President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, has submitted to the Ministry of Business a proposal intended to address the several woes of minibus operators.United Minibus Union President Eon AndrewsAndrews told Guyana Times that the proposal for a fare increase, among other things, was submitted to Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin on Monday.“We are saying that, ‘Yes, there are increases in many other things’. We are not basing our argument on fuel, because we don’t control that in this country,” he said on Monday. He said the union is engaging the Government so that the costs of several documents needed by motorists can be decreased.Along with the proposal for a fare increase, the UMU president noted that a proposal was also made for removal of the ban placed on used tyres among other things, so as to reduce the high maintenance costs of the vehicles.“We did not really like the idea of the new tyres, because they only lasting like six months, and they’re very expensive. We want to look at the tyres. There were a lot of 100 per cent increases in the last budget, you know, interest tax, licence, everything; (so we want to know) how they’re going to be able to help us. If they could reduce certain things, it would ease (the strain on persons), because we are more concerned that the consumer doesn’t have to carry this load,” the UMU head explained.Andrews expressed confidence the minister would look into the woes of minibus operators in a timely manner, given that the subject is in the spotlight. He, however, pointed out that if the minister does not give a response in a timely manner, he is certain that minibus operators, and even taxi drivers, would continue to strike.Fuel increaseThe cost of gasoline has significantly increased over the past few weeks, and countrywide, minibus drivers are protesting for an increase in fares, and are even demanding the same from commuters.Guyana Times understands that some drivers have been pasting notices in their vehicles demanding fare increase by as much as $40, and the NMU president has expressed views against this act.A much concerned Andrews said he understands that drivers operate in a free-market system, and so persons who are not willing to pay the increase will now have to make the decision to pay the increase or wait for law-abiding drivers.It was communicated earlier this month that minibus operators are unwilling to lower the proposed fare hike of $20 or $40 even if the price for gasoline is decreased, because they are faced with many burdensome expenditures, which are compounded by the fluctuating gas prices.Desperate to get the attention they need, drivers blocked the Vryheid’s Lust access road along the East Coast railway embankment. Several tyres were burnt, and an old car was set on fire to garner the attention needed, with the hope of having the fuel crisis addressed.Several protests were also organised by drivers of the various routes subsequent to this incident.Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly, from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre.That situation continues as the Government remains indifferent and mum on the matter. Nevertheless, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has issued claims of price structures which appeared to be cheaper than what recent reports suggest.This came after the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) urged Government to act swiftly on the matter. The trade union body has said this sudden hike in fuel prices will burden consumers. In a strongly worded statement to the media, the union said Government must stop “turning a blind eye to what is taking place” and proactively act in the interest of people.However, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had disclosed that the matter was still to be addressed by Cabinet.
The Maternity Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) is expecting a revamp of the facilities and capacity, with an injection of $50 million to conduct much-needed works.An artist’s impression of the upgraded maternity wing once completedFunded by the Guyana Lottery Company under the Canadian Bank Note, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday. The project features an increase in bed capacity by 27 per cent and a 40 per cent total space capacity.The construction works are pegged at some $31 million, while $19 million will be used to procure pertinent medical equipment.Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, George Lewis emphasised the importance of this initiative to reduce overcrowding at the facility. In 2017, there was a total of 8324 admissions to the maternity wing with 5515 deliveries. In 2018, some 8277 admissions were recorded with 5547 deliveries.“Quick mathematics would suggest that we deliver approximately 16 babies per day within the Georgetown Public Hospital. Because of the high amount of admissions and deliveries, we are constantly challenged to find in-patient beds, particularly between the periods of September to February when there are more deliveries,” Lewis said.Over the years, the maternity wing was modified to facilitate a few more beds, but this is always outnumbered by expectant mothers. Additionally, there are no rooms should patients require isolated treatment.“To address this situation, the Corporation included in its 2019 budget, additional extension works. The first extension was in 2016. While it provided for critical care services such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the expansion did not alleviate the issues of overcrowding. In both the prenatal and postnatal wards, there are about 75 beds. Currently, there are no facilities for the isolation of patients who require special needs and attention,” the CEO explained.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence posited that the services offered by the maternity wing will be improved. Negative statistics are also expected to be lowered. However, many attempts at lowering these statistics have proven futile in the past.From the Canadian Bank Note, Managing Director Tracey Lewis informed that her agency will continue to manage the facility upon completion.“The Guyana Lottery Company would also like to commit to the general maintenance of this facility, as we know that this will become an important factor after the works are completed…This expansion will enhance and complement the existing maternity services and provide additional accommodation, private rooms, office space and specialist services,” she noted.The GPHC is Guyana’s main referral medical institution.
1 Swansea manager Garry Monk stands by the controversial comments about Stoke winger Victor Moses he made following the Jacks’ 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.Monk was contacted by the Football Association on Thursday to “seek his observations” after he claimed the on-loan Chelsea flyer cheated to win a penalty for the Potters’ equaliser, and also criticised referee Michael Oliver for making a “disgusting” decision to award the spot-kick.The FA has yet to decide whether to take disciplinary action against Monk, who has until October 27 to reply, but the Swansea manager said his views have not changed since last weekend.“I’m happy to give them observations and I will do that,” Monk said, speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against Leicester.“What I’ll say will be between me and authorities but I will speak honestly about how I felt at the time and what I said.“They’ll want to go over it and go through correct procedures, which is fine, but I stand by my comments because it was plain to see for everyone.“I spoke about how I felt at the time in terms of Victor Moses and the situation and everyone will have their own judgements.“But it was clear for me to see and I stand by my comments.” Swansea manager Garry Monk
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the January window.There’s the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of Shakhtar Donestk star Alex Teixeira. Reds chiefs were in Florida yesterday trying to thrash out a £24.5m deal but the Ukrainian side value the Brazilian attacker at nearly £40m, so there is still some negotiating ahead.Chelsea are one of a few Premier League clubs looking at Ezequiel Lavezzi, but the Argentine forward is looking more likely to return to Italy – with Inter Milan – with his PSG contract expiring at the end of the season.Newcastle’s interest in Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend is reportedly cooling as Daniel Levy refuses to budge on their £14m valuation for the winger, who has been told he doesn’t have a future at the club.And is Scott Sinclair set for a return to Swansea after his career nosedived dramatically following his departure to Manchester City three years ago?Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Sergio Aguero reveals he is still attempting to lure Lionel Messi to Manchester City Marseille continue discussions with Chelsea and Newcastle over Betrand Traore and Florian Thauvin Roma nearing deal to sign Bournemouth target Stephan El Shaarawy on loan Former QPR and Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt set for sensational AC Milan return West Brom boss Tony Pulis says club are yet to receive January bid for Saido Berahino Roberto Martinez insists key trio Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones will not leave Arsenal and Liverpool target dismisses claims he is about to leave Ajax Everton and Manchester City target Alessio Cerci signs for Serie A side Genoa Napoli ready to increase offer for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko
A local retailer has lashed out at what they term as the totally unfounded and negative press coverage especially concerning the proposed Vat increase of 2%.Much news coverage relates to the supposed negative impact the alleged increase will have especially on pre Christmas shopping. Evolve Menswear and Formal Hire, headed by young local businessmen, JP and Mark Mc Closkey, point out that the increase, whilst expected has not yet been implemented and quite possibly will not take effect until next year.The Budget does not even take place until next week so shoppers can still avail of massive bargains in Letterkenny. Indeed shoppers will have no need to go North for their grocery shopping as groceries are still exempt from all forms of Vat.Indeed since opening their state of the art clothes shop, the McCloskey brothers along with all other retailers in the retail park are experiencing their best ever run in to Christmas.Sales are up massively year on year and thankfully the snow has stayed away this year. Other local retailers share the McCloskeys’ brothers optimism and feel confident that they too can see off any cross border competition. They point out that prices south of the border have fallen substantially in recent years and that our economy has become far more cost competitive. Prices have come down for every product and this together with the convenience of local shopping, the increase in the value of Sterling as against Euro means even better value.The McCloskeys aslo confirm a significant increase in the amount of Sterling being paid in their Evolve shop which is a ringing endorsement that the customer is coming North to South and not the reverse.Mark and JP know that times are extremely difficult for the shopper at present and are more than ever determined to deliver quality, value and service to their customers. “We have spent nearly five years talking about recession and it is far past time that we take charge of our own destiny and adopt a more positive approach to our own futures.”Strong words indeed—a clarion call for a Positive, Prosperous and Peaceful Christmas.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comNORTHERN SHOPPERS BACK IN DONEGAL, SAYS LEADING BUSINESSMAN was last modified: December 2nd, 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:evolve menswearletterkenny
GAA Bingo- In St Mary’s Hall every Thursday Evening at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 11/03/2013 No’s Drawn 4,14,18,20 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,220.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Shane Doherty (JJ)Tiernasligo, Frank Toland Malin, Catherine Kelly Dunaff, Barney McEleney Mindoran, Rachel Boyle Dungloe. Senior & Reserves Training In Straid On Tuesday and Friday Evenings contact Danny Kelly 0868780893.UNDERAGE TRAINING TIMES: Under 8’s – Saturday’s at 11am – €1 per person – Main Coach is Nicola Lagan 0866030736Under 10’s – Friday from 5-6pm – €2 per child – this will be outside on the Astro turf pitch at the back of the Youth Club – Main Coach is Susan McCarron 0863945954Under 12’s – Thursday’s at 4pm in Straid – Main Coach is John Canny 0863782646.Under 13,14’s – There will be training in the Youth Club on Fridays please be there at 6.30pm sharp and ready to start €2.00 a head to cover costs Contact David Hession 0860538537 for further information.Under 16’s – Tuesday’s at 5pm in Straid – Main Coach John Friel 0860523550.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAELIC GAMES: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 10th, 2013 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:GAELIC GAMES: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS
As World Cup 2018 proved, set-pieces are becoming more and more important in football.Every club has a specialist, although some are much better than others and when it comes to Fantasy Premier League, these takers offer significant value. Tom Cairney (Fulham) – £5.0million 11 11 11 The German didn’t have a great campaign last time out but has a new boss and will want to prove critics in England and his homeland wrong. He’s never scored below 100 points and is now available at a cheaper price than ever before. For a man who is set to take corners and free-kicks we reckon the price is pretty decent and he could be a big hit. When he returns from his holidays, there will be plenty of Spurs fans clamouring for him to take more set-pieces. The right-back has rarely taken them but showed his talents at the World Cup – although he won’t have Harry Maguire to aim at this time. Christian Eriksen has also said he’s willing to share some of the duties but this means Trippier will miss out a lot, so be careful. 11 11 The Australian midfielder impressed in his first Premier League campaign and is set to be key again for the Terriers. He’s not only set to be on dead balls, but he should be taking penalties too. Maybe not quite the bargain he was last season, Gross is still set to take set-pieces on the south coast and could get around the 164 points he did in the Seagulls’ first Premier League campaign. He should be on free-kicks, corners, and penalties too if Glenn Murray doesn’t play. The Serbian international smashed home seven spot-kicks last season and while a similar tally is unlikely this term he’s a reliable pick, although he did miss one (against Manchester City). Can one of these set-pieces stars help you to glory? He didn’t quite live up to his 2016/17 form last season but he still notched 110 points, not bad if you have him as a substitute forward. He also scored two penalties last year and is more than capable at other set-pieces too. 11 11 It’s likely the ex-Norwich man will go straight into the first XI for the Foxes, playing behind Jamie Vardy. If this does happen he’ll also be a replacement for Riyad Mahrez on set-pieces. He was a main taker for the Canaries and will be a huge creative threat in open play too. The Cottagers have, rather impressively, hung onto the talented midfielder and as they go into their first season back in the Premier League he’s likely to be heavily involved at set-pieces, although Stefan Johansen will also seem some action in these areas. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) – £5.5million 11 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham) – £6million James Maddison (Leicester City) – £6.5million 11 Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton) – £6.5million Having a top dead ball taker in your squad will seriously increase your chances of getting more goals and assists – and this means a lot more points.So which stars should you be signing, or at the very least keeping an eye on? Find out below with our top tips.Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £8.5million 11 Keep tabs on this one and bear him in mind once the season begins. He does take set-pieces and is pretty handy but currently trying to work out who will do most of the deadball work at St Mary’s is proving tough. Joshua King (Bournemouth) – £6.5million 11 Okay, he missed a penalty last year so might not take those but with Barry Douglas sold to Leeds United he’s almost certainly going to be their set-piece superstar. Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £5million Pascal Gross (Brighton) – £7million Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) – £6.5million
For the second-straight week, a member of the Drake University cross country team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.Newcomer Adam Fogg (Brisbane, Australia) earned the honor after taking first place at last Friday’s Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.He completed the 6-kilometer course in 18:06.08 to win the race by nearly 10 seconds over Iowa’s Nathan Mylenek, who was an NCAA cross country qualifier and All-American in the steeplechase last year.Fogg’s finish is the fastest 6k time in the Valley this season and he averaged a 4:51 per mile pace throughout the race.His award comes on the heels of teammates Matt Cozine and Millie Bretl winning the honor in the season’s first week. Print Friendly Version
Awanyi (C) and Lwanga (R) are part of the 19 players that have been summoned. (FUFA Photo)TOTAL 2019 AFCONEgypt21st June-21st JulyKAMPALA – Uganda Cranes head coach, Sebastian Desabre has named a squad of 19 players, all local based, that will start preparations ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.14 of the 19 summoned players feature in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.KCCA FC has six players on the squad including Charles Lukwago, Timothy Awanyi, Saddam Juma, Allan Okello, Patrick Kaddu and Allan Kyambadde.Vipers’ duo of Halid Lwaliwa and Captain Tadeo Lwanga have also been summoned despite the former’s latest injury issues.On the same list, League top scorer Juma Balinya of Police FC has been handed another chance.Balinya who managed 19 goals this past season was also part of the squad that prepared for the 3-0 loss away to Tanzania but was dropped from the travelling team.Balinya (left) scored 19 League goals this past season.The other 5 players on the just summoned squad are players that are in the country as free agents or back following the closure of the Leagues in their respective countries.Godfrey Walusimbi and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda are the two unattached players on the squad.For Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town-England), Daniel Isiagi (Al Nasir-Egypt) and Khalid Aucho (Churchhill Brothers-India), they are already in their off-season as their respective leagues ended.The Preliminary Squad will camp at Kabira Country Club for residential training starting Monday 13th May 2019.From this Squad, the Head coach will select players for the 26 man Squad for further training in the United Arab Emirates.In the UAE, those that will have been chosen will join the foreign-based players from which the Frenchman will announce the final 23 man squad to feature in the Total AFCON Finals in Egypt.Uganda Cranes was drawn in Group A of the finals alongside hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.At the tournament that runs from June 21st to July 21st, Uganda will first take on DR Congo on June 22 at the Cairo International Stadium.Their next fixture will be against Zimbabwe on the 26th of June at the same Venue, before the end the groups against the Hosts on the 30th.The AFCON Preliminary squadCharles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi, Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Mujuzi Mustafa (Proline FC), Hassan Wasswa , Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Al Nassr FC- Egyp)t, Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okelo Allan (KCCA FC), Waiswa Moses (Vipers SC), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (KJSSS FC), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town FC– England), Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers- India)Comments Tags: AFCON 2019Juma BalinyaSebastien DesabretopUganda Cranes
A distraught mum has revealed how her family have to sleep in the one bedroom because their house has become over-run by rats.Denise Gibson says she is at her wit’s end after rats ate their way into her house through her attic.The mum-of-two shares her house at Fr Arnold Terrace in Manorcunningham with partner Ross and two girls Lilly, 7, and Ella, 5. Denise says that the situation has got so bad that the two little girls will not sleep in their bedroom.“They are terrified. The girls aren’t getting to sleep at all and now they have taken to coming into our bedroom.“We can hear the rats scuttling around the house. We just don’t know what to do. We’re terrified,” she said.WATCH: Footage of the rats in the family’s backyard: The problem with the rats has been ongoing since Denise and her family moved into the house just over four years ago.She thinks the rats are coming from a nearby wooded area.Denise says she has contacted Donegal County Council on several occasions and that they have sent out a pest control team.“It gets better for a couple of weeks but it starts over again after that. It’s as bad as ever after that,” she said.Denise said she wants to move but wants to stay in the Manorcunningham area but insists the rats are not an excuse just to get out of the house she is living in. “This is a good house and I have good neighbours but they are all suffering with the rats the same as me.“The council were advertising a small two bedroom apartment locally and I would move into that rather than have to stay here with the rats,” she said.Another fall-out from her unwelcome guests is that friends and family will not visit her.“I had a friend visit me a while back and she looked out into the back garden and told me there was a lovely squirrel in my back yard. “When we looked closer, it wasn’t a squirrel but another huge rat,” she revealed.A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said they are aware of the issue and are taking ongoing measures to address the issues faced by residents.She said “Donegal County Council acknowledges that there was an issue in this area with vermin and the Council has carried out substantial works to address this issue and continues to monitor this area on an ongoing basis.”Family forced to share bedroom after house is over-run by rats was last modified: November 17th, 2017 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:donegalfamilyhouseManorucnninghamrats