Jaren Lewis Crowned Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_imgThe Orlando, Fla., native played a vital role in the Wildcats’ six-game turnaround in conference play from last season as ACU claimed the No. 2 seed and a double-bye in the Southland Conference Tournament with a 14-4 record. Behind Lewis’ tournament MVP performance, the Wildcats defeated Southeastern Louisiana in the semifinals and New Orleans in the title game to secure the school’s first-ever league title and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament berth. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Kareem South joins Lewis as the only repeat selections on this year’s team as the Islander rounds out the second team. Jeremiah Jefferson# Nicholls Gr. Dallas, Texas 4.00 Higher Education Leadership Scott Plaisance Jr. New Orleans Sr. Marrero, La. 3.47 Human Performance & Health Promotion Ishmael Lane1 Northwestern State Sr. Port Allen, La. 3.07 Communications Kareem South2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Toronto, Ontario 3.37 Biomedical Science The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities, voted for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Oliver Lynch-Daniels# Houston Baptist So. Chapel Hill, N.C. 4.00 Wellness Management Second Team Name The Wildcats are one of three teams to garner two picks to the all-academic teams with Hayden Farquhar being voted on the second team. Houston Baptist’s Oliver Lynch-Daniels was named to the first team while Ian DuBose appears on the second team. New Orleans had a pair of second-team honorees in Ezekiel Charles and Scott Plaisance Jr. ^2018-19 Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time all-academic selection3Three-time all-academic selection#CoSIDA Academic All-District Jaren Lewis^3 Abilene Christian Sr. Orlando, Fla. 3.36 Business Management Class Hometown 2018-19 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teamscenter_img FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Hayden Farquhar Abilene Christian Sr. Throckmorton, Texas 3.43 Accounting Major Ezekiel Charles New Orleans Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y. 3.26 Psychology Nicholls’ graduate transfer Jeremiah Jefferson, Central Arkansas’ Hayden Koval and Northwestern State’s Ishmael Lane are automatic selections on the first team. Hayden Koval# Central Arkansas So. Prosper, Texas 3.92 Accounting First Team GPA Name University Class Hometown GPA Major A First-Team Academic All-Southland selection for the third time in his career, Lewis touts a 3.36 GPA in business management and is coming off an all-conference second team selection, finishing top-10 in the league in steals (53), steals per game (1.6), field goal percentage (.462), free throw percentage (.740) and rebounds (203). He was also 13th in scoring at 13.7 points per game and is just the fourth in program history to record at least 1,500 career points and 800 career rebounds. He is ACU’s all-time Division I leader in both points (1,543) and rebounds (814). University Ian DuBose Houston Baptist So. Durham, N.C. 3.72 Wellness Management CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic.last_img read more

US-based Guyanese want US Govt to intervene, restore democracy in Guyana

first_imgMembers of the Guyanese American Rights Association (GARA) have written United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning the looming political crisis in Guyana, calling for the North American powerhouse nation to intervene and restore democratic practices here.US Secretary of State Mike PompeoThe letter dated March 4, 2019, reminded the Department of State official of Vice President Mike Pence’s statement while addressing the Lima Group of nations in Colombia on February 25, 2019, that “a new day is coming in Latin America… liberty, prosperity and democracy are being reborn”.Reference was also made to the Vice President’s commitment to the people of Venezuela, assuring them that America stands with them “until democracy…. is restored”.GARA expressed deep appreciation for these principles by the US Government, drawing its attention to the political developments in Guyana.“As your Georgetown-based diplomatic team may have briefed your office, Guyana’s National Assembly successfully voted on a No-confidence Motion against the Government of Guyana on December 21, 2018. Article 106 (7) of Guyana’s Constitution states that elections must be held within 90 days thereafter. The deadline for the holding of these elections is March 21, 2019. If elections are not held within this timeframe, Guyana will slip into unchartered political waters and unconstitutional rule,” GARA said in the missive to the US Secretary of State.The Association of Guyana-born Americans further highlighted the potential Guyana has as an important player in the oil and gas industry within the next year; using the expertise and capital of ExxonMobil.Against this backdrop, the members of GARA emphasised that it is imperative that a legitimately elected Government administer the country, noting that Guyana’s history of rigged elections must be avoided at all cost.“We are, therefore, seeking the use of your good office to ensure that Guyana returns to the fold of democratic rule as wished for by the Government of the United States. We plead with you to help the Guyanese people fulfil their democratic ambitions by helping them to further empower their independent institutions in order to better promote democracy as a means to collectively achieving stability, and prosperity across the Hemisphere,” the Association asserted.It went on to point out that if Guyana continues to regress, the entire Hemisphere will suffer.“We therefore seek your diplomatic intervention to reinforce the full implementation of democratic practices which can be denied to our people by way of unconstitutional rule after March 21, 2019. Ultimately, without the support of the United States, Guyana can become another failed State as it again steps away from timely and constitutionally due free and fair elections. The founding father of these United States fought for that sacrosanct right of the people to choose their leaders. We wish the same for Guyana,” Association said in the letter.In fact, the GARA members indicated to Secretary Pompeo that they are committed to meeting with him or a representative to further discuss this matter.Despite Articles 106 (6) and (7) outlining that the President and his Cabinet should resign and call elections following the passage of a No-confidence Motion, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition refused to resign, saying that there is no provisions for a caretaker Government.In fact, the Administration has challenged the validity of the resolution in the courts. Last month, acting Chief Justice Roxane George found that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned.However, Government has since appealed the High Court’s decisions. Those matters are set for hearing next week at the Appeal Court.In the meantime, the Guyana Elections Commission has already indicated that it cannot hold elections before the constitutional March deadline. The Commission’s officials are meeting with President David Granger today.last_img read more

Juventus targeting Liverpool’s Salah

first_img0Shares0000Juventus targeting Liverpool’s SalahLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Juventus are showing an interest in Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah as a possible replacement for Paulo Dybala.Juve could cash in on Dybala, who has failed to impress this season, with Real Madrid thought to be keen, and they will use any money raised from that sale to fund a deal for Salah, which could cost up to 200 million euros. The Egyptian star has proven last season was no flash in the pan as he continues to shine for the Reds in this campaign also, and it has been suggested the Italian champions could try an lure him away at the end of the season.Liverpool are sure to knock back all offers and it could come down to the player and where he wants to play his football over the next few seasons.Juventus have shown they are willing to splash the cash after landing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, and it has also been suggested the Portuguese superstar is pushing his current employers to make a move for Salah.Juve are determined to win the Champions League and if they don’t do it this season, they could go all out and make Liverpool an offer they would find hard to refuse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

THE WEEKEND STARTS TONIGHT IN LETTERKENNY’S BREWERY BAR WITH TOP LINE-UP

first_imgOnce again there’s a top line-up of entertainment at Letterkenny’s Brewery Bar this weekend.The weekend starts tonight (Thurs) with Velvet Rose followed by Johnny Komlmeyer in the bar tomorrow evening.There’s double trouble on Saturday night with DJ Oisin followed by Strong Empire.And on Sunday, why not finish off the weekend with the increasingly popular Karaoke Sunday. The Brewery Bar, where there’s always something happening.THE WEEKEND STARTS TONIGHT IN LETTERKENNY’S BREWERY BAR WITH TOP LINE-UP was last modified: June 30th, 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:Brewery Bardonegallast_img read more

INDOOR BOWLS: NIXON ALEXANDER FINANCIAL SERVICES LEAGUE

first_imgIndoor Bowls;     Nixon Alexander Financial Services LeagueBallylennon, top team in Donegal over the last two years, winning both the League and Knockout Cup, are in serious danger of relinquishing  their title this year.With little between them and Ramelton at the Christmas break, they have only picked up 23 of the 48 points available  whereas Ramelton have picked up 36 and moved 17 points ahead. St Johnston Pres have been in free fall during the past month, dropping from third to fifth, with St Johnston BC and St Eunans, Raphoe B within 4 points and both having a game in hand. Could be down to seventh by the end of the current week. In the meantime, St Eunans, Raphoe  A, have made steady progress up the table and now lie within 10 points of Ballylennon in third place. ClubPlayedWonDrewLostPointsRamelton131021114Ballylennon A1380597St Eunans, Raphoe A1374287Cathedral1362586St Johnston Pres1352676St Johnston BC1261575St Eunans, Raphoe B1253472Carnone1332862Glenmore1331954St Johnston Resourse Centre13211045  INDOOR BOWLS: NIXON ALEXANDER FINANCIAL SERVICES LEAGUE was last modified: February 14th, 2013 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:INDOOR BOWLS: NIXON ALEXANDER FINANCIAL SERVICES LEAGUElast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE SUFFER LEAGUE DEFEAT AWAY TO AODH RUADH

first_imgAODH RUADH CONTINUED their flawless start to their AllSportStore.com All-County Football League Division 3 campaign this afternoon, Naomh Ultan bagged a first win of the year last night while there was nothing between Burt and Naomh Bríd.In Ballyshannon, Aodh Ruadh went four-from-four as they defeated Naomh Colmcille 1-13 to 1-6. Aodh Ruadh started well and raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead with David Dolan (2), Peter Boyle, Seamus Kane, Philip Patton and Michel Ward on the mark.They went close to the opening goal, but David McGurrin was denied by a fine Marty Callaghan save and Patton’s rebound cannoned off the crossbar.Aodh Ruadh did break the resistance in the 17th minute when Patton turned across goal for Dolan to convert from close range.Dolan was denied a second goal by the in-form Callaghan before Naomh Colmcille hit a goal of their own through Willie Gillespie, who gave Boyle no chance. Aodh Ruadh led 1-8 to 1-2 at half-time. Naomh Colmcille attempted a comeback, with Michael Lynch superbly firing over from near half-way, but McGurrin and Patton ensured that Francie Martin’s team couldn’t get close enough.Naomh Colmcille are still in search of their first win but Aodh Ruadh have started 2016 with real purpose.Club lotto: There was no winner of this weeks jackpot which rolls over to next weeks jackpot of €3,200 Weekly winners:Susan GillespieEmmet Burke Peter doranAll €25 eachTraining: Under 18’s Training is already up and running, Monday nights at 7pm,contact Joe Donaghey for further Details.Under 16’s are up and running with training at 6:45 pm on Thursday nights.U14 Training Monday at 6pm. Expect division 3 league qtr final on Friday but no details of opposition or venue yet.U8/10 Fridays @ 6pm down at club house, contact Gerard mc Fadden or Barry o Hagan for further details. Girls training Friday evening 7-8. In addition anybody available to help with u6 & u8 players session. Please attend at 6pm Friday.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE SUFFER LEAGUE DEFEAT AWAY TO AODH RUADH was last modified: April 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) Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleSportlast_img read more

DOHERTY: ‘NO MORE ACCOUNTING TRICKS ON ANGLO BAIL-OUT’

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that the public don’t want and won’t stand for another accounting trick this year when the IBRC (Anglo Irish Bank) Promissory Note payment falls due.Deputy Doherty said: “Last year the government cynically tried to conceal its payment of the promissory note through a book-keeping trick. It was seen quickly through for what it was.“The public are more keenly aware now of what is at stake. They know that as things stand the government is set to pay €3 billion of their money to the Central Bank who will then destroy it. “I am warning the government that they must be open and honest on what effect paying the note will have for citizens. Last year’s accounting trick has only added to the anger and cynicism of the public as they see that their money was wasted last year on promissory notes and is set to be wasted once again this year.“Sinn Féin is clear on what the government should do. They should make it clear that Ireland cannot afford to continue paying the promissory notes and that we will not do so on March 31.“Last year’s charade must be put behind us and the government must face up to reality. An extension of the time to repay the promissory notes is not a just solution.”  DOHERTY: ‘NO MORE ACCOUNTING TRICKS ON ANGLO BAIL-OUT’ was last modified: February 4th, 2013 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:DOHERTY: ‘NO MORE ACCOUNTING TRICKS ON ANGLO BAIL-OUT’last_img read more

DONEGAL PHARMACIST PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

first_imgLocal/Donegal Pharmacy owner, Tom Murray, has taken great strides with his new venture, “The Mediation Practice” www.mediationpractice.ie, and has led the popular pharmacist to receive an academic qualification from the prestigious and world famous Harvard University. Tom has worked as a pharmacist in his own business in Ramelton and Castlefinn for several years now, including receiving the prestigious award of Pharmacist of the Year 2013.In that time he was a key negotiator with the Irish Pharmacy Union, during their negotiations with the HSE and the Minister for Health. This sparked an interest and a passion for him and he followed that through with the founding of The Mediation Practice.Tom specialises in workplace and commercial disputes and community dispute resolution.He has a proven track record in facilitating groups to achieve a way forward to solve or mange their disputes, be they in contractual matters or social.A keen negotiator, with an interest in strategy, he offers negotiations training and consultation for ongoing commercial negotiations. He has been working with the renowned Harvard Law School and it’s Program on Negotiations, and received an invitation to attend the university and it’s outstanding facilities.He is pictured here, receiving his academic awards from Assistant Professor of Law Jennifer Reynolds, and her colleague Sam Straus, at the end of an intense advanced course of developing Negotiation Strategies Tools and Skills for Success.DONEGAL PHARMACIST PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY was last modified: June 11th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

TRAVEL: A TRUE CALEDONIAN DISCOVERY

first_imgBY TRAVEL EDITOR, TIM HEDGLEY There are few places on earth that hold on to a story like the Loch Ness Monster, which apparently lives in one of the deepest and longest lochs in Scotland.As someone who loves boats, I thought that the month of June 2015 would be a great time to try and see if I could find this elusive creature for myself along with some other fascinating wildlife along the Great Glen. Living as I do in Ireland I had to get across the pond to Scotland. And this time I chose to use the Belfast Stena Line Belfast service. The Stena Line Belfast to Cairnryan service offers a direct link from Northern Ireland to Scotland on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII from as little as £10*day return for foot passengers or for single car and driver from £79 (when you book 60 days in advance based on an economy crossing for a car and driver). The crossing time is approximately 2 hrs 15 mins with a choice of up to six sailings a day.Experience the various lounges and Taste restaurant onboard the ships as well as the Curious George kids play area and POD Lounge with iPads and Xboxes so you can stay connected throughout your journey. Customers can upgrade to the luxurious Stena Plus lounge while onboard and indulge in a wide selection of complimentary snacks and beverages or indulge in the Pure Nordic Spa where you can make the most of the only Jacuzzi and sauna on the Irish Sea from £10 per person.Those looking to book a Superfast Suite cabin for their crossing can do so from £20 per cabin.  Upgrade to Stena Plus from £12 per person single. To make a booking, click on www.stenaline.co.uk, call Stena Line on 08447 70 70 70, or visit your local travel agent.*£10 day return including coach transfers to Glasgow, available on selected dates from January to December. For the lowest fares, passengers should travel off peak, Tuesday –Thursday and book online at least 60 days before departure.Loch Ness is one of the largest Lochs, which divides the north of Scotland in a diagonal line from FortWilliam to Inverness. There is little doubt Loch Ness or “Ness” as it’s known, is indeed long, 23 miles long and it is pretty deep too, for in places it drops to some 600 feet.Dark peaty water makes visibility somewhat problematic, well except for the creatures that lurk in the deep.Rather than hire a little boat, I felt something more substantial would be far more appropriate, just in case “Nessy” decided to pay me a visit. I decided therefore to take a wildlife tour along the Loch with Caledonian Discovery. Www.caledonian-discovery.co.uk.Caledonian-discovery run a number of cruises and boats up and down the Loch, and there are a plethora of trips to choose from. There are walking cruises where you can walk the 70 odd miles of the great glen, wildlife cruises where a botanist and wildlife expert will answer your questions, and more importantly point out the Buzzards, Eagles, Ospreys and Feral mountain goats, show you some amazing flora and fauna that are native only to this part of the world and teach you about the geology of the area.If that sounds all to classroom botany classy for you don’t worry its hands on out in the great outdoors. If you feel less active then fear not there are plenty of other trips you can consider. Canoeing, wild Loch swimming, cycling, dingy sailing or simply sitting on deck in the glorious sunshine and soaking up the amazing surroundings.I joined my Caledonian-discovery cruise at Fort Augustus and for my first day I was intrigued to see the majesty of 5 locks which dropped our craft, a 45 meter Belgium built barge over 40 feet and into the mouth of Loch Ness, which was our mooring overnight before our cruise along the first part of Loch Ness.Dinner on the Ross Crana is served in the capacious dining room and is taken with the crew; this gives everybody an opportunity to discuss the day’s activities and sightings and an opportunity for Martin the Captain, to discuss the day just finished, and agree the itinerary for tomorrow. AgreementOn many cruises the captain decides the ports to visit and the passengers go along with that. This cruise is inherently passenger led and far more customer focused. The Skipper tells us what’s ahead on the route and gives the passengers the opportunity to choose their preferred activities.If it’s canoeing, sailing, walking, cycling or even swimming you will be accommodated. And that is the beauty of this well planned and thought out cruise.No matter what your activity, you will have a seamless transfer to shore, sea, Loch or boat all carried out by the very experienced crew. Silently a motor rib will be alongside the Ross Crana and canoes will appear ready to be boarded.On my second morning were treated to great Scottish porridge or delightful kedgeree delightfully cooked and prepared by “Tree” our expert chef. Who then produced what can only be described as a smorgasbord of delights. If you want to know what it contained then you have to book a cruise. See www.caledonian-discovery.co.uk After breakfast we set sail at a hearty 4 miles an hour along what is known as the rough side of Loch Ness to spot some wildlife.Nick Picozzi our resident wildlife expert pointed out common buzzard, osprey, kite, feral mountain goat and a few other creatures to boot. We then moored across the right hand side of Loch ness in a little mooring known as Foyers. Nick then led the ramble up the side of Loch Ness to a waterfall known as the “Falls of Foyers”.After a delightful lunch prepared and served by what should be the Michelin Star “Tree”, we were treated to a gentle cruise down the Loch spotting wildlife in abundance.Three hours and lots of sunshine later we moored at Doughgarragh on the upper side of the Loch.Here we were treated to another wildlife walk from Nick who pointed out unseasonably late bluebell and various plants that I could not even spell, let alone pronounce. More buzzard, osprey and cormorant and we were fast becoming potentials to replace David Attenborough.Another sumptuous dinner from “Tree” fresh Sole with a green dill salsa Verdi, roasted sweet potato cubes and a sticky toffee pudding to die for, we were just able to add some delightful red wine and a selection of cheese. Surly after all this open air and sunshine it was time for bed. Indeed it was.Cabins Accommodation on board was superb our compact cabins were expertly designed to maximise space, a full sized power shower was a real treat.A double bed and single above provided great sleeping facilities and there was even room for the suitcase too!The following morning we were off to Inverness and after a bite of lunch at the locks at Inverness we were to head for the salt water of the Moray Firth and the Beauly Firth.Now we were in the briny sea and again the weather had astounded most on board, including Gwen our antipidiean fellow traveller. She was finding it warm enough to remove her thermal layers.For the rest of us the factor 50 was out for the amazing weather we were experiencing. So much so that an excess of 22 degrees caught a lot of us by surprise.Mooring in the Beauly firth just of the coast from Moniak Castle was areal treat. The Ros Cranna sat astride the tide like a dressage horse in competition.After another fantastic dinner of Aberdeen Angus beef slow cooked in local ale and “clooty” a Scottish suet pudding, we were set up for a great nights sleep.But before we retired into our soothing water bed for the night, Martin our captain gave us a debrief on the day’s events and Nick covered the wildlife events of the day.Thursday morning saw us travel out of the Beauly Firth and under the Kessock bridge as we went in hunt of seal, dolphin, porpoise and more bird life.We were not disappointed and true to form dolphin made an appearance near to the coast of Fort George and enthralled us with their blow holes and acrobatics. After an hour or two sitting in the splendid sunshine we moored for dinner and were treated to a specular blessing of the haggis.If you want to know more I suggest you book. Just remember Caledonian Discovery holiday let you wind down into ‘Highland time’. Where you can take in the spectacular scenery of the Caledonian Canal and the beautiful inland lochs of Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.This is a unique holiday barges experience of the finest quality. ‘Fingal of Caledonia’ and ‘Ros Crana’, will be your Scottish Highland home for the week, whilst their friendly skippers and attentive crews look after you. It’s a soft adventure for people of all ages, so come and relax into the gentle world of life afloat.TRAVEL: A TRUE CALEDONIAN DISCOVERY was last modified: July 29th, 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:BelfastboatCALEDONIANCaledonian DiscoveryholidaysLoch NessScotlandstena lineTim Hedgleylast_img read more

Doherty pleads for talks in RAP strike action

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has this evening (Friday) called on management at the RAP packaging plant in Gaoth Dobhair and union officials representing workers to agree to come together and to enter into talks aimed at resolving the ongoing industrial dispute between the sides.Almost 100 workers at the factory voted to take strike action when they were balloted this morning.Deputy Doherty said “The RAP packaging factory based here in the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate is a major employer in this region and the fact that its operations continue to go from strength to strength illustrates the skills and dedication of the local workforce here in west Donegal. “It’s unfortunate therefore that this dispute has gotten to this stage with workers represented by SIPTU today having taken the decision to vote overwhelming in favour of taking strike action over management’s refusal to recognize their right as workers to union representations for collective bargaining purposes.“This decision by management is regrettable particularly as it goes against an earlier Labour Court recommendation; this is despite the fact that the company’s own handbook states that the firm will adhere to decisions made by the State’s industrial relations mechanism.”The Sinn Fein politician added that while this situation is of course concerning, he understands SIPTU representatives have expressed a willingness to enter into discussions with management in order to arrive at an acceptable resolution.“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to encourage company management and Union officials representing these workers to come to the negotiating table in the hope that such a solution can be arrived at. “Also, given the fact that state supports have been made available to the company through Údarás na Gaeltachta, it is vital that the agency uses whatever influence it may yield to encourage both sides to enter into talks so that a way forward can be found.”Doherty pleads for talks in RAP strike action was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse Dohertyrapstrikelast_img read more