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  • Glasgow, Edinburgh residents protest deteriorating condition of bridges

    first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelResidents of Glasgow and Edinburgh villages on the East Bank of the Berbice River are calling on the relevant authorities to intervene and execute immediate repair works on the bridges that link the communities to other parts of the East Berbice-Corentyne region.The Glasgow New Housing Scheme access bridgeJoining the call for immediate infrastructural interventions were the taxi drivers and other vehicle operators who provide services to the affected communities.On Wednesday, the residents and operators decided that enough is enough and they have suffered for far too long so they called in the media. When Guyana Times visited the communities, the residents were quick to express their displeasure at the lack of vision by the authorities.Over at Glasgow New Housing Scheme, the residents reported that the bridge has not seen any repairs for over a decade despite their repeated complaints to authorities at the New Amsterdam municipality.The housing settlement has two entrances and both are in a dire state. In fact, some residents are thinking of shutting down the bridge since it is the main reason for thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles traversing it.One resident, Bebi Yadram, told this publication that vehicles are refusing to take passengers into the housing scheme because of the condition of the access bridge.“I am very concerned about this bridge. It is since 1999 this bridge has been fixed or repaired. Immediate work is needed on it,” she said while relating that a “dray cart” was stuck for some time on the bridge on Wednesday morning.Hire car driver and Glasgow Housing Scheme resident, Abdul Khan said that the community is being neglected by both Regional and Central Government. According to him, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally was in New Amsterdam a few years ago and he raised the issue with her. Promises were made but no follow-up was done.“I told her [Ally] about the bridge, the conditions of the road and also the garbage and she promised that Government will be looking into it. So far, I have not seen anything being done. Every day I traverse this road and only yesterday a driver damage he car right here on the bridge. So, we are asking the Government to look into the matter,” Khan pleaded.Meanwhile, Municipal Representative Nalini Tahal told Guyana Times that the residents have been bombarding her to get action but she believes that she is not getting the needed support at the New Amsterdam municipality.“I reported it several times and nobody seems to be paying any attention. I reported it to the Mayor and Town Council. I even spoke to the Regional Chairman how about it…the Town Council told me that it is budgeted for in the Ministry of Housing budget but I am not sure about that. Even if it is a bit of repairs, something, it needs to be done,” Tahal related.A vehicle operator, Dwayne Laagadou, reported that as drivers, they were going to take action, relating that they have been complaining for months about the state of the bridge at Glasgow.“Everyone that use this bridge fearful of it. So we as hire car drivers have decided to come here today to see how we can put a temporary fix so this bridge because as drivers we need the bridge especially when you have to use this scheme and go over to the other scheme a lot of time. So, if this one is not functional then it defeats the purpose,” he said.The drivers and residents pooled together their resources and labour to place a temporary fix on a permanent problem. They remain hopeful that the authorities will be a bit considerate and come up with a permanent solution.Meanwhile, concerns have also been expressed over the state of the roads in the community which is home to more than 5000 residents.Mitford Ward, one of the community’s representatives and a senior resident of the community, assured that Government will be stepping in. Ward told Guyana Times that he was at a meeting where the issue was discussed.“I am aware that the work was advertised. I was at a meeting where it was discussed and we were assured that the two main entrances along with the main road running in the middle of the scheme will be fixed. It was advertised but I cannot say at this moment what is the status of the tender or the tender process. As it is right now, it is important that we get some temporary relief. Even if the construction of a new bridge in the making it is still urgent that we get some temporary relief right now. It would not be much to just block that hole even if it is done with planks so that we can drive over safely,” he informed.Ward said that is all they are asking for at the moment since he has confidence that the bridges and the road will be repaired.Even with that being said, the bridge at Edinburgh linking the entire East Bank Berbice and which was recently reconstructed by the Public Infrastructure Ministry under the East Bank Berbice Road Rehabilitation programme is also in need of urgent repair.last_img read more

  • Fisheries research unearths need for integrated maritime policy in Caricom

    first_imgThe Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry has uncovered in recent research the need for an extensive maritime policy which extends to all Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries, since many marine issues are large scale and cannot be contained by a single country.Researcher at the Fisheries Department, Mikhail AmsterdamThe research was conducted by Mikhail Amsterdam, as he highlighted that the Caribbean was the second largest region affected by climate change. Adding to that, the increased warming has caused a loss of coral life, which in turn affects the fishing industry.“The wider Caribbean region is actually made up of three large marine ecosystems which comprise … approximately 7,000,000 square kilometres of area to cover, of which 70 per cent is oceans and seas…Upon investigating this area, we would have realised that the wider Caribbean area is considered to be the second most-affected area in terms of climate change impact with over 75 per cent of the area being affected by sea level rise, and, of course, the most important resource to the area – fisheries is being affected due to the loss of coral.”Some of the challenges in combating these issues include territorial disputes among countries, the restricted authorisation of responsible agencies, and conservation. A regional database was cited as one of the needed tools to deploy resources to these areas by maritime planning. In common scenarios, the information retrieved by individual agencies is not shared with foreign counterparts.“Their (agencies) storage are often separate, and there is need for a regional dataset with regard to marine issues so that planning can be made from that situation. This also trickles down to a national level, the need for a database which covers most of the information,” he insisted.According to Amsterdam, these problems are expansive, and understanding how Caricom applies to management on a regional level would be helpful.“There is the need for having an integrated maritime policy in Caricom, as it would be useful in terms of dealing with all the cross-cutting issues within the maritime space,” the researcher added.According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), marine species affected by climate change include plankton – which forms the basis of marine food chains; corals; fish; polar bears; walruses; seals; sea lions; penguins and seabirds.”The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a rise of between 1.4 degrees Celsius and 5.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it likely that some special animals will be eliminated from existence.last_img read more

  • People of all ages make it out to Taylor for Terry Fox Run

    first_imgRita Eichelberger is one of the organizers responsible for putting on the Taylor event. Her, and her family have been involved since the annual run started over 30 years ago.“We’ve been doing this since the inception of the Terry Fox Run, I think it’s a fantastic program and event, I think it’s really worthwhile,” she says. “I think all of us one way or another benefit from it. I really encourage people to participate.Eichelberger goes on to say that when she first got involved with the Terry Fox Run, it was because she was inspired by Terry’s story, and his efforts in his fight against cancer.- Advertisement -“I just liked the story, I was really in awe of this person, I thought he was a hero basically,” she admits. “At the time there was no one I knew that had cancer, but I just totally believed in what he was trying to do, and trying to achieve. Since then we did have family friends who’ve died of cancer, and some that went into remission.”She continues by saying one of the reasons she keeps on coming back to help put on the event every year is the advancements that have taken place as it relates to cancer research.“I do see that there’s been a lot of improvements since then when Terry first was diagnosed with cancer, we had about a 33 percent chance of living,” she explains. “And yet today it’s about 80 percent. There was some news recently about a woman that had the same kind of cancer he had in the knee, so instead of amputating the entire leg, they fixed the knee, so there’s been a lot of advancements if people don’t realize it.”Advertisement Those who were unable to attend the run, or help in raising funds for the event can still donate to the cause by clicking here. Yesterday’s event raised $1,351.05 in support of cancer research.last_img read more

  • MYSTERY PUNTER COLLECTS HIS €17,000 WINNINGS FROM €5 BET

    first_imgA mystery man who scooped a whopping €17,000 on a tiny €5 bet has come forward to collect his winnings.Leanne McGettigan with a copy of the winning betting slip!The punter predicted the outcome of 11 soccer games to scoop the cash at the Letterkenny branch of Ladbrokes last Saturday.The man came forward with his winning slip today and had the cash transferred to his account by bank transfer. A spokesman for Ladbrokes said they were delighted for the winner.“It’s the biggest single bet we have paid out on a football bet for such a small stake.“He’s a regular customer and we’re delighted for him.”However, despite the windfall, they said the lucky winner preferred to remain anonymous. The 11 winning teams were Crystal Palace, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Doncaster, Gillingham, Milton Keynes and Port Vale.   MYSTERY PUNTER COLLECTS HIS €17,000 WINNINGS FROM €5 BET was last modified: January 21st, 2015 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:betcashdonegalFootballLadbrokesletterkennylast_img read more

  • When can a fourth substitute be used at the World Cup 2018?

    first_img 1 When can a fourth substitute be used at the World Cup 2018?If a game goes to extra-time, World Cup bosses will get the option to use a fourth substitute.Fifa have brought in the ruling for the first time after successful trials in domestic competitions over the past two years.During his Real Madrid days, Alvaro Morata became the first fourth substitute ever in the men’s game when he was brought on for Cristiano Ronaldo during extra-time of the 2016 Club World Cup.Eager to push forward with the idea, a fourth sub will be available during extra time at Champions League and Europa League knockout rounds from next season.Mario Gotze famously entered the field in Rio as an 88th minute substitute, moments before the final went to extra-time – and went on to strike the winner.Under the new ruling, managers can wait until the added 30 minutes and use another set of fresh legs from their 12-man benches.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Getty Mario Gotze came off the bench to score an extra time winner four years ago in Rio We all know the benefits of the super sub.Fresh legs from the bench can turn a game one way or the other, and now bosses are being given an extra substitution in World Cup knockout games.last_img read more

  • PRIDE IN MILFORD AS NEW GAA STAND IS OPENED

    first_imgJim McGuinness cuts the tape to officially open the new stand at the Milford GAA Club on Saturday evening with club officials Pat Curley and Fergus Friel.The official opening of the stand at the Milford GAA pitch took place on Saturday evening where Donegal GAA Manager Jim McGuinness cut the tape to perform the official opening. A large crowd enjoyed an afternoon of Gaelic games and the first team to represent the club thirty years ago were also honoured.Jim McGuinness speaking at the official opening of the stand at the Milford GAA Club on Saturday evening.Also to receive presentations were the first club committee along with others who have served the club well down the years. The afternoon began with the U8 blitz, followed by the blessing of the stand by Fr. James Gillespie and Canon Harry Gilmore.Next up was the final and semi finals of the U10 parish league which was won by the team captained by Shane Black before the Gaelic for Mothers team took to the pitch.After the club’s senior game against Moville a DVD of the Junior Final victory a few weeks ago over Urris was shown in Dustys Bar followed by traditional music until late.  PRIDE IN MILFORD AS NEW GAA STAND IS OPENED was last modified: October 6th, 2013 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:Jim McGuinnessMILFORD GAA CLUBnew standlast_img read more

  • Strange way to end a season

    first_img Decided four days later by a run scored from second base on an infield hit. Set up when an Angels pitcher tagged “out” a runner — with an empty glove. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A series that ended with the Chicago White Sox advancing to the World Series for the first time in 46 years. And for only the second time since the 1919 Black Sox scandal. It was weird. Bizarre. Wacky, even. And about as everyday as Halley’s Comet. No way did the Angels deserve to win the American League Championship Series. But the way they lost it? It strains credulity to describe how they contrived to pull that off. We’ll assume you recall the Forever Infamous Third Strike in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2. The scandalously blown call by home plate umpire Doug Eddings that allowed Chicago to extend the inning, score the winning run and even the series. ANAHEIM — Now there’s something you don’t see every generation: A series that pivoted on an inning-ending strikeout that didn’t end an inning. center_img There was goofiness in White Sox victories in Games 3 and 4, as well, including a few more blatant mistakes by the wretched umpiring crew. But that pales before Game 5, the White Sox clincher before 44,712 drizzle-soaked spectators at Angel Stadium. We’ll skip over the beer-swilling Angels fan whose greed to grab a souvenir left Chone Figgins with a double, instead of a triple, and go right to the eighth inning. Tie ballgame, 3-3. Reliever Kelvim Escobar pitching. Two outs, bases empty. Escobar walks Scott Rowand. And here comes that man, A.J. Pierzynski, official Angels nemesis. The man who stole first base (and a victory) back in Game 2. Who got away with catcher’s interference at a critical moment in Game 4. (Double play instead of Steve Finley awarded first base.) Pierzynski hit a ground ball that ricocheted off Escobar and died on the grass near the first-base line. Escobar was on the ball quickly, and all he had to do was toss it to Darin Erstad and the inning is over. Instead, Escobar charged at Pierzynski, who was steaming toward first. Escobar reached out with his gloved, left hand, and tagged Pierzynski. Escobar, however, was carrying the ball in his right hand. Escobar then tried to lob the ball to Erstad, but the throw was off, and Pierzynski was already there, and a sure, inning-ending out was, again, a free base. Here’s where it gets even weirder. First base umpire Randy Marsh called Pierzynski out! Would the Angels get a bogus break, just as the White Sox did in Game 2? In this series? Of course not. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen charged out of the dugout, the umps convened in the infield, just as they did back in Game 2, but this time they got it right, and reversed the call — which worked in the White Sox’ favor. Naturally. Joe Crede, the man who beat Escobar with the double-after-the-phantom-K last Wednesday, followed with a nondescript chopper past new pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. It was so unimpressive that second baseman Adam Kennedy made a diving stop on it on the shortstop side of the bag. But Rowand, running from second with two outs, easily scored before Kennedy could get to his knees and chuck the ball the 120 feet or so to the plate. And there was your decisive run in an eventual 6-3 White Sox victory that, presumably, touched off celebrations in the streets of sports-crazed Chicago. “They outplayed us and deserve to move on,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the White Sox. “We had great expectations coming in that didn’t pay off. We did everything we could, but they played at a very high level.” And the Angels didn’t. Their hitters, in particular, stunk it up. Demonstrating one last time that the 2005 Angels were two, maybe three real hitters shy a legitimate offense. They hit a ridiculous .179 in the series. And worked only four walks in 163 plate appearances. The futility centered on Vladimir Guerrero. The team’s 2004 Most Valuable Player was the 2005 postseason’s Most Vilified Player. Vlad the Imploder went 1-for-20 with one RBI, on a ground ball, and zero walks. He didn’t get the ball out of the infield Sunday. Then there was Figgins, leadoff man, who failed to score a run until Game 5 and was 2-for-17 in the series. And Bengie Molina, erstwhile five-hole hitter, who also went 2-for-17. And well, just about everybody in an Angels jersey who approached the batter’s box with wood in his hands embarrassed himself. It’s over now. And was it ever strange. The 2005 Angels were rather like the little curl with the girl. They could be very good. But then they were bad, as in this series, they were truly awful. So awful, they boosted the White Sox into the World Series for the first time since bobby sox. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. He can be e-mailed at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Ground broken for new campus

    first_img Canyon Country residents Lloyd and Myrna Hoffman said their son, now a junior at Golden Valley High School, will attend college at the new campus after graduation. The couple was eager to hear about the new facility and took off work to attend Tuesday’s ceremony. Two of their daughters graduated from College of the Canyons, and Lloyd Hoffman said the girls had to leave home early to drive to school and find parking on campus. But this new location will change everything for his son. “Over here, he can walk,” he said. “We live five minutes down the road.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “You see open space,” she said. “I see a college.” The second campus has been about 15 years in the making, and its need grew as Santa Clarita’s population flourished. Van Hook said the 153-acre Valencia campus was built to hold 5,000 students when it first opened in 1969. Today, about 15,000 students attend classes there, and the campus is considered built out. The college has offered classes in the past at locations closer to its Canyon Country residents, such as at the Jo Anne Darcy Library and at Golden Valley High School. But Van Hook said they were temporary solutions to the second campus. The new site will come as a relief to students from that area and beyond who navigate Santa Clarita’s heavily traveled streets to get to class on time. CANYON COUNTRY – A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday kicked off the start of a second campus for College of the Canyons where classes are scheduled to start next year. The Canyon Country Education Center will stretch across a 70-acre site off Sierra Highway and is expected to first draw in about 3,000 students, mainly from eastern Santa Clarita, who will attend classes in modular buildings during construction of the new school. Construction is expected to begin in 2007. The new digs eventually will accommodate about 10,000 students in eight multistory buildings when construction ends in 2015. Land for the site was bought with funds generated by Measure C, passed by voters in 2001, that generated $82.1 million. At the outdoor inauguration ceremony, Superintendent Dianne Van Hook asked the audience to look around. Scuffy hilltops and dusty dirt roads surrounded the crowd of about 50 – some students, teachers, neighbors and faculty members. last_img read more

  • Women’s Basketball Edges UNI In Double-Overtime Thriller, 88-79

    first_imgStory Links Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live PDF Box Score HTML Box Score Following Friday’s game, Drake enjoys a short break before returning to action on Feb. 3 at Southern Illinois. Print Friendly Version at Southern Illinois 2/3/2017 – 6 PM Full Schedule Roster Drake made 34-of-36 free throws as Hittner (8-of-8) and Rose (9-of-10) set career marks at the charity stripe and Wendell made 8-of-9. As a team, Drake overcame a 2-of-20 shooting performance from behind the three-point line. The Bulldogs had 25 bench points behind Rose’s career-day. Next Game:center_img Photo Gallery Drake improved to 16-4 overall and 9-0 in the MVC with the road victory to take sole possession of first place in the conference. UNI had an 11-game winning streak snapped with the loss and dropped to 15-5 overall and 9-1 in league play. The two overtimes are the most extra periods in the series since the two teams played a four-overtime thriller on Jan. 23, 1992 that Drake won 112-106 in the Knapp Center. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 16 points with 14 coming after halftime while Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) had 12 points and eight assists. In a game that featured 16 score ties and 10 lead changes it was Drake who finally seized control of the game late in the second overtime. With the score at 72-72, UNI scored the first point of the overtime on a free throw, but the Bulldogs answered with a three-point play by Rose to go up 75-73. The Panthers tied the game up with a pair of free throws, but it would be as close as they would get as Wendell made her own three-point play and a pair of free throws and Rose had a layup to push the advantage to five points at 82-77. UNI cut its deficit to three points at 82-79 with 1:11 left in the game, but Drake closed out the win with a 6-0 scoring run to snap a three-game losing streak in the series. The Bulldogs had five players finish in double figures, led by redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) with a team-high 18 points. Jonas added 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists for her second double-double this season and 12th in her career. Two others recorded double-doubles as freshmen Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) joined Jonas. Hittner had a career-high 11 rebounds and 10 points for her second career double-double while Rose set new career-highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first. Preview CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In a battle between the top two women’s basketball teams in the Missouri Valley Conference on Friday, Jan. 27, the Drake University women’s basketball team edged the UNI Panthers, 88-79, in a double-overtime thriller at the McLeod Center.last_img read more

  • Photos: The 10 Best pictures from the MLB All-Star Game

    first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks pitched in the sixth inning for the American League. Hendriks gave up a solo home run to Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon. Hendriks struck out three batters. A’s Matt Chapman was walked and scored a run in the seventh inning.Will Smith, the only All-Star from the San Francisco Giants, pitched in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving up a solo home run to Texas Rangers’ Joey …last_img read more