Linden municipality made decision to terminate contracts – Town Clerk

first_imgSacking of hundreds of Linden CIIP workersBy Utamu BelleThe decision to terminate approximately 271 workers in Linden under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP) was made through the councillors within the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), Town Clerk Jonellor Bowen stated.Following the issuing of termination letters recently to facilitate a better paying “superior contract”, Regional Chairman Renis Morian had asked for those letters to be rescinded, noting that it created uneasiness among the workers who were not properly consulted on the move.According to Morian, he had received information that this would be done. However, Bowen stated that prior to reading it in the news, she was unaware that Regional Chairman Renis Morian had asked for those letters to be rescinded and to date she has not been informed to do so. She noted that once decisions are made within the Council, there are procedures and legal indications attached.“I did not receive any instructions on that matter, because of course if we are going to do something like that there must be straight instructions”, Bowen stated.Bowen added that decision-making is a procedure and according to law, if the Council makes a decision, then it can only be looked at again after six months and would have to have the vote of two thirds of the councillors, if there is a desire to change that decision. She said prior to the decision, she would have received correspondence at the level of the Ministry of Communities, based on discussions with the permanent secretary, where it was noted that the 271 employees under the CIIP programme would be allowed to work up to July 31, 2016.She said the correspondence added that a maximum of 250 workers must be employed no later than August 1, 2016 and will work for eight hours per day, 4 days per week, 16 days per month, which would also include an increase in payment from $12,500 to $25,000 per month.“With this being said…Council decided that they would terminate all the contracts and then they would rehire 250…the Town Clerk would have done as mandated to have termination letters done”, she said, noting that the ministry is working with an approved budget for 250 persons.As of Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Bowen said of 156 CIIP workers on the Wismar shore, 131 would have signed and uplifted their termination letters. Of 115 workers on the Mackenzie shore, 94 would have signed and uplifted same.“The Council, they made the decision to terminate the 271 workers because the figure that we are working with, based on advice from the ministry, is 250. So at a statutory meeting, that decision was made. I was mandated, based on the law to carry out that mandate, and that I did. I did the termination letters, in fact I called them (CIIP workers) to meetings, both Wismar and Mackenzie, separately, and spoke to them indicating this is what it is and I would have presented the letter and read it out and I said this is what it means. Some persons would have signed and uplifted their letters, some would not have signed”, Bowen claimed.Asked whether the rehiring process would facilitate former workers Bowen said she believes that no worker should be left out and such matters can be worked out. She noted however that disagreements were raised by the workers at the meeting, where she explained that it was not her decision but the ministry had given advice on the matter and the council had made a decision regarding same.The Town Clerk stated that the issue was discussed at the time with Acting Mayor Rawle Friday since Mayor Carwyn Holland was out of office. The rehiring process was expected to be completed on August 12, however, Bowen said she was advised by Friday to put the process on hold.Bowen added that it was agreed by the CIIP workers and their constituency representatives that the rehiring and working processes henceforth would be a collaborative effort. She said this involves on-the-job decision making and recommendations, “…so that it would not be or seem unfair, we’re consulting with everyone…these things were discussed…consultation is important especially on matters like these” she declared.last_img read more

Pedestrian killed in ECD accident

first_imgA pedestrian is the country’s latest road statistic following an accident at Triumph Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara, on Thursday evening.Dead is Seenauth Persaud, 54, of Lot 84 Agriculture Road, Triumph Village, ECD.According to reports, the dead man was crossing the road when he came into the path of a car bearingDead: Seenauth Persaudregistration number PKK 2320.He reportedly sustained severe injuries. Following the accident, the injured man was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.His body is at the GPH Mortuary awaiting post-mortem while the driver is in Police custody assisting with investigations.Sandra Persaud, sister of dead man told Guyana Times that her brother would do odd jobs in the area.“He use to stay with some people is Suraj Drive but he is someone who never stay one place too long”, the woman stated. She stated that she was at home Friday morning when someone informed her that her brother was involved in an accident.She said she immediately contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station but was told she has to visit the station. There, she was told that her brother was stuck by alleged drunken driver and died at the hospital.The woman added that the driver, who was in custody at the time of her visit, gave the family conflicting reports about what transpired on the night her brother was killed.“One time, he tell we that he de going to Georgetown, the other time, he say he did going Mahaica but he admit that he knock down meh brother,” the woman added.She recalled seeing her brother alive a few days ago when she pleaded with him to return home but he refused. He had moved out of the home some time ago.She added that he was the only brother she had left after two others died in 2011.Meanwhile, another relative who resides in close proximity to the accident scene, told Guyana Times that she was sitting on her veranda and saw a crowd on the roadway but thought it a two-vehicle collision. However it was until Friday morning that she leant of the man’s death.Persaud was never married and had no children. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Concessions may not fly

first_imgDETROIT – The head of the United Auto Workers said Wednesday that the union already has made health care concessions to General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., and he implied that it won’t give any more. At the close of the union’s two-day bargaining convention in downtown Detroit, President Ron Gettelfinger said the UAW made major concessions in 2005 that saved Ford and GM billions in long-term retiree health care obligations. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group didn’t get the same concessions in 2005 because the UAW said the company was in better financial shape at the time. But Chrysler has since started losing money, and the UAW re-examined the company’s books to determine if it would grant the same deal. 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

Resilient educator

first_img“I want students to feel what I feel, to enjoy the world we live in and do more and know more and understand more.” But being named Teacher of the Year was a “humbling honor” that speaks more about her colleagues than her teaching skills, Galapia said. “It’s something that came from my peers, and it was touching,” Galapia said. “But what makes it a bit strange is that I only received this honor because of them. “I became Teacher of the Year because of all the teachers who have helped me.” This year, Galapia has taken on more of an administrative role at Los Nietos Middle. She teaches one eighth-grade language arts class and works the rest of the day as an intervention resource specialist. WEST WHITTIER – One of the biggest, hardest jobs in the world is to hold children’s lives in your hands, says Los Nietos Middle School teacher Arlene Galapia. Any little thing you do, consciously or subconsciously, can affect a child, she says – and it was this belief that nearly stopped her from joining the ranks of the teaching force more than a decade ago. But finally, she said, “someone talked me into it. And it’s been wonderful so far, I just love it. “For me, learning has been a lifelong quest and that’s why I love teaching,” said Galapia, who is the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year for the Los Nietos School District. She earned a bachelor’s degree in science from USC, her teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and an administrative credential and master’s degree in parent involvement from Whittier College. “She’ll be a principal one day, I have no doubt,” said Los Nietos Middle Principal Marla Duncan. “It did not surprise me at all to find out she was Teacher of the Year – she’s so on the ball,” Duncan added. “She can work with any teacher, she doesn’t have any behavior problems in her class and she’s very organized. “And she’s very protective of her kids,” Duncan said. “I like that too.” She gets high praise from her eighth-grade students as well, who say Galapia is constantly motivating them to perform better. “She keeps us on track,” said Ricardo Santos, 15. “She’s like my mom that way, and that’s cool.” Galapia also thinks of her students “as my children, and I want to make sure that in the short time they’re with me that I pass on certain things that are important to me. “Our class motto is, `Be resilient,”‘ Galapia said. “Because if a student learns to be resilient, then they can overcome any obstacle that comes their way.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sanchez arrives in Milan ahead of Inter move

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez starred for Chile in the Copa America © AFP/File / Douglas MAGNOMILAN, Italy, Aug 28 – Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez arrived in Milan on Wednesday ahead of a reported one-year loan move to Inter, according to multiple reports.The 30-year-old was photographed waving to fans at the airport and was whisked away for a medical before signing a contract later in the day, Sky Sports Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport reported. Sanchez will link up with Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku — a 65-million-euro ($73 million) close-season signing from Manchester United — who scored on his debut for Inter on Monday.Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but has scored just three Premier League goals in 32 appearances.Antonio Conte’s reign as Inter coach got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday.Inter last won Serie A in 2010 under Jose Mourinho, and have been remodelled by former Italy and Chelsea boss Conte, who replaced Luciano Spalletti after the Chinese-owned club finish fourth last season.Inter travel to Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘They couldn’t… could they?!’ Best comments on Chelsea’s top four hopes

first_img Can Diego Costa fire Chelsea into the top four? 1 Chelsea, incredibly, have emerged as outsiders for the Premier League’s top four.The first half of the Blues’ campaign was abysmal, but since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho at the end of December, the reigning champions remain unbeaten in England’s top flight.And with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur stuttering in their fight for the title, some are pondering whether Chelsea really could make a late surge for a Champions League spot.To illustrate just how credible their challenge is, Hiddink’s side are closer to the top four (eight points) than City are to leaders Leicester City (10 points).So, is optimism rising with Chelsea fans? And are their rivals nervous?Here’s what some Premier League supporters think…last_img read more

MYSTERY GAMBLER SCOOPS €99,000 – PLAYING BINGO!

first_imgA mystery gambler has scooped €99,000 – on bingo.The unidentified player is believed to have won the windfall after playing a multiple bingo game at a Ballybofey bookmaker’s shop.Word of the win if rife in the Twin Towns which recently saw a lotto player scoop an incredible €5 million after their numbers came up. “It must be something in the water. This is just the latest win after someone scooped the €5 million.“Nobody knows who won the €99,000 but it’s a fair amount of cash.“Everyone is talking about it but nobody knows who it is.“Good luck to them – it’s a nice sum of money to win on the bingo,” said one resident.  MYSTERY GAMBLER SCOOPS €99,000 – PLAYING BINGO! was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000Ballybofeybingo€99last_img read more

HEALTH: BETTER BODIES CHALLENGE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

first_imgIt was a training session with a difference when Donegal Daily’s Health and Fitness columnist Emmet Rushe met with his Better Bodies challengers at the weekend.Little did they know that by 11am on Saturday morning, they’d be taking selfies at the top of Mount Errigal.The two Better Bodies groups, who train three evenings or three mornings each week, were challenged to join the Personal Trainer in climbing Mt Errigal on Saturday morning. Although a few were nervous at the thought, 36 Better Bodies Challengers joined in the climb.Emmet encouraged and supported the Challengers all the way to the summit with some overcoming nerves and a fear of heights.Emmet, of Rushe Fitness, said: “There was laughter, there was pain and there were tears of disbelief and of course there were many, many photographs and selfies taken.“The group members have made the decision to better themselves, their lifestyle and their health. For some, the aim and motivation is weight loss; for others, it’s fitness. “Everyone is on their own journey to achieve their Better Body and I thought that this challenge would show each of them just what you can achieve with the right motivation and support.“To see both groups helping and encouraging each other yesterday, reminded me why I love my job. It was such an achievement for every single one of us.”What’s next for the Better Bodies challengers?“There are 3 weeks left for this course of the Better Bodies,” said Emmet. “We’ll be culminating this session with the Ultimate Survivor Series Mud-run on November 1st at The Old Foundry, Letterkenny.”The next Better Bodies challenges will begin on Monday November 3rd and Emmet has similar challenges planned. HEALTH: BETTER BODIES CHALLENGE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS was last modified: October 12th, 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:Better Bodies Challengeemmet rushemount errigallast_img read more

DDTV: BALLYSHANNON GEARING UP FOR 8TH ANNUAL SOUND MAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

first_imgDDTV: Watch this video above and see how the anticipation is building ahead of the 8th annual Sound Man of the Year awards which are held during Christmas every year in Ballyshannon.The coveted awards ceremony takes place on the 27th of December at the popular Dicey Reilly’s pub in Ballyshannon. Ciaran McLoone explained to Donegal Daily what they’re hoping to achieve with the Sound Man of the Year awards ceremony.McLoone said, “Its about community, friendship and Pride of Place.“Ballyshannon is a town which suffered very badly from the recession and is very much still suffering but we want to champion all that is great about the town and the people doing great work in the town.“We want to promote that as much as possible and make sure those of us living away from home have something they can share about Ballyshannon being a great place. “We want other towns and villages around Ireland to do the same thing.“Each have their own awards, its gives them the opportunity to bring friends together, give a great reason for people to stay connected throughout the year (we run events during the year too).“Let them get together and promote their own towns and villages and what is great about them.The lads also organise quarterly Steak and Cigar nights in Dublin.Where they choose a venue (restaurant in Dublin and they all meet for the night, have dinner and head out after).We’re told that obviously non attendance at one of these 4 events during the year could have a bearing on your chances of winning sound man. On the day of the awards at 3pm they have a football match against the Young Boys of Sound.The match is called the Alan Gallagher & Niall Anderson memorial shield, its in memory of two of their friends that died tragically in 2005.They have it on the day of the Sound Awards as its great to remember our friends on a day when we all together.They have a shield and it is presented to the winning captain at the awards on the night. DDTV: BALLYSHANNON GEARING UP FOR 8TH ANNUAL SOUND MAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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:DDTVFeaturesnewsSound Man of the year awardslast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: ECLIPSE CINEMAS SET TO HOST FAMILY FUN DAY TOMORROW

first_imgCOMMUNITY NOTICE: Management at Eclipse Cinemas have organised a brilliant Family Fun Day which will be held tomorrow.There is an action packed day of event on offer which will make the ideal family day out. There is FREE face painting, Pony Rides for just €1 and a FREE mystery film on show at 11.30am.There are also a whole host of special guests set to attend the family orientated event.Elsa and Olaf from Frozen and Spiderman and Sponge Bob Square-pants will be there to meet and greet all the kids.There will also be a delicious BIG BBQ from 12.30pm -3.30pm so make sure and get to the Eclipse Cinema Family Fun day tomorrow.  COMMUNITY NOTICE: ECLIPSE CINEMAS SET TO HOST FAMILY FUN DAY TOMORROW was last modified: August 21st, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeatureslast_img read more