Chamber of Commerce: remaining relevant and providing continuous leadership in private sector…

first_imgDear Editor,The role of the Chamber of Commerce encompasses: business counselling by Chamber staff; business workshops and seminars; business expansion assistance; plant visits; work force data; business retention; business recruitment; commercial site inventory; economic development committee; office space inventory; small business council; business registration info & forms; commercial and industrial site facilities and contact; transportation capacity etc.In today’s business environment, Chambers of Commerce must carefully navigate the waters between expectations and delivery of business assistance.  In many instances, the role that the local chamber plays is dependent upon other organisations in the community.In those scenarios, the partnership between the organisations reduces the Chamber’s significance, enables product/service duplication, and limits the efficiency of service delivery. It is also imperative that Chambers take the initiative in areas where their strengths are an advantage.  Such would be the case with distributing business-related information and assistance.These two areas offer opportunity for contact between the Chamber and the business community. Where there is an economic development organisation that has an active business retention and expansion programme, Chamber staff or senior volunteer(s) should be encouraged to be part of the visitation teams.Establishing a relationship via the site visits gives the business an opportunity to meet a Chamber representative, and the staff member the opportunity to make a follow-up contact.  Such contact also puts the Chamber at the table when addressing business-related issues.The local Chamber must remain committed to helping local companies grow their businesses by taking the lead in programmes and efforts that help create a strong local economy, and make our community a great place to do business.The Chamber must continue to be an integral component of the community by offering a wide variety of programmes and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life.Members should be able to capitalise on the contacts, resources and support provided by the Chamber. The aim of the Chamber is not only to develop its members, but to strengthen the community in which they serve, and this will enable the Chamber to be more effective and competent.Sincerely,Michael Herculeslast_img read more

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Why does M&CC need a PR Department?

first_imgDear Editor,It is no coincidence or should come as no surprise to anyone that the new Mayor of Georgetown has described the Public Relations Department of the Georgetown municipality as an utter waste of time and waste of the slender financial resources of the Council.Why does the Georgetown City Council need a Public Relations Department when there are much larger cities around the world doing just fine without one? Why does the Georgetown City Council need a Public Relations Department to do window dressing now that the Garden City has become a ‘Garbage City’, when they do not weed our parapets or fog our yards? Now that the City Council has closed day-care centres, allowed the Stabroek Market wharf to collapse and the clock has stopped working. Why does the Georgetown City Council need a Public Relations Department now that the City Hall building, the municipal Abattoir and the City Police Training School and others are in such a ruinous state; the Kitty Market taking years to build and not yet completed? Is the Council more interested in ‘froth’ and ‘fluff’ than in substance?I say to the Mayor, close that department, send the staff on their way and save millions of dollars per month in salaries and other operational costs and divert that money to repairing roads and replacing defective street lights in the city. That would be much beret PR.Recall a former Mayor who served for an unprecedented 21-year term had pleaded with the Local Government Ministry, had pleaded with the City Council to get rid of the useless Public Relations Department and its head for years but nothing happened. Recall many persons expressed concern about the indolence of the staff of that department who could be seen idling all day long, taking selfies, manicuring themselves, reading novels and even sleeping.It is time that the Council stops featherbedding and finding jobs for the boys. They need to become a lean, clean and mean working machine, shedding all unnecessary load and return to serving the citizens and advancing the nation.Regards,Kwasi Sandersonlast_img read more

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Guyanese robbed of opportunity to study at Leeds University

first_imgBy Devina SamarooAn outgoing student of the University of Guyana (UG) is currently in a state of despair after missing the opportunity of a lifetime to further her studies at an internationally recognised university, owing to the failure of the UG administrative department to present the necessary documents in time for submission.Renita ChanderballiUG RegistrarNigel GravesandeRenita Chanderballi, 23, majored in Biology and would be graduating with distinction in November.She had applied to do her postgraduate degree at Leeds University in England in biotechnology with specific focus on agricultural crops in Third World countries and finding innovative biotechnological ways to combat the effects of climate change on local crops.It was a dream come true when she was accepted into the programme in the first week of June. She was also awarded a partial scholarship.Overcome with excitement, Chanderballi wasted no time in informing her lecturers and approaching the UG administration for her necessary documents.But then it all went south from there; the obstacles kept rolling into a huge ball of complications that was rapidly tumbling downhill.After losing her placement at the University, Chanderballi plunged into great depression; she cried for days, overwhelmed with a thousand emotions knowing that something so avoidable resulted in her missing a chance to pursue her dreams.In a Facebook post that is going viral, the UG student expressed utter disappointment in the series of events that led to this immense heartbreak.“I’m extremely disappointed and I feel cheated out of something I worked really hard for. But, of course, I must thank the admin staff at UG for robbing me of this opportunity. I’m not sure how this might help anyone but it’s a painful experience for me, because I had planned everything out and sacrificed a lot (especially financially) to get it all done,” she posted on Facebook.Royal run-aroundChanderballi told Guyana Times on Wednesday that she was yet to complete her final year project at the time she received the offer from Leeds.However, under the direction of her supervisors, she worked expeditiously to complete it.“The faculty was extremely helpful, they set a day specifically for me to present my project and up to that point, and everything was done in a timely manner. However, the problem began where the Admin was concerned. Leeds needed to see all my grades and UG was refusing to give me the grade,” she stated.Chanderballi said she approached the office since June, requesting her transcript and informing them of her situation.The first problem was getting her grades and then it was getting her transcript and to be awarded her degree – all documents Leeds initially required.She said eventually, after explaining her quandary to the University, Leeds was willing to accept just her transcript and proof of graduation.Nonetheless, Chanderballi spent over two weeks on a royal run-around trying to receive these documents but to no avail.“The sectors I dealt with during this time were the Faculty, the Assistant Registrar of Exams, Assistant Registrar of Student Welfare and the Deputy Registrar. The Dean of my faculty was so helpful; I don’t know how I can thank him. He was in his office some days at 5 and 6 in the evening making calls for me and at any point where the Administration was giving me a hard time, I called him and he tried his best,” she stated.“The Assistant Registrar of Student Welfare was very helpful when she learned of my situation. She provided documents efficiently. However, her staff was very reluctant. If she was not there, they would tell me what I’m requesting could not be done or something or the other.”She added that the Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar of the exams departments were her “biggest” obstacles.“One of the most frustrating things I dealt with was getting confirmation from AR Exams staff. If I needed something to be done, they said the process takes two weeks and if I asked if it can be done sooner, they would say I have to check back or come back in or call; which meant that instead of giving me a definite date or even a time period to work with, I was forced to come to campus almost every day,” she explained.The student understands there are protocols to be observed, but she strongly believes more could have been done.“I understood there was a process involved and I tried hard to respect their rules, but everyone was just dragging their feet. I was sent from one office to another.last_img read more

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Police, fire authorities lay out arguments for funding

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The city’s fire and police chiefs painted bleak pictures of the funding and morale in their departments at a special City Council meeting Saturday morning. The meeting, organized to allow the two departments to present their budgets to the public, came as the city is wrestling with how to adequately fund them. One hotly debated proposal would consolidate Montebello’s Fire Department with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A county study suggests the transition would save the city $2.5 million annually. “I guarantee you the level of service the county provides through consolidation would be better – far better – than if you do nothing,” said Battalion Chief Rick Lynsky at the conclusion of his presentation to the audience, which was largely composed of firefighters and their families. The Montebello Fire Fighters Association supports consolidation, saying it would lead to an increase in salaries, safety, job security and opportunities for promotion. Further investigation of the option by the city has been stalled by the ongoing legal battle over a petition to require consolidation be approved by a public vote. Meanwhile, said fire Chief Steve Huson, “Moral is down in the department, probably the lowest I’ve ever seen. There’s a lot of uncertainty. “We’re not getting around to business the way we should,” he said of the department’s fire prevention division. Over the past few years, the department decreased the number of firefighters on call at any time from 21 to 19. Lynsky rated its current state as “a generous C-.” Councilman Bill Molinari, a staunch advocate of keeping fire services under the city’s control, loudly refuted Lynsky’s assessment. “In talking with other chiefs,” he said, “we have very few fire departments in this country that have what we have.” “You have to presume this was almost a `bash the Montebello Fire Department’ meeting to set the stage for a county takeover,” he said afterward. Looking toward the completion of several planned development projects in the city, Molinari predicted there would be adequate funds to maintain or even increase the Fire Department budget. “Can it happen in the future?” asked Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid. “Yes. But we also to have to plan for now. We have to be realistic that many of those projects are not around the corner.” Last fiscal year, the city budgeted $10.5 million for the Fire Department, 26 percent of its general fund. The Police Department’s budget was $15.6 million. Like the firefighters, they too have seen years of cutbacks, said Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. In his presentation, he listed more than 55 full and part-time positions, including 16 police officers, that had disappeared since 1993. “The salaries are so low we’re having difficulty attracting anyone,” he added, echoing earlier concerns by the firefighters. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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How Associations voted for 2026 W. Cup hosts

first_img0Shares0000North American bid leaders Carlos Cordeiro (centre) and the president of the Mexican Football Association Decio de Maria Serrano (2nd L) celebrate after they won the right to host the 2026 World CupNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Hopes of the World Cup coming to the African continent for the second time in history were dashed when Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 games failed after losing to a joint bid by the United States, Canada and Morocco in the voting process at FIFA’s Congress on Wednesday.Morocco garnered only 65 of the 203 votes cast while the ‘United Bid’ gathered 134 votes, 67pc of the total cast. A total of 203 associations voted with the four bidding nations exempted. Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands did not enter to vote. And just like president Gianni Infantino had promised in his quest for transparency and accountability, how each association voted was made public.Kenya which had promised beforehand that they will be backing Morocco did not go back on their word with Nick Mwendwa pressing his vote in favor of the North Africans.Kenya has been one of the beneficiaries of Morocco’s generosity, having hosted the Harambee Starlets in a 10-day camp prior to their participation at the African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2016 and most recently hosted Harambee Stars for two friendly matches against central Africa Republic and Comoros.Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi left) presents the Morocco 2026 World Cup bid book to FKF president Nick Mwendwa right) at the FKF Headquarters at Goal Project on April 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAfrica was expected to vote as a bloc and it was almost so, save for 10 countries of the 51 that cast their votes. The entire CECAFA region backed Morocco, but the varieties came with the West and Southern Africans.Interestingly, South Africa which hosted Africa’s first ever World Cup in 2010 did not vote for Morocco, instead opting for the United Bid.Guinea, Liberia, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Botswana all did not vote for the Moroccans.Most of Europe went in favor of the United Bid, but interestingly, giants like Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium and Serbia voted in favor of Morocco. Brazil who hosted the 2014 showpiece also went for the North Africans.Arabian countries were hugely in favor of Morocco’s bidding including 2022 hosts Qatar. However, Saudi Arabia voted in favor of the American bid.Here is a breakdown of how each of the 203 Associations voted.FIFA WORLD CUP 2026 VOTE0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Neymar hints at joining Real Madrid

first_img“In the future, everything is possible,” he told Brazilian television channel Globo.“I’m not saying I’m going to Real Madrid, calm down. Everybody knows I have already accomplished my dream which was (playing for) Barcelona.“Real Madrid is one of the biggest teams in the world, every player perceived to have an interest in the club wants to play for them. Right now I’m very happy in Paris.”Neymar said Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had sent him his regards after hearing about the Brazilian’s most recent injury.“At the time I needed support the most, from people and the team, the best in the world came to me to say ‘I’m here to help you’,” Neymar said.The 27-year-old said PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappe will be one of the world’s greatest ever players despite the pair both eyeing the biggest individual prizes in the sport.“He’s going to become one of the best players in the history of football and I’m trying to help him as best as possible. We have the same friendship as I had with Lionel, even competing for the Ballon d’Or,” he said.Neymar will miss Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Manchester United with the metatarsal problem he suffered six weeks ago.He was sidelined for three months of last season with the same issue, returning just in time to play at the World Cup.PSG anticipate he will be back in time for a potential European quarter-final in April.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar scored 105 goals in a four-year spell at Barcelona © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFESAO PAULO, Brazil, Mar 3 – Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar on Sunday left the door open for a potential move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.The world’s most expensive footballer is currently recovering from a foot injury which he suffered on January 23 and has been linked with a return to La Liga ever since joining PSG from Barcelona in 2017.last_img read more

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Kante and Payet get France call-ups but Manchester United star misses out

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps has called up West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet and Leicester’s midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante for friendlies against Holland and Russia but there was no room for Karim Benzema.Deschamps called talk of a recall for Real Madrid striker Benzema “tiring”.“I’m here to select and I will select. Everyone is free to have an opinion,” Deschamps said. “There are two people who will decide: my president (French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet) and me.”French newspaper Le Parisien had earlier reported that Benzema would be absent from the squad, citing Le Graet as its source, meaning his absence was expected on Thursday.Benzema has not been part of Les Bleus’ set-up since October’s friendly against Armenia, after which he was questioned by police in connection with an alleged blackmail plot against international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape reportedly showing the Lyon midfielder.The 28-year-old was released from custody but was ordered not to have any contact with Valbuena, effectively ruling him out of contention for Deschamps’ squad.That restriction was rescinded last week, since when speculation has surrounded Benzema’s potential return.Valbuena was absent from the latest France squad too, with Deschamps considering the Lyon player unfit for international duty.Payet has shone in the Premier League for West Ham, while uncapped Kante has helped to drive Leicester to the brink of winning the English title.Kante took the place of Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin in Deschamps’ squad.“N’Golo Kante is putting in high-level performances,” Deschamps said, in a press conference shown on fff.fr.As for Schneiderlin, Deschamps added: “It’s not that I don’t have confidence in Morgan, I know what he can do, but before making final decisions (on the Euro 2016 squad) it’s important that N’Golo comes with us to get more answers.”France squad for friendly matches against Holland on March 25 and Russia on March 29:Lloris, Mandanda, Costil; Sagna, Jallet, Evra, Digne, Varane, Koscielny, Sakho, Mathieu; Pogba, Matuidi, Diarra, Sissoko, Kante, Cabaye; Griezmann, Martial, Giroud, Coman, Gignac, Payet. N’golo Kante in action for Leicester City 1last_img read more

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Sunderland set to beat Crystal Palace to signing of former Newcastle ace

first_img1 Davide Santon in action for Inter Milan Sunderland are set to hijack Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Inter Milan defender Davide Santon.talkSPORT told you earlier this week that the Eagles were closing in on the former Newcastle man, but it now appears Sam Allardyce is trying to persuade the Italian to return to the north east.According to Tutto Mercato, the 25-year-old is eager to move back to the Premier League and is awaiting either Palace or Sunderland to stump up the £3m required for Inter to sell.Palace manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken to Santon in a bid to lure him to Selhurst Park, but it is understood that Sunderland are offering him a higher salary.The Black Cats have held talks with the player’s representatives and are ready to tie him down to a contract worth £1.7m per year.last_img read more

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WINNERS OF DONEGAL’S 20TH BUSINESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED

first_imgPictured are this year’s winners of the 20th Donegal Business Awards from left to right, Olivia Finney, The Counter (Best Business Start-Up and winner of Overall Donegal Business of the Year), Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts (Best Established Business) and John McNamara, of Get Brain Fit (Best New Business Idea). John Bradley and John McNamara of Get Brain Fit will now go on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards’ Final in Dublin.Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has announced the winners of the 20th Donegal Business Awards.The winners of Best New Business Idea are John Bradley and John McNamara, of Get Brain Fit, an empowering online brain training service which gives the brain a daily workout via quality content and stimulation. Get Brain Fit will now go on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards’ Final in Dublin.The winner of Best Established Business is Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd. Established in 1993, the business is one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of bespoke decorative craft metal work in a variety of metals for interior and exterior use. Winners of Best Start Up Business are Richard and Olivia Finney for their business, The Counter, which began as a wine shop franchise, until they diversified into an independent wine and artisan food shop, with the addition of a coffee shop and food offering last year.The winners in each category received a prize of €1,500, while the overall winners of ‘Donegal Business of the Year’, Richard and Olivia Finney from The Counter, received a prize of €2,500.Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at the LEO congratulated each of the finalists and winners on a fantastic achievement.Pictured at the 20th Donegal Business Awards from left to right are: Padraig O’Ceidigh, Olivia and Richard Finney, The Counter (winners of Best Business Start-Up and Overall Donegal Business of the Year), Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal LEO.“This is the 20th year of the Donegal Business Awards and we’re delighted to have built such a strong platform to allow businesses in Donegal showcase the excellent work they are doing. These awards are about recognising the wealth of talent that exists in this county and, year-on-year our finalists and winners are evidence of the exemplary quality of entrepreneurship and hard work happening throughout Donegal. Judging by the passion shown by our 2016 finalists and winners, we can safely say that the future of business in Donegal is in safe hands.” As part of Donegal Business Week, all finalists attended a boot camp with serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh.He said “We had a brilliant morning with each of the finalists and I would like to congratulate them, as well as the overall winners. I’d also like to say a special thanks to Michael, Ursula and all the team at Donegal’s LEO on a great day. These awards are an excellent opportunity for businesses to shine a light on their success, while networking with and learning from other businesses in the county. I was very impressed with the level of passion and commitment from the finalists and have no doubt that their innovation and energy will continue to drive business forward in Donegal.’Those nominated in the various categories for the Business Awards.The Donegal Business Awards marked the culmination of a very successful Donegal Business Week, which brought a host of national and international speakers to the county to engage with local businesses. These included Alastair Dobson, A Taste of Arran, nutritionist Paula Mee, fitness expert, Pat Divilly, marketing expert, Geoff Ramm and serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020For more information visit www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal or call LEO on 074 91 60735WINNERS OF DONEGAL’S 20TH BUSINESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED was last modified: March 15th, 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:Donegal Business AwardsLEOlast_img read more

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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

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