Govt announces plans to fix road

first_imgLinden/Lethem trail…after weeks of outcry from commutersOperators commuting the almost impassable Linden-Lethem trail complain bitterly over its worsening condition as a result of the ongoing persistent rainfall, but Government has announced that works would soon commence on several interior roadways when the May/June rainy season is over.This was announced on Friday by the Natural Resources Ministry, which said that with the support of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), it would be moving forward with the maintenance of several roads in hinterland communities that were in a deplorable state. These rehabilitative works will be done also in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.At the beginning of last month, six road contracts valued at over $650 million were awarded to various contractors for the maintenance of the Rockstone-Mabura, Kurupukari-Annai-Lethem, and the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani roads. This is in addition to a previous contract that was awarded to JR Ranch for the Manari Bridge realignment in Region Nine, Rupununi that was valued at $83,003, 620.Particularly, rehabilitation of the Linden-Ituni-Kwakwani Road in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will recommence at the end of the May-June rainy season. The contracts were awarded for repairs to the roads to International Imports and Supplies to the tune of $239.7 million. The contractor has mobilised equipment at site, and marking out of the roads has commenced.Meanwhile, maintenance of the Annai to Lethem Road should commence in the first week of June, pending facilitating weather. For this project, the contractor has submitted all bonds, and the mobilisation advance is currently being processed. The contract for the continuing section of the road from Annai to Kurupukari was awarded on the same date.The roads were identified following discussions with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and several miners and forest operators, whereby concerns were raised that the condition of the roads was hindering their production efforts and costing them more to move supplies in and out of the interior.Concerns raised by hinterland residents during outreaches conducted by the Natural Resources Ministry also guided the decision by the ministry to see its re-engagement into hinterland roads rehabilitation and maintenance.The Linden-Kwakwani road is an important conduit for forest operators, and repairs will also benefit the residents of these two communities and those along the corridor, including the residents of Ituni and Aroaima. The works will include ditching, excavating, section repairs of soft spots, and filling with laterite.In his 2018 National Budget speech, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had indicated that his ministry plans to work with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to improve the intricate road network in the six mining districts. Approximately $2 billion has been earmarked so far for repairs under this initiative. This joint initiative of the GGMC, Natural Resources Ministry and Public Infrastructure Ministry is aimed at maintaining and rehabilitating the roads, and providing the physical infrastructure necessary for these operators to maintain production in the extractive industries.Residents are urged to monitor the works in their communities, and to make reports on the progress of these activities.Since the May-June rainy season began, the already deplorable Linden-Lethem trail has become almost impassable, posing risks to commuters. In fact, it was pointed out that, almost daily, vehicles are overturning along the trail, with the most recent incident being on Wednesday.Only last week, commuters had complained bitterly about the condition of the roads, and had called on Government to intervene and repair the sections that are almost impassable. More recently, small operators have called on authorities to suspend heavy duty vehicles from traversing the trail, since those vehicles are further damaging the roads.last_img read more

29 criminal cases disposed of during January Demerara Assizes

first_imgThe January 2019 Assizes in Demerara came to an end last Friday when Justice Navindra Singh held the Goal Delivery. At the end of this session, a total of 29 cases were completed.The first session for the year began on January 8 with a total of 260 cases listed to be heard before presiding Justices Singh, James Bovell-Drakes and Jo-Ann Barlow.Of these 29 matters heard, 28 were presented in the High Court of Demerara by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), while one was nolle prosequi (not prosecuted).Of these 28 cases presented, 13 were for the offence of murder, one was for the offence of manslaughter, and 14 were for sexual offences. There were six guilty pleas, seven convictions, nine not-guilty verdicts by jury, five formal verdicts of not guilty, and one hung jury.Of the 28 cases presented in the High Court, 12 were prosecuted by State Counsel Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed before Justice Navindra Singh. Of these 12 cases, 10 were murder trials, which saw four accused pleading guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and being sentenced to 14, 16, 12 and a half, and 20 years’ imprisonment respectively.In another three murder trials, the juries returned unanimous verdicts of guilty, and the accused were respectively sentenced to 30 years, 100 years and 80 years imprisonment. One of these accused was found guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter. The other three murder cases saw the accused persons being acquitted.In the one case for manslaughter before Justice Singh, a no case submission was upheld.Additionally, there was one case in which the accused was charged for engaging in sexual activity with a child by abusing a position of trust. That accused was sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment after he was found guilty by a unanimous jury.Meanwhile, a total of 13 sexual offences cases were prosecuted by State Counsel Lisa Cave, Seeta Bishundial and Sarah Martin in the Sexual Offences Court before Justice Barlow.In three of those sexual offences cases, the trial judge directed the juries to return formal verdicts of not guilty, because the complainants did not attend court or testified that they did not wish to proceed with the evidence against the accused.In another case, the accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment; while another accused was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment after he was, by the jury, found guilty of two counts of having engaged in sexual activity with a child family member. Five other cases resulted in the accused being acquitted by jury verdicts of not guilty.There was also one hung jury in a case of rape of a child under 16 years. In two other matters, the juries returned guilty verdicts for both accused, and probation reports were ordered to be presented on April 5, when the two accused will be sentenced.Additionally, State Counsel Tamieka Clarke and Tiffini Lyken completed three murder trials before Justice Bovell-Drakes.In two of these matters, the accused were both acquitted by jury verdicts of not guilty. While in the one other case, the accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.For the one matter that was nolle prosequi by the DPP, the accused was indicted for attempting to commit murder, discharging a loaded firearm with lntent, wounding with lntent, unlawful possession of ammunition and setting fire to a public building. The indictment was nolle prosequi pursuant to a Court Order granted on October 13, 2017 by a High Court Judge and entered on October 17, 2017, but which was never served on the DPP.Nevertheless, the April Criminal Assizes in Demerara will commence on Tuesday April 2, 2019. Justices Singh and Bovell-Drakes will return to preside over this session, and will be joined by Justice Brassington Reynolds. The April session has a total of 259 cases listed to be heard.On the other hand, between January and March, the DPP appeared in six matters before the Court of Appeal. The State was represented by Assistant DPP Dionne Mc Cammon, Assistant DPP Teshana Lake, and Senior State Counsel Natasha Backer, Orenthia Schmidt and Narissa Leander.Of these six appellants, two had their applications to appeal against conviction and sentence dismissed; one other was granted his application for extension of time to appeal, while one appellant withdrew her application to appeal against her conviction and sentence.The State was allowed its application to appeal against an acquittal in a murder case, while the Appeal Court reserved its decision in one appeal against conviction and sentence.Meanwhile, the Demerara Full Court sat five times during these three months. Three applications were withdrawn, while two appellants were allowed their applications and had their convictions and sentences set aside.last_img read more

Trackers selling 50/50 tickets this weekend to raise funds for provincials

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers are continuing their fundraising efforts for provincials tomorrow as they will be selling 50/50 tickets. Tickets will be sold at various locations for five dollars each.There are 1,200 tickets left to be sold and the prize currently is around $7,000. If the tickets sell out the winning prize will be $10,000.Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Totem Mall, the B.C. Liquor Store and the Pomeroy Sport Centre.- Advertisement –last_img

Neymar turns it on as seven-up PSG destroy Celtic

first_img0Shares0000After Neymar had scored again to put PSG ahead, Edinson Cavani added a third, celebrating wildly with the Brazilian. Photo/DMPARIS, France, Nov 22 – Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain’s comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.Moussa Dembele had put the visitors ahead inside a minute at the Parc des Princes, but Neymar’s brace soon turned the game around and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe added goals of their own before the interval. Marco Verratti made it five with quarter of an hour left, before Cavani got his second and a sensational Dani Alves hit wrapped up the French giants’ biggest win in the competition.Already through to the last 16 before this game, they will look to clinch top spot in Group B ahead of Bayern Munich when they travel to Germany for their final game next month.Bayern won 2-1 at Anderlecht on Wednesday, while PSG remain on course to finish with maximum points in the section having already set a new record for goals in the group stage with 24.Celtic, who were already eliminated, will at least secure the consolation of a Europa League spot in the New Year as long as they avoid a heavy defeat at home to Anderlecht in their next outing.They had suffered their heaviest ever home defeat in Europe when they last faced PSG in September, losing 5-0. They had also only ever managed just two wins in 29 previous away games in the group stage, and yet they stunned their hosts by going ahead with just 58 seconds played.Alves gave away a corner before Paris had even made it out of their own half and Olivier Ntcham’s low delivery was then swept home by Dembele, the highly-rated France under-21 striker who was on PSG’s books as a youngster.That scuppered PSG’s hopes of becoming the first side to complete the group phase without conceding a goal, but quickly the Scottish side were wondering if they had scored too soon.Neymar’s form has dipped over the last six weeks, and yet the Brazilian led the turnaround in stunning style. He levelled in the ninth minute with a low finish into the far corner from a tight angle following an Adrien Rabiot pass.And he scored again midway through the first half with a low strike beyond Craig Gordon after a one-two with Marco Verratti.That was a sixth goal in five Champions League outings this season for the world’s most expensive player, and it was also the seventh time he had found the net against Celtic.He loves playing against the Scottish side and he claimed an assist as it became 3-1 just before the half-hour, using his shoulder to help an Alves ball across the face of goal for Cavani to turn in.Poor Celtic defending contributed to PSG getting their fourth before the interval, as they failed to deal with a Neymar free-kick into the box and Mbappe fired in.The Ligue 1 leaders had taken their took their foot off the gas after the break but they rounded out their win with three more goals late on.Celtic lost 7-0 to Neymar’s Barcelona in this competition last season and this turned into a similar hiding as Verratti made it five before Cavani volleyed in the sixth, his 21st of the season.The best was saved for last as Alves made it seven with a quite stunning effort from 22 yards that arced into the top-left corner of the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wilmots allays fears over Man City captain Kompany’s injury

first_imgBelgium manager Marc Wilmots has allayed fears over an injury to Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.The centre-back sustained a calf problem in training on Tuesday but after a scan he has been passed fit to train again on Thursday with the chance he could still play in the friendly against Australia later that day.“Good news for Vincent Kompany, he will do light training tomorrow and we will then see whether he can play. Without taking any risk of course!,” Wilmots wrote on Twitter. Vincent Kompany in action for Manchester City 1last_img read more

Chivas USA buries Galaxy in Clasico

first_imgThen there are moments like Thursday, when Razov is able to turn down the fire in his lungs and legs and turn back the clock. The veteran, using all his guile and a right foot that’s usually for decoration, scored midway through the first half, then watched Francisco Mendoza and Laurent Merlin add goals in the final minutes for a 3-0 victory over the Galaxy before 23,328 at Home Depot Center. The victory lifted Chivas (13-6-4, 43 points) into first place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of Houston. It’s the first time they’ve been in first place beyond April. It also lifted the spirits of their fan club, La Legion, which packed the north end stands, chanting, unfurling an enormous flag that covered the entire section, and late in the game hurling several smoke bombs on to the field and a water bottle that hit Galaxy defender Troy Roberts. The smoke, which engulfed the entire goal, caused the game to momentarily be stopped and the public address announcer to say: “Ladies and gentlemen, we ask that you please refrain from throwing smokebombs on the field.” SOCCER: Goats shut out their rivals again and climb into first place in the Western Conference. By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER There are times when Chivas USA forward Ante Razov feels every one of his 33 years, when he thinks about how nice it would be to sit back at left back and launch long balls down the field instead of spending 90 minutes chasing kids a decade younger. There were few such niceties on the field in this simmering rivalry, with Jesse Marsh ? whose kick to the midsection of David Beckham three weeks ago set off a near-melee ? needing only two minutes to stir it up again. Marsch, after being fouled by Peter Vagenas, threw the ball at Vagenas, who then pushed him back. Marsch earned a yellow card. Four more yellows were handed out, all for rough tackles. Standing out on an evening of gritty play was the graceful finish by Razov. He chested down a pass from Lawson Vaughn on the right side of the box. With Abel Xavier on his left hip and goalkeeper Joe Cannon coming out to challenge him, Razov fired with his notoriously underused right foot. The ball kicked off Cannon’s forearm, and kicked off the far post and into the net. “It’s a game of inches,” Cannon said. “And that pretty much typifies they kind of year it’s been for both teams.” The goal was the ninth of the season and the 107th of Razov’s career, moving him within one of Jason Kreis for second place on MLS’ all-time scoring list. Razov, who once played for UCLA and the Galaxy, said he cherishes nights like Thursday. “It all means more ? even going to training,” he said. “As a young kid, you probably take it for granted. I’m tired. But you’re not going to play forever. Certainly these kinds of games are fun, especially in your hometown. It’s a lot of fun.” Said Marsch, himself 33: “There’s days where you think why am I still doing this? But the thing about ‘te, he still shows, he’s mobile, he knows how to combine and to play soccer, and the one thing you have to say is he knows how to score goals. There’s always a need for that.” Nobody knows that more than the last-place Galaxy (4-12-5). Fighting off fatigue and frustration midway through the second half, they summoned up the strength ? mainly on the legs of Landon Donovan ? to create a handful of dangerous chances. But neither Alan Gordon, Carlos Pavon, substitute Gavin Glinton or anyone else in a white jersey could finish them. “Tonight we lacked that little something in front of the goal,” Donovan said. In the 88th minute, Mendoza gave Chivas a cushion, driving a shot past Cannon on a counter attack. Driving in the final stake three minutes later was the substitute Merlin, who made his entry into MLS by winning a tryout amongst by the Galaxy to play with David Beckham. When he was released, Chivas picked him up. billy.witz@dailynews.com160Want 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

Numbers don’t tell whole story in investing

first_imgNEW YORK – In investing, like sports, the numbers can be compelling but don’t always tell the whole story. Athletes and stock pickers alike can hit cold streaks or lose their rhythm when conditions change, so a solid long-term record is what really burnishes a reputation. Rookie funds are at something of a disadvantage, knowing that investors like to see a history of performance, so many of these funds will calculate what their results would have been had they been around longer. But while the numbers that come from so-called backtesting can be helpful, investors should remember there is a difference between a scrimmage and a regular game. “There’s no reason you can’t test for liquidity and trading costs and commissions. But it takes more effort,” Kinnel said. “You have to make it realistic. And that involves realistic costs.” It’s not that funds are likely trying to use misleading data, analysts say. It can simply be difficult to account for all the variables that could have affected how a fund performed. Indeed, if a fund isn’t following an index and is instead run using a strategy it can be hard to pinpoint what move fund managers might have made. Fund companies know that investors rely heavily on past performance – often too much so. But not all fund managers believe in using backtesting to give an indication of how a fund would likely have done. “It can be confusing to the average investor,” said Gerald Sullivan, portfolio manager of the Industry Leaders Fund, of backtested results. He said he isn’t comfortable with them. “It’s very easy to predict what will have done well in the past.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It isn’t the same thing as real results,” said Russel Kinnel, a mutual-fund analyst at investment-research provider Morningstar Inc. “I think you certainly have to keep it in mind when it is backtested,” he said of investors considering young funds. And even if everyone agreed backtested figures carried as much weight as a log of a fund’s actual performance, investors would be wise to remember the boilerplate statement that’s as much a part of mutual-fund ads as tags on new mattresses or FBI warnings on movies: Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. Backtesting is often used by funds that mirror an index. If a fund follows an index, the thinking goes, it’s possible to go back and plot how the fund would have traded by looking at how the index did. But in some cases, even tracing an index back through time can present problems. Kinnel has concerns about backtesting with funds that invest in small-cap stocks, where limited supply and demand can make it harder to buy and sell. Some poorly constructed models might even fail to add in trading costs that over the long term would depress returns. last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS’ PLANS TO ‘RELIVE’ COULD SEE THEM AMERICA BOUND

first_imgTwo young Donegal lads have turned a bit of the past into a possible business venture.Conor Mallon and Niall O’Shaughnessy are two 16 year old entrepreneurs from Kilmacrennan.The two lads have started a company called Relive which converts any old videos into DVDs. The pair have been entered into the International competition (Global Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2014).If they are successful in getting through, they will win a trip to the Awards Dinner and Gala in Washington DC on April 24th.The lads were yesterday short-listed for the final of the event and will be interviewed on Thursday in Dublin with a view to going to the US.Conor said “As you could imagine, we would absolutely love to get through.” In the meantime the lads are trying to drum up as much business as possible.Anyone wishing to find out more about their service can contact Conor on 087 2799646. DONEGAL STUDENTS’ PLANS TO ‘RELIVE’ COULD SEE THEM AMERICA BOUND was last modified: January 21st, 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:CONOR MALLONkilmacrennanNIALL O’SHUAGHNESSYRELIVElast_img read more

Manchester City news: Revealed – every Premier League fixture for 2017-18 season

first_img1 Will the trophy be heading back to the Etihad Stadium? This is how Manchester City’s 2017-18 season will unfold. All fixtures subject to change.12/08/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City19/08/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Everton26/08/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester City09/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Liverpool16/09/2017 15:00 Watford v Manchester City23/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Crystal Palace30/09/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester City14/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Stoke City21/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley28/10/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City04/11/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Arsenal18/11/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester City25/11/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Manchester City29/11/2017 20:00 Manchester City v Southampton02/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United09/12/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City12/12/2017 19:45 Swansea City v Manchester City16/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur23/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Bournemouth26/12/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester City30/12/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester City01/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Watford13/01/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester City20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Newcastle United31/01/2018 20:00 Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion03/02/2018 15:00 Burnley v Manchester City10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Leicester City24/02/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester City03/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea10/03/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Manchester City17/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion31/03/2018 15:00 Everton v Manchester City07/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United14/04/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City21/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Swansea City28/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester City05/05/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Huddersfield Town13/05/2018 15:00 Southampton v Manchester Citylast_img read more

House votes for treating terror suspects humanely

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In a symbolic move, the House endorsed a Senate-passed ban on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign terrorism suspects Wednesday as negotiations between the Bush administration and Sen. John McCain over the provision appeared at an impasse. Approved 308-122, the procedural vote puts political pressure on House negotiators, although it does not require them to include the ban and another provision standardizing interrogation techniques used by U.S. troops in a final wartime military spending bill. With both chambers of Congress controlled by Republicans, the House endorsement of the two provisions sponsored by McCain, R-Ariz., further embarrasses the administration, which months ago threatened to veto legislation containing either provision. The vote in the House followed a morning meeting between McCain and President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, in which the two sides failed to reach a compromise on the provisions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “At this point, discussions are ongoing,” Hadley told The Associated Press as he left McCain’s Capitol Hill office after an hourlong meeting. “We’re still talking,” McCain said Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll get this resolved one way or another.” But progress on any compromise was thrown into question just hours later when many House Republicans took up the nonbinding proposal by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to put the House on record supporting McCain’s provisions. The provisions were endorsed by 200 Democrats, 107 Republicans and one independent. “We cannot torture and still retain the moral high ground,” Murtha, the senior Democrat on the House appropriations defense panel, said. “There can be no waiver … for torture. No torture and no exceptions.” last_img read more