Guyana has received approval for membership in the Islamic Development Bank from the Board of ExecutiveFinance Minister Winston JordanDirectors.This has been communicated by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.The Islamic Development Bank is an entity which provides interest-free loan financing for developmental projects, mainly in the areas of basic infrastructure and agriculture. Loans are limited to US$10 million and only carry a fee to cover related administrative expenses. The repayment period is between 15-25 years and includes a grace period of three to seven years depending on the recipient country’s classification.The Bank also offers financing in projects in health, education, industry, water and sanitation, transport and energy sectors, as well as a range of services, such as technical assistance, trade financing, insurance of investment and export credits.With the membership, Guyana will now be able to participate in the 41st Board of Governors Meeting, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from May 17-19.
Public Telecommunications Minister encourages use of closed-captioningPublic Telecommunications Minister encourages use of closed-captioning
…to reach out to local broadcastersThe Public Telecommunications Ministry will soon move forward in its efforts to promote the inclusivity of persons living with disabilities in Guyana by reaching out to local broadcast media to encourage the use of closed-captioning.Evening News aired on TVG/Channel28 has already introduced this feature to cater for its diverse viewership.Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine HughesSpeaking at the closing ceremony of an International Telecommunications sponsored Web Accessibility Programme, Minister Catherine Hughes made the disclosure calling for a more inclusive approach to the use of technology locally.According to Hughes, Guyana is presently lacking a fair transmission of broadcast content that reaches every citizen.This, according to the Minister, is doing a disservice to persons with disabilities who are locked out of being able to access certain information.“Our next thrust would be going out to the television stations and other online media operatives to encourage them to use the technology to ensure that when we are transmitting programming, that we have closed-captioning being transmitted,” Hughes said.The Telecommunications Minister further highlighted, “We have a fairly high percentage of foreign programming in our television and media round-up but yet, some of the cable companies are not actually transmitting it in such a manner that a person with a hearing impairment can actually turn on the closed-captioning on the television and see an actual print out, an actual captioning of what is happening in society. Imagine, some of us are still tied to the media and it’s information, we want to know what’s happening, we want to be able to see and read and hear explanations and again it’s a human right that we up our game and that the television stations and the online media operations consider and make it possible for person with disabilities to access that same information that’s being generated out there,” the Minister remarked.As such, Hughes is calling for the private sector, along with regular websites, to be constructed and enabled to reach not just the average Guyanese or the average person, but persons with disabilities.On Thursday, some 18 Guyanese web developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) experts had been trained to create websites and applications that are usable by all, including persons with disabilities.They were trained through the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU), whose goal is for governments to develop accessible websites in order for vital information and services to be provided by public agencies which are accessible to all citizens including persons with disabilities.
Richardson, who experts say is strong in qualifications but weak in fundraising, stopped in Monterey Park on Friday to highlight his cultural identity as well as his ideas. “I am very proud to become the first Latino to run for president of the United States,” Richardson said at the Luminarias Restaurant, where Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina hosted the campaign stop. Molina, who endorsed Richardson, said he shares her political values on such issues as immigration and health care. Molina spokesman Miguel Santana said Richardson’s ethnicity “is an added bonus.” Richardson has served as a U.S. Representative, ambassador to the United Nations and as the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He was also chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in 2005 and 2006. On Friday, he discussed the war, health care, minimum wage, immigration, civil rights, gas prices, affordable housing and the environment. “In our own hemisphere, the issue of immigration is suddenly taking an ugly turn,” said Richardson, who occasionally spoke to the audience in Spanish. “I’m running for president because I believe the nation needs to come together,” he said. “The nation needs to heal.” Richardson suggested that the federal government could take the $500 million used in funding the war and apply it to universal health care. He also hopes to reduce dependence on imported oil from 65 percent to 10 percent in 10 years. Molina said Richardson has a proven track record and can “even charm the Republicans.” But not everyone is convinced with Richardson’s shared vision as president. “It was a canned speech,” said Industry resident Jo Ruiz. Richardson is vying for president against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll show Clinton’s approval rating at 38 percent, followed by Obama at 24 percent. Edwards is at 12 percent. Richardson’s ratings is at 5 percent, an increase by 2 percent over the past two months. Richardson’s ethnicity could be a factor in the race, experts said. The country has been asked lately whether they are ready for a black, Latino or female president to lead the country, they said. “You can never discount the possible effect of race,” said Jack Pitney, politics professor at Claremont-McKenna College. “But the November election is going to turn to the Iraq War and the economy.” Pitney believes that out of all the Republican and Democratic candidates, “Just by resume alone, he is the best qualified.” But, he said, Richardson’s challenge will be in raising enough money. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington D.C.-based watchdog group, Richardson has so far raised more than $6 million. But that figure lags behind Clinton, with $36 million, and Obama, with nearly $26 million. But Andr Pineda, senior strategist for Richardson, said that it is still too early to make any predictions. “At this point in the process, who know’s what is going to happen?” Pineda said. “There could be so many twists and turns.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson’s parents drove to Pasadena in 1947 from Mexico so that his mother could give birth to her son in the United States. Three hours later, they returned to Mexico City, where Richardson was raised until he was 13. But the New Mexico governor’s last name hides his heritage. “The first thing I need to do is tell people that Bill Richardson is Hispanic,” he said Friday.
Wayne Rooney 1 The new FIFA World Rankings were released today and for the first time in their history, Wales were ranked ahead of England.So the Drivetime team want to know who is better – England or Wales?
ENGLISH TAKES SILVER AFTER ANOTHER FINE PERFORMANCE IN GLASGOWENGLISH TAKES SILVER AFTER ANOTHER FINE PERFORMANCE IN GLASGOW
Mark English won silver in Glasgow this afternoon.Mark English has taken silver in the 800m final at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix this afternoon.English has been in fine form of late, and earlier this week set a new Irish record when winning over the 500m distance.English is regarded by many as one of Ireland’s genuine medal hopefuls in Track and Field at the Olympics in Rio later this year. He was edged out this afternoon by Poland’s Adam Kszczot in what was the final race of the UK indoor season. ENGLISH TAKES SILVER AFTER ANOTHER FINE PERFORMANCE IN GLASGOW was last modified: February 20th, 2016 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)
The funeral of tragic Donegal teenager Caolan Page will take place in Derry today.The 19-year-old St Columb’s College student will be laid to rest at the City Cemetery following Requiem Mass at Culmore Parish Church in Thornhill at 11am.Local priest Fr Michael McCaughey said the family had been left devastated by their loss but were taking heart from the support they have received. He said: “I have been with the family and they are very distressed. They are going through a lot of pain and heartbreak.“Caolan was a fine young fellow in the prime of life. He was loved by his family and was doing very well at St Columb’s College.“The family have cherished the support they have received from both the community here, and in Killea and at the school.”Upwards of 6,000 people have expressed their condolences to the family through a special Facebook page. Fr McCaughey added: “The pain and grief has touched so many people and there is a great sense of loss among people who loved Caolan.“People are lost for words.”Last night the PSNI confirmed that Caolan’s death was a tragic accident.He was found unconscious near Derry’s Walls at 2am on Saturday and died the next day.TRAGIC CAOLAN TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY was last modified: October 21st, 2011 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) Tags:Caolan PagefuneralKillea
AFCON 2019Tunisia 1-1 MaliSuez Stadium, SuezFriday, 28-06-2019Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri canceled out Mouez Hassen shocker to rescue a 1-1 draw against Mali in a group E contest on Friday evening.The West Africans needed maximum points to seal a place into the last 16 following their solid start against minnows and tournament debutants Mauritania.Tunisia also needed a win to brighten their chances of advancing to the next round of the competition.The first period ended in a disappointing goalless draw, though the North African side enjoyed the largest share of possession.At an hour mark, Tunisia custodian Hassen made a calamitous mistake when fumbled Diadie Samassekou’s corner into his own net.Khazri restored parity, ten minutes later with a deflected free kick to boost the Eagles of Carthage’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages in the continental showpiece.Mali’s duo of Diadie Samassekou and Amadou Haidara was cautioned whereas Tunisia’s trio of Ellyes Skhiri , Anice Badri and Ghailene Chaalali was also booked.Tunisia head coach Alain Giresse made the following changes, Youssef Msakni for Anice Badri, Firas Chaouat for Taha Yassine and Ayman Ben Mohamed for Naim Sliti.Mali introduced on Moussa Doumbia for Moussa Djenepo and Adama Traore for Amadou Haidara.Tunisia’s second straight 1-1 draw left them with two points in Group E while Mali have four.The 2004 African champions will play Mauritania on Tuesday 2nd July in their final group game while Mali will entertain Angola on the same day.Mali require only a draw to seal qualification to the next round.Comments Tags: AFCON 2019MALITunisiaWahbi Khazri
Picture Special: There’s ‘snow’ shortage of winter fun around Donegal!Picture Special: There’s ‘snow’ shortage of winter fun around Donegal!
The snow may be causing travel problems, but other people wrapping up and going out to enjoy the winter weather. Families welcomed new members in the form of snowmen and snow-women, while photographers seized the opportunity to capture Donegal in a new light. Here are some of our readers’ photos from a snowy weekend around Donegal:Here is Princess “Snowphia”, built in Rathmullan by laira Leanne and Louise Gordon: SnowphiaSnowphiaMícheál Mcfadden, aged 3, from Ramelton has lots of fun making a snow angel:Mícheál McfaddenHayley, Benjamin du Plessis and Skye enjoyed a snowy Sunday in Letterkenny:Photographer Paul Kennedy captured this wintry scene on the hills:🌲 When the snow stops and it’s time to hit the forest hike ☘️ @DonegalDaily @visit_donegal @IrelandTours @IrelandTouring pic.twitter.com/czGIAjNwrX— paul kennedy photography (@kennedyphotos) February 10, 2018 Bren Whelan of Donegal Climbing photographed the iconic ‘Lady Errigal’The lady and the lake #MountErrigal #Donegal #Snow @wildatlanticway @DonegalDaily #loveireland #@GoToIrelandUS @OutsiderMag @FailteIntMedia pic.twitter.com/w7LxWuh398— Bren Whelan (@donegalclimbing) February 12, 2018Do you have a snow fun photo to share? Send it in to email@example.comPicture Special: There’s ‘snow’ shortage of winter fun around Donegal! was last modified: February 12th, 2018 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) Tags:galleryphotospicture specialsnow
Councillor advises small businesses to apply for smart lighting grantsCouncillor advises small businesses to apply for smart lighting grants
Small businesses have until the end of May to apply for the Smart Lighting Grant scheme, according to Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh.Cllr Kavanagh is advising all interested businesses to make an application before the deadline.Cllr Kavanagh said “The total funding allocation secured in 2018 by Minister Naughten is €3 million. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is administering the Scheme and applications are open until May 31st 2018. “The grant is open to small businesses across all sectors including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, health facilities and manufacturing.“Applications can be submitted by individual businesses, or by co-ordinators who group applications and are capable of applying and delivering lighting upgrades for a number of businesses. The purpose of the support Scheme is to help SMEs reduce their energy use and costs. The grant will cover more than one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades.”There is a further tax incentive under the Accelerated Capital Allowance scheme that is also available and opportunities to negotiate electricity credits with suppliers under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme that would bring down the cost of a smart lighting upgrade even further.A more detailed Guide for Applicants can be accessed here: https://www.seai.ie/resources/publications/SEAI-Support-Scheme-for-SMEs-Lighting-Application-Guide-2018-ver-1.7-final.pdf Councillor advises small businesses to apply for smart lighting grants was last modified: May 7th, 2018 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)
Gardaí are appealing for information after a masked man invaded a home and business in Stranorlar last night.A home and florists were targetted in the incidents, in which the thief made off with cash and charity boxes from the store.The alert was first sparked in the early hours of Tuesday morning (approx 1.30am) when a man entered a home in Berryfield. Entry was gained via a broken lock on the patio door. A resident of the house came face to face with the intruder after being startled by the noise.Garda Grainne Doherty said: “A man heard a noise and he went downstairs and the male involved was there, facing him in his kitchen area. No words were exchanged between them and the male concerned left through the patio door as soon as he saw him.”It is not believed that anything was taken.Garda Doherty said: “Possibly he disturbed him at the right time before he got a chance to ransack the place.” The suspect is described as 5 ft 8 inches in height, a heavy build and wearing a dark tracksuit with his hood up and a black mask.A man of the same description was then caught on CCTV in the local flower shop a short time later.While attending the incident at Berryfield, Gardaí were alerted to an activated alarm at the florists. The thief had damaged the door and taken charity boxes and the float from the till.This incident is thought to have taken place at 1.40am.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information relating to the burglaries to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or ring the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Masked man sought following two burglaries was last modified: April 3rd, 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:appealburglariesStranorlar