STETHS’s Ellis to the rescue

first_img Could improve The other daunting fact is that Champs is a month away and he could improve. That would put him within touch distance of the Class One records. Those belong to Zharnel Hughes at 10.12 seconds in the 100 and to Usain Bolt at 20.25 in the 200. Bolt’s mark was set in 2003 and survived a 2013 assault by Delano Williams by just 0.02. A closer look shows that Bolt had an aiding wind of 1.9 metres per second compared to the 0.9 breeze in Williams’ race. It’s not a done deal until the races are run, however, and Ellis will face worthy competition at Champs. Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College has looked good in his outings so far and ran 20.97 seconds to win the Class Two 200m in 2014. Fast-starting Raheem Chambers of St Jago should be in the picture too. He finished behind Ellis in the 100m last year but generally has been great at Champs. He won in both Class Two and Class Three in record times, and while Matherson broke his class 3 mark, his Class Two standard of 10.29 still sparkles. In fact, a win for Chambers would put him in an elite group of sprinters to win the 100 in Classes One, Two and Three. Donald Quarrie and Remaldo Rose of Camperdown, Dexter Lee of Herbert Morrison and Calabar’s Michael O’Hara have done it. Chambers has to beat Ellis to join them. • Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. If you were worried that the showcase sprint events of the 2016 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships would be dull, worry no more. Nigel Ellis, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprint stylist, changed the landscape last week with brilliant times at Western Championships. Ellis has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Fourth last year in both the Class One 100 and 200 metres, he would have been among this year’s favourites anyway. Now there is no doubt. His Western Champs times – 10.20 and 20.40 seconds – ensure that.last_img read more

‘Bad eggs’ bringing great shame on the Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Over the years, I have observed some Guyanese Police officers, both men and women, bringing great shame upon their uniform, the Commissioner of Police, and the noble institution of the Guyana Police Force, by blatantly violating their Oath of Office to serve and protect while being paid with taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.Many Police officers are involved in skullduggery, deceit, and disgraceful self-serving activities. There was a mind-blowing incident some years ago when they set fire to a male youth’s genitals. Police officers are known to be involved in theft, soliciting bribes and smuggling. Some even rape persons in Police custody, or coerce sex from those who go to Police stations or outposts seeking assistance.I am not talking about all of them. There are decent men and women in the Guyana Police Force who are totally professional in their conduct and attitude. They approach their role to maintain law and order in society with discipline, mental clarity and commitment. They actually take their job seriously, and strive to protect the people of Guyana to the best of their ability.That is why it worries me deeply that there are so many examples of rotten eggs who spoil the good name of their colleagues in the Police Force. Just recently, at the Timehri Police Outpost, a woman detained for drug dealing and other criminal activities claimed that the Police released her after she gave them what I describe as a pound of female flesh.When we hear about Police officers involved in corruption, brutality, bribery, deceit, and especially sexual perversion, the culprits are always male. What is wrong with these men?In May, a Policeman was remanded to prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. In January, a woman claimed that two Policemen raped her at the Turkeyen Police Station, and a female rank then tried to get her to accept hush money.No less a person than the late former Commissioner of Police Henry Green came under the microscope after an allegation of rape.Recently, two Police officers were among seven persons detained after an illegal firearm with a spent shell was found close to them.This is just one of countless reports of Police officers being held with illegal weapons. What does a Police officer want with an illegal firearm?I notice, too, that Police ranks seem addicted to their cell phones. I had to report a Policeman who abandoned his important task of directing traffic at the Diamond intersection to speak on his cell phone. It is disgusting to see roadblocks all over Guyana with officers on their cell phones during these operations.On June 14, while travelling along Church Street, preparing to turn into Irving Street, I saw a series of cars and motorbikes with young Guyanese wearing red tops and black pants and skirts. Young men and young women were sitting on the bonnets and roofs of the vehicles, and they were blasting through the street with no Police escort.As I approached Lamaha Street, one of the drivers of this mini-motorcade braked suddenly, and some of these people fell off the roof of the vehicle. Fortunately, no cars were coming, or some could have been crushed. I saw one screaming and writhing in pain from the fall.I noticed a Policeman who had stopped his bike near Thomas Lands in Kitty was talking on his cell phone. I tried to tell him what I had seen, but he just ignored me and kept on talking on the phone. After a while, I had to abandon this attempt and leave.Such officers are bringing shame and disgrace to the Police Force and to Guyana. As a nation, we should have zero tolerance for this behaviour.I suggest setting up a sting operation to identify the rotten eggs within the Force, and weed them out. We cannot allow the need for personnel to supersede the need for discipline.We also need to review and revise the recruitment process of the Guyana Police Force. I am willing to volunteer my expertise, free of charge, to provide any service that will benefit the Guyana Police Force, and by extension the people of my nation.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Liberia Mourns Major-General Dr. Julius Oketta’s Passing

first_imgLiberia has joined the Republic of Uganda and the African Union (AU) to mourn the death of the former Head of Mission to the African Union Support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), Major-General Dr. Julius Facki Oketta.Dr. Oketta passed away in Kampala, Uganda, following a heart attack on Saturday, November 5. He was 60 years old. During the height of the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River Union, Major-General Oketta headed the ASEOWA Mission, which included 855 civilian and military health volunteers, who battled the fight against Ebola in the sub-region. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Major-General Oketta, being a disciplined soldier, led the successful defeat of Ebola without the AU losing a single soldier (health volunteer) in 2014.On February 11, 2015, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, honored Dr. Oketta for his contributions to the fight against Ebola and awarded him the decoration of “Distinguished Service Order” during the 58th Armed Forces Day celebration in Liberia.In September 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic, Major-General Oketta was nominated to join the AU-led humanitarian mission to address the threat of the Ebola virus to the continent. The mission, code-named ASEOWA, was based in Ethiopia.During his stay in Liberia, along with his team, among other activities, ASEOWA supported William V. S. Tubman High School, the Monrovia Demonstration Public School, both in Montserrado County and the Government High School in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. At Tubman High, Dr. Oketta donated five giant-size water tanks to ease the long queue of students who stood for hours just to wash their hands before entering and leaving classes. At the Demonstration Public School, ASEOWA donated two of the same water tanks, where Dr. Oketta along with his team of health experts, taught the students how to wash their hands to stop the transmission of the virus. While closing the ASEOWA mission on the margins of the AU Summit in January this year, the AU Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, said Africa remained truly indebted to Gen. Oketta, and was pleased that the AU had an opportunity to recognize his leadership, and appreciate his dedicated, committed andselfless services to the continent and to humanity. Major General Oketta led the Regional Reserve Forces Command when the Uganda People’s Defense Force helped in combating the Ebola epidemic in Northern Uganda. He was the Director of the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Center (NECOC) in the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda and had been seconded to the AU-led humanitarian mission. Until his death last week, Maj./Gen. Oketta was the deputy coordinator Operation Wealth Creation. He held a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and attended Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC). Dr. Oketta was a Member of the Parliament of Uganda and served as a Member of the Advisory Board of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF). He also served as the Chief ofLogistics and Engineering for the Ugandan Army. He had many years of experience in the field of civil-military humanitarian response.He will be laid to rest on Wednesday, November 9, in Katikati, Uganda, the release said. The Foreign Affairs release said the Liberian government has expressed its regrets at his passing and prays that the Almighty will console the bereaved family and the Ugandan government and people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leslie James takes charge of Guyana Police Force

first_img… “It’s something I always wanted”Former Commander of A (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), C (East Coast Demerara) and D (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Divisions Leslie James was on Thursday sworn in by President David Granger as the Police Commissioner. The executive decision was made following consultations with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the same day.Speaking to members of the media at State House, the 52-year-old James said he has always wanted to be Police Commissioner.“This moment is a moment I’ve always waited for and now being appointed Commissioner of Police, (I will function) without favour, affection, malice or ill-will,” he committed.James added that he is fully aware of his mandate which includes ensuring that all of the laws of Guyana are maintained and that public peace is kept in a “professional and unbiased manner.”“I will execute the office of Commissioner of Police and ensure that persons in the Diaspora and overseas to be assured of their respective security,” James assuredLeslie James was on Thursday appointed as the new Police Commissionerthe nation.On tackling the scourge of crime, the newly appointed Top Cop said the Guyana Police Force will be maintained as intelligence-led. He said too that the Force will ensure the country, its environs, borders, interior locations be crime-free as much as possible.“I will be meeting with my team and we will sit, deliberate and strategise. I’m aware of the concerns of crime and fear and incidence of crime but we will be dealing with those matters,” he outlined.James holds a host of qualifications including a Law Degree obtained from the University of Guyana (UG) in 2006 and a Diploma in Public Management he acquired in 1998 from the said institution. He is also currently enrolled in the Commonwealth Masters Public Administration at UG. The new Top Cop also headed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from April 2014 to June 2015 during the time he functioned as Assistant Commissioner Law Enforcement.It was said that James’ appointment takes immediate effect along with the appointments of four deputies – Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Nigel Hoppie and Crime Chief Paul Williams.When President Granger presented the list, David Ramnarine, who has been acting in the capacity for almost two years, was not included.Earlier this year, Ramnarine was one of the many law enforcement ranks questioned at a Paul Slowe-headed Commission of Inquiry into an alleged plot to assassinate President Granger. The most recent Top Cop retiree, Seelall Persaud, was said to be a friend of the man who supposedly hatched the plot. Slowe recommend disciplinary action for several top-ranking officers and he was later selected to head the Police Services Commission (PSC). Persaud departed the Force in February 2018 and Ramnarine stood in the post until Thursday’s swearing in of James.The new Top Cop’s four deputies will be responsible for four areas of the Force; these are operations, administration, law enforcement and special branch/ intelligence. President Granger who is the head of the Armed Forces said “I think the process has resulted in the best five being selected… I think this is the best outcome and they are all fit and proper persons to lead the Police Force”. After the meeting concluded, President Granger said the responsibilities of the four deputies will improve the Force’s efficiency.“What we have done today is we have not only appointed a Police Commissioner but we have also improved the architecture of the Police Force so that instead of having a flat structure; we now have clearly defined responsibilities in those four deputy Commissioners. So, things will be better. I am sure there will be better performance in those areas and other officers can now look forward to, in due course, filling those appointments. It will help to enhance the specialisation of the Police Force. It will help to spur the career mobility of officers and I am convinced that the efficiency of the Police Force as a whole will be enhanced,” the Head of State said.The President said he expected to meet with the new Commissioner and deputies on Thursday to discuss their appointments to each of the four areas identified.“I was not interested in having a foreigner head the Guyana Police Force. I felt that we had local talent. I think the process has resulted in the best five being selected to lead the Force and I will be meeting later today with the Commissioner and deputy Commissioners. I think this is the best outcome and they are all fit and proper persons to lead the Police Force,” Granger added.Reports were that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan recommended Ramnarine for the post of Top Cop though he was not considered for the post or that of the Deputy Commissioner. Meanwhile, in a press conference held following the announcement, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that he questioned the President as to why Ramnarine was not considered for the post and was told by Granger that there are specific reasons. Those reasons, were however, not revealed.The President in recent weeks professed that he wanted an “unbribable” officer to head the Force. Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken and Marlon Chapman were among those interviewed for the top post. The Guyana Police Force was established 179 years ago. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Students allegedly sitting on floor in classrooms

first_img…RDC “perturbed” over education issues in Region 10“You go at Coomacka school, a big hole in the roof…they don’t have furniture, empty space” – Regional Chairman“Why are there so many problems in the Education system? You go in the Berbice River, they ain’t got teachers” – councilorRegion 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Chairmain Renis Morian has said the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is “perturbed” over issues in the area of education in the region, and “stringent” actions will be taken this year to address those issues.Addressing Councillors and regional administrators at the most recent statutory meeting, Morian blasted senior education officials as he brought to the fore the issue of schools with inadequate furniture, with students allegedly sitting on the floor in one instance; while he noted that furniture and equipment were “sitting” in a bond.A section of the Council during statutory meeting“Some of these things in the bond nine months…You got fridge in the bond, you got over a thousand books in the bond, you got teachers’ desks, benches. These things in the bond sitting. I’m gonna come here and make a next recommendation if them things ain’t moved. I’m gonna call back the Council and we’re gonna make some very serious recommendations…Them things new till they getting old in the bond. And it’s just by chance we go to the bond, because we were looking to do another project and we were saying this room could be used, and we were shocked (at what we discovered),” the Regional Chairman stated.He added that it was incumbent on the Regional Education Officer (REDO) to remove the items, since he is responsible for providing an account of their whereabouts.Morian said more shocking was that no locks were observed on the door where items were stored. He went on to note that head teachers are afraid to write such reports for fear of victimisation, but he said that any senior officer found guilty of this practice could be removed.He encouraged head teachers to write about issues, noting that the Council is going to act stringently. He also urged administrators to ensure that equipment provided by Government reaches students.“I think the administration needs more accountability from the Department of Education. What they doing with Government money when they go out? Most times they go out is to harass the teachers…You go at Coomacka school, a big hole in the roof…they don’t have furniture, empty space, and furniture in the bond sitting…It boggles the mind to know that a school is crying out for furnishing and in the bond it got furniture… This is not acceptable,” Morian said.He also pointed to the issue of officials allegedly not signing for retirees to receive their pensions.Additionally, Councillor Charles Sampson told the Council that reports are not being copied to the Council’s Education Committee and to the Office of the Regional Chairman, as was previously recommended. He said there are lots of complaints, and the entire system is flawed. Sampson added that the area of Education has the largest budgetary allocation, and taxpayers should get value for money.“I’m saying that Education needs to get its act together. Why are there so many problems in the Education system? You go in the Berbice River, they ain’t got teachers…We spend the most on education, and it’s disgusting because we’re not seeing the kind of improvement that we need to see, based on the budgetary allocations”, he noted.Meanwhile, Councillor Vladimir Glasgow said the issues are not new, and pointed out that the REDO has been attached to the region only for a few months. He also made the recommendation for Councillors to go into the schools to make their own observations, noting that he is ready to work and lend support. In response, Morian said the Education Committee has already decided to conduct visits to schools.REDO Rabindra Singh, also in his response, noted that many of the issues are managerial, and can be identified by head teachers, who are responsible for notifying the Department. He said some of the issues can also be rectified through interaction with teachers during school visits, as he urged councillors to also play a part in moving education forward in the Region.last_img read more

DONEGAL BOY’S DREAM OF WALKING TAKES A STEP NEARER THANKS TO MAGNIFICENT GAA FANS

first_imgAnne-Marie Doherty and some of her ‘bucket heroes’ outside Croke Park collecting to help Paul walk for the first time.GAA fans put aside their rivalry to help a young Co Donegal boy walk for the first time – by raising almost €7,000 in just one afternoon!Young Killygordon boy Paul Doherty needs more than €60,000 to have a private operation in an American clinic.The five year old has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dreams of one day getting out of the wheelchair he has used all his young life. Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulHe has had physio, occupational therapy, speech therapy, conductive education, Botox injections, three weeks at the Peto Institute in Hungary and all sorts of medicines but to no avail.His devoted mum Anne Marie targeted yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Dublin and the streets around Croke Park to appeal to the good nature of GAA fans to help with the fund-raising.And they responded magnificently by filling the buckets of collectors with €6,964.81 on Sunday afternoon.Delighted Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily her campaign, ‘Mammy I want To Walk’, is well on its way to making her son’s dream a reality. She said “I cannot believe how decent people have been – both Dublin and Donegal fans.“The Dubs were filling the buckets and laughing that before the game that they wouldn’t se us again because we wouldn’t be back down for the final.“When they heard the money was going directly towards helping a little boy to walk, they were just so generous,” she said.Paul has his operation penciled in for March next in America but his mum will have to pay the cash for the operation in advance.The operation is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). And involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg. Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Park, in St. Louis Hospital, Missouri, expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches/walker if he gets the operation.“This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years. The NHS in the UK has just recently decided to trial the operation for 120 children there. By the time the operation is available in Ireland it will be too late for Paul.“We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4-6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme,” added mum Anne-Marie.And the even better news is that Anne-Marie and her ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ team have been given permission to carry out a collection for Paul on the day of the All-Ireland Final on September 21st. “That will be another big day for us and we’re hoping the Donegal fans and the Kerry supporters will give us what they can again to help Paul walk.“Since people heard of our campaign, they have been offering to hold sorts of little raffles and fundraising nights. It has been amazing.“Lots of people including St Eunan’s National School in Laghey who gave us €20.10 are helping us in all sorts of ways.“I know winning GAA matches is a big deal for many people and it’s great to win those games. But I want all the fans to know that they are all winners in my eyes because what they have done for my little boy,” she said.DONEGAL BOY’S DREAM OF WALKING TAKES A STEP NEARER THANKS TO MAGNIFICENT GAA FANS was last modified: September 1st, 2014 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:Croke ParkdonegaldublinfansGAAoperationpaul dohertylast_img read more

Futbol Americano’ called success

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Expansion to Mexico still is a generation away despite the success of the NFL’s first regular-season game staged outside the United States. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the Arizona Cardinals’ 31-14 victory over the 49ers in Mexico’s capital lent credibility to the league south of the border. A record 103,467 fans packed cavernous Azteca Stadium on Sunday night, the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history. But Tagliabue said the size of the crowd wasn’t the key factor. “I think this game lets the fans here in Mexico, the athletes here in Mexico and businesses and everybody else know that we’re for real,” he said during a question and answer period Monday before the American chamber of commerce in Mexico City. “It was an element of legitimacy.” The league generates just under $6 billion in revenue, with 1 percent of that coming from overseas sources such as NFL Europe. The approximately 1,800 players make $3.6 billion. Tagliabue acknowledged that while the NFL successfully had become an international league, it could not compete with soccer’s global appeal. “Are we ever going to catch soccer?” he asked with a smile. “Not for 100 years.” He also acknowledged that soccer is the undisputed king of Mexican sports, as evidenced Sunday night when the loudest cheer came when the scoreboard flashed Mexico’s under-17 national team’s 3-0 victory over Brazil to capture the world championship in Lima, Peru. Tagliabue said the roar from the crowd had to leave U.S. television viewers scratching their heads and wondering if the Mexicans in the stands understood what was happening on the field because “it came at a time when the Arizona quarterback threw one of the least artistic passes in the history of the National Football League.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He said the key to the future will be scheduling additional regular-season games in Mexico, and developing players in this country who can make it to the NFL and cultivate a strong fan base back home. “We will get there — here and in other parts of the world — more quickly than most people appreciate because the athletes are out there,” Tagliabue said, adding that Rolando Cantu, a Mexico-born guard on Arizona’s practice squad, will likely make an NFL roster in the future. Tagliabue said before kickoff Sunday that things already had gone so well in Mexico City that he believed the game would be the first in an annual tradition on foreign soil. Toronto and London are top candidates for next season. He reiterated that expansion of the 32-team league within the United States was unlikely anywhere but Los Angeles, and said there was no time frame for a Mexican franchise. “I think it will happen, probably in our lifetime, but I’m hoping to live a long time,” he said, adding that players who might be concerned about living and working in Mexico City could be a potential hurdle to expansion here. last_img read more

Voters rap both tries on drug discounts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The rival measures left many voters confused, according to pre-election polls. Analysts said the money and the hard-fought campaign by the industry underscored just how concerned pharmaceutical companies were that other states would follow California’s example, forcing them to discount drugs for millions of uninsured residents. Labor unions and consumer groups who backed Proposition 78 and opposed Proposition 79 were badly outspent, raising about $2 million. Their initiative would punish drug makers who refused to give discounts by removing them from a lucrative government list of drugs that doctors can prescribe Medi-Cal patients without receiving approval. Medi-Cal is the state and federal program that pays for health care for California’s poor and elderly residents. It spends $4 billion annually on drugs. The consumer groups’ measure also would cover about 10 million people, double the number that would be covered under Proposition 78. Voters on Tuesday defeated both rival prescription drug discount measures, Proposition 78 and Proposition 79, after the pharmaceutical industry waged a bare-knuckled, record-breaking $80 million campaign to stop a profit-threatening, nationwide trend before it got started. Fronted by its powerful Washington-based lobbying outfit, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry spent $50 million on a statewide media blitz and another $13 million on glossy mailers and other campaign literature in an effort to defeat Proposition 79. The measure would have required companies to give steep discounts to uninsured Californians if they wanted to participate in the state’s Medi-Cal program, which provides about $4 billion in drugs annually to poor and elderly people. The industry also qualified the competing Proposition 78 ballot initiative, which made such a discount program voluntary. Proposition 79 would have allowed individuals to sue drug companies if they believed the companies engaged in illegal profiteering, a provision the industry said would open it to a wave of lawsuits. The industry-backed Proposition 78 had no such provision and was endorsed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.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

Amount of people signing on to Live Register hits nine-year low

first_imgFigures released by the Central Statistics Office have this morning revealed that the amount of people signing on the Live Register has reached a nine-year low.The number of persons on the Live Register in October 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since September 2008.During October 2017, the Live Register total recorded a monthly decrease of 2,400 – reducing the amount of people signing on to 246,900 (seasonally adjusted). In unadjusted terms there were 236,492 persons signing on the Live Register in October 2017. This represents an annual decrease of 40,317 (-14.6%).It should be noted that the Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment. It includes part-time workers (those who work up to three days a week), seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA).The figures show a monthly decrease of 1,400 (-1.0%) males signing on in October 2017, while females decreased by 1,000 (-0.9%) over the same period. The number of long-term claimants on the Live Register in October 2017 was 101,590. The number of male long term claimants decreased by 15,681 (-20.4%) in the year to October 2017, while females decreased by 7,545 (-15.8%), giving an overall annual decrease of 23,226 (-18.6%) in the number of long term claimants.In October 2017, 57.0% (134,902) of all claimants on the Live Register were short-term claimants.There were 51,290 casual and part-time workers on the Live Register in October 2017, which represents 21.7% of the total Live Register.On Wednesday the CSO revealed that the rate of unemployment has hit 6%, a figure which has not been seen since June 2008 – having previously been as high as 15.2% at the height of the recession in January 2012.These figures show that Ireland’s rate of unemployment is well below the Euro zone average of 8.9%.Amount of people signing on to Live Register hits nine-year low was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CSOjobseekerslive registersocial welfareunemploymentlast_img read more

Breaking: Gardai and Dept of Agriculture officials raid farm

first_imgGardai and Department of Agriculture officials have raided a farm on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The raid has taken place in the past two hours.ESB maintenance officials are also on the site of the farmland which is also close to Newmills. Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the operation.No arrests have been made but Gardai remain at the scene.However, Donegal Daily understands the operation is connected to the disposal of animal carcasses.It is also understood that ESB officials are examining ESB connections on the farm as part of their visit to the site. We will bring you more o this story as we get it.Breaking: Gardai and Dept of Agriculture officials raid farm was last modified: June 1st, 2019 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:ESBfarmGardailetterkennyraidlast_img read more