• Carifta trials set to excite

    first_imgTHE country’s top junior athletes will be in action today and tomorrow inside the National Stadium as they seek places on the country’s team to the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place in George Town, Grenada between March 26-28.Fans are in for a treat as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships just a few days away, top performances are expected in both the Under 18 and Under 20 categories.Today’s opening day will see the finals of the 100m in the Under 20 section with St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis commanding most attention here. He is expected to compete in both the Under 20 100m and 200m events.While Ellis will start favourite the likes St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers, Waseem Williams of Jamaica College along with the Calabar duo of Xavier Angus and Fabian Hewitt will be hoping for a major upset.After dominating the sprints all season, Calabar’s young sprinters including Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Tyreke Wilson, will get their first big test this season when they face Kingston College’s outstanding sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson in the boys Under 18 100m.KC’ 400 metres standout Akeem Bloomfield will finally make his first appearance on the track this season.Bloomfield, the Carifta Under 20 champion has been absent all season but looks set to control the event here as there has not been any special performance so far in the event this season.An exciting battle looms in the Boy’s Under 20 400m hurdles as the likes of St. Jago’s, Tmor Barrett and KC’s Sherwayne Allen, who both have gone sub 53 seconds so far this season are expected to have their hands full as Calabar’s Akyeme Francis and the talented Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical should make it an interesting affair.Calabar’s Christopher Taylor should continue his great form this season and score an easy win in the Boy’s Under 18 400m.Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Girls Under 20 400m as Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical will square off with Tiffany James of the Mico University College and Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen.In the Under 18 Girl’s 100m, Kimone Shaw of St Jago and Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen will renew their rivalry when they clash in the event. At Central Championships, it was Shaw who drew first blood after defeating Clarke in a close finish and Clarke will be hoping to avenge that defeat.last_img read more

  • Planes disappear from Correia International Airport

    first_imgThe Police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of two Cessna 206 aircraft from the Eugene F Correia International Airport without clearance from Customs, Immigration and Air Traffic Control on Saturday morning.Guyana Times understands that the aircraft bearing registration numbers 8R-GTP and 8R-GMP are subject of a High Court litigation in Guyana and were not supposed to leave the country.A Cessna 206 similar to the two that disappeared from Ogle International AirportActing Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Chitranie Heeralall confirmed that the aircraft left Guyana without authorisation while adding that the planes left Guyana between 04:00h and 04:30h.The aircraft, which are worth US$110,000 each, are owned by Oxford Aviation and were subjected to a court injunction by Phoenix Airways. The planes were however, detained in Anguilla after flying through Trinidad airspace and landing in Grenada to refuel.One of the pilots was identified as Munidat Persaud, a Guyanese who owns a flight school and charter service in the United States. The other pilot Guyana Times understands is not licensed to fly in Guyana’s airspace.However, speaking on behalf of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Kit Nascimento related that all security protocols were followed on the morning when the aircraft departed.“At approximately 04:00h this morning (Saturday), two staff attached to Oxford Airways presented their air flight passes at the airport security scanner and entered the airport. The men told the security staff at the scanner that they were going to their aircraft to put some stuff on board”, Nascimento explained.In fact, he noted that the pilots took off without filing a flight plan and without notifying the airport security and immigration. “I want to stress that every licensed airport operator has access to their aircraft whether in hangers or on the tarmac… these aircraft were parked on the light aircraft parking facility that is available at the Airport”.He stressed that all the airport security staff were on duty and would have allowed the men onto the airstirp because they had air flight passes.The pilots, the official reiterated, did not notify the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The air traffic control tower was only aware of what was happening as the aircraft were taxing down the runway to take off.“In a most sophisticated country, if an aircraft takes off from any airport improperly, the military would intervene but we don’t have an airforce that would go up and bring these planes back,” Nascimento highlighted.He also confirmed that the aircraft were escaping a court injunction filed by Phoneix Airways while adding that the aircraft were intercepted in Anguilla.The pilots Guyana Times understands will be brought back to Guyana where they will be handed over to the Police to assist in their investigations. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

  • Watt School of Irish Dance has impressive showing at Orlando dance championship

    first_imgORLANDO, FL – The Watt School of Irish Dance travelled to Orlando this week to compete in the North American Irish Dance Championship.The competition saw a total of 16 Fort St. John dancers attend and compete in a variety of different age groups.Emalee Chapple and Melodie Kemp finished 14th and 6th in their age groups respectively. Their finishes earned them spots in the upcoming 2019 Worlds in Greensboro, North Carolina.- Advertisement –Emalee Chapple and Melodie Kemp after qualifying for the 2019 worlds in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo by Jodi Surerus.Results from the competition are shown below:U9: Reese Gibbons 11th out of 114.U9: Elyse Kemp 17th out of 114.U12: Naia Gibbons 26th out of 100.U12: Kale Dietz 39th out of 96.U16: Jordan Crawford 63rd out of 142.U14: Emalee Chapple 14th out of 146 (Worlds Qualifier).U13: Melodie Kemp 6th out of 124 (Worlds Qualifier).U18: Ashlyn Bolog 48th out of 118.Up next for the Watt School of Irish Dance is the Western Canadian Oireachtas this November. The school will send their Championship Dancers with hopes of qualifying for the 2019 Worlds as well as the 2019 NAIDC in Vancouver.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Man United offered Navas as Real Madrid continue De Gea pursuit

    first_imgReal Madrid are willing to include Keylor Navas as part of the deal to lure David de Gea away from Manchester United.The Red Devils will not budge from their £28million asking price and Real are now exploring alternative ways of making the deal happen.And now, according to Marca, Real’s hierarchy have agreed that Navas can be spared as they look to end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer.United were interested in taking the Costa Rican stopper 12 months ago but are now unlikely to be swayed by Real’s offer given the form of their current man in between the sticks, Sergio Romero. Louis van Gaal has decided to leave De Gea out his squad for the third game running as he prepares his side for their Champions League play-off first leg against Club Brugge on Tuesday night. 1 Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas with Man United’s David de Gea last_img read more


    first_imgThe cover of Noel’s new song Two Pay Cheques Away.Noel Sweeney is a man with a conscience this Christmas.The well-known local driving instructor is bidding to raise €10,000 for NW Simon Community with a deeply poignant new song and video.And the story behind that song is as touching as the words which Noel has put down on paper. In the autumn of 2014, during a driving lesson in Dublin, Noel passed a homeless man begging with a coffee cup on a Bridge in Dublin.He made a comment to his driving pupil about the misfortune of the man.The pupil’s response was “Don’t you know Noel; we’re all only Two Pay Cheques Away from where that man is”.This comment struck a chord with Noel and inspired him to write the song “Two Pay Cheques Away”. The song plots the demise of a relatively successful family man to homelessness over a very short period of time. Later, Noel met with Collette Ferguson from the North West Simon Community and was surprised by her assertion that homelessness was not an exclusively large-city problem.The North West Simon Community manages over 40 premises in Letterkenny to support the homeless under very challenging financial conditions. They can support up to 60 people at any one time, either in a North West Simon Community property, or in their own homes.Collette said “More and more people in the North West are today turning to North West Simon Community for help and support. The Simon Community prevents over 185 people a year throughout the North West from becoming homeless. Unfortunately, 2016 will be our most challenging year yet- as we try to prevent the kind of scenes we see every day on the streets of Dublin”.Noel said “This Christmas, I want to raise some awareness and much needed money for the North West Simon Community. I have set a target of €10,000. This money will help to develop their Outreach Service across Co. Donegal.“This service actively prevents vulnerable people and families from becoming homeless. With the correct intervention at the correct time and with the correct support, the Simon Community staff can support people in difficult situations and prevent another person becoming homeless.” Businesses can support Noel Sweeney’s campaign by purchasing the “Two Pay cheques Away” CD/DVD gift for each of their employees this Christmas.The CD/DVD gift includes the music video and a customised gift card with the business name and the employee’s name. At a cost of only €8 per employee, Noel will deliver this CD/DVD gift to each business before Christmas.Alternatively, persons can donate €2 to this worthy cause by texting the word PREVENT to 50300 or buy the CD directly from the North West Simon Community, the Swilly Group or other local outlets. The song is also available to download on iTunes.The song and the accompanying video have been attracting a lot of attention on social media over the last week. Noel has put the song up on YouTube and has also set up a Facebook page and a Twitter Account entitled “Two Pay Cheques Away” as part of the campaign. The official launch of the song and campaign will take place in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 8pm.Everyone is welcome to come along and support Noel and the NW Simon Community.HELP NOEL TO HELP OTHERS STAY OFF OUR STREETS THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 24th, 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:donegalhomelessNoel SweeneyNorth West Simon CommunityTwo Pay Cheques Awaylast_img read more


    first_imgDanny v Dinny: Double Olympian Danny McDaid tackles minister Dinny McGinley over cuts to children’s diabetes servicesPARENTS of 141 children in County Donegal who are being treated for Type 1 Diabetes have accused the hospital of ‘outrageous spin’ after a nurse who looks after them was axed.The full-time specialist nurse position has been done away with by Letterkenny General Hospital.Instead she will join a team which will look after the children AND 5,200 adult diabetes patients. Outraged relatives – including double Olympian Danny McDaid – today picketed the hospital as Health Minister Dr James Reilly re-opened the emergency department which was flooded last July.But his trip was overshadowed by the sight of young children with potentially-fatal type 1 diabetes holding placards at the entrance.As Dr Reilly left the hospital to have a walkabout at the Cheshire apartments, crowds of relatives demanded that the specialist trained nursing position be reinstated.They surrounded the Minister’s PR advisor and Junior Minister Dinny McGinley demanding that children-only services return. Mum Denise Gillespie, who met the Minister to discuss the issue, was furious at how their campaign had been reported elsewhere this afternoon.“The amount of spin is unbelievable and unfortunately some people have swallowed it,” said Denise, whose 14-year-old daughter Emer has diabetes.“The facts remain the same. We had a dedicated paediatric-trained expert nurse working with all the children here in County Donegal,” she said.“That position has gone. The nurse is still there but she is integrated into the adult service along with other nurses who do not have any qualifications to deal with paediatric diabetes.”She said the Minister had said he would look at using national resources in the five centres in Dublin, Cork and Limerick to help patients in Donegal. This could include a phone service for parents, said Dr Reilly.“The nurse on the other end of the phone needs to know the unique circumstances of every patient,” said Mrs Gillespie.Experts say a dedicated children-only diabetes nurse should be provided for every 100 children with the illness. The hospital proposals breach those guidelines.Anne McLaughlin, from Buncrana has a 10-year-old son Michael who has Type 1 diabetes. “We are losing out here,” she said.“They are merging paediatric services with adult services and that is highly dangerous.“We have to take my son to Dublin as he is fitted with an insulin pump. That means a 5am start once a month; getting back at 8pm.“These services should be here – all five centres of excellence are in the south of the country, 3 in Dublin, one in Cork and one in Limerick. It’ just wrong.”She said 50 patients with fitted insulin pumps made the journey to Dublin – at a combined cost of €10,000 a month out of their own pockets.Many parents asked why nursing experts couldn’t come to Letterkenny for three or four days every month instead.In a statement the hospital said: “The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes has created a new post for an Integrated Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a result, the nursing resource in Letterkenny General Hospital will be restructured, delivering benefits to both children and adults with Diabetes.“There are currently two Clinical Nurse Specialist posts and one Staff Nurse post in the Diabetic service at Letterkenny General Hospital. These resources will remain unchanged. A new post of Integrated Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist will link diabetic hospital care to diabetic community services.“The outcome of these changes will be that nursing support for children with diabetes within the hospital will remain at current levels. Overall services will be enhanced through the support of the Integrated Services Clinical Nurse Specialist, who will work across both the hospital and the community.“One of the two hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist posts will have a focus on children with diabetes and the other will have a focus on adults with diabetes. A staff nurse with experience in diabetes is being recruited to support both these roles. The existing midwifery allocation to support pregnant women with diabetes will also continue unchanged.“The hospital is in the process of recruiting permanent Consultants to two vacant posts within the Paediatric service. One of these posts is being advertised as a Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Diabetes. In the interim, Consultant cover for children with diabetes is currently being provided by a locum Consultant Paediatrician.”Hospital manager Sean Murphy admitted that one of the roles would focus two thirds of the time on child patients – while another nurse would spend around half her time on paediatric care.The consultant won’t be hired for at least six months.HOSPITAL ACCUSED OF ‘OUTRAGEOUS SPIN’ OVER AXED DIABETES NURSE was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 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:diabetesletterkennyNURSElast_img read more

  • Rich-poor divide dominates WTO meeting

    first_img The protesters, who also included Japanese, Indian, Filipino and Brazilian farmers, burned a coffin that was used as a protest prop during a street march that police said drew 4,500 people. The farmers fear that if their domestic agricultural markets are opened up under an eventual WTO treaty, they won’t be able to compete – and possibly could lose their livelihoods or land. “The WTO wants to impose other country’s rice and food on South Korea,” said Tae-sook Lee, the head of a South Korean farmers’ association. “If the WTO allows imports of foreign rice and food into Korea, 100 percent of 3.5 million Korean farmers will die.” Some delegates said that with the meeting under way, there seemed to be at least the willingness to negotiate. “There are signs of a change in the attitude: You move, then I’ll move,” said Seiichi Kondo, Japan’s ambassador in charge of international trade and economics. “Each responsible country feels a strong pressure to engage in a real deal or business. We have to give something and of course we have to gain something.” Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim convened a meeting of the top trade officials from 110 developing nations hours after the meeting opened to discuss how to pursue a common strategy on some key issues, said Flavio S. Damico, Brazil’s chief negotiator at the talks. The United States and EU, meanwhile, sought to highlight a positive initiative by urging trading partners to help the world’s poorest nations with money to help build their trade infrastructure and other services to help them better compete in world markets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONG KONG – Protesters clashed with police as a World Trade Organization meeting opened Tuesday, and delegates said divisions between rich and poor nations over agricultural trade make major breakthroughs in the global talks unlikely. Pascal Lamy, the WTO’s director-general, officially opened the six-day meeting by urging the nearly 6,000 delegates from the Geneva-based trade body’s 149 member countries to be “bold, open-minded and prepared to take some risks.” The Hong Kong meeting originally was meant to draw up an outline for a global treaty by the end of 2006 to lower or eliminate trade barriers in agriculture, manufacturing and services. But negotiations got off to a rocky start as delegates from poorer countries accused the European Union, the United States, Japan and other wealthy countries of offering insufficient cuts to their agricultural tariffs and farm subsidies. Farming accounts for only a small slice of the world economic pie, but its critical role in the lives of billions of people has thrust it to the fore of WTO talks. 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 Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said the EU won’t change its offer of an average 46 percent cut in farm tariffs unless developing nations offer substantive reductions in their trade barriers on manufactured goods and services. But underscoring the limited nature of his ability to negotiate, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said in Paris on Tuesday that France will not accept any EU budget accord that forces Europe to reform agricultural policy before 2013. The United States has offered to eliminate government export subsidies for U.S. farm products by 2010 and to reduce by 60 percent the amount of trade-distorting domestic support the government provides U.S. farmers over the next five years. Developing nations counter that the U.S. offer is hollow since subsidy spending at current levels could continue. India Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, a key figure in the talks, said he doesn’t foresee an outright collapse similar to what happened at the previous ministerial gathering in Cancun, Mexico, two years ago. “Cancun was an outburst of a lack of hope. Now countries are hoping,” even though “the issues are very, very contentious,” he said in an interview. A few blocks from the convention site, several dozen protesters – mainly South Korean farmers – hit police officers with bamboo sticks and tried to ram through a roadblock. The police responded with pepper spray. The scuffle lasted about a half-hour and died down as police reinforcements arrived. No serious injuries were reported. last_img read more


    first_imgMET EIREANN has issued a flood warning for Donegal as new lightning storms brought torrential rain to parts of the county.Torrential downpours have sent flood waters cascading down several roads this afternoon, making driving conditions dangerous.The downpours are short – lasting less than 10 minutes at a time – but they bring with them an enormous amount of rain. Some could contain up to 20mm of rain. THUNDERSTRUCK! FLOOD WARNING AS LIGHTNING STORM HITS DONEGAL was last modified: June 9th, 2014 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:donegal daily weatherdownpourslightning stormweatherlast_img read more

  • Fortuna’s Medeiros, St. Bernard’s Roach earn MVPs at McKinleyville Invitational Tournament

    first_imgMcKinleyville >> Fortuna’s Adam Medeiros and St. Bernard’s Garrison Roach were named lightweight and heavyweight MVPs, respectively, at the 31st Annual McKinleyville Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at McKinleyville High School.Medeiros won four straight matches and took the 145-pound title with a dominant 16-0 technical fall over Willits’ Byron Torres.Roach also had four consecutive wins, defeating Fort Bragg’s Jesse Cavender in a 13-3 majority decision, to win the 170-pound …last_img read more

  • State announces emergency measures to tackle pink bollworm

    first_imgThe Maharashtra government has announced emergency measures to tackle the widespread pink bollworm (PBW) infestation in parts of the State. It will set up 16-member committees in each district to monitor relief measures and minimise economic losses to farmers.The committees will function under the district collector. Experts, farmers and representatives of seed companies will be on board as well. The committees will meet every 15 days to take stock of the situation and work on campaigns to create awareness, and if need be put in place emergency measures, senior officials of the State Agriculture Department said. “Of the total 42 lakh hectares of cotton crop the infestation has already damaged 83%, forcing us to implement, on a war footing, measures at the district level,” an official said.The State government served notices to 12 seed firms on notice after their products were found infested. The firms were supplying products in the districts of Aurangabad, Akola, Jalna, Buldhana, Parbhani, Hingoli, and Osmanabad. The government floated a cluster of compensation schemes for smaller farmers and passed a resolution demanding that seed companies take responsibility for giving compensation, even threatening to register FIRs if this was not done. The farmers have raised concerns that the infestation would reduce the area under cotton crop by at least 10% resulting in low yield and drop in prices. Farmers’ associations have alleged that the government has failed to react on time and create adequate awareness. “We have additionally moved a proposal to the Centre to give us financial assistance to the tune of ₹2,500 crore,” said an official.An estimated 35 lakh hectare of cotton crop has already been lost due to the pest, which feeds on cotton fibre and bolls. The losses in Vidarbha and Yavatmal have been assessed at ₹3,414 crore.last_img read more