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  • Arthur Chung Convention Centre repairs well underway

    first_imgThe rehabilitation of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC) at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara is progressing well. This was reported following a tour of the compound on Friday last by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, and members of the Project Monitoring Committee responsible for the repairs of the centre.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes with contractors and members of the Project Monitoring Committee at the ACCCThe tour was conducted by the engineering team from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation that was contracted by the Government of China to execute the rehabilitation of the Convention Centre.General Manager of ACCC, Ramdial Nancoomar, disclosed the new sections and services that have been added to the complex.  These include a fully equipped computer room, new equipment for the translation service, as well as new press (media) and translator booths in the main auditorium.The main auditorium, also called “the Dome”, is being completely redesigned from floor to ceiling, and will now house 372 new seats affixed to the floor, the foundation for which was raised by approximately two feet.  The flooring of the entire complex was similarly raised, and thousands of new granite tiles are being laid.Minister Hughes has said she is anticipating handing the building back to the Guyanese public this May.  She described the complex, constructed between 2004 and 2006, as an example of Guyana’s historically close bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China, enjoyed for some 51 years.Works inside the compound near the Dome The centre was closed on December 1, 2016 to facilitate major rehabilitation, which is expected to be completed on time in the 18-month schedule. The rehabilitation had been catered for in the 2004 agreements between the two countries; and similarly, like the construction of the facility, the rehabilitation project is being funded entirely with grant aid from the donor country.According to Minister Catherine Hughes, the media will be invited to tour the upgraded facility in February.last_img read more

  • New LAFD incident adds fuel to the fire

    first_imgMore bad news broke Tuesday about alleged discrimination at the Los Angeles Fire Department, as interim LAFD Chief Douglas L. Barry recounted his accomplishments in trying to right a department tarnished by scandals. The disclosure of an incident at a West L.A. fire station came during a news conference in which Barry assessed his first 100 days since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him as head of the 3,500-member organization. “The truth is we will never be able to prevent every act of stupidity, but it is the response that tells the real story,” the mayor said. Officials refused to offer details of the case, which was disclosed days after news reports surfaced of an ongoing internal investigation into alleged harassment against an African-American firefighter at a North Hollywood firehouse. That firefighter told investigators he found a banana inside his locker and white lotion smeared on his clothing and uniform. “I’m extremely disappointed that our people don’t recognize these issues,” said Barry, flanked by Villaraigosa and members of the civilian Los Angeles Fire Commission. “I’m as amazed as you are. I have no patience for this kind of behavior. It will not be tolerated.” Barry, a 31-year LAFD veteran who is African-American, became interim chief Jan. 1 after former Chief William Bamattre’s retirement. Villaraigosa has touted him as a “change agent.” “He’s brought intensity, intelligence and integrity and he’s provided leadership and an intimate knowledge of this great department,” Villaraigosa said. “The chief has already begun to work to create a culture of respect at every single fire station, where hazing and harassment are unacceptable.” Litany of problems Barry assumed the post amid several high-profile harassment and discrimination cases that resulted in millions in settlements and payouts. An audit by City Controller Laura Chick’s agency aired problems with lax discipline, gender and racial discrimination and a desire by some to downplay offenses. And earlier this month, a jury awarded $1.73 million to Lewis S. Bressler, a Los Angeles firefighter who said he was forced to retire for blowing the whistle on harassment of a colleague. That firefighter, Brenda Lee, has a pending case against the city alleging harassment by her superiors because she is African-American and a lesbian. Also unresolved is the case of former Firefighter Tennie Pierce, an African-American who filed a discrimination suit after dog food was slipped into his dinner in what colleagues said was a prank. The City Council had approved a $2.7 million settlement, a sum that sparked public outrage. Villaraigosa subsequently vetoed it, and the case is headed for trial this fall. Tougher guidelines To head off further troubles, the department has enacted tougher disciplinary guidelines, and Barry said he has been visiting every firehouse personally to communicate his “zero-tolerance” stance on horseplay, hazing and other bad behavior. “Repeatedly, the LAFD has been unjustly characterized as an organization fraught with widespread insensitivity amongst its members,” he said. “The reality is that the overwhelming majority of our members are extremely hard-working and dedicated individuals. … Recent publicized cases have highlighted incidents where our human-relations efforts can be improved. And we’re working aggressively to do just that.” Among the messages he is asserting: “Your job is in jeopardy by engaging in those behaviors.” No one has been placed on leave so far in either of the two most recent investigations. Jerry Thomas, an LAFD captain and regular critic of the department who is currently on leave, said Barry has to mean what he says. “Once the facts bear everything out and the members are afforded due process, you got to hold them accountable,” he said. “You’ve got to start terminating people. The Fire Department shouldn’t condone that behavior.” (818) 546-3304160Want 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

  • Liverpool target open to move away from Marseille

    first_img1 Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates Liverpool target Andre-Pierre Gignac has refused to rule out the possibility of him leaving Marseille.The France striker has been in brilliant form so far this season, firing eight goals in as many games for table-topping Marseille.It has led to the 28-year-old being recalled to the France squad by Didier Deschamps after being left out of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.What’s more, Gignac’s fine start to the campaign has increased speculation that he is set for a big-money move – with Liverpool reportedly leading the chase.The striker also has just one year remaining on his current contract, meaning he would be available for free next summer.“I’m open to everything, we’ll see. Over the last five years I could have left many times, but I held firm,” Gignac told France Bleu.“I want to write my story here and maybe it is not over yet.”last_img read more

  • Daniel Pearl Hanukkah menorah to be lit at White House

    first_imgPearl’s parents, Encino residents, are also editors of “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” a collection of essays from 147 Jews in 12 countries including Larry King, Kirk Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss and Mike Wallace. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The parents of slain journalist Daniel Pearl will join President Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the White House today to light the Pearl family Hanukkah menorah. The menorah to be used in the ceremony originally belonged to the grandparents of Pearl’s father, Judea — Chaim and Rosa Pearl — who brought it with them when they moved from Poland to what is now Israel in 1924 to establish the town of Bnai-Brak, according to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter abducted and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, remembered his great-grandfather in his last hours. His final words captured on videotape were: “I am a Jewish American from Encino. My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish. Back in the town of Bnai-Brak there is a street named after my great- grandfather Chaim Pearl, who is one of the founders of the town.” “To think that this menorah which has traveled from Poland to Bnai-Brak would one day be glowing in the White House is simply beyond my wildest imagination,” said Judea Pearl, a UCLA professor and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“This tribute to our son and to the town that his great-grandfather founded in 1924 honors hundred of thousands of such menorahs which were brought to Israel from many countries by freedom-seeking Jews who, inspired by the story of the Maccabees, achieved sovereignty and dignity by rebuilding their historic homeland,” he said. “Our family is humbled and honored by this unexpected tribute and we hope that our menorah serves as a visual reminder to all people who are facing darkness that, with hope and perseverance, freedom and goodness will prevail,” said Daniel Pearl’s mother, Ruth Pearl. The menorah lighting ceremony will take place in the foyer of the White House at 2 p.m. Pacific time. The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding, counter cultural and religious hatred, encourage responsible and creative journalism and enrich people’s lives through music. last_img read more


    first_imgKELLY’S award-winning American Roadside Diner at Letterkenny’s Mountain Top has a wonderful menu of top treats for your mum this weekend.You can treat the wonderful mother in your life – and the mother-in-law too – without breaking the bank.And we’ll even do the dishes for you at the home of quality food in County Donegal. You can start the special weekend on Saturday – the famous Steak Night is on with Sirloin Steak & all the trimmings still at an unbelievable €10.Sunday is Mother’s Day and there’s no excuse for not having time for a treat.Early Bird Breakfast is just €5.Three course sumptuous lunch from 12-3pm is just €13.95. And then there’s the All-Day steak special for an unbeatable €12 from 12-8pm.House wine is €10 – with all bottles and pints €3 all day.Sure where would you get it?Kelly’s American Roadside Diner – that’s where… TREAT MUM TO A SUMPTUOUS STEAK AT KELLY’S AMERICAN ROADSIDE DINER (WE’LL DO THE DISHES!) was last modified: March 5th, 2016 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:Kelly’s American Roadside DinerletterkennyMountain TopSteak Nightlast_img read more

  • Deputy completes 300-mile bike tour for police memorial

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals “It was awesome,” he said. “It is a very great cause.” Rosales, 39, joined a cross-country riding team of mostly Los Angeles area law enforcement officers Tuesday in New Jersey. The cross-country team had already been riding since April 15 and journeyed through 11 states in 23 days, Gottschalk said. Riders who began the tour in New Jersey came from agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles World Airport Police, Riverside Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. Each rider raised at least $1,500 to go toward maintenance of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1794. Funds will also go toward the construction of the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum, Gottschalk said. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from Rancho Cucamonga completed a nearly 300-mile bicycle tour on Friday with hundreds of other officers to raise money for a police memorial and museum. For Deputy Joseph Rosales, a trainer assigned to the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center at the Fairplex in Pomona, it was his first time participating in the Police Unity Tour. “He never faltered, he kept good spirits the entire ride — even when it rained,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Steve Gottschalk, who has participated in the tour five years. Rosales, a 15-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Department, reunited with his family at the end of the tour in Washington, D.C. The group rode from Florham Park to Ground Zero in New York City and back to New Jersey the first day, a 60-mile trek, Gottschalk said. The route included a trip through the Holland Tunnel. On Wednesday, riders traveled to Wilmington, Del., flanked by a group of 16 motorcycle officers. Thursday’s 94-mile trip was from Delaware to Annapolis, Md., and the tour concluded Friday with a 42-mile trek to Washington, D.C., Gottschalk said. The group, which had grown to about 700 riders by the last day, arrived at 2 p.m. at the nation’s capital. Riders presented a $1 million check to Craig Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Melissa Pinion-Whitt can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (909) 483-9378.160Want 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_imgThe winning lotto numbers were 1,15,18 and 24. Match 2 winner was Barry Molloy. Jackpot next week €1820. Sellers Darren McGinley and Joe Gibbons, following week Barry Molloy and Eddie Crawford.Reminder, registration takes place at the clubhouse on Thursday 7th Feb. from 7 o’clock pm. Under-age registration forms have to be signed by an adult ie parent/guardian.with fee of €15 per child.(€50 for 4 or more children) on the night.Gum shields are compulsory for all under-age groups from now on and will also be available on registration night for €3 or €7 depending on type required. Adult registration fee is €30 or €60 registration and lotto. Scor rehearsel on Thurs 7th from 9.30pm in the hall. Good luck to all underage palyers in their mock exams this week.Hard luck to Michael and the rest of the Donegal squad in Croke Park on Saturday past. It was a valiant effort from Michael and hopefully Big Neil will recover from injury soon to add power in the middle.Good luck against Down in Ballybofey this week lads.Dinner dance tickets are scarce now, very few available as we all look forward to the 16th Feb in the Station House.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

  • Huddersfield vs Tottenham preview: Team news, confirmed XIs, plus more

    first_img no dice huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Hosting the European giants at Wembley will be a tremendous occasion but could see them take their eye off the ball against the Terriers, especially as they must do without key men Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli through injury.Huddersfield are aiming to end their awful start to the season as they sit bottom of the table and are without a single win so far, but will it come with a shock win over Spurs? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Tottenham Hotspur are on the road to recovery after a three-game losing streak stalled their start to the new Premier League season but must now face Huddersfield Town to truly prove the slump is over.Spurs travel to the John Smith’s Stadium with victory the goal but an exciting Champions League match next week against Barcelona will no doubt be in the back of their minds too. 2 REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware REPLY ADVICE Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner is having a tough season. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane hit two goals in the corresponding fixtures last season. 2 What the managers are sayingDavid Wagner (Huddersfield Town): “Since I arrived we’ve been much more written off than not so. It’s absolutely nothing new for us.“If you are propping up the table there is only one direction you can go and that’s north.”Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur): “I think it’s about to have a right attitude, energy and the approach to the game must be the best because to play Huddersfield in Huddersfield, for me is as important as playing against Barcelona at Wembley. The priority for us is and must be Huddersfield and playing 200 per cent to get the three points.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Team newsHuddersfield Town’s only injury worry is Ramadan Sobhi as Wagner has no new problems in his squad.Meanwhile, Tottenham must assess Serge Aurier’s fitness after a thigh injury forced him off in the Carabao Cup win over Watford, but will be without Christian Eriksen. Once again Mauricio Pochettino must cope without goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm with Paulo Gazzaniga starting again.Confirmed line-upsHuddersfield Town XI: Lossl, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg, Billing, Lowe, Pritchard, Depoitre.Subs: Smith, Hamer, van La Parra, Mbenza, Mounie, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj.Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Rose, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son.Subs: Winks, Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko, Llorente, Davies, Whiteman.last_img read more

  • Everton reviewing shock move for ex-Arsenal star after drugs ban expires

    first_img 2 2 Samir Nasri is being lined up for a shock move to Everton once his drugs ban expires.The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor in January and keen to return to the Premier League. The 31-year-old spent nine trophy-laden years in England with Arsenal and Manchester City He is currently one month away from the expiration of his 18-month drug ban for taking supplements on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list whilst receiving intravenous treatment at an LA clinic in 2016.However, the two-time Premier League winner will be able to train with clubs from next month and Marco Silva is reportedly eyeing up Nasri as cover to talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson and summer signing Richarlison.According to the Daily Mail, the struggles of £27million signing Cenk Tosun have caused concern amongst Silva and the rest of his Toffees staff.With former club Besiktas keen on taking Tosun back on loan in January, extra funds will likely be reserved to sign a proven goalscorer – meaning a cheap free transfer for Nasri could suit all parties. Marco Silva is reportedly lining up a shock move for Nasri The former France international arrived in England back in 2008 and initially struggled to make a massive impact at the Emirates after being billed as the next Zinedine Zidane.It was in the 2010-11 season where the playmaker began to show is best form, resulting in Manchester City swooping in. He left in 2017 after his sole season on loan with Sevilla, before the drugs ban came into account.last_img read more


    first_imgOne of Donegal’s most prominent Gaeltacht speaking communities is refusing to let the Irish Language decline and has vowed that it will never die.The beautiful rural village of Ranafast is home to hundreds of students who visit the area throughout the summer in an attempt to learn their native language.However, a recent government report suggests that the Irish Language is in a steady decline all over Ireland and have predicted that it won’t be the primary language in Gaeltacht areas in TEN years. The report was commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta, the body that oversees economic development in Irish-speaking areas of the Republic of Ireland.Some residents in the area have dispelled any fears over the language and have vowed to defend the language against any future threat.Homeowner (Bean an Tí) Caitlín Ní Dhubhchaín who hosts the students throughout the summer told BBC News reporter Kevin Sharkey, “The Irish language will never stop here in Gaeltacht areas and as kids are growing up, they’re now being passionate. So, what we love, they love, and their kids will love.“At the end of the day, it’s not a hard language to carry and we won’t let the Irish language die.” Local Irish teacher Christina Ni Géidigh said, “It’s a shame that it’s actually coming to that, that people elsewhere are so enthusiastic.“They’re buzzing to learn Irish, and then here there is such a blasé approach to the language.”Some feel that successive government’s sustained attacks on the Irish Language is having a devastating effect and is appealing to the government to stop cutting funding towards the language.Gearóid Ó Murchu said, We’ve had successive governments, and this is going back to the time when we lost our sovereignty, for want of a better term, with the economic process,” he said.“They began to pull what they described as the low-hanging fruit – language was placed in that category. “They withdrew grants to colleges such as this to develop the languages.“I’m now appealing to government, I’m appealing to whoever will be in our next government, to support the people who live in the Gaeltacht, those people who have remained loyal not just to Gaelic games but to the Gaelic culture, to the Gaelic tradition and more importantly to the Irish language.”Kevin Sharkey’s broadcast on Ranafast will also feature on BBC Newsline BBC 1at 6.30 this evening.RANAFAST GAELTACHT RESIDENTS REFUSING TO LET THE IRISH LANGUAGE DECLINE was last modified: August 13th, 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:newslast_img read more