NA Nurses Hostel goes up in flames

first_imgThe Nurses Hostel at Charles Place, New Amsterdam, was on Saturday destroyed by fire of unknown origin.The building opposite the old New Amsterdam Hospital was not occupied at the time of the fire but has been aThe 50-year-old building on firelandmark for the 270-year-old town.Reports are that about 13:30h smoke was seem emanating from the upper flat of the two-storied building, which is more than 50 years old, and was previously used as nurses quarters.An eyewitness told Guyana Times that after smoke was seen in the building the fire service, a mere three minutes away, was summoned.Firemen initially encountered problems acquiring water and as such sought help from the Rosehall Estate Fire truck. Firefighters took under fifteen minutes to contain the blaze and were able to prevent it from spreading.Meanwhile, this newspaper was told that the building is at times occupied by vagrants.The building, which was used to accommodate nurses who live in remote areas but attached to the NA Hospital, was closed about a decade ago.Two weeks ago the first step to rehabilitate the building was taken when contractors were asked to submit estimates to rehabilitate the building. On Saturday, one midwife Marilyn Tinnie, who once stayed at the hostel, expressed regret over the destruction of the building. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Eccles resident denies trying to kill man during argument

first_imgA 12-member jury was on Monday morning empanelled to hear the case of George Dover, who is on trial for attempted murder.He is accused of stabbing the Virtual Complainant (VC), Kester Yamster about the body during an argument at the Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on April 10, 2015. He has, however, denied the charges by way of entering pleas of not-guilty.The State’s indictment was presented by lead Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs, with the first count being attempt to commit murder while the other was wounding with intent to disfigure, maim, or cause grievous bodily harm. Dover was committed to stand trial in the High Court in April last year and was placed on bail.The defence team is led by Attorney George Thomas while Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best and Keisha Persaud are also appearing for the accused. Shawnette Austin and Tiffini Lyken are appearing for the State in association with Prosecutor Gibbs.Five witnesses, including the VC, are set to testify when the case begins before Justice Navindra Singh this morning.last_img read more

Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

first_imgWalker has played a key role as City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field, dropping just two points in their opening 17 matches.“Right now I’d rate him as one of the best, definitely,” said Guardiola of Walker at Friday’s press conference.“He has energy. He is so strong defensively. But I’d like to help him to solve problems not just through his physicality but also through his thinking.“When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way. When you get to a certain age -– 28, 29, 30 -– you need to think after that more about what is going to happen.“I always encourage him to think and after that, do it.”The City manager has revealed that he criticises his players more when they win, because he believes they will be in a better mood to take in what he is saying.– ‘You can do better’ –“We try not just to think that if we win, that’s good, and it’s enough, and if we lose, it’s bad,” he said.“That, I think, is a big mistake.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola flatly denied directing his players to deliberately commit fouls for tactical purposes © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF“You have to develop more by talking about the bad things when you win. Because after that, the players don’t believe that it’s just a complaint or a regret.“When you lose, you have to work more on their confidence, and say: That is part of the game, you can do better.”Guardiola, meanwhile, has dismissed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s claim City commit a lot of ‘tactical fouls’ to stop opponents counter-attacking.Mourinho made his comments before last Sunday’s Manchester derby, which City won 2-1 at Old Trafford.“I never, never, never, never sent a message like that to my players,” said Guardiola.“You can ask the players, these players and the old players if my message on the pitch was to commit fouls. I don’t use this kind of message.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kyle Walker, pictured in September 2017, has played a key role as Manchester City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties.The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in July for a fee that could rise to £52 million ($69 million) with performance-related bonus clauses.last_img read more

Klopp advice to Liverpool fans in Rome ‘Behave!’

first_imgTwo Italian men have been remanded in custody facing charges over the incident.Liverpool won the game 5-2. The return is next Wednesday in Rome.Liverpool are to hold talks with Roma, UEFA and the Italian police on Friday seeking reassurance over security.At his press conference on Friday, Klopp wore a small pin of the club’s Liverbird emblem in the green, white and orange of the Irish tricolour, as a sign of respect for Cox.The Liverpool boss said his advice to fans going to Wednesday’s second leg in Rome was to stay out of trouble.“What can I say? Behave? It’s easy to say!” said Klopp.“Behave! It’s common sense. You want to be safe. I never saw (trouble from fans) since I have been here.“I really don’t like that part of football. I don’t get it.“It should not be like this. It’s a wonderful game and if we want away supporters at stadiums we have to show our responsibility.”The 50-year-old German — whose side play Premier League strugglers Stoke on Saturday — said Tuesday had been a day of mixed emotions.“The game on Tuesday showed the beauty of the game, and showed the most ugly face of parts of the game,” said Klopp.“I heard first time about it, I cannot describe my emotions in English.“That should never have happened and should never happen in the future.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a major absentee for Klopp both on Saturday and for the Roma clash as he suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s match that will also ruled him out of the World Cup.“We will wait for him like a good wife when her man is in prison,” said Klopp.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp applauded Liverpool fans after the Champions League semifinal first leg at Anfield. On Friday he urged them to behave at the second leg in Rome. © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool fans going to Rome next week to avoid violence and not to seek revenge for the assault that left one of their own in a critical condition.Sean Cox, a 53-year-old Irishman and father of three, is in a Liverpool hospital after suffering a serious head injury following an attack by Roma fans ahead of last Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.last_img read more

Deadly Tropical Storm Noel turns toward Atlantic coast

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.N. helicopters were waiting out driving rain that lashed Haiti on Friday before they could assess flood damage from Tropical Storm Noel, which killed at least 48 here and left thousands homeless. The new showers from Noel’s outer bands raised fears of further deaths in a country prone to catastrophic flooding. In the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the rains largely let up, allowing flights carrying urgently needed relief supplies. Authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed 79 deaths and said at least 62,000 were left homeless by the storm. The storm grew into Hurricane Noel as it passed Thursday over the Bahamas, where flooding killed one man and forced the evacuation of nearly 400 people. The storm then shifted north, heading parallel to the U.S. Atlantic coast toward Nova Scotia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By Friday evening, Noel had sustained winds of 80 mph and was centered about 320 miles southeast of North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm would produce up to four inches of rains over parts of eastern New England. Noel is the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 129 dead. 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_imgRed Hughs Notes 14/01/2013Lotto & 100+ Club There was no winning sequence in this weeks Lotto but the winner of the lucky dip was Margaret O’Neill who wins €30. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €1,500. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 19th January – Tommy McGlinchey, 26th January – Gerard McColgan, 2nd February – Samuel Patterson and 9th February – Liam Kelly.Names are now being taken for the 100+ Club for the coming year. New members are welcome to join. Weekly cash prizes and entry into our end of season draw are just some of the incentives for 100+ Club members. Please contact any executive member should you wish to join up. Existing members should get in contact with their promoter. All 100+ Club promoters should have their names for this year in by the next club meeting on 22nd January.MembershipJust a reminder to all that adult membership for 2013 is now due. Adult membership costs €30 per person and there is a special concession rate of €50 for couples (an adult and their partner/husband/wife). All players must pay their membership before any games commence. Membership should be paid to club Registrar Eamonn Kelly who can be contacted on (087) 2942974.There will be a registration night for all adult and underage players & members in the coming weeks. Exact details yet to be confirmed.Senior Ladies Team ManagerAny club member interested in managing the Senior Ladies for the 2013 season should get in contact with club chairman Andy Doherty on (087) 6843311 as soon as possible.All Ireland PaintingThe club has a special limited edition hand painted picture of Michael Murphy lifting the Sam Maguire and this is currently on display in Bradleys shop. Lines are still on sale at €2 each to enter the draw for this great prize. Minor BoardThere is still a coaching vacancy remaining for the U16 Girls team. Anyone interested in coaching this team should contact Stephen Gallagher on (087) 2054484.The coaching workshop planned for this Tuesday has now been postponed but will go ahead in early February with exact date to be confirmed. This is on the topic ‘Getting Fit For Sport’. This years minor panel are asked to attend along with all underage coaches. Anyone else who wishes to attend contact Stephen Gallagher on (087) 2054484. Spaces are limited to 40 persons.All parents and guardians should be aware that a new rule came has come into force from GAA headquarters making it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all matches and training sessions from the beginning of 2013. This is for all underage grades up to and including minor. It should be noted that players will not be allowed to play without mouth guards so it is now an essential part of a players kit. More details on this will follow in the coming weeks. Club MeetingThe next club meeting will take place this Tuesday 22nd January at 8.30pm in the clubhouse.Clubhouse Open for ActivitiesThe upstairs room in the clubhouse is currently available for use for any classes/activities (for example zumba, pilates etc). Times are flexible and reasonable rates apply. Anyone interested in using these excellent facilities should contact Andy Doherty on (087) 6843311 for more details.GAA: RED HUGHS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: RED HUGHS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgThey’re not doing things by half out Glenswilly these days.The one and only Gooch!Not content with reaching the Ulster Club Championship Final, the club has signed up The Gooch!But before fans in Foxhall dream of a deadly duo of Murphy and Cooper, it should be said it is only for the night. Arguably one of the country’s greatest ever footballers, the Kerry star is to appear at Glenswilly’s Up for the Match event this Friday night.Cooper will host a number of local favourites for a night of nostalgia, debate, music and craic in the clubhouse.And hosting the event will be another local legend – Charlie Collins.And the good news is that your name doesn’t have to be Kelly, McDaid or Bonner to join in the fun because everyone is welcome to celebrate Glenswilly’s success. Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and just €3 for Under 16s. COLM ‘THE GOOCH’ COOPER SIGNS FOR GLENSWILLY …..FOR A NIGHT! was last modified: November 21st, 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:Charlie CollinsColm CooperglenswillyThe Goochlast_img read more


first_imgThis is the brutal scene after Department of Agriculture officials were forced to put down three stray horses in Co Donegal.The three horses after they were put down.The abandoned horses, which included a yearling, were found in a poor state of health on the outskirts of Ballybofey.The horses were found wandering on a public road in the townland of Croachonagh. The horses were in a bad state of lameness, had bad feet and were a danger to themselves and to the public.It is understood one of the horses had been struck by a vehicle.Gardai contacted ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley who visited the scene.A vet from the Department of Agriculture was called and he made a decision to put down the animals. Inspector McGinley told Donegal Daily the decision to put the horses to sleep was the only option they had been left with.And he revealed that because the horses were not micro-chipped, it is unlikely that their owner will be located.He added that the horses were humanely put to sleep on welfare grounds.“The horses were in a very poor state overall and the decision to put them down was taken in their best interest.“Their feet where in a very poor condition, they were lame and we suspect one of them had probably been hit by a car. “A decision to put down any animal is never taken lightly but the decision was taken on welfare grounds,” he said.Mr McGinley said they would still like to discover the origin of the horses.ANIMAL WELFARE BOSSES SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO PUT DOWN STRAY HORSES was last modified: March 8th, 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:BallybofeydonegalGardaihorsesInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCAlast_img read more

Siyabonga Africa helps people get back up

first_imgThe organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes, bakeries and poultry farming are aimed at combatting unemployment while helping to improve food security. (Images: Siyabonga Africa, via Facebook)South Africa is constantly making efforts to push back and reduce the effects of poverty and unemployment. That they are still such critical concerns highlights the need for change and the need for South Africans to take action to help the growth and development of underprivileged residents.With this in mind Siyabonga Africa, a non-profit organisation in Brakpan, Gauteng, has been working to lessen the effects of poverty on the underprivileged and arm them with the skills and resources they need to improve their standing.The organisation began in the 1980s with a feeding scheme established by Ronald and Yvonne Dell on the East Rand, with the help of community leaders in the area. It included the distribution of donated clothing and help in restoring families that had been torn apart by poverty.Their efforts continued to gather momentum and in 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs in the surrounding community.“We look for people who put their hands up instead of their hands out, and we aim to nurture an entrepreneur’s spirit that does have an impact for years to come,” says Nathan Dell, the chairman of Siyabonga Africa.In 2004 the Siyabonga Africa development centre was established in hopes of addressing the shortage of skills and jobs.PROGRAMMESFor more than a decade the organisation has focused the bulk of its efforts on entrepreneurship programmes through which it works to impart knowledge that is key to starting and running sustainable businesses.The organisation’s two biggest entrepreneurial programmes are bakeries and poultry farming. They look to combat unemployment while helping to improve food security. The bakery programme has led to the establishment of more than 300 bakeries across the country and almost 2 000 jobs.“Our poultry farming programme is a very exciting one because it’s one of the small to medium enterprises with the highest growth potential in South Africa,” says Dell. “We offer a business management course that is an introduction to business fundamentals which are specific to poultry farming.”Siyabonga Africa also has the largest food bank and distribution centre in the province, he says, which feeds thousands of people each month. In addition, the organisation has a temporary housing project aimed at helping individuals and families in a transition phase or in between places.“We also have an advice desk where we help people get all their legal documents in order and help them get into the mainstream economy.”The group gives unskilled people a launch pad or platform from which they can build themselves up and go on to become self-sufficient members of society. In turn, these people are then in a position to go on and help others who are in similar situations fulfil their potential.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Is the fall rest period really necessary for alfalfa?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The long-standing recommendation has been to take the last harvest of alfalfa by early September in northern Ohio and mid-September in southern Ohio. Every year I observe that many people do not follow this recommendation, probably for various reasons. Most people taking only three cuttings are finished with the final harvest by early to mid-September. But the fourth cutting is another story. As of the end of last week, only about half of the fourth cutting of alfalfa in Ohio was complete, which reflects the rate of fourth harvest completion going back at least five years.I have heard some say that the fall rest period is not necessary and fall cutting never harms their stands. This could well be the case in many years on many farms, especially where excellent management is in place…where a good variety is used under excellent fertility and high soil pH, on well-drained soils, etc. Our killing frosts for alfalfa are also later than they used to be, and this fall is predicted to be warmer than normal. So I am not going to disagree with people about their fall cutting practices. But my question for those who take fall cuttings is: are you certain that it is not harming your stand productivity at all? Have you made a side-by-side comparison to see if there is a difference? If not, then try it this year. Leave some strips that you don’t cut when you take a fall cutting this year, mark those spots and look at them carefully next spring compared with where you did cut in the fall.Cutting is always a stress to the plant. The recommendation to give plenty of time for recovery before winter is still a sound and very safe recommendation, particularly on soils that have less than ideal drainage or where the alfalfa is stressed.There are situations when taking some risk may give a reward. The beautiful high quality fall forage present in an alfalfa field in late September to early October may be valuable enough to take some risk with cutting it at that time. The weather through the rest of the fall and winter may cooperate nicely and it could be no problem. But be aware there is more risk with cutting late, and the risk probably increases in the latter half of September and into early October because the recovery time for replenishing energy reserves used in regrowth soon after cutting is growing shorter with each passing day.A number of factors affect the level of risk incurred with cutting during the fall period. These include overall stand health, variety disease resistance, insect stress on the stand during the summer, age of stand, cutting management, fertility, and soil drainage.A vigorous, healthy stand is more tolerant of fall cutting than a stressed and weakened stand.Alfalfa varieties with high disease resistance and good levels of winter hardiness will be more tolerant of a fall cutting. Adequate fertility, especially soil potassium levels, and a soil pH near 6.8 will improve plant health and increase tolerance to fall cutting. Stands under three years of age are more tolerant of fall cuttings than older stands where root and crown diseases are setting in.The cutting frequency during the growing season can affect the energy status of the plant going into the fall. Frequent cutting (30 day intervals or less) results in the plant never reaching full energy reserve status during the growing season. This makes the critical fall rest period more necessary for plants to accumulate adequate reserves before winter. So a fifth cutting taken in the fall carries more risk than taking a fourth or third cutting during the fall.A final factor is soil drainage. Alfalfa stands on well-drained soils tolerate later fall cuttings better than alfalfa on moderately or poorly drained soils. Low plant cover going into the winter from late cutting increases the risk of winter heaving on many Ohio soils. We have observed significant heaving in the past in northeast Ohio, and many of those stands had been harvested the previous fall.Cutting alfalfa during the critical fall period is always tempting due to the high quality of the forage in the fall and the sunny fall conditions. Carefully consider the condition of the stand and the risk factors discussed above before taking a fall cut. We took a fourth cutting in one experiment in late September, right beside where a fourth cutting was taken Sept. 9. So next year we will closely look at the spring yield following those two fall harvest dates. Join us with your own side-by-side comparison.last_img read more