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  • Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners ‘World Cup’

    first_imgAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.High securityA prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in the “First Inter-prison World Cup Russia 2018 tournament”, at the prison in Huaral, a rural community 110 kilometers north of Lima on May 15, 2018. Building on the World Cup fever unleashed by Peru’s qualification after 36 years of absence from the FIFA tournament, the National Petitentiary Institute (INPE) organized its own tournament, to boost rehabilitation of inmates in overcrowded prisons across the country. / AFP PHOTO / CRIS BOURONCLEFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Inmates from Peruvian prisons of Lurigancho (playing for Peru) celebrate after winning the “First Inter-prison World Cup Russia 2018 tournament” final match against inmates from Chimbote prison (playing for Russia), at the Monumental stadium in Lima, on May 25, 2018. Building on the World Cup fever unleashed by Peru’s qualification after 36 years of absence from the FIFA tournament, the National Petitentiary Institute (INPE) organized its own tournament, to boost rehabilitation of inmates in overcrowded prisons across the country. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS MANDUJANOIt sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alaska rallies to beat Globalport, extends win streak to 5 It wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals. 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  • Guyana to develop e-commerce, postal database mechanisms

    first_imgGuyana is finally taking steps to improve the relationship between customs and e-commerce, as it engaged 22 countries on Monday, in a discussion on the procedures that will lead to a successful data exchange system.The participants of the workshop pose for a photo outside the Guyana Post OfficeThis was revealed by Regional Project Coordinator for the Caribbean with the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Wenabi Pottprice, at the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC). Pottprice noted that countries were working together on a solution to further develop the competency of their postal and communication systems.The workshop was held in association with the joint World Customs Organisation (WCO) workshop and the UPU, with its main focus on addressing one of the key strategic projects of the UPU, which is operational readiness for e-commerce.“We’re looking to assist designated operators to maintain, expand and strengthen their operational network. Of course, when looking at e-commerce, customs is very important to that process. It is important that both customs and postal work together and collaborate at all levels, both at the strategic and national levels,” she stated.She noted that since the countries were in the process of collaborating at a strategic level, the coordinators were hoping that this could be replicated at the national level, within the 23 participating countries.“We’re looking at an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between customs and the post and how that can be implemented at the national level, because it’s already at the strategic level between the WCO and the UPU. We’re also going to be looking at database exchange, advanced database exchange between customs and postal and also amount of post in the regions,” Pottprice explained.Additionally, it was mentioned that the main emphasis will be placed on improving the working relationships between postal entities and customs, which will be addressed primarily in these consultations.While this is the first workshop of its kind in Guyana, there have been similar consultations on data exchanging, projects to enhance working relationships, and e-commerce.last_img read more

  • Gaming authority stifling investor with non-renewal of licence – businessman

    first_imgThe last licence issued by the GRA to Super BetGeneral Manager of the Guiana Holding Inc, Super Bet, Shrikant KisoensinghAfter five years of operating in Guyana with a valid licence, a trending gambling attractions across the country, Super Bet, has been denied renewal of licences from the Gaming Authority, which has also threatened to shut down its operations locally.A frustrated General Manager of the Guiana Holding Inc, Super Bet, Shrikant Kisoensingh on Friday engaged the media at his lawyer, Anil Nandlall’s office, on South Road, Georgetown, where he explained that he invested millions into the business and feels he is being targeted and discriminated against, especially since new betting games are being granted their licences months after coming to Guyana.“This is really stressful on us but we are still going strong because we are operating since 2012 till now and all of my staff they are scared to come to the office cause every time I’m getting phone calls asking do I have to work tomorrow and I say yes,” he protested.There are presently over 175 Super Bet locations across Guyana which bring in income for over 500 persons.Meanwhile, Nandlall explained that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as well as the Gaming Authority has also issued the renewal of licences for the business in the past.However this time around, the business owners are being told they require a certificate of “Good Standing” before they are issued the renewal.“My client has been operating in Guyana since 2012. They have always been issued with the relevant licences by the Guyana Revenue Authority and they have paid all taxes that have been levied against their operations,” the lawyer explained.Gaming Authority’s demandsIn 2017, the Gaming Authority attempted to exercise control over the operations at Super Bet, the lawyer reminded. The Authority had accused the business of money laundering and the matter was taken to the courts.According to Nandlall, the matter was heard and they were able to convince the court that the Gaming Authority had no authority over his client’s operations, as it fell under the purview of the Guyana Revenue Authority.However, following the court’s ruling, the laws were amended to allow the Gaming Authority to exercise supervisory control over the operations of the business.After those proceedings, the General Manager went to have his business licence renewed at the end of 2017 when he was told by the GRA that they can no longer issue licences to the business until it acquires a certificate of “good standing” from the Guyana Gaming Authority.Not knowing what the certificate was, Nandlall said his client went over to the Gaming Authority to request the document, when it was explained to him that there are certain requirements that must be met before the certificate is issued.After satisfying all the requirements, Nandlall said his client and he were summoned to a meeting by the Gaming Authority when they were told of yet another requirement.“When we satisfied those requirements they invited us to a meeting and they told us that we must do what they call an AML-CFT audit before they issue us with the certificate of good standing. We don’t know what an AML-CFT audit is and that was explained very clearly to the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Gaming Authority, Mr (Lloyd) Moore. This request only came two weeks ago. All the time we were working on trying to satisfy all the different requirements that they had made to us in relation to getting this certificate,” Nandlall explained.The lawyer argued on Friday that he has never heard of such a thing and has no idea what it is. Furthermore, he noted that he has never come across such a thing in Guyana’s laws which leaves him to believe that such discriminatory action is unconstitutional.He said he would have enquired from the CEO as to where the services of someone qualified can be retained to undertake the audit and was told the agency would have to seek international expertise.In the meantime, the business has been trying to acquire the necessary manpower to conduct the audit.Another visit has since been paid to the Gaming Authority, the lawyer posited, where he explained to the CEO that the agency is working tirelessly to satisfy the requirements of the Gaming Authority since without the certificate of good standing, the GRA will not issue the renewal of the business licences.Only on Friday, the lawyer said he made contact with the GRA’s Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia, who told him he has no issue with Super Bet’s operations since it is up to date with its taxes, among other requirements. Moreover, Statia told the company’s lawyer that he would be happy to grant the business licences as long as it produces the certificate of good standing.Despite its efforts, Nandlall told the media that the business received a letter on Thursday from the Gaming Authority which threatened not to issue the certificate of good standing over the mere fact that they have been operating without a licence.The lawyer added that the company has no problem with fair competition with other games on the market, but is against Government or Government agencies abusing its power to stifle businesses and is ready to fight the matter in court.The issue is also being investigated by the Police, who had already questioned the General Manager of Super Bet Guyana.Guyana Times was unable to get a comment from the Gaming Authority on the issue.last_img read more

  • GECOM must decide today on timeline for elections date

    first_imgPursuant to the ruling of the CCJ for a new Chair of GECOM to be appointed through a consensual mechanism supported by both the President and the Leader of the Opposition, Justice Claudette Singh SC, CCH, was so appointed on July 26, and sworn in on July 29. There were two intertwined issues that faced the Commission and needed urgent attention: the CCJ edict that Article 106 (6) of the Constitution required General Elections within three months from June 18th, 2019, and secondly, whether the ongoing controversial house-to-house registration for a new National Register should be halted.The new Chair met the Government and Opposition Commissioners separately on July 31, and declared they would be meeting on August 15 to decide on a date for elections. The day was chosen because Justice Roxane George would have delivered her decision on a challenge to the legality of the H2H registration on Aug 14. Justice George did in fact rule that “in Guyana a residency requirement for citizens is no longer necessary for qualification as an elector”. While the registration exercise was not unlawful, persons could therefore not be removed from the National Register if they were not found during the exercise.What this meant in effect was that any OLE produced from a new NRR through the multi-billion-dollar H2H exercise would still have to be vetted by a claims-and-objections (C&O) process. Even if one name were removed, the entire OLE becomes null and void, so the objected-to present “bloated” list would have become even more bloated. H2H registration is thus a non-starter.The Chief Justice, in her ruling, said that “by stipulating that a person who has already been registered must be at their residence at the time of the house-to-house registration exercise in order to be registered suggests that another qualifying criterion is being added for registration as an elector. A reading of all the relevant provisions leads to the inevitable conclusion that GECOM does not have the discretion to remove the name of a person from the list of registrants or electors because such a person, who was previously registered, has not re-registered during a house-to-house registration exercise.“The conduct of the house-to-house registration exercise is illegal, unlawful and ultra vires, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect is not granted, given my conclusion that the house-to-house registration in and of itself is not unconstitutional or unlawful,” the CJ said.However, the CJ also noted that the removal of the names of persons who are already on the list of registrants and who are not, or have not been, or are not, registered in the current house-to-house registration exercise would be unconstitutional, unless they are decreased or disqualified, pursuant to Article 159 (2).”It is our hope that GECOM does not further delay its decision on the issues in front of it. As the CCJ pointed out, the “pause” on the three-month deadline for elections was off since June 18. The Chair and the Commissioners should particularly heed two pertinent observations of Justice George in their written copy, which was fully reported in the press. To wit, that GECOM should examine options other than H2H registration to produce a valid voters list, since “GECOM cannot operate as if it is in a normal elections cycle.” The parameter is 3 months from December 21, 2018. Therefore, the date for holding elections is long gone.In other words, the H2H exercise should be cancelled; a C&O embarked on immediately on the extant OLE, and a date as close to Sept 18 as possible be set for elections based on the timelines for the latter process. The clock is ticking.last_img read more

  • Burbank race narrows to four

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Real estate broker Whit Prouty had 2,741 votes and took fifth. Vahe Hovenessian finished sixth with 1,194 and Margaret Sorthun was seventh with 331. In the Burbank Unified School District, candidate Roberta Reynolds and incumbents Ted Bunch and Dave Kemp were running unopposed for three seats. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 BURBANK – City Transportation Commission member Gary Bric and Police Commission member Anja Reinke emerged as the front-runners Tuesday in the race for two open seats on the City Council, according to preliminary returns. They were joined by former planning board member Carolyn Berlin and former Burbank airport commissioner Phil Berlin as the top four vote-getters in the mail ballot-only primary. They will face off in the April 10 runoff in the race to succeed retiring Mayor Todd Campbell and Councilman Jef Vander Borght. With all 42 precincts reporting, restaurant owner Bric led with 4,277 votes, followed by family-law attorney Reinke with 3,900. Carolyn Berlin placed third with 3,258 votes, and Phil Berlin had 2,946 in fourth place. last_img read more

  • Barca players let Pedro know what they think of him after Chelsea move

    first_img Pedro and Lionel Messi during their Barcelona playing days Pedro will be missed at Barcelona.Having made the move from Spain to England where he has joined Chelsea, the forward received some kind words from his former team-mates.VIDEO: BARCELONA’S TRIBUTE TO PEDROLionel Messi, on Facebook, said: “We’ve shared really great moments together over the years. Good luck in this new chapter of your life, Pedro!”Here, talkSPORT looked at some other tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts. 1last_img read more

  • Reus to join Klopp at Liverpool? Nine Bundesliga stars the next Reds boss could take to Anfield

    first_img 2. Stefan Bell (Mainz) – The giant German centre-back could be an ideal replacement should Liverpool choose to ditch one of their underperforming defenders. His imposing 6ft 4in frame makes him exceptional at stopping high balls into the box and makes him a threat at set-pieces. He’s not perfect but he will be a cheaper alternative to add depth to the Reds under their new boss. 9 6. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) – If Liverpool are to raid the Schwarzengelben for one player, the Anfield faithful will hope it’s for the Germany forward. The Reds have long been linked with the 26-year-old but, despite their pleas on Twitter, they have been unable to procure the talented, if slightly injury-prone star. He’s not been anywhere near his best this season but with team-mates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang performing he’s not had too much pressure on his shoulders. 7. Leroy Sane (Schalke) – Under Roberto Di Matteo, the Royal Blues weren’t exactly known for their entertaining displays but the Italian did promote Sane to their first-team, which saw him make an incredible impact in their 4-3 Champions League round of 16 second leg victory over Real Madrid, scoring and getting an assist after coming on as a substitute. He’s since scored a sensational solo goal, following a 75-yard run, against Wolfsburg. Liverpool reportedly made an offer for the player in the summer, which was snubbed by the club and the player, but the chance to play for Klopp could change that. 9 9 9 9 5. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach) – Out of Switzerland’s current collection of stars, Xherdan Shaqiri is the headline maker, but midfield star Xhaka is making a real name for himself in the Bundesliga. He’s feisty and physical but also a commendable ball-player and will be a great addition should Klopp convince him to sign for the Reds. He signed a new deal last winter but has also had interest from Bayern Munich, which is intriguing bearing in mind he has been compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger. 8. Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen) – The Brazilian left-back has been a hit at the BayArena since joining in 2014 and would be a good addition for the Reds given they pushed starlet Joe Gomez into the role earlier in the season, despite it not being in his favoured position. He’s got good character too and remains humble, celebrating his first Leverkusen goal with their long-serving ‘Shoe Pope’ Harald Wohner, who is seen a father figure for many of the club’s players. 9 1. Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg) – Still only 21, central midfield is now seeing a lot less game time in the Bundesliga with Joshua Guilavogui and Luis Gustavo mopping up in the middle. He broke the records for both youngest player to feature for Wolfsburg and was the youngest to score for the club. He’s a versatile player capable of playing in a deep-lying role, as well as in attacking position. Watch out for his left-foot too, he’s can strike a ball incredibly well and likes to chip in with the odd goal. 9 4. Daniel Didavi (Stuttgart) – If Liverpool want to go with a ‘moneyball’ approach, it might be worth them keeping an eye on the 25-year-old’s fitness over the coming months. The midfielder has talent but saw his career stalled by injuries after a breakout loan spell with Nurnberg in 2012. Last year he managed four goals in just 11 appearances, while this year he’s started seven games, managing to score twice and assist on three occasions, despite the team struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga. With Liverpool looking set to name Jurgen Klopp as their new manager in the coming days there is a good chances he’ll be making new signings in January.Reds legend John Barnes claimed their current squad needs investment to win the Premier League title, despite Brendan Rodgers splashing £78.4million on new signings in the summer.So, ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp might have to make every penny count when it comes to his transfer business, and this could lead him right back to Germany, where he will have an extensive knowledge of available players.But who could the charismatic boss bring in? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which Bundesliga stars Liverpool could sign in January… 9 3. Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen) – Liverpool will always have a special place for one Danish centre-back in Daniel Agger, but they could have another should Klopp decide to launch a bid for 23-year-old Vestergaard. The ex-Hoffenheim star is excelling once again this season and is a gargantuan 6ft 6in, but he’s not just a big lump. He’s got quick feet and while he prefers the no-nonsense approach, he’s more than able to play the ball to feet. Newcastle were linked with a £7m move for him in the summer. 9 9. Timo Horn (Cologne) – Simon Mignolet has been pretty decent since Brendan Rodgers unceremoniously dropped him but Klopp still may consider bringing in his own man. If so, Horn, could fit the bill. He’s not the most acrobatic but he is brave and fairly quick off his line. He’s less erratic than other German stoppers like Loris Karius, who has been linked with Arsenal and Aston Villa recently.last_img read more

  • WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY HOTEL IS FIRST SOLD IN 2015

    first_imgA well-known Letterkenny hotel has been purchased by a business group from the Middle East.Gallagher’s HotelThe group who purchased Gallagher’s Hotel  have now appointed the McGettigan Management group to run the hotel for the foreseeable future.The 82 bedroom hotel, which has five function rooms, is the first hotel to be sold in Ireland in 2015. It was previously run by receivers KPMG and it was sold on their instructions.There was no disclosure on the price of the hotel.   WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY HOTEL IS FIRST SOLD IN 2015 was last modified: January 13th, 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:GALLAGHER’S HOTELletterkennysoldlast_img read more

  • RESIDENTS THREATEN TO BLOCK ROAD AFTER COUNCIL FAIL TO RESURFACE IT

    first_imgResidents of a West Donegal village have threatened to block off their road if roadworks are not completed on it.Residents of Annagry say they have been waiting months for a resurface of the Glen Road which is littered with potholes.Work was scheduled to start on the stretch of road this week but workmen who arrived in the area moved to a different location closer to Loughanure. Residents say they do not know why the workmen moved to Loughnaure which is a less urgent job.They told Donegal Daily they tried to contact Donegal County Council by phone but nobody returned their calls.Locals have held a meeting to discuss the matter and will meet again next week if the work is not completed.“The locals are hoping to have answers to their questions and the engineer in question there too or the Glen Road will be closed until the answers are given to the outraged locals,” said a spokesman.    RESIDENTS THREATEN TO BLOCK ROAD AFTER COUNCIL FAIL TO RESURFACE IT was last modified: July 28th, 2012 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)last_img read more

  • MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR DLDC AT EMERGENCY MEETING

    first_imgLiam Mailey, Convoy gave a heart-felt talk for the benefits of DLDC over the years in Donegal. at the emergency meeting in Stranorlar.Pic by Brian McDaid.More than six hundred people turned out in force to show their support for Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. (DLDC) and community–led development at a Public Meeting in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar last night.John Keon, independent Chair for the Public Meeting (formerDonegal Creameries CEO), explained that the event was organised in recognition of some insecurity for the future of DLDC and its staff. As part of the Government reforms in 2014, a new structure, is being established ‘Local Community Development Committee’s (LCDC’s) under the auspices and control of the administrators of the Local Authorities in Ireland.The proposed local government reforms will firstly see the two core programmes, namely The Local and Community Development Programme and LEADER which have beendelivered for almost twenty years by Local Development Companies, transfer in the main to the LCDC’s.Frank Kelly from DLDC informed those in attendance that local communities should now consider if the proposed new structure will be the most effective way to deliver programmes based on local issues and local needs.He explained that the aim of the meeting was to inform communities and citizens about how the proposed changes might impact on them and to consider how the services offered by DLDC can continue to be supported and retained. Representatives from groups from all over Donegal showed their support for Donegal Local Development at the Finn Valley Centre on last night.Community key speakers on the night who showcased their community projects included; Liam Mailey from Convoy Community and Enterprise, Fiona O’Shea from Killybegs Cruise Ship Information Centre, Ann Sheridan from Jigsaw, Mary McGrenra from Craoibhín – Grass Routes and PatsyMcGonigle from Finn Valley Centre.Chair John Keon highlighted the proposed changes and hisgrave concerns that the existing link between the community and Local Development Companies like DLDC could be severed forever, with the loss of skills and expertise built up over many years. This scenario would have a significant negative impact on your local community.Liam Mailey, representative from Convoy Community expressed his gratification to DLDC in relation to supports that Convoy has received from DLDC to date, including dedicated Tús and RSS scheme participants and funding received from RDP Leader. He also stated that ‘without the support from DLDC, Convoy would not be looking as good as it is now, long live DLDC!’Killybegs Cruise Ship Information Centre also expressed their support, representative Fiona O’Shea gave an overview of supports received.Mary McGrenra, from Craoibhín thanked DLDC for the support they received to help set up their Grass Routes Project.Patsy McGonigle from Finn Valley Centre, thanked DLDC and stated that ‘DLDC are all about community and have given the Finn Valley area great support and a fantastic community centre’. A number of local Councillors also publically pledged their support to the company.The Chairperson gave the audience the opportunity to voice their views. Concerns were echoed throughout the room regarding the loss of DLDCs supports and services which arepresently being provided by dedicated and experienced staff.Fionula Brennan from Donegal Womans Network expressed her concerns about reform and empathised with DLDC as they too are extremely concerned for their services and supports which are delivered throughout Donegal.Winston Patterson, former Chairman of International Fund for Ireland and Chairman of the Donaghmore Hall Committee highlighted ‘If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.’ Many others followed with the same sentiment including Siobhan Mc Laughlin who spoke of her experience in her role as secretary of DLDC. John Quinn and Molly Reynolds, both former Chairman and Secretary respectively also echoed similar sentiments. Over the last three decades, Donegal Local Development Company Ltd and local voluntary community groups in Donegal have worked successfully together to combat disadvantage through the delivery of a variety of programmes.Through this partnership, DLDC has provided direct assistance that has;•Enabled communities to develop facilities and local development programmes•Helped and provided employment to the long-term unemployed•Combated social exclusion and poverty•Assisted businesses and people in creating jobs and enterprise in their local community•Provided training and educational programmes to up-skill individuals and community groupsUnder the existing structure numerous local development programmes have been delivered throughout the county. In almost every village and town throughout Donegal, communities continue to avail of one or more of the following programmes in partnership with Donegal Local Development Company: Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Local and Community Development Programme inclusive of Back to Work Enterprise Scheme, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Leader/RDP, The Rural Recreational Walks Programme, CE Childcare Programme, Job Club and Jobs Initiative.DLDC Chairman, Jim Slevin closed the event thanking everyone for turning out in such big numbers and reminded everyone of DLDCs Mission Statement ‘Working in Donegal towards a better future for all.’ He encouraged everyone to show their support for their Local Development Company by signing the online petitionhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-local-development-companiesThis online petition is aimed at ensuring that the decades of experience Local Development Companies have is not lost and that they can continue to deliver services to their communities. ‘Please pledge your support to DLDC and other LDCs to ensure local communities continue to receive the supports they need and deserve.’MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR DLDC AT EMERGENCY MEETING was last modified: May 14th, 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:Donegal Local Development Companylast_img read more