Moves afoot to open plantain chip factory in Leguan

first_imgThe plan to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan was revitalisedRegion Three Vice Chairman Sheik Ayube– Business Ministry opens bidsGovernment has revitalised plans by the previous Administration to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).The Business Ministry, in a local newspaper advertisement, is inviting interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for this undertaking.According to the Government ad, investors should have the capacity to take possession of the property immediately after signing the contract.The size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, and blanching, and dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.The move to establish a plantain chip factory, in order to push the local manufacturing sector, was touted by former President Donald Ramotar in the lead-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections.This project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme which commenced back in 2014.These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three and one in Enmore in Region Four, and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam.When the new Administration assumed office, this much-anticipated initiative was shelved.Just earlier this year, residents were calling on the Government to move ahead with the plan to open the factory to provide jobs for the people on the island.Region Three Vice Chairman Sheik Ayube had noted with concern the apparent neglect of the project.Shortly after their demands, the National Budget 2016 was presented in the National Assembly and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin indicated that the project was back on the cards.He explained that the entire Rural Enterprise Development initiative was put on hold to facilitate a review.Gaskin announced that as a result of the review, Government decided on some modifications and will complete three of the four projects that were begun under the initiative.He noted that the building earmarked in Leguan for the factory was constructed with no consideration for how either “a person or a plantain” could get from the main roadway into the factory when it became operational.Nonetheless, he said this would be addressed by Government.With regard to the development of a plantain chip factory in Wakenaam, the Business Minister said Government was unable to proceed with that aspect of the plan because the area in question was prone to flooding and erosion, and therefore posed a risk to the entire operation.Meanwhile, the Business Ministry is also moving apace to open the call centre in Enmore.An invitation for bids is being advertised for the completion of phase two for the call centre, which would include building works and the construction of external works along with facility.last_img read more

RCMP search for vehicle after attempted abductions

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnThe Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for your help in locating a possible vehicle of interest.In between April 17th, 2010 and May 5th, 2010, the Dawson Creek detachment received three sperate complaints of an elderly male driving a red pick up truck offering candy and ice cream to young children.- Advertisement -During each of the incidents, those involved refused any contact and the male drove off.  The vehicle is described as a 4-door pick up truck, red in colour and may possibly be a dually.  The caucasian male is described as 50 to 60 years old, with a heavy build, grey hair and wore a thick framed glasses.The RCMP would like to speak with this male and would appreciate the public’s help in identifying him or his vehicle by licence plate.  You can reach the Dawson Creek Detachment at 250-784-3700 or you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Figgy Green Jags to battle Germans in finale

first_imgMohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal…After six nights of action at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) hard court, the finalists of the New Era Entertainment organised fifth annual Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal tournament has been decided.On Saturday night in Linden, semifinal action unraveled with Figgy Green Jags silencing Quiet Storm 14 – 8 compliments of Colwyn Drakes who score half of a dozen goals while Germans United held off a strong challenge from Goodfellas to prevail 4-3.In the first semi, Quiet Storm drew first blood as early as the fifth minute but Jags fired in three quick goals between the ninth and 12th minutes and continued piling on the goals. At the end of the first half Jags led 9-2.It was much more of the same in the second but Quiet Storm played with more intent behind behind outscoring their opponents 6-5 but it proved futile.In the second semifinal Germans led by two at the half but had a scare from a determined Goodfellas team that had the urge for victory after equalizing late in the second half through Runic Velloza.However, with a minute to play, Ryan Noel became the star of the night after he was successful with a powerful strike near the midfield line to get Germans into the final.Germans and the fans’ favourite, Figgy Green Jags will contest the final this Sunday at the MSC hard court.Tournament winners will cart off with $600,000 while the runners-up will receive a $250,000, third $100,000 and fourth place $50,000.The sponsors of the tournament include Mohammed’s Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Bakewell, Cell Smart, PPDI, Sankar’s Auto Works and Bumper to Bumper Services.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Brown optimistic on return

first_imgAlthough he is supposed to wear the boot for three weeks, Brown said, “It feels better than the three weeks, so I’m going to talk to the doctor right after the All-Star break and see if I can try to speed it up a little bit.” Brown, who has missed 22 games since suffering the injury, was able to do some light shooting at Monday’s practice. He plans to work out next week in a hard cast and gauge things from there. The injury hasn’t cost Brown his sense of humor, as he joked about needing to shoot and feel the ball as much as possible while he isn’t playing. “I already can’t catch,” Brown said, “so if I wait this long and (don’t) touch the ball, you’ll really see something special.” Since Brown was injured Dec. 31, the Lakers have made due with teenage center Andrew Bynum starting. Coach Phil Jackson underscored the importance of Brown’s return when he was asked before Tuesday’s game about Bynum wearing down. “Without a doubt,” Jackson said. “He’s a 19-year-old kid. Jordan Farmar, who’s gone through some longer UCLA college seasons, has also hit the wall. They’re starting to come back a little bit. I see a little more life in them now as they come through this.” The rundown: There are issues of great importance in the NBA these days, like choosing sides in the All-Star weekend charity footrace between Charles Barkley and 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta. “I talked to Dick Bavetta actually a couple games ago. He assured me that he’s in the best shape of his life,” Kobe Bryant said. “If I had to bet, I’d probably go with Dick.” Two-for-none: Jackson revealed that the Lakers suffered from a lack of communication in the final minute of Friday’s loss at Toronto. The coach wanted the Lakers to play the two-for-one possession game but the Lakers didn’t take a shot for nearly 20 seconds. “Not to have a two-for-one when you have 44 seconds (left), those are little things that we’re working at,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to get into that huddle a little bit earlier and be more direct with my comments and make less assumption that they know.” Good feelings: Not that he would say anything differently after playing 44 minutes Sunday at Cleveland, but Bryant said his health was good heading into the All-Star break, and his surgically repaired right knee was “100 percent” better. “Night and day,” Bryant said. “I don’t have to warm up or anything. I can just go out there right now and play. Last year, I had to warm up about 30 minutes just to get out there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The timetable Lakers center Kwame Brown was given when he went for a second opinion last week on his sprained left ankle called for him to miss another four to six weeks and return sometime in March. But Brown said he was optimistic that he would be able to beat that projection. He has been wearing a walking boot day and night – even while he sleeps – and said the immobilization was helping his ankle. last_img read more

Dawson Creek group of 15 co-workers wins $500,000 in Daily Grand Draw

first_imgAccording to the B.C. Lottery Corporation, Dawson Creek native, Stephen Gibson bought the winning ticket at the Dawson Co-op, and that is where he discovered he and his workmates won. Gibsons plans to use his share of the half-a-million-dollars to help pay for his kids’ college tuition and perhaps take a winter vacation to Nashville. Gibson, who works as a gas fitter, says once he found out he had won, he first called his wife and then the members of his group pool. – Advertisement -According to Gibson, they have been playing together for over 13 years and are a pretty close group. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A group of 15 co-workers from Dawson Creek has some “extra” Christmas shopping money on their hands after winning the December 2 Daily Grand Draw for $500,000.last_img

Actor grateful for extraordinary role

first_img Well, what a surprise. Is Pam Anderson the one-time “Baywatch” actress turned middle-age spectacle, splitting from her third husband, Rick Salomon, after less than three months of matrimonial bliss? Salomon, most famous for being in Paris Hilton’s sex video and profiting off of it, has also been married three times – including once to Shannen Doherty. And remember, gay people in this country can’t even get married once. Previously married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pam filed divorce papers Friday. A few days later, she was seen shopping with him. Then on Monday, she posted this message on her web site: “P.S. We’re working things out.” I have my own message for Pam: P.S. Stop getting married! You don’t seem to be very good at it. Evert finds love in golfer Norman And while we are on the topic of multiple marriages, Chris Evert is hoping she will be third-time luckier in the matrimony department than three-strikes-you’re-out Pamela Anderson Lee Rock Salomon. America’s tennis-playing sweetheart during much of the ’70s and ’80s, announced her engagement over the weekend to golfer Greg Norman. Chrissie, now 53, has had a storied love life including a broken engagement to Jimmy Connors, dates with Burt Reynolds and then-President Ford’s son, Jack, marriage to British tennis player John Lloyd, an affair with British singer Adam Faith, a second marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill. The six-time U.S. Open champion had three sons with Mill before a shock announcement in fall 2006 that they had split after 18 years. The timing was curiously close to the break-up of Norman’s 28-year marriage. Norman’s ex-wife, Laura Andrassy, has called Evert a home-wrecker but told London’s Sunday Telegraph: “I don’t really care. But if that’s what they want, then so be it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the months before the acclaimed drama “The Kite Runner” opened in theaters last weekend, director Marc Forster tried to explain to the film’s star, Khalid Abdalla, that life as he knew it was about to change. “He keeps telling me, `Enjoy your anonymity while you can,”‘ Khalid told me recently. The movie, just nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, is based on the novel of the same name. Khalid plays Amir, a man who returns to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to heal his past after spending two decades in America. Although he’s been acting professionally since he was 15, much of Khalid’s work had been on the London stage. “The Kite Runner” is just his second film, which he shot after completing a role in “United 93.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 27-year-old actor divides his time among London, Paris and Cairo but is quick to say “wherever there’s a great job, that’s where I want to be. … I want to be part of films that tell extraordinary stories whatever they may be whether they’re comic, tragic, human, horror. That’s what I want to do.” Khalid was born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Egyptian heritage and honed his acting skills while attending Cambridge University. He gives much credit to Forster – the director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland” among other films, for helping him transition from stage to screen. “He’s an extraordinary director,” Khalid said. “You don’t get to work with the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson, Halle Berry – and the list goes on and on – you don’t get to work with the likes of those people unless you are someone very, very special. He’s an extraordinary, sensitive man with a great eye on people and on the world and he’s a technical master of his craft. You feel supported no matter what you’re doing.” Third time not a charm last_img

Local reservist returns from Iraq tour of duty

first_imgNeither sand storms, nor mortar fire nor random bombings kept 1st Sgt. Larry Montes from getting mail to thousands of soldiers in Iraq.The U.S. Army reservist, who oversaw postal operations at a base north of Baghdad, managed the processing of more than 8 million pounds of inbound mail, 2.5 million pounds of outbound mail and 473,006 pounds of redirected mail in addition to supervising five postal platoons.The base was frequently hit by mortar fire, but convoys that delivered the mail also faced dangers from roadside bombs and gunfire, said Montes, 46.Montes, who returned home and was reunited with his wife and four sons in Pico Rivera right before Christmas, earned the Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal.“I was surprised, because I didn’t go there to earn the Bronze Star,” he said. “My whole mission was distributing the mail, because mail is such a morale boost for the troops.”Montes was deployed for the postal mission in September 2004. He left for Iraq in December of that year.Montes enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from El Rancho High School in 1977. He was stationed in Germany from 1978 to 1981.A plumber in civilian life, he remained a reservist. In 1990 he was sent to Saudi Arabia to transport equipment and supplies from the port to the front lines during the Gulf War.There was no e-mail back then, making it tough on the reservist and his young family.“It was hard. We would go two or three weeks without a call or letter,” said his wife, Pat.Montes was again called to duty after 9/11. His job this time was to ensure that truckers carrying ammunition to Army or U.S. Navy bases across the United States made it safely to their destinations.He was called up again in September 2004, this time to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.He still has two years left in the Army reserves but hopes to spend the time closer to home.“Adapting back to the military is not hard, but being away from my wife and sons is,” he said. “I just want to spend time with them now, going to movies, out to dinner and playing a lot of golf.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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

MORE THAN 4,600 CHILDREN AVAILING OF CHILD CARE SERVICES IN DONEGAL – DCCC

first_imgDonegal County Childcare Committee. Photo:- Clive WassonDonegal County Childcare delivering for children and familiesA report presented at Donegal County Childcare’s recent AGM held in Letterkenny, boasted the successful delivery of an impressive range of activities to sustain, support and develop the early childhood sector across the county.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager reported that there are 4,615 children attending early childhood services across County Donegal with over 3,500 of these participating on one of more of the Government childcare funding programmes that support childcare. Avril highlighted the introduction of a new funding programme to support children with disabilities to attend pre-school education, as a hugely welcome and significant early childhood policy development.During the presentation she commented: “For a very long time now we have been calling for additional supports for children with disabilities to be able to fully participate in pre-school education.“I am personally delighted that 2016 will see the introduction of a support model to help overcome the barriers that so many have experienced in getting access to a high quality, fully inclusive mainstream pre-school provision in Donegal.”In 2015 Donegal Childcare administered 7 different funding programmes and grant initiatives to support the sustainability of 145 early childhood services and 45 Parent and Toddler Groups operating across the county. As a result of the Capital Funding grant alone –98 early childhood services in the county were awarded almost €760,000 to carry out essential works and upgrade IT equipment.The early childhood workforce consists of over 800 people working in crèches and pre-schools and the cost of full day care ranges between €125 – €175 in privately managed services and between €130 – €175 in community based services in the county.It was highlighted that these costs still act as a barrier to low and middle income working parents – and to women in particular.Contributors to the meeting praised the work of the organisation and numerous commendations were made regarding the professional and unyielding performance of the organisation over the years.In particular, DCCC’s multi-faceted communications strategy and data collection systems received high praise. The timely and efficient manner in which DCCC provides information to stakeholders is now well recognised – not only a local resource in Donegal, but as a national resource across the country. MORE THAN 4,600 CHILDREN AVAILING OF CHILD CARE SERVICES IN DONEGAL – DCCC was last modified: May 30th, 2016 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:Avril McMonagleDCCCDonegal County Childcare Committeelast_img read more

Danger comes in numbers

first_imgThe first sign that a child’s identity has been stolen often doesn’t appear until he or she applies for a job, driver’s license or credit card. “There could be millions of kids right now with their Social Security numbers being used and they don’t even know it,” said Lila Sude. The Social Security Administration monitors earnings connected to minors under age 6, said Marianna Gitomer, a spokeswoman for the administration. If wages come up under a Social Security number of a child under 6, the agency sends out a letter to the employer and the child to make sure the numbers are accurate. But after age 6, there’s no way to know if a number is being compromised. “Unless they call or get a letter or something from the credit card companies, there’s no way of knowing,” said Gitomer. Consumers can call a toll-free Social Security number (800-772-1213) to review wages linked to their Social Security numbers, she said. Once theft of a child’s identity is established, it can be more difficult to clear than it is for an adult, said Joanna Crane, manager of the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft program. “Oftentimes the minor’s Social Security number is used with someone else’s name. Or they use the same name and number but a different address. So when the parent discovers the Social Security number has been used, they can’t get the credit report because they don’t have enough matching information,” she said. Another hitch with minors is that you can’t put a fraud alert on a Social Security number with no credit history. In Joshua Sude’s case, there was no credit fraud. And luckily for him, the IRS is not holding him to the back taxes. But Lila Sude said she is saving any relevant documentation just in case. She also filed a report with the Federal Trade Commission and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Clarita, where she said she had to line up behind other people reporting cases of identity theft. Sude doesn’t fault the IRS for the mixup. She blames employers who don’t check Social Security numbers thoroughly because it’s bad for business. She also points to politicians who look the other way. “I would say corporations are filling the pockets of politicians,” said Lila Sude. “Everybody’s mad at the Mexicans. Well, they’re just doing what they have to do to survive. It’s the corporations.” Kathleen Finn, a spokeswoman for Jack in the Box Inc., where one of Josh’s impersonators worked, said the company follows federal I-9 procedures. That basically means it has to ask for identification from potential employees. Employers are not required to go any further than that. “Once they are checked and on file there’s nothing else we can do,” said Finn. Asked if the company has ever told franchise owners or store managers to be aware of undocumented workers using others’ Social Security numbers, she said she wasn’t aware of any such effort. Frank Diaz, vice president of risk management for the El Pollo Loco in Agoura Hills where Jesus Cruz worked, said he does his best to train managers to look for fake documents, but that they do make it through from time to time. “Sometimes when they are forged it’s hard to tell,” said Diaz. “We’re not the INS. If they look good, we take them.” He said that if documents look questionable, he will call the Social Security Administration to verify the names and numbers. In the event the administration contacts a franchise questioning an employee’s identification, he asks the worker to go there and get written authorization saying they are who they say they are. “If in two to three days they don’t come back, they are automatically terminated,” he said. That hasn’t happened much in the seven years he’s been with El Pollo Loco, but it has happened. Firing illegal workers doesn’t do much good when the damage is already done. As for preventing identity stealing, kids and their parents are probably on their own. The U.S. Department of Education has a printable brochure on identity theft that it encourages schools to circulate. But it’s not an issue at the top of the list for most districts. Kathleen Miller, director of communications for Azusa Unified School District, said she wasn’t aware of any programs at the schools to educate parents and kids on keeping their information private. Chris Eftychiou at Long Beach Unified said the same thing. “You don’t think about (identity theft) in the context of kids,” said Miller. 160Want 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

GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 10/07/12Best of luck to the Donegal ladies who compete in the Ulster final this Sunday against Monaghan in Clones at 3.45 especially the Termon contingent of Nicole, Therese, Roisin, Gerladine and Emer. Hopefully as many Termon people as possible make the trip to Clones to support the girls.  Minor Board:The minor boy’s were defeated by Newton last Friday which ends their league season. Get well soon wishes are extended to Daire McDaid who broke his leg during that game.The Under 12 boys bus for the Northern Finals in Buncrana will leave this Saturday morning at 9.30 from the Burn Road. Good luck to the two teams and management who have had an excellent season so far. Training as usual this Saturday morning for the underage groups at the Burn Road.The Cul camp takes place this year at the Burn Road from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th of August. Mark the date in the diary for our future stars. By registering online with Kellogg’s parents can save €5 off the cost of the camp. Contact Brian Trearty (086 340 6167) for details on registration.Ladies Board: Termon  junior  ladies  had  a  fine win over  old  rivals  Buncrana  on  Sunday  by  a score  of  Buncrana 5-6  Termon 4-12. Best  for  Termon  was  Sharon  Mc Laughlin,  Orla  Trearty, Martina  Kelly and  the outstanding Grainne McCafferty.Congratulations to Holly McDaid who was part of the Donegal u16 panel who have advanced to the Ulster final with a win over Tyrone last week.The u12 girls have a blitz this Saturday morning in Glenswilly. All players to be in Glenswilly by 12.40.There may be a 13 aside game this Saturday evening. All players to contact Hugh Harkin for confirmation.Mens Board: Our seniors and reserves took on Burt on Saturday evening with the reserves continuing their recent good run of form with Phillip Doherty best for Termon and Brendan McFadden reeling in the years when introduced as a sub. The seniors recorded another important win with a clinical team performance. Despite a number of players being unavailable Termon proved too strong and the win maintains their place at the top of the table. There are no reserve and senior fixtures this coming weekend.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 18 and 26. There was no match 4 or 3 winner. G McDaid, E McCormack and N Quinn were drawn in the open draw and won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in the Lagoon. Kath McSharry and Joe McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €700.Good luck to club members Jamie Gallagher and Catherine Crawford who get married this Friday in Ramelton. GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 10th, 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:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more