Hundreds stranded as sand truck breaks down on DHB

first_imgHundreds of commuters using the Demerara Harbour Bridge were on Tuesday morning left stranded for hours after a sand truck lost its axel while crossing the facility. The traffic moved at a snail’s pace while crossing the bridge from both ends. In addition, there was traffic congestion along the East Bank and West Bank corridors. Up to 10:30h, the situation was marred with confusion and frustration on the faces of commuters who had to reach their work places at a scheduled time.Based on reports received, the truck started to experience mechanical problems while on the bridge and eventually broke down at Span 6.When contacted, Maintenance Manager of the Harbour Bridge, Christopher Grannum confirmed that it was indeed a truck that was broken down and although they attempted to tow it to the other side of the bridge, it was almost impossible due to the fact the axel was broken.Nevertheless, after some time, the traffic flowed and the situation was under control.This is not the first time commuters were left stranded while crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge. Only recently, a car reportedly veered off the bridge and landed on a pontoon thus causing massive traffic back up on both sides.In the past, vehicles were towed after they encountered mechanical issues while crossing the aged bridge.last_img read more

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New CDC officially opens Friday

first_imgPhoto: A ribbon cutting ceremony including Premier Gordon Campbell and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm occurred last Wednesday at the newly renovated CDC before the Centre’s official opening./Adam ReaburnThe newly expanded Child Development Centre will have its official public opening on Friday.- Advertisement -The Centre spent approximately two years renovating the Fort St. John office to provide continuing services for children.‘Project Build-A-Fort’ includes a 10,000 square foot increase in space, the Rotary Play Centre, a gymnasium, wheelchair accessible kitchen, and has increased the number of classroom spaces for early childhood education.Executive Director Penny Gagnon says the increase in physical space allows them to accommodate 32 more children, raising its total number of pre-school spaces to 160.The Rotary Play Centre was opened at the end of September after the CDC announced that it had received a $100,000 donation from the Fort St. John Rotary Club.Advertisement Gagnon says the Centre fundraised a total of $1.6 million from corporate sponsorships, various events and personal donations.CDC officials says around 700 children use the Centre’s services each year but there are approximately 150 children who still have to wait for certain programs or services.At the end of the 2010 Energy Conference last week, City Councillor Lori Ackerman said that the CDC had been chosen as the recipient of the Legacy Project funding from the Conference. However, she added that the total amount to be given to the Centre may not be known for a couple of months.The grand opening will take place between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the CDC.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Children of sacked sugar workers forced to find odd jobs to support schooling

first_imgEver since the Wales Sugar Estate closed – leaving thousands of workers without jobs, many of their children are now forced to find odd jobs around the community to offset expenses for their schooling. During a visit to the village on Saturday, parents who were sent home from the sugar industry indicated that it was very difficult to send their children to school, owing to transportation expenses and other supplementary spending for textbooks and studying materials. One parent, who gave her name as Urmila, stated that since her husband was dismissed, her 14-year-old son has been working in the afternoon to earn some extra money. “When he come home from school, he does do some extra work round here, and then Saturday and Sunday, he does find a lil’ work to do – mason or anything that he could manage. Right now, he father does only work sometimes ‘cause not every time people does get work. He used to go over at Uitvlugt a couple morning but then they tell him that they don’t have anything,” she indicated. She further added, “When we get, we does give him, but not all times his father doe get work. When he don’t get, we got to use the money that we save up until he work again.” Meanwhile, a few houses away, an elderly man named Chotoo (only name) told Guyana Times that his son was retrenched and he has been supporting his grandson’s schooling. “He got to travel to go to school in Canal Number Two. He got to pay about $300 a day travelling plus little money for a snack, so if it wasn’t for me, he would have got to drop out from school,” the elderly man relayed. Meanwhile, other young teenagers have resorted to selling ‘bird seeds’ and produce from their families’ kitchen gardens to offset educational expenses. Thousands of dismissed sugar workers are finding great difficulty in securing alternative jobs following their retrenchment. In early November of 2018, the National Assembly gave approval for almost $2.5 billion to cater for the remaining severance to 4723 sugar workers, and Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln had also ruled in favour of the ex-employees, saying that they should be paid with interest in the range of four to six per cent. It took the court over a year to initially hear the Wales severance matter after the workers, their families, union and other supporters were protesting for their legally-entitled benefits. Aside from Wales Estate closing in December 2017, the closures of Skeldon, Rose Hall and Enmore were all finalised as part of Government’s cost-cutting measures. The latter three were later reopened under small operations as part of the Administration’s move to attract private investors. In recent times, hundreds of acres at Wales were leased to a company for coconut cultivation and processing despite Government’s promises of opening up the land to the retrenched workers for farming. Only on Saturday, most of the sacked workers related that they were still struggling to find jobs, awaiting the promise that they would be granted the plantation lands as assured. Some said that they were disappointed and dismissed the possibility that they would ever get land after hearing that a large portion was already “given away”. In 2017, the workers were promised by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government that lands from the Estate would be given to them to engage in farming and other agricultural activities to earn a living. Two years later, these lands have not been distributed to the former sugar workers and hundreds of acres have now been leased to private persons, including recently, 700 acres for coconut cultivation and processing. The Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara was one of four – Enmore Estate in Demerara, and Rose Hall and Skeldon in Berbice— which were closed under the current Administration, leaving thousands jobless.last_img read more

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HOW DONEGAL FOLK IN CHICAGO CELEBRATED THE BIG WIN – IN PICTURES!

first_imgLast night in Donegal Town and in Pettigo Jim McGuinness remembered all those Donegal people abroad, knowing the pride his team has brought to them. Sandra McLaughlin, originally from Cockhill in Buncrana, was in Cullen’s Irish Bar in Chicago for Donegal Daily.They won’t forget September 23, 2012.Her pictures tell the story!  HOW DONEGAL FOLK IN CHICAGO CELEBRATED THE BIG WIN – IN PICTURES! was last modified: September 25th, 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:All-Ireland winChicagoDonegal fanslast_img read more

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DONEGAL VODAFONE CUSTOMERS BLAST NETWORK PROVIDER FOR ‘PATHETIC’ SERVICE

first_imgVodafone users are up in arms.Vodafone users in West Donegal have slammed the network provider for what they’ve described as an ‘unacceptable service’ over the last number of months.Despite strenuous efforts by users to Vodafone customer service personnel – their pleas for the situation to be resolved seems to have fallen on deaf ears.A spokesman at the global communications giant have stressed that they have made efforts to upgrade the service. Some locals have already left the network provider, after finally resigning themselves to the fact the problems were never going to be sorted.Catherine O’Donnell posted on her Facebook timeline, “To Vodafone Ireland, well I finally plucked up the courage and left your network after having s**t coverage for nearly a year.”“I went with 3 perfect coverage. Happy days. Hope many more follow as you don’t deserve customers.”Another local man Gerry Reynolds also expressed that he too had also had enough of their service, and like Catherine switched networks. Gerry said, “I left last week after repeatedly emails, calls and tweets that fell on deaf ears joined the new ID network and perfect signal and even 4g – Vodafone stick it up your a**e.”“Everybody on Vodafone should move and then even when they do decide to do something about it they will have no customers left. “The problem preventing other locals from switching network providers, is due to the fact many customers are tied down to contracts with Vodafone.They’re unable to get out of the contract until it finishes.Theresa McGonagle wrote, “I’m waiting hard on contract to finish too so I can change. Vodafone is brutal, can’t wait to leave them. Pathetic Service.” Some locals are advising that by law they may be able to get out of their contracts earlier that the terms and conditions initially agreed.Nicole Logan wrote, “I left three months ago, I was still was in contract. “But because I complained so much (as much as I could without service!!) and they kept promising they would fix it, they didn’t meet their promises as a company so by law I could leave my contract.”“Brutal service!!” Earlier this week Michelle Magee wrote, “What the flook is going on with the Vodafone signal??“Signal has never been great but now all my phone says is constantly ‘No Service’ So much for upgrading the service…my ass! Aaaarrrgh”A spokesman for Vodafone Ireland told Donegal Daily, “We were upgrading and modernising our network in Dungloe last week which resulted in some disruptions for customers – Friday through Sunday last week.“However, the upgrades will now mean that our customers in the area will now have improved voice coverage and in addition, will have 3G and 4G data.“Overall there will be a much improved experience for customers in Dungloe.“The upgrade means that customers will experience benefits such as significantly improved voice calls and get data everywhere they currently can make a voice call.“In addition, they will also have access to 4G which gives superfast mobile data speeds. This will provide benefits such as seamless music streaming, watching videos without buffering and instant file and photo upload.“All effort is being made to keep disruptions to a minimum during the upgrades across Donegal with the ultimate aim of delivering a much improved call and data experience to customers.DONEGAL VODAFONE CUSTOMERS BLAST NETWORK PROVIDER FOR ‘PATHETIC’ SERVICE was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalVodafonelast_img read more

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Can you guess your club’s first Premier League goal scorer? All is revealed here

first_img Burnley’s first Premier League goal was scored by Robbie Blake in a 1-0 win over Manchester United in 2009 Watford’s first Premier League goal was scored by Peter Kennedy in a 3-2 defeat to Wimbledon in 1999 West Bromwich Albion’s first Premier League goal was scored by Lee Marshall in a 3-1 defeat to Leeds United in 2002 18 18 Next season, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town will compete in their inaugural Premier League campaigns.It will be an exciting time for all concerned with both sides, and it also means they’re all set for some historic moments, including their first ever goal in the competition.But who holds this piece of history for all the clubs currently in the English top-flight?Click the right arrow above to find out your club’s first Premier League goalscorer… 18 18 18 18 18 Stoke City’s first Premier League goal was scored by Ricardo Fuller in a 1-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in 2008 Arsenal’s first Premier League goal was scored by Steve Bould in a 4-2 defeat to Norwich City in 1992 – Click the right arrow above to find out your club’s first Premier League goalscorer… 18 Leicester City’s first Premier League goal was scored by Julian Joachim (pictured playing for England’s U18s) in a 1-3 defeat to Newcastle United in 1994 Chelsea’s first Premier League goal was scored by Mick Harford in a 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic in 1992 18 18 18 Manchester City’s first Premier League goal was scored by David White in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in 1992 Liverpool’s first Premier League goal was scored by Mark Walters in a 2-1 win over Sheffield United in 1992 West Ham United’s first Premier League goal was scored by Dale Gordon (pictured above in his Norwich City days) in a 1-1 draw with Coventry City in 1993 18 18 18 Crystal Palace’s first Premier League goal was scored by Mark Bright in a 3-3 draw with Blackburn in 1992 Swansea City’s first Premier League goal was scored by Scott Sinclair in a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in 2011 Everton’s first Premier League goal was scored by Barry Horne (pictured above, playing against Manchester United) in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in 1992 Bournemouth’s first Premier League goal was scored by Callum Wilson in a 4-3 win over West Ham in 2015 Southampton’s first Premier League goal was scored by Matt Le Tissier (who else?!) in a 3-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in 1992. Le Tiss is pictured here, playing against Blackburn. Tottenham Hotspur’s first Premier League goal was scored by Gordon Durie in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in 1992 Manchester United’s first Premier League goal was scored by Mark Hughes in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United in 1992 18 18 18 Newcastle United’s first Premier League goal was an own goal by Peter Atherton (pictured above, playing for Sheffield Wednesday) in a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City in 1993 18last_img read more

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Milner and Mane secure points for Liverpool as Palace’s Wan-Bissaka sees red

first_img 6 The match began with a relatively quiet opening 20 minutes, but proceedings livened up after the Reds scored a disallowed goal.A cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold was claimed by Wayne Hennessey, only for Sadio Mane to clatter into him seconds afterwards, with the foul causing the Palace ‘keeper to drop the ball which bounced over the line.Moments later, Naby Keita caught the attention of his new fans by sensationally creating a clear-cut chance missed by Mo Salah, before the Guinean then gave the ball away to Andros Townsend and he hit the bar from 25 yards. With half-time approaching, Mamadou Sakho was adjudged to have fouled Salah inside the penalty area, much to the displeasure of Palace support.James Milner placed the spot kick past Hennessey to give his side the lead just before the break.The home side started the second period on the front foot as a free kick from Luka Milivojevic tested Alisson, as did a header from Christian Benteke.However their superiority was short-lived at the Reds regained control. 6 6 6 6 MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe decision that changed the game was of course the penalty call which gave Liverpool their first goal. Palace fans weren’t happy with the referee’s call, however replays showed that, while Mo Salah undoubtedly went down a little easy, he was tripped by a clumsy Mamadou Sakho. James Milner got the first from the penalty spot 6center_img MATCH STATS Mo Salah was brought down by Mamadou Sakho Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s last-ditch challenge saw him sent off With 15 minutes remaining, Liverpool hit their opponents on the break and Roberto Firmino played Mo Salah in one-on-one.As the Egyptian stormed towards goal, he was tripped by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Palace were reduced to ten men as a result.Wilfried Zaha created one last chance for his team, lashing a low ball across the box, however it trickled all the way through the penalty area without any contact from a teammateThe visitors secured the three points in stoppage time as another breakaway move saw Mo Salah feed Sadio Mane, who rounded Wayne Hennessey to wrap up the fixture. James Milner finished coolly from 12 yards. TEAMS:Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend, Zaha, BentekeLiverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino Mane finished into an empty net Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park to make it two wins from two in the new Premier League season.Anfield’s faithful were treated to a 4-0 drubbing of West Ham last week, while their travelling support witnessed another clean sheet, though a not quite as exciting performance on Monday night.last_img read more

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Drake Road Races Partners With Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa

first_imgThe Drake Road Races, staged Sunday, Apr. 19, 2020, serves as the official start to the 2020 Drake Relays, which includes a full week of events for the 111th running of America’s Athletic Classic. Competitors in the Drake Road Races are the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval with all three races again finishing inside Drake Stadium. For the third consecutive year, the Drake Road Races also serve as the first half of the Bulldog Double, which culminates at the Grand Blue Mile Tuesday, Apr. 21.  All finishers of the Drake Road Races, who also finish the Grand Blue Mile, will receive an exclusive, commemorative Bulldog Double medal. “We’re proud of how Drake University has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa and excited to join that partnership to give our participants this opportunity,” Boldon said. “The early season discounts and the affordability of the event give everyone the chance to donate, even if only a dollar or two. All proceeds from the donations will go to cover the expense of the students’ participation in the Drake Road Races.” For the first time in Drake Road Races history, participants will have the opportunity to sponsor the participation of a Boys & Girls Club member for the event. When registering for either the half marathon, 10k, or 5k, participants can contribute to help sponsor entry fees and participation expenses for a Boys & Girls Club member who is also preparing for the event.  The discounted registration of more than 50 percent off will be automatically applied at check out and only available on Oct. 21 and 22 with prices set as follows: 5k – $20, 10k – $30 and half marathon – $40.  “For more than five decades, our courses have featured Drake’s campus and the surrounding neighborhood,” Boldon said. “This year, all of our participants will pass the new on-campus Gregory & Suzie Burt Club. The Drake Relays has a rich history of hosting athletes of all ages and abilities. This partnership will allow runners and walkers to support kids who participate in programs right down the street from Drake Stadium.” “This opportunity is just one of the many ways we have seen the Drake community embrace our Club kids and teens with open arms,” said Jodie Warth, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. “The response from the Drake community has been overwhelming since the Club was first announced and we are grateful to continue deepening our partnership in such a meaningful way for our Club kids and teens.”  The start of registration not only features this unique opportunity to aid the efforts of the Boys & Girls Club but also offers significant discounts on race registrations. Race registrations for all three races (half marathon, 10k, 5k) will be discounted more than 50 percent through midnight, Oct. 22. DES MOINES, Iowa – Competitors in the 52nd edition of the Drake Road Races will have the unique opportunity to support the health and development of area youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Oct. 9. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half-marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Road Races 52nd anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved technical shirt and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits. Donating to support the participation costs of Boys & Girls Club members is efficiently completed during the registration process. Those interested in supporting the Boys & Girls Club by providing the opportunity for youth runners to compete in the Drake Road Races will be able to contribute when registration officially opens on Oct. 21. Registration information and race details are available at DrakeRoadRaces.org. About Boys & Girls Clubs of Central IowaBoys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa provides a safe, supportive place for kids and teens to be after school and during the summer, with structured programs and caring staff role models. Our highly-educated and trained professionals at our six area Club locations give 2,000 members the resources and guidance to graduate high school on time with a plan for the future. Boys & Girls Club programs help young people achieve academic success, model good character & citizenship, and live healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit bgcci.org. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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KCCA FC legend Jackson Mayanja to take over at SC Villa

first_img Tags: Jackson MayanjaSC Villa Jackson Mayanja is odds on to become Villa’s next coach (file photo)Reports doing rounds at Villa Park suggest that the 16 time record Uganda Premier League champions are in advance talks with KCCA FC legend Jackson Mayanja over the vacant head coach’s role at the club.Villa is currently minus a head coach after Wasswa Bbosa joined Soana FC upon expiry of his deal last month.Mayanja, a former Cranes international, KCCA FC and El- Marsy attacking midfielder is now believed to be in pole position after Livingstone Mbabazi distanced himself away from the role.Reliable sources reveal that incumbent SC Villa president Eng. Ben Misagga opted for Mayanja because he wants a coach ready to build a formidable youth team and ready to challenge for trophies.Reports also suggest that the former Kagera Sugar and Coastal Union tactician is set to be confirmed as the new man to take over this week.Mayanja is also a former Bunamwaya ( now Vipers SC) coach and served as assistant coach to Dylan Kerr at Tanzania side Simba.He also deputized Bobby Williamson during his reign as Cranes head coach. Mayanja won the league title with KCCA FC as a player and was also a joint top scorer in 1997.If he indeed takes over at Villa, he will have one hell of a task to steady a ship that of late looked to be sinking with a host of stars leaving, including captain Bernard Muwanga who joined KCCA Fc towards the end of last month.SC Villa has a good three quarters of last season but ended up finishing third in the league and lost the Uganda Cup semi final to losing finalist Vipers 1-0 on aggregate.Comments last_img read more

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49ers Kyle Nelson blames supplements for 10-game suspension

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kyle Nelson, the 49ers’ long snapper since 2014, claims that tainted supplements led to his 10-game suspension Tuesday from the NFL for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.It’s the longest suspension ever for a 49ers player.Nelson issued a statement, through the 49ers, confirming the NFL informed him of a positive test for a banned substance, and he is taking steps to identify the cause.LONG SNAPPER: San Francisco 49ers long snapper Kyle Nelson (86) during an NFL …last_img read more

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