first_imgSeveral schools on the Corentyne were closed when children turned up for school on Tuesday in support of the country-wide strike by teachers.The doors to Moghawon Primary at Manchester were closed all day as the guards stood in the compound to turn away children as they showed up.GTU President Mark LyteThere was only one class active at Rose Hall Primary with one teacher. Students reported that instructional work was done in the classroom from the first day.However a few students remained in the school yard playing all day and at the Port Mourant Primary. The students were initially told not to turn up for school.President of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) Mark Lyte had stated that teachers will not be on the road protesting but rather they were encouraged to stay at home.“Our teachers have been told to stay at home until further notice, so they will not be on the streets everyday but they will not be in the classroom at the same time,” Lyte said.Concerned parent Robinta ThomasMeanwhile, parents have expressed different views on the strike; some in support while others are against it. Nevertheless, parents generally seemed to be interested in the educational development of their children.According to Robinta Thomas, a mother of four, the current situation is a worrying one.“I don’t know what the teachers’ pay is or what they are going through but with the children t is very tough but they need to be schooled. So when they get there and they are forced to come back home it is tough as a mother to deal with that. But on the teachers behalf I don’t know what to say if they should get it or not.”Another parent, Steve Beaton is against the strike.“Public Servants in general need more money, all of them; the teachers, the nurses, police… It is unreasonable for the teachers to call a strike at this time and demanding that they get forty percent. I hope a solution will come about quickly. I hope that the Government will stand firm in their negotiating and if the negotiating team can’t get the job done then get another team,” Beaton said.Region Six Chairman David Armogan says he is in support of the teachers and questions why the government seems reluctant to go to arbitration since the two sides remain in a deadlock.“I empathize with the teachers because I believe they have a legitimate right to ask for increased because they like everyone else in this country have to deal with a decent wage. So they have a legitimate right to bargain with the Government for increases wages and salaries but it is unfortunate that it has met a dead lock…. The process of dealing with negotiations is that if you come to a stalemate in the negotiations the next process is arbitration. However, I noticed that the government has been backing away from arbitration,” Armogan said.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter heralding an innovative plan to reform Los Angeles County’s troubled child-protective system, officials said Monday that they will have just $15million a year to help keep families together instead of the $369million they had expected. The dramatic change in funding comes two years after the Board of Supervisors successfully applied for a waiver of federal rules so the county Department of Children and Family Services could use nearly $400million of its $1.5billion budget on counseling and similar services to keep children safely with their own families. While former DCFS Director David Sanders wrote a memo before he left the county last year, estimating that $369million would be available, some officials now say several factors have cut into the program’s funding, including an increase in fees paid to foster-care agencies and a spike in administrative costs. “I’m calling it a misunderstanding,” said Susan Kerr, chief deputy director of DCFS. “But we are extremely hopeful that the amount of available funding will increase as we begin to see successes from the waiver implementation. “The victory was that there was going to be this large pot of money that could be used to offer preventative services to keep kids out of foster care,” Spire said. “I’m anxious to understand why that pot of money has dwindled significantly and where it’s going to be spent instead.” Kerr said some of the money will be used to pay increased administrative costs for DCFS workers – a 7.9percent jump in salaries and benefits this fiscal year and a 9.3percent hike next year. In addition, the amount county government pays agencies to care for foster children rose from an average of $1,748 a month per child in 2004-05 to $1,951 this fiscal year. Last week, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich raised concerns about ongoing negotiations with the state on funding of social services, noting that state regulations are more restrictive than federal guidelines. California Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains committed to the federal waivers for Los Angeles and Alameda counties. “To the extent we are able to keep a family together by providing counseling and substance-abuse services, … that’s certainly preferable to removing a child and putting them in foster care,” Palmer said. “And that’s why the governor committed to this waiver and why we are continuing to provide additional resources to Los Angeles and Alameda counties to get this project up and running.” David Janssen, the county’s chief administrative officer, said officials expect to have $15million available for programs in problem prevention, but that figure could drop if the federal government penalizes the state for missing guidelines for improving the child-protective system. “We are hopeful the state has contacted the federal government to get them to agree (the penalties) should not be taken away from the waiver funding,” Kerr said. Even with the reduced amount of money, Janssen said the waiver is still beneficial. After negotiations between the county and state are completed, the waiver is expected to go back before the supervisors for their approval. The plan to expand services under the waiver is expected to start July1. “Currently, we receive money from the federal government based on the number of cases we have,” Janssen said. “There is no relationship to results at all. And, in fact, you get rewarded for keeping more kids in foster care. The waiver would allow the department to spend money much more flexibly than they currently are.” (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “To the extent we are successful in getting more children out of placement, we’ll have more dollars to reinvest.” But children’s advocates decried the situation, saying services such as counseling, mental-health treatment and drug or alcohol rehabilitation can go a long way toward keeping families together. “Those are some of the kinds of things at the top of the list that the advocacy community was in support of being able to put funding into to create healthier families so that children did not have to be removed from those families and put into foster care,” said Janis Spire, executive director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Even without the waiver, DCFS has made strides in returning thousands of foster children to their natural families. The number of children in foster homes has dropped from about 50,000 in the mid-1990s to about 20,500 as of Dec.31, DCFS Director Trish Ploehn said. But children’s advocates worry that reforms could be in jeopardy without sufficient funding. last_img read more

first_imgFor Angelenos, it’s a classic lose-lose situation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It didn’t work. But whatever happens at a trial, the taxpayers of Los Angeles will be the losers. If the ordinance prevails, it’s only a matter of time until emboldened city officials think about applying this anti-business formula to the rest of the city. If workers at hotels adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport deserve $10.64 an hour, then why not workers at any job in the city? Surely, a burger slinger at McDonald’s works as hard as a maid at the Hilton. And surely fast-food businesses also benefit from their proximity to city-owned property, like roads. Indeed, the net result of this living-wage ordinance will likely be fewer jobs in L.A. at any wage – “living” or otherwise. Taxpayers will also have to pay for the subsidies the council included in the deal in its failed attempt to win over the hotels. And even if the hotels prevail, the public still loses. Guess who gets to pay the court costs? IF you sneezed, you might have missed the vote Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council giving final approval to the revised “living-wage” ordinance. No one commented before the 10-3 vote. There was no point. Everything to be said about the discriminatory ordinance had already been said in the many, many public debates on the topic. And so one of the worst policy decisions that the city’s elected leaders could have pursued came to be. Next step, no doubt, is a court fight. Business groups have said they will file a lawsuit blocking the measure that requires a handful of hotels along Century Boulevard to pay a wage above and beyond the state’s minimum. What the council passed on Wednesday was a revised version of the ordinance that was supposed to appease the hotels with millions in taxpayer giveaways to help offset the new cost. last_img read more

first_imgBoth men were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Freeman, a fire support specialist, was deployed to Iraq last October in his first tour of duty. He had enlisted in October 2005, Army officials said. Freeman’s military decorations and awards include a National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Global War on Terror Service Medal. Freeman was the sixth serviceman who grew up in the Antelope Valley to die in Iraq. On March 17, Army Sgt. John E. Allen, 25, and three other soldiers were killed in Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. A 1999 Palmdale High graduate, Allen was survived by his wife, Aspen. Army Cpl. Ryan J. Clark, 19, a 2004 Antelope Valley High School graduate, died in July 2006 in an Army hospital in Texas of wounds he suffered from an explosion while fighting in Iraq. Clark, 19, had been injured June 17 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi, an insurgent hot spot in the “Sunni Triangle” west of Baghdad. Marine Cpl. Christopher Leon, 20, a 2004 Lancaster High School graduate, died June 20, 2006 of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq’s western al-Anbar province. Two local Marines died in Iraq in 2004. Staff Sgt. Allan Walker, a 28-year-old Highland High School alumnus, died leading an infantry unit in Ramadi in April 2004. Walker was one of a dozen Marines killed in combat in the area that day. Walker had been with a unit sent in to aid other Marines who had been ambushed. Cpl. Ian Stewart, a 2001 Quartz Hill High School graduate whose father is executive director of a Christian camp and conference center in Lake Hughes, died in a December 2004 gunbattle. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He was amazing. I am devastated,” she said. Antelope Valley High band director Joseph Pincetich said Freeman played the drums in the band for four years. “He was a really great person. He was happy and lively. He always had a smile on his face and laughed a lot. If anything ever got him down, he didn’t let it keep him down for long,” Pincetich recalled. “The fact that he stepped up to defend his country is more admirable than I can possibly express. He should have a special place in our hearts.” Another soldier, Pfc. Derek Gibson,, 20, of Eustis, Fla., was killed along with Freeman, the Pentagon said. LANCASTER – A 20-year-old soldier from Lancaster was killed last week in Iraq, the second Antelope Valley resident to die in combat within the past month, officials said Tuesday. Pfc. Walter Freeman Jr., who graduated in 2004 from Antelope Valley High School where he was a member of the band, was killed in Baghdad on April 4, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. “He was a really cool kid. He was kind of quiet, very polite, very well-spoken. Just a really great kid,” said Carol Selmser, a neighbor whose children grew up with Freeman. Selmser, who plays the piano for the Antelope Valley High choir, said she used to see Freeman walking to school and would give him a ride. last_img read more

first_imgIRAQ: Marine major was recognized for setting a trap that snared enemy combatants. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER He knew it was risky keeping company headquarters in the same vacant building two days in a row, enticing the Sunni insurgents to attack it – which they did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But if Maj. Kevin Hutchinson’s plan worked, the mortar team trailing them for weeks throughout the Anbar province of Iraq would be destroyed – which it was. “It’s a thinking man’s game and both sides are very sneaky and resourceful,” said the 36-year-old Rolling Hills native. The Marine Corps major’s actions on Jan30, 2005, facilitated the death of four enemy combatants, the capture of six others and, on Friday, earned the one-time California surfer a Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest combat award in the U.S. armed forces. Hutchinson’s mission in Iraq was to command a company of about 80 men and search out, detain, capture or kill the enemy. In the villages south of Fallujah, Bravo Company Second Reconnaissance Battalion occupied buildings – some vacant, others not – or took over people’s houses to set up command centers for directing patrols of the area. “We would talk to a lot of people. The most important thing is gathering information,” Hutchinson said about the first thing his troops did when arriving at a new location. “We listen to their desires and complaints. Find out who’s loyal to who and begin peeling the onion. We tried to understand the problem before trying to solve it.” Hutchinson said while they tried to get a grasp on the culture, people, terrain and language barriers, insurgents attacked daily. “It was nerve-racking, but fortunately they’re not very competent fighters,” he said. “But there was this one mortar team chasing us who were military trained. We’d been hunting them just as they’d been hunting us for quite some time.” To evade the steady attacks, Hutchinson would wake his company at 2 a.m. and stealthily move 500 meters to another part of a building or park their Hummers at another location. But the mortar bombs kept coming. “For months, everywhere we went they would harass us with their mortar,” Hutchinson said. “They bombed us all the time, everywhere we went. If we stopped for more than 24 hours, they would start launching mortar.” After weeks of waking up to streets littered with craters and exploded vehicles, Hutchinson began to get a feel for his enemy to the point where he felt confident he could anticipate their next move. So he set a trap. “It’s like a complicated chess game,” Hutchinson said. Studying clues from the craters left by mortar blasts and knowing his enemy was too lazy to carry the launching equipment far from the road, Hutchinson predicted where they would strike from next, planted a covert team inside an occupied house with a clear shot of the target, and waited. “The same time the next day four Iraqis pulled up in a black BMW sedan – it’s weird, they always have really nice cars – and pulled out a mortar tube and set it up and launched one bomb,” Hutchinson said. The Marines fired and instantly killed one Iraqi. The other three insurgents ran into an irrigation canal. Hutchinson ordered his quick-response force into the canal as helicopters and more American troops closed in. The first Marine to enter the canal was shot and killed at point-blank range. The three Iraqis didn’t make it out of the canal alive either. “When a Marine dies, it’s very heavy. We were satisfied we killed that team, but it was by no means a joyous day,” Hutchinson said. On Thursday night, Hutchinson flew from Virgina, where he studies advanced war fighting at a Marine Corps college, to San Diego for the medal ceremony. Family and friends gathered Friday to see the one-time surfer boy from the Palos Verdes Peninsula get his recognition for leading men in war. “I’m overwhelmed with pride,” said his mother, Nancy Black of Rolling Hills. “He was just this casual surfer boy. I’m in awe of what he accomplished.” With tears in her eyes, Hutchinson’s mother talked about living in constant fear while her son was at war. “I always had family support, but does anyone really know what a mother goes through?” she said. “Whenever I’d drive home I wondered whether there’d be a Marine waiting at the front door. In the middle of the night I worried about a phone call – not from Kevin – but from the Marine detail. I was scared all the time.” Receiving the medal, Hutchinson said it was like his whole company was being honored. “I’ve been a Marine for 12 years. I never thought I would stay in this long, but it’s the quality of men I serve with and the brotherhood that makes me stay in the Marine Corps and serve my country,” he said. “I know it sounds sappy but that’s who I am.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMATCH REPORT: Cathal DiverSwilly Rovers F.C. 3-3 Bonagee UnitedA resolute Bonagee United team emerged from Swilly Park with 1 point after performing a miraculous comeback from 3-0 down at half time on a sun drenched encounter in Swilly Park with the game finishing 3-3. Swilly started brightly and took the lead early with only 2 minutes played through Laurence Toland, Dylan Hegarty passed the ball into Calvin Mooneys feet who then dummied the ball to allow the on rushing Toland to run through on goal and finish across the keeper. Bonagee grew more into the game after the Swilly goal, controlling midfield but never really breaking through the Swilly defence. Midway through the first half Laurence Toland grabbed his and Swillys second goal with Toland producing sublime control to take the ball in his stride and slot the ball home giving Eugene Ferry in the Bonagee goal no chance. Ferry was involved soon after when he produced a magnificent save to deny Calvin Mooney whose close range effort was heading for the top corner of the Bonagee goal. The game was soon 3-0 when a rash tackle in the Bonagee box giving the referee, Con McLaughlin, no choice but to award a Swilly penalty, Laurence Toland stepped up to convert the penalty sending it high into the top corner completing his hat trick. The game was Swilly 3-0 Bonagee at the half.The second half began very scrappy with both teams struggling to get into rhythm and string consecutive passes together. Bonagee soon got a lifeline in the game when Gareth Breslin converted from close range to give Bonagee hope in the match with 18 minutes remaining. Swilly were on the back foot with wave after wave of Bonagee pressure coming and they were soon rewarded when Garteh Breslin doubled his tally with a back post header, directing it back across goal into the top corner making it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining and Bonagee very much on the front foot. Swilly defended well until a rash tackle on the edge of the Swilly box from James McCahill resulted in the Ramelton man getting his second yellow and being dismissed whilst also giving Bonagee a free kick in a dangerous area. With the resulting free kick Bonagee caught the Swilly defence sleeping with a ball down the outside of the wall to an open Bonagee player whose cross was met by the onrushing Aiden McLaughlin who converted from close range with a header making things all square. The game finished 3-3.Best for Swilly: Laurence Toland and Ronan Sweeney.Best for Bonagee: Jamie Lynagh and Declan Lynch. Swilly Team: Gareth Wade, Ronan Sweeney, Duncan Patterson, Dylan Hegarty, Shaun Crossan, Brandon Toye, Marty McDaid, James McCahill, Laurence Toland, Ryan McDaid, Calvin Mooney. Subs: Adam Salhi (70min for Crossan), Shay Durning (46min for Patterson). Caolan Murray (80min for Mooney), Cathal Diver, Kyle Burke.Bonagee Team: Eugene Ferry, Gareth Breslin, Darek Frankowski, Darren Hunter, Declan Lynch, Jamie Lynagh, Ciaran Curran, Chris Moran, Aidan McLaughlin, Aodhan Cannon. Subs: Paul Clarke, Barry McGinley.Referee: Con McLaughlin. SOCCER: BRESLIN THE HERO AS BONAGEE PERFORM MIRACULOUS COMEBACK was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 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:soccerSportlast_img read more

first_imgFernando Hierro, who was Spain’s stand-in coach at the World Cup will leave the Spanish Football Federation after rejecting the chance to return as sporting director, his former role.The RFEF said Hierro, who had a contract in force, has instead decided to “seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges”. Hierro’s first game as Spain manager came just two days after getting the job 1center_img The 50-year-old took charge of Spain in dramatic circumstances last month after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing to become Real Madrid coach following the tournament.Under Hierro, La Roja finished top of Group B but were knocked out at the last-16 stage following a penalty shootout defeat to Russia.The former Real Madrid defender was the Federation’s sporting director on two separate occasions, between 2007-11 – during which time the national team won the European Championships and World Cup – and then again from November 2017.A RFEF statement said: “After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship once Spain’s participation at the World Cup in Russia finished.“The last coach of the national team declined to return to his previous role as sporting director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.“The RFEF want to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility to take charge of the national team in some extraordinary situations, as well as in the performance of all his duties.”Since hanging up his boots in 2005, Hierro, who won 89 caps for Spain, has coached Real Oviedo, been the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and also the general manager at Malaga.The RFEF has yet to announce who will be the permanent successor to Lopetegui as Spain coach, with Roberto Martinez, Michel, Quique Sanchez Flores and Luis Enrique among the names being linked with the role.last_img read more

first_imgEYEWITNESSES have demanded an investigation after two men took a boy aged around three years old to a late night takeaway in his bare feet.The little boy had to sit in a Letterkenny cafe at 2am this morning while the two adult males with him ordered food.The boy, who had been shivering from the cold, was handed a bag of chips by one of two men who took him into HillBillies chip shop in Letterkenny. Customers who saw the incident have demanded that social services staff and Gardai examine CCTV footage from the premises to identify the family involved.One eyewitness told Donegal Daily: “I was out for the night with a couple of friends and this is not something you expect to see on the main street of Letterkenny at 2 o’clock in the morning.“The boy looked dishevelled and was shaking from the cold; he didn’t even have socks on.“People in the cafe were shaking their heads in disbelief but the men with him were not the sort of people you would challenge.” Asked why she didn’t say something, she insisted: “I just wanted to highlight this so that somebody might do something about it. I was too terrified to say something – simple as that.“The men with the boy; well let’s just say you couldn’t say anything.“But I know there is CCTV in Hillbillies and it’s there for the authorities to see and I do hope they do something about it.” ANGER AS MEN TAKE BOY AGED 3 TO LATE NIGHT TAKEAWAY was last modified: May 29th, 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:ANGER AS MEN TAKE BOY AGED 3 TO LATE NIGHT TAKEAWAYlast_img read more

first_imgTWO Donegal post offices may close as part of An Post review.However the organisation is insisting that no decisions have been taken.It follows a report on RTE today saying the future of the post offices was under threat. An Post says a review of Bunbeg Post Office will be made known next week. Donegal Daily reported on that issue several weeks ago.An Post also says that the postmaster at Gleneely has retired and anyone interested in taking it over must submit a declaration of interest by next Friday, March 7.If no-one does take it over, it could close.Postal workers union General Secretary Brian McGann has said that Government inaction could lead to post office closures. Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Mr McGann said the Programme for Government has committed to maintaining the post office network, but he said there is no plan.He said a Dáil motion being debated tonight is about how that commitment will be met. FEARS OVER POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF TWO DONEGAL POST OFFICES was last modified: February 26th, 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)last_img read more