All eyes on Diamond

first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES ST BERNARD DIAMOND, who has been knocking at the door in recent months, should provide a winning start for Super-6 players when she takes on six opponents in the first race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds. The 3-y-o filly from the stables of Dennis Lee was a fast-finishing second to VESPERS over 1400 metres on September 9, a race in which she finished three-quarter length ahead of TASHIE BABY in third. That was the fourth time that DIAMOND had occupied the runner-up slot in recent months, having finished second in previous races to ANOTHER BULLET, MIND SET, and SONG BIRD. She will welcome the additional furlong of this race, and despite the obvious claims of TASHIE BABY and DREAM ADMIRAL, the choice has to be DIAMOND. The Harry Parsard-trained DREAM ADMIRAL was a fast-finishing second to COLOURS OF WAR over 1500 metres last time out, but was behind DIAMOND in two races prior to that and could prove her biggest danger tomorrow. (1) DIAMOND/DREAM ADMIRAL (2) ST BERNARD/JODY’S LODGE (3) DREAMLINER (4) TRACKING DANIEL/ LITTLE RHEA (5) BLUE EYE BOY/FIFTYONESTORM (6) TESHA’S DREAM/ ON THE DOUBLE Next on the programme is a $250,000-$210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres to be contested by seven starters, including the proven campaigner ST BERNARD, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for the improving trainer Marlon Anderson, who has posted several winners in recent months. After winning easily over this trip on a $250,000 claiming tag on May 25, ST BERNARD stepped up in class and was not disgraced in three subsequent races, finishing second to the out-of-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW over 1300 metres on a $300,000 tag some weeks ago. Now running for $250,000, he should have little difficulty in putting away the 3-y-o filly JODY’S LODGE (Ellis up) and the free-running PRINCESS NYAH, with former champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard. DREAMLINER, who is unbeaten in two starts, looks hard to oppose when he takes on five two-year-olds, including old rivals VISION and FEDORA, in the third race for the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 metres. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the two-year-son of Porto Santo – Golden Olympio in fine fettle following back-to-back runaway wins over 1000 metres, and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, should lead home stable-companion VISION, who chased him home at a respectable distance last time out. Significantly, VISION will be ridden by Linton Steadman, one of the 17 new apprentices recently graduated from the Jockeys’ School. Ten of them will ride for the first time against senior jockeys tomorrow. A past student of Bridgeport High, Steadman, who won two of the three races confined to the trainees, is attached to the Wayne DaCosta stables. The fourth race over a mile for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) looks tailored for TRACKING DANIEL (Halledeen up), who beat all, barring ROYAL GIRL, over 1300 metres recently. MISS ADDI (Shane Ellis up) and LITTLE RHEA (Steadman aboard), both of whom proved competitive last time out, are twin dangers to TRACKING DANIEL in the eight-horse field. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BLUE EYE BOY, with Ellis riding, and TEISHA’S DREAM (Halledeen up), who was a fighting second to RUNNER RUNNER over 1000 metres last Saturday. Their respective dangers are FIFTYONESTORM and ON THE DOUBLE.last_img read more

NPA Denies ‘High Body Temperature’ Workers Entry

first_imgSome 20 employees and contractors of the National Port Authority (NPA) as of yesterday, were denied access into the Port’s facilities,  due to high pressure temperature.The rejected employees and contractors’ pressure temperature readings were at least 37.5 Celsius (c). The final decision to send home the employees and contractors was made after they failed the second test.Though the examiner, known as Kelvin, refused to speak to the press, another staff, who is believed to be Kelvin’s  assistant and begged for anonymity, told journalists, that the testing is part of NPA’s preventive measures on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.   This is   besides the regular washing of the hands with chloride water and avoiding of physical contacts.He argued that the 37.5 C indicates a high degree of fever in the body temperature.Although a fever could be considered any body temperature above the normal 98.6 F (37 C), medically, a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (37.5 C).According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fever is one of the 17 signs and symptoms of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF). Other signs and symptoms of Ebola HF include headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.Some patients may also experience, rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing as well as bleeding inside and outside of the body.Meanwhile, similar Ebola preventive measure are  ongoing at the Cellcom GSM, while other public and private institutions are only doing the regular washing of hands and avoiding physical contacts.A bystander, Stanley Nah, argued that the prevention of the spread of the disease has become a dilemma and all means necessary should be introduced to augment the efforts of the Ministry of Health Ministry.But some of the sent-home’s employees and workers have expressed their frustration and disbelief but said they will speak out if “this high body temperature’s thing” continues.It may be recalled, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as part of the Ebola preventive measures, had asked non-essential staff in public institutions to stay home for 30 days (August 1-30) and later declared a state of emergency, which has been endorsed by National Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marathon Sponsors “Networking Party” Saturday

first_imgWith 38 days to the 3rd Liberia Marathon a motivating and rewarding party, exclusively for sponsors, has been scheduled for Saturday, October 3, at 6:00pm.The get-together will be held at the 5-star RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas, on the Roberts International Airport highway.According to the 2015 Liberia Marathon Race Director, Eunice Dahn, the party is the Official Pre-Race Sponsors Networking Event – a night of formal introduction, set-ups, announcements, cocktails and entertainment. The invited sponsors include ExxonMobil, RLJ Kendeja, Brussels Airlines, Coca Cola, West Construction and Monrovia Club Breweries.It is believed that the event isn’t only about creating a “network” but it’s also a little celebration for the sponsors’ morale and motivation.This year’s marathon will take place on Sunday, November 8 in Monrovia, under the theme ‘A New Beginning.’Accordingly, more than 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the marathon. There will more than 20 prizes.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to lead an array of government officials, the diplomatic corps, other Liberians and foreigners in the race to celebrate the Liberia’s victory over Ebola. This year’s race will include a half marathon (from Freeport to ELWA Compound), a 10k raceas well as 10k run for athletes in wheelchairs and on crutches (from JFK Hospital to ELWA Compound).Registered runners are encouraged to take advantage over a free training held every Sunday morning, at the ELWA Compound, on the RIA road.The ongoing renovation of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) moved the training to the ELWA Compound.The training runs from 7:00am to 9:00am, and runners are trained according to their race choice (10k, half-marathon or physically challenged). They will receive training plans together with registration confirmation.The free training is offered in cooperation with the trainers’ team of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF).In addition to the training, important health and nutrition related messages will be discussed. She indicated that runners must wear proper running shoes and drink water and eat before they show up for the training.“Water will be always available during the training and first aid volunteers will be on site,” Ms. Dahn said.Ms. Dahn said registration is still ongoing and will end on October 22. “Liberians are to register with L$80 and L$160 respectively for the 10k and half marathon, while non-Liberians will pay US$35 and US$45 and the physically challenged are free,” Ms. Dahn said.Registration venues are Total Gas Stations, Business Start-Up Center (BSC), located at the main campus at the University of Liberia – behind the Tennis Court; Lila Brown – Bar and Restaurant, opposite Mamba Point Hotel.Other venues are NARDA Office, corner of Broad and Johnson Street; Fuzion Bar & Resto, on corner of 14th Street-Tubman Boulevard and the Merit Travel Service, corner of Benson and Mechlin Street, Kaba Building 1st Floor,” the Race Director said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hundreds of Berbice teachers attend GTU’s meeting

first_imgHundreds of teachers turned out at Corentyne, Berbice on Friday as the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) held its last meeting before the proposed strike on Monday and were told that the Union’s action is not a political one but rather a bread and butter issue.Backed by their Union, the teachers agreed to take to the streets on Monday to signal the start of a strike to press demands for wage increases. For this entire week, the Union has been vigorously mobilising its membership to support the strike action, aimed at forcing the Government commit to GTU’s wage increase proposals.On Friday, the teachers met at the Albion Community Centre in Region Six (EastBerbice teachers stood united during the meeting with the Guyana Teachers Union on FridayBerbice-Corentyne) where about 1500 of the 7000 teachers work.The Guyana Teachers’ Union decided on the industrial action after talks on salary increases for teachers broke down between the Union and Government.The Union had initially taken a 32-issue proposal to Government but after meeting with a high-level task force, the GTU relinquished five of its proposals.Heading the list is a proposed 40 per cent wage increase for teachers from 2015 and a five per cent increase annually thereinafter.President of the Union, Mark Lyte, addressing the teachers said what Government proposed was a $700 million payout to the teachers which will work out at average of $866 per month for the next five years. That proposal has not been accepted.The Union is also pressing Government to pay teachers an average of $64,000 on an agreement with the Government since 2011. The Union is also demanding that the teachers get what was promised to them by the Government.Lyte explained that Government offered what he called a ball-park figure to be given to the 10,000 teachers. “The proposal says, ‘the Government of Guyana will make available a ballpark figure to facilitate debauching exercise for the new year, 2018-2019.’ So this $200 million would have been available for the new academic year only. So what happen to our $64,000 that was owed to us? Minister Amna Ally told us to forget it,” Lyte told the Berbice teachers.Lyte had ever since shared his opinion that the assertion uttered by Minister ofUnion President Mark Lyte among the teachers on FridayState Joseph Harmon seemed to indicate a lack of desire on the part of Government – despite the efforts of a task force that it had appointed – to pay teachers their just deserts.For this very reason, the Union has not been taking lightly the decision to resort to strike action.The last time teachers were given a salary increase was in 2011.At the end of 2015, a multi-year salary package between the Union and the previous Government came to an end, which saw the Union crafting and submitting to the Education Ministry; a new proposal intended to span the period 2016-2020.Unwilling to accept the slothful pace of the negotiations with the Education Ministry, the Union had threatened to engage strike action back in 2017, a move which was averted by Government’s offer to establish a high-level committee, consisting of Government and Union representatives, to fast-track the negotiation process.The Union is proposing that the allowance for teachers who teach special needs schools be increased from $1000 to $10,000. Government has also not agreed to increase clothing allowances for teachers which has been pegged at $8000 since 2011.The proposed strike is expected to start one week before the new school term. According to the Union’s President, if head teachers are going to be on strike then they need to hand over the school keys to the Department of Education before the actions commence. Meanwhile, some temporary teachers are of the view that if they were to go on strike, they will be replaced by trained teachers who are waiting to get into the system. Lyte added that they could go to work and still be laid off because they are temporary.Education Minister Nicolette Henry did say that measures will be put in place if the teachers strike. Some of those measures she outlined are working a shift system in schools and having volunteers take over schools among others.However, on Friday, Lyte said he finds the Minister’s proposal as hilarious.“I don’t know if the Minister understood what it took for us to have teachers. We are not replicable. Let us see what this emergency plan is because somebody will have to conduct my orientation when the parents show up on Monday; me nor none of my teachers will be in school,” Lyte said after being assured that many of the head teachers had already handed in their keys to the Department of Education. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Buffon says ‘no panic’ as Italy on brink of World Cup disaster

first_img0Shares0000Italy coach Giampiero Ventura (L) talks to Italy goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon at the end of the World Cup 2018 qualification match against Israel in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 5, 2017MILAN, Italy, Nov 11 – Italy must not panic as they bid to avoid missing a World Cup for the first time in 60 years, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said after a 1-0 playoff defeat to Sweden pushed them to the brink of disaster.Captain Buffon — bidding to reach a record sixth World Cup finals in Russia — is one of the last survivors of Italy’s golden generation of 2006 World Cup winners. But an Azzurri performance in Stockholm branded “ugly and confused” leaves Italy with all to play for in Monday’s second leg in Milan to avoid failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.“We need to be as clear-headed as possible to go to the World Cup,” said Buffon, who conceded a shot by Swedish substitute Jakob Johansson that was deflected by Daniele De Rossi.“We know we’ve lost, but we have another 90 minutes to overcome this complicated situation. The first rule is not to cry over it,” he told TMW radio.“I expect a full San Siro to carry this team through, I don’t want to think it’s the game of life, but I’m convinced that with the help of the public we will do it.“We must be confident Monday, otherwise we have already lost.”The 39-year-old added: “You have to keep your head high and your shoulders straight. There are another 90 minutes and we want to make the most of it, we are strong.”But former Italian international Andrea Pirlo believes it is dangerous for the four-time World Cup winners to rely too heavily on the atmosphere generated by 65,000 frenetic fans in the San Siro to squeeze through.“The San Siro doesn’t score, I’ve never seen a fan score,” said Pirlo, a member of the 2006 World Cup winning team who announced this week he was retiring from football.Pirlo acknowledged that the team “seemed frustrated,” but he insisted he was quietly confident of getting through, saying: “I like this Italy.”The last time Italy failed to reach the World Cup was for the 1958 tournament in Sweden.But Gian Piero Ventura’s side were already under pressure going into the tie after a disappointing end to their Group G campaign that featured a 3-0 loss in Spain and a 1-1 home draw with Macedonia.“I feel so strongly that we will qualify because I saw the players in the dressing room and they were angry,” said Ventura.– New blood lacking –But Ventura’s tactics are under the microscope along with Italy’s failure to bring in sufficient new blood over the past decade. Buffon is one of three 2006 World Cup-winning veterans — the others are Daniele De Rossi, 34, and 36-year-old defender Andrea Barzagli — still in the team.Ventura failed to find room in his 3-5-2 formation for in-form Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile failed to find the impetus up front.In more bad news for Italy, influential midfielder Marco Verratti picked up a yellow card which means the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker is banned for the second leg.Italy did bring on Insigne for Verratti in the final 15 minutes and the substitute dragged a shot wide in injury time.Italy last won the World Cup in 2006 under Marcello Lippi. They hoped that with their experience, talent and skill they could continue to prevail for years to come.But despite a run to the Euro 2012 final they have failed to deliver consistently on the big stage, although former Juventus boss Antonio Conte led them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with wins over Spain and Belgium.After Conte’s departure for Chelsea, Italy turned to veteran journeyman Ventura, who had coached clubs in Italy at all levels over 41 years.The 69-year-old has often however appeared overwhelmed by the task, preferring to stick to his 4-2-4 tactical system to the detriment of the creativity of stars such as Verratti, Insigne, Immobile and Belotti.Confidence took a knock during a tough qualifying campaign during a bad 3-0 defeat to Spain but it had never been in doubt in Italian minds that they would not be in Russia.“A World Cup without Italy is unthinkable,” had been the catchphrase of most Italians. Italy have missed on football’s showpiece just twice — the first in 1930 when they chose not to compete and in 1958 when they did not qualify.For Buffon, ironically, his career could end as it began two decades ago during Italy’s last World Cup play-off against Russia when he came on as a substitute aged 19.Now the holder of a record 174 caps, Buffon will be hoping the outcome will be the same as when Italy qualified through a play-off against Russia for France 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smart phones Touch, Shadow no iPhone rivals

first_imgNEW YORK – If you reach too far, you can lose your balance and fall on your face. That’s what happened with the design process for the “Touch by HTC,” one of the smart phones fighting for our attention this holiday season in a field that has been both energized and shaken up by Apple Inc.’s iPhone. The $249 Touch, carried by Sprint Nextel Corp., overreaches badly in trying to be a touch-screen phone – controlled by the user’s fingers on the screen – just like the iPhone. The resulting mess is the worst phone I’ve tried in the last few years. Oddly enough, T-Mobile USA just introduced another phone made by High Tech Computer Corp., the Taiwanese company that makes the Touch, and it’s a diametrically different approach. The $149 Shadow is conservative and restrained. It’s a good phone, if not a home run. The Shadow may be T-Mobile’s answer, but it doesn’t have a touch screen at all – it’s a “slider.” Pushing up the screen reveals 20 keys, with two letters to a key rather than the three on a regular phone. That speeds up typing a bit, but can be difficult to get used to. Like the Touch, the Shadow is light, handsome and has a relatively large, 2.6-inch screen. Its main control is a wheel that rotates to scroll and can be clicked four ways too. The interface is relatively simple and uncluttered. It’s more responsive than the Touch but can be sluggish now and then. T-Mobile lacks a fast data network, but the Shadow makes up for it in part by having built-in Wi-Fi. That means you can surf the Web without springing for a $20-a-month data plan, at least if you’re in a hotspot.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The difference in results is even stranger when you consider that both phones run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Mobile software, though somewhat different versions. The version in the Touch is designed to be used with a stylus. HTC has tried to make it finger-friendly, but it just doesn’t work. Scroll bars and menu items are too narrow to hit with a finger. You’re supposed to be able to scroll with a flick of the finger across the screen instead of the scroll bar, but it doesn’t work in all windows. The finger-typing keyboard that pops up obscures the fields you’re trying to type in. Luckily, the Touch has a stylus, though it’s a stubby little thing. Once I stopped trying to use the touch features and went with the stylus, my experience improved. For a moment, I considered retracting my “worst phone” judgment. The Touch crams a lot of features in a light and small package. The 2.8-inch screen isn’t as big as the iPhone’s but it’s big enough to enjoy movies. It isn’t cluttered with buttons, yet it does e-mail and Web browsing on a fast data network. It synchronizes calendar and contact data with Microsoft Outlook. You can watch Sprint’s mobile TV on it. last_img read more

CYCLING: ROSALEEN ORR 2013 MEMORIAL CYCLE RACE – FULL RESULTS

first_imgThe Diamond in Ballyare was host to 3 top-class cycle races on Friday evening.The dry evening ensured a fast and furious pace for the 48 riders on the flat fast coarse.In the A race a 3 man breakaway of Kevin Holian, Mark McClure and Dean Henderson meant the race would be between these 3 riders , who were working hard to stay clear of the chasing pack that included Errigal riders Peter McBride and Jordan McGinley. In the end McClure just edged the sprint to win, with Holian 2nd and Dean Henderson 3rd.The B race had a larger field of riders. Some attacks on laps 2 and 3 came to nothing and this race didn’t split and so came down to a big bunch sprint, a lot of jostling for position was happening before the pace really hotted up for the sprint.Warren Blackburn SLcc,Tommy Doherty Four Masters and Eugene Mc Gettigan Errigal cc,powered to the top 3 positions respectively. Also Ciara Doogan, fresh from competing in the youth Olympics and the 2nd Errigal international youth tour had a good race , getting up for the sprint finish for first lady home.The committee would like to extend a special thanks to all the marshals and lead cars who provided excellent safety for the cyclists. THE FULL RESULTS ARE –Novice race1st Terence Gallagher.2nd Pj Doogan.3rd Paul Shields. 1st over 40 Liam Doherty.B Race1st Warren Blackburn Strabane & Lifford cc2nd Tommy Doherty 4Masters cc (A3) 3rd Eugene Mc Gettigan Errigal cc1st over 40 Paul Harris Errigal cc1st over 50 Kevin Mc Crossan 4Masters cc1st over 60 Carl Fullerton North Pole cc1st Lady Ciara Doogan Errigal ccA Race Memorial Cup.1st Mark McClure 4Masters cc2nd Kevin Holian Errigal cc3rd Dean Henderson Strabane & Lifford cc1st over 40 Martin (flying postman!)McDevitt 4Masters ccCYCLING: ROSALEEN ORR 2013 MEMORIAL CYCLE RACE – FULL RESULTS was last modified: August 11th, 2013 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:Rosaleen Orr Cycle racelast_img read more

GAA: ADAM NEELY SUPERB AS DUNGLOE EARN CRUCIAL WIN AGAINST NAOMH CONAILL

first_imgALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: A superb performance from Adam Neely ensured Dungloe earned two crucial points in their bid to remain in Division One next season.Neely was a real livewire throughout and caused the Naomh Conaill full-back line all sorts of problems. In truth it was an excellent display from Dungloe who were the hungrier side from the get go and deservedly went in five points in front at half-time.A fisted goal from David McCarron after great play from Shaun Sharkey gave Dungloe a nice cushion at half-time.In the second-half Dungloe scored the first three points with Neely again to the fore for Tony Boyle’s side.Naomh Conaill faced an uphill struggle to get back into it when Dungloe went eight ahead but they kept battling. Martin Regan’s side did reel off four scores on the trot, Adam Neely pointed from a free to edge Dungloe’s lead back out to three.Naomh Conaill did force Danny Rodgers into a fine save late on – after he replaced the injured Ciaran Sharkey as they searched for an equalizer.Dungloe stood firm though and deservedly took the crucial points they need in order to retain their Division One status. Final score: Dungloe 1-08 Naomh Conaill 0-08    GAA: ADAM NEELY SUPERB AS DUNGLOE EARN CRUCIAL WIN AGAINST NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: August 16th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWS

first_imgGlenties Charity 5K Run /Walk:On Saturday 5th October a 5K Run / Walk will take place at 1 p.m. from the Community Centre, Glenties in aid of D.C.I.L. and Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. Register from 12 p.m. at the Community Centre. Adults € 10 and Juniors € 5. Contact number is 087 1373924. Refreshments will be served afterwards.Wedding Bells: Congratulations and Best Wishes to Grainne Boyle and Brian Delaney, who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 27th September 2013. Grainne is a daughter of Johnny and Christine Boyle, Highlands Hotel, Glenties and Brian is a son of the late Noel and Mary Delaney, Dublin.Sympathy:Sincere sympathy is extended to Peadar Molloy and family, Lacklea on the death recently of Peadar’s brother, Patrick Molloy, Dooish, Ballybofey and formerly of Mully, Glenties; also to Patrick’s wife and family and all other relatives and friends.Harvest Thanksgiving: Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held in the Church of Ireland, Glenties next Sunday 6th October at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Áras Sheagháin Bháin:Béidh na Ranganna seo a leanas ag toiseacht sa leabharlann: Giotár – Luan, 7i.n; Gaeilge – Dhéardaoin, 7 i.n.; Fideal – Dé Domhnaigh, 2 i.n. Le clárú – Fón: 95 46071; Táille – €40Áras Sheagháin Bháin:The following classes will be starting in The Library – Guitar – Monday 7 p.m. Irish – Thursday 7 p.m. Fiddle – Sunday 2 p.m. To register 9546071; Fee: €40. Glenties Day Care Centre:Glenties Day Care Centre is trying to build up a Library so that clients can avail of books to read in the days ahead. It would be greatly appreciated that if anyone has suitable books to donate that you would leave them at The Centre or alternatively please contact 9551766 and the books will be collected from you.Céilí, Sets and Two-Hand Dance Classes:Céilí, Sets and Two – Hand Dance Classes will commence in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Wednesday 9th October from 8 p.m.-9.30 p.m. Tuition by Connie & Anne. Glenties Care of The Aged CEP Scheme:Participants are required for the Glenties Care of The Aged CEP Scheme commencing in October. Applications can be made in writing to the Day Centre, Glenties, or by telephone 087 153 9018.The Country Boy:The Balor REP & Bluestacks Festival Present ‘The Country Boy’ by John Murphy in The Community Centre Glenties on Friday October 4th at 8.30pm admission €12 / €10 Booking 0719851375 or tickets available at the door on the night.Child & Family Counselling Service:There will be a Church gate collection in the local churches in aid of the counselling service on Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th October. Your support for this cause would be greatly appreciated.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWS was last modified: October 4th, 2013 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:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWSlast_img read more

L.A. vs. LAUSD: It’s war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But school officials, led by Supt. Roy Romer, questioned the need for the audit and indicated they would reject the proposal once it comes before them. “If he wants to go to the state Legislature to get authority to bring the city (controller) in here for an audit, that’s up to him,” Romer said. “Right now, she (Chick) does not have the authority to audit the district. “But this is not the way to approach this. I first heard about it when I got a call from Laura Chick who told me she was going to be holding a news conference a half-hour later calling for an audit. If she was serious, she should have sat down and had a discussion with us. Instead, this looks like a political campaign being driven through weekly press conferences.” Chick said she had talked at length with Romer and the school board president, Marlene Canter, about conducting an audit of the district independent of the one being done as part of a contract settlement with United Teachers Los Angeles. “How interesting that the response is one of subterfuge and smoke screens – and anything but the truth,” Chick said. “They don’t want me in there.” Gearing up for a dramatic showdown, city and school officials clashed again Tuesday over a proposal by Controller Laura Chick to audit the operations of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa immediately signed a 12-0 City Council resolution urging the school board to invite Chick to conduct the audit, and he warned LAUSD officials that he would seek state authority for the review if they refuse to ask for it. “We are trying to be a partner with them,” Villaraigosa said. “We don’t want to be adversarial. But if it means going to the state Assembly or Senate for authorization, we can do that.” Villaraigosa served as speaker of the Assembly for two years and has numerous allies in key posts in the Legislature. Romer said he does not believe a Chick audit would turn up more than annual reviews of the district’s finances and additional reviews already conducted by state and federal authorities and the district’s inspector general. “This is serious business, and we are looking to the city to be partner with us,” Romer said. “By any measure, we have made remarkable improvements in the last 5 years. The last thing we need is someone standing on the sideline with a stop watch telling us to go faster.” Romer noted that an $18 billion voter-approved building program has been undertaken and test scores have improved dramatically at all levels since he became superintendent in 1999. “Are things perfect? No. Are we making improvements? Yes. But we need time for these changes to occur,” Romer said. “We don’t need more rhetoric about how we have a failing district.” But Villaraigosa and Chick, joined by several City Council members, said that is the problem with the district. “When you have more than one-third of your students dropping out and others who cannot read or write, we need to do something,” Villaraigosa said. “We are not going to become a world-class city unless we have an educated work force. We will not be able to take advantage of the new economy if we don’t have workers who can compete. “I stand here with Laura Chick because she can do what she does best – root out inefficiency and help redirect tax dollars back into the classroom.” Chick said she has yet to determine the scope of work in her proposed $800,000 audit, which would be paid for by the school district. “I would want to sit down with all the stakeholders to determine that,” Chick said. “What I think I bring to this process is credibility and a public attention to how the district is spending our tax dollars and educating our children.” Canter, supporting Romer’s views on the issue, said board members would consider Chick’s letter, but indicated they are not likely to ask for the audit. School board member Jon Lauritzen said he tried to persuade Chick to review the audits of the district that already have been conducted and to work on preparation for an upcoming $1.4 million review to be done by the KPMG accounting firm. “She didn’t seem interested in that,” Lauritzen said. “I had the feeling that she just wanted a free hand to look at anything she wanted to in the district.” Chick said she believes that, for an audit to be of value to the public, it has to be independent of district officials. Also, she said, previous audits of the district have been on specific programs. “None of them have provided an overview of the district, connecting the dots so it makes sense to the public.” Romer disputed that, pointing to a table with more than two dozen audits conducted over the past year. While some dealt with specific programs, others provided an overview of the district. “We just got a new bond rating from Moody’s, and we have the best rating of an public agency in the state,” Romer said. “We didn’t get that by accident. We did it through our management. “Audits and the way we commission them have a vital effect on the financial health of this district. Therefore, we must not allow them to become politicized. We are concerned with a new audit is proposed by press conferences, blast e-mails and public appearances.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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