Blocked creek responsible for Rainbow City, Kara Kara floods

first_imgChairman of the Environmental Committee within the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), Wainwright Bethune, has concluded that blockage to the Hymara creek at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) was mainly responsible for the recent severe flooding suffered in Rainbow City and Kara Kara communities.In April, residents of the said communities were severely affected during the heavy downpours. Bethune said that in an effort to bring relief, work has been ongoing at sections of the Hymara creek, which was blocked due to severe garbage build-up and thick vegetation:“The flooding in the Kara Kara, Rainbow City area was due mainly to blockages in the Hymara creek. What we did, we looked at the entire area, some parts of the creek had to be desilted and the other areas it was basically heavy vegetation, garbage that caused a restriction of flow of the water.”However, while relief came to many, some residents had complained of still being affected during heavy downpours. The Environmental Committee chairman indicated that he was unaware of such additional complaints by residents.He said he was satisfied with the desilting work, adding that some of the vegetation had also been successfully removed. Bethune said Councillor Lennox Gasper of the area is also very active in ensuring that relief and assistance come to the areas.“We would have recognised that there was an increase in flow (of water), when the vegetation and garbage were removed and there were a lot of areas where we see residents putting things like fridge doors and all of this caused some restriction of the flow of the water and when we completed that job we were comfortable that we had a free flow of water going into the Demerara River,” the chairman stated.The Rainbow City and Kara Kara areas have been affected by severe flooding over the years, with the blame being directed at blockage to the Hymara Creek and activities of bauxite mining company, Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated.last_img read more

Putting Africa in Your Home

first_imgIf we ask the question, “Is Africa in your home?” you might respond, “Come on, Shabuta. My home, itself, is in Liberia, West Africa!” And you would be correct, but are you willing to undergo the “background check?” Invite us to your home and we’ll check to see if we can find Africa anywhere there.Let’s see what we might encounter: We enter your yard and see a nice rectangular house sitting there. And as we enter the house, we find heavy curtains or draperies flowing from ceiling to floor covering the windows. The generator or the electricity is turned on so the “decorator” lamps can give us some light and we are invited to sit on a fat, overstuffed sofa. Beautifully framed photographs of the family grace the walls and a huge mirror is over the mantel – imported from abroad. Tables and chairs modeled after old European styles complete the décor. We now ask, “Where is Africa in your home?”Before your anger rises we’ve got to quickly admit that most of our Liberian homes do not fit the above description. And we’re proud to say we’ve visited some homes here in Liberia where the answer would be a resounding, “Yes! Africa is everywhere in my home!” Take, for example, the humble palava hut. Some people have designed beautiful palava huts for their yards. The very roundness is symbolic of African family togetherness. Inside the circle, energy flows unbroken. It’s one of the reasons conflicts are successfully resolved there. As soon as you enter the compound and see the palava hut, you relax your way into the African ambiance.Inside the home is where our local artists’ works can make your home “shine” – become a stunning show piece or just a comforting space for your spirit. Our traditional furniture makers include some formidable artists producing works of skill and beauty.We can have original art pieces as furnishings in our home while preserving our art heritage. We’ll also be supporting our cultural artists and making a cultural artistic statement.An excellent way to have “Africa in Your Home” is to dedicate some of that wall space and table-top space to Liberian artists’ works – as many of us do.Even your loved ones could benefit from a holiday or special gift that puts African in their homes!Do your own “background check”. Make sure you have Africa in your home, office, and business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carjackings part of “criminal industrialised concept” – Top Cop

first_img…as 47 cases of hijackings reportedThe increasing cases of carjackings have led the Guyana Police Force to believe that there seems to be a “criminal industrialised concept” of some sort whereby vehicles are stolen during the course of robberies under arms.This was the position of acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine when he spoke about the crime at a press conference on Friday.“These carjackings, in our opinion, seem to have some sort of criminalised industrialised concept. It seems to be collusion in some cases between several players in this criminal enterprise. Of course, the issue of insurance, the insurance element seems to stand out,” he asserted.During the course of last year, there was a spike in carjacking cases and the Police Force has since been grappling with efforts to crush the network.According to Ramnarine, the increase in carjackings in the first two months of the last quarter in 2017 was worrisome.“We took no comfort over the fact that in 2015 there were 41 cases (of carjackings); in 2016, 36 cases; and in 2017, 47 cases. We have not taken any comfort in the fact that it was just a few more reports in 2017. We deem it to be unacceptable,” the acting Police Commissioner said.He went on to outline that of the 47 cases of robbery under arms where vehicles were stolen in 2017, 16 Toyota Premio motorcars were stolen and eight Toyota Allion motorcars stolen.Nevertheless, the acting Top Cop posited that the Force has been working assiduously to clamp down on the carjacking network. To this end, he pointed to the good investigative work done in December that led to two persons, one of whom is an ex-Police Officer, being arrested and charged – one with three counts of robbery under arms where a motorcar was stolen.Additionally, he revealed that there is currently a case between C Division (East Coast Demerara) and D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) with one person under investigation for cases of carjackings.The growing string of armed carjacking attacks have stirred much uneasiness among car owners, especially taxi operators who are constantly in fear of being attacked.Earlier in 2017, the Police Force had issued a warning, particularly to taxi drivers operating Toyota Premio and Allion motorcars of an apparent scheme to relive motorists of the vehicles.Ever since this announcement back in February, carjacking cases had begun to spike, with carjackers starting to pounce on private vehicle owners.Some of these cases have seen taxi drivers and vehicle owners being brutalised in the ploy as bandits cart off their vehicles.One particular case in early December saw armed hijackers driving off with a vehicle carrying a sleeping child. After realising the child was in the car, the young girl was tossed out of the motorcar as the perpetrators made good their escape.Meanwhile, as the Force continues efforts to clamp down on the criminal activity, they have approached certain mechanic shops with the hope of finding the hijacked vehicles, but have come across stumbling blocks.To this end, a multi-agency approach was conceptualised which will allow for investigators to be armed with the necessary tools and information on specifications so as to narrow in on suspects and ultimately recover the stolen cars.last_img read more

Probe deepens into murder of overseas-based Guyanese

first_imgPolice in Berbice on Thursday questioned a neighbour in connection with the murder of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) ex-manager, Godfrey Branch, whose body was found at his Springlands, Corriverton, Berbice home.Dead: Godfrey BranchWhen the body of the 74-year-old man was discovered, his feet were bound and there were stab wounds to his neck, chest and abdomen. He was also bleeding from the head.Investigators initially stated that Branch had reportedly withdrawn $500,000 from his bank account one day prior to his demise, and it was suspected that the motive for the man’s murder was robbery. It is believed Branch knew his attackers.The surveillance recordings were also removed from the building when the body was discovered. Police later arrested a suspect but he was subsequently released.There are reports that Branch had reported to the Regional Office of the Prime Minister that someone had made threats against him.When contacted, the PM’s Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, confirmed that Branch visited his office several times and made the accusation.Guyana Times understands that Branch visited the office in March 2017 complaining that someone had coveted two feet of land on his property and had threatened to kill him if he took the matter further.Harbhajan said he advised him to make a report to the Police while noting that he had assisted Branch in getting a land surveyor.Branch later took his concerns to the President after not receiving the response he was expecting from the Police and the Prime Minister’s Office.According to Harbhajan, he has advised that the former NIS Manager to speak with the officer in-charge of the Sub-division at Whim if he was not satisfied with the response he was getting from the Springlands Police Station.Last year, according to Harbhajan, Branch had expressed fear of going to his home where he lived alone. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Presidential hopefuls blast Bush at conclave

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Wooing influential California Democrats, presidential contender Barack Obama vowed to “turn the page on this Iraq disaster” while Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced President George W. Bush’s conduct of the war as “one of the darkest blots on leadership we’ve ever had.” California, long a major cash source for candidates of both parties, is poised to become more influential in the electoral process as well, having moved its primary to next Feb. 5. As a result, the state Democratic Party Convention in San Diego this weekend was expected to attract all the party’s major presidential contenders except Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, who was campaigning in South Carolina. Saturday’s program featured appearances by front-runners Clinton and Obama, as well as Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Clinton unleashed an unusually personal critique of Bush, accusing his administration of ignoring scientific evidence about global warming and stem cell research and lying about the effects of toxic dust at the World Trade Center site. Obama and Clinton both called on Bush to sign legislation passed by Congress last week tying funding of the war to a timeline for removing troops. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. Dodd echoed the day’s anti-war sentiment in his remarks. “My friends, this is not about cutting and running,” he said, accusing the White House of trying to police a civil war. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her voice hoarse from days of campaigning, Clinton brought the 2,000 delegates to their feet when she said she wished she could turn the clock back to a different time. “Somebody said to me that he wished we could just rewind the 21st century and just eliminate the Bush-Cheney administration, with all their mistakes and misjudgments,” she said to cheers. “People are ready for leaders who understand it is our votes who put them in power, our tax dollars that pay the bills.” Obama, who has made his early opposition to the Iraq conflict a central theme of his campaign, told delegates he was proud to have bucked popular opinion at the time. It was a subtle but direct jab at Clinton, who voted in 2002 to grant Bush authority to invade Iraq. He also renewed his call for the political parties to find common ground where they could and declared it was time to “turn the page” on issues like health care, education and energy independence. But he, like Clinton, also leveled a sharp critique of Bush, saying “the president may occupy the White House, but for the last six years the position of leader of the free world has remained open.” And he characterized the administration’s foreign policy as “bluster and bombast.” last_img read more

Former champions fight for AFCON survival

first_img0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 drawJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 10- Fears that expanding the Africa Cup of Nations from 16 teams to 24 could trigger easy passages to the 2019 finals in Cameroon have proved unfounded.  Former champions Congo Brazzaville, South Africa and Zambia are among teams facing serious challenges as they seek top-two group finishes, which secure tournament places. Only four of the 47 contenders — Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia — boast 100 percent records after the second matchday at the weekend.AFP Sport suggests which countries are likely to join Cameroon, automatic qualifiers as hosts.Group AFrench coach Nicolas Dupuis has transformed Madagascar from whipping boys to a competitive team and they are on course for a first Cup of Nations appearance.They appear stronger than second-place rivals Equatorial Guinea, who they face twice next month, and should join Senegal in Cameroon next June.Group BCameroon players happily do some runs during a training session at the camp Toyoyo Grounds in Nairobi on September 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDefending champions Cameroon, who have hired former Dutch star Clarence Seedorf as coach, are competing to gain match practice despite being guaranteed a place.That leaves Morocco, Malawi and the Comoros contesting one place and it would be a sensation if the Herve Renard-coached north Africans failed to claim it.Group CIt is surprising that Burundi, who have never reached a Cup of Nations, are lying second, three points ahead of 2017 hosts Gabon.Sadio Berahino of English second-tier club Stoke has opted to play for Burundi, increasing their qualification hopes at the expense of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired Gabon.Group DAlgeria are on course to justify being favourites to top the table, but more was expected of Togo, led by former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor.Togo have been overshadowed by Benin, whose point from a draw in Lome was an unexpected bonus that could prove crucial come the end of qualifying next March.Group ESouth Africa have qualified for only one of the last five Cup of Nations and being held at home by Libya has endangered hopes of improving that dismal record.Nigeria are growing in strength and confidence and should make it, leaving the South Africans and Libyans to contest for second spot and the Seychelles seek damage limitation.Group FBlack Stars player Daniel Amartey leads Kenya Micheal Olunga. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe tightest group so far with Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia all on three points having won at home and lost away.Ghana possess sufficient talent to take a top-two place and Kenya, whose last Cup of Nations appearance was 14 years ago, could join them with Victor Wanyama an inspirational captain.Group GPerennial underachievers Zimbabwe and twice African champions the Democratic Republic of Congo have both won at home and drawn away to become early favourites for qualification.Congo Brazzaville pose the only genuine threat with Liberia looking capable of collecting  points only at home.Group HRecent Liverpool midfield recruit Naby Keita could play a key role as Guinea strive to maintain a perfect record that began with a shock victory in the Ivory Coast.The Ivorians recovered under new coach Ibrahim Kamara to win in Rwanda and it hard to imagine a Cup of Nations without them although the Central African Republic are no pushovers.Group IFar from the media spotlight in the largely desert northwest African state, Mauritania have been improving continually under French coach Corentin Martins.A first Cup of Nations appearance for them is a distinct possibility, with 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso favoured to also progress at the expense of Angola and Botswana.Group JThis section is following a predictable course with Tunisia and Egypt contesting first place and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Niger trying to avoid coming last.A six-goal thrashing in Egypt has probably put the future of Ivory Coast-born Francois Zahoui as Niger coach in jeopardy.Group KA section expected to be dominated by 2012 champions Zambia has not gone according to plan as they trail pacesetters Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique by three points.It could have been even worse for the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) under new Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck as a deflected goal off a free-kick salvaged a point in Namibia.Group LUganda hold a two-point lead, but Tanzania could be the team to watch after forcing a goalless draw in Kampala under new coach and former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike.Cape Verde have gone backwards after reaching the 2013 and 2015 Cup of Nations, although a late Djaniny equaliser away to workmanlike Lesotho kept them in contention.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pogba’s return fails to lift lethargic United

first_imgBut Pogba lasted just 67 minutes before he was substituted in what was a flat United display, with the team jeered by frustrated fans at the final whistle.Jose Mourinho’s side remain well adrift of the Premier League’s top four as they enter arguably the most intense period of the season, with seven more top-flight fixtures to come before the end of December.Mourinho had suggested before the match that United were capable of bridging the gap between themselves and the Champions League qualification places.However, they laboured, with Romelu Lukaku failing to score for the 11th club game in a row, despite having a goal disallowed for offside 12 minutes into the second half, when he touched in after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had pushed out Ashley Young’s shot.The Belgium striker then saw a well-directed header pushed aside by Hennessey in the final 10 minutes as United chased a winner.Palace, who went into the game without a victory in seven league matches, had already seen a goal disallowed for offside by then, with Cheikhou Kouyate flagged narrowly offside as he touched in Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick with his shoulder shortly before half-time.Milivojevic was involved in the game’s other major talking point, as the victim of a reckless challenge in the final 25 minutes by substitute Marouane Fellaini, who escaped without even a booking.Pogba had a disappointing afternoon as Mourinho’s attacking selection failed to bring reward, although he was not alone in that.Despite a starting line-up that included Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, United lacked the speed of thought to break down their opponents.– Hesitant –Indeed, Palace would have won a league match at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989 had Andros Townsend not steered wide after a bludgeoning run at the United defence with little more than 15 minutes to go.Roy Hodgson’s side had seen two good chances to score first come and go in the opening 25 minutes.Wilfried Zaha, the former United forward, was involved in both opportunities, drilling the first wide from 20 yards after Lingard’s sloppy pass out of defence had allowed Max Meyer to play the ball through.The second chance was by far the better of the two, though, with Meyer running at the United defence and playing a diagonal pass to the right for Zaha, who then fed the ball left for the onrushing Patrick van Aanholt; the full-back stubbed his shot wide, the frustration clear on his face.Lingard had United’s first chance, with a shot from Lukaku’s knockdown that was blocked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who then made a timely intervention near his own goal to prevent Martial from getting Nemanja Matic’s lofted pass under control.He was involved again as Hennessey saved Palace twice in quick succession on the half-hour mark, first pushing away Lingard’s sliding shot from Young’s low cross, then holding Martial’s tame header after the midfielder had hooked the loose ball back into the middle.In between, Chris Smalling had United’s clearest first-half chance, heading wide at the far post from Mata’s floated free-kick.Yet Palace continued to threaten after Lukaku’s disallowed goal, with David de Gea making a double save, first diving full length to his right to push aside Kouyate’s shot from the edge of the area, then blocking Van Aanholt’s hesitant follow-up.The introduction of Marcus Rashford and Sanchez did increase United’s threat, but not enough ultimately to find a goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United were frustrated by Crystal Palace© AFP Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Manchester United were booed off as Paul Pogba’s return from injury failed to inspire them in a dour 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.France midfielder Pogba was recalled to the starting line-up after missing the defeat at Manchester City two weeks ago with a muscle problem.last_img read more

Confirmed: Remi Garde sacked by Aston Villa

first_imgAston Villa manager Remi Garde has left the club by mutual consent.The Frenchman was only appointed in November on a three-and-a-half-year deal, but has been unable to prevent their slide towards relegation.Villa sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League, 12 points from safety with seven games remaining.Villa said in a statement on Tuesday night: “The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Remi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.”Eric Black will take over as acting manager until Garde’s replacement is appointed.Garde, a former Lyon boss, won just two league games after taking over from Tim Sherwood. Villa have lost their last six and conceded 18 goals in the process.They are nine points behind second-bottom Newcastle.Garde was understood to be unhappy with his failure to be backed in the transfer market in January, with Villa opting not to sign a player despite his personal efforts.The 49-year-old’s departure follows a shake-up of the Villa board since the turn of the year, with both chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt quitting in the past fortnight.Chairman Steve Hollis, who took over that role from club owner Randy Lerner in January, has been conducting an internal review.Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King, a former governor of the Bank of England, have recently joined the board, while ex-Villa manager Brian Little has been appointed as an advisor.Earlier on Tuesday former FA executive Adrian Bevington took up a role at the club, working with the board on the review into Villa’s season.Lerner has failed to find a buyer for the club after putting it on the market two years ago. 1 Remi Garde has left Aston Villa last_img read more

NAOMH MUIRE FACE MAC CUMHAILLS IN BALLYBOFEY ON EASTER MONDAY

first_imgNaomh Muire GAA News: Congratulations to Caroline Sharkey and Hannah Gallagher, Donaghy Cup All Ireland College winners with St Pats College on Saturday 21st March.Beidh foireann faoi 18 na ngasúr ag imirt in éadan Naomh Columba ar na Méilte an Mháirt seo (31/03/15) i gcluiche chearthú ceannais réigiúnach na sraithe. Is iad 3, 5, 13 agus 24 na huimhreacha a tháinig amach i lotto na seachtaine seo. Níor bhain duine ar bith an pota óir ach bhí trí uimhir ag Cian Mac Ruairí, Rann na Mónadh.Comhghairdeas leis an foireann tacaíochta faoi stiúr Pól Mac Giolla Bhríde a raibh an bhua acu tráthnóna Dé Sathairn i gcomórtas peile na gaeltachta. D’éirigh leo lámh an uchtair a fháil ar Gleann Fhinne i ndiaidh am breise ar na Méilte. An scór deiridh: Naomh Muire 3-07 Gleann Fhinne 1-08. Beidh siad ag imirt i gcomórtas na Condae in Ard a’ Rátha anois.The next league match for both seniors and reserves is an away trip to Ballybofey to face MacCumhaills on Easter Monday.NAOMH MUIRE FACE MAC CUMHAILLS IN BALLYBOFEY ON EASTER MONDAY was last modified: March 30th, 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:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSportlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN SCHOOL REUNION DVD NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth club this Fri 20th Dec. 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders this week Claire, Julie and Aidan. We are taking a short break until Fri 10th Jan. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 12th Dec 01, 10, 14, 23. No jackpot winner. 2 winners €50 each. Pauline Hunter, Creeslough. Barney Gallagher, Creeslough. Next weeks jackpot €750. Go raibh maith agat. Irish Conversational ClassesNo class this Tues. Classes will resume on Tues 07th Jan Hope you all have a great holiday. Go raibh maith agat.Drumkeen Old School Reunion DVDThis double DVD includes 2 hours of video footage (courtesy of Patsy Bonner) plus an extra 2 hours of photographs (courtesy of Packie Bonner) taken during our reunion weekend. Priced at a very reasonable €10 with all proceeds going to charity. Available from the local Gala supermarket or any committee member. Contact Maeve on 086 3940761 or Henry on 087 2914267.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN SCHOOL REUNION DVD NOW AVAILABLE was last modified: December 15th, 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:cOMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeenlast_img read more