Dear Editor,Recent public statements from President David Granger as well as representatives of the PNCR, connotes the intention of removing the names of registered citizens from the register of voters in instances where they are not proven dead at the time of the proposed house-to-house registration. It is pellucid and outright unconstitutional that such moves will realise the real disenfranchisement of voters.Is there any merit that because one works or studies abroad that this wicked clan disavow their rights? The belated and unconvincing reactions by GECOM to clarify this obviously exposed plot speaks volumes and further highlights the unexplained reasons why Patterson refused to further the strengthening of voting verification mechanisms by his refusal of the further necessary action following the United Nations evaluation process.Clandestine efforts of Vincent Alexander and his clique a la Patterson have no place in the required institutional transparency, as it goes against the grain of GECOM’s mandate to be ready at all times for the conduct of elections. It is timely to remind the ‘loop sided spinner’ Alexander that the NCM was put in Parliament before the 2019 budget debate. That the leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, in the interest of our people, called on the Government to produce a budget with less pressure on our people.It was widely recognised that the crime rate along with the serious and unbearable massive corruption by the APNU/AFC members was causing irreparable damage that our citizens will not allow to continue in Guyana. It was a decision taken after thorough discussions in our party and with numerous local organisations to alleviate our people of the unnecessary burdens. There are enough reasons, as the pressure on our youths, pensioners, farmers, and people of all lifestyles intensify. We just cannot survive with this skyrocketing cost of living neither would the people tolerate an unconstitutional Government.The APNU/AFC Government insisted that the List was ready for Local Government Elections in 2016 and 2018. They were ready to test their strength in both elections and was ultimately humiliated in both instances. They are now running away from facing our citizens at the polls. The people of Guyana demand transparency at GECOM towards free and fair elections.Only the dead can be legitimately removed from the list of registered voters by GECOM and we demand appropriate steps towards immediate preparedness for the holding of elections, in anticipation of the Caribbean Court of Justice upholding the constitutional directives as advanced by the Opposition.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Packaged moringa leaf powder produced in Liberia By George Harris & Robin Dopoe, Jr.Two factors contributing to the alarming rate of spoilage of fresh farm produce are the lack of affordable and reliable electricity (i.e. for refrigeration) and the knowledge, skills and tools to add value to fresh produce via preservation and processing methods.Joe Togba, founder of the Papé Natural Foods Company (PNFC) based in Margibi County, is addressing the latter challenge by figuring out how to keep vegetable and medicinal leaves preserved for a long period of time.In an interview with the Daily Observer at a one day vegetable preservation event organized by Grow-Liberia in partnership with Evelyn’s Restaurant, Togba said he preserves vegetable and medicinal leaves and earns an income for himself and co-workers in the process.The event, a “taste test” to determine if there was any remarkable difference between fresh greens and preserved greens, was organized to encourage the preservation of vegetable leaves through dehydration processes. “By washing, drying and grinding organically grown vegetables and medicinal leaves that we purchase from our contracted farmers, we are able to provide vegetable leaves to our clients, from which they can use just what is sufficient for them and still have more left for another time,” said Togba. “I believe that our method helps to reduce vegetable and medicinal leaves spoilage.”Papé Natural Foods hot air dryer, (GH Image)According to Togba, PNFC has been around for two years, and was established as a result of the continuous guidance and encouragement Togba received from the older men he associated with as a teen. The young natural foods company has a four-team staff, three females and a male, with several contractors. The company takes vegetables and medicinal leaves from farmers who organically grow them in the Margibi area. The Papé Natural Foods Company currently produces packaged moringa leaf powder, palava sauce leaf powder, and cassava leaf powder. The small company supplies Evelyn Restaurant, ERA, Monoprix, and Abi Jaoudi, now called Harbel Supermarket.Despite the company’s positive prospects for the future, the Papé Natural Food Company CEO told the Daily Observer that he is affected by high interest rates on bank loans. Togba said that his company’s aim is to produce the finest foods, and in the future, beverages, while contributing to reducing unemployment and help in the development of rural farmers.Papé Natural Foods hammermill, GH ImageShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
BCB/Ivan Madre 100-Ball finalWest Indies and Guyana Amazon Warriors start batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, hit an unbeaten 30 ensuring his team took a seven wicket victory over the strong Rose Hall Town team. Earlier player-of-the-match Trevon Stanislaus’ 2-20 restricted Rose Hall Town to 95-6 when their 100 balls expired.The packed Albion Community Centre Ground came alive as the presence of Hetmyer excited all Berbicians. In the day-night 100-ball affair that started at exactly 16:40h, Rose Hall Town Captain Shawn Pereira won the toss and opted to take first strike. Openers Kevin Sinclair and Junior Sinclair strolled out to bat under afternoon cloud. Young Warriors led by Suresh Dhani, saw left-arm spinner Trevon Stanislaus bowling the new ball and removing Junior Sinclair in the first over of the match. Junior fell without troubling the scores when he checked a shot and was caught and bowl by his former Berbice Under-19 team mate.Kevin Sinclair continued to build but he was brilliantly run out by Linden Austin for 13. A huge roar came from the crowd after the prize scalp of Sinclair had been dismissed. The natives from Canje, came in their numbers to witness a Young Warriors team overthrow the Rose Hall Town team.Kevlon Anderson then entered but was out in similar fashion, caught and bowl by Stanislaus for a duck. The Rose Hall Town were at one stage reeling at 3-2 but Jason Sinclair, the older brother of Junior consolidated for a moment until he was dismissed by Austin. Off-spinner Linden Austin shattered the stumps of Jason Sinclair (08) with the score on 25-3 that became 25-4.The Rose Hall Town team lost their front line batters early but senior players in Eon Hooper and Captain Shawn Pereira stepped up. Hooper and Pereira added 36 runs together; Hooper was dismissed for a top score of 24, while Pereira was unbeaten on 21.Keon Sinclair (11) and Keith Simpson (09) saw Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets finished on 93-6 after 100 balls. Stanislaus ended with 2-20 in three overs, while Austin, Dhani and Ishwar Singh had one wicket each.In pursuit of a small total, Young Warriors openers Alex Algoo and Ishwar Singh danced out to bat, with the intention of producing a good start for the Hetmyer brothers. Algoo fearlessly pulled the bumping Keon Sinclair for four before he was out that same over. The aggressive Algoo was bowed off a ball that kept low for four.It was then the moment everyone had been waiting for, the entrance of Shimron Hetmyer. The gifted Test player and RCB bound batsman, entered with the score on 4-1. Hetmyer had a slow start, with poor fielding from Rose Hall Town team seeing him dropped on various occasions. Nevertheless, Hetmyer came and entertained the crowd with his attractive strokes.Ishwar Singh was out for a composed 20 that included five fours, after he was bowled by fast bowler Keon Sinclair. Linden Austin and Shimron Hetmyer added 32 runs together, with Austin falling for 15. In the process Hetmyer got going with a boundary of Junior Sinclair and the crowd at Albion were on their feet.Shimron Hetmyer (30*) and Seon Hetmyer (15*) saw their team to a comprehensive seven wicket win ending the match with a huge six. The Young Warriors team ended non 96-3in 11 overs. It was the perfect revenge plot for Young Warriors who lost to the same Rose Hall Town team in two first division finals. At the post match presentation, Warriors captain Suresh Dhani was elated for the win his team essayed on his birthday.
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Director of Finance Melany de Weert says Council has given first three readings to a motion freezing the rate for 2014.de Weert points out, as always, an increase in taxes would depend on the assessment values carried out by the Province.With a high demand for land, the value of property in the community likely “shot up.”- Advertisement -The Tax Rate Bylaw will receive final approval at a Special Council Meeting planned for tomorrow afternoon at 4.
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A Donegal IT company is set to take on new workers after it pulled off a major coup with the world’s biggest online auction company eBay.Donegal company 3D Issue puled off a major coup with eBay.Letterkenny-based 3D Issue created an internal communications systems for eBay’s thousands of employees.It came after eBay recently officially separated from PayPal. The technical giant’s marketing team wanted to create a digital magazine, a native mobile app and an online web portal dedicated to the first day of their independence.And of all the technology companies across the globe which tried to find one solution, the Donegal company was the only one which could answer all the questions.The CEO of 3D Issue, Paul McNulty from College Farm Road in the Cathedral Town, paid tribute to his workers.While the company has now grown to 25 employees, Paul is confident that can grow to 40 employees in the near future. “We have fantastic engineers in-house that put in a lot of overtime to get this project over the line. The credit is theirs.”And he addd “The best thing is that eBay were so delighted with the technology that they have decided to make it a part of the internal marketing workflow.”Sara Luker of eBay praised the work of the Donegal company.“I couldn’t recommend the 3D Issue team more highly. They quickly felt like an extension of my team and worked to very tight deadlines to pull off a site, ezine and app for us. I was so impressed I’m now working with them to continue using their products as a regular channel.”Now the buzz around the eBay initiative has attracted a number of other fortune 500 companies who are also looking to source mobile solutions for their internal communications. 3D Issue continues to innovate and will shortly be launching a new mobile apps platform that allows companies to create their own news-stands where they can run hundreds or thousands of apps within a single native app environment.Paul said one of the most rewarding aspects about the growth of his company is that it manages to remain local.“The greatest joy in developing software is seeing your ideas come to life and be validated in the market by top tier clients such as eBay. And that’s what we love doing; looking at the market and trying to conceptualise improvements and new products that will assist our clients in being more productive.“And best of all, we are doing it all from our offices in Letterkenny. With 99% of our customers overseas, it goes to show that it doesn’t really matter where you are located if you have a good product. Our biggest obstacle is actually recruiting. Currently, we are at 25 people, but we are rapidly expanding and hope to grow our development team significantly over the next 18 months to bring our headcount to 40.” Although most outside of the technology industry will be baffled by what 3D Issue pulled off, Paul explained what his company did for 3D Issue.‘We had the 3 platforms they needed. We have a digital magazine platform, a content aggregation hub that can pull content from any online source and a ‘build your own mobile news app’ platform.“The tricky part, however, was the fact they wanted all of their employees to be able to share content on their personal facebook, twitter and Instagram pages. They gave each employee a special hashtag for identifying that the content was in reference to the campaign and they wanted our platform to be able to pull that content from everyone of their 15,000 employees social sites.“We had to develop an algorithm that could find every reference to that launch, validate that they were an employee and then extract that image, article or video and push that content instantly into their social magazine, hub and app.“Standard apps are very linear and matched to a particular content channel. Large organisations have multiple content channels and need mobile platforms that allow their readers to specify their requirements and load the app content that matters to them. That’s the problem we are addressing next.”DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO TAKE ON NEW EMPLOYEES AFTER eBAY COUP was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:3D issuecoupdealdonegaleBAY
Ulster Senior League Results & Reports 27.03.16ResultsDonegal News League Cup Semi-Finals Bonagee Utd. 1 3 Letterkenny RoversDerry City Res. v Cockhill Celtic (City failed to field)Reports Rovers Win Derby to Advance to Cup FinalBonagee Utd. 1Letterkenny Rovers 3Letterkenny Rovers booked their place in the decider of this year’s Donegal News League Cup after falling behind to Bonagee in a close fought game at the Showgrounds. This victory sets Rovers in good stead for their big trip to Cork next weekend for their Intermediate Cup semi-final clash with Ringmahon Rangers and their FAI Senior Cup 1st Rd. game with Portmarnock FC the following week.The first opportunity of the game fell the way of the visitors in the 12th minute, when a cross from Paul McVeigh seemed to catch the Bonagee defence napping and Darren McElwaine managed to side foot an effort wide from five yards out. Bonagee tested young Sean Friel in the Letterkenny Rovers nets in the 15th minute, when Kevin Barr, who was lively throughout, forced a save with an effort from the edge of the box. The deadlock was broken in the 33rd minute. A long ball out from the back was flicked on by the head of Barr into the path of Aidan McLaughlin, who managed to squeeze the ball home from ten yards. That lead lasted all of six minutes. Ryan Lonergan, surrounded by two Bonagee players, managed to get his cross to the back post, where McElwaine was on hand to prod the ball home from three yards. An effort from McVeigh on the stroke of half time stung the fingers of Eugene Ferry, so the score at the interval was one each.Letterkenny took the lead ten minutes into the second period. A Mark Forker ball into the channel reached Stevie Okakpo who made no mistake from twelve yards. Okakpo got his second two minutes later. A mistake by the normally reliable Gareth Breslin allowed the young Rovers striker give his side a two goal cushion. Chances were scarce for the remainder of the contest and it is the Letterkenny who continue their good run in the cup competitions this season. Bonagee Utd: Eugene Ferry, Evan McCroary, Darren Hunter, Gareth Breslin, Barry McGinley, Anthony Appiah, Ryan McFadden, Dean Larkin, Jamie Lynagh, Kevin Barr, Aidan McLaughlin.Letterkenny Rovers: Sean Friel, Ryan Lonergan, Shane Bradley, Paul Boyle, Johnny Minnock, Kevin McGrath, Mark Forker, Christy Conaghan, Stevie Okakpu, Darren McElwaine, Paul McVeighRef Packie CollFixtures Sunday, April 3rd4 Lanterns USL at 2pmSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res.FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup Semi-FinalRingmahon Rangers (Cork) v Letterkenny Rovers 12 noonUSL: ROVERS TO TAKE ON COCKHILL IN DONEGAL LEAGUE CUP was last modified: March 27th, 2016 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:soccerUSL
Tommy Bowe, Ireland and soon to be Ulster rugby star, will be making a guest appearance at Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny tomorrow Wednesday at 3.45pm.Last year, Tommy launched his own footwear range which has gone fromstrength to strength. Evolve brought in the Tommy Bowe footwear rangeover 9 months ago and it has been one of the store’s best selling brandsever since.Tommy has been promoting his brand with guest apperances on RTE andTV3 chat shows as well as national radio and newpapers advertisements. Why not call in to Evolve Menswear tomorrow Wednesday and get thatjersey signed or just have a chat to the hottest name in Irish rugbyat the moment! IRISH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL STAR TOMMY BOWE CALLING TO EVOLVE MENSWEAR was last modified: July 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)