Region 10 TV Station Saga– claims some leaders in Linden trying to cause “problems”BY UTAMU BELLEAs the saga surrounding the return of the television station to Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice)Councillor Gordon Callendarcontinues, Councillor within the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Gordon Callendar is adamant that there are some leaders within the community who are trying to stir up trouble with regards to the issue.While he said he did not wish to reveal who those leaders were, Callendar said the relevant authorities should consult with the ordinary citizens of Linden to see how they feel about the situation.During an interview with this newspaper Callendar explained that he played a major part in organising the Linden “struggle” in 2012, following which an agreement was signed to facilitate the return of the station, among other things. He said at the time, people like Aubrey Norton, Rupert Roopnaraine, Sharma Solomon and others were in discussions with the then administration in an effort to facilitate such.“Coming out of those discussions, we started to negotiate for our TV station to be returned back to Linden. Within a certain amount of days we were to get back our TV station but they keep pushing it. They then come up with the agreement, which was signed… Now there are some persons in Region 10, who I think are looking for problems, who had nothing to do with the protest, who was calling us hooligans and thugs, because they are in the driving seat now… some of these people who have influence… they want to do what they want to us… Let the citizens decide who they want to be a part of the administration of the Linden TV station,” Callendar said.Acting on advice of Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo, who holds the communications portfolio, the Region 10 Broadcasting Inc (RBI), through its secretary Sharma Solomon is currently in the process of having the once five-member board expanded to facilitate a wide cross-section of the Regional stakeholdership.However, Solomon was recently accused by some leaders in Linden of not following directives of the PM, and some stakeholders are yet to name their representatives.Solomon, a former chairman to the Region, had indicated his intention of moving the process forward by April 8, to facilitate the handing over of the television station licence by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), which is also awaiting the names.Chairman of the GNBA Leonard Craig had stated that by law, the Regional Democratic Council cannot own a television station, hence the formation of the RBI.Callendar urged the authorities to take a closer look at the situation and visit and further consult with key players within the Region to get to the bottom of the issue and set the record straight.He said the ordinary people of Linden need someone to speak to and look into the affairs of the television station since some of the “key players” have ulterior motives. He claimed too that those in support of Solomon and the RBI are being sidelined by some key players in Linden.“Mr Nagamootoo did not meet with the right people… he must meet with the ordinary citizens in Region 10. They’re marginalising Linden people, especially people who were mixing with Sharma Solomon. It is showing blatantly, and now it’s worse that the TV station is coming into play. We want to meet with him, because those people who are representatives… because they have access, they’re doing what they feel like to Region 10,” Callendar contended.Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Councillor Sandra Adams, Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira and Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland were among those who recently criticised the way in which Solomon and the board conducted operations following the stakeholders’ meeting with the PM in Linden.Holland had said he was disappointed since the letter which urged the Town Council to name its representative was only received on the evening that the newly elected Council was sworn-in. He also slammed comments, which he noted was made by Solomon recently in a section of the press.“It says we have been slow in responding, slothful, and I take that as an insult to the new members of the Town Council… My position on this is simple, I object to the authors of the article, blaming the Council via press instead of actually trying to furnish us by pushing us to name a representative… by right, if you’ve served your time… it doesn’t mean that you own this thing… Everyone played a role in this struggle, not just these board members… I’m calling for a retraction of this,” he noted.Meanwhile, Solomon indicated that the PM left that stakeholder meeting identifying the main bone of contention, which was the expansion of the board.“The board… took that into consideration and immediately held our meeting… and we agreed to facilitate and have that bone of contention dealt with and settled by including all those members who were at the stakeholders’ meeting to identify a rep to sit on the Board,” he told the media recently.Solomon also stated that the unnecessary “in-fighting” in Linden is hindering the progress of the television station.
The annual Women in Business Expo commenced with a large turnout on Saturday at the Pegasus Hotel, as newcomers and experienced ladies in the entrepreneurship world capitalised on the opportunity to put their businesses in the spotlight.Over 30 booths were on display featuring different business ventures in the areas of cosmetology, fashion, décor, cooking and local beauty products among others. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and the exhibitors also learnt techniques on influencing persons to purchase their products by offering striking deals and discounts.Guyana Times spoke with several of the entrepreneurs, who lauded efforts to put their businesses on the map, and showcasing their capabilities as women.Crafted by Chey’s creator, Shonta Noel, stated that while her expertise is in the paper craft department, changes were made this year to introduce a jewellery collection.“We do paper craft, greeting cards, invitations, centrepieces, party supplies, party bags and so on. But this year for the expo, we’re focusing on our jewellery line. We do necklaces, chokers, earrings, bangles and you can get them in a whole set if you want them to match.”According to her, this is a platform for womLocally made products on display at the Women in Business Expoen to boost their confidence. Judging from the response, it spreads the realisation that their talent is sustainable and worthwhile.“Every year it’s really good, not just for me but for all the different exhibitors because there are returning ones. That means there has to have a good response for them to be coming back and the fact that we’ve had a maximum capacity of exhibitors. It helps to boost their confidence in that what they have in a business is actually sustainable. They also get to make themselves known,” the young entrepreneur related.Marissa Jaisingh of Trails and Treasures Décor gave some specifics about her services as a party planner, noting that while they specialise in balloon artistry, the entire party package can be ordered.Standing against an Alice in Wonderland themed backdrop, Jaisingh said, “We’re a decorating business. We specialise in balloon artistry and a lot of theme parties, birthdays, weddings and we basically plan your event for you. If you have an idea, we can execute that idea and bring it to life”.On the other hand, Debbie Houston of Glitzy Glamour Cakes is a veteran in delivering professional cakes, pastries and other baked goods at her catering establishment which was created over 12 years ago. Now, she also offers classes for persons who are interested in mastering the art.She told this publication, “We’re a catering service that does cakes, cupcakes and other items. We also do evening and day classes and right now, we have discounts on them,” Houston noted.Meanwhile, Angela Solomon featured her exclusive beauty products and scented candles under the Sunshine Creations brand.“We’re a skincare company but we also make scented candles. I have a lot of scents but now we have pomegranate, mango, Brazilian jackfruit,” she said.This year saw the introduction of Immaculate Cleaning Services, owned by Leslie Ann Balgobin. For her company, services are offered for events and homeowners who are occupied with other activities.“We offer event cleaning, home cleaning, washing, ironing. We find that most people respond to the home cleaning because they are working all week and do not have the time to clean. That’s where we come in and get the work done,” she said.International Women’s Day 2019 will be celebrated on March 8 under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. It is referred to as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. (Rupa Seenaraine)
SOCU fraud probe…says entity’s investigations compromised by corruption…calls for resignation of Public Security MinisterWith revelations of widespread fraud and financial irregularities within the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) coming out of an audit, the People’s Progressive Party is calling for the unit to be closed down.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)According to the party on Friday, the revelations vindicate its many warnings about SOCU deviating from its mandate. In fact, the party noted that the revelations are just the tip of the iceberg, and that a forensic audit from an outside impartial auditor is needed.“The materials”, the party said, “disclosed by the audit have confirmed our worst fears. But we are convinced that it is only the tip of the iceberg.“This Unit has rendered itself absolutely unfit to function as a law enforcement agency and as part of the prosecutorial arm of the State. There is no doubt that both investigations and prosecutions are being compromised by this diabolical outfit, who takes political instructions directly from Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, the Attorney General, and Ministry of the Presidency”, the party said.The party also called for Ramjattan, who is the subject minister responsible for SOCU, to immediately resign. It noted that the unit has for some time been giving appearances of unethical behaviour.“The public was made aware of the unholy relationship between Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Attorney General Basil Williams, British consultant Dr. Sam Sittlington, and senior functionaries at SOCU, who were sighted jovially sipping wine and champagne at public places after arresting a number of PPP leaders.”“The public”, the PPP added, “would well remember a former Commissioner of Police publicly distancing himself from the operations of this Unit. Recently, the Director of Public Prosecutions, in a sworn affidavit in a High Court proceeding, made it clear that the Office of the DPP did not advise on a series of criminal charges instituted by this Unit.”IcebergAccording to the PPP, complaints have been made against the unit by various business persons. The party related that businessmen have been shaken down by the unit and have had their valuables seized.“Over the years, we have received multiple reports from businessmen that SOCU officers have extracted from them huge sums of monies as bribes, and seized large caches of jewellery, monies and other personal valuables, including quantities of foreign currencies, from their premises without due process, and have converted these assets to their own use.“We have also received reports of falsification of evidence in prosecutions, and the refusal to disclose materials which the law requires them to do, in order to ensure a fair trial of persons charged,” the party said. “This contamination of the criminal justice system strikes at the very foundation of the rule of law.”SOCUAccording to information leaked to the media, a probe being conducted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has unearthed irregularities that included falsified records and missing documents.According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.SOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner, but with a close relationship to the FIU.Head of the Presidential Secretariat at the time, Dr Roger Luncheon, had disclosed that SOCU was tasked with investigating suspected financial transactions suggestive of money laundering and financing of terrorism.Amid widespread concerns of SOCU exceeding its mandate following a high-speed chase in which two persons perished, Ramjattan had introduced an amendment to the GPF’s Standing Order No 62, which concretised the expansion of SOCU’s mandate.The criminal activities outside of terrorism and money laundering which were outlined in the amendment were: participation in an organised criminal group and racketeering; trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling; sexual exploitation, including the sexual exploitation of children; illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances; illicit arms and ammunition trafficking; corruption and bribery; fraud; counterfeiting and piracy of products; environmental crimes; murder; grievous bodily harm; kidnapping, illegal restraint and hostage taking; robbery or theft; smuggling; extortion; forgery; piracy; insider trading and market manipulation; tax evasion and gold smuggling.But there was no indication that it was authorised to investigate the “misfeasance” which the forensic audit claimed had been committed by the allottees of Pradoville 2. In fact, legal luminaries have contended that the grounds upon which SOCU is conducting its investigations are not even criminal.
Below is a list of community events taking place in Fort St. John and the North Peace. If you have something you’d like to add to the list, email email@example.com Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 Stock Car RacesTaylor SpeedwayAuto/Motor Sports Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 Presbyterian Church 50th AnniversaryFSJ Presbyterian ChurchCelebration Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 – Friday, Jun 25, 2010 FSJ ACL Family BBQ & CampoutPeace Island ParkFood , Children & Family ,Community Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 09.00 AM – 03.00 PMRoyal Canadian Legion Garage Sale & BBQLegionMarket ,Community ,Food Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 12.00 PMBartender OlympicsJackfish Dundees PubFood ,Community Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 09.00 AM – 04.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaCommunity ,Market Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 11.00 AM – 02.00 PMFirefighter BBQLube-XCommunity ,Fundraiser ,Children & Family Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 09.00 PMDerrick Dance Club DanceSenior Citizens HallCommunity ,Dance Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 Lakepoint Golf & Country Club ChampionshipLakepoint Golf and Country ClubSports & Fitness – Advertisement –
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Meanwhile, Barcelona’s key players – Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta – stayed quiet. Some had recently posted pictures of themselves surrounded by their families, with the World Cup just around the corner.But from the words that have been spoken since, and despite the club’s stately message, it is clear Madrid’s triumph hit home. Barcelona had failed and this made it even harder to bear.“Obviously it’s infuriating (for us),” Suarez said in an interview with RAC1 earlier this month. “Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”Chiefly, perhaps, because Barca will feel they were better than Madrid last season.They blew them away in a 3-0 flurry at the Santiago Bernabeu and then played with 10 men for the second half at the Camp Nou and still drew 2-2. They even led with a man fewer until Gareth Bale’s late equaliser.They also finished an enormous 17 points clear of them to win La Liga, a gap that admittedly swelled when Zinedine Zidane began prioritising games in Europe, but even by February, before the Champions League knock-outs kicked into gear, Barcelona were 16 ahead.A pattern has emerged in recent years that both clubs are keen to break. Barcelona dominate domestically, while Real Madrid reign in Europe.Barca have won seven out of the last 10 league titles, Madrid only two. Real have claimed four of the last five Champions League crowns, Barcelona the other one.But while Madrid’s victory over Liverpool was a final blow, it was the defeat to Roma, and the manner of it, that was the moment of realisation.– ‘Time to win’ –Throwing away a 4-1 lead by losing 3-0 in Italy was not perceived as just careless, it was unforgivable.“Without personality, without Messi and without any fight, Barca were shipwrecked at the Olimpico against an immensely superior team that lowered the Barca players from their artificial pedestal,” read Madrid’s daily newspaper AS the following morning.“We have to endure the pain,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “There will be some tough days.”His team were stinging for the rest of the season, even as they completed the double by thrashing Sevilla to win the Copa del Rey.Before the match, reports had surfaced that Valverde could be sacked regardless of the result. After, the players were asked if victory made up for their Champions League exit. The prevailing answer was no.“It is an important trophy,” Suarez said. “But this does not hide what happened in Rome.”Motivation is one thing but shifting weight onto the Champions League will demand practical adjustments too.Valverde was accused last season of over-exerting his players in the league, particularly when it was clear it was won.Three days before the capitulation to Roma, the likes of Messi and Suarez were playing 90 minutes to beat 14th-placed Leganes.Valverde has indicated he will adapt. Ahead of their Group B opener at home to PSV on Tuesday, Sergio Busquets and Philippe Coutinho started as substitutes in Saturday’s win over Real Sociedad, even if both were needed before the end.Messi, who turned 31 in June, may also need to be preserved if he is to add a fifth Champions League success to his collection. Now captain, he appears hungrier than ever.“It’s time to win the Champions League,” Messi told Catalunya Radio earlier this month. “We’ve been knocked out in the quarter-finals three seasons in a row and maybe the last one was the worst of all because of the result and how the match was played.“I think we have to aim for that, as a club, as a team and as a collective. We have a spectacular squad and we can do it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi and Barcelona begin their European adventure at home to PSV © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 17 – Almost exactly an hour after the final whistle, Barcelona posted a tweet: “Congratulations to @realmadrid for winning the 2017/18 Champions League title.”Underneath some fans demanded the message be deleted immediately while others claimed it as a classy touch. “We are rivals, not enemies”, one wrote.
Hurts Each week, a leading band or musician takes talkSPORT’s Starting XI Q&A. Here are the views of Adam Anderson from Hurts…Who would be the most rock ’n’ roll signing your club could make? Zlatan. If I’m watching a band, I want to feel an element of danger and unease. With Ibrahimovic, literally anything can and will happen, so he’d be perfect. He also has an excellent head of hair, a plus point for any maverick, rock ‘n’ roll or otherwise.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? Not Nineteen Forever by the Courteeners. It felt very apt when we made it 20. Plus, it’s a great tune and the singer is a mate.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground?) In England it would be Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County. We’d sell it out and my dad would have something to tell his mates about. In Europe we’ve played in numerous football stadiums. However, the Nou Camp would be tidy if I’m being choosy. Or St Pauli if things get gritty. Could probably sell that one out. Nou Camp-less likely to sell out. Just to clarify.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star? Anthony Martial. He’s an ice cold assassin. Girls would want to be with him, lads would want to be like him. He’d sleep in an oxygen tank to preserve his cool and he’d sing exclusively in falsetto. Brit award or Premier League trophy? Brit Award. Never won one. Got 20 leagues. Let the others have a go.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your all? Eric Cantona and Radiohead. The perfect marriage. Elvis was the king of rock ’n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of Football? Wayne Rooney. He represents the hopes and dreams of the everyman. On his bad days where his touch is off and he looks Sunday League, we all feel we could do better than him. That vulnerability makes him identifiable. He battles with his weight, probably likes a can at half-time and went bald at 23. He’s one of us. At the same time there are moments where his skill has been otherworldly. On a good day he’s the player we all are in our dreams. If you were in charge of you club’s dressing room stereo, what tune would you put on before a big game and why? Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’. It’s devastatingly morbid and would send the lads out with no fear of consequence, due to being in complete and utter despair. They would therefore be liberated in a pressure cooker occupation. It’s basic reverse psychology. Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart? Me and my mate were gutted Dimitar Berbatov left, even though he was never a Man United player. There’s relaxed and there’s TOO relaxed and his talent was sadly housed in the latter category. I do admire players who play at their own pace, in their own little world. Everyone loves an enigma. He was also balding at 25 but hid it beautifully. I admire him for that. Most excited I’ve been – when we signed Karel Poborsky, drenched in Euro 96 hype. He was going to change everything but he changed nothing. I was so determined that he was, in fact decent, that I followed his post United career religiously, just longing for him to come good. At 33 years old, with his hair still thick and full, he came good whilst at Sparta Prague and retired a hero. Youtube it…Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any teenage player earning more than £50k a week. There’s so much money given to unproven players in this age. As a punishment they’ll be denied tickets to watch a male duo sing songs of hope and sorrow. They’ll be gutted. Oh, and El Hadji Diouf ain’t getting near a ticket. Nobody likes a spitter. What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded? My friend (author Joe Stretch) wrote one for the 2010 World Cup. It’s the greatest football song never released. It’s called ‘God Save Colleen’. It features the lyric ‘I drink limoncello with Fabio Capello, it’s cold and it is yellow’ and ‘I’m Joe Cole, I’m Ashley Cole, we’re both called Cole’. Genius.Hurts release new album ‘Surrender’ on October 9th via Columbia Records 1
The Easter Bunny will be available for photos with children from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through April 15 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Fat Danny & the Hard Tymz Blues Band will perform, 7 p.m. Thursday at The Roast House restaurant and bar, 26532 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-3866. Faculty recital will feature Joe LoPiccolo, Polli Chambers-Salazar and Sharon Harmon, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Center for Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $5-$10. Call (661) 362-5304. At the Hop Dance will feature the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Tickets: $5 at the door. Call (661) 259-9444. “Oklahoma” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Randy Lubas and Rocky Whatule will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Divided Highway will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at Howie’s Pub, 31579 Castaic Road, Castaic. Cost: $3 cover charge. Call (661) 295-8755. “Chasing Open Spaces,” an exhibit of oil paintings documenting natural open spaces in and surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, will be on display Saturday through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Laura Wambsgans at (661) 259-0696. Sierra Club hike to Whitney Canyon Park, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Newhall Park & Ride at the end of San Fernando Road. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Native American Tales” will be presented, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday in the Q Theatre at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Tickets: $3-$5. Call (661) 252-6110. Edu-Hoops Celebrity Basketball Game will feature the Court Jesters playing against the Castaic Union School District, 4 p.m. Saturday at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert E. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $10-$22. Proceeds benefit the Castaic Education Foundation. Call i9 Sports at (661) 294-9949 or visit www.ticketweb.com. Campfire program for all ages, 6-7 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” will be presented, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call (661) 362-5304. Waterfall hike, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Senior Cinema will present William S. Hart’s last film, “Tumbleweeds,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Suggested donation: $1. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Just Mozart,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $14-$19. Call (661) 254-8886. Placerita Junior High dance show, 7 p.m. Monday-March 30 at the Valencia High Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 259-1551. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Another huge crowd is expected at this weekend’s Relay for Life.One of Donegal’s best known entertainment outlets, the Voodoo Nightclub, has been confirmed as the major sponsor for next weekend’s Relay for Life event.Directors Jason and Sharon Black said they were “delighted” to be associated with what they described as one of the premier community events now being staged in Donegal.Jason has the gloves off for Relay for Life this weekend.The Donegal Relay, now in its fourth year, gets underway this Saturday (May 30th) at 6.p.m. at the LYIT campus in Letterkenny, drawing to a close twenty-four hours later on Sunday. The event helps celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who did not make it, and help raise both vital funds and awareness for cancer research.Welcoming the sponsorship, Donegal Relay for Life chairperson, Robert O’Connor said it was a true vote of confidence in the event and in the work of the Irish Cancer Society both locally and nationally.“This is a significant level of sponsorship and we are hugely indebted to Jason and Sharon for agreeing to support us in this way. We cannot underestimate what it means to everyone involved.“The Voodoo has been a brilliant supporter of local events and organisations and now the directors have seen fit to pour in a significant amount of financial backing to our event. “For cancer survivors and those who are currently receiving treatment and those who will experience this illness in the future, this sponsorship will be forever acknowledged and those of us on the Relay committee can only take our hats off to Jason and Sharon for boosting the event in this way,” said the chairperson.Confirming their sponsorship this week, the Voodoo Directors said: “We are delighted to be associated with Relay for Life Donegal which has done so much in its short history to help in the battle against cancer.“We see this sponsorship as a way of giving back to the community through one of the premier community events now being held in Donegal and we were only too happy to support it.“Cancer is something that afflicts so many families and the Relay has helped create awareness of it and at the same time raise money for research.”VOODOO ‘DELIGHTED’ TO BE MAJOR SPONSOR OF RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:donegalJason BlackLTTERKENNYRelay for LifeVOODOO
Finn Harps Football Club is set to launch a Youth Development Plan, which will see the club working with kids in the 10 – 18 year old age bracket.Currently, Harps have three teams – one playing senior football in the Airtricity League First Division, one playing intermediate football in the Ulster Senior League and one team competing in the Airtricity under-19 league.However, below the age of 17 or 18 years, Finn Harps have had no recognised structure. The club have been in discussions over the last year with various stakeholders in the North West including the Donegal Schoolboys League, Inishowen Schoolboys League, and clubs and schools from Derry and Tyrone along with representatives from the Schools.Finn Harps Chairman, Joey O’Leary, said that the Youth Development Plan is vital as the club seeks to move forward.“The Youth Development Plan is vital to the development of the club and a key component of the Club Licensing procedure. We will be working with underage players from age 10 up to 18 and working closely with schools, clubs and the Schoolboys Leagues in Donegal.”Finn Harps Manager, Peter Hutton commented: “The development of an underage structure is extremely important for the club to progress and strengthen going forward. “The Northwest region has always been a hotbed for young talented players and we now hope to help nurture that talent and give young players a platform from which they can reach their potential. We look forward to working with the various footballing stakeholders throughout the Northwest in what will be exciting times ahead for all involved.” FINN HARPS SET UP AMBITIOUS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN was last modified: April 26th, 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:finn harpsYouth Development Plan