Months after IMC takes charge…Director is GECOM official; reported to be on IMCMore trouble is brewing at the Guyana Public Service Cooperative Credit Union (GPSCCU), which had an Interim Management Committee installed to administer its affairs. Sources have disclosed to Guyana Times that the change has not brought more accountability to the Union.According to sources, a construction project is currently ongoing at the Credit Union. The contractor working on the project in question is Caribbean Construction, Consultancy and International Supplies.Checks by Guyana Times on the company records show that the firm, which was incorporated in 2015, has on its Board of Directors a senior administrative official of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).That official, sources indicate, is also a member of the as yet unnamed Interim Management Committee of the Credit Union. This publication was unable to ascertain whether the contract for works to be done on the union building was ever put through a competitive bidding process.DispleasureMembers of the Union have communicated their displeasure at recent moves to appoint a Human Resource Consultant for a fee reported to be thousands of US dollars. According to one member of the Union, this is exorbitant and unnecessary, considering the Union has less than 30 staff.Earlier this year, Government installed a Chief Cooperative Development Officer, and Commissioner Perlina Gifth was barred from assuming control of the Union until July 3, 2018 when the substantive case was expected to be heard at the High Court.In late May, then Chairman of the GPSCCUL, Patricia Went vented her frustrations when it was revealed that Government installed the interim committee. “The Committee of Management objects to the actions of the purported Chief Cooperatives Development Officer since there was no investigation into the affairs of the Credit Union to support the published conclusion and accusation of unsatisfactory performance,” she had said.She had explained that the matter was rooted in the demand by the Department of Cooperatives for an undue payment to the Audit and Supervision Fund for years 2002-2013 of an alleged balance of $49,691,682.00.She however had argued that the Department of Cooperatives’ claim to outstanding payments towards the Audit and Supervision Fund could not be justified since the already audited Accounts of the Credit Union for the years 2002 to 2010 reflected no such balance, as was claimed.Chief Cooperatives Development Officer, Perlina Gifth, according to her, also failed to acknowledge the waivers, which were approved and granted by the previous Labour Minister, which to date is still in effect. The former Chairman said she considers the Social Protection Ministry’s action as a threat to “grab the funds of the Credit Union.”At one point, the doors on the Credit Union’s building were locked as several documents were retained for assessment. High Court Judge, Gino Persaud had also granted an injunction halting the work of an interim management committee while auditors did their assessment of the GPSCCUL’S finances.
Another national honor was bestowed on a local woman entrepreneur this past week as Sandra Minifie, CEO of Action Health & Safety Services was inducted into the Oilweek Magazine’s 2011 Class of Rising Stars. Minifie was chosen along with 12 other inductees out of one hundred potential candidates from all over Canada. This award recognizes her substantial contributions to the oil and gas industry and to the community she lives in.Minifie was recognized for parlaying her esteem building stint with the Canadian Military into confidence to acquire and grow a wildly successful health, safety and security business. That same business that garnered national attention in 2010 when her business was ranked among Canada’s fastest growing and most profitable businesses.- Advertisement -A big part of her award was based on Minifie contributions to her community. This includes sitting on three boards in Dawson Creek; South Peace Community Resource Society, Community Futures, and the Bear Mountain Ski Hill. As well, she donates to various causes from homelessness to the performing arts centre and education.Sandra was a past recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce’s business recognition dinner.
The Dodgers announced their first round of spring-training cuts on Sunday, and the knife sank deeper for some than for others. As a result, one of baseball’s ultimate journeymen might finally have reached his journey’s end. Damian Jackson, who built an 11-year career out of being a light-hitting utility man, was released, the ultimate indignity on a day when seven other non-roster invitees were reassigned to minor-league camp and three roster players were optioned down. The moves were announced shortly before the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game, a 10-9 victory over the Washington Nationals before 4,354 at Holman Stadium. Jackson hit just .198 for Washington last season before the Nationals released him on Aug. 25. He was even worse with the Dodgers this spring, batting .125 while playing mostly in the middle to late innings and facing mostly second-tier pitching. “He wasn’t going to make our club, so we didn’t think it was fair to keep him here,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “This will give him an opportunity to possibly catch on with another team before the end of the spring.” The Dodgers also optioned pitching prospects Zach Hammes, Eric Hull and Mike Megrew. The club reassigned non-roster pitchers Scott Elbert, Travis Smith and Dario Veras; catchers A.J. Ellis and Ken Huckaby; and infielders Chin-lung Hu and Fernando Tatis. Remember him Although middle-infield prospect Tony Abreu survived the first round of cuts, he won’t survive much longer. But while it is clear he is destined for Triple-A Las Vegas, Abreu continues to leave a strong enough impression on club officials that his major-league debut could come sometime this season. He went 2 for 2 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and three RBI in the game. Wide open The competition for the fifth spot in the starting rotation isn’t becoming any clearer. Brett Tomko has yet to give up a run, Chad Billingsley has yet to give up an earned run, and even the struggling Mark Hendrickson went three solid innings without allowing an earned run on Saturday at Florida. And then there is left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who might have been the favorite from the outset and who turned in two hitless innings against the Nats. Kuo has allowed just a run on two hits over six innings this spring, but he also has walked six batters. – Tony Jackson Wood ready to go Brandon Wood heard plenty of speculation over the years that third base might be in his future, but the longtime shortstop never paid much attention to it. “It was mostly from the media,” said Wood, smiling. That all changed this spring when the Angels asked their top prospect to work out at third base the second day of camp. “They just said go over there and show us what you got,” Wood said. Obviously the Angels liked what they saw. One month later Wood is still at third, showing surprisingly good command of a position he barely thought about prior to showing up in Tempe. The plan now is for Wood to play third exclusively at Triple-A Salt Lake City this season, and though the Angels haven’t ruled out a return to shortstop at some point, they’ve seen enough this spring to believe the move to third could be permanent. And not just because he’s adeptly handled the physical aspects of the transition. Splitting hairs Mike Scioscia opted to make the trip to Surprise to manage the Angels’ split squad team against Rangers Sunday rather than remain in Tempe, where most of his regulars were playing the A’s. For Scioscia, it was an opportunity to get a good look at some younger players vying for jobs, but also get a feel for the Rangers and new manager Ron Washington. “There’s a lot of little things you look for, especially with a new manager,” Scioscia said. “You’re not going to pick up that much at this point of the spring, you’ll pick up more going forward in the spring and when the games start. But if we get to see some of their pitchers and some of their hitters, that’s information that’s important to us.” Next step Jered Weaver will throw his second bullpen session today, and if all goes well he’ll likely throw a live batting practice later in the week. – Vincent Bonsignore 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Raphoe Family Resource CentreAcknowledgementThe Family Resource Centre would like to acknowledge receipt of a grant from the Family Resource Centre Section of Tusla to update ICT equipment and to purchase educational development tools for our afterschool programme including digital cameras.Our first camera club for 3 rd -6 th class children commenced this week so look out for them as they go about taking photos of the built environment! So, if you are asked to say CHEESE or SAUSAGES you will know why! 50-50 Bonus BallThere was no winner of the weekly Bonus Ball so next week will be a rollover.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck! Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group.There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic!Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Raphoe Family Resource Centre benefit from Tusla grant was last modified: January 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Afterschool programmecamerasgrandICTRaphoe Family Resource CentreTUSLA
Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the launch of a Rural Broadband Scheme by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte.Deputy Doherty said many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service will welcome the announcement.Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome the announcement of a new rural broadband scheme by Minister Rabbitte. “This will be welcomed by many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service.“Many areas, particularly in Donegal are still without any broadband connectivity to this very day.“Broadband facilities are vital to the creation and retention of jobs and to enhancing the quality of life in rural areas.“The previous National Broadband Scheme was flawed in that it didn’t include large areas due to the terms of reference of that scheme. “This new rural broadband scheme will complete the job of providing a basic broadband service to all houses in the state.”SINN FEIN’S DOHERTY PRAISES LABOUR MINISTER RABBITTE was last modified: May 10th, 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)
Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said there are now serious questions for HSE management and the Government over the new building works planned for Buncrana Nursing Unit and Carndonagh Community Hospital. Senator Mac Lochlainn will raise these questions at a meeting with senior HSE officials this Friday 15th March.Senator Mac Lochlainn said “In February 2016, just before the last general election it was confirmed that there was to be almost €3 million euro of new building works at Buncrana Nursing Unit and €2.6 million of works at Carndonagh Community Hospital in order for both facilities to comply with HIQA health and safety requirements. “Incredibly and despite the scale of this investment, not one additional bed was being created. Beds have been lost and nurses not replaced at Buncrana Nursing Unit and Carndonagh Community Hospital over the last decade, due to Government cutbacks over the period of austerity”.The Sinn Fein Senator said he has repeatedly raised these issues with various Ministers for Health and HSE management.He added “Firstly the works at Buncrana Nursing Unit have been delayed by at least a year, due to planning issues. In my opinion, this was avoidable.“However, those delays provide HSE management and the Government with an opportunity to review this project to examine the scope for a larger project with the badly needed additional beds and staff. The team at Buncrana Nursing Unit are struggling to cope for months now with significant loss of staff and beds. They need to be reassured that this will change. “Secondly, I am advised that the works at Carndonagh Community Hospital have been brought forward because of the delays at Buncrana Nursing Unit and while it is important that those works now proceed, I will again be calling on HSE management and the Government to outline how they intend to continue on from these current works with additional beds and staff”.Concerns expressed over building works at Buncrana Nursing Unit and Carndonagh Community Hospital was last modified: March 14th, 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) Tags:buncrana nursing unitCarndonagh Community HospitalPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNSinn Fein
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Dustin and Casey Converse of Richwood, Elizabeth Long of London, Brandi and Wes Montgomery of Washington Court House and Lauren Schwab of Somerville.As committee members serving two-year terms, they will help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.Dustin and Casey Converse are Union County Farm Bureau members with Dustin currently serving as a county board trustee and previously as vice president and animal issues chair. He also participated in the Young Ag Professionals trip to Washington, D.C. He is a crop insurance adjuster for ProAg Crop Insurance as well as a dealer with LG Seeds. The couple have a beef cattle and small grain operation and bale hay and straw. Casey owns and operates the Cassandra Converse Agency with American Family Insurance. She is a 2011 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a specialization in risk management and insurance.Long was the 2015 winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet and advanced to the Sweet 16 in American Farm Bureau’s national competition. She is a Madison County Farm Bureau member where she serves as the communications action team leader. She also is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program and has an American FFA degree. Long helps out on her family’s small cattle and grain farm. She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and is an agriculture loan officer with PNC.Wes and Brandi Montgomery are Fayette County Farm Bureau members with Brandi currently serving as vice president and previously as secretary and organization chair. She also competed in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet contest and was on the county Farm Bureau’s Farm to Fork Committee. She is an office assistant with Weade Law Office and a graduate of Wilmington College with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and concentration in agronomy. Wes, who formerly served as county president, works on the family’s row crop farm with his grandfather, father and brother.Schwab is a Butler County Farm Bureau board trustee, Food & Animal Issues Action team member and was on its Issue 2 committee. She attended American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot camp in Washington, D.C. in 2008. She works on the family’s sow-breed-to-wean swine farm. She also is a freelance writer for agricultural publications and works with the National Pork Board’s #RealPigFarming campaign to educate consumers. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. She is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and women’s studies and a master’s in family studies.
Geocaching pioneer and video game designer Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, pushes the envelope again with the creation of the Mystery Cache Necropolis of Britannia Manor III (GC2B034).A resident at Necropolis of Britannia Manor IIIThe journey leads geocachers through what Lord British describes as eight chapters on “The Guardian’s Quest.”Part of the graveyard at Necropolis of Britannia Manor IIIThe first seven chapters are waypoints or benchmarks. The chapters are a twisted maze of cryptic clues and mind-bending puzzles. Solving each chapter provides a clues to find and unlock the geocache at the end of the final chapter.The treasure hunters that reach the final chapter will find a geocache with all too realistic professional movie props and haunted house techniques. It took months to plan and build.Garriott holds the record for the highest and lowest geocaches in existence. Garriott rode aboard a Russian rocket to place a geocache aboard the International Space Station (GC1BE91) in 2008. He also placed a geocache, Rainbow Hydrothermal Vents (GCG822), 2300 meters below the surface of the ocean far off the coast of Portugal in 2002. You can view a Lost & Found video about Lord British’s highest and lowest geocaches.Lost & Found videos explore the fascinating adventure geocaching. View more than a dozen stories, including one about an Army Sgt. who credits geocaching with helping keep him safe.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHighest and Lowest Geocaches – Geocaching PresentsJune 1, 2010In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community””The British Library” GC2M0AF GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011October 10, 2011In “Community”
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Sill seal made from closed-cell foam does a pretty good job of stopping air leaks on smooth-topped foundations. When the concrete is rough, however, it’s hard for sill seals to bridge the uneven gap under the mudsill.To address the problem, Protecto Wrap, a Denver manufacturer of peel-and-stick flexible flashing products, has developed the world’s best sill seal. Called Triple Guard, the sill seal includes a gasket of closed-cell polyethylene foam, just like many competing products. But to address the problem of air leakage through gaps caused by irregular concrete foundations, Triple Guard has thicker than usual foam — 3/8 in. thick instead of the more typical 1/4 in.The foam layer is bonded to a layer of 20-mil peel-and-stick rubberized asphalt, so that the gasket adheres to the top of the concrete foundation. The sill seal has a T-shaped cross-section, with a 4 3/4-in.-wide peel-and-stick flange at a 90° angle to the foam gasket.The bottom half of the vertical flange is designed to adhere to the outside face of the concrete foundation. Once the walls are framed, the top half of the flange is adhered to the wall sheathing.At that point, virtually all air infiltration has been blocked.Lab results back up claimsAt the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, senior research engineer Jan Kosny tested the airtightness of sills sealed with Triple Guard. When sealed with conventional foam sill seal, the gap between the concrete and the mudsill in a 9-ft., 6-in. wall assembly had an equivalent leakage area (ELA) of 3.6 square in. When the gap was sealed with Triple Guard, the ELA dropped to 0.3 sq. in.—a 91.7% reduction in air leakage.“This product gives almost 100% protection against air leakage, as well as moisture leakage in two directions—horizontal and vertical,” said Kosny. “This is a great product.”Kosny also spoke highly of Triple Guard’s tenacity. “After we were done with our testing, we had some questions about some of the results, and we wanted to repeat some of the testing,” said Kosny. “We said, ‘Let’s remove the Protecto Wrap from the concrete and test the other sealant.’ But can you believe that three people couldn’t take off a ten-foot-long piece of Protecto Wrap in three hours? It’s a very tough product.”Triple Guard is sold in 25-ft. rolls in two different sizes. It isn’t cheap; the smaller size, intended for use with 2×4 sill plates, costs about $47 per roll. The larger size (for 2×6 sill plates) has a 5 1/2-in.-wide foam strip and costs about $72 per roll.For more information, visit the manufacturer’s Web site or call the manufacturer at (800) 759-9727.