Grave danger to Atlantic Gardens residents

first_imgDear Editor,Every day, road users on the East Coast highway are exposed to grave danger at the turnoff to Atlantic Gardens, at exactly the same spot where there was a major traffic crisis on Mother’s Day 2018, which I wrote about in a letter to the media in May.Eventually, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure offered an apology, which was published in the various newspapers.Residents of Atlantic Gardens risk injury, or even death daily, plus the possibility of serious damage to their vehicles, because they are forced to cross a perilous bridge that was broken up as part of roadworks in that area being done by Chinese contractors and Guyanese engineers.Finding a safe way to cross this partially dismantled bridge is not for the faint of heart. Sand has been dumped there, but the seasonal heavy rainfall has added mud and debris, transforming it into treacherous, slippery slush that has several flooded potholes in it. Some parts of this loam bridge are also breaking away as the water tries to find its way into the gutter.As such, the risk increases at night in this poorly-lit area.The blame for this lies squarely at the feet of the contractors and engineers in charge of the roadworks. They just go merrily about their business as if they have absolutely no interest in maximizing commuters’ safety and minimizing their inconvenience.Apart from people possibly getting killed or injured, there is also the possibility of Government, or more accurately the taxpayers of this country, paying out millions of dollars to settle huge lawsuits arising from injuries and damages due to the slackness of the project managers.Why aren’t the engineers overlooking this project ensuring that the work is properly done? Don’t the contractors know better?Who is ensuring that these contractors and engineers are doing their jobs properly with the interest of the Guyanese people at heart? Will it take death, severe injuries, or huge lawsuits to teach them to ensure the managers of the roadworks are doing the work properly?I also urge the ministry’s public relations officer who issued the apology for the Mother’s Day crisis to come to the spot and witness first-hand the gravity of the situation. Then, hopefully, the ministry and project overseers would change their flowery words into effective action.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

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Driver avoids collision, ends up in trench

first_imgAn almost certain Caricom Day fatality was avoided when a motorist swerved from colliding with a young man on a bicycle, but ended up in the canal at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD) on Monday.It was reported by eyewitnesses that at approximately 12:00h, a silver Toyota Spacio car was heading west along the main road when a cyclist came within close proximity of the vehicle. The driver, following his instincts, swerved from the cyclist, but lost control of the vehicle, which headed up the muddy bank only to end up in the trench running parallel to the road.“The entire area was very slippery due to heavy rainfall recently,” one passerby explained.The driver of the car escaped with minor injuries to his face and arms, but the damage to the car was extensive with the front half submerged.Public-spirited citizens rushed to the scene to assist the driver. They eventually stopped a Canter truck that was passing, to pull the vehicle out of the trench.It was reported that the cyclist did not stop to render any assistance, but instead rode away as if nothing had happened.Only three days ago, a driver lost control of a motor car which eventually plunged into the trench along Dennis Street, Sophia causing an occupant to lose his life.last_img read more

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200 Elders Get “Free Prescription Reading Glasses”

first_imgDr. Churchill and the incoming president of the Paynesville Lions Club, Mrs. Elizabeth Pelham, with one of the 200 elders who received the glassesOver two hundred (200) Liberian senior citizens on Monday night received free reading glasses from the Paynesville Lions Club. Each of the eye-glasses and case cost about US$210. The exercise was part of efforts to sustain the Lions Club’s humanitarian service goal of providing vision to those in need. The glasses were distributed to the elders after the screening of their eyes by two eye doctors (ophthalmologists), who begged to remain anonymous to avoid conflict at their official places of work. The screening and distribution was held at the headquarters of the Liberia Crusaders of Peace, located on the Capitol Bypass. The glasses were donated to the Paynesville Lions Club by Dr. Olakunle Oladunni Churchill, a progressive and lifetime member of the Lions Club in Nigeria. Dr. Churchill is the chairman of Big Churchill Heaven Limited and CEO of the Big Church Entertainment.The incoming President of the Paynesville Lions Club, Mrs. Elizabeth Pelham, said the donation from “a fellow Lion” is timely since it came during Liberia’s 170th Independence Anniversary celebrated on July 26. She thanked Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee for her support and recommendation; she also thanked those who turned out for the occasion. She said that sight is one of the Lions Club’s defining causes. “Lions work to fulfill the mission to restore lost sight, empower the youth, provide relief to those afflicted by nature, and other humanitarian services. We are grateful that through the assistance of Dr. Churchill we are able to distribute reading glasses to improve the sight of those with visual impediments,” Mrs. Pelham said. The outgoing president of the Paynesville Lions Club, Johnson Kwakolo, also thanked Dr. Churchill and Madam Endee.Dr. Churchill said the Lions Club is an international club that caters to the needs of the less privileged, including the physically challenged. He said that the group has about 1.4 million members and more than 46,000 districts around the world. Accordingly, the Lions Clubs International Foundation, since 1968, supports the efforts of Lions Clubs and partners in serving local and global communities to give hope and impact lives through humanitarian service projects and grants. It was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917.Meanwhile, Theresa Saah, a beneficiary, appealed to Dr. Churchill and other philanthropists to make available more reading glasses to older Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt says IMC to be installed, auditor appointed

first_imgGPSCCU take overOne day after the Guyana Pubic Service Cooperative Credit Union (GPSCCU) expressed concerns over the Government unilaterally taking over the organisation and closing the office, Social Protection Minister Keith Scott responded announcing that the GPSCCU will resume operations today.Minister Keith ScottDuring a press conference on Monday, Chairperson of GPSCCU Patricia Went expressed deep concerns over the Chief Cooperatives Development Officer (CCDO) assuming control of the affairs of the credit union without proffering any reason, and also accused the Minister of “grabbing” the credit union’s funds.But Scott said a decision has been made to replace the previous Management Committee, with an Interim Management Committee (IMC). The Minister said the reasons for taking control of the Cooperative Society were clearly spelt out, hence there is little or no need to reiterate them.“However, it must be noted that as a consequence of the CCDO’s action which took effect on Friday, May 25, 2018 all operations were suspended, and the office closed until, today Tuesday May 29, 2018. The office will be reopened at 8:30am Wednesday May 30, 2018 with an IMC,” he explained.The new IMC include Justice Prem Persaud, immediate past Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission as the Officer in Charge; Patsy Russel, a business consultant with a rich banking background; Trevor Benn, Commissioner and CEO Guyana Lands and Survey Commission; Rajdai Jaggernauth, Permanent Secretary, Business Ministry; Gillian Pollard as Deputy Director of the Budget, Ministry of Finance; Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Legal Officer, Public Telecommunications Ministry; and Patrick Mentore, Human Resource and Training Manager, Guyana Maritime Administration.Scott said in addition to being the officer in charge of management of the affairs of the agency, Justice Persaud is also an ex-officio member of the management committee. He also noted that an Auditor in the person of George Vaughn has been appointed and will commence work today.GPSCCU’s Chair, Patricia Went“The Ministry of Social Protection takes this opportunity to reiterate to the employees of the Credit Union that the Ministry thanks them for their understanding and cooperation during the past days and looks forward for their willing cooperation in the future,” he stated.The Minister has assured all employees that their jobs are not jeopardised, and all are required to report to work as usual. “They are asked not to be misguided or distracted by any other agency or person.”GPSCCU’s Management Committee Chairperson Patricia Went said it learnt in a section of the media of its so-called unsatisfactory performance had caused the GPSCCU to be brought under new management. But the Committee claimed that there was no investigation into the affairs of the Credit Union to support that conclusion.It was later explained that although the officer spoke of the Union’s unsatisfactory performance, “the matter was rooted in the demand by the Department of Cooperatives for an undue payment to the Audit and Supervision Fund for years 2002-2013 of an alleged balance of $49,691,682.”The Committee Chairperson argued, however, that the Department of Cooperatives’ claim to outstanding payments towards the Audit and Supervision Fund could not be justified, since the already audited accounts of the Credit Union for the years 2002 to 2010 reflected no such balance, as was claimed.According to the chairperson, the CCDO has also failed to acknowledge the waivers which were approved and granted by the previous Labour Minister, and are to date still in effect.It was further noted that the Committee of Management was able to meet with the CCDO and the Minister who maintained their demands to have the Credit Union pay over the disputed amount to the Department of Cooperatives.Minister Scott had requested that the Committee of Management sign the Adjusted Audited Reports, showing a balance of $49,691,682.00 as owed to the Audit and Supervision Fund.Additionally, the Committee said Minister Scott had promised that on the GPSCCU signing the reports, he would immediately approve the holding of the AGM for the years 2011 to 2013, and that after the AGM, negotiations would commence on an amount of $24,381,256.The chairperson said she considers the Minister’s action a threat to “grab the funds of the Credit Union.”last_img read more

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DDTV – THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS GET READY TO SLAY THE DRAGONS

first_imgConor and Ronan McGarvey from Loughanure have already written themselves into the business books of Donegal with their thriving cottage company. The lads started Donegal Pens in a small shed at the back of their home.Now their hand-made writing utensils are owned by people with Donegal connections around the globe.But will the dragons from RTE’s Dragon’s Den give them the thumbs-up for their business?Here’s a taster for the show when the lads appear on it on Sunday week, June 5th at 9.30pm. Simply click to play the video.   DDTV – THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS GET READY TO SLAY THE DRAGONS was last modified: April 27th, 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:DONEGAL PENSDragon’s Denlast_img read more

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Charter Lite

first_imgWhen two of the organizations that have most doggedly resisted the charter school movement in public education – the LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles – propose to set up a pseudo-charter of their own, the move ought to arouse suspicion. Fed up with the state of affairs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers and parents at Parkman Middle School in Woodland Hills wanted to break away and form their own charter. But the district has fought the petition, and now, joining forces with UTLA, it hopes to do an end-run around the entire process. Instead of making Parkman a charter, LAUSD and UTLA brass propose making it a “waiver” school. Although short on specifics, the idea is to keep Parkman under the control of the LAUSD – and with a UTLA-represented staff – but extend it some of the autonomy enjoyed by charter schools. Union and district officials make no secret that what they do at Parkman might provide the model for how to extinguish the charter movement and block Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plans for taking over the LAUSD. And that ought to make anyone concerned about the future of public education in Los Angeles nervous. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 If what the union and district are proposing is to undermine public enthusiasm for charters by coming up with something even better, well then, by all means, let’s see what they have to offer. That’s the sort of innovation charters are supposed to foster. But given that both organizations have spent decades fighting reform, it seems they may have something more nefarious up their sleeves, namely, thwarting charters through a combination of bureaucratic obstruction and smoke-and-mirrors PR. That’s what seems to be happening at Parkman. First the bureaucracy thwarts the school’s charter application, and then the LAUSD-UTLA tandem try to defuse the issue with some vague promises of Charter Lite. Here, try this, they say – all the benefits of charter education, with none of the burdensome bureaucratic hassles. If either organization had any track record of supporting real education reform, the idea would have a lot more credibility. Likewise, if district officials truly believe more autonomy is good for schools, they could extend it to schools throughout the district – not just Parkman – and it could do it now. All genuine reforms that offer hope that kids will get a better education are welcome. And who knows, maybe “waiver schools” will be the next great innovation in public education. So let’s see what the LAUSD and UTLA have to offer – more of the same, or a bold initiative everyone can support. 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

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THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC LOSE TO ATHLETICO MADRID

first_imgCeltic’s abysmal away record in Europe – one win in 31 games – continued tonight in the Europa League group campaign, going down 2-0 to Athletico Madrid.Falcao took advantage of some terrible marking to head the home side ahead from a third-minute corner.A good sliding challenge from Charlie Mulgrew gave away a corner and the €40m Colombian striker Falcao – the club’s most expensive player ever –  ran between two defenders to powerfully head Diego’s delivery home from 10 yards. Gary Hooper had an early effort blocked and, early in the second half, Ki Sung-yueng’s powerful drive had to be tipped over the bar by Thibaut Courtois.Atletico put the game beyond Celtic when Diego ran on to Arda Turan’s cut-back to shoot home.Turan skipped away from Mark Wilson and got to the bye-line before pulling the ball back for Diego to find the bottom corner of the net with a well-placed first-time strike.Celtic responded with strikes from Joe Ledley and Kayal, both rising too high to trouble Courtois. Former Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes almost set up a late goal for the home side after a burst into the penalty box but Forster got a hand to Turan’s shot and Kelvin Wilson was on hand to hack the ball clear as it rolled towards the goal.Despite the result Celtic can take some pride in matching the big-spending Spanish club for long periods.Next stop: Ibrox…Sunday, 12.30pm.Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Perea, Godin, Miranda, Antonio Lopez, Turan, Mario Suarez, Diego (Tiago 84), Gabi (Adrian 70), Koke (Reyes 56), Falcao. Subs Not Used: Sergio Asenjo, Salvio, Pizzi, Dominguez.Goals: Falcao 3, Diego 68. Booked: Gabi, Mario Suarez. Celtic: Forster, Mark Wilson (Matthews 80), Kelvin Wilson, Loovens, Mulgrew, Kayal, Ki, Ledley (Bangura 78), Hooper, Forrest (Commons 83), Samaras. Subs Not Used: Zaluska, George, Filip Twardzik, Wanyama.Booked: Kayal, Loovens.Att: 25,000Ref: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark). THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC LOSE TO ATHLETICO MADRID was last modified: September 15th, 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:Athletico MadridCelticceltic fclast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR GIRLS TEAM FACE NAOMH MUIRE IN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:Our Senior Footballers turned in a terrific performance to defeat Glenswilly in the Championship quarter final on Sunday, on a 3-07 to 0-08 scoreline, the goals coming from Lee McMonagle (2) and Conall Dunne. The Reserves went down in their game, 1-07 to 1-05.The Junior footballers are due to face MacCumhaill’s in the Championship semi final this Sunday at 12pm, venue tbc. Good luck to the Minor Boys football team who face Naomh Conaill in the County Final on Saturday evening in MacCumhaill Park at 4pm.Good luck also to the Minor girls footballers who face Naomh Mhuire in their County (c) Final, also on Saturday, at Killygordon at 11am.The U-16 hurlers had a good win over Dungloe last Thursday. They are away to Burt this Thursday in the championship semi final at 6.15pm. All support welcome.The U-13 boys football team had a comfortable win over Cloughaneely last week and are away to Buncrana this Sunday at 11.45am. The Dev. team are away to Convoy, also on Sunday at 11.45am. They U-13 girls play at home to Red Hugh’s on Saturday at 11am. Best wishes to the young Downings player who suffered a bad injury which led to the abandonment of last Saturday’s game. The game has been re-arranged for Thursday, September 24th. Training is on Thursday evening at 6pm.Well done to Ailbhe Finn, Eadaoin Kelly, Laura Kealy and Shannon Doherty (pictured) who represented Donegal in the All Ireland U-14 camogie blitz at the weekend.The Coaching Development course has been re-arranged and will now take place next Monday, September 21st at 7pm in the Clubhouse.  All club coaches are asked to attend.Many thanks to everyone who helped out at the Gary Doyle U-11 memorial tournament at the weekend, a very successful and well run competition as always.Special thanks also to the Doyle family who made a very kind donation to the club at the Minor football reunion game in memory of Gary on Saturday evening.Best wishes to Martin Temple from all at the club, hoping Martin will make a speedy recovery from his injury.The Hurling Academy continues on Fridays at 6.30pm while the Century Cinemas Football Academy is on Sundays at 11am. New members are always welcome to both academies. For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell 087 6775637.The St. Eunan’s ‘Come Dine with Me’ will take place on Halloween night, Sat. 31st October. Full details will be circulated by club email shortly and also available on the Club Facebook page. A great evening’s entertainment is promised in what is always a great social occasion for our Club. The Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park is now available to book for parties, functions, etc. Contact Niall on 086-3062893 for further information/bookings.Fixtures and results are available via the links on the Club website homepage. Any amendments to fixtures etc. will be noted on the club Facebook Page as soon as confirmation is received.Anyone wishing to include an item in the weekly notes can email pro.steunans.donegal@gaa.ie by 9pm on a Monday evening.This weeks winning lotto numbers are 9,17,22,24 There were 5 x match 3 winners each getting €20Alan O’Connell, Errigal ViewGerard Devine, Harmony HillAbove were direct debitJames Bradley, KilmacrennanNeil BrownKeith Kerruit, 26 Glendale ManorGAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINOR GIRLS TEAM FACE NAOMH MUIRE IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: September 16th, 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:GAASportlast_img read more

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Christmas trees aren’t dead yet

first_img Both also are focusing on identi fying more than two or three types of conifers for area farmers to grow, on the theory that diver sity of choice always pays divi dends. About 40 percent of all the Christmas trees harvested annu ally in the Northwest are shipped to California, said Bryan Os tlund, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association. “Consumer tastes are always changing,” Barney said. “Scotch pine used to be the main choice, but it’s not any more. To be competitive, grow ers have to find the cutting edge.” Jim Storms, president of the In land Empire Christmas Tree As sociation, said his group repre sents nearly 50 growers across eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. That number has held steady for the past 10 years. Retailers this year are hoping fresh Christmas tree sales hold up to last year’s total of roughly 27 million. The National Christ mas Tree Association is promot ing fresh-tree sales through sev eral marketing efforts, including a “trees for U.S. troops” cam paign expected to send more than 3,000 trees overseas. Storms stays in contact with re searchers such as Barney, be cause he knows the consumer trend is toward the “exotic” ev ergreens such as the grand and subalpine firs. “Those are trees that have been imported into this area, so when we grow them, we’re doing that outside their native regions,” said Storms. He’d like to grow the pricier noble firs but Garfield’s sum mers are too dry for that variety. The closest he can come is the subalpine fir, he said. According to the Pacific North west Christmas Tree Associa tion, this year’s harvest will gen erate wholesale revenue of about $130 million in Oregon and about $50 million in Washing ton state. Oregon has been and continues to be the nation’s major produc er, with production of about 7.3 million trees this year, the asso ciation says. Washington will rank sixth this year, with 2 mil lion trees. Behind Oregon, the leading other states are North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylva nia and Wisconsin. Said Chastagner, “This is a good industry to support. It’s important for people in many rural areas that used to rely on timber and have seen changes in that industry.” Grow-and-cut farms do well in larger cities where there’s enough population to support the business, and also serve as land protectors in the face of urban sprawl, he said. “It’s a viable way of maintain ing farmland in those areas,” he said. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Clearly, the market growth has been with the artificial-tree in dustry,” said Chastagner, a plant pathologist with the WSU exten sion office in Puyallup who’s known widely as “Mr. Christ mas Tree.” Researchers around the world turn to Chastagner to discuss ideas on seed germination or other methods of devising a bet ter tree, said Barney, a UI horti culture professor who heads that school’s research and extension center in Sandpoint. They and others supported by funds from wholesale tree grow ers don’t believe they will ever develop the perfect Christmas tree. But they’re convinced they can breed trees that last longer, stay fresher and smell more Christmasy than what’s now available. Barney researches which variet ies of trees grow best and fastest in the Inland Northwest – an area with lower Christmas tree pro duction than many other parts of the country. Chastagner focuses on developing improved ver sions of conifers that smell fresher and remain greener after being harvested and sent to retail lots. Both agree there is no “Great Green Hope” – a perfect variety of tree that will please all cus tomers. But they’ve found some populations of firs that hold up better than others, said Chastag ner. Both Barney and Chastag ner spend much of their time working with noble and Fraser firs, two conifers that retain moisture well and lose fewer needles once placed inside a home or shopping mall. SANDPOINT, Idaho – People like Danny Barney and Gary Chastagner stay in touch this time of year, comparing notes on how the battle is going. The two are university research ers who are both trying to hold the line against a common foe: artificial Christmas trees. Their focus is on producing the ideal fresh Christmas tree, which would help tree growers in this part of the country. The two researchers, one in Sandpoint with the University of Idaho and the other in Puyallup with Washington State Univer sity, know that live Christmas trees have seen better days. Since 1986 the U.S. population has grown by about 50 million people, but the number of live trees cut and sold has fallen from 36 million each year to about 27 million. last_img read more

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Del Norte football can clinch Big 5 title with win over Eureka on Friday

first_imgCrescent City >> It all comes down to this.When the Del Norte Warriors and Eureka Loggers match up, seemingly regardless of sport, inevitably the stakes are high. In the case of tonight’s Big 5 football contest at Albee Stadium, there is once again plenty on the line for both teams.All the Warriors have to do for added incentive is to rewind one calendar year when last the two teams hooked up on the gridiron. That was at Mike Whalen Field in Crescent City. The Warriors carried a 7-0 lead into …last_img read more

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