Adult learning centres needed in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana has poor education standards in comparison to the developed democracies which is compounded by “the brain-drain” as many Guyanese seek to escape Guyana to live abroad.This education problem (the lack of education) needs urgent attention as an investment in education normally pays off in the medium to long-term.As a start, the Government should consider investing in some adult education centres to facilitate the re-education of the adult population to meet the current and future demand. Investing in adult education is a worthwhile endeavour as it not only educates the adult population but this will also bolster parents to help and encourage their children in their educational pursuits. Everyone accepts that parents should spend more time helping to educate their children. However, how can this be achieved when many of the parents themselves are uneducated?Fifty adult education centres throughout Guyana would cost about $10 billion (estimated cost). The bonus is that an educated workforce would encourage investment into Guyana. I accept that the money may not be there for this investment and that more urgent problems need to be prioritised. However, it is a long-term investment that will pay dividends in the future.Sincerely,Sean Orilast_img read more

Compelling, Demanding Need for HR Professionals in Liberia

first_imgAn organization calling itself the Association of Liberian Human Resource Professionals (ALHRP), which launched over the weekend, is on a mission to demonstrate what it calls a “compelling and demanding need” for their kind in public and private organizations across Liberia. Established well over two years ago by a number of young and influential Liberians, mostly from the private sector, the association is introducing itself first and foremost as a network of HR professionals through which the human resource needs public and private entities could be addressed. HR supports management by insuraing tha tits most valuable assets — its human resource — is managed and utilized properly. By properly advising management and implementing effective employee relations programs, advising on numerous labor regulations, HR helps management avoid potential expensive lawsuits. “There is a compelling and demanding need for Human Resources Professionals in Liberia in both Public and Private Organizations that want to maintain excellence,” said Jonah Kortee, president of ALHRP. “The ALHRP will be engaged in providing services that include workforce training, performance management systems, labor relations, retirement plan, decent wage, work force planning, and any other issues relating to Human Resource.“Our aim is to create an interactive platform for all HR professionals in Liberia to have the opportunity of networking, support and boost our national government’s efforts through the Civil Service Agency, Ministry of Labor, Liberia’s Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) and other private and public intuitions,” he said. Over the next year, the association will focus on capacity building and manpower development. “Our focus is to first improve the quality and standard of our members,” Kortee said. “We will also be working with the Liberia Institute of Public Administration, LIPA, Universities, Colleges, Vocational and Professional Institutions across the Country in order to introduce Human Resources Management as a Professional career course.” As a professional association, ALHRP has obtained membership to the African Human Resources Confederation (AHRC), World People Management Association (WPMA), and is currently finalizing arrangements to partner with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) in administering HR and other training certifications in Liberia. Speaking on behalf of the Vice President of Liberia, Mr. Joseph N. Boakai, Mr. Varney Slekon encouraged ALHRP, saying that it “should be a significant partner to the Government, and form a strong partnership with the the Government of Liberia’s own HR machine, the Civil Service Agency. They are expected to take on a major responsibility in driving the growth and development of the Liberian workforce.” Slekon, who is also the HR manager for the Vice President’s office, said “No country or organization can build a good team of working professionals without good human resources,” he said. He then challenged executives of the association to develop programs that will promote standardized human resource practices, centers for accreditation of HR professionals and provide training and scholarship opportunities for members.Swearing in ALHRP’s executive team and serving as keynote speaker at the occasion, Mr. J. Levi Demmah, Deputy Minister of Labor for Human Resource and Development, disclosed that the Ministry is working in close consultation with the Ministry of Education to establish a career path in school were students will learn about career options upon graduation from high school.“The reason we are facing problem in this country is because most companies, when they arrive, they need expertise in certain jobs and when we check our database we cannot see Liberians qualifying. The ALHRP induction took place on Saturday evening, June 20, at the Monrovia City Hall. The Association has established a website to help disseminate workforce information, provide support to public and private sectors HR professionals, and members. Those elected include Jonah S. Kotee, President & Secretary to the Board; Brenda Brewer Moore, VP, Membership; Klade Neufville, VP, Professional Development; Fobay Dorbor, VP, Programming; Frederick Wollor, VP, Finance and Administration; Harold S. Golafale, VP, Communication; Tamia Harris, VP, Marketing; and Alfred Tamba V, Volunteer Engagement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 jailed for robbery-under-arms

first_imgArraigned in Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman’s court on a joint charge of robbery-under-arms committed on May 15 at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, 21-year-old Donovan Richardson of Lot 12 River View, Ruimveldt and 18-year-old Anthony Prince (address unknown) both pleaded guilty as charged.The charge stated that the duo, on May 15, 2018 at Hadfield Street, while being in the company of each other and being armed with a knife, robbed Osafo Hale of his cell phone, bag, and $15,000, all to a total value of $56,000.Richardson told the court that he saw Hale being robbed, and he intervened by snatching the virtual complainant’s (VC’s) phone away from one of the perpetrators who were attacking him. However, instead of giving the phone back to Hale, Richardson made off with it.This prompted Magistrate Latchman to ask Richardson, “So it was a case of thieving from the thief?” and Richardson concurred.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, however, disclosed that the duo approached the VC while he was heading home and dealt him a cuff to his face. They then snatched his bag, which contained the cash and phone, before they made good their escape.An alarm was raised, and Police on patrol in the area responded. The two suspects were later apprehended with the articles in their possession.Magistrate Latchman told the duo that in order to deter them and others from committing similar offences in the future, she would be sentencing them to spend the next four years and six months in prison.Richardson and 25-year-old Denzel Wilson of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) were also jointly arraigned for a robbery committed on Robert James.The charge against them allege that on May 9, 2018 at Brickdam, while being in the company of others and being armed, they robbed James of two cell phones, one battery pack, and $78,000.They denied the allegation, and were both remanded to prison.Additionally, Wilson was charged for escaping from Police custody while he had been detained for questioning on a robbery offence. He pleaded guilty with explanation to the offence of escaping from lawful custody.Wilson told the court that an officer had told him to leave after he had willingly reported to the Police Station, having witnessed a robbery. He said that after giving his statement, he was told to leave; but while doing so, he was recalled and arrested for the same robbery.Wilson told Magistrate Latchman that in the sight of several officers he was leaving, and none of them had objected to him doing so. As such, the Magistrate entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.Both Wilson and Richardson will return to Court on June 11.last_img read more

DONEGAL DOLL MAKER ARKLU WINS MAJOR GOOGLE STARTUP AWARD

first_imgImages of Ian Harkin (Lottie Dolls MD) and Katrina mcBride (Digital Marketing Lottie Dolls) both Ballybofey, at Google HQ (attached).Donegal company Arklu has been named the winner of the Google Adopt a Startup 2016 Spring Programme following a dragon’s den style final held in the Foundry at Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin.Arklu are makers of Lottie and Finn dolls which are based on characters who are 9 years of age and created to be positive role models for children, stimulate their imaginations, and inspire learning and fun through play.The company’s founder, Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, told Donegal Daily he was “overwhelmed” by the win.Each of the eight finalists had to present a seven minute pitch on their business strategies and the results of taking part in the Adopt a Start Up programme, to a panel of judges which included Patrick Walsh Dogpatch Labs and David Grunwald, EMEA head of Global Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. The winners will receive €10,000 in Adwords credit, and will become eligible for the Google Cloud Platform for Startup program which comes with $20,000 Google Cloud credits.Speaking at the final, Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programme said, “Now in its fourth year our Adopt a Startup programme is unique to Ireland and it allows us to support the local startup community in a significant way. Over 150 Startups applied for one of the 30 places on offer on the Spring programme and over 90 Googlers from across all functions at Google Ireland shared their expertise with them to develop a holistic business strategy to scale their business and enjoy further success.”He added, “Arklu was selected by the judges because they made a lot of progress throughout the programme and committed 150% to the process investing a lot of time and effort to develop their business strategy.”Mayo’s Truckscience placed 2nd, and received €5,000 in Adwords credit while Dublin’s Beutifi.com placed 3rd and accepted a cheque for €3,000 in Adwords credit. 30 leading Startups were selected to participate in the 90 day programme of mentoring sessions with a dedicated Google Ireland support team assigned to each Startup to work on their business growth strategies.These 30 Startups were then shortlisted to eight finalists who were given the opportunity to pitch their developed strategies to a panel of judges which included: Joe Healy, High Potential Startup Unit, Enterprise Ireland; Patrick Walsh, Managing Director, DogPatch Labs; Paddy Flynn, Director and Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programmes, Liz Cunningham, Director, Google and David Grunwald, Global Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs.Winner of the Adopt a Startup Autumn 2015 programme Ciara Clancy, CEO Beats Medical said, “The Google Adopt a Startup program was really valuable for our business in so many ways it enabled us to impact more people with Parkinson’s worldwide and helped us scale our impact globally.”DONEGAL DOLL MAKER ARKLU WINS MAJOR GOOGLE STARTUP AWARD was last modified: July 13th, 2016 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:ARKLUdonegalGoogleLottielast_img read more

A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT NOTHING TO WEAR… ‘STYLEFISH’ CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

first_imgLadies, wonder why an outfit you bought has been worn only once or twice? Stylefish has the answer.Take a Body Styling class or a Creative Colour Class to change the way you think about shopping and help you develop your personal style. A Stylefish class gives you the confidence you need to put an outfit together – we call it the Stylefish Rule of 3.Find out which Style Personality you are and let Stylefish help you create a wardrobe to suit YOU.To find out more information contact Barbara – barbarajbonner@icloud.com  A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT NOTHING TO WEAR… ‘STYLEFISH’ CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsStylefishlast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: RELEGATED, BUT SENIOR LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies Senior squad will be playing Division Two football next year.But it may well be a blessing in disguise for the county, giving this group of players a chance to re-group and grow again.The team travelled to Kerry on Sunday to face a side heading for the semi-finals of the Tesco Homegrown Championship. And once again Donegal showed they can hold their own against the top teams in the country.The Kingdom rounded off their group campaign with a 3-12 to 3-6 victory against already-relegated Donegal.Patrice Dennehy, Louise Galvin and Sarah Jane Joy netted for Kerry, who led by 1-8 to 1-1 at half-time, as Aisling Cunningham scored a hat-trick of goals for Donegal.  DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: RELEGATED, BUT SENIOR LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal ladiesKerryLGFAlast_img read more

COLDER, SHOWERS & SUNSHINE: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgIT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. Today’s Weather: Starting blustery today with strong westerly winds ands passing showers,some of them heavy.Showers will become less frequent as the day goes on – and there will be a lot more sunshine, especially in the afternoon and early evening.However temperatures are back to normal for this time of year, around 10C or 11C – feeling warmer in sheltered areas when the sun is out.Generally dry overnight. IT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.COLDER, SHOWERS & SUNSHINE: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherletterkennyMount Errigal HotelTuesday April 8last_img read more

George Mason Rallies to Defeat Women’s Basketball, 87-75

first_imgDrake (2-3) was led in scoring by sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) with 20 points while redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored 17 points and redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) added a season-high 13 points. Hittner has recorded double figures in all five games this season and just missed her career-high by two points while Rhine has hit the mark in four games. Preview Next Game: PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster The Patriots added seven more points to start the second quarter before freshman Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) ended the 12-0 run with a layup at the 7:29 mark. However, George Mason answered the basket with its own on the next possession. Drake struggled to score in the quarter with just nine points as the Patriots scored 23 points to lead 41-40 at halftime. vs. Mississippi Valley State 11/25/2017 – 1 PM Listen Live Story Linkscenter_img Graduate transfer Natalie Butler led the Patriots with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-5 UConn transfer recorded her sixth-straight double-double. Jacy Bolton and Nicole Cardano-Hillary each scored 21 points. Drake closes the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic against Mississippi Valley State (0-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. CST in the consolation game. Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between the teams. The action will be broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines with Hunter Phillips and Randy Mauro on the call. George Mason will play host Colorado (4-1) in the title game after the consolation game. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs led 31-18 after the first quarter behind six three-pointers and a 61.1 percent shooting clip (11-of-18) as a team. Junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), Dean and Hittner each knocked down two threes. Bachrodt made a three with 56 seconds left that put Drake up 18, but George Mason (6-1) ended the period on a 5-0 run. BOULDER, Colo. – George Mason rallied for an 87-75 win over the Drake University women’s basketball team on Friday in the opening round of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic at the Coors Events Center on the campus of the University of Colorado. Out of halftime, the teams traded baskets as the Patriots led 46-44, after a layup by Rhine. George Mason went on an 11-4 run to lead, 59-48, with 3:41 left. The Patriots led by 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs ripped off five consecutive points to cut their deficit in half. Bachrodt made a tough jumper in the lane and Dean nailed a deep three to trail 67-62. However, George Mason responded with a 7-0 run and later Drake could only pull back to within seven points as the Patriots won their second game in the all-time series to lead 2-0. HTML Box Score Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moineslast_img read more

SUPER KARL JUST MISSES OUT ON WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

first_imgKarl Griffin (UCD AC) was the last of the Irish competitors at the World Junior Championships in Oregon last night, the Donegal athlete finishing fourth in his 800m semi-final in 1:49.97. Griffin’s time was unfortunately not fast enough to advance to today’s final as a fastest loser.The 19-year-old UCD AC athlete positioned himself well throughout the race as the field went through 400m in 53.94 seconds. On the back straight, Griffin moved up from sixth to fourth, and challenged for third place all the way down the home straight, but eventually had to settle for fourth.“I’m a bit disappointed today,” he said afterwards. “I thought I could make the final out here, but I just came up short. I finished the competition ranked 12th, so that’s not bad. “I’ll go home now and sit down with my coach and figure out if I’ll run any more races this year. It’s been a great experience out here. Running in this stadium, against this level of competition, will only do me good in the future.” SUPER KARL JUST MISSES OUT ON WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:800Mathleticsdonegalkarl griffinWorld Junior Championshipslast_img read more

Takeover announced at iconic Donegal dealership

first_imgConnolly Motor Group has today announced an agreement to acquire the assets of J.J. Reid Motors in Donegal.J.J. Reid Motors, based in Letterkenny, is North Donegal’s main Volkswagen dealer.The company traces its origins back to 1962, when the late politician and businessman JJ Reid founded a filling station in Stranorlar. The company joined the Volkswagen Group as its Service Dealer in 1963, the company was then appointed main dealer for north Donegal in 1964. Mr Reid passed away in January 2019 at the age of 86. Connolly Motor Group has heralded the takeover of assets at JJ Reid Motors as a strategic acquisition for the business.The company anticipates that it would grow staff numbers in Letterkenny from 12 to 21 as it builds on its investment.Kevin and Neil Connolly of Connolly Motor GroupThe acquisition remains subject to approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.The acquisition of the Volkswagen dealership in Donegal, if approved, would increase the number of full-time employees at Connolly Motor Group to almost 300. The acquisition would see the motor group – which is one of the biggest in the country and run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly — expand its representation with Volkswagen Group brands.It already runs hugely-successful Volkswagen dealerships in Ballina and Sligo as well as Audi dealerships in Galway, Ballina and Sligo. And it announced over the summer that it is to open a new SEAT dealership in Sligo in October.Neil Connolly, Connolly Motor Group Director, said: “With existing Volkswagen dealerships in Mayo and Sligo, Connolly Motor Group has a great relationship with VW and our significant knowledge of the brand ensures our customers benefit from the very best offers and services.“The acquisition of J.J. Reid Volkswagen would be a strategic acquisition for our business, further strengthening our offering to our customers in the region and creating economies of scale in a highly-competitive market. Being part of a group provides us with the additional benefit and financial stability that comes with having multiple dealerships.“We are proud to be a family-owned group, and the foundations of our success are the people who work with us, the manufacturers we represent and, of course, our valuable customers who are at the heart of everything we do.” Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said: “The North West is a very important region for Volkswagen. And we would like to thank the staff of JJ Reid’s for serving this area so well in the past number of years. But the Volkswagen brand remains in safe hands thanks to the appointment of Connolly Motor Group. Volkswagen has a long-standing relationship with this motor group, and we know they will ensure a smooth transition for existing JJ Reid’s customers to the new Connolly’s Letterkenny business. They will, no doubt, continue the success and professionalism they bring to their Ballina and Sligo businesses.”Takeover announced at iconic Donegal dealership was last modified: November 20th, 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