakery has already offered some of the 15 O’Donnell’s workers positions.Mr. McDermott says he is currently compiling figures to speak to possible buyers or partiesHe says he will be trying over the next few days to sell the ‘good will’ of the company if possible. The 15 existing workers will be entitled to redundancy from the company through the liquidation process and any arrears of pay will be covered by the state insolvency fund.The brothers behind the company, Charlie and Eamonn O’Donnell, ceased trading at their Laghey-based business on Christmas Eve.Highland Bakery has been using the brand since while directors of O’Donnells called the luiquidator’s meeting.A spokesman for the O’Donnells said last week “There are several interested parties and our main priority is to safeguard jobs.”The company was run by brothers Charlie and Eamonn O’Donnell – and was founded by their father and uncles in Ballyshannon in 1969. Last year the company won a coveted Great taste award in Britain.Today a friend said: “Charlie and Eamonn are devastated. They are decent lads and have tried their best for the 15 workers at the bakery.”LIQUIDATOR APPOINTED TO LAGHEY BAKERY was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland has called for the Government’s planned new public broadcasting charge, to replace the TV licence fee, to also fund independent radio stations.It has also demanded sufficient funding from the charge to be made available for RTÉ Radio 1 to allow it operate as a commercial-free full public service broadcaster.The group also wants the regulator, the Broadcasting Authority, to be sufficiently funded from the charge. “Every household has at least one radio and nearly every person has the ability to listen to radio on their mobile phone, laptop, computer, iPad, and so on,” said IBI chairman Scott Williams.“Given the number of radio devices in each home, we believe that the public broadcasting charge (PBC) set out in the Programme for Government and which will be levied on all households, must be used to strengthen and develop all forms of broadcasting in Ireland”.“The TV licence fee has provided an unfair competitive advantage to RTÉ. With more than 1,500 people employed in the sector independent broadcasters make a significant economic, social and cultural contribution to the Irish economy.“The replacement of the licence fee with a new PBC provides a unique opportunity to the Minister for Communications to create a more competitive broadcasting landscape RADIO STATIONS SEEKING CASH INJECTION FROM TAXPAYER was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
TOURISM Minister Leo Varadkar has praised those behind Donegal Live – saying the organisation is leading the way in tourism promotion.The Minister helped to launch the next Donegal Live event which will take place in Dublin on May 22 following the success of the event in Glasgow earlier this month.And he was high in his praise of hotels and other tourism businesses on how they set aside competition to work together for the good of Donegal. The Minister joined forces with Fáilte Ireland and a number of local Donegal associations to launch Donegal Live 2011.Returning to Dublin following the resounding success of last year’s event in Temple Bar, Donegal Live will this year take place at the Iveagh Gardens which will be transformed into the North West for one day only on Sunday May 22nd. A host of Donegal artists are lined up to entertain the crowds as well as Donegal personalities who will be on hand to lend their name and time to promote the county.Speaking at the launch, Minister Varadkar praised all those involved in Donegal Live and stressed the importance of working together to promote tourism in Ireland.“I’m pleased to welcome Donegal Live back to Dublin for the second year running. I am very encouraged to hear that last year’s event was a great success. A large number of the tourism businesses who took part enjoyed a strong summer performance on the back of the extensive exposure and publicity generated by the Temple Bar event. “This event is an excellent way to target and market Donegal to a Dublin audience. But alongside the excellent publicity, it’s great to see the strong spirit of partnership and collaboration between the Donegal traders who invest their time, efforts, and an array of special offers to make it a success.”There will be over 200 Donegal tourism businesses in the Iveagh Gardens on the day and interactive stands will feature the many quality attractions, activities, food, festivals and accommodation on offer in the county. A carnival atmosphere of music, song and dance will be created with many big name celebrities attending including Moira Brennan, Mickey Joe Harte and many others.Paul McLoone, our Head of Operations in the North West, believes the event provides a great opportunity for Donegal to target its key market, Irish people.He said: “As a county, Donegal is heavily dependent on the home holiday market with 70% of visitors travelling from within the island of Ireland. We hope Donegal Live will once again bring Donegal to the attention of Dublin residents and those in the surrounding counties and help to dispel the myth that Donegal is too far away for a holiday.“Last year’s event brought great dividends to local Donegal providers and optimism is high again for this year. With significant media publicity gained for Donegal along with hotel occupancy rates up 7% following the event, I have no doubt that Donegal Live will remain a firm fixture on the tourism calendar in the coming years.” TOURISM MINISTER PRAISES DONEGAL BUSINESSES FOR WORKING TOGETHER FOR COUNTY was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
The woman who received the Section 8 rent subsidy was arrested on a felony warrant and on suspicion of maintaining a location for narcotics sales. Three other people at the home were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana or Ecstasy for sale, and a fourth was arrested on suspicion of possession of fraudulent identification and identity theft.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAt the Andale home, the woman who received the Section 8 subsidy ran out the back door as deputies came to the front door, but an 18-year-old there was arrested on a felony warrant. Deputies also seized two rifles that had been shortened by cutting off their stocks. The woman who fled was wanted on an arrest warrant for failing to show up in court after being cited for driving without a license. At the Gadsden Avenue apartment, deputies said they smelled marijuana coming from inside and found five or six ounces of marijuana packaged for sale, as well as a loaded 9 mm pistol. An ex-convict at the apartment was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The woman who lived there was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell and maintaining a location for narcotics sales. The ex-convict had earlier been living with another Section 8 recipient at the apartment complex, but got that person evicted, Sylvies said. On Biscay, deputies said they found six or seven people living at a home supposed to be occupied by a woman and her two children. They said they saw drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be forged documents, so they went to court for a warrant to search the home. A search turned up a pound of marijuana, Ecstasy tablets and numerous forged identification cards, deputies said. LANCASTER – Eight people were arrested and firearms, drugs and forged identification cards were seized during checks at two houses and an apartment occupied by people receiving government rent subsidies, deputies said Thursday. The houses on Andale Avenue and Biscay Court and a Gadsden Avenue apartment were visited Tuesday and Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies and Los Angeles County housing investigators because of complaints to the county Section 8 housing fraud hotline and calls to the Lancaster sheriff’s station, officials said. “That’s how we kind of prioritize it: the ones we are getting the most complaints on,” said Sgt. Steve Sylvies, leader of Lancaster’s LAN-CAP, or Lancaster Community Appreciation Project, deputies who focus on crime in rental housing. Deputies have five more Section 8 homes still to visit on their latest list, he said.
St. Michael’s NotesAll County League The Reserves were at home to Ardara on Easter Monday last and recorded a good victory following a very good team performance. The final score was St. Michael’s 0-11 Ardara 0-3. The St. Michael’s scorers were: Raymond McLaughlin 0-6, Oran McFadden 0-3, and Stephen Coyle, Ruairi Friel, Chris McElhinney and John McFadden 0-1 each.The Seniors Match against Ardara was postponed on owing to a bereavement in Ardara.Safe TalkA Safe Talk Course has been provisionally arranged to be held in the Clubhouse at the Bridge on Monday the 11th April beginning at 7.30pm and finishing at 10pm. This course is free of charge and it is recommended that all coaches and administrators and anyone else over 18 should attend. Refreshments will be served. It is limited to 24 participants; anyone wishing to attend should give their names to Moses on 0868832129 as soon as possible. More details next week.CongratulationsCongratulations to Mark Anthony McGinley who made his Donegal Debut against Dublin in Croke Park on Saturday evening last.Congratulations also to St. Michael’s player Martin Breslin on his recent engagement to Jackie Lagan.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday Night last; The numbers drawn were 3,4,6,12,17,18. There were no Match 5 winners; 48 people matched 4 and their names were draw. The winner of the €100 was Teresa Boyle Ray Falcarragh. This weeks Jackpot be €3100. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. The Club would like to thank Boyces Centra in Dunfanaghy for allowing club members to sell tickets in the store on Friday last.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style from the Bingo in CreesloughThe winner of the €100 on the 5th game at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre on Sunday night last was Sinead Thornton Ards; the €100 on the 9th game was won by John McGee Ray Falcarragh. The winner of the Easter Hamper Sponsored by Boyce’s Centra Carrigart, Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh was Diarmuid Gallagher Ards Creeslough. The Spot Prizes were won by Odhrán Toye, John McLaughlin and Kevin Ward. St. Michael’s GAA Club would like to thank Boyce’s Centra for sponsoring the Easter Hamper. You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less. Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000. The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. The car was in play last Sunday night but was not won. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €3100. The single book is €8. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 2nd April Dunfanaghy Eamon McGinley and Cairns Witherow, Creeslough Michael McGinley. 9th April Dunfanaghy Tommy McGinley and Neil McGinley Creeslough Brian Dolan.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to email@example.com Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardParish LeagueThe Parish League begins on Sunday April 3rd at 1.30pm at the Bridge for 4 to 13 years old.For anyone who has not yet registered, registration can be done on the day.The Parish League is a great way to get involved with our local club.We look forward to seeing a great crowd there and any help with coaching, refereeing, in the tea rooms or on the gate will be greatly appreciated.U14sSt. Michaels played our neighbours Cloughaneely in Falcarragh in a league Match last week and got well beaten by a strong Cloughaneely outfit.Training now takes place every FRIDAY evening at the Bridge @7pm . The bus is €3 and leaves Creeslough at 6.30pm.U16s Matches for the U 16s does not take place until after the Junior Cert Exams in June. Players will be advised when training commences by the manager –Martin.MinorsThe minors are scheduled to play away to Cloughaneely this Wednesday evening and they are due to play Gweedore at home on Sunday morning April 3rd at 12noon.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S RESERVES EARN FINE HOME WIN AGAINST ARDARA was last modified: March 30th, 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:GAASportSt Michaels