Works on Linden/Lethem trail a work in progress – Harmon

first_imgIn the midst of the May-June rainy season, persons travelling along the Linden-Lethem Road have been calling on Government to repair sections of the trail which have become impassable, but Minister of State Joseph Harmon has assured that works to upgrade the road are ongoing.“The road itself, that is, the Linden Highway, is a work in progress. I can say that because some work has already started in Lethem. You would recognise that some of the culvert’s work has already started,” he told reporters during last week’s post-Cabinet press briefing.Sections of the road – at Fairview in Region Nine and Kurupukari in Region Eight – are completely impassible, with the greater part of the road at those sections being inundated by heavy rainfall over the past weeks.In fact, only last week, commuters were complaining that users are contending that the good parts of the Linden/Lethem road are outnumbered by bad sections, sharing too that the condition of the road had resulted in vehicles overturning.Two Saturdays ago, a truck driver was injured after his vehicle reportedly went overboard while crossing the Christmas Bridge. He was attempting to manoeuvre lorry GWW 5832 with a load of sawn lumber across the Christmas Bridge, but ended up toppling into the nearby creek.Operators have complained too that the condition of the trail is made worse by lumber trucks operating during the wet weather.One bus driver, Ramroop (only name given), said, “We have our buses and we have to spend most of the money we make to maintain the bus because of the road. Right through we sticking up! The bridge them a wash away or break down, and we have to pay more money to get people to pull we out.”The angry man pointed out that Government needs to do more to maintain the road, and added that drivers are not opposed to paying an increase in toll in exchange for better roads. He further explained that because of the impassable state of the road, vehicle owners are being forced to pay as much as $5000 at Fairview for villagers to use the village truck to pull their vehicles out of the slush. This payment, he contends, is in addition to tolls and maintenance costs.“By the time we done fix the bus and pay all them money that, we not making any money at all! The Government got to do better than this! Them ah wait until the road bad bad and nothing can’t do and then them come and will try to fix it. We are the one suffering, not them; because them can afford to fly to Lethem, but what about the poor people?” another driver added.In February of 2017, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had said it was gearing to commence construction of the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project, which will be funded with a $15 million grant from United Kingdom Government through its £300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme that was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2015. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean countries to benefit from the grant and identified the Linden-Lethem Road project as the beneficiary.The first phase of the project spans from Linden to Mabura, and covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road and the construction of the bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari ferry crossing.Meanwhile, the remaining 331.5km of the laterite road will fall under other phases and will be undertaken through funding from other sources.Early last year, it was reported that Government had engaged the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) on possible funding for the stretch of road between Mabura Hill and Lethem. In fact, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had disclosed during its annual meeting back in April that the bank is to make some US$900 million available to Guyana over the next three years for projects in the areas of infrastructure, rural and human development, among others.On the other hand, Guyana and Brazil had signed two agreements in December last, one of which is the Complementary Agreement to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Federative Republic of Brazil, which creates the “Guyana-Brazil Joint Commission to Develop Infrastructure Projects”.The construction of the long-awaited Linden-Lethem road is one of the key projects under this agreement. In July last year, a ministerial team from Guyana visited their counterparts in the neighbouring Portuguese nation during which it was agreed that both countries will provide financial resources for the engineering and design of the road.It was reported too that the two countries will be working closely with the People’s Republic of China to access a $50 billion China Select Fund to complete the critical piece of infrastructure that holds great potential in terms of integrating the two countries and improving trade between the neighbours and the Caribbean.last_img read more

Cattleman Convention gets underway today

first_imgAbout three hundred delegates have gathered in Kamloops, for the beginning tonight, of the Annual General Meeting, of the BC Cattlemen’s Assosication.Spokesperson Elaine Stoven says many of the resolutions slated to hit the convention floor are aimed at industry support… [asset|aid=1402|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3435b70773618eb80790fec8c2ce195a-Stoven_1_Pub.mp3] Premier Campbell will be the featured speaker and is scheduled address the delegates tomorrow.- Advertisement –last_img

Kings heading across the pond next fall

first_imgThe Hurricanes (28-23-7) are winless in three straight home games (0-2-1) for the first time since a five-game drought from Feb. 19-March 10, 2004. – Associated Press Historically, hockey hasn’t made much of an impact in England. The country did not qualify for the Olympic men’s tournament although Great Britain does have a 10-team professional league that includes teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. One published report indicated the Kings’ potential partner in the London venture could be the Ducks, who played two games in Tokyo against the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 1997-98 season. Vancouver and Calgary played the next year in Tokyo, but international NHL games have not been played since. The NFL played a game in Mexico City in 2005 and will open its 2007 season in London. Major League Baseball opened its 2004 season with a series in Tokyo. The NBA has been perhaps the most proactive about promoting its sport internationally, most recently when the Clippers conducted their training camp in Moscow before this season. The weariness of international travel has been cited as one reason the Clippers have struggled this season, but it’s likely that the Kings would have at least a week of rest before they resumed their season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is it possible that the Kings might have an audience with the queen this fall? The Kings are exploring the possibility of playing the first two games of the 2007-08 season in London, which would be the first NHL games ever played in Europe. Details remain scarce because the idea is still in the discussion stage, but the league would like to expand its international fan base and if London is the destination, the Kings would be an obvious choice. Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Kings’ parent company, is redeveloping an arena in London that is scheduled to open in July, and AEG’s international reach in the sporting world is well known. center_img In addition to its well-documented import of David Beckham to the Galaxy, AEG also controls five professional hockey teams in Europe and a share of a soccer team in Sweden. KINGS TODAYKings at Carolina Faceoff: 4 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C. TV/Radio: FSN West; 1150-AM. Matchup: The Kings (19-30-9) have recorded pointsin a season-best five straight games, including their most impressive win of the season Saturday, scoring three second-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory at Nashville that ended the Predators’ franchise-record eight-game home win streak. last_img read more

Poorer nations to feel global warming the most

first_imgThe world’s richest countries, which have contributed by far the most to the atmospheric changes linked to global warming, are already spending billions of dollars to limit their own risks from its worst consequences, like drought and rising seas. But despite long-standing treaty commitments to help poor countries deal with warming, these industrial powers are spending just tens of millions of dollars on ways to limit climate and coastal hazards in the world’s most vulnerable regions – most of them close to the equator and overwhelmingly poor. Next Friday, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N. body that since 1990 has been assessing global warming, will underline this growing climate divide, according to scientists involved in writing it – with wealthy nations far from the equator not only experiencing fewer effects but being better able to withstand them. Two-thirds of the atmospheric buildup of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas that can persist in the air for centuries, has come in nearly equal proportions from the United States and Western European countries. These and other wealthy nations are investing in windmill-powered plants that turn seawater to drinking water, in flood barriers and floatable homes, in grains and soybeans genetically altered to flourish even in a drought. Titanic analogy In contrast, Africa accounts for less than 3 percent of the global emissions of carbon dioxide from fuel burning since 1900, yet its 840 million people face some of the biggest risks from drought and disrupted water supplies, according to new scientific assessments. As the oceans swell with water from melting ice sheets, it is the crowded river deltas in southern Asia and Egypt, along with small island nations, that are most at risk. “Like the sinking of the Titanic, catastrophes are not democratic,” said Henry I. Miller, a fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “A much higher fraction of passengers from the cheaper decks were lost. We’ll see the same phenomenon with global warming.” Scientists say it has become increasingly clear that worldwide precipitation is shifting away from the equator and toward the poles. That will nourish crops in warming regions like Canada and Siberia while parching countries like Malawi in sub-Saharan Africa, which are already prone to drought. While rich countries are hardly immune from drought and flooding, their wealth will largely insulate them from harm, at least for the next generation or two, many experts say. Cities in Texas, California and Australia are already building or planning desalination plants, for example. And federal studies have shown that desalination can work far from the sea, purifying water from brackish aquifers deep in the ground in places like New Mexico. “The inequity of this whole situation is really enormous if you look at who’s responsible and who’s suffering as a result,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the U.N. climate panel. In its most recent report, in February, the panel said that decades of warming and rising seas were inevitable with the existing greenhouse-gas buildup, no matter what was done about cutting future greenhouse gas emissions. Miller, of the Hoover Institution, said the world should focus less on trying to rapidly cut greenhouse gases and more on helping regions at risk become more resilient. Curbing emissions Many other experts insist this is not an either-or situation. They say that cutting the vulnerability of poor regions needs much more attention, but add that unless emissions are curbed, there will be centuries of warming and rising seas that will threaten ecosystems, water supplies and resources from the poles to the equator, harming rich and poor. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, a NASA expert on climate and agriculture who is a lead author of the U.N. panel’s forthcoming impacts report, said that while the richer northern nations may benefit temporarily, “as you march through the decades, at some point – and we don’t know where these inflection points are – negative effects of climate change dominate everywhere.” Industrialized countries bound by the Kyoto Protocol, the climate pact rejected by the Bush administration, project that hundreds of millions of dollars will soon flow via that treaty into a climate adaptation fund. But for now, the actual spending in adaptation projects in the world’s most vulnerable spots, totaling around $40 million a year, “borders on the derisory,” said Kevin Watkins, the director of the U.N. Human Development Report Office, which tracks factors affecting the quality of life around the world.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

Structure destroyed by fire on 210 Road in Dawson Creek

first_imgNot long after the roof collapsed, and any chance of saving the building was gone. Fire crews switched their focus to containing the fire, and they were able to stop it from spreading outside the origin area. No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. – Advertisement –last_img

Second round of #PeaceDebates will be at the Lido tonight

first_imgAfter the first of two debates set in the Peace Region went down last night, at Dawson Creek’s Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts, Fort St. John residents will readily be able to see candidates in their riding debate about a variety of topics, tonight at The Lido Theatre.The #PeaceDebates is a partnership between Alaska Highway News, and the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John Chambers of Commerce.NDP candidate Kathi Dickie, Conservative Incumbent Bob Zimmer, and Liberal Matt Shaw have confirmed their attendance.- Advertisement -Green Party candidate Liz Biggar and Libertarian candidate Todd Keller will not be at either debate.Progressive Party candidate Barry Blackman has not confirmed his appearance yet tonight, but he did attend the debates last night in Dawson Creek.Alaska Highway News’s Jonny Wakefield is moderating the debates. Users can engage through #PeaceDebates on twitter.Advertisement Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the debate starts at 7 PM.Miss last night’s debate? Watch it below, or catch up on the #PeaceDebates hashtag.last_img read more

Injury scare for Man City midfielder in Abu Dhabi friendly

first_img1 Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard There are fears over the fitness of Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard after he played just the first 20 minutes of the Blues’ friendly victory over Hamburg in Abu Dhabi.The former England international showed no clear signs of injury but was withdrawn at an early stage of the 2-0 win at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.And City later confirmed Lampard sustained the problem in the warm-up and was taken off as a precaution, according to boss Manuel Pellegrini.The Premier League champions were having a run-out against the German side as part of their five-day warm-weather training camp in the emirate of their owner Sheikh Mansour.After an uneventful first half, City won with well-taken goals from Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko after the break.City fielded a mixture of first-team regulars, fringe players and Elite Development Squad members in their side.Top scorer Sergio Aguero, recently returned from a knee injury, played the final 25 minutes.City’s squad are due to return to Manchester on Friday and face Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup the following day.last_img read more

Steve McClaren ‘very disappointed’ over Derby County axe – ‘I wanted to stay!’

first_img Axed Derby County boss Steve McClaren 1 Steve McClaren has said he is “very disappointed” with Derby County over their decision to sack him as manager and insists he had no intention to leave the club.The Rams announced McClaren’s departure as boss on Monday evening, having overseen a dreadful end-of-season slump which saw them fall from promotion contenders to finishing outside the play-off places.The news was widely expected given their dreadful close to the Championship campaign, along with the manager’s links to the Newcastle job earlier this season.However, McClaren issued a statement in response to his axe, in which he insisted he was not considering leaving for another club and very much wanted to remain in charge of the Rams.“I’m very disappointed with the decision, especially as I have on three occasions reiterated my commitment to Derby County Football Club,” the former England boss said.“The club means a huge amount to me, and I was not looking to leave.“While we were all unhappy with the way the season ended, I still believe real progress was being made.“After taking over a side that was in 14th place at the end of September 2013, we had a fantastic run through to the play-off final last year.“Despite the bitter blow of losing in the manner we did at Wembley, the side bounced back and we enjoyed an excellent run until the last two months of the season when we were hit by injuries to key players.“That was the major reason we were not able to maintain our promotion push.“I do not believe or accept that rumours linking me to the Newcastle United job were a factor in the team’s performances this year, as had been alleged.“Attendances were up to the highest average for a season since the team was in the Premier League, and the largest in the Championship during the past season.“I wanted to remain with the club and was confident in leading the side to a successful season next year.“However, I have to accept the club’s owner, Mel Morris, wants to take a new direction.“I’d like to thank Chief Executive Sam Rush for giving me the opportunity at Derby and the staff and players for their loyalty and efforts.“Importantly I would also like to pay tribute to all Derby supporters for their outstanding support over the past two seasons.“While I look for a new managerial challenge, I’d like to wish everyone at the club and the supporters every success in the future.”last_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgTeam NewsDonegal League FinalThe scheduled 2011 Donegal League final first leg match against Rosapenna Golf club had to be cancelled due the adverse weather warning for last Sunday. The first leg match will now take place on Sunday 18th September at Rosapenna golf club. The Donegal League captain John Logue encourages as many as possible to come and support the team on the day. Past CaptainsThe prestigious J J Wall past captain’s cup was staged at Portsalon golf club on Saturday last. As in previous years the event attracted a large turnout of past captains of Portsalon Golf Club. Playing in bluster weather conditions the overall winner was Michael Shields 41 points.Portsalon Winter LinksFollowing the announcement last week of the Portsalon winter links there has been a good response and the time sheet is filling up. The event will be staged exclusively at Portsalon Golf Course. The first outing is scheduled to tee off on Saturday 1st October. Membership to the event will be Portsalon members €10 with visitors €15., entry into each days competition thereafter Portsalon members €10, visitors €20.The normal prize format of four nett and four gross prizes will be on offer (depending on the entry). The dates for this years event are as follows; October 1st, 29th, Nov 12th, 26th, Dec 16th, Jan 28th Feb 25th March 10th and Captains day on March 24th If you are interested in joining this winter links competition, contact 07491 59459 to book you place. All should also note that if a member’s misses two consecutive events without notifying the clubhouse, their name will be removed from the time sheet Captain’s OutingAs the date is fast approaching for the captain’s week end away all who have entered their names must have the deposit paid by Sunday 11th September. If the deposit is not paid the name(s) will be removed and the places offered to the reserve list. The outing is to Portstewart on 24th & 25th SeptemberEventsOn Saturday 17th September there is a gents 18 hole open competition and on Sunday 18TH September there is a members competition. On Wednesday 21st September there is a gents open stableford competition. Time sheets are in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com. The first tee is reserved on Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m.Results Winner of the open competition played on Saturday 10th was Odhran Mc Gowan (17) 37 points Runner up Tim Browne (4) 34 points, third Paddy Sheridan (9) 34 points. The CSS was 74.On Sunday last only the brave and the seasoned golfers teed off as the wind and rain battered the golden Banks of Portsalon. The winner of the members competition was Bernard Nash 34 points. The winner of the Wednesday open was Garret Horkin (19) with 36 points.Match PlayThe draw has now been finalised for the semi finals of the 2011 doubles match play competitions. Due to matches not been played by the due dates a draw was held on Sunday to determine the semi final places.New Members A special opportunity for new members to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy three months free golf . All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2012 and get October, November and December 2011 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.MembershipAll members who are paying their fees by the instalment method should note that their payment is now over due.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 13th, 2011 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

HARPS FACE MERVUE AFTER CUP BREAK

first_imgAfter a week’s break due to the FAI Cup taking place last weekend, Finn Harps return to action at Fahy’s Field on Friday night when they take on Mervue United at the Galway venue (kick-off 7.45pm).“It’s a potential banana skin,” said Finn Harps boss, Peter Hutton, ahead of the trip to Galway.“The last time we went down to Mervue they thoroughly beat us. It was actually a very embarrassing performance if anything. They comfortably beat us. They have a few fresh faces in now since the transfer window and they also have a couple of lads back from long-term injuries so they’re going to be a difficult side. I think they’re in a false position given the quality they have in their team.” Hutton will be hoping his side can build on their unbeaten run, which was extended to seven games with a 1-1 draw against Limerick two weeks ago.“It was a good, battling performance and in fairness I think we played all the football,” said Hutton in the wake of the Limerick draw. “It was at least what we deserved (the draw). I think the goal they got was very fortuitous. Never mind even the deflection, I felt the free-kick leading up to that wasn’t a free-kick at all. Tommy McMonagle jumped for the header early, won the header and your man just leaned into him.”Hutton will have to plan without the suspended trio of Thomas McBride, Kevin McHugh and Aaron O’Hagan. Gary Merritt, Tommy Bonner and Paul McVeigh are all doubts, while Michael Funston remain sidelined.Harps have lost all of their last four visits to Mervue, including a 3-0 reversal at Fahy’s Field at the end of April. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Thomas McBride (8th of 8 games), Kevin McHugh (1 game), Aaron O’Hagan (1 game).Doubtful: Gary Merritt (groin), Tommy Bonner (groin), Paul McVeigh (hamstring).Injured: Michael Funston (ankle), Stephen O’Donnell (cruciate), Hugh Carlin (cruciate), Blain Curtis (cruciate). Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-D-D-W-W-D (10 pts)Mervue United: L-W-W-L-L-L (6 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last six away games against Mervue United11/09/2009 – Mervue United 0-1 Finn Harps (First Division)07/08/2010 – Mervue United 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)28/03/2011 – Mervue United 1-0 Finn Harps (League Cup)13/05/2011 – Mervue United 2-1 Finn Harps (First Division)29/10/2011 – Mervue United 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)27/04/2012 – Mervue United 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2012Kevin McHugh – 10 (1 in League Cup)Adam Clarke – 4Thomas McBride – 3Paul McVeigh – 3Blain Curtis – 2Ciaran Coll – 2Paul Simon Tracey – 2Thomas McMonagle – 2Matt Harkin – 2Thomas Bonner – 1Aaron O’Hagan – 1Shaun McGowan – 1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2012 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)18/08/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 1-1 Limerick (McVeigh)11/08/2012 – (FD) Longford Town 0-1 Finn Harps (McHugh)03/08/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 2-0 SD Galway (McHugh 2)27/07/2012 – (FD) Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (Harkin)21/07/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 3-3 Wexford Youths (McMonagle, McHugh, McGowan)13/07/2012 – (FD) Athlone Town 1-1 Finn Harps (O’Hagan)07/07/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 3-2 Mervue United (McHugh, McVeigh 2)29/06/2012 – (FD) Limerick 3-0 Finn Harps22/06/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 1-3 Longford Town (Harkin)30/05/2012 – (FD) Salthill Devon 1-5 Finn Harps (Bonner, McBride 2, Coll 2)23/05/2012 – (FC) Derry City 4-0 Finn Harps18/05/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United11/05/2012 – (FD) Wexford Youths 3-0 Finn Harps05/05/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 1-2 Athlone Town (McHugh)27/04/2012 – (FD) Mervue United 3-0 Finn Harps21/04/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 1-3 Limerick (Clarke)14/04/2012 – (FD) Longford Town 1-3 Finn Harps (Tracey, McBride, Curtis)09/04/2012 – (LC) Derry City 4-0 Finn Harps06/04/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 3-0 Salthill Devon (Clarke, McHugh, Curtis)31/03/2012 – (FD) Waterford United 0-2 Finn Harps (Tracey, Waterford o.g.)26/03/2012 – (LC) Finn Harps 2-0 Mayo League (Mayo o.g., McHugh)24/03/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths16/03/2012 – (FD) Athlone Town 2-0 Finn Harps10/03/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 4-3 Mervue United (Clarke, McHugh 2, McMonagle)02/03/2012 – (FD) Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (Clarke)HARPS FACE MERVUE AFTER CUP BREAK was last modified: August 30th, 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)last_img read more