Fifteen youths graduated from the Republic Bank (RBL) Youth Link Apprenticeship Programme (YLAP) bringing the total to 270 since its commencement in 2008.The graduating class’ programme commenced in October 2018 and concluded in May 2019. The apprentices were trained, provided with the tools to be successful in a work environment, and received knowledge in several banking operations.The YLAP with the Minister within the Social Protection Ministry Keith Scott, UNESCO Secretary General Patrice La Fleur and Senior Managers of Republic BankDuring the seven-month programme, each of the apprentices was continually evaluated on performance in several areas. The apprentices would also receive the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) from the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) in Banking Operations Level One. This qualification will enable the apprentices to obtain jobs within the CARICOM region.Special Performance Awards were presented to Apprentice Harshanie Deonarine, who also copped three other awards for Best All Rounder, Most Disciplined Apprentice and the Best Business Proposal. Nickisha Clarke copped the award for the Most Effective Presentation, while Tia Joseph was awarded the Most Congenial Apprentice and Tomal Morris, Most Improved Apprentice.These apprentices secured employment at the Camp Street, Water Street, Diamond, Linden, Vreed-en-Hoop, and New Amsterdam branches.Republic Bank’s Managing Director (ag) Denise Hobbs presents Valedictorian Harshanie Deonarine with her awardRepublic Bank’s Managing Director (ag) Denise Hobbs in her remarks at Thursday’s Ceremony— which was held at the Marriott Hotel— explained that the Youth Link apprentices had the opportunity to learn about the bank’s operations and attained some valuable skills such as discipline, focus and working as a team.She highlighted that the YLAP is another demonstration of RBL’s commitment to the development of Guyana’s youths and forms part of the bank’s wider Social Investment Initiative, “The Power to Make a Difference”, where national and regional community projects are geared to positively impact life, circumstances and reward excellence.Hobbs noted that in addition to the formal training, participants were also exposed to a balance of values training and purposeful activities which included the Banks’s Staff Volunteerism and an outreach.“Apprentices, as we celebrate what you have achieved, we are really celebrating the emergence of another class of future leaders; young men and women who are better equipped to succeed in today’s working world; citizens more willing to become part of the bedrock of a more successful society and a stronger nation,” she told the Apprentices.She encouraged them to embrace the principles of professionalism, dedication and integrity as they move forward enriched with values and behaviours that serve them well, both personally and professionally, in the future.Meanwhile, Secretary General for the National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Patrice La Fleur who attended the ceremony, in her motivational speech to the apprentices, congratulated Republic Bank for their continued investment in young people and urged the graduates to remain humble and to have great love for self and a positive self-esteem; all of which are essential attributes for continued progress. She encouraged them to be respectful and remain focused as the road to success is based on discipline. She cautioned the youths about violence and urged them to refrain from such engagements and spoke out against the dangerous phenomenon.“Be disciplined and remain focused. Never give up, because you are strong and you each have a purpose,” she said.Harshanie Deonarine, who was named the Valedictorian, in her address reflected on the seven months of training which was well rounded with professional training as well as training in first-aid, which was done by the Red Cross, outreaches to the Ptolemy Reid Centre, and a field trip to Essequibo. She described the journey as unforgettable and expressed gratitude to Republic Bank for the life changing opportunity.The YLAP was first introduced to Guyana in 2008 with the aim of bridging the gap between participants’ school life and the start of their career.
This time, more like hot oil and water. There’s going to be some splattering going on. The fuel for this spat comes from state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, in the form of SB 670. It would stop what some say is becoming a common part of a house sale – the private transfer tax. It adds to the selling price. And it doesn’t go away. Buy a new house and you can pay the fee. Sell it sometime down the road, that buyer pays it. Usually, they are on the same side of an issue. The California Building Industry Association lobbies on behalf of individuals and companies that build homes. The California Association of Realtors lobbies on behalf of individuals and companies that sell them. These two are like peanut butter and jelly. The Realtors group doesn’t like this one bit, even though it is legal, said Alex Creel, the association’s senior vice president of governmental affairs. “Builders are putting restrictions in the deed so that every time a property transfers, a percent of the sales price goes back to the builder or whoever the builder has designated,” Creel said. “What they are doing is financing these things on the backs of future homebuyers.” The Realtors association signed on as a sponsor of Correa’s bill. The association says that this is an alarming trend. The tax can vary from company to company. And not all builders impose it. But the association said a tax of 1.75 percent on a $500,000 home would be $8,750. That takes down affordability, too. The association estimates that every $10,000 increase removes 200,000 potential buyers from the market. There is a lot of haze clouding this issue, too. Neither the CAR or the CBIA knows how many builders are imposing the tax. Nor do they know how long it’s been going on. They do know they disagree with each other, though. “We are absolutely opposed to the Correa bill as written. We are sensitive to some of the issues raised in this debate,” said Kimberley Dellinger, a legislative advocate at the CBIA. The CBIA doesn’t call it a transfer tax, either. This association says it’s a reconveyance financing mechanism. That’s pretty creative branding. She said it’s simply a finance tool that builders can use to ease their cost of doing business, which like housing prices, seems to be constantly rising. “Generally, the few examples we know about have been used for open space acquisition, environmental enhancements as well as for affordable housing,” Dellinger said. Typically the fees are put in a trust and designated for use by nonprofits. Whatever the fee is, in some cases it’s being used in place of Mello-Roos funding, special tax districts that pay for things like roads and sewer pipes. Mello-Roos fees are paid every year and can make it difficult for buyers to qualify for a loan. The transfer fees can be used for about anything. And there is some common ground in this spat. Both associations think the fees should not be a surprise at closing time. “The most important thing is to make sure everyone is aware this fee is in place and where the money goes. We will be introducing language ourselves to be much more detailed,” Dellinger said. email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1=. Chelsea (0.12 tweets per fan) – Blues boss Jose Mourinho won’t be pleased, will he? – The west Londoners famously fail to make much noise at Stamford Bridge on a consistent basis. Ask Jose Mourinho, it really gets his goat. Roman Abramovich’s huge level of investment has helped John Terry and co reach the pinnacle of the beautiful game, but passion can’t be purchased. The Special One’s side are the envy of the country, and are expected to retain their title next term, yet they’ll probably never escape their far from flattering reputation. 10 1=. Stoke City (0.12 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the other Premier League club that has the least passionate supporters – Forget the fact that the Britannia Stadium is currently home to one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League. The wet and windy nights in Stoke that no side in the world relishes, except Mark Hughes’s, don’t translate to trends on Twitter. The Potters are too busy pottering around supporting their side to be swiping away on their smart phones it seems. However, they’re not the only ones at the top of the tree, one club lacks equal passion on the popular social media platform… 10 10 5=. Swansea City (0.16 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – Garry Monk’s men quietly went about their business last season and slipped under the radar on their way to an eighth place finish, which was achieved despite the loss of top scorer Wilfried Bony in January. The Welsh outfit have now firmly established themselves as a Premier League outfit but aren’t resting on their laurels. New additions are needed if the club are to improve further and the signing of Andre Ayew shows they are heading in the right direction. 7. Sunderland (0.19 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – The Stadium of Light will host Premier League football next season following their dramatic survival under Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman needed convincing that he should continue his role on Wearside and has a huge job on his hands if the Black Cats are to avoid yet another relegation scrap next term. Still, they’ve always got a solid chance of finishing above fierce rivals Newcastle United. 10 4. Arsenal (0.15 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – Gunners fans are never short of an opinion. Arsenal have spent the last decade desperately close to major silverware, but only have a pair of FA Cups to show for all their toil. We don’t think there’s any danger that they’re going to let us forget the spoils they won in the early stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign though, do you? The north Londoners should be regarded as contenders next season, but will probably blow their chances, or lead from the front and run out of steam. Premier League fans are widely seen as some of the best in the world.The terraces of England’s top tier are one of the reasons why the division has established itself as the most commercially successful competition the sport has ever known.Yet, as we all know, the noise that fans generate inside stadia across the country only represents half the battle for supremacy.Social media followers are the latest must have accessory for the biggest clubs and fans also need to be heard online to earn extra kudos from their rivals.But which fan bases suffer from a paucity of passion on Twitter? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out the top 10 least passionate Premier League fan bases. It’s the list nobody wants to be on…*Source: Research by Shine Communications, via The Telegraph 5=. Liverpool (0.16 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – Brendan’s boys had a bit of a torrid time last season. Having been tipped to challenge for the Premier League title, the Merseysiders were consigned to mid table obscurity for most of the campaign before eventually finishing in sixth spot. The Reds’ boast a huge social media following, but the topic of the conversation hasn’t been based on optimism of late. Things can only get better? At least Glen Johnson’s left too… 8=. Southampton (0.23 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – Saints supporters are probably still pinching themselves in regards to the position they are in. It was not so long ago that the South Coast outfit were lingering in the third tier of English football, but are now in Europe. Despite losing his best players last season, Ronald Koeman has improved his side’s fortunes and could go one better this time around if he gets his recruitment right again. 10 10. Manchester United (0.24 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Premier League clubs with the ‘LEAST passionate supporters’* – The Red Devils might have millions of fans across the globe, but they’re languishing in 10th place on our list. Strength in numbers? Maybe not. However, the hordes of United supporters will be hoping that they are given a bit more to shout about next season as Louis van Gaal attempts to reclaim his side’s place at the top of the tree. 10 3. Manchester City (0.13 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the two Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – The Etihad Stadium is rarely full, so it was always a long shot that City’s fanbase would be able to raise the roof on social media if they can’t even turn up for games on mass. They like to keep themselves to themselves, OK? But seriously, the Citizens may now be seen as a European powerhouse due to Sheikh Mansour’s millions, yet they don’t boast supporters that are superior to their major rivals at least, by this reckoning. Meanwhile, expect significant strengthening to take place at City this summer, starting with Raheem Sterling. 8=. Tottenham Hotspur (0.23 tweets per fan) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Premier League clubs that have the least passionate supporters – Was Mauricio Pochettino’s debut season in charge of Spurs a success? Well, he may have managed to oversee an impressive run to the Capital One Cup final but, ultimately, the north Londoners came up short in their pursuit of a Champions League place. Expect Tottenham’s supporters to make a song and dance of their side if they threaten to change that fact at any given point next season… 10 10 10 10
Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez scored twice in a pre-season friendly as he continued his return from a long injury layoff.The Saints striker netted with a close-range finish and a header in the latter stages as Ronald Koeman’s side succumbed to a thrilling 5-4 defeat to Bundesliga 2 side RB Leipzig.Rodriguez missed the entirety of the 2014/2015 season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments against Manchester City in April 2014, which also ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil that summer.But, after a sustained period on the sidelines, the 25-year-old looks set to be available from the start of the coming season as Southampton welcome Europa League football to St Mary’s.New Saints signings Juanmi and Cedric Soares were also on target in the friendly defeat. @jayrodriguez9 welcome back to #saintsfc with a goal in preseason! https://t.co/S4QFRsBKvK— TractorSaint (@TractorSaint) July 8, 2015 Jay Rodriguez 1 @jayrodriguez9 on fire for #saintsfc tonight. Shame we lost 5-4 tho https://t.co/5QkyDIn6iU— TractorSaint (@TractorSaint) July 8, 2015
1 Mancheser United’s fight to sign Lazio star Felipe Anderson is set to go down to the final hours of the transfer window.The Red Devils have launched a £21.9m offer to bring the Brazilian midfielder to Old Trafford but the Serie A side are determined not to lose their key man.Having missed out on long-term targets Nicolas Otamendi and Pedro, United boss Louis van Gaal views the attacking midfielder as a player who can help the club challenge on both domestic and European fronts.Anderson is contracted to the Stadio Olimpico club until 2020 and while the Rome-based club do not want to sell the schemer, who arrived from Santos in 2013, United’s bumper bid plus additional add-on incentives could make it difficult for the Biancocelesti to turn down.Lazio are set to make a final call on United’s bid before the weekend’s action gets underway. Felipe Anderson
FOOD: A new restaurant recently opened in Donegal is quickly earning a reputation for itself as the go to place for amazing Indian food. Pink Garlic, located on Port Road, Gleneany House, Letterkenny has been given a big thumbs up from customers. Pink Garlic has a chain of restaurants in Ireland and the UK, but it’s the only one in Donegal.Pink Garlic restaurant has quickly established itself as the No.1 outlet for serving delicious Indian food.One of its biggest assets is that the food is organic, and is sourced locally here in Donegal.The head chef at Pink Garlic, is an experienced Master Chef from the Indian catering industry in the UK. They have created a beautiful atmosphere at the restaurant and they’ve also got some great mid-week offers now on.The midweek special consists of a four-course meal for just €14.95 – incredible value for contemporary Indian dining.They also have a superb selection of wines, and there’s also a car park at the restaurant so you don’t need to worry about parking.Make sure and try out this incredible Indian restaurant some time soon.For more info check their Facebook page, see below:https://www.facebook.com/pinkgarlicletterkenny/?fref=ts TRY OUT THE INCREDIBLE ORGANIC FOOD SOURCED LOCALLY AT PINK GARLIC was last modified: June 25th, 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 cast of ‘The Factory Girls’ in rehearsals at Carndonagh Community School.It’s one of Ireland’s best-loved productions and it’s coming to Inishowen.Frank McGuinness’s ‘The Factory Girls’ will show in Carndonagh Community School on Thursday, 12th and Friday, 13th May (7.30pm).The well known and much loved play, set in Co. Donegal, tells the story of five shirt-factory workers whose jobs are on the line. With their livelihoods under threat, they decide to stage a lock-in. The production is edgy and tense, but also very funny.The primary theme is resolve in the face of adversity; a drama that exists as a snapshot of working class Ireland in the late 70s and early 80s.The cast are Aoife Doherty (Ellen), Grainne Doherty (Vera), Julie Quinn (Una), Megan McCreanor (Rebecca), Paula McElhinney (Rosemary), Callum Doherty (Rohan) and Michael White (Bonner). The production is a joint effort from directors, Ms. Caroline Crawford and Ms. Fiona McLaughlin.Tickets are on sale in the school office, Doherty Fintan’s Newsagents Carndonagh and April Road (SuperValu) Carndonagh – Adults €10; Students €5. ‘THE FACTORY GIRLS’ RETURN TO CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL! was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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:Carndonagh Community SchoolThe Factory Girls
The family of the late Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin is asking everyone to spread a little kindness on what would have been her 30th birthday.Danielle was 28 years old when she was murdered while backpacking in Goa, India in March 2017. Her family continues to fight for justice.The popular Buncrana native would have celebrated her 30th birthday this week, so in tribute to her kind personality, Danielle’s mother Andrea and her sisters decided to turn a heartbreaking day into something positive. They launched a ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign inviting people to do one random act of kindness for a stranger or loved one.Danielle’s mother Andrea Brannigan shared suggestions online, saying: “All we want is for this week to even do one random act of kindness to a stranger/loved one even something small as reminding a loved one that you love them.”The family’s caring initiative was sparked by the devastating reality that Danielle would not be there to mark her milestone birthday. Andrea wrote: “Even though Danielle dreaded this day, the day she would turn officially old in her eyes – 30. It used to scare her to even think about leaving her twenties, we would love if she was here to actually be allowed to age, have children, get married, tease her about aging etc but we can’t so instead we decided it didn’t have to be a negative thing and that we couldn’t make something positive come out of her thirtieth birthday.“Just like she believed something good will always come out of something bad so here we are. Missing someone always and wishing they were here.”Andrea asked everyone to do this one simple favour and pay it forward, reminding people to tell others why they are doing the random act – to let the ‘bright light’ of Danielle’s memory live on.Danielle McLaughlin’s family launch loving tribute on her 30th birthday was last modified: February 6th, 2019 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:Danielle McLaughlinIndiapay it forwardrandom act of kindnesstribute
FROM NEIL DOHERTY IN BARCELONA: A large contingent of Hoops fans from Co Donegal are here in the Catalan capital today ahead of tonight’s clash with Barcelona.Among them is Gweedore GAA player and former county star Kevin Cassidy.For now the build up to the game is all about enjoying the sunshine and the unique atmosphere that comes with a Champions League match against the best side in Europe. No-one is giving Celtic much of a chance against Lionel Messi and his fellow players.But we can all hope and pray; we did draw here once you know!We came here twice in 2004 in both the UEFA Cup and the Champions League and on both occasions drew.Wouldn’t it be great to do it for a third time!! Hoops boss Neil Lennon has told his players not to be starstruck. And he’s banned his players from swapping their shirts at the end of the game.He is acutely aware of what Messi can do.“He just walks around as the ball is being popped about and lets everyone else deal with it. Then, all of a sudden, boom! He comes alive,” said Neil.“He just has that burst of pace to get away from people. One minute he looks as if he’s not interested, the next thing he’ll drop a shoulder and he’s away. But my centre halves will have to be so mindful, not just of Messi, but also of players around him like Fabregas and Iniesta.“We can talk about them all night – how we go about stopping them – but they come at you in so many different ways that it’s near enough impossible.” We can hope.GAA STAR CASSIDY JOINS DONEGAL HOOPS FANS IN BARCELONA was last modified: October 23rd, 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)Tags:GAA STAR CASSIDY JOINS DONEGAL HOOPS FANS IN BARCELONA