No permission given by NDC for excavation – Chairman

first_imgExcavation of Boerasirie dam…Police asked to actAmid tensions over the excavation of the Boerasirie dam by unknown persons, which can result in severe flooding in nearby communities, the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) on Wednesday said no permission was given to conduct such activities.One of the machinery parked at the area upon the arrival of the NDC officialsChairman of the Council, Vishal Ambedkar noted that efforts were made to stop the persons who are excavating the area, but the machinery would be turned off when officials arrive at the location and works continue once they are gone. Additionally, the works are being carried out primarily on the weekend since the Council functions only on weekdays. This is seen as a method to evade the Council from addressing the situation, the Chairman said.“The scenario at the Boerasirie Creek was brought to our attention at the NDC level. We tried to meet with the persons who tried to remove dirt from the dam area… this comes under the NDC and we haven’t given any permission to do so. Every time we went there to stop them, the machine would be shut off. They’re removing it during the weekend and our workers only work on weekdays,” said the NDC Chairman.The Police were also alerted of the matter and efforts were made to contact the Regional Executive Officer of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). Both proved futile since the Police is yet to respond and the REO was always unavailable when contact is made with his office.“We would have written the Commander of C Division at the Leonora Police Station for them to take action against the matter. The Police are yet to act. He’s claiming that he received permission from a regional official to remove it. That dam serves as a safeguard between the two creeks,” the BDC Chairman said.Persons from the area recently contacted Guyana Times, voicing their concerns over the excavating operation, which they fear will impact them gravely if it continues.This publication understands that men started excavating the dirt from the dam and have been retailing it to interested persons, while some was dumped at a nearby open space. The situation is even worse, given the fact that there is no structure to stop water from entering communities during high tides. The dam has been lowered significantly and any high tide in the future will result in mass flooding along Tuschen and Zeelugt.“There is a dam before the trench, and someone is excavating the dirt from it and they’re excavating so low. This trench goes straight out into the river and there is nothing to stop the water so when the high tide comes, it will flood the entire De Kindren and Zeelugt,” said one of the Councillors.She added, “The residents and fishermen are calling for something to be done before they’re affected. Some of the dirt is sold to people and they’re using some to build other areas. Some persons went out and stop them from digging the dam further and explained what will happen if they excavate the dam so low and they still continued. The Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC is also aware of this,” she explained.Meanwhile, a resident from the area, Mugdridge (only name provided) explained, “If the dam get a breach, it will flood everywhere. If I get flood, who will be responsible? We have the Phagwah and Easter spring tide. If the dam get a breach, it will cause a big problem.”When the tide rises, some fishermen will also suffer since it will not be possible for their boats to be docked along the waterway. The resident noted that this is an extremely dangerous situation being created that will affect thousands of residents living in the area.Residents are hoping that the Police intervene to ensure the dam is not dug further.last_img read more

FSJ Minor Hockey Awards

first_imgFort St. John Eagles Women’s hockey team Most Dedicated female Award Jodan Kozinsky Kirschner Goaltender Award – All ages, all teams Daimon Derouin Referee of the Year Award – All ages Michael van Nostrand Coach of the Year Award Bronc Donis Doug and Yvonne Wiles Recognition Award – For an individual or sponsor who has dedicated his or her time to the betterment of our Monor Hockey Program, and who has helped in areas where his or her child is not involved. Winner – Pat Lang Hugo Brandmann Memorial Parent Volunteer Award Renee Barrow Rotary Fair-play Award – To PeeWee House team showing team spirit and sportsmanship Oil West Team Coaches: Dale Merwin, John Fehr, Tracy Travis Congratulations to all winners, and a big thank-you to all players, coaches, officials, and volunteers who made it another successful Fort St. John hockey season. Corey Lee James Schultz Memorial Award – PeeWee Rep Tyler Wood June Godberson Memorial Award – PeeWee House or Rep Ricky Bateman Mike Brandmann Memorial Award – PeeWee House or Rep Advertisement Tuesday night marked the annual Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association awards ceremony at the Kids Arena. Awards and winners are listed below, in the order of presentation: McLean Herron Award – Midget House or Rep – Advertisement -Brett Young Kenny Kosick Memorial Awards – Midget House or Rep Brett McLean Advertisement Kameron Furlong Bryan Phillips Memorial Award – Bantam House Dylan Nelson Gary Flake Memorial Award – Bantam House or Rep Todd Malanowich Advertisement Ron Robinson Award – Pre-novice Devan Minard Earl Alexander Award – Novice Connor Bowie Dale Palmer Award – Atom House or Rep Colten Lancaster and Ralph Jarratt Advertisementlast_img read more

Swansea and Leicester contacted for accounts of Williams and Mahrez altercation

first_img1 Swansea and Leicester have been asked by the Football Association to give their accounts of the post-match row between Ashley Williams and Riyad Mahrez on Saturday.The pair had to be pulled apart in the tunnel after Leicester’s 3-0 Premier League win at the Liberty Stadium and Swansea captain Williams later tried to find Mahrez as the winger boarded the Foxes team bus.The players had earlier clashed in the first half of the match, in which Mahrez scored a hat-trick, as Williams wrestled the ball off his opponent to take a free-kick.Referee Michael Oliver tried to calm the tension, despite not giving either player a yellow card, but the aggravation continued during the game and after the final whistle.It is understood Swansea will play down the feud in the observations they give to the FA, with both clubs told to submit their accounts by the end of the week.The defeat left Garry Monk’s side one point above the Premier League relegation zone, having won just once since August, while Leicester are now two points clear at the top. Ashley Williams and Rihad Mahrez last_img read more

Another star set for China? Chelsea and Manchester United could lose out on target to Far East club

first_imgChelsea and Manchester United target Arda Turan is the latest player to be linked with a mega-money move to China.Turan officially signed for Barcelona in July 2015 but he was only allowed to make his debut for them last month due to the terms of the Catalan club’s transfer embargo.Barca held off strong competition from Chelsea and United to land him for £26m but now it has been suggested that he could be on his way again as early as the summer.According to Haberturk, an unnamed Chinese Super League side are readying a £78m move for the winger, who will be offered a lucrative five-year deal in the Far East.Barca do not want to sell Turan but such a move would represent a profit of over £50m for a 29-year-old – so they may be tempted.Should the shock move materialise, the Turkey international would join the likes of Ramires and Alex Teixeira, who have been lured by the millions on offer in the emerging Chinese Super League. 1 Arda Turan last_img read more

Officials: Mix leftover drugs with kitty litter

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre scoop your leftover medicine. Mixing cough syrup, Vicodin or Lipitor with cat litter is the new advice on getting rid of unused medications. Preferably used cat litter. It’s a compromise, better for the environment than flushing – and one that renders dangerous medicines too yucky to try if children, pets or drug abusers stumble through the trash. A government experiment is about to send that advice straight to thousands of patients who use potent painkillers, sleeping pills and other controlled substances. Why? Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and research suggests more than half of people who misuse those drugs get them for free from a friend or relative. In other words, having leftovers in the medicine cabinet is a risky idea. Anyone visiting your house could swipe them. HEALTH: To keep medicine away from kids, addicts and pets, make them unpalatable. By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON – It’s time to pooper- So 6,300 pharmacies around the country have signed up for a pilot project with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. When patients fill prescriptions for a list of abuse-prone medicines, such as Ambien or Vicodin, the pharmacist also will hand over a flyer urging them to take the cat-litter step if they don’t wind up using all their pills. Not a cat owner? Old coffee grounds work, or doggie doo, even sawdust. Just seal the meds and the other material in a plastic bag before tossing it in the trash. “We don’t want to assert that this is a panacea for the larger problem,” says SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark. “It just provides them with a caveat that these are not things you can just lay around.” But the concern isn’t only about controlled substances. How to best dispose of any medicine, whether prescription or over- the-counter, is a growing issue. Unfortunately, “we don’t have a silver bullet,” says Joe Starinchak of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. No one knows just how many unused drugs Americans dump each year, or how many are hoarded because patients simply don’t know what to do with them or that they should dispose of them. Once, patients were told to flush old drugs down the toilet. No more – do not flush unless you have one of the few prescriptions that the Food and Drug Administration specifically labels for flushing. That’s because antibiotics, hormones and other drugs are being found in waterways, raising worrisome questions about potential health and environmental effects. Already, studies have linked hormone exposure to fish abnormalities. Germs exposed to antibiotics in the environment may become more drug-resistant. 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_imgDue to popular demand, Donegal Sports Partnership are organising a 2nd Strength & Conditioning course for coaches working with young athletes.The course tutor will again be Chris Galway; Chris has 15 years experience in working in strength and conditioning at club and provincial level. Chris is also accredited by the Australian Association of Strength and Conditioning, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association and is a tutor with Coaching Ireland.Closing date for return of completed application form (including booking fee) is Friday 2nd March; places are limited, so early booking is essential. Course Outline• Components of fitness• Windows of Optimal Trainability• Warm Ups and Strength, Agility and Balance • Injury causes and prevention• Resistance Training• Postural correction – correcting muscle imbalance• Plyometric training for injury prevention• Fitness Testing Date/Time: Saturday 10th March 2012, 10.00am – 4pmVenue: Optimal Fitness Gym, Unit 2-3, Enterprise Fund, Business Centre, Ballyraine, LetterkennyCost: €25 per head – includes light lunch and resourcesPlease contact Donegal Sports Partnership at 074 9116078 / 16079 or email DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP HOLDS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COURSE FOR YOUNG ATHLETES was last modified: February 7th, 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

Never-ending traffic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Residents stirred up over sewer” (Jan. 18): I find it ironic that Burbank is greatly protesting L.A.’s plans for a new sewer line, when for years the Burbank airport has directed an increasing amount of traffic over L.A. neighborhoods. At least the sewer construction will eventually end, whereas the amount of noise, pollution and traffic from the airport will continue as long as there is jet fuel and passengers. What goes around comes around. Paula Humerick Valley Village Home monitor Re “High walls make bad residents” (Jan. 22): I have a question for Michael Scandiffio … who made you home monitor for the city of Burbank? Did the city offer you a well-paid job to go around city streets taking pictures of people’s homes so you could go back to the City Council and act like a second-grader by telling on residents who have fences or hedges that may be too high? Also, to the Burbank City Council … do you not have anything more important to do than worry about fences and hedges? Brian Cooper Burbank Academics first Re “Cutting baseball players no slack” (Jan. 22): “Bunch dropped eight players … since then four of those players have sought transfers to other schools.” More power to the four who stayed on, and hopefully will improve their grades. The four who seek “transfers” … sounds like proud parents who can’t accept the fact that their children need more effort at scholastics. So cut and run. Hopefully, Alemany will not accept the transfer, and the youngsters will go back to Santa Clarita, earn good grades, and show what high school is really about. I write in part because my son went to Alemany, and I am proud of their scholastic endeavors first and foremost. Everything else is second. William Child Chatsworth Coming soon Re “Feds try to google Google” (Jan. 20): It will be a short time before the government will then want to monitor your searching for political sites, such as search on Google for “aid to country,” replace country with the name of any country in the world, and see where American tax money goes to support aid – it will shock you. So the government will then consider you might decide to rise up against the government, then you will be considered a terrorist, you can be apprehended (arrested), by executive power (President Bush) held indefinitely “without” access to legal council or trial in court. What is coming? Any peaceful demonstration against the government will be considered a terrorist act. How dare you question our government. Don Cordell Lancaster Exit exams Re “Angst over exit exams” (Jan. 15): From what I can make out of this story, remedial (learning disabled?) students are able to pass the exit exam. I happen to have a condition called “dyscalculia,” which is an inability to comprehend numbers and all mathematics. This means not only can I not understand numbers and mathematics, but I do not have the ability to learn them. I was able to guess at two of the sample math problems (while passing all the reading problems) but of course I had no comprehension whatsoever of the other two. So my question is, how do those remedial students pass the exit exam? Is it just a matter of taking it over and over again, so they remember the answers? Just curious. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Pedophile priests Re “Ex-priest arrested in abuse claims” (Jan. 20): With the current trial against Father Edwin Wempe and the recent arrest of Michael Baker, Cardinal Mahony has to be losing sleep. These are two of the most abusive pedophile priests that Mahony continued to transfer from parish to parish after they admitted abusing young children. Hopefully the truth will be told and Mahony will be exposed for the coverup that he is responsible for in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He and his lawyers continue to try to convince us that they have made great strides in protecting further abuse of children. Mark Gauer Moorpark UTLA’s financial health Regarding UTLA’s financial health, the independent financial audits for 2002-03 and 2003-04 showed continuous growth in UTLA’s net worth. The 2005 audit has not yet been submitted. UTLA’s financial problems are due entirely to the increased dues the union is paying its state affiliates to help pay for the continuing battle to save public education. President Perez and the UTLA controller brought this information to A.J. Duffy’s attention when he was president-elect. Since UTLA dues are low compared with other unions, one solution to the problem created by the increased dues paid to its state affiliates is for UTLA to either increase its dues or adopt a pass through for all future dues increases. John Perez UTLA president 2002-2005 Alberto Valdivia UTLA treasurer 2002-2005 Resurrecting subway Re “Tunnel Vision” (Editorial, Jan. 20): If Los Angeles officials truly want this budget-busting subway, then they should use their own money. However, they expect to raid the county’s other 87 cities and unincorporated communities to once again foot the bill. Today’s transportation problems are a result of the city of Los Angeles grabbing countywide funds in prior decades to pay $5 billion for a 17-mile subway system. In response to Los Angeles city’s “tunnel vision,” in 1998 Los Angeles County voters overwhelmingly voted to end using local sales taxes for subway construction. Hijacking precious resources away from the development of a regional transit system is a slap in the face to the county’s other 87 cities and 134 unincorporated communities that desperately need a cost-effective, at-grade or above-ground light rail network. Michael D. Antonovich Los Angeles county supervisor Laughable rationale Re “Administration details case for NSA domestic wiretaps” (Jan. 20): There is nothing – nothing – in the U.S. Constitution that allows a president to break the law, whether in time of war or not. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales knows this. Yet he and the Justice Department persist in defending President Bush with distortions and vague readings of the Congressional resolution authorizing “all necessary and appropriate force.” Gonzales, the Justice Department, Vice President Cheney and Bush himself are essentially (to borrow a line from the Downing Street memo) trying to fix the law around the policy. And the “well, he did it too” rationale of pointing to the actions of previous commanders-in-chief is both irrelevant and laughable. Michael Laskavy Oak Park Suicide bomber’s death Re “Terrorist? Martyr? Suicide bomber’s death leaves questions” (Jan. 16): I looked intensively for the questions this article might leave. “His circle of family and friends did not see it coming.” Really! Who knew? They called what he did “an honor … to the family.” They called him a martyr. It fits. But what happened to you people? “Martyr?” Were the miscreants who flew into the Twin Towers martyrs? Did they not have families “that were shocked” also? All I can hope for is that your own families and friends will help shake you back awake from wherever you have gone. If not, I’m afraid the poisoned ripples of what this suicide bomber destroyed have spread much farther than a village on the west bank of the Jordan River. Steve Klein Encino Alito confirmation The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Bush administration went too far in trying to block Oregon’s assisted suicide law. The three dissenting votes were Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and new Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. What did you expect? Bush told us all along he was going to appoint justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas and that’s exactly what he did. The Supreme Court now has three ultraconservatives. How did we get the new chief justice? John Roberts deceived America through evasion as to his true nature at the recent confirmation hearing. Samuel Alito has used the same tactic of evasion to mask his intentions during a confirmation hearing. One could lay odds that Alito also fits the mold of Scalia and Thomas. Ron Lowe Nevada Citylast_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny U18 team.Letterkenny under 18s got their season off to a great start with an emphatic 68 to 6 victory over Rainey at the Dave Gallager Park on Saturday. The visitors arrived with a depleted team short of their Ulster players so were up against it from the start. Letterkenny had captain Daniel Faulkner back at first center and he put in a powerful display in both defence and attack.Joe Dunleavy was enjoying his first training session with the Ulster under 19’s and will be back in Letterkenny colours for the game next week away to Malone. Peter Scott will also be back after a week off to spent time with his John Deer tractor. The match started at a high pace with Martin Molloy and Stephen Holmes prominent in the loose. A number of handling errors due to early season rustiness delayed the first score untill the 10 minute mark when Eunan Henry was put away down the left wing by his out half Matthew Faulkner. This score was followed by a try from Oisin Toal after a trade mark break by full back Kevin Grant.Grant then followed this with the best try of the first half was he took the ball at speed from a high clearance kick on his own 22 and ran the lenght of the pitch to score under the posts. Daniel Faulkner then got his name on the try list after a good block down and chase inside the 22m line.The final score of the half went to hard working open side wing forward Darragh Toal when he used his pace down the right wing. Letterkenny made a number of changes at half time with the introduction of Aodhain O Neill and Calum Reid but this did little to change the attacking approach. Five more trys followed courtsey of Oisin Toal, Matthew Faulkner, Darragh Toal, Daniel Faulkner and Diarmiud Gallagher.Best was kept to last when the big second row Gallagher rumbled over to complete a great move orchestrated by the ten and twelve Faulkner combinatin down the right wing and resulting crossfield kick being fielded by Louis Carson who off loaded to Gallagher ariving at speed. Nine out of ten conversions were kicked by Daniel Faulkner to give the home team a great start to the season. Ben Khavia showed the extra training with Peter Brookes over the summer has paid off with an excellent game at number 9. Douglas Doyle did his Cian Healey impersonation with a superb 40m break leading up to try number eight.Molloy, Holmes and Carson were excellent throughout and Paul Johnston was playing his first game in 12 months and did very well at number 8. Connor Cannon also showed his ability in the front row untill he was replaced by O Neill.This game showed that Letterkenny have a serious back line but tougher tests lie ahead where the basics such as line out possession, ball presentation and line defence will be expected to improve. Credit must go to the Rainey team who traveled under strength and played a good spirited game.Letterkenny team: Connor Cannon, Stephen Holmes, Douglas Doyle, Martin Molloy, Diarmiud Gallagher, Lewis Carson, Darragh Toal, Paul Johnston, Ben Khavia, Matthew Faulkner, Oisin Toal, Daniel Faulkner, Eunan Henry, Adam Quinn-Boal, Kevin Grant, Aodhain O Neill and Calum Reid. Letterkenny Rugby Club in association with main sponsor Kelly’s Toyota, Letterkenny & Mountcharles.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U18s GET SEASON OFF TO GREAT START was last modified: September 27th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Judge has ordered the arrest of a farmer whose donkeys almost caused a crash with a Garda car.Garda Harvey Maughan told Letterkenny District Court that he rounded a sharp bend at Thorn Road in Letterkenny on March 11th last and almost collided with two donkeys and a pony.He revealed the animals belonged to local farmer Leslie Stewart, 66, who was charged with allow beasts to wander. However, when he called to Stewart’s home, he refused to answer the door.“I rounded the bend and had to brake sharply to avoid the animals.“The fencing had completed deteriorated and the animals could just walk through it,” revealed Garda Maughan.Garda Maughan told Judge Paul Kelly that Stewart is under the observation of both the ISPCA and the Gardai in respect to looking after his animals.“I don’t know if you’d call him a farmer but he keeps animals. His land has been rented to other people but he continues to keep animals.“He lacks the capability or ant to look after his animals. He is being monitored by the ISPCA and the Gardai,” said Garda Maughan.The court heard that Stewart has previous convictions for cruelty to animals and also having no tax.Garda Maughan added that he had spotted Stewart, who was not in court, traveling in the opposite direction of the courthouse earlier today.Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for Stewart’s arrest.HEE HAW, HEE HAW TO HAVE COME TO COURT! was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonkeyLeslie StewartLetterkenny District Courtponylast_img read more