Independence Park Limited (IPL), the operator of the National Stadium, says that renovating the complex is more feasible than building a new one.IPL recently told The Sunday Gleaner that it is making plans to upgrade the facilities at the stadium on a phased basis but that it is waiting on funds from the Government to get started.It says that this upgrade is to meet what it describes as “international standards”.General manager Major Desmon Brown says that a new stadium with modern features would cost approximately US$350 million, the equivalent of just under J$46 billion at the current exchange rate.”As a country, it would be difficult to find those kinds of resources,” Brown says.He said that one of the challenges to ever raising that figure is that IPL does not collect profit from tickets sold for events hosted at the complex. Instead, it earns its profits from renting to various sporting bodies for the hosting of their events.”Remember, Independence Park does not have events,” he says. “What we do is rent the stadium and people have events. So that money goes back to them, not us.”One such association that rents the facilities is the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), for the national football team’s home matches. In recent times, the JFF has used the stadium less frequently. The last home matches hosted at the venue were FIFA World Cup and Caribbean Football Union qualifiers late last year, but there have been no international friendlies there in almost five years.The JFF says that renting the national Stadium costs between just over $1 million and under $1.5 million, depending on the type of game being hosted. For this reason, it is not profitable to host friendlies at the stadium. This is one of the reasons IPL has struggled to come up with necessary funding.GOV’T AIDED”Currently, I get 30 per cent from the Government to run the facility. That’s the operating cost. All the capital costs would come from the Government. Fixing the pool and all of those things have to come from the Government. A stadium only becomes profitable when you have your own team. For instance, the Indianapolis Colts (American National Football League team) have their own stadium. They have 50 matches every year. They know that 25 of those are home matches. You sell most of the tickets before and have a fixed income. You have advertisers who are in the stadium full time.”When you go to our stadium, it’s always empty because everybody comes there with their own different advertisers. The only time a stadium becomes profitable is when you have your own team and you have a certain number of matches and you can plan around that,” Brown says.
Days after Guyana Times published an article highlighting the substandard quality of water being supplied to residents of Waiakabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) visited the area to inspect the quality of the water.The condition of the water that residents of Waiakabra were receiving from GWIIn an invited comment on Tuesday, GWI’s Public Relations Officer, Leana Bradshaw said that the inspection was done and a visual assessment of the water being distributed to residents, even at the end of the network, did not indicate water with a high iron concentration.Nevertheless, GWI has since flushed the lines so as to further improve the quality of water being supplied to residents. She noted that GWI collected water samples prior to and after the flushing exercise in Waiakabra. Those samples have been sent to the Water Quality Laboratory to be tested and results are expected to be available today.Last week, residents of Waiakabra reached out to this publication, calling on the GWI to pay a much-needed visit to the community and answer questions about the condition of the tap water they were being forced to consume, as there is no alternative source of water for the community.Residents described the condition of the water as “unacceptable” and “inhumane” and after several weeks of calling and making reports, they were still to receive a visit or any sort of intervention from the water company.The community is mainly populated by Amerindians who depend on small-scale farming for their daily bread and cannot afford to purchase water for consumption. Guyana Times visited the community on Saturday last and spoke to a few residents who expressed dissatisfaction with the way they are being treated by the Administration.Leon DaSilva, who shared his concerns with this publication, said that over the years, the community has been overlooked by the Administration. The quality of the water being supplied to residents, he said, is unfair to residents since they are paying for second-class service, which is of no benefit to them.Another resident, Leana Melville, who also spoke to this publication, said that the condition of the water was becoming worse. She said residents had previously complained of the stench of the water and oil which is usually settled on top. The mother of four noted that she is forced to purchase bottled water for her children to use because the water they are receiving through the tap is not safe for consumption. “To be honest, we can’t use the water to do anything. A few days ago, I was trying to strain it with a cloth, but that didn’t work. There is thick rust in the water. And that would do more harm than good to anybody,” she had said.
Concerned citizens in Georgetown are calling on the Guyana Police Force and the Education Ministry to work together to clamp down on secondary school students who usually loiters around the city and those who engage in drug use.These issues were among the many raised by stakeholders on Tuesday afternoon‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman responding to citizens at Tuesday’s public meetingwhen the newly installed ‘A’ Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Marlon Chapman, held a public meeting at the Brickdam Police Station.During the engagement, Pastor Timothy Norton urged the Divisional Head to be proactive in curbing the use of marijuana around the Stabroek Market area, noting that school students are now indulging in the illegal act.“(One) thing is the use of marijuana right around the bus parks. Up to today (Tuesday) I passed there on the pavement just next to the Route 48 bus park and they killing me with the marijuana smell. The other thing is that a lot of school children after hours are indulging in smoking marijuana right around the same areaPastor Timothy Norton raising his concerns at a stakeholder’s meeting hosted by the Police in ‘A’ Divisionthere,” he stated.On this note, Norton called on the commander to dispatch some plain clothes ranks to go out there and police the area so that those found culpable of encouraging youngsters to partake in using the illicit drug can be taken to court.Meanwhile, Clifton Elias, a former head teacher, raised concerns about students who are out loitering during school hours and late in the evening.“I am appalled at the growing number of children, particularly those in the secondary school, who long after 09:30h on school days are loitering around the market places and elsewhere; instead of being in school where they could qualify themselves for useful service to our nation,” Elias noted.To this end, the former head teacher enquired about the nexus between the Police Force and the Education Ministry for looking into these issues, whereby secondary school students are engaging in illegal activities.In response, Commander Chapman acknowledged the concerns raised and committed to working with the Education Ministry to have these issues addressed.“Children should be in school when they ought to be. I know for a fact that my deputy (Divisional Traffic Head) is usually out on the park in the mornings and afternoons chasing them (students) off but he’s only,” the Commander noted.He continued that “we cannot take away the fact that the school welfare department has a function and I can’t speak of that but I know of times when they would make a request for assistance from us, and readily those assistances are granted. I have to say I received no such requests when I came to ‘A’ Division but in ‘C’ Division, it used to be a regular feature.”Chapman posited, nevertheless, that while he is also concerned about the youths not staying in school, the onus lies on all citizens to ensure that they do not condone or turn a blind eye to school children engaging in illegal activities.Moreover, the Divisional Commander outlined that with regards to marijuana smoking on the various bus parks, steps were previously taken to address the matter but the results were not as fruitful as desired.He also promised changes under his tenure, while adding that he has an open door policy. On this note, the Commander invited the members of the public to make contact with him whenever they witness any wrong doing within the Division whether by another civilian or an officer of the Police Force.In 2015, the report of the Secondary School Drug Prevalence Survey 2013 Project was launched, revealing that marijuana along with alcohol, cigarettes and inhalants is the most commonly used drugs among the student population in Guyana.The survey was done by the Organisation of American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) in collaboration with the Government of Guyana in 2013 with some 1,712 valid questionnaires obtained. Of these, 1,266 were from public schools and 446 were from private schools.Among the key findings was the fact that marijuana remains the most accessible illegal drug while cocaine the least accessible. Some 16.3 per cent of the students indicated that it would be easy to access marijuana.
The medal was created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, and is used as a way for the country to honour her service to Canada. Hedges, fresh off of an appearance in the Americas Cup with the national team, says that it’s a great feeling to be recognized with the award.“It’s a great honour, and it’s pretty special to be here at home with friends and family,” Hedges says. “I haven’t been home in quite a while, and to have this kind of experience and receive the medal, it’s a great honour to be recognized that way by my country and province.”- Advertisement -Local MP Bob Zimmer says that Hedges is an athlete the community can look up to, as he’s had a number of successes in sport despite facing personal obstacles.“I think just the fact that he’s a wheelchair athlete, he’s met adversity and met it face on,” Zimmer explains. “He’s really achieved a lot of great things because of that. He’s come out of that with awards internationally, won national championships in the United States, and won Olympic medals. He’s used his spot for positive, and is inspiring others.”For Hedges and the National team, they now have two years to prepare for the upcoming 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto. The games will serve as a qualifier for the upcoming Paralympic games in 2016 in Rio.Advertisement
As for those in SD 59, that district has alluded to the same type of planned schedule for the late-start of class, except their first day will commence three hours before the normal start time and will end one hour later.Again, as an example, if your school runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the schedule for Monday is 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Superintendent of SD 59, Leslie Lambie released the following statement earlier in this morning after learning about the negotiated settlement:We are pleased that an agreement has been reached in the labour dispute and look forward to seeing students and staff back in schools on Monday.Monday will be the same as every first day of school and will start two hours later and end one hour earlier then the regular school day. Buses will run accordingly. The shortened day allows schools to more effectively set up classes at the elementary schools and student timetables at the secondary schools.Advertisement For those in SD 60, if the school your child attends usually starts the day at 9:00 a.m., Monday’s schedule is running 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.However, Superintendent of SD 60, Dave Sloan says it may be in parent’s best interest to contact your specific school to ensure an accurate account of the start and finish time.As per the regular first day of school, buses will picking up students on Monday and are completely aware of the change to the schedule.- Advertisement -“Basically, September 22nd is the new September 2nd,” Sloan explained.For parents with kindergarten children, each school will have its own routines, programs and procedures for their introductory element, many of whom may condense the two weeks into one, but all kindergarten programs will be offering full day instruction by Friday, September 26th.Sloan goes on to say that the school year will not be lengthened as a result of the strike, as the Christmas and Spring break schedules will remain the same.Advertisement SD 60: 250 262 6000 “Schools will take steps to balance their semesters to ensure all students have sufficient instruction time. No additional days will be added to the school year,” Sloan said in a written statement. “Details on any changes will be made available over the next few weeks.”Graduating students in grade 12 will also be presented with the opportunity to write their first set of provincial exams sometime at the beginning of February to accommodate the shift in schedule.Sloan adds, “Now we’ve got the negotiated settlement that everybody was calling for, so it’s time to get down to work and do the best we can for the parents and children of this district.”—Advertisement Tuesday, September 23 will be a regular school day.We are excited that our classrooms and hallways will be filled with the excitement of learning once again.Leslie Lambie, Superintendent SD #59If you’re looking for more information, contact the school your child is attending or their accompanying district.SD 59: 250 782 8571Advertisement
0Shares0000Foreign workers walk on May 04, 2015 at the construction site of al-Wakrah football stadium, one of the Qatar’s World Cup 2022 stadiums © AFP/File / MARWAN NAAMANIDOHA, Qatar, May 10 – Just a 10-minute drive from the International Labour Organization’s new office in the Qatari capital, Nabin explains how his employer has not paid his wages in two months.He is one of hundreds of workers helping transform Msheireb, a rundown district in Doha, into an area of hotels, luxurious apartments and Qatar’s very own “Wall Street” financial centre at a total cost of some $5.5 billion. The Nepalese labourer should receive 1,100 Qatar riyals a month (Sh30,000), but says he has to survive on considerably less — in one of the world’s richest countries.“In my country I was promised 1,100, but for the past two months I haven’t got my salary,” he said.“They just gave me 100 riyals in advance.”Like all workers interviewed for this article, the 20-year-old asked to use a pseudonym to protect his identity.Resting in a patch of shade on the pavement during his lunch break as the midday heat reaches 36 degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit), Nabin said with no salary he is unable to buy food.His is forced to rely on food at his labour camp, where he said he’s been served expired chicken.Nearby, other workers rest after their morning shift, telling of endless problems.Sumon, a Bangladeshi carpenter, said his company has refused to hand him his residency permit (RP) — an essential ID card used every day to prove legal residence and required to access anything from telephone contracts to opening a bank account.“I gave 7,000 riyals to get an RP but the company has not made it,” he said.“I said give it to me, I need it to travel, but I did not get any RP.”He has complained to the courts, but a year on, he is still waiting.“If I can get my RP, I will leave,” said the 24-year-old.His colleague Ashik recounted how he paid 10,000 riyals — more than six months’ salary — to his sponsor just to obtain a No Objection Certificate, a document that permits a worker to transfer from one company to another.He then had to pay another 10,000 riyals to get his new contract, he said.Several workers complain of harassment from police demanding money from those without RPs.They say one unlucky colleague was flown straight out of the country when he could not produce his permit.– ‘They will throw us away’ –The International Labour Organization opened its Qatar office on April 29, after signing a three-year agreement with the government to oversee fundamental labour change.Qatar has come under huge pressure over its treatment of workers since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.Limited reforms have failed to stem criticism from human rights groups and unions which accuse the Gulf state of widespread worker abuse.Under its agreement with the UN agency, Qatar has committed to an overhaul including introducing a minimum wage — set at 750 riyals per month — establishing workers’ committees, and scrapping the exit visa where workers need their employers’ permission to leave the country.That commitment has split Qatar’s critics.Some, including the International Trade Union Confederation, are fully behind Doha.Others, including some human rights advocates, remain cautious — sceptical that reform pledges have remained largely unfulfilled.Migrant workers eat on December 06, 2016 during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha © AFP/File / STRINGERPrevious promises to end the exit visa system have never been acted upon, according to critics.The plight of workers in Msheireb echoes the sad stories of numerous workers heard since FIFA handed Qatar the World Cup in 2010.It also shows that reforms already in place — including a law ensuring wages are paid in full — have failed to protect the most vulnerable.Back in Msheireb, Ashik said those who will be most impacted by the latest reforms have heard nothing about them.Sumon argues the minimum wage needs to be doubled to 1,500 to allow those building Qatar to enjoy a decent life.“Everything is difficult because it is so expensive here,” he said. “We are here for our families to give a better life to them.”At the end of their lunch break, the workers move slowly back from their resting place in “old” Msheireb to its gleaming new replacement, emerging on the Doha skyline in preparation for the World Cup.Asked if they have any interest in football, Sumon replied: “No. They will throw us away when this project is finished.“The football is not for us, it’s for different people.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Killybegs GAA NotesWould you like your business to feature on our killotto envelopes? Each year the club sells approx. 20,000 envelopes, reaching a huge audience on a weekly basis. Contact Sarah Tully 0863311733 for further info. Time for a Spring Clean?? CLG Na Cealla Beaga will be collecting any unwanted clothes, shoes, towels, linen, curtains and mobile phones!This was a huge success for the club in 2013 and helped raise vital funds to maintain the facilities at The Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park.You can drop off any evening during training this week into dressing room 4 or contact 0863311733 and we can arrange collection from your door! Many thanks for your support!Club Donegal is now available. The Club Donegal card enables the card holder to enter into any adult league or championship club match in the county. If you attend regular games this is a great saving! Purchase your adult membership and the club donegal card for €170.Purchase your family membership and the card for €200. Alternatively purchase two cards and your family membership for €330.These cards are limited and we already have applicants inquiring. Don’t worry if you have already paid your membership – you can ‘top up’ your membership to avail of the club Donegal scheme!There was no bingo jackpot winner this week.Next weeks bingo jackpot is €1850. There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week. This weeks numbers were 18, 25, 28, 29. Next weeks killotto jackpot is €1550.Congratulations to Carol Hopkins, Bruckless and Pat Dorrian, Carricknamohill who matched 3 numbers.We would like to thank those playing the weekly killotto online, there have been a number of online winners in the last few months.Remember you can play the lotto online at www.locallotto.ie The senior and reserves were both defeated in Glenfinn at the weekend.They both are scheduled to play mac cumhaills this sunday @ 1.30 and 3.00.Hard luck to Michael McHugh and Daffy on their defeat in the divisional final, hard work was put in by management and the young side.GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS FACE MAC CUMHAILLS IN ALL-COUNTY DIVISION TWO was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAKillybegsNoticesSport
SOME pundits reckoned Donegal could come unstuck against Armagh today, but it turns out we had nothing to worry about.Rory Gallagher’s team were never troubled here at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh City as they cruised to a 2-11 to 0-08 victory.The nine point winning margin didn’t flatter Donegal – it could have been more. Paddy McBrearty and Martin O’Reilly were the goal scorers on the day.But it was captain fantastic Michael Murphy who was our man of the match, leading from the front, he was all over the park, winning the ball, and when he was needed, popping over five points from super frees.Even when Armagh did go forward and went for goals, they came up against the brilliant Paul Durcan whose second half one-handed save was sheer class.Having put Armagh to the sword in the first half, there was no real contest in the second half as Donegal killed the game. Donegal play Derry on June 27 in the Ulster Championship semi-final.If Gallagher can keep this team playing like this, it might just be a lovely long summer ahead for Donegal football fans. DONEGAL CRUISE PAST ARMAGH IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: June 15th, 2015 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:armaghbrilliantdonegal
The school’s senior D county semifinal fixtures will take place on Tuseday and Thursday, with matches being refereed by Liam McConigley. Tuesday 29 November12.00 Pitch 2 Centre of Excellence, Convoy Magh Éne College, Bundoran v Scoil Mhuire, BuncranaReferee: Liam McConigley Thursday 1st December11.00 O Donnell Park (back pitch)Coláiste Ailigh, Leitirceannain v Moville Community CollegeRef: Liam McConigley Schools Senior D County Semifinal fixtures was last modified: November 27th, 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:fixturesFootballschools senior d county semifinal
john hutchinson vs cruise II: PIC Kevin Finn‘The Buncrana Banger’ John Hutchinson looks to follow up on his spectacular pro boxing debut win in County Mayo, as the ‘Funcrana Funbus’ rolls into Belfast next month with the young fighter scheduled to have his second pro fight against Belfast’s Gerard ‘Boom Boom’ Healy on a packed bill at the Odyssey Arena, featuring heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury on Saturday, December 1.The globe-trotting fighter got his career in the professional ranks off to a flying start with a hard fought win over former Irish Amateur champion Darren Cruise in a six round thriller at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar in August.Hutchinson, a former Ulster Novices champion, attacked his Roscommon opponent from the first bell as the pair the fought at close quarters in what quickly became a slugfest, which thrilled the travelling Donegal fans that made the journey south in support of the Buncrana fighter. “I think the support on the night was the deciding factor for me. It was a rude-awakening getting in there with an experienced fully fledged professional like Cruise, and I quickly realised there is a massive gulf in class between the semi-professional level and the licenced pros,” admitted 26-year-old.“I fought on the semi-pro circuit in England and Thailand, maybe I fully appreciate the leap in quality,” he said. “Cruise was quite a bit bigger than me and more experienced having fought in the Prizefighter Series on SKY Sports, he was really strong in there, leaning on me and putting the pressure on so I really had to dig deep to grind out the win.“It wasn’t pretty boxing as we slugged it out and I picked up two big gashes from head clashes for my troubles but I did what I had to do to ensure that I started my pro career the way I intend to keep going and thankfully the referee raised my arm at the end of the fight. It was a massive relief to get the debut out of the way because I was so nervous and I think that drained a lot of my energy in the fight,” explained the former Illies Golden Gloves slugger.“Now I have a new challenge and I’m looking to build on what I learned in my debut. In Belfast I will be staring across the ring at a man I know well from my amateur days. I fought Gerard Healy in real tough fight when we were both amateurs. It was a sizzling encounter and I have nothing but the height of respect for his talents. He likes to come forward throwing bombs and so do I, so we won’t have to go looking for each other. It will probably be another slugfest, with me going in as the underdog again. Just like the Cruise fight he will have some key advantages over me like size and experience, not to mention fighting in his backyard as well. But it was the same against Cruise and I came out on top there, and if training keeps going the way it is and I can get the same support behind me again I am sure I can come out with another win. “Healy is a full-time pro now and training in a stable of top class pros in Belfast, so I know he is firing on all cylinders and fancies a win in this fight. But I learnt my lesson from the debut and I am now really focusing on my training, having committed to John Breen at the famous Breen Gym in Belfast.“It’s been great since I have thrown myself into working with the guys up there. I have the best of both worlds. When I am up in Belfast I can test myself against top pros like Stephen Haughian and Brendan Fitzpatrick whilst working on the pads with a master like John Breen who has guided Paul McCloskey to World titles fights and then when I am in Donegal I have the honour of mixing with the likes of William McLaughlin, who for me is one of the best prospects in all of Ireland and doing Donegal proud in the World Series of Boxing,” enthused Hutchinson.“I am really buzzing to be given the chance to perform on such a massive bill in the Odyssey Arena with names like Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr also on the show. I think it will bring out the best in me. Without doubt it is definitely a case of the man who wants in most will take the win on the night, I know that I have put in the hard work and not cut any corners so I just hope Gerard has done the same and I am sure there will be fireworks in Belfast on the night,” added the unbeaten prospect with a glint of hunger in his eyes.The ‘Tyson Returns’ bill features a host of evenly matched quality 50/50 match-ups including Tyson Fury vs Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in a World title eliminator, a clash of two big-hitting Belfast Cruiserweights in Darren Corbett vs undefeated Conall Carmichael and Stephen Haughian vs John O’Donnell with unbeaten prospects like Chris Eubank Jnr, Dee Walsh, Daniel McShane, Paul Quinn and Matthew Wilton bringing more quality to the show.Tickets for John’s bout at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Saturday, December 3 range from £30 tiered seat and £195 for VIP ringside seats. Tickets are available in Derry from The Healthy Way on Guildhall Square or in Buncrana at O’Flaherty’s Bar. Alternatively call 087 122 0660 in the south or 079 85 646 187 in the north or visit www.boxing-ireland.com.Follow John on Twitter at @BuncranaBangerBOXING: ‘BUNCRANA BANGER’ JOHN TO FIGHT ON TYSON FURY BILL was last modified: November 18th, 2012 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:BOXING: ‘BUNCRANA BANGER’ JOHN TO FIGHT ON TYSON FURY BILL