first_imgNeighboring Serra Leone is to confine its people to their respective homes in what the government refers to as a “Nationwide three-day shutdown” beginning September 19.The decision according to government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay, is meant to help contain the Ebola epidemic threatening West Africa.During this exercise in Sierra Leone, pedestrians and vehicles will be barred from the country’s streets, except on essential business, for 72 hours (three days).”This will be strictly adhered to without exception,” government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay told AFP by telephone as he announced the quarantine plan.According to reports from Freetown, authorities there will use the three-day window to search out patients who have not come forward for treatment.Currently the Ebola outbreak in the region has claimed 491 lives in Sierra Leone and more than 2,000 in the sub-region.”Health workers as well as health-related NGO personnel will make house-to-house checks on homes for likely Ebola sufferers that relatives have hidden,” he said.Bayratay disclosed that several new ambulances and up to 30 military vehicles would be arriving to help enforce, and make use of, the shutdown, which could be repeated if necessary.Reports indicate that 7,000-strong patrol force including health workers, civil society activists and community members is to be set up to organize the quarantine plan, said a statement from the presidency in Freetown.”Their mission will be to monitor and track contacts, as well as to identify people with Ebola symptoms in order to prevent its transmission,” the statement said. “The decision was made to mobilize the entire population from September 18 to prepare for the confinement.”The pending exercise in Sierra Leone would halt all business activities in that country and cross border trade between it and Liberia will cease to exist.This will also bring heavy losses to businesspeople especially residing in that country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…female driver in custodyThe intersection where the East Bank Demerara Highway meets the Access Road at Houston near Rahaman’s Park has recorded another accident, but in this instance, a motorcyclist was killed.While information surrounding the cyclist’s demise was sketchy, he has been identified as 22-year-old Owen Carrington of Issacs Street, Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara.From preliminary reports obtained, he died instantly as a result of the impact.Motor cycle CJ 3815 minutes after the accidentAccording to reports, the accident occurred just after 13:00h on Sunday, when Carrington, who was not wearing a helmet, reportedly lost control of motorcycle CJ 3815 as he was proceeding north on the eastern carriageway at a fast rate.Reports are that Carrington, a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Private, had been swerving in and out of traffic, and the left side handlebar collided with an unknown vehicle before the Honda motorcycle sped over the road partition and hit motorcarGuyana Fire Service responders checked Carrington for a pulsePPP 5567, causing him to be flung off the motorcycle as it came to an abrupt halt.The female driver of the Toyota motor car, visibly shaken by the ordeal, was questioned by investigators who arrived on the scene minutes after the accident had occurred. The woman, Marrisa Sawh, 27, of Tucville, Georgetown, was driving the vehicle that belongs to her father, Colin Sawh.The Guyana Fire Service ambulance was first on the scene, but those first responders opted against removing the cyclist’s body after they examined him for a pulse. After this ambulance departed, the body of the private was left lying on the road. He was later removed from the scene and was officially pronouncedPPP 5567, reportedly driven by 27-year-old Marrisa Sawh, has been taken into custodydead.Reports are that the man had received multiple extensive injuries, including to his neck and head.Last Tuesday, a major accident was averted after heavy-duty truck GVV 9475 crashed into a lantern post at the corner of Rahaman’s Park in an attempt to avoid colliding with a motorcar. The incident occurred just a short distance away from the new Christmas tree which replaced the one that collapsed recently after vandals had stolen the straps that were holding it up. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

first_imgAlmost two years ago, residents on the island of Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) thought traversing the island would be made easier since sections of their road were resurfaced with asphalt for the first time, but that hope was short-lived when they realised only about 70 per cent of the island’s road would be upgraded.A deplorable section of the roadNow residents are saying the narrow road is rapidly deteriorating with craters spanning the entire width and to depths of almost two feet in some places. The sections of bad road start after Endeavour Village and run to the back of the island.One resident, Vidya (only name given), says her children are the ones who suffer the most, since quite often their school clothes and boots are soiled. She has been living on the island for over 17 years.Another section of the road“When them ready for school them, have to ride in all the mud and them school clothes does nasty and all them boots. I like fuh see if somebody can come in and look at it. Now them get plenty car and tractor does run here and that’s why the road ah bruck up so them got fuh give we better road here, man,” she said.Vidya is the mother of three children, two of whom attend the East Leguan Primary School in Endeavour, which is some distance away from their Canefield Village home. She said because she has to take care of her youngest, the older two would ride to school and when it rained, the mud would splatter them all over. This causes the teachers to fret about their untidy appearance, hence the reason she believes the road should be fixed as soon as possible.Another resident, Bharrat Narine told Guyana Times that the road was in need of urgent repairs, but posited that those repairs would be useless unless the issue of the sea defence was addressed.Vidya“This road cannot be fixed unless we do the sea defence because if you do this road is like best you nah do am. When the spring (tide) water come, it run off the (sea)wall clean and bottom it does undermine the land so the road will bruck up. The sea defence got to build first and then build the road. I see them bring some boulders and stone to fix the seawall, but nobody nah tell we nothing,” Narine said.The man said the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) was silent on those issues and called on the relevant authorities to have them addressed. He noted that with the current effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the integrity of the island must be safeguarded and to do so, they needed proper sea defence mechanisms to withstand the tide.Bharrat NarineIn the latter part of 2016, the Public Infrastructure Ministry repaired sections of the road within the island but skipped certain parts. It is those parts that the residents are calling for to be repaired. The call is prevalent among taxi drivers and minibus operators, since their vehicles are being damaged, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

first_imgClose to 100 workers of City Hall on Monday morning joined forces as they protested the non payment of NIS and other related issues.The details of this and other stories can be found in the Tuesday, August 21, 2018 edition of the Guyana Times Newspaper.last_img

first_imgTop teams scheduled to race, include Discovery Channel Pro Cycling, T-Mobile, Predictor-Lotto, HealthNet and Team CSC, defending its title as overall classification winner of the 2006 tour. Among the notable riders are Top 2006 Tour de France finishers Thor Hushovd, Jens Voigt, Michael Rasmussen, Matteo Tosatto, Michael Rogers and Levi Leipheimer; top Giro d’Italia finishers Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti; 2006 world champion medalists Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara and Dave Zabriskie. Zabriskie was second overall in last year’s Amgen tour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The bicyclists scheduled to race next week through Valencia are considered the top talent in the sport to compete in the United States. Competing in the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, which starts today in San Francisco and ends next Sunday in Long Beach, are 18 teams and 144 riders. The cyclists will speed from Santa Barbara to the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday in the sixth stage of the event. Riders come from 28 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Cuba, South Africa, Belarus, Luxembourg and Kazakhstan. last_img read more

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 34 were John Mulrennan, Drumlonagher and John Hannigan, Clar Road. The numbers drawn were 7, 12, 14 & 19 with the jackpot now standing at €9,200.  Club members, managers, coaches or administrators interested in either a First Aid/Defib Course or Defib Refresher Course should book their place with Deborah Lacey (087) 2199730 as soon as possible. Members are now being sought for ‘Club Donegal’ at a cost of €200.00 for the coming season. This subscription will entitle the member to a Club Donegal card that will admit them free-of-charge to all club league and championship matches in the county in 2012, full adult membership of Four Masters and free entry into the Annual Lotto for 25 weeks. This is a great opportunity to support both your Club and County. Further information available from Sean Dunnion, Maeve Espey or Paul Timoney.  GAA NOTES: FOUR MASTERS was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOUR MASTERS GAA NOTESlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “No, you’re not really one of them, really,” a conservative blogger offered in a soothing tone. Let’s see … I’ve been a journalist my whole adult life (save the college party years that don’t count as adulthood), and yet I’m still not one of them? Either I’ve done something wrong or the theory that all mainstream media think and vote the same – and tailor their stories with such bias – has received an eensie teensie bit of debunking. Or maybe I’ve been so brainwashed by the MSM gods that I don’t know the difference. Wait! That secret MSM handshake should have been a dead giveaway that I was accepted into the program, a Republican allowed in like an affirmative action quota. And once on the inside, I was privy to that which makes some conservatives wake in a cold sweat: MSM. Yet at what price MSM? Have I sold my soul to the MSM machine for a few juicy stories and a few newsroom potlucks? For far too long, I thought “MSM” stood for something kinky. But this initialism means something far more sinister, a favorite topic of derision in the blogosphere: the mainstream media. I first heard the term from fellow conservatives around the time of Dan Rather’s tarring and feathering. It’s all over the blogs: MSM wants America to crash and burn. MSM has bin Laden over for brunch. MSM has red horns and a pitchfork. MSM, the new mark of the Beast. MSM, which lurks in your cable box and lands with a thud each morning on your porch. Keep small children and vulnerable animals away from MSM. Think that’s a kitten meowing for a saucer of milk outside the back door? It’s really MSM. But wait a minute: I am MSM! After eight years immersed in MSM, I can report my observations to the rest of the world. Hold on to your seat belts. The Beast is about to be revealed. Throughout the years, in myriad cities at big and small publications, I have consciously worked side by side with journalists whose views differ from mine. And – get this – I have enjoyed it. Having been a reporter, editor and columnist, I’ve never been in a news meeting where we plotted ways to inflict fatal wounds on the vast right-wing conspiracy. (They make me cover my ears and start singing “LA-LA-LA” before plotting.) I never received an official MSM voting guide. And though I’ve often been a lonely celebrant on election nights, I’ve never been drawn and quartered. (After all, a newsroom can never waste staff resources.) Not that there isn’t media bias. What’s tricky is rounding up a large gathering of MSM who all have the same bias. There are many, many liberals in the news biz, and a good chunk who identify themselves as moderate. Some let those views influence their work, and some don’t. Yet even though I’m apparently walking around with the modern fleur-de-lis – the brand of the MSM – reality doesn’t always satisfy the conspiracy-starved. My agent once tried to sell a conservative imprint on a book proposal where I related humorous tales of life as a GOP journalist. The publisher nixed the project because they wanted something hard, gritty, dramatic, full of discrimination and suicide contemplations. Something in the vein of “MSM: One Woman’s Courageous Tale of Survival,” starring Eric Roberts and Valerie Bertinelli and airing on Lifetime Television. Conservative plus newsroom equals humor just must be so un-MSM. Yet it’s fine if I carry the stigma of MSM for the rest of my life. I’ve come to grips with my nearly criminal career choice. Because I can look in the mirror and say: I am a card-carrying member of the MSM and I’m OK, darn it! But was I really implanted with a microchip that’s ordering me to say this? As if any newspaper has a budget for that technology – unless it’s a double-secret experimentation project funded by the MSM collaborative. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In the last hotly contested election in Clark/Dish, then-Mayor Clark lost by a single vote. Coincidently, he subscribed to DirecTV. The current mayor, Bill Merritt, seems happy to pull the plug on both Clarks. He says it has nothing to do with political payback. I guess then it’s all about uninterrupted reruns of “Law and Order” and the round-the-clock Entertainment channel, which focuses on the most important of all dish – what’s up with Angelina and Brad. Days after the Dish exchange, the only elected officials in Santa, Idaho – population 100 – voted to sandwich in their name for one year to become SecretSanta.com, Idaho. The five water commissioners figured the $20,000 would come in handy for a bone-dry budget. The company also promises a slice of the profits of a documentary being made about the new name. Let’s hope the film does a lot better than “Waterworld.” The guy who persuaded Santa to become a dot-community did the same to the folks in Halfway, Ore. For 20 computers and a small wad of cash, their town became Half.com, Ore., for a year. But when eBay ponied up $300 million for Half.com – the Web site, not the town – the town didn’t even get half of that half. Maybe because it’s nowhere near an eBay. Halfway’s landlocked. Before Halfway came Ismay, Montana. It became Joe, Montana, in 1993 when a radio station offered to send the teeming town of 26 to see quarterback Joe Montana play. The Joeians sat in the bleachers, but scored about $75,000 in T-shirt sales before returning to the name made not so famous by the Earling sisters, Isabel and May. It’s like product placement on steroids. Last month two of the tiniest hamlets in America traded in their names for cash and prizes. With populations smaller than your average off-peak subway car, both voted to surrender the hometown moniker for the name of a commercial enterprise. The signs of the times: Dish, Texas, and SecretSanta.com, Idaho, which used to be Clark, Texas, and Santa, Idaho. The folks in Clark switched to Dish in exchange for 60 channels of glorious TV for 10 years from the DISH satellite network. For $500,000, DISH is giving a decade of service to all 125 Dishians. Or are they Dishites? Or Dishies? It’s a good thing that Dish is too small for a school. Otherwise, we’d be cheering on the Wild Wedgewoods or the Mighty Mikasas or the Fighting Fiestawares. Not everyone in Dish is happy. The biggest Dish panner is Landis Clark. He founded the town five years ago, and in the grand tradition of yore named it for himself. Just as King George named Georgia, and the Hudson River was tagged for the guy who first polluted it. And maybe Avon, Conn., was named for whoever discovered the first long-lasting lip gloss. Daddy Earling owned a railroad and named the town the old-fashioned way: He just ran a railroad through it. No one railroaded the granddaddy of the “now a town from our sponsor” frenzy: Truth or Consequences, N.M. Its residents happily vaporized “Hot Springs” 50 years ago as a stunt for the game show produced by Ralph Edwards. Coincidently or not, Edwards died on the day Clark voted to switch to Dish. It’s a good thing the residents didn’t go for one of the flops Edwards produced, or they’d be living somberly in Funny Boners, N.M. Now it’s time for California to cash in on this latest marketing trend and eliminate the state’s gargantuan deficit by selling off its name. How about calling the state Microsoft.com? Bill Gates can spare a couple of billion. Or how about Google? Who wouldn’t want to say they’re a Googlilian? It could come with the inquisitive state motto: “Google – search us.” How about turning to Apple’s most successful product line? We could all be iPod people. Personally I vote for the folks at Banana Republic. Although being any kind of Republican in this state might make a lot of people blue, cheer up! It would be a Banana Republic. Considering the current state of California politics, we really don’t have far to go. Stephanie Becker is a writer in Los Angeles.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

first_img“Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $30; $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Antelope Valley High School choirs will perform their annual winter concert, 7 p.m. today in the cafeteria of Antelope Valley High School, 44900 Division St., Lancaster. Tickets: $6 for general admission at the door; $4 for senior citizens, children 12 and younger and students with ASB cards. Antelope Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $26; $14 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. Lancaster High School band concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. The school’s jazz ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble will perform. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals William J. “Pete” Knight High School Music Department will have a holiday concert featuring instrumental and choral groups, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 37423 70th St. E., Palmdale. Admission is free. Littlerock High School Music Department will perform its annual winter concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the theater at Littlerock High School, 10833 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. Admission is free. !boxes Lancaster High School choirs will perform their annual winter concerts, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. Tickets: $3 per person, with a maximum charge of $10 per family. Palmdale High School choirs will perform their annual winter concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater at Highland High School, 39055 25th St. W., Palmdale. Suggested donation: $2. Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read, 7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company will perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jaz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs will perform holiday songs, 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring a small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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

first_imgStrict warnings have been issued today due to a high risk of gorse fires with the rising temperatures.Donegal is set to heat up with highs of 26C today. But the dry, hot and windy conditions have led to an Orange level fire warning.The public is being advised to be prepared and vigilant to prevent wild fires. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine issued the notice of high fire risk (Condition Orange) for Thursday to Monday. The alert affects all areas where hazardous fuels such as gorse, heather, dried grasses and other dead vegetation exist.The risk is compounded by moderate easterly wind speeds in excess of 20kph in some areas. The risk will persist until at least midday on the 1st July 2019.Donegal County Council is appealing to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar.Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112. The Council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.Householders or building owners in areas susceptible to wildfire are advised to remove or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity of their house, building or oil tank to prevent wildfires damaging or destroying their property.Donegal County Council would also like to remind landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between 1st day of March and 31st day of August in any year.Hot weather prompts high fire risk warning was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more