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Golf season just around the corner as GP opens driving range

first_imgGolfers in Nelson got a chance to test out the new driver found under the Christmas tree as Granite Pointe opened the driving range Saturday.The warmer weather is quickly removing the mountains of snow the Rosemont course receives during the winter allowing staff to consider moderate opening this coming week.Check out the Granite Pointe Pro Shop at 250-352-5913 for more information on the upcoming season or the courses website.last_img

Orange Announces ‘Early Christmas’ with Grand Prizes

first_img“We want the Liberian people to begin to feel that [Christmas] happiness and joy starting from October,” Weeks said.The Liberian economy might be a quite shabby and its political environment quite tense but, to Orange, it is the perfect time for a major splurge, aimed at strengthening the company’s position in the telecom market.  Therefore, the company has launched a massive new promotion under the theme: “With Orange, Christmas Starts in October.”  The new promotion was rolled out at a major press conference held at the company’s headquarters on Capital Bypass in Monrovia.According to Orange’s Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, from October through December, the company would give away 10 brand new motorbikes and 5 new cars. “We know that Christmas is a time of happiness, love and bringing families together,” he said.  “It is a special time in Liberia and we want the Liberian people to begin to feel that happiness and joy starting from October,” Weeks said.  He said that, to bring the Christmas cheer to Liberians early this year, Orange would give away a brand-new motorbike every week, a brand-new vehicle every two weeks, and the grand prize a few days before Christmas.Orange, he said, had made it simple for its subscribers to be eligible to enter to competition. “All our subscribers have to do is to recharge once a week at least $1 and activate any Orange package to be eligible to win a bike; recharge at least once a week, two weeks in a row, to win a Ford or Renault vehicle; and recharge at least once a week for every week until December 21 to be eligible to win the Toyota RAV-4, valued at US$35,000.” Weeks added that to increase their chances, customers need to recharge more often with higher amounts, whether it is with scratch cards, e-recharge or Orange Money.In separate remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly said that he was extremely happy and proud about the launch of the new promotion. “the launching of the Orange ‘Christmas Starts in October’ promotion is a part of the Orange commitment to demonstrate to the Liberian people that Orange cares,” he said. “This is a very, very big investment for us as a company. However, it is something we are happy to do knowing that the lives of many, many Liberians will be positively impacted.”According to Orange, the first motorbike winner will be announced on October 23, and the first person will walk away with a brand-new vehicle on October 31.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GuySuCo to close LBI operations

first_imgGuySuCo to fully close LBI operations– 800 workers to join 1700 from Wales on breadlineBy Devina SamarooSome 800 workers may lose their jobs as the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) moves to shut down the remaining operations at the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Sugar Estate, making this the second sugar estate to be closed within a year under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition government.The two trade unions representing workers, the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), met with GuySuCo on April 12 where the announcement was made; according to a joint press statement of the unions.During the discussions, GuySuCo informed of the decision to have operations of the Field Workshop, Mill Dock, Field Lab, Stores and Administrative Offices at the LBI Estate to be merged with similar operations at the Enmore Estate, the unions stated.In 2011, GuySuCo under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, had closed the LBI Sugar Factory however the Corporation had assured that the other operations of the Estate would remain functioning.GAWU President Komal Chand in an invited comment to Guyana Times expressed that the Sugar Corporation has “once again changed its commitment and position”.Both unions have since expressed utter surprise at this decision by GuySuCo.“When the LBI factory was closed and its workers were transferred to Enmore Factory, both unions were assured by a member of the current Interim Management that there will be no closure of any other department after the closure of the factory. Thus, it was never expected that the Corporation under the same management could decide to dismantle the costly buildings at LBI Estate and end the operations which it approved about five years ago,” the unions asserted.Though GuySuCo assured that workers will be deployed to the Enmore Estate, both unions are doubtful that full-time and regular employment will be available.Chand explained to Guyana Times that the Enmore Estate already has a full complement of workers therefore, it is likely it does not have the capacity to accommodate 800 more employees.Both unions explained that during the meeting, GuySuCo did not disclose when the operations would be closed nor was vital information about employees’ future provided.“It is a similar experience to that of Wales where the company, to date, has failed to provide full information on the status of the future of 1700 workers from Wales Estate,” the unions observed.Earlier this year, GuySuCo announced the closure of Wales Estate by yearend and that some workers will be deployed to the Uitvlugt Estate while the others would be made redundant.GuySuCo and the Agriculture Ministry are yet to devise a plan for the future of the affected sugar workers.Notably, the closures of both estates follow assurances by government that no estate will be shut down anytime soon.In fact, following the announcement of the closure of Wales Sugar Estate, government promised that no other estate will be shut down.The closures also come on the heels of a multimillion dollar Commission of Inquiry report which advised against closure of any sugar estate or operations at this time.Meanwhile GAWU and NAACIE have expressed hope that the “unsavoury and oppressive” situation at the Wales Sugar Estate is not repeated at LBI Estate.The unions are also calling on the Sugar Corporation to revisit its decision on the full closure of LBI Estate.GuySuCo’s responseMeanwhile, GuySuCo released a statement shortly after expressing disappointment over the Union’s position.According to the Sugar Corporation, both unions were well aware from the inception that the complete closure of the LBI was in the making.“Since in 2011, GuySuCo, GAWU and NAACIE met with each worker in the LBI factory over a five-day period to discuss the closure of the LBI factory and their redeployment. The factory was then closed in the same year and workers were redeployed to other positions within the Enmore Estate. In some instances, the authorised manning levels were exceeded to accommodate the workers,” the Sugar Corporation stated.GuySuCo explained that the integration process was not fully completed, since there were still two Mill Docks, two Field Workshops, two Field Laboratories, two Field Offices and two stores within the East Demerara Estate operations.Therefore, GuySuCo pointed out that the recent meeting was basically to discuss the completion of the integration.In fact, the Sugar Corporation said that the process should have been completed since 2011.Moreover, GuySuCo stated that the state of affairs must be compared with the Albion Estate which produces more than twice the amount of sugar as produced by the East Demerara Estates and operates efficiently with one Mill Dock, one Field Workshop, and one Field Laboratory.Against this backdrop, GuySuCo said it was strange that, having been involved in the integration process over the years and having made commitments to see the completion of the process, the two unions would now issue a contradictory statement to the press.last_img read more

La Serna stays unbeaten, 14-0

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – Already one of the area’s best pitchers, La Serna High School’s Holly Consterdine says she’s been working on the offensive part of her game. It paid off Monday afternoon in the first round of the 16th Annual Arroyo Invitational Softball Tournament at Whittier Narrows Park. Consterdine had three hits, including a triple, scored a run and drove in six to lead the Lancers to a 14-0 win over Montebello that was called after five innings because of the tournament’s 10-run rule. Consterdine, La Serna’s 5-foot-11 hard-throwing right-handed junior, wasn’t too shabby in the circle, either. She gave up one hit, struck out 11 and walked one in breezing to her third victory. La Serna improved to 6-0. “I love to hit,” Consterdine said. “I’ve been working on my hitting. A lot of pitchers just concentrate on throwing the ball. I like to hit it, too.” She received a lot of offensive help. La Serna scored two runs in the first inning on two walks, a fielder’s choice and Consterdine’s two-run single. center_img When Montebello starter Jessica Martinez struggled with her control and walked four batters, three of them with the bases loaded, the Lancers widened the gap with a six-run second inning. Five of the runs came after two outs. Samantha Montiel relieved Martinez with the bases still loaded and Consterdine promptly belted the first pitch over the center-fielder’s head for a bases-clearing triple. Brandi Rummel then brought Consterdine home with the first of her three singles for an 8-0 lead. Montiel ended the inning with a strikeout, then fanned the first two batters in the third inning before giving up two runs and four hits, including RBI singles by Consterdine and Rummel, in the fourth inning. Appearing to be running out of energy in the fifth inning, she gave up two walks and then three RBI hits – singles by Katrina Castaneda and Ashley Holmes sandwiched around Ashley Ramirez’s two-run double – to complete the scoring. Ramirez had two hits, scored four runs and drove in three. roger.murray@sgvn.com (5620 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

U.S. backing called critical to climate pact

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALI, Indonesia – Delegates and scientists from around the world opened the biggest ever climate change conference today, aiming to build a new international pact by 2009 to combat global warming – or risk economic and environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures. Some 10,000 conferees, activists and journalists from nearly 190 countries gathered on the resort island of Bali for two weeks of U.N.-led talks that follow a series of scientific reports this year concluding that the world has the technology to slow global warming, but must act immediately. The Bali meeting will be the first major climate change conference since former Vice President Al Gore – due in Bali next week – and a U.N. scientific council won the Nobel Peace Prize in October for their environmental work. Among the most contentious issues will be whether emission cuts should be mandatory or voluntary and how to help the world’s poorest countries adapt to a warmer climate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsYvo de Boer, general secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the role of the United States “would be critical” in the discussions and that delegates must come up with a roadmap that’s embraced by Washington. The United States, which along with Australia refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, said ahead of the Bali talks that it was eager to launch negotiations but has been among industrialized nations leading a campaign against mandatory emission cuts. But now the United States finds itself isolated at the conference, given that Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd, whose party swept to power in general elections just one week ago, immediately put signing the Kyoto pact at the top of his international agenda. President Bush, trying to fend off charges that America is not doing enough, said this week that a final Energy Department report showed American emissions of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, declined by 1.5percent last year. “Energy security and climate change are two of the important challenges of our time. The United States takes these challenges seriously,” Bush said.last_img read more

GAA NOTES – URRIS

first_imgURRIS GAA NOTESGAA Bingo Every Thursday At 9pm in St Marys Hall,Clonmany and all are welcome.Club Meeting Wednesday 29th June in Straid at 9pm with all members welcome. If anyone wishes to purchase club merchandise please contact Alan on 0879029672.VHI Summer Camp Starts next week Monday 4th July until Friday 8th July. If you have not yet booked your place contact John Friel on 0860523550. The cost is €65 per child and €50 per additional child / children thereafter. There is a bus available if required to transport children to and from camp at a cost of €5 per week per head.Match & Win numbers drawn were 7,12,15,22 there was no jackpot winner and the jackpot is now €1,660 for this week, the €15 consolation prizes went to: Eliza Kearney Leenan Keel, Ian Donaghy Maghermore, Bradley Girls Fahan, Brian & Ciara Harkin c/o Bingo, James Mc Giney Carndonagh.Results: Naomh Naille 1-15 Urris Seniors 2-7, U14 Boys 3-12 Naomh Colmcille 0-3. Fixtures this week: U14 boys away to Red Hughes on Wednesday 29th at 7.30pm, U16 boys away to Malin on Thursday 30th at 7.30pm,Seniors TBA.GAA NOTES – URRIS was last modified: June 26th, 2011 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:Urris GAA Clublast_img read more

KAVANAGH’S SUPERVALU IN €30,000 HOSPICE DRIVE

first_imgRepresentatives from Donegal Hospice, Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Dungloe and Buncrana along with TV3 presenter Noel Cunningham at the launch of the “Help Us to Help Others” campaign which commits to raising 30,000 euro for the Donegal Hospice over the next 6 monthsKavanagh’s SuperValu have shown they are ‘Real People’- and have committed to raising €30,000 minimum for the Donegal Hospice.The company with the motto ‘Real Food, Real People’ has launched a campaign entitled “Help Us to Help Others” and will run from now until October 22.With four SuperValu stores throughout Donegal, in Ballybofey, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Dungloe, the Kavanagh Group will give a 5c to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout each store from May 6th 2011 until October 22nd 2011. The official launch of the “Help Us Help Others” fundraising campaign took place this afternoon in SuperValu Ballybofey with Noel Cunningham, TV3’s Showbiz reporter making a special guest appearance, and he was met by a massive turn out of customers in the store.Speaking at the event, Noel Kavanagh, Managing Director of Kavanagh’s SuperValu said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Donegal Hospice supporting them in their great work.“With our four stores located in the four corners of Donegal we are well connected with members of the local community and so believe we were well placed to maximize our fundraising potential.”Store Manager of SuperValu Ballybofey, Charlie Ferry who along with his other store managers and staff are committed to matching the funds raised through real rewards by undertaking fundraising events said: “We employ up to 350 people throughout Donegal and have a commitment to supporting local producers. “This fundraising campaign idea came about as a result of our ongoing fundraising activities but we wanted to partner with one Donegal-based charity and have a significant impact on that charity and their work.“After much consideration and research we decided to approach the Donegal Hospice as it is a countywide charity and they are very much a local organisation. We also felt it was a charity that people including our customers could identify with.”The Donegal Hospice opened in Knocknamona, Letterkenny in 2003 and is now a well-established high quality service for people in Co. Donegal who require palliative and terminal care.The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hospice, and the hospice support movement works in partnership with the HSE.The support group, Donegal Hospice Ltd, is responsible for providing up to 20% of the annual running cost of the facility and this is a challenge every year. Grace Boyle, Chairperson the Donegal Hospice “The Hospice Committee must raise up to €600,000 every year so this campaign launched by Kavanagh’s SuperValu will be invaluable in helping us reach that target. They are giving so much back to Donegal and they are helping us raise €30,000 and I’d really like to thank them for this opportunity.”For more information see Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal find them on Facebook.KAVANAGH’S SUPERVALU IN €30,000 HOSPICE DRIVE was last modified: May 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN BRING BAND TITLE HOME – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgDonegal Town Mayor Patricia Callaghan and Katlyn DuffyThe Diamond in Donegal Town was once again the scene of euphoric jubilation as the Donegal Town Community Band brought home its second in a row All Ireland title.The reformed band took the No 1 accolade in Derry yesterday at Fleadh Cheoil ne hEireann.Pauric Kennedy, one of the founders of the reformed band paid tribute to the hard work of the children, their parents and guardians. He also empasised the word ‘community’ and to rapturous applause, told the large crowd present”This is your band, you should be proud of it.”And proud they were as band leader Brendan McMonagle, acknowledged the many people previously and curently involved.Donegal Town’s Mayor Patrica Callaghan took up the theme of community and wished the band all the best next year in Sligo for the next Fleadh Cheoil.The reformed St Peter’s National School Band had the honour of leading the band into the Diamond. Many thanks to Paul O’Sullivan for the pictures.Catlyn Duffy with the All Ireland Cup and two of the founding members of the band; Pauric Kennedy and Linda O’Donnell Donegal Town Community Band marching up Quay St Donegal Town last night DONEGAL TOWN BRING BAND TITLE HOME – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 19th, 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:all-irelandDonegal Town Community BandFleadh Ceoillast_img read more

ALLEN MURDER QUIZ MAN IS RELEASED BY GARDAI

first_imgGardaí have released a man they were questioning in in connection with the murder of another man in Donegal in February.Andrew Allen, 24, who was originally from Derry, was shot dead on February 9 by gunmen who forced their way into his home at Links View Park in Buncrana.A man in his 50s, who is believed to be from Northern Ireland, was arrested yesterday. He was released without charge this morning. He was being held at Buncrana garda station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. ALLEN MURDER QUIZ MAN IS RELEASED BY GARDAI was last modified: April 7th, 2012 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:ALLEN MURDER QUIZ MAN IS RELEASED BY GARDAIAndrew AllenarrestBuncrana Garda stationmurderlast_img read more

CLONLEIGH LAUNCHES ITS TEXT ALERT SCHEME

first_imgThe Clonleigh Community Text Alert Scheme with members of An Garda Siochana.The Clonleigh Community Text Alert was launched last night in the Clonleigh Social Centre in Lifford. There was a large crowd in attendance at the launch.Sergeant Paul Wallace spoke on Crime Prevention and Vanessa Clarke from Muintir na Tire explained in detail how the Text Alert System works. Grace Kelly, Secretary of the Committee said that there had been a large uptake in the area and that in phase one 15 signs had been erected through most townlands. Several more signs will be erected in the coming weeks.Members of other committees who are currently setting up Text Alert were also in attendance. CLONLEIGH LAUNCHES ITS TEXT ALERT SCHEME was last modified: February 11th, 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:Clonleigh Text Alert Scheme. LiffordGardailast_img read more