Ashley Williams is fast and confident. By the time the five-day ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships end on March 19, her name could be on everybody’s lips.Recently, the outgoing Holmwood Technical High School senior won a fine Class One 200-400 metres double at Central Championships, with the promise of more to come.At Central Champs, she first won the 400m in 52.72 seconds. That time would have won the Class One gold medal at Champs last year. She returned to win the 200m in 23.80 seconds.Third in the 2015 Girls’ Champs 400m, she revealed her confidence in a trackside interview. “Ashley Williams right now is not in full shape,” she said pointedly. “This is just a piece of Ashley,” the petite Holmwood student-athlete explained.”Come Champs this year, you’ll see the whole Ashley,” she asserted.Asked what she was working to improve on, she said: “Improving my 400m, because I want to run 51 at Champs.”Sonita Sutherland, Shericka Jackson and Chris-Ann Gordon are the only girls ever to have produced 51-second times over the one-lap distance at Champs. If she achieves her goal, she will extend her school’s tradition in the 400m, as two-time World Junior silver medal winner Sutherland and Gordon both attended Holmwood.CO-FAVOURITEAshley will enter the championships as co-favourite for the 400m if Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) elects to contest the event. The talented STETHS girl is most pundits’ top pick for the Class One 800m and the open 400m hurdles. At the recent Western Championships, Bromfield ran solo to a 400m victory in 52.43.They met on the anchor leg of the 4x400m at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Williams’ Holmwood team triumphed over the previously undefeated STETHS team anchored by Bromfield.Williams finished third in the Champs Class One 400 last year, but those ahead of her Dawnlee Loney and Tiffany James are no longer eligible for Champs.
By Shemuel FanfairThe World Health Organisation has published a list of mainly African and South American territories in which there is risk of transmitting the yellow fever virus. On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, in a Public Health Ministry press conference disclosed new guidelines with regard to the immunisation of citizens for yellow fever. The CMO explained that Guyana is prepared to quarantine or refuse travellers from high risk countries if they cannot produce a certificate of immunisation.“If you are coming from the countries where this outbreak is going on, you are required to get a vaccine to enter Guyana, we will stop them at the airport, we will insist that they have a valid certificate,” he noted.Dr Persaud reasoned that this hard-lined approached is necessary since Guyana has the ideal conditions for yellow fever to flourish.“If only one person arrived from one of those countries… [and] are infected and… subsequently develop an active infection, you know what trouble that can lead us to,” the CMO pondered.Some of the countries at risk listed include Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Angola, Botswana and French Guiana.“If symptoms occurred [in the six day incubation period], then the person is free… if someone is coming from Angola for example, where we know there were cases of deaths, we want to be a little bit more careful with monitoring that person,” Dr Persaud observed.When questioned over the risk that citizens who are returning home from the “endemic” countries pose on transmission of the virus, the CMO pointed out that while citizens cannot be refused entry, they can however be quarantined.“Once they arrive here, we usually keep monitoring them; we have system because we cannot refuse entry to Guyanese; we follow them up for the signs and symptoms like we did with Ebola and other diseases… if we have someone from a very high risk country we might very well need to quarantine in the true sense,” he noted.Dr Persaud further observed that there is a small unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital in which this measure can be facilitated.He stressed that the incubation period for the virus is six days, after which a person can be deemed as safe from transmitting it. Persaud also stated that a vaccination card is different from a certificate of immunisation. The certificates, which carry a $1000 fee, can be obtained after you have received the vaccination. Sites where the certificates are issued are the Public Health Ministry and St Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Georgetown; Suddie Public Hospital in Essequibo and at New Amsterdam and Lethem.The CMO also stressed that all vaccines are procured by the Government of Guyana and are “free of cost.”“Persons will be required to pay $1000 fee for the certificate. However, persons over 65 and under five years are exempt from payment,” he noted.He also observed that the new standard for immunisation as directed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states the once a person has taken the yellow vaccine once in their lifetime, they would be issued with an international certificate, and as such, will not be required to take another dosage. Previously, individuals had to take the yellow fever vaccine once every 10 years.Dr Persaud pointed out that Guyana has not had a fatality from yellow fever in over 35 years. “We are advising travellers to take the vaccine 10 days before travel,” he noted.“A lot of persons were saying that their cards were misplaced or they were taken at the points of entry by the receiving country and not returned to them but please insist on retaining your certificates; keep it with your passport as part of your documentation as you travel, especially if travelling to multiple countries,” the CMO advised.Public Health Ministry representative, Dr Oneka Scott stated “A lot of persons have been turning up at the airport demanding that they be given certificates from the airport medex but they cannot issue certificates.”According to the WHO, the yellow fever vaccination is intended to “prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importing or spreading the yellow fever virus [and] to protect individual travellers who may be exposed to yellow fever infection.”
Seven of the 41 persons detained for allegedly staging a violent protest that damaged millions of dollars worth of properties at ArcelorMittal’s iron ore mines in Tokadeh, Yekepa were on Monday, July 14, released by the government.ArcelorMittal is an iron ore company that is currently operating in Nimba County.Those set free by the government on Monday, were identified by a source as Sam Ta-kruah, Jr., Nelson Korquoi, Saye E.L. Mussah, Terrence Dolo, Daniel Reeves, Abartoe Nengbein, and Elder Joseph Dahn.It is not clear what prompted the latest decision, but the source hinted to the Daily Observer that they were released to help government identify the main perpetrators of the riot.The Solicitor General of Liberia, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, appearing before the Civil Law Court, vowed that if any probable cause is found in the case, government would arrest more people for instigating the riot.She further told the Court that “As I’m speaking, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are arresting people in the county, and we will continue to carry out more arrests.”Immediately after her public pronouncement, a former Nimba student leader, who walked to the McDonald Street offices of this newspaper Monday, alleged that he was picked up by some plain clothes officers on Friday, July 11, and taken to the headquarters of the LNP, where he was detained, but was subsequently released upon the intervention of his lawyer.“I was advised not to speak to the press on the issue, but I’m afraid that I would be re-arrested. So I want for people to know what had happened to me,” Mr. Lawrence Sua, an employee of the First International Bank explained in tears.The detainees, who included two females, were arrested on Thursday, July 3, in Nimba County, for their alleged involvement into the violent demonstration that led to the ransacking of millions of United States dollars worth of properties belonging to ArcelorMittal, an iron ore company operating in the county.They were released by Judge Emery Paye after the judge granted a “Writ of Habeas Corpus” asked for by lawyers representing the detainees, contending that they had been in police custody over 48 hours, and had neither been charged nor forwarded to court for prosecution.Habeas Corpus directs the custodian of a prisoner to bring that person before a court, and explain the reason for his or her confinement.It is also a judicial remedy aimed at preventing the arbitrary use of executive power to imprison individuals without any just cause.Surprisingly, the accused were subsequently re-arrested, after the Sanniqulle Magisterial Court in Nimba issued a writ of arrest on them.It may be recalled that on Thursday, 3rd July 2014, a youth group identified as “Tokadeh Progressive Youth for Peace and Development,” began what they claimed was a “peaceful demonstration” in the concession town of Zolowee along the Sanniquellie-Yekepa highway, at the junction of the road leading to Mount Tokadeh.The aggrieved youths’ spokesperson, Sayetee Zowehyee told this newspaper via mobile phone on the day of the standoff that their protest was due to what he called, “the failure of ArcelorMittal” to adhere to their plights and demands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Your Excellency M. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21,Distinguished ministers,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Ever since I became Secretary-General, nearly nine years ago, I have called climate change the defining issue of our time.It places our very future in jeopardy.Yet, here in Paris we have the unique opportunity to define our own destiny. In rising to the climate challenge, we can set the world on a sustainable footing for generations to come, and lay the foundation for prosperity and security for all.A week ago, 150 world leaders stood here and pledged their full support for a robust global climate agreement that is equal to the test we face. Never before have so many Heads of State and Government gathered in one place at one time with one common purpose.Leaders have assured me they will do everything necessary to remove any roadblocks. They have called for strong ambition and re-affirmed their support for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening resilience to changes to come. Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,Your task is to translate this historic call by the leaders for action into a durable, dynamic, credible and fair climate agreement.Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising global tide of support for a strong, universal agreement. Hundreds of mayors from around the world are here in Paris to their determined will to work together with world leaders. So are hundreds of business leaders and investors representing trillions of dollars in assets.More than half a million people took to the streets last week in cities spanning the globe. Pope Francis and the world’s faith leaders have stressed the moral imperative to act.All of us have a moral and political duty to heed those voices.Here is what the people of the world expect from you.First, we need an agreement that will limit temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. For many, including low-lying Small Island Developing States and least developed countries, even a 1.5 degree rise will have grave consequences.Current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for our common efforts.That means the agreement should include regular, five year cycles, beginning before 2020, for governments to review and strengthen their commitments according to what science tells us.Second, the private sector needs a clear signal that the low-emissions transformation of the global economy is inevitable, mutually beneficial and already under way. Third, developed countries must agree to lead, and developing countries need to assume increasing responsibility in line with their capabilities. Fourth, the agreement must ensure sufficient, balanced adaptation and mitigation support for developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. That means technology transfer and credible financial support.Developed countries must uphold their historical responsibility to lead on pre- and post-2020 finance, mobilizing $100 billion dollars a year by 2020. The issue of loss and damage must be also addressed.Fifth, the agreement must provide a single framework for measuring, monitoring and reporting progress in a transparent manner on a full range of actions. Excellencies,Centuries of human endeavour and innovation have given the world great gifts. Yet we have also sown the potential seeds of our own destruction. The clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe.The world is expecting more from you than half-measures and incremental approaches. It is calling for a transformative agreement. Paris must put the world on track for long-term peace, stability and prosperity. The decisions you make here will reverberate down through the ages. The eyes of the world are upon you:Seven billion people want to know that you, the world’s leaders, have their interests at heart – and those of their children.Excellencies,Ladies and gentlemen,In all my travels as Secretary-General, I have talked to young people, and I have been inspired by them.In Kiribati, a small island in the South Pacific, which faces being inundated by rising seas, a young girl named Tamauri asked “What will become of us? What can the United Nations do for us?”Yesterday I met four young Norwegian scientist explorers who visited the Arctic this year. They went to up to 90 degrees – to the Pole. These young boys and girls have seen the rapidly melting ice, and they are sounding the alarm bells to the world leaders.They appealed for this conference to succeed.One of them, a young woman named Erika, said: “We are the future. Your decisions today will be our future.”Her colleague, Johanne, said: “We challenge you to promise to put children first when you are making climate decisions.”So today I speak for Tamauri, Erika, Johanne, and all the young people of this world.I say to you that your decisions can lay the foundation for a sustainable future where both people and planet can thrive. Your work here this week can help eradicate poverty, spark a clean energy revolution and provide jobs, opportunities and hope for tomorrow, particularly for young people and succeeding generations. There can be no mistaking the peril before our eyes. But far more than that, we can see the new world that can be ours.I call on all Ministers and all negotiators to cooperate, united by common purpose and common sense, to secure our common home and shared future. I count on your leadership, strong commitment and wise decisions for humanity.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Muhoroni put up a structured and tactically disciplined display while the 2009 champions relied on long balls which were effectively dealt with by the Muhoroni backline, anchored by the calm and composed Paul Muchika.Veteran Hillary Echesa had a chance for Sofapaka in the 10 th minute when his well calculated volley from an Umar Kassumba set up went inches over the bar.On the other end, Muhoroni’s John Mark Otieno had two back-to-back chances. First he was sent through clean on goal by Ambrose Ayoyi, but his effort at goal was weak, rolling out of play.The second chance was from a freekick in a favorable scoring position but he sent it straight to Mathias Kigonya’s arms.In the 18th minute, Sofapaka’s Umar Kassumba had perhaps the half’s best chance with the ball begging for the slightest of touches to shake the net from inside the six yard box. The Ugandan raced in to meet a well curled freekick from Rodgers Aloro, but he missed the tap.Sofapaka’s Michael Oduor vies for the ball against Muhoroni Youth’s Daniel Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Feni Ali had a chance with a shot on the turn from a Willis Ouma cross, but it was off target.Muhoroni were doing well with building up play from the back, putting the ball down and distributing it well, but were not effective when it mattered most in the final third of attack.In the 23rd minute, Ayoyi who had been impressive on the left wing broke into the box, but his shot at goal was a gift to Kigonya.Two minutes from half time, the visitors should have gone ahead but were wasteful again. John Mark picked up Kityo inside the box with a defense splitting pass, but the forward took too many touches on the ball and his eventual shot went over.In the second half, Sofapaka boss Sam Ssimbwa started off by pulling out Morven Otinya for Okare and the latter was on target just five minutes later, converting from the penalty spot after Pauk Muchika had brought down Michael Oduor inside the box.The Muhoroni players protested the decision as Muchika had won the ball with Oduor coming in from the blind side.Muhoroni Youth’s Jacobs Faina chases down Sofapaka’s Feni Ali during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka thought they had gone 2-1 up in the 61st minute but Kassumba’s header from an Okare cross was ruled out for offside.Eight minutes later, Michael Kilume had a thunderbolt well saved by the Muhoroni keeper after the visitors lost the ball cheaply.Okare had a chance to make it two for himself and the team in the 72nd minute but he had a lazy effort well through on goal from a Bernard Mang’oli through pass.Muhoroni boss Gilbert Selebwa then threw in all three of his allowed subs, pulling out Maxwell Onyango, John Mark and Daniel Otieno for Fred Ochieng, Hassan Kiyoyo and Faruk Muduola.The changes enhanced Muhoroni’s attacking flow and they were rewarded in the 84th minute when a cool calm and composed Kityo picked up a long ball inside the box, skipped past one of his markers and buried the ball home.Feni Ali had a late chance to win it for his side at the death but he shot straight at the keeper after breaking into a good scoring position inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Muhoroni Yoyth’s Bliss Kityo (right) celebrates his late equalizer against Sofapaka with team mate Collins Agade during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29- Bliss Kityo struck with six minutes of regulation time left as Muhoroni Youth came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with 2009 champions Sofapaka in a Kenyan Premier League tie at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.Sofapaka had gone ahead through substitute Ezekiel Okare’s contentious penalty, but the visitors who had been largely the better side in the encounter put up a spirited fight to draw level late on. It was a smack in the face for Batoto ba Mungu who just a minute earlier had missed a sitter through Feni Ali.
“The City Council is required by law to protect the rights of employees from abuse due to allowing a hostile work environment,” Taylor wrote in a Sept. 4 letter addressed to the council. “This information that the special investigator stated is now being withheld at the expense and possible loss of employees’ jobs.” In the letter, Taylor said the council has the right to the information. Garcia has said a previous request for a written report was denied. Jim Ewert, legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association, said denial is “strange.” “It’s quite a position he has taken,” Ewert said. “I don’t think I have ever heard of this where the city attorney has refused to give information to the city council.” Taylor said he has the right to the information. ROSEMEAD – The City Council on Tuesday will consider a councilman’s request for a harassment investigative report. Councilman Gary Taylor has asked City Attorney Bonifacio Garcia for a written report by a private investigator. The report was about sexual harassment claims made by a city employee against Councilman John Nu ez. Valerie Mazone, who filed the lawsuit, alleges she was sexually harassed by Nu ez for more than one year. The city and Nu ez deny the allegations. Taylor said the information could help protect Rosemead staff and the city. Garcia discouraged the release, stating it could jeopardize the city’s defense. “The (investigative report) is not a public record,” Taylor said. “The letter is a document that the elected five-member City Council has a responsibility and obligation to review very carefully to decide what actions need to be taken.” The councilman said he is not asking as a member of the public and that he does not understand why no one has a copy. Ewert said council members should have all the information before they take action. At previous meetings, Taylor said that he believes the information in an oral report given to the council was inconsistent with the city’s response to the lawsuit. Once the report is given to all parties, it will become public record, experts said. A final status conference pertaining to the lawsuit is set for May 2, and the trial is scheduled for May 12.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AN ARRANMORE man crossed the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday to complete a remarkable feat of having finished all six World Marathon Majors.Denis O’Donnell completed the Berlin Marathon – adding the sixth Major having previously completed marathons in Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York.“It felt amazing crossing the finish line,” O’Donnell tells Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. “I felt very proud. I was a proud Donegal Islander.“This was extra special as it was the marathon that completed all six Majors. I had it in mind since April 2015 to achieve this feat after I done my first marathon in London.“It’s been four and a half years in the making for this particular achievement.”In reality, though, Denis’ journey has been longer. Much longer.He remembers a time when a shy boy in the schoolyard was ‘laughed at for the way I ran’.Berlin was his 12th marathon in total. Eight years ago, aged 33, Denis began a journey to fitness when he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a condition that affected his breathing.“Marathons were the last thing on my mind that time,” he says. “I just went to the gym to try and get fit and to improve my health. “ At first I started using the rowing machine and enjoyed it. I done that for a few months. Like a lot of people you fall off the horse. You stop going a while. Life takes over. You get distracted.”Soon, though, the gym became a part of his daily routine.The treadmill was tough and Denis was ‘conscious’.“I went when the gym would be quiet,” he says. “That eventually went and I didn’t care after a while. It didn’t matter who was there then. Your confidence grows the more you do it. I started seeing results. I could go faster and longer distances as the weeks went on. “I had it as my goal to complete a 5k race the following year. I gradually built up to 5k and I did my first 5k in 29 minutes. It was a big thing for me at the time. I continued with this for three years and built up to taking part in the North West 10k, which I completed in under 50 minutes.“I had really caught the running bug then. I started running on the roads on the island.”A self-confessed ‘armchair sports fan’, Denis would watch the London Marathon every year. He happened upon an advert for the 2015 London Marathon and decided to give it a go.“To me running the London marathon or any World marathon is the closest an ordinary person can get to competing with elite athletes,” he says. “I was on the committee for my old schools centenary events. At meetings it was clear we needed to fundraise to put the event on and publish a book about the event. It was obvious to me then what I would fundraise for. This was my first time fundraising. I raised 3600 euro for the school centenary event. “Denis completed the famous race in four hours and 26 minutes.A few months later, he completed the Donegal Marathon and that October he got around the Dublin Marathon. From nothing, he had suddenly completed three marathons inside six months. “Since then I targeted a World Major every year and whenever I could do a marathon around Ireland,” says Denis, who is also the driving force behind the Arranmore Darkness Into Light, which raises funds for Pieta House.His marathon efforts have raised vital funds for a variety of charitable causes, including the 2018 Tokyo Marathon for the Irish Heart Foundation in memory of his late mother, who passed away in 2017.On Sunday, Denis was presented with a medal in hour of completing the Berlin Marathon, but there was an extra special presentation as he received the six star medal in recognition of finishing the six Majors.He thinks of the landmarks: “To think I have ran down the Falls Road, Hyde Park, The Bronx, along Lake Michigan, Shibuya, Heartbreak Hill and to finish at the Brandenburg Gate…”Arranmore man completes full set of World Marathon Majors was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:arranmoreArranmore IslandBerlinbostonChicagoDenis O’DonnellLondonMarathonnew yorktokyo
The Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 19, 24, 25 and 28. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,700 and Match 3 is €120. Peter McGinley’s Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 12th and Paul McGinley’s team is selling on the 19th of November. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Marian Murphy, Killybegs and Ethna Byrne, Kilcar. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,600 on 47 calls.The Bord Na OG Race Night is on 11 – 11 – 11. Please support and have a good night’s entertainment.The seniors where defeated by St. Michaels in Division 2 Playoff last Saturday 0-12 to 1-06. The U-12 Jamesie Boyle memorial annual tournament was played last Sunday in Eamon Byrne Park. It was a perfect day for football and there was some good competitive football played. The club would like to thank everyone who helped out in organising the event and with the food and drink.Anyone looking for their membership card can contact Macdara to get the card. Also anyone who has email and wants to be on the clubs mailing list, should send an e-mail email@example.comGAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 8th, 2011 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES
GAA: RTE pundit and former All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly has said Derry haven’t a chance of overcoming Donegal in their Ulster SFC semi-final clash next weekend.Joe BrollyDonegal have been impressive in the Ulster SFC so far earning victories over Tyrone and Armagh to set-up the clash with Brian McIver’s Derry side.Donegal’s ruthless execution of Armagh in the first-half on Sunday was exceptional – and sent a reminder to other counties with aspirations on winning the All-Ireland that while McGuinness may have left it’s business as usual under the tutelage of Rory Gallagher. RTE pundit Brolly holds no hope for his native county and expects Donegal to sweep them to one side in Clones next Saturday evening.Brolly fears Derry are far too defensive and don’t have an offensive strategy to dismantle Donegal.He fears they’ll sit on the ropes against Donegal, and he says if you do that against Donegal you’ll get punished.Brolly said, “Derry have plenty of quality footballers, and in my opinion we have the best full-back line in terms of man-to-man marking. “We have two of the best forwards in the game in Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch and we’re very formidable at midfield.“We’ve certainly got potential, but we’re a mess, we’re obsessed with defence and have no attacking plan at all.“That’s not going to be good enough against Donegal, we sat back on the ropes against them last year in Celtic Park and we inevitably lost.“If you sit back on the ropes against Donegal then the same thing will happen Derry as it did Armagh, we’ll get hammered.Donegal’s odds have shortened on winning both the Ulster SFC and All-Ireland titles following Sunday’s exhibition against Armagh. As Brolly and Spillane both said Donegal are in rude health and it will take a top, top side to stop.Some pundits are claiming that Gallagher has taken Donegal to another level and has galvanised and freshened up his squad.The general consensus both inside and outside of Donegal is that we’re in for another long summer.JOE BROLLY – “DERRY HAVEN’T A HOPE OF BEATING DONEGAL IN ULSTER SEMI-FINAL” was last modified: June 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:DerrrydonegalGAAJOE BROLLYnewsSportUlster SFC
The premise of Proposition 75, paycheck protection, could hardly be simpler and more straightforward. It states that the citizens of California will not allow anyone to take money from the paychecks of public employees like me for political contributions without our permission. Clearly understood, there’s not a whole lot of room for disagreement on that declaration of a fundamental human right of us state government employees: to decide for ourselves which political candidates and causes we will support. Proposition 75 is supported by an almost two-thirds majority, according to some opinion polls, and that support extends into union households. Given the clarity and widespread support for Proposition 75, the special-interest groups opposing it – mainly the union bosses – have no choice but to use their overwhelming financial muscle to make it sound like Proposition 75 is something other than what it is. Their big lie, on which they pound away in ad after ad on television, is that paycheck protection silences the voices of working people. In fact, once Proposition 75 passes, union members will be able to donate even more to political causes, if they wish, than before, and so can their unions. What Proposition 75 actually does is make it illegal to force state government union members to donate to political causes they oppose. If forcing working people to donate their hard-earned money to political causes they oppose isn’t silencing their voices, then what is? Union leaders also claim that Proposition 75 is unnecessary because union members already have the right under the 1988 Beck decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to opt out of unions and pay “agency fees” to the labor union, while not having to make any political contributions. In fact, it is almost always extremely difficult for union members to exercise this right. The labor unions engage in foot dragging and excuses when union members request to opt out, and workers who opt out are often subject to workplace retribution. The Beck decision has never been properly enforced by federal and state governments, and labor union members who attempt to exercise their rights often receive little protection. Workers who opt out most often lose grievance and voting rights on union contracts and union officers, thus paying agency shop union dues but once again truly having their voices silenced in their own unions. And the claims of unions – especially public-employee labor unions – about how much they spend on political lobbying are often outright falsehoods. My own union, the Safety Employees Benefit Association, won’t let you opt out of paying the money at all. The organization demands that you pay, but will direct the money to its charities – or so the union bosses say. I’ve never seen an accounting for that. Bottom line: You still pay. And my own voice in my union has been silenced altogether after being kicked out of the union for simply expressing my views, different from those of the union leadership. The labor-union bosses owe us an explanation as to why, if we public-employee labor-union members already have the right to refuse to fork over money to political causes we oppose, they are spending millions upon millions of dollars to block that right. Could it be they know that most of their members would take advantage of the new union democracy put in place by a paycheck-protection law to follow the dictates of their own conscience? When voters understand what Proposition 75 really says and does, they immediately want to vote for it. The union bosses have therefore been left with smoke screens of phony claims about what Proposition 75 would do – allegedly cut public-school funding, or cut death benefits to police officers and firemen killed in the line of duty, or slash health care benefits. They hope that, if they throw enough mud at this battle for human rights, the voters will no longer be able to see it for what it is. Proposition 75 – for paycheck protection – aims to secure fundamental human rights for workers and to give us the dignity and respect we deserve. On Nov. 8, the voters will be able to strike a blow for fairness and justice for the public employees of this great state of California. Lon Jacobs is a patrol sergeant in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!