Day 2: Commuters complain as ANSA Mc AL causes more delays

first_imgCommuters traversing the East Coast Demerara carriageway, more specifically in the vicinity of the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road, complained bitterly again on Friday about the continuing traffic congestion, and consequent inconvenience in travel, that erection of an arch sponsored by ANSA MCAL has been causing for a second day.Works being done on Friday morning to install the arch on the East Coast HighwayTraffic was again backed up for a considerable period as workers on the project undertook to have the arch erected in time for its official commissioning today.Traffic was interrupted from 08:00hrs on Friday, but by late afternoon the bottleneck eased to facilitate works on the structure.When Guyana Times visited the area on Friday, commuters were, for a second day, outraged at the inconvenience, and screams could be heard emanating from vehicles as insults were being hurled at the workers for causing the build-up of traffic.Up to late Friday afternoon, when this publication visited the area, workers could still be seen working on the roadways to have the arch ready.The $19 million structure sponsored by ANSA McAL is being erected in time for an event that the Trinidad-based company is said to be hosting today. Its construction commenced on Thursday with apparently little regard for the great inconvenience visited on the commuting public, but a number of students who were sitting Social Studies paper 2 at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations reportedly arrived late for their examination, with some even reportedly missing the exam.Persons also reportedly missed their flights at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, and there are reports as well that some had missed the ferry to neighbouring Suriname. Following widespread criticism of the Government on social media, the Department of Public Information (DPI) explained in a release that the fabricator of the arch was late in its delivery, and this had resulted in the installation being set back to Thursday, and not last weekend as was originally scheduled.The release continued: “Every effort will be made to minimise the disruptions to traffic as the arch is installed”.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has pointed out that it had considered doing the arch installation works at night to avoid a situation such as the one that prevailed on Thursday, but “there was an issue of safety for motorists and the installation contractors during installation”.However, as a result of the construction, commuters travelling on the East Coast were stuck in traffic for as long as four hours in some cases.The arch at the UG Access Road in Turkeyen will demarcate the eastern entrance into Georgetown, and highlighting Greater Georgetown to the northern end. A similar arch was installed on the East Bank Highway at Agricola, Greater Georgetown last year. It was donated by Banks DIH Limited as a gift for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary.last_img read more

Wife dies after alleged beating by husband

first_imgA man is in custody assisting with investigations into the death of his wife, who died four days after she was allegedly beaten.Dead is Janette Tahal, 58, of Smithfield, New Amsterdam. Tahal died at the Georgetown Hospital on Thursday.Reports are that the now dead woman and her 60-year-old husband had an argument on Sunday at their Lot 95 Smithfield home when he allegedly lashed her with a piece of wood several times. In a semi-conscious state, the woman was picked by a friend who was visiting the home, and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where she was stabilized and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The couple was involved in mobile vegetable vending, and, according to neighbours, had had frequent fights.On Tuesday, Police arrested her husband as he was on his way to the Georgetown Hospital. On Friday, Police were granted permission by the High Court to further detain him as the investigation continues.Tahal has reportedly been cooperating with the Police. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Chemical spill at GNIC Wharf

first_imgThe Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf has closed its operations following a chemical spill at the facility.It is unclear what the chemical is and what danger, if any, it poses. This publication understands that employees have evacuated.Reports are that workers experienced a burning sensation about their bodies from the exposure to the chemical.The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) had showed up to render assistance.Investigations are ongoing.last_img

Top 25 basketball roundup: Memphis clinches C-USA

first_imgMemphis, which started the game 0 for 7 from 3-point range, ended up shooting 47 percent from outside the arc. Kemp hit four of his six 3-pointers. Jeremy Hunt finished with 16points for Memphis. Willie Kemp scored 20 points to help No. 7 Memphis beat visiting Rice 99-63 Thursday and clinch its second-straight Conference USA title. The victory extended Memphis’ winning streak to 16straight, longest in the nation. Memphis also has won 28 straight at home. Antonio Anderson, who scored 14, was also in charge of the defensive assignment on Rice guard Morris Almond, the conference’s leading scorer, and third-best in the nation averaging 27.2 points. Almond was just 5 for 14 from the field and held to 15 points. No. 11 Nevada 84, Idaho 68: Nick Fazekas scored 21points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Wolf Pack (25-2, 12-1 WAC). Loyola of Chicago 75, No. 15 Butler 71: Blake Schilb scored 28 points and the visiting Ramblers held off the Bulldogs (24-5, 12-3 Horizon League) for their first victory over a ranked opponent in 21 years. No. 18 Duke 71, Clemson 66: Jon Scheyer scored 18points to help the visiting Blue Devils (21-7, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their 21st straight over Clemson. WOMEN center_img No. 2 Tennessee 75, Arkansas 68 (OT): Candace Parker scored 29 points and the visiting Lady Vols (26-2, 13-0 SEC) dodged a huge upset bid. No. 4 North Carolina 96, Wake Forest 47: Camille Little scored 19 points and Ivory Latta had 14 to help the Tar Heels (27-2, 11-2 ACC) win at home. No. 5 Ohio State 78, Penn State 61: Jessica Davenport scored 26 points and Ashlee Trebilcock had 17 as the Buckeyes (25-2, 14-1) clinched a share of their third Big Ten title in a row. No. 15 Purdue 76, Iowa 52: Katie Gearlds scored 28 points and Erin Lawless added 18 for the Boilermakers (24-5, 13-2 Big Ten) at home. No. 17 Middle Tennessee 68, Troy 60: Chrissy Givens had 31 points and 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season Thursday night to lead the visiting Blue Raiders (25-3, 17-0 Sun Belt). Vanderbilt 68, No. 7 LSU 58: The Commodores (24-4, 10-3 SEC) stunned the visiting Tigers (23-6, 9-4) behind Carla Thomas’ 23 points. Illinois 56, No. 20 Michigan State 46: The Illini (18-9, 8-7 Big Ten) pulled off the upset at home with a balanced attack against the Spartans (21-7, 12-3). Delaware 77, No. 22 James Madison 67: Tyresa Smith scored 32 points to help the host Blue Hens upset the Dukes (24-3, 15-1 Colonial Athletic Association). No. 24 Wisc.-Green Bay 73, Wright State 42: The Phoenix (22-3, 13-0 Horizon) won its 19th in a row and 12th in a row at home. Drexel beats Northeastern in NCAA-record 5 OTs: Gabriela Marginean scored a school-record 47 points in five overtimes in the longest game in NCAA women’s basketball history. 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

Valencia stages ‘Waiting Room’

first_imgAll of the proceeds from the program advertisements will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Information and reservations are available by calling (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522. To post your own stories and photos, log on to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wanda Kozynski, played by Jenny Loring, is from present-day New Jersey and is dealing with breast cancer after problems related to her breast implants. The play was written by Lisa Loomer, the screenwriter of the film “Girl Interrupted.” The play was first produced 13 years ago at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and moved to New York a few years later. Because of the subtle themes and characters in the play, the Valencia High School Theatre will be turned into a black box theatre for the run of the show. This means that only 68 seats are available for each night’s performance, with the audience surrounded by the characters and action. Due to the mature nature of the play, some material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. Although part of the plot line may seem to have a very dark tone to it, Loomer engages the audience with several ironic and humorous characters, including several comical male characters who bring new meaning to the phrase, “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” Valencia drama teacher Steve Whelan is director. “The Waiting Room,” a drama dealing with women’s health issues, opens with the Valencia High School Theatre adapted to a black box format on Monday and closes Friday. All show times are at 7 p.m. “The Waiting Room” deals with women’s beauty as seen through the eyes of a male-dominated society. There are three women who are waiting in a doctor’s office to be treated for their specific physical ailments, each woman from a different time period of world history. Forgiveness From Heaven, played by Bavani Selvarajah, is a woman from 18th century China who suffers from gangrene after years of foot-binding. Victoria Smoot, played by Emily Fleischer, is a woman from Victorian England who has several psychological problems, but is suffering mostly from the side effects of wearing a corset since the age of 14. last_img read more

Protesters demand help for homeless

first_imgOne year after promises were made to improve the treatment of the city’s 40,000 homeless, a tent city was erected Thursday in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest the lack of progress and what some claim is the criminalization of poverty. After erecting a dozen tents on the South Lawn, more than 300 people held a demonstration, calling for more housing for the homeless and an end to an LAPD crackdown on Skid Row. “Exactly a year ago, our leaders came to Skid Row and pledged to end homelessness in 10 years,” said Bob Erlenbush of the Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. “But, once the television cameras left, we heard nothing. All we got was lip service and rhetoric and no action.” Several homeless advocates joined in the one-day protest, which Erlenbush said will return to City Hall on a periodic basis to drive home the point on the need to take action. Aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he sympathizes with the homeless and has been working to resolve the problems, with a big boost coming from a $200 million trust fund to build below-market housing. They also defended the Safer Cities Initiative, in which the Los Angeles Police Department deployed 50 additional officers to fight crime on Skid Row. The program has resulted in about 6,000 arrests, but been criticized by advocates, who claim the homeless are being unfairly targeted. But the mayor issued a statement saying the program is designed to protect, not harm, the homeless. “They have enough of daily struggle without having to fend for themselves against crimes, Villaraigosa said. Erlenbush said the organizations want city, county and state officials to live up to the promises made last year to deal with the homeless problem. Advocates want Villaraigosa to name a deputy mayor to coordinate homelessness issues and to provide housing programs throughout the region, rather than concentrating them in the downtown area. And they want city officials to convene a summit on homelessness to coincide with Homeless Memorial Day on Dec. 21. “We need to think big,” Erlenbush said. “New York City has a program that will develop 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. In Los Angeles, we’re talking about 4,251 units.” (213) 978-0390160Want 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_imgSwilly Rovers are starting a goalkeeping programme which kicks off on Wed 15th July and will continue every Wednesday thereafter.The coaching will be conducted by Derry City’s goalkeeping coach Declan McIntyre. He is one of the most experienced goalkeepers this county has ever produced.Declan enjoyed a distinguished playing career in the League of Ireland, and since he retired from playing has held a number of coaching positions with Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers & Derry City.He is presently the goalkeeping coach at the Brandywell while McIntyre has also been heavily involved over the last 15 years or more with various Irish representative sides at all levels right up from u15 to u21.His ‘Goalkeeping Coaching Programme’ is specifically aimed at Schoolboy /Schoolgirl Goalkeepers.It starts Wed 15th July in Swilly Park, Ramelton from 6-30 – 8pm. Each session will last for 90 minutes so the goalkeepers will get plenty of work and coaching time.This is a great opportunity for young goalkeepers to get some much needed coaching from an experienced and qualified goalkeeping expert. It is open to both boys and girls.If anyone needs more information you can contact Swilly Rovers 086-8874385 or Tony on 086-0856928.SWILLY ROVERS TO HOST GOALKEEPING PROGRAMME WITH DECLAN McINTYRE was last modified: July 4th, 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) Tags:Declan McIntyregoalkeeping courseswilly roverslast_img read more


first_imgIf you are looking at the title and thinking ‘eh what??’, let me break it down for you.High Intensity interval Training is better known as HIIT.It is being heralded as the latest and greatest form of cardio based fat loss training. Steady State Cardio or SSC is what has been used for decades by everyone and anyone. It involves low intensity cardio exercises like walking, running, treadmills, cross trainers, rowing machines and every other machine that you would find in any commercial gym.The question that is being asked at the moment is which is better for fat burning?HIIT is a form of training that is short, intense and can involve a single exercise done numerous times, e.g. hill sprints. It can also be done with multiple exercises done in a short circuit format.The reason that HIIT has become so popular is because of EPOC. EPOC stands for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption and what this means is that after you finish your training session, your body will continue to burn calories due to the intensity of the session in order to replace the oxygen ‘debt’ the training has provided.It all sounds a bit complicated, but basically you do short intense sessions and you will still be burning calories long after your session has finished.HIIT has also been shown to help release fatty acids, (stored fat) for energy.A 15 min HIIT session which can herald anything from a 200 – 400 calorie burn depending on the intensity of the sessionSounds like a win-win situation: short workouts, longer calorie burn and using stored fat for energy. (It should be noted that if you are not in a calorie deficit the released fatty acids that you would like to burn off won’t be used, your body has no reason to use them up.)This brings us to Steady State Cardio, SSC.SSC is no stranger to anyone.At some point in time everyone has used this form of cardio for some reason or another. Walk into any gym and you will see lines of machines with people working away in order to burn fat.An average calorie burn for an hour of SSC can range between 400 and 600 calories.Body builders have used this for years to get stage ready and swear by their morning cardio sessions.Many people simply find it relaxing and use it to clear their heads after a day’s work or to go over their workload for the day ahead.So we come back to the question at hand, which is better for fat loss?The answer is …… depends. (Did you just curse at your screen???)No-one ever wants to hear this answer.We have been lead to believe that there is a rubber stamped full stop answer for everything.But in the weight loss world, there isn’t.The question shouldn’t be “which is better?”The question should be “which is better suited to me?”Let’s say you are overweight and have been inactive for years. You may find it hard just walking up the stairs at work.Do you really think that a 30 min session of HIIT class that involves high impact exercises like burpees is the best starting point for you?Probably not.But an hour of walking on the treadmill might be a great starting because it’s low intensity and uses fat as an energy source.Let’s say you are busy, train a few time per week and want to add some cardio to your session for some extra fat loss.A 10 min HIIT sprint session at the end of your workout can be the extra push you need to drop those last few pounds.When fat loss is your goal, your diet is what will make or break them.If your diet isn’t right, the type of cardio you do will not matter.When you have the nutrition sorted, the type of cardio you do doesn’t matter. If you like, do them both.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CARDIO VERSUS HIIT – WHICH WORKS? was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Dailyemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

Car set on fire near well-known Redcastle nightclub

first_imgAn investigation is underway into a car fire which broke out near The Bailey nightclub in Redcastle on Saturday night.Emergency services were called to the scene when the car was set alight on the public road at Tullyally, Redcastle Fire services brought the blaze under control. Gardaí at Buncrana Garda Station are anxious to speak to anyone in relation to the event. The incident occurred at around 1.50 am in the early hours of Sunday morning, 19th May.They can be contacted on 074-9320540 or call the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Car set on fire near well-known Redcastle nightclub was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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

Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman

first_img“Meetings like the World Economic Forum promote African growth and, as Africa rises, stronger states will be able to help failing states to build capacity,” Colin Coleman, MD of Goldman Sachs South Africa, said at the Brand South Africa breakfast forum. (Image: Shamin Chibba)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122+27 73 126 9128sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.comSulaiman PhilipThe good news of Africa’s continued economic rising from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Abuja, Nigeria, was overshadowed by media reports of the shocking kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents. As governments, industrial and strategic partners gathered to discuss the economic future of the continent, Western media focused on a story that harked back to Africa’s past of instability and violence.That groups like Boko Haram are able to operate with relative ease across Africa is down to the failure of institutions meant to guard against incidents like this, said Colin Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs in South Africa. “Meetings like WEF promote African growth and, as Africa rises, stronger states will be able to help failing states to build capacity.”Coleman was speaking at a Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by CNN International anchor Richard Quest at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Tuesday 13 May.Key to growth, strengthening democracy and the end of these kinds of criminal acts is more cooperation between governments, especially in the sphere of trade. Coleman made the point that trade in Africa between Africans amounted to just 12% of all trade on the continent.The Brand South Africa breakfast forum was hosted by New York-based CNN International anchor and reporter Richard Quest. Other speakers included Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and Telkom South Africa chair Jabu Mabuza. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Between 2007 and 2012 South African investment in other African states grew by 57%, making the country the largest foreign direct investor in the rest of Africa. Opportunities exist to grow Africa as an economic bloc to rival the European Union, but practical stumbling blocks remain.“We need to develop seamless and effective frameworks between governments to encourage more trade between African countries,” Coleman said. Agreements exist, he pointed out, but there remain practical problems on the ground and a lack of follow-through has hampered trade growth.Freight trucks held up at border posts because there are too few guards or the failure to embrace technology are issues that constrain cross-border trade. Returning accomplished expats and skilled foreigners still find it difficult to find employment in closed economies.Private sector making stridesIn 2011 intra-continental trade amounted to $54-billion, up from 2000’s $32-billion, but most of that trade was driven by the private sector, especially South African companies such as MTN, Shoprite and Standard Bank, whose investments have created 46 000 jobs since 2003.The private sector has moved forward, despite obstacles, to make it easier for themselves to invest in sometimes-taxing environments. Policy makers should look to their example to build a common African market.“Christo Wiese [the executive director of Shoprite] negotiates five work permits for every $1-million he invests,” Coleman said. “This gives him the confidence of knowing that he can bring in experienced and knowledgeable managers to help build a knowledge base where one may not exist.”Economic growth across Africa is expected to hit 6.1% in 2014. The continent has the resources to power that growth and to feed itself. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, the middle class is growing and poverty rates have been falling since the 1990s.What stands in the way of growing that percentage and making growth sustainable over the long term is the promotion of effective trade exchanges and, to a lesser degree, enough skilled people to drive development.Africa’s reputation as a safe investment destination is growing, but this optimism is only sustainable if Africans continue to invest in Africa, Coleman said.Legislation and trade agreements are one thing, and these are in place, but skilled people to implement them will become the biggest stranglehold as trade grows. Coleman pointed to local legislative framework to make his point. “I have spoken to some local [South African] municipal employees. Very accomplished people who find that legislation, especially to combat corruption, makes it impossible for them to do their jobs.”The intent of conferences like the Abuja WEF is to encourage trade in and with Africa. As long as the continent is able to produce civil servants able to understand the objectives of trade agreements and then implement them, the continent will flourish. If governments are unable to build education systems to deliver these people Africa’s ability to trade with itself will be hamstrung, Coleman said, hinting at the biggest challenge faced by African governments – education.last_img read more