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300 fruit trees distributed at Green Walk in Bartica

first_imgSome 300 fruit trees were distributed to residents of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) during this year’s Green Walk Exercise which was held in observation of National Tree Planting Day, being celebrated under the theme ‘Sustaining Biodiversity: Plant a Tree’.Dozens of residents participated in the walk which commenced from First Avenue and ended at Golden Beach, where there was a simple presentation by Business and Tourism Minister Dominic Gaskin and Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall.With Bartica earmarked to lead the way for Guyana’s transition into a model green economy, the initiative was aimed at educating the population on the benefits of making more environmentally friendly decisions.Participants in the Bartica Green Walk Exercise pose with their plants as they cool down at the Golden BeachAccording to Mayor Marshall, the transformation into a green economy will bring numerous social, economic and environmental benefits to the entire of Guyana.Over the past few months, the municipality of Bartica committed to the five stages of the “Green Economy” as was outlined by President David Granger during the first Tree Planting Day ceremony last year. The stages are sustainable exploitation of our natural resources; environmental protection; promoting sustainable energy; promotion of sound ecological services and green technology.“As a result, Bartica becoming the cleanest and greenest town in Guyana is now well within our grasp. The establishment of a municipal solid waste department and the continued transformation of the Byderabo “Dump Site” is testimony to our commitment of a cleaner greener Bartica,” he noted.The Bartica Mayor noted too that the development of a Green Park is another indication of the municipality’s commitment to become a green town.Marshall added that under the astute leadership of the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, Bartica now has a Local Economic Development Strategic Plan for the next three to five years.This short to medium-term LED Strategic Plan is fully integrated with Bartica’s green township plan, which carries a 15-20 year implementation period, and is led by the Ministry of the Presidency under Rear Admiral Gary Best.These two plans when implemented will transition Bartica into using fully renewable energy, sustainable organic agriculture development, establish Bartica as an information and communications technology centre of excellence, among other revolutionary changes.“While these large-scale changes are taking place at the community level, there are still important steps that can be taken at the individual and organisational level towards accomplishing these overall goals,” he explained.The Mayor stressed that it is in this context that the seemingly simple exercise of planting individual trees can take on such a profound meaning because with simple individual acts, the cumulative effects of these will impact the aesthetics, appearance, and attractiveness of the community.“The combined efforts of many residents doing their individual parts to bring us along this developmental journey should not be underestimated. If we all continue to do our individual parts to the best of our ability, together our efforts can be multiplied, we can achieve greatness for this type town that we all call home,” he underscored.Among the fruit trees distributed include guavas, cherries, tangerines, limes, and oranges.last_img read more

‘Academically Excellent, But Economically Challenged’

first_imgA lecturer at the University of Liberia (UL) has stressed the need to provide supports to needy students, who despite the economic challenges facing their parents, have continue to excel in their various places of learning.Mr. Garpeh lectures in the Department of Management at the UL.He said providing supports for students will serve as motivational tools for academic excellence in their respective schools as the nation strives for better education.Mr. Garpeh, spoke to a cross section of journalists in Nimba County Electoral District #8 where he provided scholarships in honor of Madam Yah Zowa Gartei for her tireless efforts towards improving the lives of the community dwellers.The sponsorship covered a number of students’ worth over L$150,000.He noted that the beneficiaries were outstanding in a ‘Spelling Bee’ competition sponsored by his team in collaboration the LIBRA SANITATION; a 100 percent owned Liberian Company as part of the nation’s Independence Day celebration.“Our nation is thirsty for academic excellence, we must encourage the children in their endeavor, when children are educated—the nation wins.“There is a need to focus on the education of the children, who are willing and academically excellent, but are economically challenged.”He called on the student never to permit others to define their destiny in a disdainful way, adding, “If Liberia problems must be addressed, every Liberian irrespective of locale or political affiliation, must participate in a more meaningful pattern.Mr. Garpeh pointed out that even as an employer, “your primarily intent is for the employees to seek solutions and not to complain on every piece of necessary assignment as witnessed today across the national scene.”He said in spite of the situation the country is faced with; moving from a challenge stage to crisis, and now transformational point, which is a process and not an event, everyone should find the solutions to move the country forward rather than to sit on the fence and criticize.He further stressed, “In my mind, nothing could be more dangerous than to permit our emotions to rule our destinies, even with the existence of evidence based emotions, we must always be accountable to the faculties of reason and will.”He called on Nimbians to unite on one front like it was in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) throughout the country.“The children have great potentials and prospects, but requires our collective attention,” he noted.He observed that the government cannot do all especially with series of computing demands being placed on the national cake, as such; “we all have to contribute and complement national government efforts.”The celebration was under the theme “Together We can do it better for all” and was geared toward unity through sports.He then cautioned his kinsmen ahead of the 2017 race to begin looking at those vying to enter the Executive Mansion to begin the necessary scrutiny of politicians who are practically agricultural sensitive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2nd suspect in biker’s killing arrested

first_imgPatrick “White Boy” FraserSome of the items found during the raid on WednesdayTwo days after a 22-year-old Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident, who allegedly confessed to the murder of Patrick “White Boy” Fraser was charged, a second suspect has been arrested.The arrest was made when ranks of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) swooped down on a Westminister, West Bank Demerara (WBD) house on Tuesday.According to the Police, the ranks were at the time acting on information when they searched the premises and discovered an unlicensed pistol, seven live rounds of ammunition, a small quantity of cannabis, several pieces of electronic gadgets and other items.Three males who were found in the house at time, including the wanted suspect, were arrested and taken into Police custody.Fraser, 23, was gunned down in Norton Street, Bagotstown, EBD, on May 9, 2019.It was reported that the young man, who hailed from Republic Park, EBD, was hanging out with a group of friends during which an argument broke out among them and it was at this time that one of the men whipped out a handgun and discharged two rounds in Fraser’s direction, hitting him to the right side rib and the right upper leg.Meanwhile, the Police stated that although the young man was shot twice, they have only retrieved one .32 spent shell and one warhead. In addition, a pair of slippers and a bloodstained Polo hat were found at the scene.The first accused in the crime, Kevin Rose, made his appearance for the murder before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Tuesday morning.It is alleged that the suspects wanted a gun which the biker had in his possession.Rose was subsequently remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on June 4.last_img read more

No class action against State Farm

first_imgIn a class action, a court authorizes a single person or a small group of people to represent the interests of a larger group. Guice’s attorneys have argued that the facts in each “slab case” against State Farm are essentially the same and should be heard together. But State Farm says the cases must be tried separately because the facts of each claim are different. “We’re pleased with Judge Senter’s affirmation that each claim is unique and no two property owners experience the same type of loss,” State Farm spokesman Phil Supple said. A disappointed Guice said certifying a class action may be the only way to provide legal relief to homeowners who are “too weak to forge ahead alone.” A federal judge on Thursday refused to allow a class action against State Farm Insurance Cos. over the insurer’s denial of claims on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. State Farm policyholder Judy Guice had asked U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. to permit her to join other policyholders whose homes were reduced to slabs by the August 2005 storm in a class action against the Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer. But the judge, who heard testimony on the proposal during a Feb. 28 hearing in Gulfport, Miss., ruled Thursday that a class action for “slab cases” is “inconsistent with the requirements of due process.” “While each of the many `slab cases’ has in common the fact that the insured property was totally destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, the many other factual differences between the cases preclude the relief that Guice is seeking,” Senter wrote in his three-page ruling. last_img


first_imgThe Donegal Volunteer Centre will be holding an information session on Garda Vetting at their offices on Port Road Letterkenny on Tuesday the 21st of May at 6.30pm.Groups are getting ready for Garda vettingJohn Curran the Manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre and the Garda Vetting Authorised Signatory for Co Donegal said now is the time for groups to get ready for Garda vetting.“The Garda Vetting Bill that is currently being considered by the Oireachtas will once enacted, have a considerable impact on how the community sector engages with young people and vulnerable adults. Now is the time for groups to prepare the ground work to ensure that their services are not impacted when vetting becomes mandatory.” The aim of the session will be to clarify the process, procedures and indeed myths around Garda Vetting.The Donegal Volunteer Centre processes in excess of three hundred Garda Vetting applications annually and works with groups in establishing the policies and procedures to ensure that both the groups and the volunteers are supported through the vetting process.The Garda Vetting session will be one of a range of activities held across Donegal to mark National Volunteer Week, which aims to celebrate and acknowledge volunteers across Donegal. For more information or to book a place at this event contact Caroline Jahn of Donegal Volunteer Centre on caroline@volunteerdonegal.ie or 074 9126740.About Donegal Volunteer Centre Donegal Volunteer Centre is focused on providing a support service to both groups and individuals in Donegal. The DVC has in excess of 1600 registered volunteers and work with more than 400 groups across Donegal. GARDA VETTING FOR DONEGAL’S VOLUNTEER GROUPS – GET THE FACTS NOT THE MYTHS was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Volunteer GroupGarda vettinglast_img read more


first_imgAll-Ireland tickets will be hard to come by yet again for Donegal fans.UP to 40 per cent of tickets sent to some clubs for their members for Sunday’s All-Ireland final were terrace tickets for Hill 16 and the Nally Stands, fans say.Whilst non-club members will be wondering what all the fuss is about – when they’d love to have any sort of tickets – diehard club members are less than happy.It seems tickets for Cusack and Davin Stands are at a premium, whilst hardly anyone has seen a Hogan Stand ticket, according to supporters who contact Donegal Daily. More than 16,000 tickets were allocated to the Donegal County Board, with 84 per cent of them going directly to clubs.The Board distributes the rest through its executive, players, managers and their sponsors.One rural club member, aged 78, complained: “It seems that half of the tickets we got were for the Hill and the Nally. That’s grand if you’re a young fella but it’s no good to me.“We picked envelopes in a lucky dip and I wasn’t so lucky. I’m hoping I can get a swap with someone, especially as the Minors are playing and standing for five hours is beyond me these days.” There were similar complaints from other clubs, particularly in the north of the county.“Looks like we’ll have the Hill and Kerry is getting the rest of Croke Park,” complained another reader.Meanwhile we’ve been inundated with ticket requests from fans – some travelling from Sydney, New York and even across Europe hoping to get tickets.We have two to give away – courtesy of Donegal Creameries. (and that’s all we have).You can enter here: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: WIN TWO FREE TICKETS FOR FINAL WITH DONEGAL DAILYThe winner will be announced at our Up for the Match night at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday, doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.More details on the poster as MC Charlie Collins chats to Kevin Cassidy, Mickey Harte and the legendary broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh.More details on our poster:FANS UNHAPPY AT LARGE NUMBER OF TERRACE TICKETS FOR ALL IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:all-irelanddonegalKerryticketslast_img read more

Slapdash Brazil held to 1-1 draw by plucky Switzerland

first_imgTite’s side probed more and Coutinho was presented with a great chance to grab his and his country’s second, but the ex-Liverpool man could only slice the ball wide at the crucial moment.The referee then had to make a huge decision 15 minutes from time but Gabriel Jesus was adjudged to have gone down too easily in the box despite replays suggesting he was held by Manuel Akanji.Substitute Roberto Firmino provided a fresh option going forward but the Liverpool star missed a glorious chance to win the game on 89 minutes when he could only head straight at Sommer.A minute later, Miranda’s shot through a crowd bounced just wide of the post as Brazil were forced to accept a point.STAR MAN Brazil’s 2018 World Cup campaign got off to a stuttering start as they could only manage a 1-1 draw to Switzerland at the Rostov Arena.Steven Zuber’s second-half header cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s beautiful curling strike as both sides shared the spoils in a game where the Swiss effectively stifled the Selecao’s array of talent. 5 Zuber earned the Swiss an unlikely draw 5 Coutinho’s 19th-minute strike had seemingly put Brazil in charge Getty Images The draw sees Brazil fail to finish the first round of fixtures at the top of Group E as Serbia secured a 1-0 win over Costa Rica earlier on Sunday.The World Cup favourites were quite sloppy but were still able to establish a bit of a rhythm and dominate the first-half.They should have taken the lead on 12 minutes, but Paulinho’s effort from six yards out was pushed round the post by Yann Sommer after good work by Coutinho and Neymar.But the deadlock was broken seven minutes later when the ball fell to Coutinho on the edge of the box and the Barcelona man produced a trademark curling strike from the left to give Brazil the lead. 5 Many would have been expecting the likes of Neymar, Jesus or Coutinho to run the defence ragged but the Swiss have to be given credit for preventing the Brazil players from fully expressing themselves.Valon Behrami was given the task of stopping the main man Neymar and he generally did well in his endeavours.Some of Behrami’s methods of bring Neymar to the ground were not always by the book but the midfielder was able to strike an appropriate balance between being physical and being aggressive.MOMENT OF THE MATCHAlthough Brazil were generally not very good, Coutinho’s goal was a moment of sheer quality for the fans in Rostov to savour.Coutinho collected the ball on the edge of the box before curling the ball brilliantly in-off the post, giving Sommer no chance.TABLE Behrami watched Neymar like a hawk from the outset Brazil’s talisman Neymar was unable to find his very best form Thiago Silva’s glancing header nearly doubled their lead just before half-time as the five-time winners of the competition barely broke sweat.However, Zuber took advantage of the Brazil’s lethargic start to the second-half with a simple header from a Xherdan Shaqiri corner.Brazil were adamant Zuber nudged Miranda in the back in the build up to the goal but referee Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos was not interested.Neymar nearly restored Brazil’s lead on 57 minutes, but the £198million man’s fierce shot could only find the side-netting. 5 5last_img read more


first_imgThe murder of father-of-two Andrew Allen will feature on tonight’s RTE Crimecall.The television programme will feature Gardai investigating the murder of the 24 year old in Buncrana earlier this month.They will be particularly appealing to people who were in the area of Links Park between 8pm and 10pm on February 9 when Mr Allen was murdered.   MURDER OF ANDREW ALLEN TO FEATURE ON RTE’S CRIMECALL was last modified: February 28th, 2012 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:Andrew AllenCrimecalllast_img read more

Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan waives farm loans up to ₹2 lakh

first_imgTwo days after being sworn in, the Congress government in Rajasthan on Wednesday announced loan waiver for farmers up to ₹2 lakh each, resulting in the burden of an estimated ₹18,000 crore on the Exchequer. There will be no monetary ceiling on the short-term agricultural loans obtained from the cooperative banks.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said after a marathon meeting in the Secretariat, where the modalities for waiver were worked out, that the agricultural loans of defaulters up to ₹2 lakh each with the nationalised, commercial and rural banks would be waived with the cut-off date of November 30. “There will be no monetary ceiling for the cooperative loans, though the cut-off date will be applicable to them [as well],” he said.Mr. Gehlot said the previous BJP regime, which had announced waiver of farmers’ loans up to ₹50,000 each, had paid only ₹2,000 crore and left a burden of ₹6,000 crore on his government. The Congress government’s decision is set to benefit over 30 lakh farmers in the State.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had promised during his poll campaign that the farmers’ loans would be waived within 10 days of coming to power in the election-bound States. Of the three States where the Congress has won, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have already announced the waiver of short-term loans.“We also included this promise in our manifesto for the Rajasthan Assembly election. It was all the more needed in our State, where debt-ridden farmers were committing suicide because of the flawed policies of the previous government,” Mr. Gehlot said, emerging from the meeting that lasted several hours.Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta and senior officers of the Finance, Agriculture and Cooperative Departments were involved in the discussions on the loan waiver scheme. The Vasundhara Raje government had waived farm loans up to ₹50,000 each obtained from the cooperative banks. The State government had provided a guarantee to the State Apex Cooperative Bank to take a loan from the National Cooperative Development Corporation for funding the scheme.last_img read more

Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold?

first_imgMary Joy Tabal. FILE PhotoKUALA LUMPUR—As marathon ushers in the medal-rich track and field competitions on Saturday, focus will be on how Mary Joy Tabal would fare against the best in the field.And as she seeks to give the country its first gold, inevitably, the spotlight will also shine on the controversies that have hounded her career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ During the selection for this SEA Games, she was required by Patafa to be under one of its sanctioned coaches, which also didn’t sit well with Tabal, who was training abroad under her own set of mentors.Patafa again took her in to compete in the Games and hopefully give a golden start to the athletics team which garnered five golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes.Competing alongside Tabal is teammate Jeson Oyco Agravante.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tabal has been the country’s golden girl in marathon, winning racess in international and local events, but her name has also been so often attached to controversyThe 28-year-old Tabal, of Guba, Cebu City, has been at odds with national governing body of her sport, the Philippine Track and Field Association, for the good part of the last two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen she bagged silver in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she immediately resigned from the national team over her camp’s alleged disagreement with sponsorship deals.But after a lengthy exchanges all over the media, she was reinstated later on to compete—and finish 124th—in the Rio Olympics in 2016. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Villagelast_img read more