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Toshaos Council condemns banning of Indigenous outfit

first_imgMae’s “inappropriate” decision…calls for apology to studentThe National Toshaos Council (NTC) has condemned the actions taken by the administration of Mae’s school last week to prohibit a student from displaying his Amerindian traditional outfit at the institution’s culture day event, after labelling it as “inappropriate”.National Toshaos Council Chairman Joel Fredericks told Guyana Times on Monday that he was aware of the incident via a post on social media, which explained the discrimination that was faced by the student after he dressed as an Amerindian, to participate in his culture day activities.“In my opinion, if it was so then, it was wrong because as you know, Guyana has six races and under the Constitution of Guyana, the laws of Guyana state that every race and person has a right to a religion, cultural belief, and tradition. You have that right.”He later stated that it was completely erroneous on the part of the school to disallow the child from participating, since that is the cultural wear of the Amerindian people. As a result, the culture of the Guyana’s first people should be respected as any other ethnicity.NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks“For me if it was so that whoever prevent the child from entering the school, that is wrong. When [it] is heritage month, I as a Chief would dress in my traditional wear and I go anywhere. That is my culture and I respect other peoples’ culture,” the NTC Chairman stated.He added that the Council has shown its disapproval of the manner in which the child was treated and demanded that the staff of the school be educated on the practices of the Amerindian people so that other children are not confronted with this situation in the future.“We need to teach not only the children, but we also need to educate adults also because that adult maybe didn’t know the right of every individual. I am disappointed and the way the school treated it was wrong. I don’t support that. The guard need to be educated because how can that be inappropriate when that is one’s culture. He was just wearing a tibisiri skirt, a necklace and a headdress. That is our culture,” Fredericks explained.The NTC Chairman has called for Mae’s Schools to publicly apologise to the parents of the child and Indigenous people, for the manner in which their traditions were treated. He noted that all ethnicities should be treated with the same respect and importance.“The National Toshaos Council is made up of Amerindian people and when is Heritage Month, we have our celebrations and we respect other races’ celebrations and they need to respect us.“This is a little kid who went to school with his traditional wear and it offended people. They disrespected the kid and offended his parents. I believe the school and the principal should apologise publicly to the Indigenous peoples of Guyana.”Last Friday, Mae’s Schools held their culture day activities. The child’s mother took to social media to voice her disapproval after her child was prohibited from entering the school after his Indigenous outfit was deemed as “too inappropriate”.The disturbed mother related that the child was brought to tears and then expressed loathing for the costume, which he once admired. She explained that if the school was sceptical about the type of costume, then a guideline should have been disseminated to provide information on what is acceptable. She added that to her distress the guard’s position was also supported by some of the teachers.The post went viral with hundreds of persons lashing out at the school for its position. This publication reached out to the mother of the child on Monday, who indicated that no apology was issued to her or her son. She said that he went to school on Monday as per normal.On Monday, when Guyana Times contracted Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton for a comment on the matter, he said he was not aware of the issue, but would get back to this publication.One popular Amerindian rights activist called for the complete banning of culture day in schools if persons are not allowed to wear Indigenous outfits to depict Guyana’s diversity.In several posts, the mother was urged to file a formal complaint to the Education Ministry and the Ethnic Relations Commission.On Monday, the staff at the ERC said no one was available to comment on the matter.When this newspaper reached out to the school on multiple occasions for a comment on the matter, it was told that no one was available to comment on the matter.last_img read more

AND THE WINNER OF THE DES BISHOP TICKETS IS ……….!

first_imgThe winner of the pair of tickets for Des Bishop’s new show at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre this Friday is Sally Patton from Lawnsdale, Ballybofey.Sally can collect her tickets at the box office on the night.And don’t worry if you didn’t win one of our weekends away, our tickets for the Westport Music Festival or the passes for Des Bishop. There’s plenty of many more FREE competitions coming up with Donegal Daily. AND THE WINNER OF THE DES BISHOP TICKETS IS ……….! was last modified: July 2nd, 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:An Grianan TheatreDes Bishop ticketslast_img read more

MONSTER CHARITY DANCE AND BBQ THIS EVENING FOR CAOLAN MELAUGH FUND

first_imgIT’S the only place to be this evening when the CPI Centre in Castlefin runs a Monster Charity Dance and BBQ in aid of local lad Caolan Melaugh.Caolan is battling a rare form of cancer and local people have been help to raise funds for him so that he can go to America for treatment that could save his life.The CPI Centre Castlefin are running this Monster Charity Dance & on site BBQ at the CPI centre this evening to raise awareness and funds. Entry can be paid at the door or with a ticket and all funds raised through entry & food are going to the fund.Tickets are only €10 for what is sure to be a great night.You can also make a donation viahttp://www.gofundme.com/caolanmelaugh  Advertisement MONSTER CHARITY DANCE AND BBQ THIS EVENING FOR CAOLAN MELAUGH FUND was last modified: May 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:Baby Caolan Melaughlast_img read more

Tobins are right on ‘Q’ with national award

first_imgThere was delight all round for Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny at a gala ceremony in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, where the winners of The National Q Mark Awards 2019 were announced.The highest accolade a business in Ireland can achieve, the National Q Mark Awards are given only to companies who reach peak standards of quality and excellence.Tobin’s is a customer-focused, locally owned and operated service station comprising up-to-date convenience store, deli and car wash. The outlet is well-renowned for its superb staff, service and standards. At the black-tie event on Friday night, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Healy, Tobin’s was pronounced as this year’s winners in The Q Mark for Hygiene and Food Safety, Recognised for Excellence – Forecourts category.Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA, the proud guardians of the Q Mark suite of Quality standards, congratulated the team:She said “This isn’t the first time that Eddie and Annette have taken their team to the top of the Q for high standards of Hygiene and Food Safety. A truly remarkable result…from a truly remarkable team”!The station’s Deli Manager Marian McGarrigle was thrilled. She said “This is a fantastic achievement for our dedicated staff and our business. It also reinforces with our customers that we continue to achieve and maintain excellent standards for food safety. We are proud that the standards of hygiene and food safety that we continuously deliver are worthy of this prestigious national award”.The team at Tobin’s can now proudly display their award on the premises, to let customers and staff know that they’ve earned their place at the premium level of Irish enterprise.Almost 120 companies battled it out for the titles this year, in the drive to win one of what have become known as Ireland’s Oscars of business excellence.The winners of this year’s awards were selected from a list of more than 110 nominees, which was carefully scrutinised by a team of 14 judges from the worlds of enterprise, food safety, academia and more.Tobins are right on ‘Q’ with national award was last modified: October 1st, 2019 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:Q MarkTobinslast_img read more

The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Facebook#Features#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… In December, Facebook made a series of bold and controversial changes regarding the nature of its users’ privacy on the social networking site. The company once known for protecting privacy to the point of exclusivity (it began its days as a network for college kids only – no one else even had access), now seemingly wants to compete with more open social networks like the microblogging media darling Twitter.Those of you who edited your privacy settings prior to December’s change have nothing to worry about – that is, assuming you elected to keep your personalized settings when prompted by Facebook’s “transition tool.” The tool, a dialog box explaining the changes, appeared at the top of Facebook homepages this past month with its own selection of recommended settings. Unfortunately, most Facebook users likely opted for the recommended settings without really understanding what they were agreeing to. If you did so, you may now be surprised to find that you inadvertently gave Facebook the right to publicize your private information including status updates, photos, and shared links. Want to change things back? Read on to find out how.1. Who Can See The Things You Share (Status Updates, Photo, Videos, etc.)Probably the most critical of the “privacy” changes (yes, we mean those quotes sarcastically) was the change made to status updates. Although there’s now a button beneath the status update field that lets you select who can view any particular update, the new Facebook default for this setting is “Everyone.” And by everyone, they mean everyone. If you accepted the new recommended settings then you voluntarily gave Facebook the right to share the information about the items you post with any user or application on the site. Depending on your search settings, you may have also given Facebook the right to share that information with search engines, too. To change this setting back to something of a more private nature, do the following:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Profile Information” from the list of choices on the next page.Scroll down to the setting “Posts by Me.” This encompasses anything you post, including status updates, links, notes, photos, and videos.Change this setting using the drop-down box on the right. We recommend the “Only Friends” setting to ensure that only those people you’ve specifically added as a friend on the network can see the things you post. 2. Who Can See Your Personal InfoFacebook has a section of your profile called “personal info,” but it only includes your interests, activities, and favorites. Other arguably more personal information is not encompassed by the “personal info” setting on Facebook’s Privacy Settings page. That other information includes things like your birthday, your religious and political views, and your relationship status. After last month’s privacy changes, Facebook set the new defaults for this other information to viewable by either “Everyone” (for family and relationships, aka relationship status) or to “Friends of Friends” (birthday, religious and political views). Depending on your own preferences, you can update each of these fields as you see fit. However, we would bet that many will want to set these to “Only Friends” as well. To do so:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Profile Information” from the list of choices on the next page.The third, fourth, and fifth item listed on this page are as follows: “birthday,” “religious and political views,” and “family and relationship.” Locking down birthday to “Only Friends” is wise here, especially considering information such as this is often used in identity theft. Depending on your own personal preferences, you may or may not feel comfortable sharing your relationship status and religious and political views with complete strangers. And keep in mind, any setting besides “Only Friends” is just that – a stranger. While “Friends of Friends” sounds innocuous enough, it refers to everyone your friends have added as friends, a large group containing hundreds if not thousands of people you don’t know. All it takes is one less-than-selective friend in your network to give an unsavory person access to this information. 3. What Google Can See – Keep Your Data Off the Search EnginesWhen you visit Facebook’s Search Settings page, a warning message pops up. Apparently, Facebook wants to clear the air about what info is being indexed by Google. The message reads:There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.While that may be true to a point, the second setting listed on this Search Settings page refers to exactly what you’re allowing Google to index. If the box next to “Allow” is checked, you’re giving search engines the ability to access and index any information you’ve marked as visible by “Everyone.” As you can see from the settings discussed above, if you had not made some changes to certain fields, you would be sharing quite a bit with the search engines…probably more information than you were comfortable with. To keep your data private and out of the search engines, do the following:From your Profile page, hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the top right and click “Privacy Settings” from the list that appears.Click “Search” from the list of choices on the next page.Click “Close” on the pop-up message that appears.On this page, uncheck the box labeled “Allow” next to the second setting “Public Search Results.” That keeps all your publicly shared information (items set to viewable by “Everyone”) out of the search engines. If you want to see what the end result looks like, click the “see preview” link in blue underneath this setting.  Take 5 Minutes to Protect Your PrivacyWhile these three settings are, in our opinion, the most critical, they’re by no means the only privacy settings worth a look. In a previous article (written prior to December’s changes, so now out-of-date), we also looked at things like who can find you via Facebook’s own search, application security, and more. While you may think these sorts of items aren’t worth your time now, the next time you lose out on a job because the HR manager viewed your questionable Facebook photos or saw something inappropriate a friend posted on your wall, you may have second thoughts. But why wait until something bad happens before you address the issue? Considering that Facebook itself is no longer looking out for you, it’s time to be proactive about things and look out for yourself instead. Taking a few minutes to run through all the available privacy settings and educating yourself on what they mean could mean the world of difference to you at some later point…That is, unless you agree with Facebook in thinking that the world is becoming more open and therefore you should too. Note: Other resources on Facebook’s latest changes worth reading include MakeUseOf’s 8 Steps Toward Regaining your Privacy, 17 steps to protect your privacy from Inside Facebook, the ACLU’s article examining the changes, and DotRights.org’s comprehensive analysis of the new settings. If you’re unhappy enough to protest Facebook’s privacy update, you can sign ACLU’s petition. The FTC is also looking into the matter thanks to a complaint filed by a coalition of privacy groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. You can add your voice to the list of complaints here. 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