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first_imgTax-free overtimein light of Government’s move to grant tax-free overtime to bauxite workers, calls are being made for this concession to be implemented across the board so that other Private Sector employees can benefit.PPP General Secretary Clement RoheeDuring a news conference on Monday, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee supported the move by the Government to approve the tax exempted overtime, but he noted that it should not be discriminatory.In this regard, Rohee called for other Private Sector workers, particularly those in the sugar industry, to also be granted tax-free overtime.“The PPP is of the view that tax-free overtime should be granted across the board without discrimination and sugar workers should be no exception,” he said.“The Party calls on the Granger Administration to extend a similar concession to all workers in order to bring some relief to their sufferings, which has become increasingly unbearable ever since the assumption to office by the APNU/AFC [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] coalition Administration,” he stated.According to Rohee, the move will definitely enhance the economic and financial well-being of the working people of Guyana.Tax-exempted overtime for workers from the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) was announced by the Social Protection Ministry recently.The decision followed a meeting with Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle and BCGI officials on Thursday last at the Ministry’s Brickdam office.The meeting was a response to concerns raised by stakeholders when Ministers Lawrence and Scott visited the company to inspect the conditions under which the workers were employed. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

first_img1 Marcos Rojo Manchester United have bid £16m for Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo, according to reports in Portugal.Sport paper O’Jogo claims Louis van Gaal has tabled an offer to take the Argentina international to Old Trafford.United splashed out £31m on Luke Shaw earlier this summer, but the Reds parted company with Alex Buttner and Patrice Evra and are without cover for the former Southampton man.Rojo, at 6ft tall, can also play at centre-back and that may appeal to Van Gaal as he plans to adopt a new 3-5-2 formation.United have reportedly offered around £9.5m up front, with £6.5m to be paid off in future instalments.But Rojo is only part-owned by Sporting, with sports investment group Doyen owning 75 per cent of the player’s economic rights, which could make the deal more difficult.last_img read more

first_imgFrom staff reports The Redondo girls volleyball team was unable to close the victory as host Santa Barbara rebounded for a 13-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-9 nonleague win Saturday. Redondo coach Tommy Chaffins attributed the loss to Santa Barbara’s mental toughness in the match’s final games. “They really picked up their game,” Chaffins said. “They were tougher mentally and physically. They gave a better effort than we did in the last three sets.” Redondo (5-2) was led by Megan Saraceno, who had 13 kills and 15 digs. Devon Dykstra followed up a strong performance against Marymount on Thursday with 12 kills and nine digs. Saturday’s loss was Redondo’s second straight and second of the season following Thursday’s loss to Marymount. Redondo will need to erase the mental errors if the team hopes to avoid a third straight loss Tuesday at South Torrance, Chaffins said. “Volleyball is all about momentum, and we lost the momentum against Santa Barbara,” Chaffins said. “Our team played hard. The other team played harder.” JC cross country El Camino finished second in both the men’s and women’s races at the Golden West Invitational at Central Park in Huntington Beach. Steven Calise (third, 19 minutes, 46 seconds), Louis Castro (seventh, 20:02) and Alex Gorny (15th, 20:10) led the men to a second-place tie with Mt. San Antonio College, 21 points behind American River College of Sacramento. Courtney Stephens (fourth, 18:27), Gaby Rubi (ninth, 19:10) and Megan Adams (14th, 19:23) led the women, who finished 40 points behind Mt. SAC. JC women’s volleyball El Camino defeated Pierce, 30-20, 30-20, 30-27, Saturday in the final of the San Diego Mesa Tournament. Lauren Simmons was named the tournament’s most valuable player, recording 15 kills and 14 digs. Marcella Hernandez added 10 kills, seven blocks and five aces, and along with Simmons and Carrie O’Brien was named to the all-tournament team for El Camino (10-1).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

first_img1 Video referees are on course to be introduced at the World Cup for the first time next year in Russia Video referees are on course to be introduced at the World Cup for the first time next year in Russia. Former Premier League referee David Elleray, who is now technical director for football’s law-making body IFAB, has said plans are progressing well enough to be considered for the showpiece finals in 2018. Early trials, held in Italy, Holland and the United States, will be discussed at next month’s IFAB annual general meeting in London. Elleray said: “We are very happy with the progress that has been made. We have gone from almost nothing to more than a dozen countries, and we have already found out what we can do better.“One or two things did not go so well at first but it would be a great shame if people get the idea that it is not going to work. “It has so far worked better than a lot of people have anticipated.“If the trials go well, FIFA would like to have the option to use it for the World Cup next year. England are also following this closely and may well become part of it in the future.”last_img read more

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF 2 Confirmed line-upsTottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Davies, Rose, Sissoko, Skipp, Lucas Moura, Alli, Lamela, KaneSubs: Son, Winks, Walker-Peters, Llorente, Gazzaniga, Eriksen, EyomaBurnley: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Westwood, Cork, Brady, BarnesSubs: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Wood, Hendrick, Gibson, Vydra Tottenham got the draw they needed in Barcelona Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tottenham are riding high as they welcome Burnley to Wembley on Saturday in the Premier League.Mauricio Pochettino’s men completed a miraculous escape from their Champions League group with a 1-1 draw in Barcelona on Tuesday night. REVEALED And Spurs, quietly going about their business in the league, will consider themselves well-and-truly in the title race with six points separating them from league leaders Liverpool.Burnley, on the other hand, are loitering dangerously close to the relegation zone after a poor start to the season.However, they looked far more like themselves last weekend, as a 1-0 victory over Brighton ended eight games without a win.What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “I am more motivated to play against Burnley than the previous games to reduce the distance between Liverpool and City.“To be up there is a massive motivation and I hope we all feel the same.”Sean Dyche (Burnley): “Tottenham are having a fine start to the season and they had a great result the other night. I really like the way they go about their business.“It changes when you go to places like Tottenham. That gives us just that little bit of freedom to take the game on and hopefully deliver a very good performance, because we will need it.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 2 huge blow Joe Hart celebrates after Burnley returned to winning ways against Brighton Latest Football News MONEY last_img read more

first_img Getty Getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 shining REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 The 30-year-old has continued to train with the Arsenal squad ahead of the final but, for the time being, will not travel to Baku 3 Mkhitaryan is the captain of Armenia’s national team and has stayed away from playing in Azerbaijan in recent years REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a big miss for Arsenal in their all-English European final against Chelsea ADVICE tense huge blow gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The same political tensions saw him skip the Gunners’ clash against Qarabag in Baku earlier this season, while they also prevented him from playing for Borussia Dortmund in a Europa League game against Gabala – in northern Azerbaijan – in October 2015.UEFA have been heavily criticised for their decision to stage the final in Baku, with Arsenal and Chelsea fans also experiencing issues with travel and acquiring tickets to the match.In a statement, the Gunners said: “We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.”But Taghizade told talkSPORT on Wednesday that Azerbaijani officials have given the club and player every assurance over his safety.“Our reaction? The right word would be disappointment,” the ambassador told talkSPORT host Jim White. “Obviously that’s his decision – his, his family’s and the club’s – but we are disappointed in it.“We did our upmost to assure his safety would be guaranteed and the safety of anybody travelling to Baku, as well as the fans, team crews and other players.”There is a suggestion Mkhitaryan could be making a personal political statement by not travelling to Baku, rather than having genuine concerns for his safety.Azerbaijan and the midfielder’s native Armenia remain in conflict and the region of Nagorno-Karabakh – which sits within Azerbaijan’s geographical borders – is still disputed between the two neighbouring nations.And Taghizade believes this may be the real reason behind Mkhitaryan’s choice to stay away from the Azerbaijani capital. He said: “Do I think he is making a political statement? I am afraid so.“Honestly, there is a concern here that what Mkhitaryan has done is not connected to his ethnicity or anything he’s doing as a pro footballer, but there is an issue.“He has visited Nagorno-Karabakh, an occupied portion of Azerbaijan, at least once and that was an unsanctioned visit.“Those people are usually black-listed in Azerbaijan, which means they are not able to get a visa or travel to Azerbaijan.“But in this case, Mkhitaryan’s case has been settled and there is no issue whatsoever.“There is absolutely no problem for Azerbaijan to receive Mkhitaryan and to provide for his physical safety and security. His physical safety is assured by every word I say. There are ‘no issues whatsoever’ to prevent Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from travelling to Baku for the Europa League final against Chelsea, Azerbaijan’s UK ambassador has told talkSPORT.Tahir Taghizade insists the Armenia captain’s personal safety has been ‘guaranteed’ and has suggested the Gunners star is actually making a political statement by not taking part in the match.Arsenal have confirmed they will be without Mkhitaryan for the all-English European final, with the 30-year-old refusing to travel to Baku over the conflict between his country and host nation Azerbaijan. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice “It’s ultimately his decision, but if we are looking for reasons to justify a decision that maybe longer in the making, that’s something different.”Taghizade has also insisted he is ready and willing to talk to Arsenal and Mkhitaryan personally to allay their fears for safety and encourage the Gunners star to travel for the cup final.“Absolutely I would talk to them, at any moment,” he added.“If there is any contact I would be delighted to do that. If there is any chance of alleviating his concerns and doubts that are overshadowing his decision making, I would be delighted.“I think this will be a great celebration of a great game. I have no dog in this fight because I am neither a fan of Chelsea nor Arsenal, but it will be a great celebration and I think his participation can only make it shine brighter.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Azerbaijan’s UK ambassador Tahir Taghizade IN FULL abovelast_img read more

first_imgAgain, the suspect is a white man in his 30s driving a dark colored Oldsmobile. If this man stops by your home, please call the sheriff’s office at 812-358-2141. Authorities in Jackson County are looking for a white man believed to be going around Grassey Fork Township south of Dudleytown and Tampico asking for money to buy diapers and formula.Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers says when residents offer to buy these items for him, he refuses and wants only money.last_img

first_imgEntertainment: Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane have had a fabulous new face lift! Call in and catch a film and relax in one of their stadium studios with American Rocker style seats.Kids Club Daily (until Sunday 8th Jan)Tickets €1.80 New Films This WeekAssassin’s Creed Dynamic Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard reunite with each other and director Justin Kurzel for this epic video game adaptation. Callum Lynch (Fassbender) is a dangerous criminal scheduled for execution – but his life is saved when he’s rescued by the mysterious Abstergo Industries, the modern-day equivalent of the Knights Templar. Under the instruction of scientist Sophia Rikkin (Cotillard) and her CEO father Alan (Jeremy Irons), Callum is forced to take part in the Animus Project, whereby the company taps into his genetic memories. Soon Callum is reliving the deadly, action-packed life of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Soon he gains the skills and knowledge to confront the present-day Templars who have him trapped. Based on the sensational franchise, blending eye-popping visuals with star power and the vision of director Justin Kurzel, Assassin’s Creed promises to be the video game movie to end them all. Silence Celebrated Taxi Driver and Raging Bull director Martin Scorsese returns with his long-awaited passion project: a sweeping and emotional adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel. In the 17th century, young Portuguese Jesuit priests Sebastiao Rodrigues and Francisco Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Father Cristovao Ferreira (Liam Neeson). On a journey to preach the Gospel and the word of Christ, they come face to face with appalling Christian persecution in an unfamiliar land. One of cinema’s most esteemed directors, Martin Scorsese, has been planning this breathtaking adaptation of a literary classic for 20 years. Responsible for masterpieces like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy and Goodfellas, he’s now poised to deliver one of the most intensely personal works of his career, a movie event that’s not to be missed. Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comLoyalty CardsGet yours todayFifty Shades Darker – 10th Feb 2017Tickets On Sale – Book yours here A Monster Calls – Friday 13th Jan 2017Eclipse Cinemas: Deadly action-packed Assassin’s Creed comes to the big screen was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

first_imgThere has been much sadness following the passing of hotelier Arthur Kee.Mr Kee, of Glencross, Rathmullan, and formerly Kee’s Hotel, Main Street, Stranorlar, passed away at his home.His remains are reposing at his home in Glencross, Rathmullan and the house is strictly Private at the request of the deceased. His funeral takes place tomorrow at 10 am for a private cremation in Lakelands Crematorium at 1pm.A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held in Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar tomorrow evening, Thursday, at 6 pm.The family will be in attendance from 6pm to 8.30pm and everyone is welcome.Mr Kee was a giant in the hotel industry and many happy times and memories will be evoked during this celebration of Arthur’s life. May he rest in peace.Sadness at passing of well-known hotelier Arthur Kee was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Arthur KeedeathfuneralStranorlarlast_img read more

first_img24 March 2011South Africa’s Francois Nel was crowned Mr Gay World 2011 at a lavish awards ceremony in Mandaluyong City, Philippines last week – in the process securing the rights for South Africa to host the annual event in 2012.The 28-year-old make-up artist and teacher beat competition from 23 entrants from around the world to become the new goodwill ambassador for Mr Gay World, an organization that seeks to combat discrimination against gay people worldwide.In doing so, he made it two in a row for South Africa, inheriting the international title from his compatriot, Charl van den Berg, the winner of the 2010 edition of the competition.As the winner, Nel will receive US$25 000 worth of trips to five continents to help “raise the visibility of optimistic gay men in a constructive dialogue with our fellow citizens”.Next stop South AfricaIn a spectacular grand finale at Club Mwah, the Philippines’ member of the Mr Gay World board, Noemi Alberto, made the symbolic handover to South Africa’s Coenie Kukkuk, who will be the host producer of Mr Gay World 2012 in Johannesburg from 4 to 8 April next year.Mr Gay World president Eric Butter said: “We are so excited to take our Big Five (continents) to Africa to experience the ‘Rainbow Nation’ for our fourth annual competition.“The producers of Mr Gay South Africa have produced excellent quality events, and we are looking forward to the production and unique African experience they are planning for the international delegation.”Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg last week, Kukkuk said the aim of the 2012 competition would be twofold – to highlight the plight of LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex] people across Africa, as well as to give hope to LGBTI people themselves by showing them positive role models.Nel wrote on his blog afterwards: “Congratulations to all those that have a vision of a world where there is no discrimination. South Africa, your liberal and progressive constitution was what inspired me and my team members to stand on the world stage and to be Proudly South African.”Coming out against ‘corrective rape’While South Africa’s Constitution includes a Bill of Rights that was the first in the world to explicitly protect lesbians and gays from discrimination, gay and lesbian South Africans still suffer to varying degrees from the reality of societal stigma and discrimination.Writing on his blog on Monday, South Africa’s Human Rights Day, Nel said that, during a recent visit to Cape Town, he had met with Melanie Nathan and Ndumi Funda, who are both involved in combating what has become known as “corrective rape”, in which lesbian women are raped purportedly in order to “cure” them of their sexual orientation.“Our lesbians are being raped because they live true to their natural identity and share love with other females,” Nel wrote.“Human rights mean that we can love unconditionally, even when we share love with the same-sex, it does not infringe or is not to the detriment of other communities, it is love that reaches beyond the judgment projected upon minorities because of negative beliefs.”Luleki Sizwe, a non-governmental organisation founded by Funda, recently met with Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe as part of a campaign to have “corrective rape” labelled a hate crime.Luleki Sizwe has been pushing for the government to set up a commission to research, develop and implement a national action plan to tackle anti-gay and lesbian violence in South Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more