Dear Editor,This illegal registration must stop. Over the weekend the police were called in by a GECOM enumerator working the Herstelling area to arrest some people who were then taken to the Providence Police Station after they refused to take part in the illegal process of House-to-House Registration, knowing that all Guyanese have until October 30, according to GECOM, to do so.The enumerators went to the resident’s home and called out for the people to register, the women very politely showed no interest in the registration, however, passersby made varying comments.As a result, the enumerators were embarrassed and they went and took the police to the residence where the incident allegedly took place. The enumerators told the police that a person wearing a red shirt cursed them. On arrival, nobody was wearing a red shirt.The police then asked a peace-loving male who was busy doing some work in the yard to put on a shirt and accompany them to the station.At the station, the enumerators, realising that they could not have pointed out the person who cursed them, decided to shamelessly accuse the innocent man of indecent language.However, as the entire village was coming out to picket the station, better sense prevailed. With the polite intervention by an elder person, the women on the bench were allowed to leave and the police released the boy who was already in the cell on five thousand dollars bail.It is clear that the GECOM enumerators are overstepping their boundaries and getting argumentative with residents. On many occasions, the enumerators would threaten residents to register despite the residents might not have their source documents available.The police should certainly look into those allegations from the residents against some of the enumerators.Enumerators should also be aware that by GECOM’s proclamation, all Guyanese have until October 30 to register if they so desire so no action can be taken against anyone prior to the date. It is also the enumerator’s responsibility to visit and make revisits to homes to ensure persons are registered in keeping with the Registration Act.Respectfully,Neil Kumar
Nursery Education is an essential aspect in children attaining optimum academic achievement. This was the contention of Acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson as he alluded to the importance of nursery education in the country.Hutson was at the time speaking at the launch of a Literacy Clinic at the Ramada Princess Hotel on Sunday, explaining that the Day marked 40 years since public access to Nursery Education was realised in Guyana.“We [are] celebrating 40 years [of] nursery education which is a fundamental kind of education and we believe that if our children are going to do well, they must be able to get that motivation to be able to push and the inspiration to go forward,” he said.It was in 1976 that all private education was discontinued from Nursery to University and became free of cost. This change was premised on the State’s policy at the time, when socialism was dominant and pre-eminent. Before then, nursery level education was the preserve of the privileged who sent their children to these institution that were run privately.In fact, at the time the policy was changed, the Education Ministry had little involvement in the nursery level.According to historical accounts, at the time government assumed full control of the education sector, the Ministry of Education, through its relevant agencies sought to train the school owners and teachers to align their teaching methodology with the State’s curriculum requirements.Further, these nursery education facilitators were then paid by the State.In the early years of the public nursery system, the government continued to use the same buildings that the private institutions had held. Over time, nursery classes developed into Primary schools, a situation that exists today.Additionally, government had also set up what is called “Discreet Nursery Schools” where the nursery school was held in a separate building. One example is the Starters’ Nursery School, located at the back of St Margaret’s Primary in Cummingsburg, Georgetown.In those days, some parents opted not to send their children to school and many parents would wait until the Primary age to begin formal schooling.Guyana Times was told that this situation continued, which led to some Headteachers of Primary institutions being hesitant in accepting children without the nursery level education.The inclusion of Nursery Education in the public system gave rise to the development of the Early Childhood Education Programme which allowed for teachers to be trained for two years of nursery in addition to the first two years primary education, now called Grades 1 and 2.Research has shown that when teachers embarked on this programme, they were better equipped to prepare students for the transition from Nursery to Primary.In Guyana, teachers are professionally trained at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and the University of Guyana (UG).On Thursday last, the Education Ministry announced that CPCE is currently interviewing prospective students for 2016-2017 after having received 1847 applications for its programmes: Associate Degree in Education (two years); Associate Degree in Education (one year); and, Trained Teachers Certificate (three years).It was not specified how many applicants would be included for early childhood training. The statement however pointed out that “applicants will be selected based on the needs of the Administrative Region”.
The world football governing body – FIFA, has for the fourth time, altered the date of the Liberia-Ivory Coast’s two-tie in the last play-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers.The Acting Secretary General of LFA, Emmanuel Deah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone, that FIFA has sanctioned the 13th for the first leg but changed the date of the return-leg from Monday, the 16th of November, to Tuesday, the 17th of November.The Acting Chief scribe said it is set that Liberia would play host to the Elephants on Friday the 13th and honor her return leg the 17th instead of the previous date, the 16th in Abidjan.The change in the date has marked the fourth since the progression of the national team against Guinea Bissau on a 4-2 aggregate. Earlier, it was the 9th and 14th, then the 14th and 16; the 13th and 16th and then the 13th and 17th.Ivory Coast has appeared thrice in FIFA World Cup and sits 21 in the FIFA Coca Cola ranking while Liberia has never appeared in the World Cup and is 95 in the FIFA ranking.According to statistics, between 30 June 1965 to 16 June 1995, Liberia and Ivory Coast have met 11 times – four at home and seven away.The Elephant has whipped the Lone Star in seven matches and forced to a draw in four.Liberia bowed to Ivory Coast in the four home games, drew four away and also lost three away.Until 2005, Ivory Coast’s greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their second success came in the 2015 edition, again beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.For Liberia, her best achievement was qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and 2001 respectfully but never advanced beyond the group stage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The case involving Lindeners Selwyn Campbell and Laurel Almond, both of Block 22, Wismar, who are facing assault charges for reportedly lashing Wismar resident Jason Lespoir with a cutlass, inflicting injuries on him on April 26, 2018 at One Mile, Wismar, commenced on Tuesday before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse.With both defendants being absent from court, two witnesses took to the stand to give evidence; one of those witnesses was the virtual complainant, Jason Lespoir.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, during a fight, Almond dealt Lespoir several lashes with a cutlass while Campbell punched Lespoir to his face.The matter has been set to continue on August 30.
Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is ready to put any transfer talks on hold to focus on England Under-21s’ Euro 2017 bid. The goalkeeper is preparing for the tournament in Poland having already been linked with a big-money move from the Black Cats following their Premier League relegation. Everton are reportedly interested and Sunderland’s £30million valuation is unlikely to have changed despite former boss David Moyes’ exit last month. England fly out for the tournament on Monday ahead of Friday’s opener against holders Sweden in Kielce and while Pickford, the Young Lions’ first-choice goalkeeper, admits he wants to stay in the top flight, he will wait to resolve his future.He said: “It’s a hard one. I feel like I am proven in the Premier League but I have spoken to my agent and told him that I just want to concentrate on the Euros and be the best I can be. I’ll see where it takes me.“You have to take (the transfer speculation) as a compliment. I have just got to keep concentrating on myself. I have had a good season but it is about doing it next season, the season after that and then the one after that.“But what will be will be. The Euros is massive for me and a lot of the other players. I feel it will be a great tournament. I feel we can go and win it. We won Toulon last year. All you lot (the media) were raving about Toulon, so we need to do that again.”Pickford won a first senior England call-up last October and impressed for Sunderland despite their relegation last season, being short-listed for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. The 23-year-old has been at the Stadium of Light since he was eight years old, making 35 senior appearances since his debut in January 2016, and admitted it would be a wrench to leave Wearside.“Ideally, it would have been better if we had stayed up as a club. My heart is massive towards the club. It’s a hard one, really. But I have just got to keep concentrating on the Euros,” he said. “That is all I can do. Where we have got relegated and then I have gone into the Euros; that is where I have to be strong. I don’t want to be getting distracted and I am really excited for it.“We are all proper buzzing. We have got a chance to win it with the squad we have got. We have got to believe in ourselves. We have come this far, we have to get out of the group first, but we are capable of doing that easily. We will see where we go from there.” Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford in England training 1
A man who kicked a priest’s car and then challenged Gardai to a fight has appeared in court.Ryan Scanlon pleaded guilty to the attacks but said he simply could not remember anything that happened. The 19-year-old was approached by Gardai after attacking the priest’s car at Cathedral Place in Letterkenny at 1.20am on June 22nd last.The attack took place during the Donegal International Rally weekend and Scanlon had been drinking heavily.Sgt Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court that when approached by Gardai, Scanlon clenched his fists and invited Gardai to fight.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Scanlon, of Meadowbank Park in Letterkenny simply couldn’t handle his drink.He had since paid compensation for the damage to the priest’s car.Although Scanlon claimed in court that he was trying to address his issues, Judge Paul Kelly said he had some doubts as he was laughing during the court case.Scanlon, who is doing a FAS course, said he did not who to go to in an attempt to address his issues with alcohol.Judge Kely adjourned the case until December 16th and ordering a community service and probation service.Man kicked priest’s car during drunken rage was last modified: September 27th, 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:attackcarcourtdonegalletterkennyRyan Scanlon
Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no winning sequence in this weeks Lotto but the winner of the lucky dip was Geraldine Gallinagh, Railway Avenue who wins €30. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €1,650. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 9th February – Liam Kelly, 16th February – Paul Bradley, 23rd February – Kieran Bradley and 2nd March – Joe Sweeney. The winners of the players draw in the last two weeks were Michael Sweeney and Ryan Kelly. €4 to be paid every week at training for entry to the draw.MembershipThanks to all who helped out at the registration night on Wednesday night last. All those who have not registered should do so as soon as possible. Adult membership costs €30 per person with a concession rate of €50 for couples (an adult and their partner/husband/wife). Underage registration costs €10 per child or a maximum of €20 for a family. New members are very welcome to join the club. Sam Maguire VisitA big thank you to county star Eamon McGee and all the Red Hughs players and club officials for all their help last week with the visit of Sam Maguire and The Anglo Celt to the parish. Thanks for the fantastic welcomes in Gleneely, Killygordon and Dromore schools, at the Cake Wednesday Club and the Playschools.Senior Ladies Team ManagerCongratulations to Michael Shiels who has been appointed as the new senior ladies manager for 2013. Best of luck to him in the year ahead. Thanks from the club to outgoing manager Gerard McColgan for all his work with this team in the last few years.Minor BoardThere is still a coaching vacancy remaining for the U16 Girls team. Anyone interested in coaching this team should contact Stephen Gallagher on (087) 2054484.The special coaching workshop will now go ahead on Tuesday 12th February from 8.00pm to 9.30pm at the clubhouse. This is on the topic ‘Getting Fit For Sport’. This years minor panel are asked to attend along with all underage coaches. Anyone else who wishes to attend contact Stephen Gallagher on (087) 2054484. Spaces are limited to 40 persons. All parents and guardians should be aware that a new rule came has come into force from GAA headquarters making it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all matches and training sessions from the beginning of 2013. This is for all underage grades up to and including minor. It should be noted that players will not be allowed to play without mouth guards so it is now an essential part of a players kit.Night at the RacesThe club will be holding a ‘Night at the Races’ on Saturday the 23rd February in Brownes.Zumba Zumba classes now take place at the clubhouse on Monday mornings at 10.00am and Wednesdays at 7.00pm. Price of class is €5 per person. All are welcome.Clubhouse Open for ActivitiesThe upstairs room in the clubhouse is currently available for use for classes/activities. Times are flexible and reasonable rates apply. Anyone interested in using these facilities should contact Andy Doherty on (087) 6843311 for more details.SympathySincere sympathy is extended to the McConnell family, Monellan on the recent sad passing of Vincent McConnell. Vincent was a great supporter of the club down through the years.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 4th, 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:RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES
What another fantastic weekend we had at Voodoo Venue, the venue was packed Friday, Saturday and Sunday and with top class entertainment being provided throughout the weekend which catered for all ages. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past.The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize. VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR? was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:home-page features. Entertainmentnewspicture specialVOODOO
A shoe handover at Ntokwe Primary in Taung in the North West Province. (Image: Walk A Child To School Facebook)Walk a Child to School is helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the simple act of donating school shoes. You are urged to help the cause.All South Africans are on called to play their part by donating school shoes so disadvantaged children can go to school with pride.The Walk a Child to School campaign, spearheaded by two Stellenbosch social change drivers, Abulele Adams and Wisaal Osman, calls on people to donate school shoes. The initiative was inspired by Adams’ mother, a teacher, who spoke about a girl in her class who walked to school with broken shoes throughout winter.Her story propelled Adams and Osman to create the Walk a Child to School campaign. Adams told SA Goodnews that they planned to hand over shoes monthly to deserving schools throughout South Africa.“The overall plan for Walk a Child to School is to provide children from various schools with school shoes monthly and perhaps expand that to other learning materials, for example stationery, school bag, school uniform, etc.“Learners need to be encouraged to continue with school. Shoes should not be another barrier a learner must overcome in order to have a positive schooling experience,” he said.HOW IT WORKSThe initiative receives donations from people who wish to make a difference in their communities. Teachers identify the children at their schools who need shoes. The criterion for selecting children is purely social need. There are no academic requirements for any learner to get the shoes.Walk a Child to School then collects the money, buys the shoes and hands them over to the children.“Ideally, we collect as many shoes as are needed, but this is dependent on funding,” Osman explained. “We have completed a handover for 84 pairs of shoes at one school. At a different school we gave 30 pairs of shoes. It depends on the needs of the children at the school.”This month, the two will be handing over shoes at Goedgedacht School in Western Cape and at a school in Brandvlei, in Northern Cape.They have collaborated with organisations such as The Taung Child Foundation, Tshegetso Community Projects and Goedgedacht Foundation.Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project by buying shoes or by donating money. There are no specific sizes or gender restrictions. You can donate cash to the following bank account:Bank: CapitecAccount name: Abulele AdamsAccount number: 1348645057Bank code: 470010Reference: Your name and surnameBENEFICIARIESSince the start of the project, in October 2015, nearly R10 000 has been donated and it has served many needy schoolchildren.The first school to receive shoes was Masakhane Primary School in Port Elizabeth, which got 64 pairs of shoes on 23 October 2015. Other schools that have benefited include: Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain; and, Rietenbosch Primary School in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.PRAISEDurban-born, American-based early childhood development expert Bonginkosi Hopewell Mkhize praised the duo.“I have worked with children over the past seven years,” he said. “I have seen a lot of kids going to school without shoes. I have noticed a huge negative impact on those kids’ academic records. It also affects their self-confidence. They have social withdrawal syndromes because of the stereotypical stigmatising treatment from their peers. Most of them lack motivation and they drop out of school.”It was very important that we all played a meaningful role and addressed this issue by supporting initiatives that sought to address challenges faced by our children, he added.“I rally behind the initiative and I wish that everyone can support this initiative.”Cape Town early childhood facilitator and peer educator Jonathan Ho’Bosch shared Mkhize’s sentiments.“We need more people to possess true integrity and leadership as community leaders,” he said. “Young people need to also be the change that they want to see in the world so the people doing these programmes must go to churches and society or stokvel groups for assistance.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.