tqksubls

Roger Khan released from US prison

first_imgShaheed “Roger” Khan has been released from prison on Monday and is now in custody of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he awaits deportation to Guyana.Shaheed Roger KhanAccording to the ICE website, Khan is in custody at the Krome Detention Facility in Miami, Florida. According to reports received, the process for deportation to Guyana has started and Khan is expected to arrive in Guyana soon.Upon deportation, Khan will be escorted to Guyana by members of ICE and upon his arrival at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, he will be handed over to local law enforcement authorities.When contacted on Tuesday, a senior police rank attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) related that they were not in receipt of any information with regard to the arrival of Khan. He, nevertheless, explained that upon arrival in Guyana, Khan would be taken to the CID headquarters where he would be processed for reintegration into society.Further, he noted that no clear indication was suggested that Khan would be arrested and grilled on crimes he allegedly committed while in Guyana. Guyana Times has learnt that a close relative of Khan who resides in the US is in Guyana making arrangements for his arrival.Acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston earlier in the week stated that Khan would be treated like any other deportee who has been sent back to Guyana.“Whatever matters, allegations have been made against him, those will be investigated. He will [be] treated like every other deportee that is being deported from the States. All deportees coming in normally are escorted to CID headquarters,” the Crime Chief (ag) added.Khan was sentenced in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering. He was nabbed in neighbouring Suriname back in June 2006 after fleeing Guyana.last_img read more

tqksubls

GTU accuses Govt of breaching labour laws

first_img– calls for review of lunch break restrictions; student-to-teacher ratioThe Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has called for the Education Ministry to retract a memo that was circulated to schools, suggesting that teachers supervise children during their lunch break.This was ventilated during a recent press conference held by the union. According to GTU President Mark Lyte, the memo sought to take away the lunch break allotted to teachers by right. Lyte called for the memo to be retracted, noting that it is a breach of the labour laws.“Because this is now incorporated in a memo, we recognise that schools are now asking teachers to supervise via a rota (rotation) system. We are saying that this is a direct violation of the labour law which says that our teachers and all workers in general are required to have breaks,” he explained.“I want to highlight specifically that the breaks allow our teachers to get the necessary opportunity to recuperate from the mental and physical stress that they go through managing children for a session. So if this is taken away, we believe it would have a serious impact on the mental state of our teachers. We’re asking the Chief Education Officer to retract this memo,” he declared.Zeroing in on a section of the memo, which allocates 20 students to one teacher, Lyte also repeated calls for this to be reviewed.Lyte denounced this development as attempts to frustrate teachers and the union that represents their interest.“We also have in that memo a specific mention to the number of students expected to be supervised by one teacher; 20 students to one teacher. Now, even in the classroom, this is not realistic. In our school system, we do have classes as large as 30 to 35 students. I was told of one recent situation where a teacher was managing 71 students in one class. We want to know why the Ministry is reluctant to reduce the class sizes for proper management,” Lyte added.The GTU has, for some time, been calling for a reduction of the student-to-teacher ratio implemented by the Ministry of Education. It has been argued that reducing the ratio would make classes more manageable, and learning more effective.The ratio had, in a Memorandum of Understanding, been listed as 15 students to one teacher for nursery. For Grades One and Two, it was listed as 20-to-one, while Grades Three to Six carried a 25-to-one ratio. In the case of secondary schools, the ratio is listed as 25 pupils to one teacher, while it is 15 pupils to one teacher in practical instructional centres.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald had previously said that classroom teaching would be more effective if there were smaller class sizes, which would benefit both teachers and students.McDonald reported that in the Education Act, it was passed that there be a reduction of students in one class, but the GTU is calling for these figures to be further broken down, to effectuate advanced teaching techniques.According to McDonald, it is known that when students enter a class, there is a combination of different personalities; various levels of learning capabilities, ranging from ‘highflyers’ to ‘weak’; and a number of necessities that each possess.As such, she had said that the task of meeting these requirements to ensure each student is equally catered for is thus left to the teachers to manage. She had pointed out that, in most instances, this poses a challenge.In addition, McDonald alluded to situations wherein parents have complained about their children not receiving ample attention from their teachers, since their books were not being ‘marked’ frequently and they were lagging behind.last_img read more

tqksubls

Budget 2019 has nothing for the poor, marginalised – audit firm

first_img…says budget tailored along neo-liberal, pro-business linesIn a candid assessment, Audit firm Ram and McRae have called out the recently presented 2019 budget for having little to no provision for the poor, women and gender issues, and other critical matters like the Berbice Bridge, now headed to court after a Government takeover.In its annual publication of Budget Focus, the firm, founded by anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram, acknowledged the provisions in the budget for people with disabilities, the employed and self-employed, and Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s stamina for having presented the almost-five-hour-long budget speech uninterrupted.According to the firm, however, the budget “is silent on women and gender issues; single mothers; the unemployed, including the recently unemployed; the National Insurance Scheme, and the Berbice Bridge which the Government took over earlier this month.”“These inevitably lead us to conclude, as we did last year, that this Administration does not seem to regard income and wealth inequality as serious issues; and accordingly there is nothing in the Budget that could be considered a pro-poor step,” the firm stated.Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his marathon budget presentationAccording to the firm, the 2019 budget in fact seems to have been prepared along neoliberal lines that would limit Government’s role in certain aspects of the economy that could benefit the private sector.The firm noted that the policies suggest Government is hopeful that the benefits of the business-friendly measures will trickle down to the rest of the economy. According to the firm, however, such measures are more likely to foster inequality and dissatisfaction among the populace.“Yet the Minister appeared not only confident, but comfortable that the business community would welcome the measures. On the other hand, it did not seem to faze him that the market vendor, the single mom, and the unemployed and others who struggle at the lower rungs of the social ladder may view the Budget very differently,” the firm stated.“Despite the exhaustive agenda identified by the Minister, there is no place for the poor, the unemployed and the marginalised, whose interest will lie in trickledown economics,” it added in its publication.While Ram and McRae has observed that the budget seems to be tailored for the private sector, even the private sector has criticised the Government for missing crucial measures, such as lowering the cost of fuel.Immediately following the budget presentation, Executive Director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Richard Rambarran, had said that although the private sector was happy to see some money coming back in the hands of the consumers, it is extremely disappointed that the Government has made no move to remove or reduce the excise tax on fuel.“What is very worrying is that the excise tax on fuel and the nature and cost structure of the fuel remain the same, which is something the private sector certainly could have done with a reduction in,” he said.He explained that, in 2018, fuel has had a debilitating effect on the private sector because of its multipurpose. He noted that it is not only used in manufacturing, but in every other aspect of business.“It is used in distribution, it is used in just about every single aspect of the production and distribution line; and as such, there should be something, or there should have been something, which addresses fuel costs,” he noted.Rambarran had further related that the Government needs to be more serious about the development of a green economy, and not just talk about developing a green economy. He identified the lack of advancement in this area despite the Government repeatedly talking about the Green State Development.last_img read more

tqksubls

Reports – Southampton close in on £3.5m deal for Sporting Lisbon defender

first_img1 Southampton are closing in on the signing of Sporting Lisbon right-back Cedric, according to reports in Portugal.The 23-year-old’s contract is due to expire in 12 months’ time and, after refusing to signing a new one, Sporting are willing to let him go.Everton and Stoke City have also both shown an interest in the defender, who has been capped three times by Portugal.But, according to O Jogo, Southampton have won the race for Cedric and seen off any interest from their Premier League rivals.Saints have reportedly agreed a £3.5m fee with Sporting and personal terms with the player are now close to being finalised.The arrival of Cedric could lead to the exit of current Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United as he enters the final year of his contract. Cedric Soares last_img read more

tqksubls

HIGHLAND TOPS LATEST RADIO SURVEY

first_imgThe country’s only official survey of listeners to radio in Ireland has delivered great news for Highland Radio.Highland Radio managing director Shaun Doherty.The latest JNLR/MRBI survey shows that Highland Radio has retained its position as Ireland’s No1 most listened to local radio station in Ireland.The station has recorded a weekday increase in Market Share and a double digit increase in listeners at the weekend. Highland Radio’s Managing Director Shaun Doherty said ‘We are delighted at these results as it effectively means thousands more radio listeners chose Highland Radio since the last set of figures were released. I am particularly pleased for our weekend team which delivered a massive increase in listeners.“Our listeners remain the most loyal in the country and survey after survey choose Highland and that’s what drives us as a very close team to provide a service the listeners want.“And while the figures cover Donegal, I want to give a mention to give our many thousands in Derry and Tyrone and all those listening online on our website or APP for their continuing loyalty.“Finally, a big thank you to all our advertisers and many staff for making it all possible.”  HIGHLAND TOPS LATEST RADIO SURVEY was last modified: January 31st, 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:Highland RadioJNLRlistenersShaun Dohertylast_img read more

tqksubls

Joe Cole names ultimate five-a-side team… but there’s no Gerrard or Lampard

first_img 7 7 Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Rio Ferdinand – you name them. But none of those guys make his ultimate five-a-side team.Back in 2016, the ex-England international was asked to select the five best players he shared the pitch with.Cole won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Chelsea, but surprisingly two players from his loan spell with Lille have somehow managed to creep in (although one of them is Eden Hazard).First up, between the posts…Vincent Enyeama (Lille) “It’s got to be the big man, JT. You need someone who just loves defending. William Gallas, Ricardo Carvalho, Rio Ferdinand – they’re all on the level. But if I had to pick one to win a five-a-side game, it’s JT.”Eden Hazard (Lille) 7 7 “He’ll go down as an all-time great. I think he’ll win the Ballon D’Or as well. I saw it from day one. Some of the things he’d do in training, he’d just run through people and you’d think ‘is that luck?’ And it wasn’t, it was just unbelievable feet.”So there you have it… “He was a special talent right from the off. His stop-to-start was just unbelievable and that’s what you need in five-a-side. I still think he’s a future Ballon D’Or winner. He’ll be the best on the planet at one point.”Arjen Robben (Chelsea) 7 “I think he’s one of the most complete players I’ve ever played with: pace, power, technique, skill, strong character. When he signed for Chelsea, he walked out for training, and obviously you’re playing in the same position so you think ‘I wonder if he’s any good’. He’s put the ball down and whipped two free-kicks in the top bin. And I thought ‘I’d better start training harder, this guy’s unbelievable.’Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Joe Cole featured in some of the great Premier League teams 7 7 “I could’ve gone with Petr Cech, David Seaman, Pepe Reina. But If we’re talking five-a-side, this guy’s the best shot-stopper. You knew if this geezer was in your team in five-a-side, you were winning.”John Terry (Chelsea) Joe Cole has hung up his boots after a career spent among world football’s greats.The former West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool star mixed it with some of the best players the Premier League has ever seen during his illustrious 20-year career.last_img read more

tqksubls

DOLPHINS KEPT VIGIL ON TRAGIC SHAUNS’ BODY, PRIEST REVEALS

first_imgA pod of dolphins had kept a vigil on Shaun McBride’s body after his fatal accident in Australia, a priest said yesterday.Burtonport man Shaun McBride died in a tragic accident less than two weeks ago in Dampier, Western Australia, when scaffolding collapsed into the water beneath him.He was laid to rest after a funeral Mass in St Columba’s church in Burtonport yesterday. His mother, Sylvia, said the incredible scene which rescuers witnessed had a special poignancy as her son had a huge attachment to dolphins as a young child.He had only arrived in Western Australia six weeks before his death.Speaking ahead of the funeral, Perth-based priest Fr Joe Walsh said the family had found comfort when he told them about the dolphins’ remarkable vigil.Fr Walsh said: “We’ve learnt that a few hours after the accident when divers went to retrieve his body, they saw a big pod of dolphins swimming around him. “And there was one dolphin that was using its nose to try to lift the body up to the surface.“But it wasn’t able to do so because the body was caught up in the scaffolding.”DOLPHINS KEPT VIGIL ON TRAGIC SHAUNS’ BODY, PRIEST REVEALS was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:burtonportdampiershaun mcbridelast_img read more

tqksubls

MAN FINED AFTER CALLING TO EX-PARTNER’S HOME AT 3AM

first_imgA Killygordan man has been fined €200 for trying to get into the home of his ex-partner to see his children.George O’Brien of The Cross, Killygordan called to the house at Beechwood Grove in Lifford at 3am.Gardai arrived and told him to leave but he refused. He was then arrested and appeared at this morning’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said the couple had enjoyed a happy relationship but that “a lot of years had gone into this night.”Judge Paul Kelly fined O’Brien €200 under Section 8 of the Public Order Act.MAN FINED AFTER CALLING TO EX-PARTNER’S HOME AT 3AM was last modified: April 22nd, 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:George O’BrienKILLYGORDANThe Crosslast_img read more

tqksubls

2019 High School Information Request

first_imgDear Coaches,Please send Drake Relays public address announcer Mike Jay an email with the following info about your Drake Relays qualifiers by the end of day Monday, April 22.Is your state classification different from last year?  If so, what is the change?Is your school name different from last year?  If so, what was it last year?Please tell me who your qualifiers are this year, and include the following info:Student athletes name and phonetic spelling::Grade:Events qualified in and places earned including:Drake and State last year:Cross Country this year:I do not need any qualifying info, just place winners.Thank you !Mike Jay319-530-6775mikejay59@gmail.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

tqksubls

Saddam Juma misses from the spot as KCCA, Vipers share spoils in Kitende

first_imgVipers remain top of the league while KCCA slip to third (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC 1-1 KCCA FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 03-11-2018KITRNDE – Saddam Juma missed a second half penalty as KCCA FC drew 1-1 with Vipers at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Saturday afternoon.The Venoms took the lead through Daniel Sserunkuma’s first half strike but KCCA leveled matters at the start of the second as Filbert Obenchan scored his second goal of the campaign.The much-anticipated game started slowly with both sides exhibiting maximum respect for the other.The first sight of goal came on 15 minutes when Mustapha Kizza sent in a free-kick from the right which was fisted away by Fabian Mutombora in the Vipers’ goal. Moments later Allan Kyambadde tried his luck from distance but the Congolese goalkeeper was equal to the effort.At the other end, Daniel Sserunkuma held up play well and he teed up Yayo Lutimba who shot wide from distance.On 22 minutes, the Kasasiro Boys should have gone ahead but Patrick Kaddu failed to direct Kizza’s inch perfect cross, goal wards instead sending it wide while six yards away from the goal-line.KCCA looked to be in control of the game but were restricted to shots from distance as evident by Filbert Obenchan’s strike that flew out of the stadium at the half hour mark. Moments later, Allan Okello also sent a powerful strike from distance off target.The trend of shooting from distance continued two minutes later and this time it was Vipers at it as Geoffrey Wasswa also shot wide from 30 yards.As Vipers tried to get grips in the game, Moses Waiswa was fouled just outside the area but the referee chose to let the game keep flowing. Waiswa was not happy and his complaints resulted into being shown the first yellow card of the game.With 11 minutes of the first half to play, Vipers drew first blood. After good work down the right, Abraham Ndugwa sent in a low cross which was controlled by Duncan Sseninde who then teed up Sserunkuma to tap home for the first goal of the game.Five minutes later, KCCA could have equalized but Kizza could not find a teammate in the area after controlling Julius Poloto’s cross in the area and laying it on.On 41 minutes, Ndugwa decided to shoot from distance but his shot was comfortably saved by Charles Lukwago in the KCCA goal.The last chance of the first half fell to Kizza who was allowed space to control the ball in the area but the left full-back decided to play in a teammate instead of shooting at goal and the opportunity went to waste.At the start of the second half, KCCA made an instant substitution as Muwadda Mawejje replaced Kizza.Inside the first two minutes of the half, Halid Lwaliwa fouled Allan Kyambadde out side the area. From the resultant free-kick, Okello sent in a low cross which evaded everyone but Filbert Obanchan who turned it home from close range to pull KCCA level at 1-1.On 52 minutes, Saddam Juma was cautioned after a foul on Sserunkuma in the center circle.Eight minutes later, Julius Poloto threaded in a through ball for Kyambadde but his goal bound shot was excellently saved by Mutombora and out for a corner. The resultant corner yielded nothing.Vipers goal scorer Sserunkuma was then booked on 62 minutes following a sliding challenge on Saddam.With 66 minutes of the game played, KCCA were awarded a penalty after Kyambadde was brought down by Lwaliwa inside the area. Saddam stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved miraculously by Mutombora’s trailing left leg and out for just a corner kick.Vipers Coach Javier Martinez decided to make his first substitution on 68 minutes, taking off Sseninde and introducing Brian Nkubbi.KCCA made their second substitution with 14 minutes to play as Jackson Nunda replaced the ineffective Kaddu.KCCA seemed to want it more and seven minutes to the end, Okello sent in an in-swinging corner which was headed goal wards by Timothy Awanyi but his effort was blocked and as Vipers struggled to clear their lines, Nunda tried his luck from an over head kick but it was turned out for a corner.Two minutes later, Martinez made his second switch, sending on Janjali Joseph for the tired looking Ndugwa.The last realistic opportunity of the game fell to Kyambadde who had been a menacep to the Vipers defence all day but his shot from distance was deflected out for only a corner.In the end, both sides had to settle for a draw which means Vipers remain top of the log with 14 points from their first six games.KCCA FC slip to third, a point behind Bul FC who defeated Ndejje University 4-1 on the same day.Vipers starting IX:Fabian Mutombora (GK), Bashir Asiku, Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Fred Okot, Geoffrey Wasswa, Moses Waiswa (c), Duncan Sseninde, Noah Wafula, Karim Ndugwa, Daniel Sserunkuma.KCCA starting IX.Charles Lukwago (GK), Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Awanyi (c), Hassan Musana, Mustapha Kizza, Lawrence Bukenya, Saddam Juma, Julius Poloto, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Patick Kaddu.The other games played on Saturday.-Mbarara City 2-1 SC Villa-Paidah Black Angels 1-3 Express FC-Bright Stars 4-1 Kirinya JSS-Tooro United 0-0 Onduparak FC-Bul 4-1 Ndejje UniversityTomorrow (Sunday).-Police FC vs Maroons FC @04:00pm, StarTimes Stadium-LugogoComments Tags: KCCA FCsaddam jumaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sclast_img read more