Bartomeu: “Setién has no exit clause this June”

first_imgQuique Setién is the main protagonist again of the front pages of the Barcelona newspapers this Thursday, although the most prominent words are those of the Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, which ensures in an interview with Sport that Quique Setién “It has no exit clause for June 2020”, which means that even if I won no title, it will continue. If not, it must be dismissed. Bartomeu also sends an optimistic message (“we will have fun”) and leave a message for Xavi: “He will one day coach Barça, but now he is Quique.” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 16, 2020 For its part, Sports world also takes the new coach of Barça with the headline “Setien plan”. Sports world ensures that Riqui Puig will go to the first team with the Cantabrian coach, who Vidal it will stay and the decision that is not yet taken has to do with the signing of a striker who, in sight, seems necessary.last_img read more

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Guyanese problem is not unsolvable; it has a solution…

first_imgDear Editor,I pen this letter today about something that has consistently exposed itself over the last 3 years with regard to this Granger regime.  It is critical that the poor and the working class understand what is happening in Guyana today, and be allowed to bring power to this truth: the Guyanese problem is not unsolvable; it has a solution.  It is just that President Granger remains clueless on this solution.We have had too many instances of extremely bad doses of political leadership in Guyana for too long.  Accurate history will reveal that the worst of the lot is David Granger. This Granger Government is the worst of them all.  I want the nation to appreciate that, with David Granger at the helm of Guyana, it will not get any better, because his priorities clearly are not what are needed to socially and economically transform the nation.Let me explain my position: Being a President is more than cutting a few ribbons and accrediting a few diplomats here and there.  Being a President is more than wasting G$1.5 billion on an underused parade ground to host multi-million “mass games-type” marching events like if you are in North Korea.Being a President is more than riding in siren cars and travelling the world more than 100 times at taxpayers’ expense to attend yet another useless conference, rather than bringing back real investable projects to Guyana.Being a President is knowing when there is trouble in the economy, and taking decisive actions to bring financial comfort to your people.  You do not delay executive action with these myriads of commissions of inquiry; you take progressive action for your people within minutes.The examples are just too many to illustrate that this Granger government really does not care about the welfare of the poor and the working class. They represent a different class interest, and irrespective of race or religion, once this Granger government is in power, the working class will be suppressed.The absence of timely and sensible intervention in a place like the sugar industry can be regarded as the biggest crime of this decade, along with a determined effort by the ruling elite to tell you that there is no money for you.  Isn’t this what Mr. Granger told the teachers on May Day 2018?  Isn’t this what Mr. Granger told 7,000 sugar workers when, with one stroke of his pen, he condemned them to a life of sustained poverty?But what have the Granger cabal done for themselves while they marginalize the people?  One week after arriving in the office, most of the ministers got a 50% increase, some more, and the Prime Minister of this country got G$20 million per annum plus lavish perks.Here is a man who has less responsibility than a low level political operator in the former Government, like Kwame McKoy, but is being allowed to drain the Treasury for more than G$100 million during his 5-year term.This Granger cabal have increased their travel budget since arriving in office by more than G$1.4 billion per year (sourced from the 2018 Budget).  But there is more! The reserves of this country have fallen below US$500 million in 2018 for the first time since 2009, when the economy was much smaller.  Government has run up an overdraft at the Bank of Guyana that surpasses more than G$55 billion, the first time in the history of Guyana, I was advised. Some 85% of the gold reserves were sold, and the money already spent.  Some G$20 billion was drained from the profitable state-owned entities and spent.  There is a common theme here from this Granger regime: plunder and spend, and when the Treasury is empty, they are planning to move to stage two – increase taxes and borrow more and spend more.  I want to caution the Guyanese people that all is not well.  You need to look at other countries and observe how their Heads of State are taking action when their economies are in trouble.  The university-educated youths of Guyana are aware of these shenanigans from these ruling politicians, and that is why some 90% of them are migrating today, compared to 82% in 2011. That is a clear statement that they see no future with a Granger-led administration. That was my message.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Dec 21st Community Events Photos

first_imgToday is the final day of the Ecole Central Elementary School’s silent auction. This auction is to help raise money for the grade 6 and 7 French Immersion Class Trip to Quebec this spring.                                                                                                 Picture: Amber DavyWith Christmas right around the corner, many Fort St. John residents visit the Totem Mall to do some holiday shopping.                                                                      Picture: Amber DavyThe Lido Theatre is hosting Raising Our Voices Holiday Variety Show. This show features our local performers such as musicians and dancers.                                 Picture: Amber Davy                                 – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Urgency looms for teacher contracts

first_imgWHITTIER – For school districts that haven’t managed to settle their teacher contracts by spring, the month of April can be a backbreaker, state education officials say. There’s the extreme example taking place at the Hayward Unified School District in Northern California, where teachers decided to go on strike April 5 because of a salary dispute. There, teachers are asking for a 16 percent pay increase over two years – similar to the raise given to administrators – while the district has countered with a one-time, 3 percent bonus for the current year. But locally, teachers say, talk of a strike hasn’t made its way around three districts that now find themselves in the thick of labor strife. They are the Lowell Joint, Whittier City and El Rancho Unified school districts, where teachers have been working without a contract since July – and they have all gotten stuck on salary issues for a new three-year contract. “April is the time when districts will have either settled their contracts, or the situation starts to get really serious,” said Barbara Kerr, president of the behemoth California Teachers Association that represents about 340,000 teachers statewide. “Every district has its unique problems. For some, it’s declining enrollment, for some it’s \ special education,” Kerr said during an interview last week in Whittier. “But ultimately, school districts have to find a way to pay teachers what they deserve.” At the Lowell Joint School District, an impasse in contract talks has already been declared, triggering the involvement of a state mediator who will try to bring both sides to a fair compromise. Their first mediation session is in the beginning of May, said Lowell Joint Education Association Co-President Margaret Palmer. “I strongly feel that the district is backing us into a corner,” Palmer said. “We just want the district to do what is fair.” Lowell Joint teachers are asking for a 5.92percent pay raise but the district is offering a one-time, 1 percent salary bonus for the current school year only. Superintendent Patricia Howell says it is not in a position to offer more because it has been under the scrutiny of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which flagged Lowell Joint’s budget two years ago when its spending exceeded its revenue. “While we have to focus on what’s best for students, we also have to make fiscally sound decisions so we don’t end up with a negative balance like last year,” Howell said. At the Whittier City School District, teachers’ union President Martha Winans said last week that both sides are close to reaching agreement on a new contract. That’s welcome news for the district and teachers, considering they overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract offer from the district a month ago that offered a 3 percent pay hike retroactive to Feb. 1. “The district was very surprised when it wasn’t ratified,” Winans said, “and they’ve been most cooperative since.” That’s not the case at the El Rancho Unified School District, where teachers are asking for a guaranteed cost-of-living increase in their new contract. They showed up in force at a recent board meeting to express their displeasure over stalled negotiations, said El Rancho Federation of Teachers President Marsha Hall. But so far, nothing has come of it – and if the district doesn’t have a written contract proposal at its bargaining session next week, Hall said teachers plan to declare an impasse. “It’s just very frustrating,” Hall said. “We want the three years of a guaranteed COLA and the right to go back \ for anything else, and we have not progressed beyond that. “It’s really nerve-wracking,” she added. “I don’t want to see teachers fill out their papers and leave the district like they’ve said they will.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 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

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RESIDENTS REFUSE TO PLAY BALL WITH RAPHOE TOWN FC OVER NEW GROUND

first_imgA decision to grant planning permission to Raphoe Town Football Club for a new clubhouse has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.Conditional permission was granted by Donegal County Council for the development at Drumineney, Raphoe but the development is now under doubt.However Ciaran Neary, who reoresented15 neighbours adjacent to proposed development objected to the original application. The residents claimed it would interfere with the enjoyment of their rural homes through noise pollution, light pollution and extra traffic.The group also argued that the service road for the development was not adequate and that work would be carried out close to a national monument.Despite the objections the council awarded conditional planning permission.That decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala with a decision due from the board on the 21st of May.  RESIDENTS REFUSE TO PLAY BALL WITH RAPHOE TOWN FC OVER NEW GROUND was last modified: January 25th, 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:planning permissionRaphoe Town FClast_img read more

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MAN WHO BEAT GIRLFRIEND FOR 90 MINUTES TOLD HE BROUGHT GREAT SHAME ON FAMILY

first_imgA man who beat a woman so badly that he left the footprint of his shoe on her body has been told he has brought great shame on his family.Eamon Harkin (pictured) beat up then girlfriend Danielle Kerrigan for more than 90 minutes on St Valentine’s Night.He only stopped his reign of terror to get a drink of water. Harkin, 24, of St Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court after pleading guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Kerrigan on February 14th, 2010.He had been remanded in custody since he first appeared in court two weeks ago.The court heard that Harkin, a butcher, had locked Ms Kerrigan in the house they shared and then beat her consistently as she cried for help.Horrific pictures of her injuries were shown presented to the court. She suffered extensive bruising to her body and also a suspected broken nose and toe.The court was told that Harkin drank six pints of beer and a litre of vodka before attacking Ms Kerrigan.At one stage Harkin put his hands around his victim’s neck and Ms Kerrigan said she felt like she was going to die.In a victim impact statement on behalf of Ms Kerrigan, the court heard that she sometimes cannot look at the couple’s young son because he reminds her of his father.It also revealed how Ms Kerrigan, who was training to become a prison officer, can sometimes not leave her house for fear something will happen to her.Judge John O’Hagan said there was “simply no excuse for assaulting a defenceless woman.”He added that drink was no excuse but he found the fact that Harkin had no previous convictions and had not got into any trouble since impressive.“You have brought great shame on your family. But your family have been very supportive and your father said the effect on the family has been devastating. He said ‘The Harkin family don’t do this type of thing’,” he said.Judge O’Hagan said if he had not pleaded guilty but been found guilty by a jury then he would have jailed Harkin for between 2 and 3 years.However he sentenced him to two years in prison but substituted the sentence for 240 hours community service.MAN WHO BEAT GIRLFRIEND FOR 90 MINUTES TOLD HE BROUGHT GREAT SHAME ON FAMILY was last modified: November 10th, 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:asaultDanielle KerriganEamon HarkinRaphoelast_img read more

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MAN APPEARS IN COURT CHARGED WITH 29 GLUE ATTACKS ON CARS AND HOUSES

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with a spate of glue attacks on cars and houses in Co Donegal over the past year.William McElwaine appears in court today. Pic by NW Newspix.William James McElwaine, 27, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today after being arrested by Gardai over the weekend. His arrest follows months of attacks on pensioners and other homeowners at various locations across Letterkenny in recent months.In total McElwaine faces a total of 29 charges of criminal damage on at least ten different occasions between September 2012 and May 2013.His arrest follows a spate of glue attacks on property which left thousands of euro worth of damage.Pensioners and young families at Ballymacool Terrace in Letterkenny were locked out of their homes when their front doors were super-glued.A series of other attacks then occurred at various locations across the town.Garda Stephen Moyles told the court that McElwaine had no response when 26 of the charges were put to him.Of the other three charges he replied “I only did that once” to two of the charges and “I don’t remember, I don’t know that place,” to another charge.McElwaine sat in court wearing a blue hoodie and didn’t speak throughout the hearing.Garda Moyles said that he did not know the full extent of the cost of the attacks but one woman got a quote of €1,000 to repair her car.Other homeowners had agreed a deal with a local locksmith to have the locks on their homes replaced.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said he was seeking an adjournment to see the exact cost of the damage.Inspector Michael Harrison, who said a full file has been prepared on the matter, said he had no objection to bail.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until June 5th and ordered McElwaine to sign on three times each week at Buncrana Garda station and keep a curfew of between 11pm and 7am each day.MAN APPEARS IN COURT CHARGED WITH 29 GLUE ATTACKS ON CARS AND HOUSES was last modified: April 14th, 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:donegalglue attacksletterkennyWilliam James McElwainelast_img read more

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Development in Newhall sparks worry

first_imgNEWHALL – City officials are trying to quell fears in old Newhall that redevelopment will displace residents of the largely Latino neighborhood, but plans to recast the downtown core into a pedestrian-friendly arts and shopping district will force many small business owners who serve the community to relocate. “The city should work with the people that own the buildings to improve the area but not to always threaten to take our properties or to relocate what we worked a lifetime for,” said Adriana Gammert, who owns a building on San Fernando Road, where she operated a boutique for 30 years. “It is very disheartening.” Her tenant, Andrew Martin, who owns Martin Insurance Agency Inc., said plans to establish an open-air market where the building stands are misguided. “It’s insane, the merchants are afraid to speak,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Gammert, who has fought to relocate the market, said property owners fear city officials will enact eminent domain proceedings to implement the plan. The Santa Clarita City Council, acting as the city’s redevelopment agency, will look at current uses, developers’ proposals and property owners’ plans for high-profile sites in the deteriorating business district. Officials have said they could resort to invoking eminent domain if they aren’t satisfied with the property owners’ plans for their land. Two parking structures and a civic building are planned for an area spanning 32 parcels, currently in the hands of 18 property owners. Chris Price, the city’s project manager for the redevelopment, said the vast majority of projects planned for the area will be developer driven, and while plans are under way for several public improvement projects – including two parking structures – no private projects have been approved yet. At a meeting hosted by the Old Town Newhall Association on Wednesday, Price tried to dispel rumors the city will use eminent domain to take over residential areas. “I told them that currently the city does not have the legal ability to take anybody’s house in the (50-block) redevelopment area,” he said. “It is possible for us to go through the process that could give us that ability in the redevelopment area, but we have not been given any direction to do that to date.” Some worry zoning changes wrought by the Downtown Newhall specific plan will change the complexion of their neighborhood, allowing condominiums to rise where only single-family homes stand today. “It is just disgusting they will allow a 2 1/2-story building next to us,” said East Newhall resident Ginger Eubanks, whose 50-by-125-foot property near Market Street has a guest house in the rear, as does her neighbor’s. “It would be horrendous.” The owner of German Autohaus, whose repair shop at 9th Street and Railroad Avenue sits where the north parking lot is planned, supports rehabilitating the area but wonders why officials do not see the city’s downtown where he sees it. “Everybody knows the mall is downtown Santa Clarita,” he said. “Why do we make San Fernando Road (into) Main Street? They are dreamers … they can build condos and offices, but don’t make it (in downtown Newhall).” He is concerned restriping Railroad Avenue will turn it into a speedway, and drastically reduce customer parking in the short term. Price said officials are looking into other solutions for the temporary parking shortage, and diagonal spaces will be provided on San Fernando Road, which will be renamed Main Street in that area. Existing auto-related businesses will be allowed to remain for the time being, but new auto service businesses will not be allowed in the plan area. The auto businesses potentially would be subject to the same competition as their neighbors whose properties may be desired by developers. The city has asked eight developers to submit proposals, but officials also have encouraged property owners to submit their own plans. “Some don’t like that concept that changes the way things are now,” Price said. “We tried to explain how much effort goes into negotiating with property owners and business owners, the efforts that go into relocation, the components that go into assistance and reimbursement (for relocating.)” Price has said the city would use eminent domain to assemble properties if people do not want to sell, but that would be a last resort. Property owners would be paid and relocated. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want 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

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN IN LETTERKENNY TODAY

first_imgThe Donegal v Monaghan Allianz Football League match takes place this coming Sunday 8th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 2pm.Patrons are advised to use Town Centre Car Parks on the day as there will be traffic restrictions in the area from 12.30pm.There will be a Park & Ride system operating from The Station House Hotel to O’Donnell Park. The Ballymacool Road will be closed at Black’s Shop at 12.30pm. Access will be granted ONLY to local residents and Aura Leisure Centre users.When St Eunan’s car park is full, match traffic approaching from Glenties Road will be turned and vehicles will be parked on left hand side of road, facing countrywards.Non-match traffic from Glenties Road will be diverted into town via New Mills bridge.A Garda-approved bucket collection will take place outside the venue today, all proceeds going to the Donegal Girls U14 footballers.  TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN IN LETTERKENNY TODAY was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalMonaghanO’Donnell Parktraffic restrictionslast_img read more

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Wakiso, Dove All Stars in top of the table clash

first_imgWakiso defeated Entebbe in their last game (Photo by Wakiso Media)FUFA Big League 2018/19Thursday, 10-01-2019Elgon Group:-Kataka Vs JMC Hippos – CRO Sansiro Stadium, Mbale-UPDF Vs Nebbi Central – Bombo Army Military Stadium-Bukedea Town Council Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Emokori Playground, Bukedea-Kyetume Vs Entebbe – Nakisunga Ssaza Playground, Mukono-Wakiso Giants Vs Doves All Stars – Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe – JinjaRwenzori Group:-Kira United Vs Kiboga Young – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole-Proline Vs Kabale Sharp – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo – Kampala-Dove Vs Kansai Plascon – Katushabe Playground, MasindiKAMPALA – A Titanic battle highlights the FUFA Big Leagu action on Thursday as Wakiso Giants host Dove All Stars at the Bugembe Stadium in Jinja.Wakiso are currently leading the standings in the Elgon Group, only a single point above their Thursday’s opponents and both sides will head into the encounter knowing that there is no room for error.In their maiden season, Wakiso have been impressive so far, being the only unbeaten side in the entire League (both Elgon and Rwenzori Groups) and they know what a massive result it would be if they can take care of their closest challengers to top spot.“Every game we have played and have to play is very important but this one is more important, said Wakiso head coach Ibrahim Kirya ahead of the game.“A win will put us four points clear at the summit and that’s the target.Wakiso will be boosted by the return to fitness of both Isaac Ntege and Clinton Komugisha. Ntege last feature in the 1-1 draw away to Kyetume will Kamugisha limped off with a knock in the 2-1 win against Entebbe last time out.For the Arua based Dove All Stars, their primary target would be to avoid defeat against Wakiso especially due to the fact that they are playing the chasing role and are away from home.However, with the likes of Godfrey Ssekyewa, Edema, Ollu and Aniku, they will know that they have enough fire power to inflict desired damage on Kirya’s side.Elsewhere in the Elgon Group, Alex Isabirye’s Kyetume will be eyeing all three points when they play host to Allan Kabonge’s Entebbe at the Nakisunga Playgrounds in Mukono.Kyetume needed a slim 1-0 win over Nebbi Central – thanks to Ibrahim Kazindula’s late strike to jump to third place with 15 points, four shy of the leaders. The win against Nebbi was their 4th from 9 games, a fate that can be described as impressive given the situation they started the season in.For Kabonge and his soldiers, they have been unconvincing all season and they currently occupy 7th spot with only 8 points, having managed a single victory.In the other matches, UPDF plays Nebbi Central in Bombo while Bukedea Town Council will entertains Amuka Bright Stars at the Emokori playground.Meanwhile, in the Rwenzori group, it is the same scenario at the top as in the Elgon group.Table leaders Proline play host to Kabale Sharp at Lugogo as second placed Kiboga Young is away to Kira United at Namboole.Both Proline and Kiboga Young have identical results from their first 9 games, winning 6, drawn 2 and lost once. They currently have 20 points each with Proline on top of the standings by virtual of a better goal difference.In their last games, Proline was held by Kansai Plascon to a one all draw in Mukono as Kiboga Young fell 1-0 at home to Dove.The other Rwenzori Group game will see Dove host Kansai Plascon at the Katushabe Play ground in Masindi.Wednesday’s results:-Kireka United 2-1 Kitara FC-Water FC 4-1 Bumate FCComments Tags: Dove All Starsfufa big leagueWakiso Giantslast_img read more

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