Scores trapped in Atlantic Gardens due to road construction

first_imgResidents of Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara were stuck in the community for several hours on Sunday with no way in or out owing to the ongoing construction work on the main East Coast Demerara Highway.To add to their plight, it was noted that the road was the only access road for the scores of persons living in the neighborhood.Affected residents complained to Guyana Times of the grave inconvenience caused by the construction work on such an important day as Mother’s Day, arguing that they should have at least been informed beforehand.Sandeep Changur, a construction worker, explained that the bridge was destroyed to facilitate the installation of an underground drainage pipe. He said that the works commenced around 09:00h on Sunday and were completed just aboutThe drainage pipe which workers were installing on Mother’s Day. Just above is the bridge which pedestrians were forced to use for hoursmidday.The worker added that no vehicular traffic was allowed in or out of the area for this period; however, the workers did try to provide a temporary crossing for pedestrians.A disgruntled male resident said, “Today is a special day for people to go and see their mother and their friends and relatives, and these people this morning just cut the road and got people stuck in and out the neighbourhood. We couldn’t go out or in. We had to walk and is bad, because they didn’t even inform the public about this and it was like couple hours straight we couldn’t get in or out. They should have had some sign or notice to inform us in here, so next time they should be more professional.”A female driver in the area related, “Today is Mother’s Day, and I was going to get my mom and my daughter from church and upon arriving here, I saw that there was no road.”She said when she attempted to enquire what was happening, that too was a challenge since she was left with no option but to confront a Chinese worker who was on duty.“It was really bad, because we don’t really have a problem with them getting the work done, but at least they could have informed us a few days before so we would know how to programme ourselves. It was kinda hard for pregnant women and then it had old people coming from church as well so they had to make this make a bridge,” she added.The East Coast road expansion project started on August 29, 2017. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.In addition to the major traffic build-up on the East Coast Highway, it was chaos for businesses, in that their entrances are blocked thus affecting sales tremendously.The project is being undertaken by the China Railway First Group Company Limited to the tune of US$47 million with funding having been sourced through the Export-Import Bank of China and the Government of Guyana.This project, will see upgrade of the road to include four lanes from Better Hope to Annandale, and two lanes thereafter. There will also be extension and reconstruction of bridges, and improvement of the drainage system.The project would also include installation of traffic signals and signs, road markings, sidewalks, and street lighting. Upon the project’s completion, road users will benefit from an upgraded roadway that allows for improved capacity and reduced travel time, better drivability, and safety improvements for motorised and non-motorised traffic.last_img read more

First Lady emphasises need for HFLE to be taught in schools

first_imgFirst Lady, Sandra Granger has emphasised the need for Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) to be taught as a subject in schools throughout the country.Speaking at the recent Information Communication Technology (ICT) graduation for adolescents and out-of-school youths in Linden, the Frist Lady spoke about social health issues affecting the youths and stressed on the importance of sexual health education in schools.The First Lady also stated her belief that HFLE helps students to understand who they are and how they can protect themselves.“One of the things that I wanted to point out, was my continuing concern…the lack of across the board Health and Family Life Education in our schools. And I know there are many teachers who refuse to teach it because they believe you are teaching the children about sex and we are going to have these orgies throughout the school. We are teaching children to protect themselves, and I’m telling you that this is not a problem that we have only in Guyana. I was at the conference last year when I heard about young men using icicle bags as condoms…that is dangerous,” she stated.First Lady Sandra GrangerShe also recalled working at Caricom Secretariat years ago and being involved in the Caricom Health and Family Life Education project. The ICT training, which was organised through her office, also saw the participants being taught ‘Soft Skills’ and included sexual and reproductive health.The topic is said to have received a positive response and during the graduation ceremony, participants showed much appreciation for the sexual reproductive health lecturer, Grace Andrews.Mrs Granger made calls for this to be introduced into the school system, noting that caution should be taken to make modules age appropriate for every level to promote proper decision making and good practices amongst students.“And I’m saying, ‘why are we still quarrelling about this and why do people still feel that HFLE should not be taught in schools?’ But when you see the dangers, when you know that there is a uptake in AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) among the young population in the Caribbean and that we have the second highest rate of infections after sub-Saharan Africa in the world- think about it, HFLE (not only) helps our young people to understand who they are but how they can protect themselves and lead full lives,” she explained.The First Lady urged the youths to try to understand how their bodies work and how they can make it work for them in order to make better decisions. The aim, she noted, is to make knowledge widely available to reduce experimental incidence. Granger indicated that she would also like to see a considerate and tolerant group of young people.last_img read more

Beauty is only skin deep: Pageant goes to the dogs

first_imgFortunately for the canine from Prairie City, Iowa, the contest is more about personality than beauty. “The last thing you’re going to get with a bulldog is beauty,” said master of ceremonies Dolph Pulliam. “But bulldogs have character.” Riggs was dressed in a form-fitting costume in Drake’s blue-and-white colors. Last year’s winner, Hannah, gave him a snarl, but he kept his cool, plodding down the runway gracefully and glacially. Riggs celebrated his victory by posing for photographers and munching on a doggy bone, leaving crumbs and drool on his throne. “He’s pretty low key until it’s time to eat,” said his owner, Cordell Miller. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He drools. His teeth stick out. His hobbies include begging and attacking noisy appliances. And now, he is a beauty contest winner. Three-year-old Riggs won the “Beautiful Bulldog” contest Monday, beating a 50-dog field that included the likes of Sir Grizwald Snorzalot, Napoleon Underbite and Crazy Legs Da Moose. The contest is held annually to draw attention to the Drake Relays, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious track and field events. The relays will attract nearly 8,000 athletes for the 98th running this year. last_img read more

History museum issues ultimatum

first_imgBecoming the latest Exposition Park tenant to raise its eyebrows over a future NFL team in the Coliseum, the county Museum of Natural History threatened Wednesday to pull out of its historic site if its lease is not renewed by July 1. Amid concerns that a lease agreement with the state has been put on the backburner until a deal with the National Football League is signed, museum officials issued the ultimatum to the California Science Center board of directors, the state entity negotiating the lease. While the museum’s lease doesn’t expire until 2010, the foundation can’t begin soliciting funds for a proposed three-phase, $200 million expansion and renovation until a lease extension has been secured. As negotiations have dragged on, the estimated cost of the project has gone up along with sky-rocketing construction costs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We just can’t sit in limbo forever,” Museum of Natural History Foundation Director Jane Pisano told the Science Center board. “We’re really at a crossroads.” Museum officials also fear football crowds that arrive several hours before game time might dampen museum attendance. However, the museum was expected to ignore these and other concerns raised by a professional football team in the Coliseum if the state extends its lease soon. The science board met for three hours in closed session before deciding to take up the issue again on June 21. While it was uncertain whether a lease agreement could be approved at that meeting without violating public meeting laws, board members made it clear they wanted to work with the museum. “We want the Natural History Museum to make its permanent residence in Exposition Park,” said board member Bill Chadwick. “It’s been there since 1913 and we want to see it there for another 75 years.” Pisano said the ultimatum was spurred by the need to make her concerns public. Tensions in Exposition Park have run high in recent months as the Coliseum Commission, which is composed of state, county and city representatives, had progressed in its negotiations with the NFL. University of Southern California President Steven Sample wrote a letter to the Coliseum Commission last month, fearing that a recent draft of the commission’s lease agreement with the NFL would leave it as a second-class citizen in the rebuilt stadium. California Science Center Foundation President George Deukmejian recently said he was concerned that an NFL team could impact the Science Center’s two remaining expansion plans. The Natural History Museum’s expansion and renovation plans call for seismic strengthening of current buildings, which were built in 1913 and 1920, and an additional building that will allow it to display more of its collection, which is the second largest of any natural history museum in the United States. Pisano outlined her concerns in a letter Tuesday to board member Dale Bonner, who had been involved in discussions with the museum’s representatives, saying of the inability to get a lease after five years of discussions: “This is an untenable situation.” Later Wednesday, Pisano termed the board’s decision to continue the meeting “a positive step. We’re encouraged and hopeful that when the board reconvenes on June 21, they’ll be able to approve the lease at that time.” However, that hardly seems like a sure bet. Several of the seven board members who attended the meeting were stunned to hear of the deadline – and in some cases had no idea there was any problem in the first place. “I wasn’t aware of any urgency until now,” board member David Israel told Pisano. (818) 713-3621160Want 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


first_imgCOUNTY council staff are making arrangements to have a dead pilot whale found stranded on a Donegal beach removed.The animal was beached at Fintra earlier this week.The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group says it tries to monitor whale strandings with around one recorded every two days in Ireland every year. Dr Simon Berrow also confirmed that reports had been received of a bottlenose whale on White Strand in Co Clare  and a dolphin in Silverstrand, Co Galway – all found dead.The latest find was a male sperm whale stranded on Omey Island in Co Galway, shed of its skin and with a broken lower jaw.“Chances are it died offshore and got washed in with the wind,” said Berrow.  PILOT WHALE STRANDING ON CO DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: December 30th, 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:fintra beachpilot whalelast_img read more


first_imgClick on the video above to watch Martin McHugh call Kerry legend Colm Cooper a “two-trick pony”.The Kilcar native has received an angry backlash from outraged GAA supporters following his comments on Sunday night. McHugh made the comments on The Sunday Game which left host Des Cahill, and fellow pundits Dermot Earley and Kevin McStay stunned.James O’Donoghue starred for Kerry and scored 1-5 against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.He was praised for his outstanding performance, but McHugh argued that O’Donoghue was a better player than the Gooch.The comments were ridiculed by his fellow analysts in the RTE studio and sparked fury online, with angry supporters of Cooper taking to social media to slam McHugh with some calling for him to be banned from the popular highlights show. Below are a few comments posted on Facebook after McHugh made the comments about the Kerry star who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.Michael Costello wrote, “Gooch is probably the best player ever to play the game. McHugh shouldn’t be let back on Sunday game.Cathal Murphy posted, “What a complete load of nonsense. If he truly believes that then he has no place as an analyst. How could you take anything else he says seriously?John O’Sullivan, “McHugh isnt even fit to comment on gooch. Showed a real lack of class. Probably the best footballer to play the game for last decade. Silly thing to say. Think he knew it too. Love the reaction he got in the studio 🙂Hammy Dawson, “What a load of you know what from McHugh. The Gooch has being the best forward in the last 12 year’s. Remove him from the Panel.Tony Griffin, “Martin McHugh 2 All-stars, 1 all Ireland, Colm cooper 8 allstars 4 All- Ireland medals, McHugh woke up this morning, and said to himself, I have really messed up now, and hope it was just a bad dream, typical northern clown with a chip on his shoulder DDTV: MCHUGH RECEIVES ANGRY BACKLASH AFTER CALLING KERRY STAR “TWO-TRICK PONY” was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:Colm CooperDDTV: Martin McHughdonegalKerryRTEThe Sunday Gamelast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Hosts Missouri State Saturday in Home Finale

first_imgStory Links Blalock, from Overland Park, Kan., was a goalkeeper for Drake but he was forced to stop playing due to continuous concussions. He has served a student assistant coach the past two seasons and served as the team’s goalkeepers coach. Missouri State (8-1-4, 2-1-1 MVC) leads the all-time series, 14-12-7. However, Drake hasn’t lost to the Bears since 2014 and even knocked off the nationally ranked squad last season in Springfield, Mo. Their last meeting was a scoreless draw at Cownie in the final regular season game in 2017. This season, Josh Dolling leads the team with nine goals. Ciszewski has played in 60 career matches, scored three goals and recorded four assists, including scoring game-winning goal in the 2015 MVC Tournament title game versus SIUE that sent the team on a run in the NCAA Tournament. He has been honored as an MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Ciszewski has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is now excelling in Drake’s MBA program. Live Stats Drake (6-5-2, 1-2-1 MVC) lost a 1-0 overtime match to Bradley in its last match on Oct. 20. The Braves scored a header in the 99th minute to knock off the Bulldogs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team hosts Missouri State Saturday night with kickoff at 7 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. It will be senior night as six student-athletes: Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.), Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.), Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and Alex Peterson (Duluth, Minn.) as well as student assistant coach Andrew Blalock will be honored for their respective contributions to the program. Merideth has not played this season due to an ACL injury but played in 55 career matches before the injury. He scored two goals and handed out two assists. An excellent student, who is a biochemistry and molecular biology was a Third-Team Academic All-American last season.Peterson, who redshirted his first season and missed the next season due to injury, has started all 32 match the past two seasons, scoring two goals and recording one assist. Peterson earned 2017  MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors. Following Saturday’s match, Drake visits Valparaiso Nov. 3 for the regular season finale. The match with the Crusaders will start at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Enna has played in 66 career games and scored 16 goals with six assists, and earned honorable mention All-MVC honors in 2016. Enna like Ciszewski has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is also excelling in Drake’s MBA program. Jaimes, a business studies major, has played in 68 career games, scored 10 goals and handed out six assists and was named to the 2015 MVC All-Freshman team.last_img read more

Gardai arrest man after dramatic car chase

first_imgA man has been arrested following a dramatic car chase which resulted in Gardai operating a stinger device close to Lifford Bridge this evening.It is understood the man was arrested following a number of suspected incidents in Letterkenny earlier in the evening.The man, who is in his 20s, was pursued by up to four Garda vehicles before being apprehended. At least one Garda vehicle was damaged during the high-speed chase.As well as Gardai, the PSNI were also alerted to the pursuit and were waiting in case the vehicle crossed into Strabane.It is understood that there were also two females in the vehicle at the time of the incident.The man is currently being quizzed at Letterkenny Garda station. Gardai arrest man after dramatic car chase was last modified: June 14th, 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:arrestchasedonegalGardaiLiffordlast_img read more

Athletics magic runs out in loss to Indians

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — There were no on-field celebrations of any kind, only the resignation of missing out on a chance to take a good homestand and make it a great one.And even with a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians Sunday at the Coliseum, winning two series and four of six at home counts for something as the Athletics embark on a three-city, nine-game road trip to Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.A three-run home run by Roberto …last_img

With Quinn Cook a restricted free agent, will he return to the Warriors?

first_imgIn a move that shows their intrigue with a player they groomed through varying roles, the Warriors extended a $1.8 million qualifying offer to Quinn Cook on Saturday to make him a restricted free agent, league sources told Bay Area News Group. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.With the move, the Warriors have three days to match or exceed any offer sheet that Cook receives from other teams once free agency begins on Sunday at 3 pm PT.It appears unclear what market demand Cook will …last_img