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Push cart vendors, DVD sellers decry draft copyright law

first_img…say Govt should keep promises, provide jobs The ripple effect that the copyright legislation could have when passed in Guyana has already drawn the attention of the average man in the street who sells CDs and DVDs to sustain their livelihood.Several CD and DVD vendors, who spoke with Guyana Times on Saturday sought to highlight the negative effects the legislation will have, noting that such a move by the Government will cause a hike in the instances of robberies and other crimes.A number of push cart vendors, who have been plying their trade in the streets of Georgetown for several years, told this publication that the Government should seek to employ more persons rather than take away their “bread and butter.”One vendor, Shakiel Wiltshire said, “This will really affect we cause remember they got to study that people got children and people got family to take care of and these times that going it so hard so if they stop this hay, from we pushing CDs and DVDs from selling, is like pushing we out of a wuk. I don’t see what pushing a cart and selling a CD could cause because if they stop we from pushin cart, what we gun get fuh wuk? We nah gun get anything fuh wuk.”Wiltshire added that he has been in the business for a few months now and explained that should Government pass the copyright legislation, measures should be put in place to protect CD and DVD vendors. “Even self he wan ban this hay, is either he find something for we do cause it got a lot of place that when you send in application, you got to wait years before you could get a call.”A push cart vendor who requested his name be withheld noted, “I have been doing this business for about 12 years and wah he (President David Granger) wan bring out deh is nonsense because this is we hustle and if he take us off de road, what he wan we do? We can’t do nothing, what he wan we do rob and thief and them thing and then he gun put we in jail? That ain’t make sense. It don’t make sense because he promising people one set a thing and it ain’t make sense. If he ain’t want CD or DVD pun de road, well leh he provide jobs or whatever but this hay is we living.”Don Sham, who operates at a CD shop on Commerce Street, Georgetown, expressed fear of being without a job, as he is the sole breadwinner for his home.Oswald McBeen, another such businessman as Sham, told Guyana Times he has seven children to take care of and he is the sole breadwinner for his home. McBeen, who has been doing that business for 20 years, asserted, “If they bring out this (my push cart), this gun got to park completely because how else I gun hustle?”When asked to give a suggestion as to what he would like to see done with the draft legislation, the father noted, “At the end of the day, wah them wan do them ah do. I can’t stop them from doing anything. Two or three people can’t make a difference. But I think they need to create more jobs. Instead of taking away jobs, you create and then take away. If you create so that people get something to do, it gun stop a lot of robbery cause what am I supposed to do? Push my hand in somebody pocket?”The copyright legislation or Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism.Since the new Administration took over, plans were revealed to have the work of local artistes protected through the implementation of such laws.Over the years, local musicians have lamented that being a performer in Guyana is somewhat of a risky business, since persons have the constant fear of having their work copyrighted.The current legislation, the 1956 Copyright Act, which Guyana inherited from Great Britain following Independence in 1966, has never been revised since, even though its former colonial master had long repealed the legislation that deemed copyright infringement a civil wrong.Though the current Act does provide protection of literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works, the fines are extremely low, ranging mostly from £5 to £50 (GY$1750-GY$17,500). Given the time and cost to pursue an infringement in court, some artistes view the exercise as a loss rather than a gain.Following the announcement by Government of its intention to table copyright legislation, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed worry over the impact this could have on the local economy as many small businesses could possibly close as a result of the incoming change.It was in a parliamentary address about two weeks ago that President David Granger stated that legislation would be tabled to bring copyright laws on the books.However, some opposed to the change say it could put undue burdens on local producers of DVDs and CDs and that it would drastically impact on the free foreign movies and programmes currently broadcast on television.Just Thursday, Jagdeo weighed in on the issue saying, “I hope that people will understand… it will be a revolution in Guyana. I’m not going to say much more, because when Government passes that next year, every video store in this country will have to close that sells these bootlegs. And every store that sells music now… the way they currently do, it will have to shut those down too, as well as the guys who are doing the push cart, they can be charged too”.While acknowledging that some may be in disagreement with the position, he clarified that Government should place more emphasis on protecting local intellectual property rights rather than focusing on safeguarding international content. (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

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Hospital shop a gift to aspiring nurses

first_imgThe two young women walking into the boutique gift shop at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center Friday morning were looking for the woman who runs the shop. Maria Ramona Rebueno and Karen Mizrahi wanted to thank Barbara Charles for helping make their childhood dreams come true. This Monday morning, both young women will walk back inside the hospital in uniform to begin their careers as licensed vocational nurses. They couldn’t have done it without the help of the hospital’s charitable foundation and Charles, who revamped the hospital’s gift shops into popular mini-boutiques that help raise even more funds for nursing scholarships. All those boxes of See’s Candies, all those newspapers and magazines, all those flowers, stuffed animals and other boutique items that Charles and her volunteer staff sold last year helped provide almost $58,000 for 39 nursing scholarships. “Without the $1,200 scholarship I received, it would have been tough, awfully tough financially, to get through school, work, and take care for my two children,” Maria said. Both Karen and Maria attended classes two days a week at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills to complete the tough 12-month LVN program. They spent another three days at the hospital as certified nurses aides. Like Charles’ hospital gift shops, the occupational center is another one of those overlooked jewels in the Valley where things happens – lessons are learned – that help young adults have a career they could have never afforded otherwise. The tuition at a private school for the LVN license runs anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 a year. At the West Valley Occupational Center – a Los Angeles Unified School District school – tuition was $200. “We spent probably another $2,500 for books, uniforms, and other things we needed, but that’s a far cry from $25,000,” Karen said. Trying to reduce a nursing shortage in the Valley and help give a leg up to motivated young people wanting to enter the medical profession, is the reason the Tarzana hospital partners with the occupational center in training nurses, said Jody Junor, director of education at the hospital. “These two young women will start their careers Monday with the latest teaching knowledge and an inquisitiveness to ask questions and keep our nurses already here fresh,” she said. “Everybody pushes everybody around here to stay on top.” With a nursing shortage, there were other local hospitals Maria and Karen could have chosen to work at. But they never had any doubts that they’d come back to the hospital that gave them a chance, they said. “A lot of hospitals don’t have training opportunities for student nurses because they’re afraid of the liability,” Karen said. “This hospital gave us a chance. The people here cared. We’re indebted to them. This is where we want to have our careers.” Maria agreed. “When they gave me that scholarship, it was overwhelming. My family was so proud. I started to cry. “I’ve always dreamed of becoming a nurse and now I am one. Monday morning I’m walking through those doors collecting a paycheck as a nurse. Incredible.” That’s why two young women were walking into that gift shop Friday morning looking for the woman who runs the place. To say thank you. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TOP BAND RELEASE TRIBUTE TO DANIEL’S NEW VISITOR CENTRE!

first_imgThey became famous around the globe after penning the song ‘There’s No One as Irish as Barack Obama.’But now the madcap Corrigan Brothers have decided to pen a ditty to someone even more important than the US President – Daniel O’Donnell.The Limerick band have just released their new offering ‘The Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre Song.’ The brothers, who are keen Daniel fans, are delighted that the centre has opened and look forward to visiting it.Lead singer Ger Corrigan said, “Daniel is an institution and is probably responsible for more tourism to Ireland than any one else, we look forward to visiting the centre in June and dueting the song with Donegal’s greatest artist”.Following their visit to Donegal the brothers will head to California in July to perform at a number of rallies for the Obama 2012 campaign.www.corriganbrothers.net   TOP BAND RELEASE TRIBUTE TO DANIEL’S NEW VISITOR CENTRE! was last modified: May 18th, 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) Tags:Corrigan Brotherslast_img read more

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PROBE INTO FAN ATTACK ON GAA MATCH OFFICIAL

first_imgGARDAÍ  may be called in to investigate an attack on one on GAA officials at a top match.The Donegal County Board says referee Jimmy White reported an unsavoury incident at the end of a clash between Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon and Bundoran.The incident happened after the final whistle in the game which took place between the rival clubs last Saturday. Bundoran came out on top by just a single point in the derby clash in the Intermediate Championship.Former county minor star Jamie Brennan hit the winner for Bundoran late on to see his side to a 1-11 to 2-07 victory.Killybegs referee Jimmy White included details of the incident in his match report.It’s understood a supporter from Aodh Ruadh was involved in the incident. The investigation into what happened could see a lengthy ban from GAA games for the supporter.Some of those at the game believe it should also be reported to gardai. PROBE INTO FAN ATTACK ON GAA MATCH OFFICIAL was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:GAAJimmy WhiteKillybegssupporterlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: BRENDAN KELLY IN FINE FORM AT DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:The Weather was not suitable for golf on the weekend past and hopefully there will be a improvement in the weather conditions this week. Well done to Brendan Kelly who won on Wednesday last with a score of 41pts. It is great to see him back in the winner’s circle. We are getting to the business end of the Golfer of the Year (top Twenty) competition. This week we have the Christmas hamper which is a GOY competition. The top Twenty and Golfer of the Year will be decided at the end of play on Sunday Evening. We wish everyone the best of luck.As you know, the club AGM is being held this coming Saturday evening the 21st November at 5.00pm. It is being held earlier this year and at a more convenient time in order to suit our non-local members, some of whom have to travel a considerable distance. The hope is that people will be able to have a round of golf, attend the AGM, and still get back home in good time.Christmas is fast approaching and we would like to update you on what’s happening here at the club in the run-up to the festive season.Commencing on Tuesday the 1st December we will have a Christmas sale in the shop. All items of clothing, footwear etc. will be reduced, so if you would like to surprise someone with a gift from Dunfanaghy Golf Club this will be your chance to do so.Copies of the Christmas fixtures will be posted on the notice boards in the Ladies and Gents locker rooms in the next week, take a copy and pass some on to your friends.CHRISTMAS PARTYChristmas Party night on Friday 11th December 2 course meal plus a glass of wine €15. Everyone welcome. Give Sarah a ring on 074 9136335/0860293719 by Wednesday 9th December to book your table. Join us for a great night’s craic. This evening is open to everyone so if you would like to have your Christmas party at Dunfanaghy Golf Club you’re more than welcome. We can guarantee good food, good music and a night filled with Christmas cheer. If you can’t make it for the meal come for the party.James and Niall McCormick are traveling to Calcutta on the 4th March on a charity excursion with the hope foundation and their school. On Friday 1st January they will hold a classic here at the club to help fund the trip and to make a significant donation to the charity. The boys would very much appreciate your support on the day.Monday November 23rd is the next open senior’s competition. Saturday the 2nd January is the Captain’s drive-in. A sheet for names has been posted on the main notice board in the front foyer. The format will be a four ball scramble and a draw for tees and teams will be made on Friday 1st January.We have our chef, paddy in the clubhouse every Saturday and Sunday. He has received great praise for his food in the last two weeks. Make sure to give it a try. Also all the Rugby games/soccer games (SKY) will be shown in the clubhouse. There are a number of competitions in the next week –• Wednesday 18th of November 2015 – Open Singles Stableford (soup and Sandwiches)• Saturday 21st of November 2015 – Open 4BBB Stableford competition• Sunday 22nd of November 2015 – Gents Christmas Hamper GOY competitionYou can book on-line at Dunfanaghy Golf club website or ring the clubhouse on 0749136335Function Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)GOLF NEWS: BRENDAN KELLY IN FINE FORM AT DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB was last modified: November 18th, 2015 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) Tags:golfSportlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIORS FACE ST CLARETS IN MCARDLE CUP FINAL

first_imgMc Ardle Cup FinalGood luck to the Juniors who are contesting the McArdle Cup final against St. Clarets this coming weekend, Sunday 8th May. Throw-in is at 2.30pm at Colindale. The game will be followed by the seniors who are in action against St. Kiernans at 4pm in the Semi-Final of the Tipperary Cup at Colindale.Lottery Results 28th MayNumbers drawn 8, 10, 12 & 16Jackpot £2,450 – No Winner £25 Lucky Dip Winners:Niall Boyle, c/o TCGJim, c/o The Boardwalk BarPJ, c/o The 3 WishesAshley & Moira, c/o The 3 WishesNext Draw 5th May – Jackpot £2,500 Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comThank you for your support!GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIORS FACE ST CLARETS IN MCARDLE CUP FINAL was last modified: May 3rd, 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)Tags:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_imgThe Bulldogs will officially open their season at Nebraska Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. with their home opener versus South Dakota Nov. 16. at 6 p.m. Drake will host a pair of exhibition contests, Dubuque Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. and Pittsburg State Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., to help prepare for the regular season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosted its annual media day on Monday, Oct. 15, meeting with the local media to preview the upcoming 2018-19 season. Drake, which has finished undefeated each of the past two Missouri Valley Conference regular seasons and tournaments, will vie for a three-peat in 2018-19. Drake returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s historic team that earned the program’s 12th NCAA Tournament.   Buy Tickets Photo Gallery Individual tickets, flex plans and season ticket are currently available for the 2018-19 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-DOGS (3647) or by visiting https://www.draketix.com/wbb. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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‘HELP ME FIND THE HEROES WHO RESCUED MY THREE CHILDREN FROM CRASHED CAR’ – MUM

first_imgLaura says the men who helped them save her three children “rescued my world.”A MOTHER of three young children trapped inside a car after a crash has appealed for help in tracing the men who rescued them.Laura Faulkner, from Ballyclare in Co Antrim, found herself trapped with her husband and three young children, at the side of the road near Ballybofey.The car flipped upside down during the road traffic accident and the five members of the Faulkner family couldn’t get out. But three mystery Donegal men raced to their aid and managed to get them out of the vehicle to safety.Mum Laura told Donegal Daily they were terrified.But for the actions her mystery rescuers, she believes anything could have happened.She told us: “We were driving last Sunday morning near Ballybofey when our car came off the road and we ended upside down in a ditch. “A group of lads were in the car behind us and came down immediately to help and got my kids out.“I have no idea who these lads were but I would love to find them and tell them how much I appreciate them jumping straight in to help.“We were unable to get out and I was terrified.“I would be delighted if Donegal Daily readers could help trace these young men. I just want them to know when they pulled my 3 month old, 18 month old and 4 year old out the car that they rescued my world.“I cannot thank them enough.” * IF you helped the Faulkner family or know who did, please email us at info@donegaldaily.com so we can pass on your details to Laura.‘HELP ME FIND THE HEROES WHO RESCUED MY THREE CHILDREN FROM CRASHED CAR’ – MUM was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyBallyclareCounty Antrimcrash scenedonegal daily newsLaura Faulknerlast_img read more

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Play Your Part series episode two: synopsis

first_imgThe second episode of the new Play Your Part television series airs on Saturday, 2 September 2017. Here’s a synopsis of what you’ll see.Zareef Minty is an entrepreneur and author of the book Empire.Brand South Africa reporterThe second episode of the new season of the Play Your Part television series airs on Saturday, 2 September on SABC 2. Each week, the series, which has 26 episodes, profiles South Africans who are making a positive difference in their communities.Entrepreneur and politician Zareef Minty, Nina Venjakob of the initiative Out of the Box and the team of the Awethu Project are featured.Minty is an entrepreneur and author of the book Empire. The book teaches young people to become financially savvy. There is also a focus on self-branding.The Awethu Project helps entrepreneurs through incubation centres and online mentorship.It has partnered with more than 100 entrepreneurs who were seeking financial and operational support to grow their business, without the business owners giving up control.Venjakob, of the non-government organisation Out of the Box, uplifts and empowers people in Germiston and its surrounding areas.The NGO helps individuals become self-sufficient entrepreneurs. Skills and training are provided.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 every Saturday on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa, here’s what you can do:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedOr find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA.Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Hockey India inducts PSPB as associate member

first_imgNew Delhi, May 27 (PTI) Hockey India today inducted Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) as an associate member, making it the 36th inclusion in this category. With this inclusion, PSPB can now take part in all the annual National Championships which are being conducted by HI. PSPB was established in June 1979 and registered through Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as extended to the Union Territory of Delhi. Presently, a 12-member organisation (ONGC, IOCL, HPCL, OIL, GAIL, EIL, CPCL, MRPL, NRL, Balmer Lawrie and PLL) form the PSPB. HI secretary general Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad welcomed PSPB for their entry as an associate member. “The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board has produced some talented hockey players in the past. PSPB has contributed immensely in the development and promotion of Indian hockey,” he said. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

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