Koker attendant sleeps as river water floods GT communities

first_img– City Council launches investigationBy Shemuel FanfairResidents of Alexander Village and Riverview, Ruimveldt, are counting their losses after their properties were flooded owing to the negligence of a koker attendant who reportedly slept and left the sluice open.Guyana Times met with affected persons on Wednesday who were calling for compensation to be paid out to them over the damage to equipment and household goods they suffered. This publication was told that the Riverview koker door was left open for more than two hours after the time it should have been closed.It was explained that the door was meant to be closed at 22:00h Tuesday, but the sluice attendant reportedly slept away and was only awakened when residents realised the water was rushing into their yards and homes.“Many nights, I does wake them up because I live in here and I know the tide and if I see they lapsing, I does go and wake them,” expressed a Riverview man, whose newly-purchased $125,000 refrigerator stopped working on Wednesday morning.Workers at Riverview, Ruimveldt were clearing bush and clogged drains following the overnight floodingResidents said the attendant and others attempted to battle the waters just after midnight, but this was too late and water kept on gushing in. The situation got worse as high tide came in around 03:00h Wednesday.“Water was still inside the fridge; the bottom cupboard get wet, and I had to lose a day’s pay to ensure my things dem secure,” city hotel chef Trevor Spencer told this newspaper.The Riverview shop owner who is popularly known as Ziko told Guyana Times that Wednesday’s flooding was not the first such incident, recalling that several months ago issues at the koker caused flooding in the area. During the morning hours on Wednesday, workers, presumably attached to the city, were seen clearing access drains in the area. Residents noted that poor drainage contributed to the flooding, adding that the drains were not regularly cleared.“De water can’t run nowhere,” a man in the community relayed.Many students were kept away from school, and Alexander Village residents said flooding there was compounded by a backdam canal which was not cleaned for over five years.The backdam canal at Alexander Village which residents said has not been cleaned in over five years“It’s not fair that everything you working for hard and investing in just getting damaged every time there is flooding. You cleaning, but it ain’t make no sense because it is the same thing happening all the time,” an Alexander Village resident disclosed.Meanwhile, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green was on site and reportedly told Riverview residents that someone from City Hall would check with them to assess their losses. She revealed that City Hall would launch a probe into the flood situation.“We’re going to have an emergency meeting, have an investigation and move forward. I am waiting on my engineer and the other men on the floor to tell me exactly what happened, but I can see actual damage,” she noted.However, just before lunch, residents said they were still waiting on the assessment team, adding that they were promised disinfectant fluid to wash their premises with. One woman, a teacher from the Riverview area, however, indicated that disinfectant fluid was not enough to compensate for the losses they suffered. She further related that her daughter’s books, toys and the family computer were all destroyed in the intense overnight flooding.The residents are calling for the City Council to address immediately their concerns.last_img read more

Junior secondary students successful in weekend meet

first_imgOver the weekend, Fort St. John junior secondary students traveled to Alberta to compete in a series of athletic events.On Saturday, students from Dr. Kearney Junior Secondary, as well as students from various schools from all across the peace region, were in Grande Prairie, competing in the 2011 Peace Country Classic & Hershey Meet.- Advertisement -There were 18 students who participated from Dr. Kearney Junior Secondary, with 21 medals won.Students from the school’s Track Club did exceptionally well in the 4 x 100 relays. The Girls 13-14 age group placed first with a time of 60.40 The Boys 15-16 age group also placed first in the same category with a time of 51.50.Students also competed individually, with a number of competitors earning top honours. Tate Kucera placed first in the Boys 15-16 High Jump with a height of 1.63 meters. Kelsey Maclean finished first in the Girls 13-14 100 Meter Dash with a time of 14.40. Jade Mah placed first in the Girls 13-14 800 Meter Run at 3:02.80.Some other students who placed first in their meets include Kameron Furlong, who won the Boys 13-14 800 Meter Run at 2:29.00. Shalena Breitkreutz was the victor of the Girls 13-14 200 Meter Dash with a time of 30.20. Alex Adkins also placed first in the Boys 11-12 Long Jump with a distance of 1.53 Meters.Advertisement Please find attached a list of results from the students of Dr. Kearney Junior Secondary.last_img read more

Migrant benefits debate renews

first_imgLawmakers are expected to again take up the fierce debate over illegal immigration this year with a host of bills looking to deny or expand benefits to the undocumented. Already in this new legislative session, Republicans have proposed bills to deny public benefits to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hire them and give law enforcement new tools to arrest them. And reflecting sharp party-line splits, Democrats are looking to expand opportunities available to undocumented immigrants, including granting them the right to drive and providing subsidized health coverage. But, as in previous efforts, little significant action is expected to emerge on the controversial topic as lawmakers remain wary of the complexity of the issue and California voters’ views. “California voters are bipolar,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at Cal State Sonoma. “They want to think of themselves as progressive and liberal, and that California is the epitome of the American dream. “But by the same token, they don’t want to pay for or provide access to those who came in to the country illegally.” Republican lawmakers say they are motivated by saving money for taxpayers and by stepping in where the federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws. “They’ve got free medical, free education, they qualify for welfare benefits,” said Sen. Tom Harman, R-Costa Mesa. “This is all about money. We’re in tough fiscal times.” Harman has proposed a bill that would authorize local and state law enforcement agencies to charge illegal immigrants with trespassing simply because they are in California without authorization. Currently, enforcement of illegal immigration is primarily a federal responsibility and many local police departments do not get involved in investigating the immigration status of those they arrest or question. Harman’s bill would not necessarily lead to the deportation of the undocumented but would authorize police to ticket them and possibly jail them for short periods. Harman has also authored a bill to require public and private employers in California to do more stringent background checks for citizenship status of job applicants. Other Republican proposals include bills from Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, that would essentially seek to deny most state benefits to illegals; and bills from Cook and Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, that target in-state resident tuition rates. Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature, are expected to oppose most of the Republican proposals and analysts say most of them won’t have a chance to get out of committee. “They will have no success,” said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, who has led efforts to protect immigrants. “None whatsoever. They’re wasting their time.” Californians have historically demonstrated mixed views on immigration. In the 1990s, voters approved Proposition 187, which sought to deny most public benefits to illegal immigrants. But the divisive politics behind the measure also caused a backlash that has been credited with a surge in Latino voter registration that helped the Democratic Party. The measure was later overturned by the courts. A new, similar ballot measure authored by conservative Republicans is currently being circulated for signatures in California. It would prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining driver licenses, college tuition benefits and any other benefits not required by federal law. But the Republican proposals, McCuan said, aren’t likely to make it to a floor vote, though they could have potential as ballot measures. Another Republican proposal may have better chance for success because it is less ideologically charged. Assemblyman John Benoit, R-Riverside, has proposed a bill that would ask the federal government to reimburse California for the full costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants who have committed a criminal offense, or take those prisoners into federal custody. According to the state Department of Corrections, about 20,000 of the state’s 174,000 prisoners have been flagged by immigration authorities for possible violations. The state expects to spend about $865 million this year incarcerating them. Meanwhile, Democrats, led by Cedillo, are looking to expand services available to the undocumented. Cedillo is trying yet again to get the state to grant driver licenses to undocumented immigrants, something that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed the previous two legislative sessions. Cedillo hopes this year will be different because his bill seeks to help California implement the new federal Real ID Act, which under federal law must be in place by next year. He has also proposed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to compete for scholarships and financial aid at public colleges and universities. “We know there are millions of immigrants in California speaking over 100 languages, from all over the world,” Cedillo said. “They play critical roles in California. “We, the state of California, should figure out mechanisms to facilitate their assimilation into society.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want 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


first_imgThe Queen Victoria is coming to Killybegs.One of the most magnificent cruise ships in the world, the Cunard Line’s “Queen Victoria”, will visit Killybegs at the end of May, 2018, it has been confirmed.The 90,000 tonne vessel, which is just under 300 metres long, will have about 3,000 people on board between passengers and crew and will be the largest vessel ever to berth in Killybegs.Ann Dorrian of the Killybegs Information Centre said they are “over the moon” at the news. “We are over the moon. This is great news. It is a tribute to all the volunteers who work so hard in this office to welcome cruise passengers and to the whole community who do so much to present the town at its best.”News that the ship was confirmed for the 2018 season was broken by Sinbad Marine Services Ltd., ship’s agent in Killybegs.The company’s Facebook page stated: “We are delighted to announce that the longest vessel ever to berth in Killybegs, cruise ship MS “Queen Victoria”, will arrive on 20th May, 2018. “At 294 metres, this ship is twice the length of Croke Park and carries nearly 3,000 people. A big day to look forward to!”The vessel is one of the Cunard Line’s fleet of “queens”, with “Queen Elizabeth” and “Queen Mary 2”. With a draft of eight metres, there should be no problem bringing the “Queen Victoria” alongside in Killybegs. The Smooth Point pier has 300 metres of berthage with a depth of 12 metres and a further 150 metres at 9 metres, making it one of the best berthages in Ireland.The “Queen Victoria” has a total of 16 decks and rises to 205 ft. She can travel at just under 24 knots and has a capacity for 2,014 passengers and a crew of 900.NOW QUEEN VICTORIA IS COMING TO DONEGAL….! was last modified: May 24th, 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:cruise linerdonegalQueen Victorialast_img read more

VIDEO: Watch 66-year-old Klaus Fischer score an amazing overhead kick

first_img1 Klaus Fischer had a reputation for scoring spectacular goals, like this one at the 1982 World Cup Watch West Germany legend Klaus Fischer score an amazing overhead kick – at the age of 66!Bicycle kicks were his trademark during his career and he scored a spectacular one in the 1982 World Cup semi-final against France.His 1977 attempt against Switzerland was voted by German television as the goal of the century, but you can watch his latest goal below to see if he’s still got it!last_img read more


first_imgAlmost 30 people found in a popular Donegal bar at 2.30am were family chatting, a court has been told.Gardai called into Andy’s Bar in Stranorlar on December 29th, 2013.A total of 28 people were on the premises at 2.30am but closing time was 12.30am with half an hour ‘drinking-up’ time. Letterkenny District Court was told that extended members of a family had met up for Christmas and were talking.They hadn’t noticed the time and when they tried to get taxis, it was very difficult to get one.Solicitor for the bar said the bar had been in the Fitzgerald family for generations and they had never been before the courts on licensing matters.Judge Paul Kelly ordered the bar-owners to pay €250 to Planet Youth in Ballybofey.LARGE CROWD FOUND IN STRANORLAR BAR AT 2.30AM WERE FAMILY ‘TALKING’ was last modified: January 7th, 2015 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:Andy’s BarcourtdonegalStranorlarlast_img read more

Raiders owner Mark Davis spits on nostalgia before the team’s final game in Oakland

first_imgIt was a simple question. There was nothing simple about the answer. There never is.#Raiders fans deserve more than this from an owner. Sad. pic.twitter.com/KdECPMbIOr— Cameron Cleveland (@CamCleve2) December 16, 2019 You heard correctly. “Any nostalgia for you at all, knowing that this is it here?” Raiders owner Mark Davis was asked before the final Raiders game in Oakland.“No,” he said. “I went through this in 1982… And, uh… That’s… “No.”We pass no judgment on those of you …last_img read more

Dinosaurs Evolved from Birds

first_imgBirds evolved from dinosaurs, we are often told.  That’s backwards, reply some scientists at Oregon State University.  According to PhysOrg, the recently-published bi-plane model study of Microraptor gui (01/29/2010) demonstrates that theropod dinosaurs did not sprout wings and fly; instead, they became flightless after their bird ancestors came down from the trees.    Their response demonstrates how the same evidence can be spun different ways.  They are adamant about it: “The weight of the evidence is now suggesting that not only did birds not descend from dinosaurs,” John Ruben of OSU said, “but that some species now believed to be dinosaurs may have descended from birds.”  He’s glad to see a breakthrough from the conventional wisdom.  “This issue isn’t resolved at all.  There are just too many inconsistencies with the idea that birds had dinosaur ancestors, and this newest study adds to that.”    Ruben believes instead that theropods and birds had a common ancestor, and birds evolved into flightless varieties, including raptors like Velociraptor.  “This may be hugely upsetting to a lot of people, but it makes perfect sense,” he said.    Ruben portrayed OSU scientists as mavericks against the consensus along with others at Florida State, particularly Alan Feduccia, a long critic of the dinosaur-to-bird consensus. OSU research on avian biology and physiology has been raising questions on this issue since the 1990s, often in isolation.  More scientists and other studies are now challenging the same premise, Ruben said.  The old theories were popular, had public appeal and “many people saw what they wanted to see” instead of carefully interpreting the data, he said.O    “Pesky new fossils…sharply at odds with conventional wisdom never seem to cease popping up,” Ruben wrote in his PNAS commentary.  “Given the vagaries of the fossil record, current notions of near resolution of many of the most basic questions about long-extinct forms should probably be regarded with caution.”Ruben’s commentary critiquing the “accepted wisdom” of bird evolution was published on PNAS today.1  The commentary ends with a warning to his colleagues to be careful about interpreting fossils.  He referred to “very recent data suggest that many clearly cursorial theropods previously thought to have been feathered may not have been so, and that dromaeosaurs, the group that birds are assumed to have been derived from, may not even have been dinosaurs.”  Scientists should therefore be careful about considering controversies solved.  “What pops up next is anyone’s guess.”1.  John Ruben, “Paleobiology and the origins of avian flight,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PDF), February 9, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0915099107.So scientists saw what they wanted to see.  Next question: why did they want to see it?  The invisible hand of Charlie controls the blinders on their eyes.    Conventional wisdom is often an oxymoron.  It afflicts those infected with sophoxymoronia (02/02/2008 commentary).  Wisdom often requires breaking from conventions, especially scientific ones, where wrong ideas reinforce one another.  Cheer for the Mavericks.  In this case, Ruben is not maverick enough.  He needs to burn his Darwin Party card and join the ID revolution.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Govt plans to consult Opposition on PM’s inclusion in Lokpal

first_imgThe government has decided to consult the major Opposition parties about the demand from a section of the civil society for the PM to be brought under the ambit of the proposed anti-graft Lokpal Bill.While PM Manmohan Singh is not averse to being included in the legislation, many in the Congress as well as other parties fear that the “institution” of the PM, if brought under the purview of the Lokpal, could be subjected to unnecessary harassment through frivolous complaints.The Congress core group met in Delhi on Friday and discussed, among a host of other issues such as Baba Ramdev and the Telangana problem, the Lokpal Bill and crusader Anna Hazare’s threat to go on a fast again.Sources said the PM told some of his cabinet colleagues that he would have no objection if his office was brought under the Bill’s ambit.While nobody doubts Singh’s integrity, many in the party nonetheless believe the issue has wider ramifications.Sources said even the Opposition parties had expressed reservations – many of them in private – against the inclusion of the PM’s office in the Lokpal Bill.To clear the confusion, it was decided to seek the views of the Opposition parties on the proposal.Congress sources said the country needed a “safeguard mechanism” so that the PM could not be vulnerable to his opponents.Especially at a time when the polity was deeply fragmented.”Today, it is Manmohan Singh, tomorrow it could be a BJP PM,” a leader said.advertisementMeanwhile, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi slammed the BJP for not giving its clear view on the Lokpal.He said the party should end the confusion and state its stand on the controversy over the inclusion of the PM. The BJP has been a vocal supporter of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev but is cagey about bringing the PM under the ambit of the draconian law.Congress president Sonia Gandhi was briefed on all these issues at the Congress core group meeting by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P. Chidambaram.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

From Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj to Nitin Gadkari, lawyers dominate Narendra Modi’s cabinet

first_imgOne-third of the Union Council of Ministers in India are law degree holders while two are doctors and nine graduates in various other streams.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are among 12 ministers in the 44-member team who possess Masters degree.As many as 15 who hold law degrees include Cabinet Ministers Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Arun Jaitley (Finance), M Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development), Nitin Gadkari (Road, Transport and Highways), D V Sadanand Gowda (Railways), and Ram Vilas Paswan (Consumer Affairs).Besides them, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananthkumar and Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hold law degree, according to their biodatas and self-sworn affidavits.Ministers of State (Independent Charge) Textiles Santosh K Gangwar, Sarbananda Sonowal (Youth Affairs and Sports), Piyush Goyal (Power) and Rao Inderjit Singh (Planning) also have degrees in law.Ministers of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Radhakrishnan P, Kiren Rijiju (Home Affairs) and Krishan Pal (Road Transport and Highways) have completed their graduations in law, according to their affidavits filed while contesting Lok Sabha elections.The two doctors in the Modi ministry are Harsh Vardhan (Health and Family Welfare Minister) and Jitendra Singh (Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office).Minority Affairs Minister Najma A Heptulla has Masters degree in Zoology and is also a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD); Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra is a Master of Arts; Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge) Minister Nirmala Sitharaman a Master of Philosophy; Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Minister Dharmendra Pradhan possesses a Master of Arts and Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha is a postgraduate from Bihar University.advertisementMinisters of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and VK Singh (External Affairs) hold PhD, and MoS for Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava possesses Master of Social Work, according to their affidavits.There are nine ministers who are graduates — Narendra Singh Tomar (Mines), Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture), Thaawar Chand Gehlot (Social Justice and Empowerment), Shripad Yesso Naik (Culture), Prakash Javadekar (Information and Broadcasting), Manoj Sinha (MoS Railways), Nihalchand (MoS Chemicals and Fertilizers), Raosaheb Dadarao Danve (MoS Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) and Sudarshan Bhagat (MoS Social Justice and Empowerment).Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has done Bachelor of Commerce (Part I) while Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram have diplomas, as per their affidavits.The qualification of six ministers in Modi’s team ranges from Class VIth to XIIth. These include Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati (Class VIth), Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (Class Xth), Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Class Xth), Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete (Class Xth), Mines Minister Vishnu Deo Sai (Class XIth) and MoS Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara (Class Xth), according to their affidavits.last_img read more