Amelia’s Ward house gutted by fire

first_imgBy Utamu BelleA Linden resident is now counting his losses following a fire which took place at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Thursday afternoon. The fire, which completely gutted the wooden house at Lot 744 South Amelia’s Ward, also partially damaged another house situated in the same yard.At the time of the incident, none of the occupants of the two houses were at home. However, according to Brian Williams, the fire started at approximately 13:30h after a man who had been weeding the yard proceeded to light a fire to discard of cut grass. Williams noted that while he is not an occupant of either of the homes, he was working along with the weeder at the time the fire started.“We light a fire and after we out it down, it start back. When we thought it out, it didn’t really finish,” Williams related. He added that firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 14:30h, but by then, the wooden house had already collapsed as a result of the fire.The aftermath of the fire“They didn’t really get to out it, because when they come the house already fall down,” he explained. Kenneth Alexander, who has been residing at the premises which was completely gutted, said he lost everything, including all of his household appliances. He noted that he has been residing there for approximately two years.“Everything, everything lost… two chair sets, fridge, wall divider, music set, bedroom set, everything…” a despondent Alexander indicated.Guyana Times understands that the second house that was partially damaged is concrete and is owned by persons who reside overseas. A female caretaker, who explained that she has been living at the house for years, was at the scene following the fire, along with another occupant. The Linden Fire Station has since launched an investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Govt to seek Parliamentary approval for more money

first_img…project set to meet December deadlineThe Public Infrastructure Ministry on Friday hosted a tour of the expansion site at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in an effort to provide the public with an update on the progress of the airport’s expansion project. The ministry and project managers remained adamant that the expansion process will be completed for the stipulated December 2017 deadline despite challenges.Speaking at the event Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson noted that the Ministry hosted the day’s exercise given that the project is in, “the final lap.”Construction on going at the CJIA the new terminal BuildingAt the moment, foundation for the expansion of the runway has already been laid with an 80 per cent completion achieved at the north east end while the south west holds a 60 per cent completion. There is also a visible structure of the new arrival terminal with renovations on the existing terminal still on its way. Other works such as the relocation of auxiliary buildings (generator rooms and fire pump stations) have been fast tracked with the addition of boarding corridors and bridges yet to materialize.Patterson did indicate that similarly to other construction works, challenges are to be expected. At the same time, he pointed out that possible challenges include the current rainy season, the impending passenger peak season in July/August and possible delays in the release of loans.FinancingMoreover regarding the financing of the project, the Minister notified media operatives that the project is almost at the monetary limit catered for in the 2017 budget. This therefore means that further requests will have to be made to the project’s foreign based sponsors for the release of additional loans. While the initial overhead cost of the project remains at US$150M, they have already exhausted US$85M to date, which will consequently result in the need for further loans in a matter of months.On this note, the Minister stated that the completion of this project at the set deadline is more advantageous than considering a delay given that the repercussions may incur greater expenses. As such, he further assured those in attendance that the CJIA expansion will be completed on time, even with the need for supplementary grants.New suppliersAlso materializing at the event was a shift to local suppliers of stones for the initial stages of the construction of the runways and airport various facilities. A Surinamese company previously held a contract with the project managers for the supply of 20,000 tons of stones at the cost of US$28 per ton.However, a contract was on Friday signed bwteeen China Habour’s Project Manager Keliang Lui and Brian Tiwarie of BK Quarries as well as Rajesh Persaud of Toolsie Persaud Quarries for the supply of local aggregate. According to the contract, BK Stone Quarries will now be supplying some 50,000 tons at a contract price of US$1.8M while Toolsie Persaud Quarries will supply 45,000 tons of stone totaling US$1.7M.Necessary expansionAlso speaking at the event was Chief Executive Officer of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Ramesh Ghir, who expressed delight in the works being done to enhance the facilitates at Timerhi. Ghir highlighted that, “The airport expansion was well thought out and it is necessary for the country as this is our main port of entry.”The CEO went on to say that it is evident that the traffic numbers at the airport has increase since the recent developments of the local oil and gas industry and the administration is anticipating a further hike in travelers in the near future. As such, he is pleased that CJIA can now catered for larger numbers especially with the state of the art improvements that will be available come December.Moreover, Ghir pointed out that the airport’s administration as well as the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of Tourism are always in the talks with new airline carries to commence operations in Guyana. He further indicated that considerations are currently underway with a few airlines and there is a great possibility that Guyana will soon see the operations of new carriers.TourismCommenting on the airport expansion project, Minister Catherine Hughes, who holds responsibility for tourism, indicated it has tremendous potential to boost the tourism sector. Hughes went on to say that first impressions are important and having this new and improve facilitates will have a lasting imprint on those traveling to Guyana for the first time and at the same time, will provide better amenities to aid in the experience for this traveling long distances. The restoration and expansion of CJIA commenced in 2013 under the People’s Progress Party Government.last_img read more

NEW GPC INC successfully completes US FDA Audit

first_imgNEW GPC INC recently successfully completed the United States (US) Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) Audit which will enable the local manufacturing company to export its products to that country.NEW GPC Office, Farm, East Bank DemeraraIn a release on Saturday, the company detailed that the audit is extremely rigorous in its inspections, but compliance was necessary for it, as well as any other company, to export its products to the USA.“NEW GPC operates a Quality Management System (QMS) which is guided by GMP/USP/BP and encompasses all aspects of the company’s operations. The company embraces the idea of continuous improvement in all its products and operations.Aside from the laboratories and other crucial infrastructure, the QMS comprise of SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures), testing, evaluation, and validation protocols throughout the organisation,” the company said.According to the NEW GPC, to operate such systems the company has retained a highly qualified team which operates at all levels and is duly empowered to execute is duties.It further stated that quality management begins with the choice of the supplier for inputs and ends with positive customer feedback, the latter which also informs quality management in a systematic manner.In addition to the USA licence, the company is also licensed by the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) which is responsible for conducting its own audits.NEW GPC employees at the production line of its Ferrol tonicIn January 2017 the company was pre-qualified by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to supply its products. NEW GPC currently exports its products to the USA, Canada, UK, South America and the Caribbean.The above is testimony to NEW GPC’s commitment to manufacturing products of the highest quality which meet local and international standards.last_img read more

Auto workers start picketing

first_img The 51-year-old Rochester Hills resident said he hoped a strike could be settled quickly, but that union members were on the line to back the union and its bargainers. “We’re just here to support them,” said Coppinger, who said leaflets were passed out indicating that the strike was on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Workers walked off the job and began picketing today outside some General Motors Corp. plants in Detroit after a late morning United Auto Workers strike deadline passed, but the union’s national leadership hadn’t publicly announced whether a strike had begun. The UAW had extended its contract for nine days after it expired on Sept. 14, but the negotiations became bogged down Sunday, apparently over the union’s quest to protect jobs by getting the company to guarantee that new vehicles would be built in U.S. factories. The UAW hasn’t called a nationwide strike during contract negotiations since 1976, when Ford Motor Co. plants were shut down. There were strikes at two GM plants during contract negotiations in 1996. Charlie Coppinger, who has worked at GM’s powertrain plant in Warren for 31 years, walked the picket line along with a handful of others shortly after the deadline passed.last_img read more

Big boost for Leicester as key man commits future to club

first_img1 Riyad Mahrez Riyad Mahrez has extended his contract with Leicester City.The 24-year-old had been linked with a move to Villarreal, while fellow Spanish side Sevilla were also interested.But the winger has now snubbed their approaches and instead extended his stay at the King Power Stadium.Mahrez has signed a new contract until June 2019 and is in line to make his 50th league appearance for Leicester in their opening Premier League game with Sunderland on Saturday.last_img

Man United and Liverpool were never close to signing Barcelona star

first_imgManchester United and Liverpool were never close to signing Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic during the summer, according to Sport.The Croatia international, who helped guide his country to the World Cup final in Russia, was linked with a move away from the Nou Camp during the off season, with Paris Saint-Germain also rumoured to be interested. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED silverware And, despite suggestions Barca could be willing to cash in on the midfielder, the Spanish giants have since rubbished those claims and insist they were never looking to sell the 30-year-old.“We did not contemplate his exit,” sporting director Pep Segura told Sport. “We knew that he had an option from a foreign club, but we had no interest in him going.“In Spanish football, there’s a complex weapon with the release clauses. We’re the only league with [mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the club nor player wanted him to leave.”Rakitic remains a fundamental part of Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI and he has featured in all eight of Barca’s LaLiga matches so far this term.The Croatian has also made a strong start to Barca’s Champions League campaign, netting a superb goal against Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month. MONEY Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic scored a wondergoal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY REVEALED Latest Football News BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’last_img read more


first_imgFine Gael election candidate Bert Galbraith has urged voters in the Stranorlar Electoral Area not to throw out the baby with the bathwater in their effort to get a message to the government on Friday. Bert Galbraith taking the opportunity to raise matters of concern in the Stranorlar Electoral Area with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, when he visited Donegal last week.The local candidate who is contesting his first election for Fine Gael, says he has heard the concerns and the voices of frustration on the doorsteps, and maintained he will work diligently to address those issues if people vote for him.Galbraith told Donegal Daily, “An awful lot of the issues raised on the doorsteps are national issues – matters than the local council has no control of – but that’s not to say a local councillor cannot make representations to Dáil Deputies and Ministers and make them aware of the concerns of the people. “Indeed that’s something I have already done, having met Ministers and An Taoiseach in recent weeks and raising issues including sewerage, broadband, roads, agricultural prices, health, local facilities and jobs with them.Mr Galbraith said he is urging people to vote for him as a person who will work on local matters with energy, enthusiasm and commitment but who would also raise national issues when necessary and do it with tenacity and determination – but also with diplomacy.Galbraith continued, “It is always easy to take the populist stance in an election, to play the blame game in an effort to get banner headlines and soundbytes.“But at the end of the day if everyone is shouting and roaring at the government, who will be left to speak to them calmly and raise your issues and concerns in a way that they will listen?” The local businessman and farmer says he understands the need for diplomacy and tact in politics, and he maintained his strong work ethic is what the people of the Stranorlar Electoral Area require to help the region.Galbraith added, “Local elections shouldn’t be about finding someone a job for the sake of finding someone a job, it should be about finding people who will best serve their community.”Mr Galbraith said that by voting for him on Friday, people can be certain of a hard-worker who will put the needs of his constituents first.Galbraith concluded, “The people of this area know that if they want anybody at national level to listen, they need strong voices at local level to speak up for them and I can be that voice.“But I would be much more than that – I would be strong voice at local level too making sure the Stranorlar Electoral Area gets its fair share of any and all council services. ELECTION 2014: GALBRAITH – “MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A STRONG AND TACTFUL VOICE” was last modified: May 19th, 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:Bert GalbraithElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny has its fair share of eating houses to cater for its bustling population.One of Alana’s mouthwatering dishes!But one of the newest kids on the block is an unlikely contender as a place to make a regular stopping-off spot.‘Fingers and forks’ is the brainchild of young local chef Alana Gallagher. A graduate of the Killybegs Catering College, Letterkenny woman Alana has brought her culinary skills to the Voodoo Lounge.While at night Voodoo may be thumping to the sounds of the latest beats, during the day it is a much more relaxing affair.In fact, the chilled out atmosphere of the bar offers the perfect surroundings for Alana’s food.The woman behind the superb food at Fingers and Forks at Voodoo Lounge in Letterkenny.Available from 12.30pm until 10.30pm, the menu offers everything from sandwiches with a twist to splendid seafood platters. On the day we visited, there were a few bodies who have already cottoned on to Alana’s culinary offerings.After we ordered, Alana surprised us with a bowl of pea and ham soup.Not being a lover of soup, and certainly not peas, I was nervous.Needless to say my companion reminded me that I said I didn’t like soup as I scraped the end of the bowl. Perfection!My companion had a seafood platter as a main which looked like it had just come off the boat at Greencastle it looked so fresh. He assured me it tasted as good as it looked.The surprisingly stunning pea and ham soup.I opted for the chargrilled chicken Panini and it was cooked to perfection complete with a generous portion of handmade chips.We didn’t have time for dessert but they looked to die for.Voodoo might not be the first place you might think of for lunch or a bite of bar-food. But once you gets your ‘fingers and forks’ into Alana Gallagher’s cooking, you’ll be back.Give it a go.WHY ALANA’S FOOD IS WORTH GETTING YOUR ‘FINGERS AND FORKS’ INTO! was last modified: February 24th, 2014 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:Alana GallagherFingers and ForksVoodoo Loungelast_img read more

Van der Burgh captures Olympic gold

first_img30 July 2012South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh swam “the perfect race” to capture Olympic gold in the 100 metres breaststroke in London on Sunday evening, winning the final in a world record time of 58.46 seconds.Christian Sprenger of Australia finished strongly to win silver in a time of 58.93 and American Brendan Hansen claimed bronze in 59.49.After touching the wall, Van der Burgh turned around, his eyes searching for the result on the scoreboard. Seeing his name atop the standings, and in a world record time, his features broke into a grin that never left his face the rest of the evening.Took in the sceneHe raised his arms in triumph and acknowledged the cheers and clapping of the crowd. Then, he laid himself back along a lane divider, rested his head against the side of the swimming pool and took in the scene while lying on his back.Twenty-five minutes later, at the medal ceremony, the smile remained etched on Van der Burgh’s face as he received his gold medal. When the South African flag was raised, he quietly sang the anthem.Van der Burgh’s victory ensured that the 2012 London Olympics will be more successful for South Africa than the Games of 2008 in Beijing where Khotso Mokoena was the sole medal winner, with a silver in the long jump.Fifth Olympic swimming gold for SAHis victory was only the fifth Olympic gold medal in swimming for South Africa, following in the footsteps of 1952 100m backstroke winner Joan Harrison, 1996 100m and 200m breaststroke champion Penny Heyns, and the men’s 4 by 100m freestyle relay team of 2004. It means he is the first South African to win an individual men’s swimming title.In the lead up to the final, Van der Burgh faded a little towards the end of his qualifying heat, but qualified for the semi-finals with a strong time, nonetheless, of 59.79 seconds.In the semi-finals, however, he raised the bar, clocking an Olympic record of 58.83 seconds to become the only swimmer to go under 59 seconds ahead of the title-deciding race. His time was a big 0.61 seconds clear of the next fastest qualifier, Fabio Scozzoli of Italy, who touched the wall in 59.44.World recordThat suggested that Van der Burgh could win gold, but Olympic finals can overwhelm some. Not Van der Burgh, who produced a sublime performance to lift the title in a time that bettered the three-year-old world record set by Australian Brenton Rickard in the “swimsuit era”, when records fell left, right and centre as technology played a role in lowering numerous world records.The South African breaststroke ace now owns the world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in both long course and short course swimming pools.From the start of Sunday’s final, Van der Burgh set the pace, leading through 25 metres. By the 50 metres mark, he had opened a lead of over half-a-second. The South African star was especially impressive over the third 25 metres, extending his advantage. He then held his form to take victory in a time never before matched.Training adjustmentVan der Burgh’s traditional strength has been his speed, which has made him more suited to the 50 metres, but the 50 metres breaststroke is not an Olympic event, so he had to adjust his training to suit the 100 metres. Winning the title, he said, was four years in the making, but it was worth it.“If there is such a thing as the perfect race, I think I swam it at the right time tonight,” he said after the final, which he swam in front of his family and a very vocal band of South African supporters.“I don’t really care about the world record. It really doesn’t faze me,” he said.“Once you become an Olympic champion, you join a club and they can never take it away from you. I can tell my kids when they are watching one day that I did that.”Alexander Dale OenVan der Burgh also took time to remember his friend, Norwegian world champion Alexander Dale Oen, who died of heart failure at the end of April as a result of an undetected coronary heart disease.“I just have to pay tribute to Alexander Oen tonight. I know he has been with me this year. I think he helped me finish the race in such a strong manner,” he said.“Alexander pushed me in training. It made me realise I had to go faster to win the gold medal. That is what we trained for and that is what we have achieved.”He added that he hoped his gold medal winning performance would help spur South African swimmers on to win more medals in the Olympic swimming pool.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The journey’s begun and your ship’s underway!

first_imgDon’t be afraid to take the lead, to earn the next map piece you already have everything that you need! This week, you can work individually to find a trackable or drop one anew, you’ll earn 10 coins for every one that you do. Remember, you can gather gold coins on the Friend League in more than one way, so review the points below to decide how you want to play!  Earn 10 gold coins from July 24-30, 2017 to earn the second map piece souvenir!New to trackables? A trackable is a geocaching game piece that travels from geocache to geocache. By sending a trackable off on a mission, you can see the world through other geocachers’ logs and photos!Week 2 point values: Retrieve a trackable from a cache = 5 gold coins.Drop a trackable into a cache = 10 gold coins.Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 7 gold coins.Attended any event cache = 7 gold coins.Before you go off to earn your next souvenir, be sure to log the caches you found last week from both far and near! Log your finds by Tuesday in order to be sure you’ll receive last week’s first map piece souvenir.The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PDT), Noon (UTC). Keep in mind that depending on where you live, this could be Tuesday for you! For more information on this, head over to the frequently asked questions. This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday August 2, 2017.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.Continue sailing on!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News”Looking for treasure? Here lies the next clue!July 31, 2017In “News”FAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”last_img read more