Director of elections at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Orette Fisher has rubbished claims that election equipment have been malfunctioning at polling stations across the island. It was reported that many persons across the island, who turned out to cast their votes, had to return home without doing so because lines were too long and election equipment had been malfunctioning. Candidates from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have also been complaining of the slow voting process and that the electoral machines were malfunctioning. According to reports from the EOJ, as at 1:00p.m. over 500,000 persons had voted, which accounts for 31.54 per cent of the voting population. There are 1,824,412 electors on the voters’ list. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. EOJ said special accommodation will be made for voters who were in line before 5:00p.m. This will allow them to cast their vote.
As public outcry continues as a result of the stagnant state of Guyana’s economy, former Minister and Economist, Irfaan Ali, believes if nothing is done to halt the economic decline, then the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s promise of a good life will be as elusive as the promise to ‘feed, clothes and house the nation’.According to Ali, the latest statistical bulletin published by the Bank of Guyana on the first quarter of 2016 is characterised by “sluggish activities in wholesale and retail trade, financial and insurance and other services industries” and declining performance in sectoral output when compared with the corresponding period last year.He noted that except for the mining sector – which registered commendable growth in the production of gold, diamond and bauxite – all key production indicators suggest the economy is in a deep coma.Ali pointed out that the figures from quarterly report confirmed that after one year under the coalition regime, almost every key production indicator is signalling that the economy is on the decline. This, he reasoned, does not reflect a growth forecast for rest of the year.“Based on the downward trends observed in all the key production indicators, it also means that growth will be based largely on the expanded output of the large scale mines. While on paper the growth in gold output may appear appealing, the sad reality is that the impact will be less pronounced than when the small and medium-scale miners were responsible for the unprecedented performance of the sector,” he stated.The former Minister went on to say that unlike the large-scale miners, the small and medium-scale miners supported the small shop keepers, local operators in the transport sector, and suppliers of mining equipment and invest their earnings in Guyana. These miners also provide employment opportunities to thousands, he added.Former Minister and Economist, Irfaan AliNevertheless, Ali said that during the first quarter of 2016, the production of gold, diamond and bauxite increased by 124.8 per cent, 37.5 per cent and 13.9 per cent respectively. He noted that the increased output reported for the first quarter was due primarily to the output from the Guyana Goldfields and Troy Resources Inc; two large-scale mining companies that were established under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government.Moreover, he posited that the notable contraction in sand output and stone output was not surprising, and if there were any doubts that the construction sector was slowing, then the marked reduction in these two key inputs is adequate evidence that the sector is slowly grinding to a halt. Sand output registered for the first quarter of 2016 was not only 68 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year, but the below the levels registered in corresponding periods of any year between 2011 and 2012.The former Minister outlined that this particular development is of grave concern for the reason, among others, that sustained decline in the construction sector will compound the unemployment problem and misery contractors and suppliers of building materials have been faced with, since the change in Government last year.Moreover, Ali highlighted that the agriculture sector too reported significant reduction in output for all major commodities during the first four months of the year. He stressed that the output of sugar during this period was 4.7 per cent or 1915 tonnes lower than the 2015 level.On the other hand, he said that rice production, which increased continuously between the period 2011 and 2015, has declined sharply in the first quarter of 2016 with the output during the first three months being 56,593 tonnes. This was 37.3 per cent or 33,706 tonnes lower than the level recorded for the corresponding period last year.“There is no need for any academic explanation of the impact of the decline. Rice farmers are losing income and defaulting on their loans,” Ali remarked.As it relates to poultry, the former Minister noted that there was a 7450 tonnes output recorded, which represents 6.6 per cent or 4450 tonnes lower than the period last year.He went on to say that the manufacturing sector registered a decline in the production of several commodities, including rum, beer and stout, soft drinks, malta, ice cream, biscuits, flour, tablets, ointment, stock feeds, and paint.More specifically, the production of rum and soft drinks during the first quarter of 2016 was lower than the output level for the corresponding quarter of any year since 2011. The production of rum and soft drinks during the first quarter of this year was 47.3 per cent and 54.4 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year.Meanwhile, pharmaceutical products, particularly tablets and ointments production for the first two months of 2016 was also below the 2015 level.Other manufacturing commodities such as the production of flour were lower than the level reported in the first quarter of any year since 2011. Flour production slipped by 5.9 per cent; while paint production for the first two months also fell behind the level reported during 2015. This reflected the notable decline in construction activities.
Eastville Nursery School, located on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), was on Friday commissioned by Education Minister Nicolette Henry.The new Eastville Nursery SchoolConstruction of this $20 million school commenced in March 2016, and was completed in August 2017. The school has capacity to house some 120 children.During the commissioning, Henry, in brief remarks, said the school would provide quality early childhood education, and would cater to children with special education needs.She explained to her audience that as the children progress, they will benefit from a system that provides quality education for all.Minister Henry noted that as 21st century students, pupils deserve to learn in a 21st century environment. She said the various interventions being implemented by the Ministry of Education, its officers and teachers are to ensure that children access nothing less than what they deserve.Regional Democratic Council Chairperson for Region Four, Genevieve Allen, said a feasibility study was done in 2015, and in the education plan for the region, construction of the school was included.She said education is important for the development of any nation, region, or community.
Dead: Farida KhayumOne week after allegedly stabbing his wife to death, an Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) carpenter, was on Friday hauled to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after being slapped with the capital offence of murder.Devenand Narine was not required to plea to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. It is alleged that on May 16, 2019, he murdered Farida Khayum at their Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast home.In court on Friday, the 50-year-old man was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard Da Silva. Da Silva told the court that on the day of the incident, his client was under the influence of alcohol and upon arriving at home, he saw another man in the house. The defence counsel said that after his client enquired about the individual, he was told that he was a friend of his wife.This, however, the lawyer told the court, led to an argument. The lawyer said that his client was attacked by the now dead woman along with the friend and her two sons. The lawyer claimed that during the argument, his client told him, Khayum’s son held him down and threw a poisonous substance in his mouth.At no point in time did the lawyer mention that the woman was killed. However, Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that investigations revealed that the suspect and the now dead woman were in the kitchen area when an argument ensued.The argument, Mansfield added, quickly turned into a scuffle and it was at this time that the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed the woman several times to the body. After committing the act, he reportedly consumed a poisonous substance.The police prosecutor also refuted claims that the now dead woman had a male companion in the house. Narine was remanded to prison and the case was transferred to the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.
Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane were on target to inflict a third straight defeat on Arsenal and leave them 10 points adrift of the Premier League top four in sixth place.And a night to forget for Arsenal was complete when £56 million ($79 million) club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his second-half penalty saved by Ederson.By contrast, City’s cruise towards the title continues unabated despite again not needing to hit the heights of their displays earlier in the campaign to up the pressure on Wenger’s position once more.Sub-zero temperatures and the apathy caused by Arsenal’s display at Wembley on Sunday saw thousands of seats go unoccupied at the Emirates.The lines around the pitch were painted blue ahead of kick-off in case an expected snow shower covered the field.Unfortunately for the home fans that did brave the cold, that was the only novelty on a night of familiar failings from Wenger’s men, who have now lost seven times in 12 games this year.Arsenal had even started the brighter as Ederson prevented Vincent Kompany turning into his own net before Henrikh Mkhitaryan stung the palms of the Brazilian goalkeeper with a drive from the edge of the box.However, they never recovered from the sucker punch of City’s opener on 15 minutes as Sane weaved away from three Arsenal challenges on the left and teed up Bernardo Silva to cut inside onto his favoured left foot and curl into the top corner.That’s my boy: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and striker Sergio Aguero© AFP Glyn KIRKEderson produced two more decent stops from Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey before City showed their more clinical touch in the final third just before the half hour mark.Sane was again involved before Sergio Aguero played in David Silva to slot home at Petr Cech’s near post.City then exhibited their speed on the counter-attack for a third five minutes later as Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker combined to set up Sane to tap home his 12th goal of the season.The third goal was the cue for many of those Arsenal fans who did show up to leave, whilst the delighted travelling City fans taunted Wenger by pleading for the Frenchman to extend his 22-year reign in charge.Aguero was looking for his 200th City goal and should have had it before half-time when his shot from De Bruyne’s cut-back was placed too close to Cech.Arsenal’s anguish was rounded off seven minutes into the second period when Nicolas Otamendi chopped down Mkhitaryan inside the area.Aubameyang took responsiblity from the spot, but the lack of conviction in his penalty reflected Arsenal’s performance as Ederson saved comfortably low to his left.Aguero was made to wait for his double century in City colours by a wonderful save from Cech before the Argentine was handed a rest for the final eight minutes.However, City’s wait for a fifth league title won’t last long with a maximum of just five more wins needed from their remaining 10 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Silva celebrates scoring City’s second goal with team-mates. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 1 – Manchester City piled more misery on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a 3-0 humbling of the Gunners on Thursday to open up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Four days on from crumbling meekly to a 3-0 defeat as City won their first silverware of the Pep Guardiola era in the League Cup final, Arsenal disintegrated once more as the visitors scored three times in the opening 33 minutes in front of a sparse crowd at the Emirates.
1 Manchester City have made a breakthrough in their long pursuit of Eliaquim Mangala after the France international agreed a £30million move, talkSPORT understands.The Premier League champions have been admirers of the Porto defender for some time and tried to get a deal done in January only to be rejected.But despite interest from a whole host of major clubs including City’s domestic rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United, Manuel Pellegrini’s side appear to have finally got their man.The 23-year-old reportedly said earlier in the summer he favoured a move to Stamford Bridge but with no bid forthcoming, he has settled for a switch to the Etihad.Provided there are no hitches, Mangala – who is understood to have already undergone a successful medical – will become the second Porto star to join the Blues after former team-mate Fernando made the move earlier this summer.The Frenchman is expected to join up with the City squad after a post-World Cup holiday. Eliaquim Mangala is poised to join Manchester City
The family and friends of tragic Conor Boyle are hoping to know today when they will be able to bring him home to his final resting place in Donegal.Tragic Conor will be brought home soon to Donegal.The much-loved 18 year old Loughanure man passed away on Friday night last.Conor fought bravely to stay alive for two weeks following a car crash in London while returning home from work. His loving mum and dad Sheila and Hugh have by his side since.The family are hoping to know later today when Conor can be brought home to Donegal.A huge outpouring of grief has covered the Rosses and wider area since Conor’s passing.Details of his funeral have not yet been made but it is expected to be one of the largest in the area for many years. We will bring you the details of Conor’s funeral when they are made public by his family.FAMILY OF TRAGIC CONOR HOPE TO BRING HIM HOME SOON was last modified: September 24th, 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:Conor BoylecrashfuneralLoughanure
Donegal County Council is facing an estimated bill of more than €100,000 for the recent spate of gorse fires.The fire service have attended up to 40 fires in the past couple of weeks due to the current dry spell.As well as the payment for hundreds of hours of service by fire personnel, fuel and equipment costs have added to the overall cost. There were no reported fires last night but a gorse fire warning remains in operation.West Donegal has been the worst-hit area with fires in Kincasslagh, Loughanure, Crolly, Gaoth Dobhair and Dungloe in recent days.Dozens of acres of land has been destroyed as fire crews battled around the clock to keep buildings and homes from catching fire.In one of the most serious incidents, an elderly couple had a lucky escape when an oil tank close to their home in Annagry exploded. The side of the house was slightly damaged but nobody was hurt.Wildlife has also been badly-hit with birds and other wildlife perishing.Firemen did manage to rescue a number of stranded donkeys which had been trapped by surrounding flames. COUNCIL FACES SUBSTANTIAL BILL AFTER GORSE FIRE OUTBREAK was last modified: April 4th, 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:Donegal County CouncilFIRE SERVICEgorse fires
Mesa Marin Raceway: Rip Michels can remember the first time he raced at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield. After Saugus Speedway closed in 1995, he, like many other drivers from the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas, went to Mesa Marin to continue their racing careers. “The first time I raced there, it was like Daytona or Talladega,” said Michels, a driver in the NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series, from Mission Hills. “It was a little intimidating.” Tonight will mark the last race at Mesa Marin. The NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series, and Grand National Division, West Series, will take the track for the final October Classic. Michels joins Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley, Frank Maronski Jr. of Lancaster, Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills, M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, Keith Spangler of Woodland Hills, Bob Lyon of Agua Dulce and Greg Pursley of Canyon Country as drivers entered in the Southwest Series race. Joanides is also entered in the West Series race. Tim Haddock, (818) 713-3715 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So when the California Speedway race was not on the 2006 schedule, Hornish said he was a little upset. “When you have a track where you get that kind of results at, you tend to want to get back there as often as you can,” said Hornish during a media luncheon in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. “I think it was a great race track for us. I’m a little upset that we’re not coming back.” Sam Hornish Jr. has a pretty impressive record at California Speedway in Fontana, site of Sunday’s Indy Racing League season finale. Hornish, driver for the Toyota-powered Team Penske, has won two races in three tries at California Speedway, and set the race record with the only IRL event ever completed with an average speed of more than 200 mph. However, the new IRL schedule does present some unique opportunities, Hornish said. By starting in March and ending in September, Hornish said he will be able to entertain racing perhaps in the International Race of Champions or do some sports car and endurance racing, such as the 24 Hours of Daytona. “It gives you a lot more freedom to go do that,” Hornish said. “Then the next thing is if you have a team that allows you to go do that.” With Roger Penske, who owns the two-car Indy Car team for Hornish, and Helio Castroneves, branching out into other racing series should not be a problem. Penske also owns the two-car NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team, Penske Racing South, and could easily put together a sports car team for Hornish. But racing in NASCAR is not something Hornish, a two-time IRL series champion, said he desires. Rather, he would like to do some more road racing events, like the 24 Hours of Daytona, to improve his skills in similar IRL events. “If I’m going to come back and win Indy Car championships again, I need to work on some of my road racing stuff,” Hornish said. “I want to win all three. If that’s going to make me better to go and get that in sports cars, then that’s what I need to do.”
St Eunan’s have powered past the challenge of Fermanagh champions Roslea at O’Donnell Park this afternoon in their Ulster SFC quarter-final. St Eunan’s are throught to the Ulster SFC semi-finals after a comfortable win over Roslea.Maxi Curran’s side were absolutely dominant throughout the match and were deserving winners.St Eunan’s controlled the match and were defensively solid throughout. Sean Hensey, Michael Martin and Conor Morrison were immense at the back, and this was evidenced by the fact Roslea didn’t register their first point until ten minutes into the second-half.Conall Dunne continued his stunning form from the Donegal SFC into the Ulster SFC scoring 1-4 of their 1-5 first-half tally.His goal came from the penalty spot after John Haran was hauled down as he bared down on goal.St Eunan’s were slightly complacent in the second-half, and didn’t play at the same intensity and tempo as the opening period. They added scores through, Rory Carr, Conor Parke, Kevin Rafferty and Conor Gibbons.Seamus Quigley scored four points from frees for Roslea and was their standout performer.In truth Roslea really struggled to have any impact on the game.Final score St Eunan’s 1-09 Roslea 0-06St Eunan’s have only reached the Ulster SFC semi-final on two occasions previously and will be hoping this is the year they can land that elusive Ulster Title. It was a comprehensive and comfortable win for Maxi Curran’s side who now face Omagh in the last four in what should be an absolute cracker of a game.They defeated Crossmaglen last weekend and will present a much more difficult challenge that that of Roslea.Well done to St Eunan’s on a fantastic win and performance.ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL: SUPER ST EUNAN’S POWER PAST ROSLEA TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)