Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Sinn Fein courts Fine Fail to support Household Charge motion 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 16, 2012 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleGRA calls for end to garda cuts as two more robberies take place in DonegalNext articleDonegal given an ‘F’ by An Taisce for its planning system News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray has said that he believes there’s a possibility that his emergency motion on the Household Charge will be passed by the council this week.The motion calls for the council not to collect information from utility companies in order to pursue those who haven’t paid the household charge will.Councillor Murray says that it will depend on whether or not he can get support from Fianna Fáila s the whetger the motion is passed.Councillor Murray claims that at the last sitting of Donegal County Council, Fine Gael were facilitated by their Mayor to ‘filibuster’ throughout the meeting in order to block his motion from being discussed.The Councilllor says that two independent councillors have already confirmed that they will support him but the support of Fianna Fáil is needed for the motion to succeed. Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest
By Dialogo August 10, 2010 I think this idea of promoting the study of another language, will have a favorable affect on the socio-economic reality of the Brazilian people, and consequently the end-users, that is the foreigners that visit Brazil, it is a motivating and creative way of improving the educational and cultural level of a people, that will also bring economic benefits, and have an impact on their standard of living. Congratulations on that initiative. I find the advance work laudable in preparing tourist assistants in dealing with people for such a great sporting-tourist event like the World Cup 2016 will be. With the necessary time they will be able to practice and expand their knowledge in the foreign languages they will learn. Donâ€™t forget that Brazil is a cosmopolitan country so two or three more languages aside from their native language will be very beneficial for them. I applaud such an idea and practice if it is successfully accomplished it will offer much to the tourist and its own citizens and it will be exceptionally welcomed. On its way to hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil has to go back to school. As major investments are being made in construction, remodeling sports arenas, infrastructure and public security, Rio de Janeiro’s government also has decided to offer its workforce language courses and tourism training. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazilians had an average of seven years of schooling in 2008, and about 10% of the population was illiterate. The combined gross enrollment ratio for primary, secondary and higher education in Brazil was 87.5% in 2008, according to the United Nations’ Human Development Report. In contrast, the United Kingdom, which will host the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has a rate of 93%. And in a country where many hardly speak their mother tongue – Portuguese – in a grammatically correct way, speaking a foreign language is a privilege of only a few. However, an initiative by the city’s Rio Tourism Company (Riotur) will offer additional educational opportunities to those involved in the tourism industry. The Rio + Hospitable program will help professionals working in the gastronomy industry (bars, restaurants and kiosks), hotels and tourism (receptionists, travel agents, guides and information desk attendants), transport (taxi and bus drivers) and security (municipal guards and tourist police units). In addition, 18,000 bus drivers and their assistants will be able to study either English or Spanish. The Federation of Enterprises of Passenger Transport of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FETRANSPOR) will start offering the language courses in November. FETRANSPOR’s goal is to benefit all of its 40,000 workers in the state of Rio before 2014. Estácio de Sá University was chosen to hold Rio + Hospitable classes, which initially will be offered from Aug.16 to Oct. 30 to 4,000 professionals working directly or indirectly with tourism. The program received R$1.5 million (US$862,000) in funding from the Ministry of Tourism, and enrollment and attendance are free of charge. The 28-hour course includes group exercises, audiovisual resource training and fieldtrips to touristic spots. Lessons on interpersonal and intergroup relations, communications, ethics, professional behavior, history of the city and protecting the environment also are included in the curricula. “For some students this will be their first opportunity to attend a higher education institution,” says Divina Marcia Santos, coordinator of the non-credit courses at Estácio de Sá. “Often they are required to speak in English or Spanish and are extremely shy to answer,” says Ana Rosa Bonilauri, director of FETRANSPOR’s corporate university. “Our goal is that they learn at least a little English and Spanish, enabling them to conduct simple conversations while guiding and showing tourists Rio’s main spots and the places where the games will take place.” Students will use educational DVDs to study at home, but they also will be helped by Spanish and English instructors as needed. The duration of the course will depend on the student, but FETRANSPOR estimates an average of two months each. At the end of the program, students will take a test to be certified. Nine years of schooling are required to be a bus driver or an assistant in Rio, but transport companies accept applicants who have been in school less time. “Many foreigners take this line (Copacabana),” says fare collector Debora Mendonça de Oliveira. “Just today I had a passenger who couldn’t understand anything I was saying, and I couldn’t understand him either. So, I’ll enjoy the chance of learning another language, not only for the two big events in Rio, but in an attempt to make my life better.” Government officials expect that by 2016 there will be an increased demand for skilled workers. The 2014 World Cup is expected to generate 170,000 jobs – 100,000 of them in tourism, according to the Ministry of Sports. The city of Rio is expected to receive 79,000 foreign tourists for soccer’s biggest event, according to Riotur. For the 2016 Olympic Games, Riotur estimates 196,000 visitors from different countries. “It’s very important to begin now training the professionals who will work directly with the tourists,” says Antonio Pedro Figueira de Mello, Rio’s Secretary of Tourism. “We believe we will create a culture of good service, building a positive image that [shows] the carioca (people from Rio) are the most hospitable [people] in the world.”
Jay Leslie Droege, 63, of Dillsboro passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at U.C. Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jay was born Friday, July 20, 1956 in Milan, Indiana, the son of the late Roy and Catherine (Witte) Droege. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmer’s Retreat. He graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1974 and was an FFA member. He was a farmer and had a love for John Deere Tractors.Jay is survived by his brother Jeff Droege of Dillsboro; cousins; aunts; uncles; numerous friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Catherine.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Monday, June 15, 2020 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Farmer’s Retreat. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 1 – 3 PM Sunday, June 14 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Jay to the Dillsboro Food Pantry or The American Cancer Society. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480. Please reach out to the family through our website at www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or memory of Jay for the family.
Senator Bill NelsonIn the race for US Senate, 69 percent of those polled support the reelection of Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, 21 percent the election of Republican governor Rick Scott, and 10 percent still undecided.Shaw in front for attorney generalDemocrat Sean Shaw, also an Africa American, is competing against Republican Ashley Moodie to succeed Republican Pam Bondi as Florida’s Attorney General. According to the polls, Shaw has the support of 64 percent of those polled, with Moodie Receiving 22 percent and 14 percent undecided.An overwhelming 96 percent of those polled said “they are definitely” voting in the general elections. “I have learned the consequences of not voting from the 2016 general elections” said a Haitian-American resident of Miami Shores. “I will be among the first to cast a ballot when early voting commences on October 22,”Boost from Puerto Rico’s governor for Gillum and Nelson Gillum also received a strong boost from another Caribbean source on Monday when Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello endorsed him for governor. Rossello also endorsed Nelson to be reelected to the US Senate.Rossello’s endorsement of Gillum is supported by the region’s large Puerto Rican community. “We welcome his endorsement for Gillum,” said Marianna Lopez of West Kendall. “Desantis is supported by Trump, who has basically neglected Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island last year. We cant trust Desantis.”Lopez, however, is conflicted over Rossello’s endorsement of Nelson. “Scott has been a good supporter of Puerto Rico since the hurricane. He has visited often. But I think I will vote for Nelson as he has been in the Senate for years,”Rossello admitted it was tough deciding whom to endorse for the US Senate race. He told the Orlando Sentinel “I really respect and value Gov. Rick Scott and everything he’s done for Puerto Rico,” but he also said, “I believe in Sen. Bill Nelson.”In endorsing Gillum, Rossello cited Gillum’s support for Puerto Rico’s quest to become a US state. The Caribbean American voting bloc, including English-speaking Caribbean immigrants, Haitians and Puerto Ricans are traditional registered Democrats. However, in past elections, the turn-out of this bloc have not been up to expectation. If, as the CNW poll indicates, the turn-out among Caribbean-Americans is high in the upcoming elections it augers well for Democratic candidates on Florida’s ballot. In a few days Florida voters will begin receiving mail-in ballots for the November 6 general elections, and on October 22 early voting begins in most counties, but several Caribbean American voters have already made up their minds, and are ready to cast their votes.Based on a recently (September 27 to 30) conducted poll on behalf of CNW, there’s evidence of strong support among South Florida Caribbean American voters for the campaigns of Democrats Andrew Gillum for state governor, Bill Nelson’s reelection to the US Senate, and Sean Shaw as the next state attorney general.The survey conducted among 618 registered voters residing in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties indicated 82 percent (507) of these voters have “firmly” made up their minds whom to vote for in state races in the upcoming general elections.Strong lead for GillumIn the race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum, and Republican Ron Desantis, 74 percent indicated support for Gillum, 13 percent for Desantis, and 13 percent undecided.Although Gillum is African American, who could become Florida’s first black governor, only 23 percent of those who indicated support for Gillum admitted they are supporting him because of his race. Rather, the majority (55 percent) said they are voting for Gillum because he has put forward arguments that supports their social and economic concerns. “My entire household, and several other friends and relatives, supports Gillum because he seems to understand the basic need of the majority of the people. I like that he wants to increase minimum wage, improve healthcare with a comprehensive plan, and improve education and the safety of our students,” said a Caribbean American in Boca Raton.On the other hand, among those supporting Desantis, one Miramar voter believes Gillum’s proposals are “Unrealistic pipe dreams. If he’s elected his policies will mean higher taxes for Floridians.”