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Indigenous Village elections set for May 15

first_imgOver 200 Indigenous communities throughout Guyana are preparing to conduct Village Council elections for Toshaos and Councillors. This process will run for a period of one month from May 15 to June 15.Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock had stated that the Ministry has put all necessary arrangements in place to ensure the successful hosting of the elections throughout the country.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockIn preparation for the elections, audits are to be conducted three months prior. This is in keeping with the Amerindian Act of 2006 which stipulates that ‘the Minister shall arrange a general audit, financial and documentary, before the date of Village Council elections.’ The audits are led by an independent auditor.This will aid in facilitating a smooth handing over of all village assets, as the election results may determine. According to Minister Allicock, the Ministry would have facilitated audits in some 31 communities this year.Last month, the community of Batavia hosted its Village Council elections campaign, where prospective Toshaos Ralph Jeffrey, Oren Williams and Royston Rodrigues presented their manifestos to the residents. Following this, the nominees each delivered a copy of their manifestos to the Village Council, before beginning their respective campaigns.To be elected as a Toshao, a person must be eligible to stand as Councillor and should not have held the position for the two terms immediately preceding his or her nomination. These elections are held every three years.last_img read more

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Alberta premier says proposal to pull out of CPP due to hostility from others

first_imgOpposition NDP critic Sarah Hoffman says Kenney has strayed too far from his election mandate and Albertans didn’t vote “to have their pensions blown up.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2019.The Canadian Press KANANASKIS, Alta. — Premier Jason Kenney is defending his idea that Alberta could pull out of the federal pension plan by saying times have changed.He says bold action is needed because of unprecedented hostility from the federal and some provincial governments that are actively blocking Alberta’s economic future.Kenney didn’t campaign in the spring election on leaving the Canada Pension Plan and setting up a provincial one, but says Albertans would get a say through a referendum.- Advertisement -On the weekend, Kenney announced a panel to research and hold public meetings on whether Alberta should move toward a more independent role within Canada.He suggested steps such as creating a separate police force,  establishing a provincial revenue agency and establishing a provincial constitution.Kenney says Ottawa and some provinces are unfairly restricting Alberta’s oil and gas industry with what he calls regressive laws and policy roadblocks on pipelines.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Huck and Stuff

first_imgOf course, when Pierce speaks of the lack of justice in his case, he doesn’t mean the way he fleeced the taxpayers of Los Angeles. He’s feeling sorry for himself. He thinks that – in his seven-figure settlement – he somehow got a bad deal. If that’s so, he should have taken his case to trial, where a jury would have laughed it out of town. Tennie, you’ve got your money. Do yourself a favor, and disappear from the scene. Don’t hang around and kvetch about how badly you have it. That’s just doggone poor form. Savage intolerance In the battle of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vs. Michael Savage, it’s hard to know whom to root for. For the uninitiated, Michael Savage is the living, breathing embodiment of liberals’ worst nightmares about talk radio. The guy is a vitriolic bomb-thrower, mean-spirited and vicious. That he said some pro-immigration activists on a hunger strike should “fast until they starve to death” may be outrageous, but it’s pretty much par for the course in the Savage Nation. So it’s curious that this particular comment should be the one to arouse such consternation. And one wonders whether the San Fran supes, who last week passed a resolution condemning Savage’s remark, really have nothing better to do than denounce a talk-radio host. Worse, though, is the language of the supervisors’ pious anti-Savage resolution, which boasts of how San Francisco “values the dignity of all its residents,” and brags of its “tolerance.” Oh, please. This is the same city that subsidizes the grotesque Folsom Street Fair – a public S&M display that’s a grandiose insult to human dignity, and which, this year, ran an ad mocking Christ and the Last Supper. Plus, just 18 months ago, these same self-righteous politicians condemned a Christian youth rally in their city as “fascist.” So much for tolerance. Savage deserves a condemnation, but then, the San Francisco supervisors do, too. Truth be told, Savage and the supes really deserve each other. L.A. County seal, SCOTUS-bound? The valiant souls who have been fighting for the restoration of the original Los Angeles County seal think they might get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. I wish them well, but I’m not optimistic their effort would succeed. Had the county not caved in to the ACLU – that is, had it kept the original seal – and had the ACLU taken the matter to trial, the county would have won handily. The seal never conferred any kind of religious endorsement; it merely acknowledged that Christian missionaries settled the Los Angeles area. Like the name “Los Angeles,” the old seal pointed to our region’s religious heritage without establishing anything close to a state religion. But the county didn’t fight, opting to surrender to the ACLU, and that has created a much more complicated case. Anti-religious thinking likely influenced the supes’ decision to remove the seal, but short of reading minds, how could that ever be proven in a court of law? And while the Constitution doesn’t preclude the county from including a cross on its seal, it certainly doesn’t require one, either. The irony is that when the supes voted to kill the cross, they said they were saving the taxpayers’ money – never mind that changing the insignia on every county vehicle, form, letterhead, etc., would cost $700,000. That was a pittance, they said, compared with what it would have cost in legal expenses to defend the old seal. But now they find themselves spending untold millions – they refuse to disclose how much – to protect their new, politically correct seal. So they’ve saved the taxpayers nothing, while creating needless controversy and insulting the intelligence of every one of us forced to foot the bill. Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Getting past the GOP’s hucksters Newt Gingrich may be out of the 2008 presidential race, but another Republican Southerner is picking up where he left off – trying to give the GOP a clean break from the Bush administration. That would be Mike Huckabee, the second-most famous native of Hope, Ark., and a long-shot candidate in the GOP primary. Huckabee probably lacks the resources and the name recognition to get elected, but unlike the front-runners, he seems to understand that running on the Bush legacy (and Bush foreign policy) is no way to win the general election. In a recent speech, Huckabee said the Bush administration ignores peaceful options to resolve problems with Iran, trusts the Saudis too much, and has allowed Pakistan to go soft in the War on Terror. This is pretty tame stuff, but the fact that it seems controversial points to how little the front-runners have sought to separate themselves from the president. Meanwhile, the front-runner (Rudy Giuliani) has so separated himself from Christian conservatives that they’re making noise about running a third-party alternative – a Naderlike vote-grabber who would all but assure a Hillary Clinton presidency. But if the GOP runs on Bush foreign policy and liberal social policy, it’s destined for a well-deserved landslide, anyway. It’s hard to imagine that Huckabee has the wherewithal to save the party this time around, but he does have the right idea. Tennie Pierce, time to move on The Daily News headline was one most of us could agree with: “Tennie Pierce: `Justice wasn’t done.”‘ Indeed, justice was not done in the Tennie Pierce case. A prankster walked off with $1.4 million plus a pension as the result of a prank no more harmful than the ones he routinely played on his fellow firefighters. All because Pierce, who liked to call himself “the big dog,” was treated to a few bites of dog food. last_img

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Reaping what they’ve sown

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – Students who used to do poorly in school are learning all about reaping what they sow. Instead of bad grades and detention, however, in this case it’s vegetables. Each Saturday morning, the South El Monte High School students sell the lettuce, beets, radishes, spinach, herbs and flowers they grow at their EarthWorks Enterprises urban farm in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Started a year ago, the urban farm program takes 10 South El Monte High students who are “at risk” of failing or dropping out and puts them in a farm setting, where they learn to organically grow vegetables and flowers. Now, some of the first group of teens who enrolled in the class last year will be trained as program leaders, providing guidance to the next crop of at-risk students enrolled in the farm’s spring sessions, said Bowen. “We want the youth here to realize they are not just here to shovel manure, that they are here to get joy from meaningful work,” she said. Later this month, the little farm will host its first community Earth Day planting, in which residents will be invited to work alongside the students. And in May, county Supervisor Gloria Molina will speak at the program’s spring harvest celebration and open house. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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 eventIn that way, students not only learn how to grow produce without pesticides, they also learn marketing skills selling the items at their roadside produce stand on Lermer Road from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. At the same time, local residents can buy organically grown vegetables at an affordable price, said Amy Bowen, the farm program’s director. “Students who used to get disciplined for bad behavior have improved, and a couple who were failing all their classes are now passing,” said Olga Lopez, student-support coordinator at South El Monte High. At a recent class, the teens shoveled manure and dug up weeds at the once-neglected property next to the Pomona (60) Freeway. “It’s pretty cool and rewarding to sell what we have grown. I’ve also lost weight, because I eat what we grow,” said Ivan Virgen, 16. last_img read more

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Letterkenny Athletic Club: McGranaghan’s have massive success at Abbey Village 5k

first_imgThe McGranaghan’s had a very successful evening on Tuesday in the Abbey Village 5K in Kilmacrennan. Gerard’s time of 18.03 gave him 2nd place, just 6 seconds behind Limerick AC’s visiting athlete, John McCallion. Monica’s fine form continued and she took the senior women’s prize in a time of 19.15. Monica finished 4th overall. Another Letterkenny AC runner in excellent form is Noreen Scanlan and her time of 19.39 gave her 2nd place in the women’s race.Barry Mackey was in action again and he continued his impressive success rate in the M50 category. Barry was the first M50 finisher in 20.19. Marian Kerr has also had a highly successful summer and she was the first W40 finisher in 22.34. Philip Connolly came home in 23.49 and Danny Sharkey in 24.11.Ivan Toner made a highly successful return to competitive action on Friday evening with a 2nd place finish in the Sean MacCumhall’s 5K in Ballybofey. Ivan’s time was 16.23, which was just a few seconds behind race winner, Dermot McElchar of Finn Valley. Mrs Jane Toner gave an early indication that she will be as proficient a race winner as she had been as Miss Jane McGinley. Jane was winner of the women’s race, and 8th overall, in a time of 20.05, making it a good week for 2 of LAC’s married couples. Danny Mooney chalked up yet another victory on Sunday when he led a field of over 100 runners in the Charles McGuinness 5K in Glenties. His time of 17.28 saw him finish with almost half a minute to spare over his nearest challenger, Zachary McGowan of City of Derry Spartans. Gwyn Yemm, who continues to show massive improvements, ran 18.52. This represented a PB for Gwyn. Barry Mackey ran his second race of the week, which is usual for the prolific racer. It was another podium finish, with Barry’s time of 20.12 giving him 2nd place in the M50 category. Niamh McDaid had a good run and came home in 22.24.Several Letterkenny AC runners were among the 1620 runners who completed Sunday’s Waterside Half Marathon in Derry. Darren Beecroft was the first of the LAC contingent to cross the line. He finished in 1.33.51. Shortly behind Darren was Adrian Callaghan in a time of 1.34.40, with Stevie Shiels clocking 1.42.16. Eilis McClafferty came home in 1.50.12 and Noel Lynch showed he has recovered from the serious injury he suffered in last year’s Lifford/Strabane Half Marathon by finishing in 1.50.21. Margaret Shields’ time was 1.58.02. The race winner was Freddie Sittuk, of Raheny Shamrocks, whose time was 1.07.36.All at Letterkenny AC wish to offer congratulations to club members Sinead Peoples and Ben George, who recently became engaged.Letterkenny Athletic Club: McGranaghan’s have massive success at Abbey Village 5k was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:abbey village 5kLetterkenny Athletic Clublast_img read more

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GARDAI AND AMBULANCES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR COLLISION

first_imgGardai and ambulances are at the scene of a three car collision close to the Lagoon Pub in Termon.The road has been closed and people are being treated at the scene. It is unsure if anyone has been seriously hurt.We will bring your further information as we get it. GARDAI AND AMBULANCES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR COLLISION was last modified: October 25th, 2012 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:AMBULANCESCOLLISIONGardaiTermonlast_img read more

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‘Stay Indoors’ alert is officially lifted across Ireland

first_imgStorm Emma has passed over Ireland with widespread impact in southern and eastern counties, while most of Donegal managed to escape the worst of the forecast blizzards from the weather event. As of this morning, the ‘Stay Indoors’ advisory which warned people not to leave their homes has been lifted.The National Emergency Coordination Group withdrew the public safety advice to shelter indoors after confirming that the blizzard has passed. A Status Orange snow-ice warning is now in place for Donegal and nearby counties. The local Status Orange warning will be in place until Friday at 6pm. Heavy snow showers will persist in the county today, with icy conditions prevailing due to freezing temperatures.Munster, Leinster and Galway remain under Status Red alert until Friday evening. Met Eireann reports that between 5-12cm of snow fell during the night in areas, with severe winds leading to power cuts across some 23,800 homes and businesses.A government warning tells people to use their own judgement of local conditions before going outside today: “There are variations in storm impact across the country and people need to take account of circumstances locally before deciding to venture outdoors or undertake journeys.”The National Emergency Co-Ordination group warns: “Conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot. “There are variations in storm impact across the country and people need to take account of circumstances locally before deciding to venture outdoors or undertake journeys.“In particular, it will take some time to get roads open again and people should listen for local updates on road conditions.”Featured photo: Errigal mountain, by Paul Lapsley‘Stay Indoors’ alert is officially lifted across Ireland was last modified: March 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Donegal chef heads back to Heston Blumenthal’s kitchen for BBC doc

first_imgDonegal chef Derek Creagh recently took a nostalgic journey back to one of his most iconic roles – in the kitchen of top chef Heston Blumenthal.Blumenthal, whose world-famous The Fat Duck restaurant was once voted the best restaurant in the world, reassembled his award-winning team for a BBC documentary which will air this Thursday night.One of the culinary stars in his kitchen was none other than Derek Creagh.  Derek worked with Blumenthal in London in the early noughties before he returned to his roots in Donegal in 2014. He is currently heading up the kitchen at the Foyle Hotel in Moville.This Thursday on BBC Two at 9pm, Derek will be appearing in Heston’s Marvellous Menu: Back to the Noughties.Heston Blumenthal, Giles Coren with chefs in the kitchen. BBC/Wonderhood StudiosThe documentary will follow celebrated chef Heston Blumenthal as he takes his world-famous restaurant back to 2001. The challenge is to recreate an extraordinary tasting menu with his old team from a significant year for him and The Fat Duck.The dream team are now some of the UK and Ireland’s most innovative and contemporary chefs. Together, they will cook for high-profile guests synonymous with 2001, using recipes and techniques of the time and reveal how Blumenthal and the team were well ahead of their time almost 20 years ago. Donegal chef heads back to Heston Blumenthal’s kitchen for BBC doc was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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All-day news for SA viewers

first_imgHi-tech touch screens similar to those atinternational news channel CNN will also beused in the eNews Channel newsroomTamara O’ReillySouth African independent television channel e.tv is taking a step forward in news broadcasting with the launch of a 24-hour news channel – the first of its kind in Africa – in June.Joining the ranks of international news channels like CNN and Sky News which broadcast news around the clock, eNews Channel will offer viewers South African, regional and international news, sport reports, financial information, weather, entertainment and investigative reports. Some of the country’s popular TV personalities like Jeremy Maggs and Redi Direko will anchor the eNews Channel’s bulletins.e.tv is one of two terrestrial free-to-air television networks in the country, the other being the state-owned SABC which runs three channels. As an independently run station, e.tv is known for its probing investigative reports, and viewers of the 24-hour news channel can expect similarly independent news reporting.The channel will be broadcast on DSTV, the country’s multi-channel digital satellite TV service which has more than 1.5 million paying subscribers.“This is an historic moment for the broadcasting industry in South Africa,” says Marcel Golding, Chief Executive Officer of e.sat the sister business to e.tv. “In a developing country with so many challenges and issues, a 24-hour news channel will contribute to keeping society abreast of what is happening and can play a critical role in informed debate and discussion. We believe the eNews Channel will become an important voice in South Africa’s democracy.”Multichoice South Africa Chief Executive Nono Letele says, “We are very excited to add the eNews channel to our DST platform. We believe the channel will enhance our news offering by bringing high quality insightful and independent reporting alongside our other successful news channels.”Although the free-to-air channel has several news programmes, 24-hour news is new to South African broadcasters. The 24-hour news channel has been two years in the making, during which time management visited newsrooms that run similar operations, like ABC, BBC and Sky News.According to reports in the Sunday Times, special attention has been paid to equipment and the layout of the newsroom. Some of the innovative equipment includes touch-screen plasma screens – similar to those used by CNN in their coverage of the US primary elections – on which presenters can highlight information.South Africa has a largely independent press with several independent newspapers, magazines, websites and alternative media like community newsletters in many of the 11 official languages. In last year’s Press Freedom index published by Reporter Sans Frontieres, South Africa ranked 43 out of 169 countries surveyed, beating media heavyweights like the US.Although South Africa was one of the last countries to receive television, and colour broadcasts only began in 1975, it has developed the largest media network in Africa and viewers have access to a wide spectrum of local and international drama, comedy, sports and news.Useful linksDSTVETV 2007 Press Freedom Indexlast_img read more

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Qwerly Hopes to Power Rebel Alliance Against Facebook

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts pete warden 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Tags:#APIs#hack The Qwerly API lets developers easily link together users’ various social network accounts. For example, given Tim O’Reilly’s Twitter username, it can reveal his public profiles at other services like Facebook, Flickr and Plancast. Why is this interesting? Bridging the barriers between different social networks weakens the lock-in effect that makes it tough to opt out of popular services.If you decide you don’t want to participate on Facebook, right now that means losing touch with all of your friends still using it. With Qwerly, a service could let you interact with your entire social network in one place, even if some people are most active on Twitter and others on Facebook. It’s a bit like phone number portability. In the bad old days, if you changed phone company you were given an entirely new number, with all of the hassle of telling your friends and colleagues and changing business cards and stationery. By making a connection between you and your friends’ accounts on different networks, Qwerly hopes to make switching to a new service painless.I spoke to Qwerly’s founder Max Niederhofer about his plans for the service. He said its mission was to be “at the center of the Rebel Alliance against Facebook – we want to power the federated social web”. He continued: “The motivation to build Qwerly was really the question ‘what do we need to build a decentralized social web platform?’ and what we came up with was ‘first, we need to find out how profiles are connected’, i.e. consolidating identities across profiles. We looked at what had happened there in terms of open protocols, like webfinger, and figured things weren’t moving fast enough.”Originally he was planning on building his own Friendfeed-like service, but one that would instantly show your friends’ updates rather than relying on you to laboriously enter all your account details before you’d see any benefits. As he looked at what it would take to build the system, he realized the hardest step would be gathering and linking accounts across social networks, and by sharing the results as an API he’d create a platform for other startups to build their own services on. Services like the HoverMe social browsing plugin and the DuckDuckGo search engine are already taking advantage of the interface to enrich the results they offer.Any service that deals with people’s personal data raises concerns about privacy, so I asked Niederhofer how they were different from services like Rapleaf that have attracted intense criticism. His response was that “the difference between what Rapleaf was accused of and what we’re doing is that Rapleaf was commingling social data and cookie-based data. While social media data isn’t yet construed as personally identifiable information, it definitely serves to identify a person. So if you mix cookies and e.g a Facebook ID, you are effectively de-anonymizing web traffic.” With the focus on information gathered only from public Web profiles, with no use of cookies or other data sources, he sees the service as just aggregating freely available information in a novel way.Though it’s still early days for the platform, I’m hopeful it can add social context to many different applications, for example transforming the humble phone address book into something much richer. This is an area that Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson has been discussing a lot recently. Wilson’s colleague Albert Wenger has complained to Niederhofer about his phone: “I open up the address book, it looks like my old Palm – and I mean Pilot, not Pre!” With rich information about all your contacts’ social profiles, it’s easy to imagine something like Gist tightly integrated with your address book.What do you think? Is this service going to open up a new world of innovative applications based on federated social information? Are you more concerned about how much personal information we’re making publicly available on our profiles?X Wing photo by Psiaki Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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