Cartoon: November 4, 2014

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“I’m extremely disappointed” – GTU President

first_imgGovt’s rejection of salary increases…as teachers go on strike from August 27The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) has confirmed that, following failed talks between the union and a Government team on Thursday, teachers will go on strike for two weeks’ duration, beginning from August 27. This strike that might even be accompanied by protests.Making this pronouncement was GTU President Mark Lyte, who had led negotiations on the teachers’ behalf. Out of eight proposals made by GTU on salaries’ issues, no agreement could be reached on a single one. With the collapse of these talks, Lyte confirmed on Friday during an interview, strike action is imminent.“Definitely! Strike action is on the cards. Me, vice-presidents and the executives were yesterday (Thursday) given a directive by the membership that we needed to take strike action. So we are in the process of preparing the letters to indicate to the minister and the ministries, especially the Ministry of Labour, that we will take strike action from August 27.”Lyte expressed disappointment that matters have had to reach this stage. HeGTU President Mark Lyterecalled that the union had threatened strike action before, and was dissuaded from this course of action out of a willingness to work out a solution.“I’m extremely disappointed. Having threatened before that we would take strike action, the President intervened and set up a task force. We expected they had a good intention, but looking at the counter-proposals, there was no intention; I think the whole thing was to delay the process. There’s nothing there for our teachers to really say that they have waited for. So I think it’s a very disrespectful approach,” Lyte declared.“And we were taken aback by the fact that these are the people who say they love our teachers, and our teachers are special. And this is what you do? I think our teachers have reached a stage where they don’t want to hear any further discussion, they want people to bring figures they can accept.”According to Lyte, channels of communication would be opened between the GTU and Government, and it is now up to the coalition Government to decide what they will do.Lyte made it clear that the GTU would not defer its strike unless a tangible offer is made. He added there is a possibility GTU two weeks’ strike can be further extended, depending on the Government’s next move… And nor is he ruling out protest action.The meetingA number of requests from the GTU, including a long awaited retroactive increase in salaries across the board and increases in keeping with improved qualifications, were rejected by the Government at the meeting.The meeting featured Education and Social Protection Ministers Nicolette Henry and Amna Ally, as well as Junior Minister Keith Scott and GTU President Mark Lyte. Their discussions related to the proposals from a joint task force that President David Granger had himself ordered into the teachers’ plight last year.Even though that task force had the input of Government, it was indicated to teachers on Thursday, a specialist would have to be contracted to determine the increases.In addition, the teachers were bluntly told that instead of the specific increases ranging from 40 per cent in 2016 to 50 per cent in 2020, a ball figure would be used based on the current salary scale.When it comes to debunching payments, which is payment based on years of service, the GTU requested payments on the scales of, and retroactive from, the 2011 agreement. Instead, the Government proposed another ball park figure for the new school year of 2018 to 2019.“The Guyana Teachers’ Union disagreed on this counter-proposal, stating the amount allocated did not cater for the years signed and agreed to previously by the Government,” a release from the ministry said. “They noted that previous Permanent Secretary signed an agreement to honour the de- bunching payment from 2011.”A request for a $5,000 monthly emotional, stress and risk allowance was met by the Government urging a “holistic approach”. As such, the Government team stated that it cannot be considered at this time, taking into account the wider public service. A similar response met requests for mileage and maintenance allowances for top school officials. A request for all teachers to receive double pay in December had to be withdrawn.last_img read more

Win something special for your Valentine

first_imgMoose FM has the chance for you to win something special for your Valentine.  Valentines Day is only a few days away and you can win a $500 prize pack.  All you have to do is listen to Moose FM from February 2nd until the 13th.All you have to do is listen for the Valentines Day Cue to Call.  Be caller number 3 when you hear it at 250-787-2222 and you’ll qualify for the grand prize draw.  We’ll give you at least 3 chances a day to enter.- Advertisement -Kelly Doiron will then make the grand prize draw February 13th at 8:20am on Moose FMThe prize pack includes a $100 gift certificate to the following places….D & G Jewelers, Backcountry, Roland Triebel Jewelers, Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing, and Frontier Jewelers.Good luck and happy Valentines Day from Moose FM.last_img read more

Agoura looking for revenge in playoffs

first_imgAfter a month of league competition, traveling for weekend tournaments and weeks of preseason training, a handful of area girls’ water polo teams have reached the time of the season they have been awaiting: the Southern Section playoffs. One team that is glad the postseason has arrived is Agoura, which lost last year’s Div. IV championship 8-7 to Santa Barbara, the Channel League champions. That’s because Agoura drew into the same side as the Dons in the Div. II bracket when the Section released the playoff pairings Thursday. The Chargers would meet Santa Barbara in the semifinals Feb. 23. The Chargers’ first-round opponent will be the winner of today’s wild-card game between Ventura and host Redondo. “It would have been nice to know we could have played Santa Barbara in the final, but we’ll take them where we have to,” Rosenthal said. “The seedings are good, and I think they played out how they should have.” Thousand Oaks coach Mike Giles said he is glad his team reached the playoffs, as the third place team out of the Marmonte League, but wasn’t thrilled to have drawn Santa Barbara in the first round. The Lancers, who reached last year’s quarterfinals, will travel north to face the Dons at 3:15p.m. Friday. “If you’re not the first seed in league, you’re going to have to grind it out against the best,” Giles said. “We’ll be tough and find a way to play them. We have to do everything we can to get to the next round. We’ll see if we can pull an upset. The pressure is not on us.” Marmonte League runner-up Royal of Simi Valley might have drawn into the tougher part of the bracket. The Highlanders open against Palos Verdes, the No. 5 ranked team in the division. Coach Matt Frasier’s team could face Villa Park, the No. 4 team, in the quarterfinals and could take on top-ranked Laguna Beach in the semis, where Royal lost to Agoura last season. Westlake of Westlake Village will travel to take on ElDorado of La Placentia in the second wild-card game. Mission League champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, Pacific View League winner Rio Mesa of Oxnard and Pacific League champion Cresenta Valley earned first-round byes in the Div. IV bracket. The Wolverines’ bye could be helpful, as they drew into the same side of the bracket as top-ranked Cabrillo of Lampoc. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks earned an at-large seed, and a win against Chadwick of Palos Verdes would matchup the Knights against Cabrillo. Camarillo made its way in as the third team out of the Pacific View League to face Paso Robles. Oaks Christian of Westlake Village will play host to Alemany of Mission Hills at 3:15 p.m. today. The winner will take on Arroyo Grande, the second seed. Louisville of Woodland Hills will host Nipomo today, and a win can put them in the next round against Prep League champion La Salle of Pasadena. “I think in the division anyone can beat anybody,” said Andy Walsh, Louisville’s coach. “Whoever has the better day can come up with wins.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Chargers are eager to avenge their defeat as they look for tougher competition after ripping through opponents in the regular season and finishing undefeated in Marmonte League play on their way to another league title. Although the Marmonte and Channel leagues were moved up two divisions this offseason, coach Jason Rosenthal’s team still won’t face Santa Barbara for the title if it reaches the finals. last_img read more

Fort St. John Rotary Mother’s Day run and walk set for Sunday

first_imgJulie Ziebart is one of the organizers for the event. She says that the deadline for online registration has passed, but people still wanting to participate can register in other ways.“Our online registration ended last night at midnight and we had 310 people registered already, and we are capping registration at 500,” she says. “People can register at my office at MNP until 4:00 today. Tomorrow they can register at the package pick-up at Ernie’s [Sports Experts], or if there are any spots left, they can register on race day from 8:30 until 9:30.”Ziebart adds that there will be a BBQ by donation at the event, and the money will go in support of the general operations of the WRS, as she says they are not heavily funded.- Advertisement -The race on Sunday starts at 10 a.m., and at the conclusion of the race there will be a one kilometre kids dash to cap the event.last_img read more

REVEALED! English football’s longest unbeaten runs in ALL competitions

first_img 7 7 Joint 3rd. Everton – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (December 1984 to May 1985) Click the arrow to see the legendary side that’s level with Everton! – Everton’s 1984/85 season was truly miraculous. The Toffees had won the FA Cup in 1984 and marched on during the next campaign to surpass their local rivals Liverpool, coming close to bagging a sensational treble. On 22 December 1984, Everton lost 4-3 at home against Chelsea, but didn’t lose another game until 11 May, away to Nottingham Forest, by which time they had already won the title. The Toffees also reached the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup finals, helping to extend their unbeaten run to 28 matches. They claimed the continental trophy with victory over Rapid Vienna, but succumbed to Man United at Wembley three days later to narrowly miss out on a third piece of silverware. 2. Manchester United – Unbeaten for 33 games in all competitions (December 1998 to August 1999) Click the arrow to see which club is still number one! – The Red Devils’ run from late 1998 through to the end of the 1998/99 season culminated in the most sensational period experienced by any English club. United lost 3-2 at home to Middlesbrough on 19 December 1998, and didn’t lose another game until Arsenal beat them 2-1 in the Charity Shield on 1 August 1999. In between, United went unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches, eight FA Cup games and five Champions League ties. The result was a remarkable treble success in all three competitions. But it’s not the longest unbeaten run in all competitions. Click the arrow to find out which club that honour still belongs to. 7 1. Nottingham Forest – Unbeaten for 40 games in all competitions (March to December 1978) Click the arrow for a brilliant graphic of Forest’s achievement – At number one, with the longest unbeaten run in top class English football in all competitions, it’s Brian Clough’s brilliant Nottingham Forest team of 1978. On 11 March that year, Forest – who had only been promoted to the top flight the previous May – were top of the league and aiming for a unique domestic treble. West Brom duly beat the Tricky Trees 2-0 in the FA Cup quarters, but Clough’s side bounced back by winning the League Cup final against Liverpool. They added the League title, going unbeaten in the last 26 league games of the 1977/78 season, which contributed to a run of 42 league games unbeaten across two seasons. A 5-0 Charity Shield victory over FA Cup holders Ipswich was recorded in August, and it wasn’t until 9 December 1978 that any team found a way to beat them. On that day, Liverpool triumphed 2-0 at Anfield, bringing to an end a quite remarkable undefeated run. While Liverpool went on to win the title that season, Forest recovered to win the European Cup and League Cup. Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Liverpool on 8 November 2014 extended their unbeaten start to the 2014/15 season to 17 games in all competitions – a new club record unblemished start to a season.When you factor in the end of last season, the Blues are now 19 games unbeaten in all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on 30 April 2014.But Jose Mourinho’s team are still some way off the longest unbeaten run achieved by an English club, as you’ll see in our ranking above.As it stands, Chelsea’s longest unbeaten run in all competitions is 23 games, achieved twice before; once with Jose Mourinho as manager, between 23 January and 28 April 2007, and under the management of Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti between 4 April and 23 September 2009.They look well placed to break that record in 2014, but whether they can beat the longest unbeaten run in English football is another matter.NB. We have only included teams that played in the top division of English football. Results in competitions include First Division/Premier League, European competition (including UEFA Super Cup), FA Cup, League Cup and Charity/Community Shield. Friendly matches are not included. 7 6. Liverpool – Unbeaten for 25 games in all competitions (March to September 1982) Click the arrow to see which clubs boast even longer unbeaten records! – There has been lots of talk about Chelsea potentially going unbeaten during the 2014/15 Premier League season and matching the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ undefeated league campaign, but the Blues are also eyeing unbeaten records in EVERY match they play. We’ve discovered the longest unbeaten runs in all competitions, and at number five in our countdown is Liverpool’s early 1980s vintage. After losing 1-0 at home to Brighton on 6 March 1982, the Reds went 25 games unbeaten (23 league, one League Cup final and one Charity Shield), claiming three pieces of silverware in the process. But which clubs have been unbeaten in all competitions for even longer? Click the arrow above, right, to find out. Nottingham Forest – 40 games unbeaten in all competitions! 7 Joint 3rd. Preston North End – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (September 1888 to September 1889) Click the arrow to see which sensational side went 33 games unbeaten! – The original ‘Invincibles’, Preston didn’t lose a single league game in winning the first ever Football League championship. In addition, they won the FA Cup without conceding a single goal in five knockout matches, en route to clinching the double. Preston’s proud record came to an end when they lost their second league game of the 1889/90 season, 5-3 to Aston Villa, having thrashed Stoke 10-0 in their opening game. Preston did go on to retain their title, though. Joint 3rd. Arsenal – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (April to November 2007) Click the arrow to see which club shares this record with Arsenal! – Yes, while the 2003/04 Arsenal team went an entire Premier League season unbeaten – and a record 49 league games in total – that team did lose games in Europe and the domestic cups. Perhaps surprisingly, it is the 2007 Gunners that went unbeaten for the longest in all competitions. On 7 April 2007, Arsenal lost 1-0 at home to West Ham to record their third Premier League defeat in a row, but they didn’t lose another match in any competition until 27 November, when they lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Champions League. The unbeaten run included 20 Premier League games, plus six games in Europe and two League Cup ties. Sadly for this side, they blew a great chance of winning the title, and lost in the Champions League quarters to Liverpool, plus Spurs in the League Cup last four. That makes this Gunners team the only one on this list not to pick up trophies as a result of their unbeaten run. 7 7last_img read more

£30m for Varane, £50m PSG deal and twist in Sergio Ramos transfer – latest Man United rumours

first_img 7 Seamus Coleman (Everton) – Right-back was a particularly troubling position for Van Gaal last season, with Antonio Valencia filling in throughout the campaign. The Dutchman has already solved that problem with the £12.7 million signing of Darmian, but Coleman would be another wise option for United. The Irishman is an attacking threat as well as efficient at the back and has been one of the most consistent performers at Goodison Park. A fee of £15m has been widely reported, but, as they did with United target Leighton Baines in the past, the Toffees will fight to keep Coleman on Merseyside. 7 7 Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – United would have to meet a buy out clause of £36m to land the Argentine international, but 27-year-old Otamendi, named in the La Liga team of the year as Valencia finished last season with the third best defensive record behind Barcelona and Atletico, could prove worth the high price tag. Latest news is that his agent has met with the Spanish club to discuss a possible deal with the Red Devils, with the defender thought to be keen on the switch. Valencia, though, want to keep him, and are adamant any suitor must meet his buy out clause to have any chance. I think it’s agreed that Manchester United have got their midfield sorted.Monday’s surprise double swoop for Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin strengthened their already packed centre, with many believing their arrival makes the Red Devils genuine Premier League title contenders.But there’s no doubt their back line still needs some work.Louis van Gaal orchestrated United’s rise back into the top flight’s top four with a stubborn set up last season, one which didn’t thrill fans but unquestionably proved effective.But their leaky back-four caused them problems throughout the campaign, and it’s a problem the club’s hierarchy need to solve if the 20-time champions want to muster a realistic challenge for number 21.Matteo Darmian has already joined, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have penned new deals, but United need proven steel to shore up their leaky back-four, if they are to follow up their statement of intent by actually challenging for the title.Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT take you through the latest reports on the Red Devils’ defensive targets… Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – Reports early this summer suggested the France starlet could be set for a £30million move as part of De Gea’s proposed return to the Spanish capital, but United instead turned their attention to Ramos upon learning of his apparent wish to leave. If now-captain Ramos does indeed stay, could Real be tempted to part with the French star instead? One of Europe’s most exciting defensive talents, the 22-year-old already has Champions League, LA Liga and Copa del Rey winners medals and could prove a big hit at Old Trafford. 7 7 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – It’s been an interesting week for one of the summer’s most high profile sagas. Ramos was named Real Madrid’s new club captain, following Iker Casillas’ exit to Porto, while David de Gea was named in United’s pre-season of the tour of USA, apparently putting the breaks on a switch. However, talkSPORT’s Manchester correspondent insists the deal is not dead in the water, with Real still keen on the goalkeeper following Casillas’ exodus. United have made it clear that Ramos would have to come to other way if a deal for De Gea is struck, so don’t be surprised to see the Spaniard at Old Trafford next season, if Real are serious about their interest. Ron Vlaar (Free agent) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – Louis van Gaal championed the 30-year-old defender during last summer’s World Cup and was keen on landing the former Aston Villa man in January, only for injury to scupper a deal. If the Red Devils fail to get deals for top targets Ramos or Otamendi over the line, they could come in for a late swoop for free agent Vlaar, who left Villa Park this summer after failing to agree a new deal – insisting he can ‘go a step higher’. Could United answer his call? Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – The German is long-term target for the Red Devils, but, while admitting he was honoured by their interest, he opted to stay for another season under new Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel. He did add, however, that he has no long-term plans after that and would be interested in a move away from the Bundesliga. Strongly linked with Old Trafford in January, the 26-year-old is surely still on the Red Devils’ radar. 7 7 Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click the arrow for the latest on Man United’s defensive targets – Ok, so he signed a new contract with the Paris club in March, but when has that stopped a player from moving in the past (we’re looking at you, Suarez and Bale)? The versatile 20-year-old, who can play in both central and full-back roles, is rated as one of the most valuable youngsters in the game and Van Gaal is said to be a big fan. Marquinhos joined PSG in a £26m switch from Roma in 2013, but it is likely United would have to pay upwards of £50m to prise the Brazilian away from the French capital. last_img read more

Roy Keane – Arsenal stars ‘more interested in selfies, six-packs’ than winning title

first_img Arsenal players Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal take a selfie 1 Roy Keane has offered a damning verdict on Arsenal’s Premier League title-winning credentials, claiming a number of Gunners stars care more about selfies, six-packs and their hair than ending the club’s hunt for league glory.The north London side have endured a wait of over a decade since their celebrated ‘Invincibles’ side last won the title in 2004.With the arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer, many expect Arsene Wenger’s team to finally challenge for top honours again, but Keane disagrees.The fiery former Manchester United captain enjoyed long-standing feuds and a host of run-ins with a number of Arsenal players, most notably his Gunners counterpart Patrick Vieira, and he believes the current Arsenal side simply don’t have the character.“Arsenal have some really good players – some good characters who roll their sleeves up,” Keane was quoted as saying in a number of Sunday newspapers.“But they also have one or two players who are more interested in selfies and six-packs, guys who are trying to get their pictures taken every day of the week.“Every year we hear the same thing about Arsenal being contenders. Instead of focusing on the Premier League, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches.”Despite Keane’s view, Wenger’s side are expected to be one of the sides challenging for the title this season, with Manchester City and a revitalised Man United also in the running.But the Republic of Ireland assistant manager says it’s hard to look past defending champions Chelsea this term and believes it’s the Blues’ title to lose.“For me, Chelsea remain the team to beat,” the 43-year-old added. “Their team is the one with the strongest spine – John Terry, their goalkeeper [Thibault Courtois], Eden Hazard – and if they can add [Everton’s England defender] John Stones to their team then they will be even harder to beat.“The bottom line is that if Chelsea’s players show the same hunger and desire that they did last year then they’ll win the league. They will only be in trouble if they are complacent.”last_img read more


first_imgThe upcoming Coaching Ireland – CPD Coaching People with Disabilities Workshop is scheduled for 15th October from 10-2pm in Letterkenny. Details of venue are to be confirmed.If you are interested, you can get the form by clicking here:Coaching Ireland CPD – Course Flyer WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR COACHING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR COACHING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESlast_img read more


first_imgThe Mulroy College boys with teacher Ms Tara Friel.Mulroy College in Milford have been crowned county champions at the highly competitive Donegal Sports Hall Athletics Competition. The event was held in Dungloe yesterday and the boys team from Mulroy College showed great talent and drive as they competed in all events and came through in the end to received the cherished cup.Team manager Ms Tara Friel has been coaching the boys since they started in September and they showed great promise from the start. Ms Fiona Temple, Principal of Mulroy College stated she was very proud of the students.“The girls finished a fifth and also did themselves, their families and proud. It really was a day of celebrations following the Donegal Sportstar Awards on Friday night past where the school won the secondary schools award.“The boys bringing the County Trophy home today was another great success and achievement for the school, we are very proud of them.“I would also like to wish the Senior girls the very best of luck this Wednesday in their All Ireland Final, they are back looking to retain the title, best wishes to them all.”   MULROY CROWNED DONEGAL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS was last modified: February 3rd, 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:ChampionsdonegalMulroy Collegelast_img read more