Nimba County soccer coach Muta Fofana has disclosed that Nimba’s 1-1 draw with Maryland County in the ongoing National County Meet was because his players underestimated Maryland.Speaking to this newspaper after the game on December 13, he said the Maryland game was not a priority as compared to other teams in their group.Nimba drew with Maryland County on Sunday which brought disappointment ro Nimbaians who had expected victory.Prior to the game, the entire city of Sanniquellie was besieged by enthusiastic fans of Nimba County, dancing all night long on the main street of Sanniquellie as they waited for victory.However, Coach Muta reassured fans that there will be no more joke in their remaining games because the team will win to bring them joy.“We are sure of defeating the remaining teams to bring joy to our people,” he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Business Minister Dominic Gaskin conducted a site visit to the Lethem Industrial Estate while he was in the border town over the weekend.Construction of the facility, which is located on the outskirts of Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), is right on schedule and, once completed, will be a stimulus for many of the entrepreneurs within Lethem and the wider Region Nine area.Minister Gaskin, who also has the responsibility for tourism, pointed out that a business incubator is being established to give small businesses an outlet where they can cultivate and acquire enough skills in an enabling environment with the necessary support mechanism.Lethem Industrial Estate under construction“The project is likely to be operational by next year we are pinning a lot of hope on how that estate develops.”The goal is that within a year of the establishment, the businesses should be in a position to branch off independently and possibly expand.The industrial site is expected to be a source of employment for the residents of the town. “When the estate is open, it will take a while to get full occupancy, it’s a long-term project, but businesses that will be opened in that environment will require employees and staff in a variety of levels and we expect that these positions will be taken up by persons from Lethem or by the region, and we expect that the Brazilian market will play a role in the viability of the businesses that are looking to be established,” Minister Gaskin is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Business Ministry has responsibility for industrial estates at Lethem, Belvedere, Eccles, and Coldingen. The latter two, which have a combined total of 120 developed plots, house close to 60 developed estates providing jobs for about 4000 Guyanese.The main industries are wood-processing, cement and block-making, food processing, fish processing, furniture manufacturing, metal fabrication and pharmaceuticals.In the 2016 National Budget, the Government allocated $212 million for the development and repair of the industrial estates at Belvedere and Lethem.
Councillor of Constituency Number Four, Zeelugt, Poorandai Sukhu on Tuesday vented her frustration over the village’s alarming crime rate, which she claimed is not being addressed by the Police Division.Sukhu told Guyana Times she is certain a robbery occurs at least every three days in the community.It is due to this fact that the Councillor noted that the matter was brought to the attention of the D Division (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) Commander, who only reportedly committed to meeting with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) members in June, but never showed up.“The crime rate is very very high. Extremely high I would say because is like everyCouncillor of Constituency Number Four, Zeelugt, Poorandai Sukhunight someone house is (being) broken into. Every night…,” she said.Sukhu said on Monday night a villager’s house was broken into and several items were discovered missing. “One week prior to that they went in his shop and clean the entire shop with all the goods and everything and couple days after, they went back there. Earlier in the month they went to a supermarket in the village also,” she stated.The Councillor said despite reports are being made of these incidents to the Police, little or nothing is being done to remedy or even investigate the occurrences.According to her, a number of reports were made by villagers to police stations, which is often to no avail.“I know of (a case) where one resident caught a thief man in his veranda and called the Police and the thief man claimed that he was going there to look for something to eat (because) he is very hungry and after two (or) three days, the Police loose him,” she explained. The woman said the crime rate is so high and has become so scary that many times persons are forced to stay away from family activities and forums because whenever the home is left unattended, the thieves take advantage. It is because of the same reason, she said, that persons are now refraining from wandering on the streets after dark.“This is really frustrating. Persons should not have to live like this in fear. The Police ought to look into our worries,” she added.The Councillor added, “where I am living in my street, this is about seven days ago, they went in (somebody’s home), break the window and those people were in their house sleeping. They carried away bottles of water, them two litre bottles thinking it was kero and they carry away that. Carry away the fan and even the people groceries.”Meanwhile, when contracted, Divisional Commander Rishi Das dismissed the claims made by the Councillor. He said he was never contacted to attend any meeting by the NDC.“Nobody never invite me to meet with the members of Zeelugt (NDC). I did Community meetings in West Demerara Station District. I went to Bonasika, I went to Santa Mission, I went to Canal (and) I went to Par Faite Harmonie… I never promised anybody to go anywhere,” Das said.He even said that based on their records, the crime rates are not as high. On Monday last, a man was nabbed with several items he stole from the Zeelugt Shiva Mandir.A caretaker of the building who visited the temple on Monday at about 06:00h to switch off the lights found the idols stripped and the building ransacked. She raised an alarm, and the incident was reported to the Police.The devotees who suspected the man went to his home with a team of officers and unearthed the missing items in his fowl pen. Taken into custody, he subsequently confessed to the crime at the Leonora Police Station.A public-address system and over $200,000 in decorations and other items were stolen.
2 years after loan approvedTwo years following the signing of a concessional loan with the Government of India, construction is still to commence on the new road linking the East Coast of Demerara with the East Bank of Demerara.The road, which will link Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) to Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), is intended to reduce congestion by providing commuters with an alternative route, with construction scheduled to begin in late 2016.However, although it was announced by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that works were set to commence at the end of 2016, it was now being reported by the Ministry that the project was still in the preparatory stage.The project reportedly has three distinctive stages: stage one – detailed project report preparation; stage two – construction supervision and stage three – post-construction/defects liability period.The final report of stage one, which is being undertaken by an Indian company called RITES Limited for the sum of US$1,321,000, is expected to be submitted in April of next year, with actual construction expected to start that July.This stage had commenced in April 13, 2018 and to date the consultant (RITES) has submitted the inception and feasibility reports. The Public Infrastructure Ministry in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that the “new road will also integrate other local distributor roads on the East Bank Demerara with the road network of Georgetown and East Coast Demerara corridor while simultaneously improving the connectivity with the Ogle Airport”.According to the Ministry, “this is consistent with the Transportation Policy Proposal of the Greater Georgetown Development Plan (2001-2013) aiming to link the road networks on the East Coast Demerara, East Bank Demerara and the capital city”. Currently, the East Bank Highway is the only exit route available to residents who live in Georgetown, ECD and EBD.Since these areas are below sea level and prone to flooding, the importance of an alternative route in the case of any major natural disaster was also outlined. The design will allow for a new alignment (approximately 15 kilometres long) which will connect the ECD to the EBD at the aforementioned limits.It will also allow for the integration with the existing road network via a number of connector roads with Aubrey Barker Road, Haags Bosch Road, Mocha Arcadia Road and Diamond Access Road. According to the Ministry, “Based on submissions thus far the approximate budget is 104 million United States dollars (US$104,000,000).”
The unintended consequence of all this chaos is, unfortunately, death. Last year, 453 people died while trying to cross into the USA illegally – all of them victims of the deserts or criminals preying upon them. Recently, in the Bronx, nine children were killed in a horrific fire after a row house ignited into flames. I have the floor plan of that dwelling. It was designed to house eight people at most. Seventeen children and five adults from Mali were living there with no fire escapes, bad heating and no sprinkler system. Sanctuary isn’t much good if the shelter is lethal. A mixture of political cowardice, idealistic nonsense, and corrupting cash has resulted in a crisis that is hurting just about everyone but the businesspeople who exploit the illegals. And judging by the performances of Presidents Bush and Calderon, I don’t see real reform on the horizon. The USA needs to secure the border with barriers and the National Guard, develop a fair, disciplined guest worker program that serves legitimate business needs, and require all illegal aliens already here to register so they can be evaluated as potential citizens. Mexico needs to police its border and stop the drug runners and poor migrants from doing whatever they want to do. Both countries could accomplish those things; there is a way. But, truthfully, there’s no will. Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor. E-mail him at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was fascinating to watch the tango between President George W. Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderon in the Yucatan a few days ago. Bush pledged to try to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform, while Se or Calderon put forth that America needs to “do more” for Mexico. OK, so what are these guys really saying? First, President Bush has no heart for the immigration fight. As the former governor of Texas, he well understands the myriad of problems chaotic illegal immigration has caused. But Bush, I believe, sincerely believes that most migrants are honest, hard-working folks who simply want a better life. He also calculates that tough action against illegals will ultimately cost the Republican party crucial votes, because the pro-alien lobby demonizes politicians who try to crack down. For his part, Presidente Calderon claims he wants to stem the flow of immigrants and narcotics into the USA, but it’s baloney. Calderon actually told the truth when he said that because millions of Americans want drugs, the supply would continue to flow through Mexico. South of the border, this immigration/narcotics deal is all about money, and we’re talking billions of dollars. The cash illegals send home to Mexico and the narco-trafficante dollars fuel Mexico’s entire economy, with only oil competing. The old saying is, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But there’s little will in the USA to get illegal immigration under control. Right now there are at least 37 so-called “sanctuary cities” ranging from Anchorage, Alaska, to Katy, Texas. These are municipalities that have flat-out told the Homeland Security department they will not cooperate with any investigations into the status of illegal workers. In New York, for example, many officials look the other way while immigrants, both legal and illegal, pack into dwellings, organize into criminal gangs and generally do whatever they want. On Long Island, where I live, 60 men were living in one suburban house. When Suffolk Country authorities finally responded to desperate complaints from neighbors, the newspaper Newsday went wild, calling attempts to control the illegal situation “anti-immigration mania.”
0Shares0000The final decision of the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 30 – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022. The next stage will be the submission of complete candidacy dossiers by the candidates on March 16.The host will be chosen on June 13 next year, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the governing body of world football.The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but following the suspicions that hovered over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, and the subsequent scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some power and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC SPCA has partnered with Northern Lights Estate Winery and has launched ‘The Bear’, a new Pinot Gris-style wine that is raising awareness and funds to help BC bears.Using surplus apples sourced from local properties to make the wine and the goal to deter bears from entering developed areas in search of leftover or fallen fruit. ‘The Bear’ will help protect local bears as well $2 from the sale of each bottle will be given to the BC SPCA to help animals in need across B.C.In a statement by Craig Daniell, Chief Executive Officer of the BC SPCA says the initiative is a creative example of how individuals and businesses can make a difference for B.C. wildlife.- Advertisement -“British Columbia is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife, including both black bears and grizzly bears,” says Daniell. “But, as urban development expands into wild animal habitats, bear encounters have become a normal part of life, with tragic consequences for the bears.” In the fall, as bears prepare for hibernation they need to build up fat to survive the winter. They seek out easily accessed foods, including compost, garbage and fruit trees. “Unfortunately, these food sources bring bears and people closer together,” says Daniell. “Over time, bears may lose their natural fear of people and start to associate people with food. Sadly, hundreds of ‘problem’ bears end up being killed by conservation officers in B.C. every year.”The BC SPCA is reminding British Columbians to do their part in keeping B.C. bears safe by being aware of the following attractants;Ripe or fallen fruitUnsecured garbage and compost/food scrapsOutdoor pet food storageBird feedersOutdoor fridges and freezersBeehivesChicken coops“We can all take easy steps to protect bears from becoming victims,” says Daniell. “And what better way to reward yourself for making the effort than with a glass of The Bear wine?”Advertisement For more information on where to buy The Bear wine, visit northernlightswinery.ca.
0Shares0000Spain have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSKRASNODAR, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday — just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup.In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. At a severely delayed press conference at Spain’s World Cup base in Krasnodar, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales said he felt Lopetegui’s decision to join Madrid so close to the start of the tournament “obliged” him to take drastic action.“I am here to say that we feel obliged to sack the national team manager,” said Rubiales.Lopetegui had signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month and Rubiales is reportedly angry at only being informed of his decision to join Real minutes before the European champions made the announcement public.“I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee that the new technical team will do everything they can. We are left in a very difficult situation,” he said.No decision has yet been made over who will take charge, with Spain due to face European champions Portugal in Sochi on Friday.Former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro, who is currently Spain’s sporting director, and Spain under-21 coach Albert Celades have emerged as the principal candidates.Lopetegui was appointed Spain coach in July 2016 and never tasted defeat in the job, leading the team through 20 unbeaten games ahead of the World Cup.La Roja were among the favourites to lift the trophy this summer but the astonishing developments of the past two days could have a devastating affect on their chances.There were fears his appointment could open up old divisions between the Real Madrid and Barcelona factions in the Spain squad.For the first time since 2006, there are more players from Madrid in a Spanish squad for a major tournament, with a six-strong Real contingent and just Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets from Barca.However, according to reports in the Spanish media, the players tried to intervene at the last minute to prevent Rubiales sacking Lopetegui.Lopetegui had a short playing career at both Madrid and Barcelona as a reserve goalkeeper.However, his coaching career had been far from distinguished before being handed the role as Spain coach after a last-16 exit at Euro 2016 brought Vicente del Bosque’s eight-year reign to an end.After short spells at Rayo Vallecano and with Madrid’s youth team Real Madrid Castilla, Lopetegui enjoyed a successful time with Spain’s under-19s and under-21s.He then spent 18 months in charge of Porto but was sacked after exiting the Champions League at the group stage in his second season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
RaphoeRAPHOE NOTESJohn Hegarty Memorial Art Competition 2016The winners of this year’s annual art competition in memory of the late John Hegarty, Art Tutor, hosted by Family Resource Centre and Raphoe Art Group in association with Raphoe Central and St. Eunan’s National Schools were: 1st Prize-Abbie Mc Knight, 6th Class Raphoe Central National School; 2nd Prize-Jamie Lee Simpson, 6th Class Raphoe Central National School; Joint 3rd Prize-Caitlin Gallagher, 5th Class St. Eunan’s National School and Jack Kerr, 6th Class Raphoe Central National School. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank both schools for their continuing support for this art competition, and to all the young people for their outstanding art work. The judges had a difficult task in selecting the winners such was the high quality of submissions. Well done to all!Family Resource Centre 15 Year Celebrations The Family Resource Centre would like to invite the local community to its 15th anniversary celebrations which will take place from 12-4pm on Monday 27th June 2016 outside The Volt House. From 12-2pm there will be children/family activities such as bouncy castles, disco music, face painting, balloon sculpting, magic tricks, Scallywags Puppet Theatre, Lucky Dip and more. From 2-4pm there will be a community tea dance with refreshments. It is also hoped that there will be a car boot sale on the day. Let’s hope for good weather! Anyone interested in setting up a table for the car boot sale should contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503. We would like to thank Donegal Local Development Company through SICAP for its funding support to enable these activities to take place. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment InitiativeRaphoe 5k/Community Fun RunThe Family Resource Centre is delighted to announce that Coyle’s Centra Raphoe will again sponsor the Raphoe Annual 5k road race hosted by the Family Resource Centre in association with Lifford/Strabane A.C. This is the third year in succession that Coyle’s Centra has sponsored the race and we really appreciate their generous support once again. The race will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July. Raphoe 5k is one of the races in Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Programme. As the Family Resource Centre is celebrating 15th years in the Family and Community Resource Centre Programme we are inviting walkers to take part with families most welcome. Entry fees: Adults-€8 (chip timing); Families (2 adults +2 or more children)-€20. There will also be a Kid’s 1k race commencing at 7.00pm and the entry fee is €3. Prizes and refreshments will be available. Go on….get on those running/walking shoes!Afterschool Programme The Family Resource Centre’s Afterschool Programme has now finished for this term and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the young people who attended each week since last September. Our best wishes go to all our 6th Class young people who will be transferring to Secondary School and we hope that you will enjoy school life as a “wee first year!” We look forward to seeing all before then though during the summer programme commencing on Monday 18th July.Drop-in TuesdaysDrop-in Tuesdays continue in the Family Resource Centre in the Volt House on Tuesdays from 10.30-11.30am. The Drop-in provides the opportunity for members of the community to call in for a cup of tea and a chat. Local and daily papers will be available so you can catch up on local, national and international news. The Drop-in is free so why not come along and join us?50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus ball was Joan Mc Daid and the winning number was 34.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck! Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant.A person will be eligible if he or she is:• Aged 65 years or older; and• Of limited means or resources; and• Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and• Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and• Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and• Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme. Therefore, if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe.Raphoe Friday Club The Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. We appreciate the funding we have received from Donegal Co Council which will enable us to offer more events. We Thank Cllr. Frank Mc Brearty and Cllr. Gerry Crawford for their work on our behalf to enable us to have this help. So come along and join in the fun. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145465 and arrange.Foroige NoticeForoige Youth Organisation are looking for adult mentor volunteers to join the Big Brother/Big Sister Programme and spend 1-2 hours per week having a positive influence on a young person’s life. For further information please call 086-0484459 or 086-8213756.DD COMMUNITY NOTES: RAPHOE LAUNCH DETAILS OF ANNUAL 5K was last modified: June 17th, 2016 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:donegalRaphoe notes