Kuru Kururu residents benefit from $2M donation

first_imgCentral Demerara Lions Club in collaboration with Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) jointly donated over million in medical supplies, footwear and clothing to residents of Kuru Kururu, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Over 250 residents benefited from this medical outreach and warmly welcomed the initiative.The recipient of the wheelchair along with members of the medical outreachGuyana Times was told that eye screening was conducted on 110 persons that enabled 80 residents to be in receipt of eye glasses. A large quantity of clothing and over 250 pairs of footwear were donated to the people of Kuru Kururu.In addition, medical check-ups were done on the residents and medical care was given to over 200 residents.Over 250 residents received dental services, which included extraction and filling. Upon the group’s learning of a resident’s medical condition that required a wheel chair, such was donated to the elderly man.A medical bus was used to facilitate the dental services that featured a long line of persons waiting to access the service.The medical outreach featured a number of members from each of the charity groups. President Dwarka Singh from the Central Demerara Lions Club expressed gratitude of being able to undergo such a massive project and pledges to continue the work of charity. President Rajesh Seebaran of Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Mr Stephen of HAP, Director from the USA echoed similar sentiments.last_img read more

To Contain Ebola in W/A, USAID, CDC Announce Additional Assistance

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says it will be deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to West Africa to coordinate the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.The outbreak has so far sickened more than 1,600 people, and nearly 900 have died from the disease.The team, according to a U.S Embassy statement issued yesterday in Monrovia, will comprise staff from Agency’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, who will be overseeing critical areas of the response.The response will include  planning, operations, logistics in coordination with other federal agencies, among them the U.S. Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.Members of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also serve on the DART to lead on public health and medical response activities, the statement has confirmed.USAID has also announced an additional US$5 million in assistance to help ramp up the international community’s Ebola response efforts.Specifically, the statement said, the funding will go toward the expansion of Ebola outbreak programs, which the Agency is already supporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.Accordingly, these programs help trace people who may be infected with the disease, as well as provide health clinics and households with hygiene kits, soap, bleach, gloves, masks, and other supplies to help prevent the spread of disease.USAID is also supporting outreach campaigns to provide information on Ebola and its symptoms to the general public and health workers in affected countries that may not be familiar with the disease.The statement said that these messages are being conveyed through radio, text messages, and through local media.In addition to the new funding, USAID has provided US$2.1 million to the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) for the deployment of more than 30 technical experts, and other Ebola response efforts.The USAID is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid in response to President Obama’s pledge in his last year’s State of the Union Address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty, and other diseases in the next two decades.”It has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies, while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.President John F. Kennedy, in whose memory Liberia’s  major referral hospital, the JFK Medical Center, is  named, created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act.  America’s development assistance before 1961 was channeled through the International Cooperation Administration (ICA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers died from gunshot injuries – autopsy

first_imgPomeroon execution…3 remain in custody, Police awaiting ballistics testThe autopsy conducted on the bodies of the two coconut farmers from a Pomeroon riverine community in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) who were allegedly shot has confirmed that the men died from gunshot injuries.The autopsy was conducted on Thursday by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.Three persons remain in Police custody as investigations continue into the execution-style killing that took place in the Lower Pomeroon River. A third person was pulled in for questioning late Tuesday evening –wife of the deceased Ambrose Baharally – and she remains in custody along with a farmer.Close relatives’ hands were swabbed and the swabs were sent for relevant testing.Detectives from G Division are currently awaiting a result from the ballistics test that will ascertain if the weapons they recently found was associated with the crime.Investigators late Monday evening found weapons, ammunition and a quantity of narcotics that are assumed to be related to the crime.One 9mm pistol and magazine; one .38 revolver; 16 live 12-gauge cartridges; 21 live .38 rounds; a quantity of .32 rounds; two 9mm spent shells, and 51 and one-half grams of cannabis were found. These items were recovered in close proximity to where the incident occurred at Grant Stelling, Lower Pomeroon.The Police had deployed a high-level investigative team to the area to assist with investigations. Up to press time, two persons were in custody, including Cilicia Williams, the wife of Ambrose Baharally. Baharally, called “Jadge,” of Grant Stelling Hope, and 23-year-old Martin Goddete of Friendship Canal, Lower Pomeroon River, were said to be imbibing when, at about 15:30h, they were shot to the head by two men known to them.Williams, a mother of six, told Police that Goddete had visited their home at about 09:30h, and after some time, he and her husband began to drink “High Wine” on a culvert by the river.At 15:10h on Sunday, she saw the suspects drive up in a boat, and they subsequently shook the hands of her husband and his friend. She said the group of men were having a conversation, and were in high spirits when she left the men and went to tend to her children. She then heard two loud bangs and then discovered her husband and his friend had fallen to the ground.The gunmen reportedly headed east on the river immediately after the act. However, contrary to the widow’s report, a farmer, who is a witness in the case, told Police that he did not see any men in a boat, as the woman had said.His story was quite different from that of Williams. He reported hearing a third gunshot after the two men had fallen to the ground.Meanwhile, Police continue to comb Pomeroon riverine communities in an effort to find leads that may solve the case.Baharally had been a father of six, while Goddete had lived with his parents.The mother of Goddete has told media operatives that she just wants her son’s soul to rest in peace, and would leave everything in the Hands of the Almighty. She said she was not aware that her son had had any old grievance with anyone at any time, and recalled that he had left to spend the day with Baharally.Police from G Division are currently hunting for one suspect called “Wood” from Shell Beach, Essequibo.last_img read more

2,578 customers without power in Fort St. John

first_imgThe outage is effecting residents east of Road 275, west 79th Street, south of Road 246 and north of Road 269.The outage was first reported at 4:55 p.m. and is expected to be resorted at 7:30 p.m.The cause is still under investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

VAR in Champions League only from 2019-20 season, say UEFA

first_imgIt has also been introduced in Spain and France this season, with those leagues following on from the Bundesliga and Serie A, although the English Premier League has been more cautious.“For me, VAR is not completely clear for now, but we also know that there is no way back anymore, technology will come sooner or later,” Ceferin told journalists in Monaco, where the Champions League group-stage draw was held on Thursday.“The plan for now is to use it from the next season, with the first match which is the Super Cup.”That match is due to be played in Istanbul on August 14, 2019, and the Champions League would then bring in VAR from the playoff round the same month.“When we are ready we will use it, but it is not so easy because we have to choose the provider, it is not easy to organise a competition across the continent with all the referees, so we have some issues,” said Ceferin.There had been reports that VAR could come in from the latter stages of this season’s competition, but UEFA’s Slovenian president now says it is unlikely to be used even in the final in Madrid next June.“I’m not ruling it out but for now it doesn’t look like it will happen,” he admitted.Ceferin acknowledged that VAR “worked quite well” at the World Cup, but UEFA’s biggest concern is how they can effectively run the system in a competition spanning an entire continent.– ‘Very complex’ –At the World Cup, FIFA used a centralised system based in Moscow, yet doing the same thing with matches being played in different countries is far more complex.“It’s really much more problematic than it looks. We really have a huge territory, we have different countries. We don’t know yet how to do it,” added Ceferin.“The plan is to do it next season, but let’s see what happens, I don’t want to predict anything 100 percent.”Nevertheless, it seems that UEFA will wait a further year before the Europa League follows suit.Giorgio Marchetti, the organisation’s deputy general secretary, admitted that VAR was “obviously not impossible but very complex, and requires a lot of planning”.“The Europa League would follow exactly like GLT (goal-line technology), because of this complexity of the operations,” he said, confirming that the idea would be to wait another season.Meanwhile, reports in Germany on Thursday indicated that UEFA were considering bringing back a third continental club competition, two decades after the Cup Winners’ Cup was scrapped.UEFA president Ceferin (L) presenting David Beckham with an award in Monaco on Thursday © AFP / Valery HACHESport Bild said the idea was to start a 32-team tournament from 2021, reducing the number of participants in the Europa League from the current 48 down to 32 and further opening up continental competition to sides from smaller countries.But Ceferin said: “They are just discussions, is it better to have 64 in the Europa League or 32 and 32? They are just discussions.”– Restoring competitive balance –The 50-year-old, who succeeded Michel Platini as UEFA president in 2016, looks set to be re-elected early next year, with a vote taking place in Rome in February.The increasing dominance in the Champions League of an elite few raises ever greater concerns about competitive balance, something Ceferin says is his “greatest challenge” going forward.He is nevertheless optimistic that a breakaway, closed league for the super rich will not happen.“I think, as much as I spoke to the big clubs, that it’s clear to them that the competition only between the big clubs will not happen and would be very boring, and they understand that for the development of football they have to share some money,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR is being used in the Bundesliga for the second consecutive season © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANNMONACO, France, Aug 31 – UEFA are set to wait until next season before introducing Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the Champions League, although they are still not ruling out having it in this season’s final, president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday.Ceferin has so far resisted calls to bring VAR into Europe’s elite club competition, despite the system largely proving successful at the World Cup.last_img read more

Funny video: This happened when Spurs players were given a camera in Barcelona

first_imgWimmer tapes it all?Tottenham players had some downtime in Barcelona this week and went out to explore the city.The club have been training in Spain ahead of their FA Cup match against Colchester on 30 January and Kevin Wimmer took the Spurs TV camera on his exploration.Dele Alli, Heung-min Son, Luke McGee, Ben Davies, Harry Winks/One Direction’s Liam Payne, Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason joined him and when walking past the Crocs shop, the boys decided to play rock, paper, scissors to decide who would be forced to buy and wear the shoes as well as don a Lionel Messi Barca top.Watch the video above courtesy of the Spurs Official YouTube channel.last_img read more

REVEALED – Which nation is the most prolific in Champions League finals?

first_img 20 =7 Ivory Coast also have one goal scorer – Didier Drogba (2012) 20 20 =2 Brazil also have six different goal scorers – Lucio (2002), Carlos Alberto (2004), Juliano Belletti (2006), Marcelo (2014), Neymar (2015), Casemiro (2017) =7 Cameroon also have one goal scorer – Samuel Eto’o (2006, 2009) 20 20 20 20 Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in three different Champions League finals as he guided Los Blancos to a 12th European Cup.The Portuguese star proved to be the man for the big occasion again as the Spanish giants eased past Juventus in Cardiff.But which nation has proved to be the most prolific in Champions League finals since 1992? talkSPORT have dug through the archives and you can see the most clinical nations in the competition’s history by clicking the right arrow, above…. =7 Wales have one goal scorer – click the right arrow to discover the most prolific nations in Champions League finals – Gareth Bale (2014) =7 Belgium also have one goal scorer – Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (2016) 20 20 20 =7 Finland also have one goal scorer – Jari Litmanen (1996) 3. Italy have five different goal scorers – Daniele Massaro x 2 (1994), Fabrizio Ravanelli (1996), Alessandro Del Piero (1997), Paolo Maldini (2005), Filippo Inzaghi x 2 (2007) 1. Spain have nine different goal scorers – Fernando Morientes (2000), Raul (2000, 2002), Gazika Mendieta (2001), Xabi Alonso (2005), Pedro (2011), David Villa (2011), Sergio Ramos (2014, 2016), Alvaro Morata (2015), Marco Asensio (2017) 20 20 20 =6 France also have two different goal scorers – Basile Boli (1993), Zinedine Zidane (2002) 20 20 =6 Portugal also have two different goal scorers – Deco (2004), Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2014, 2017) 5. Argentina have three different goal scorers – Hernan Crespo x 2 (2005), Lionel Messi (2009, 2011), Diego Milito (2010) =7 Norway also have one goal scorer – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1999) =6 Uruguay also have two different goal scorers – Diego Godín (2014), Luis Suárez (2015) 20 4. The Netherlands have four different goal scorers – Ronald Koeman (1992), Patrick Kluivert (1995), Dirk Kuyt (2007), Arjen Robben (2013) 20 =2 Germany have six different goal scorers – Karlheinz Riedle x 2 (1997), Lars Ricken (1997), Mario Basler (1999), Stefan Effenberg (2001), Thomas Muller (2012), Ilkay Gundogan (2013) 20 =7 Czech Republic also have one goal scorer – Vladimír Šmicer (2005) =7 Russia also have one goal scorer – Dmitri Alenichev (2004) 20 20 =2 England also have six different goal scorers – Teddy Sheringham (1999), Steve McManaman (2000), Steven Gerrard (2005), Sol Campbell (2006), Frank Lampard (2008), Wayne Rooney (2011) =6 Montenegro also have two different goal scorers – Dejan Savi?evi? x 2 (1994), Predrag Mijatovi? (1998) =6 Croatia also have two different goal scorers – Mario Mandžuki? (2013, 2017), Ivan Rakiti? (2015) last_img read more

Housing Minister to visit Donegal and hear urgent concerns of MICA Action Group

first_imgMinister Damien English of the Department of Housing is to visit Carndonagh tonight to meet with people living in MICA affected homes.The MICA Action Group is seeking local support for the meeting at Carndonagh Public Services Centre from 8-8.30pm as they try to make progress before Christmas.Donegal families are urging the Government to implement a MICA redress scheme for those affected by defective concrete blocks. Thousands of families in Donegal and Mayo are in despair over crumbling blocks and leaks in their homes. The MICA Action Group will be calling on the Minister to support them in making their homes safe. The level of urgency increases each day as some families now face losing their homes.As many adults and children as possible are being called on to come out to the meeting before 8pm to bring home the need for government funding for the crisis.Housing Minister to visit Donegal and hear urgent concerns of MICA Action Group was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:MICA Action GroupMinister for Housing Damien Englishlast_img read more

Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease

first_imgWARNING: Graphic content and pictures contained.Letterkenny adventurer Jason Black almost died after suffering a life-threatening infection in the jungles of Fiji while taking part in a 20 day adventure race.Black, well-known for his dare-devil quests, was taking part in the Eco Challange Fiji. The 49-year-old was relishing the challenge of various sports including paddling, climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, paddling and rappelling.However, disaster struck for the father-of-four when he contracted some serious leg infections which saw him rushed to hospital in Fiji.Doctors became very concerned for his safety when his blood pressure plummeted and temperatures spiked leaving him with swollen and scarred legs. They decided to fly him to New Zealand, to a specialist infectious disease control centre.However, during the three and a half hour flight his blood pressure plummeted and the French medical team on-board the flight were forced to do all in their power to keep the Irishman alive.Having landed the medical team rushed Black to Auckland to another hospital where he spent three further days in isolation.Black revealed how microbiologists had to do all in their power to try and identify the infection attacking his system.“The micro-biologists grew blood cultures from my wounds trying to establish the specific organisms that were now attacking my renal system, with my liver and kidneys now under attack. It was a shocking position to find myself in,” said Jason.Doctors continued to carry out multiple tests to find specific IV antibiotics to tackle what was a new jungle infection not seen before by doctors in New Zealand.Thankfully after five days in hospital, the fevers began to subside and Jason was allowed to make the marathon trip home to Co Donegal after two twelve-hour flights around the globe. Advertisement Frighteningly however, his health took another turn for the worst after the leg infections flared up again and he had to be admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital.Put under the care of Dr Michael Sugrue, Jason was released from hospital again in recent days and is recovering with wife Sharon at home.Having already ticked both Everest and K2 off his list, the Donegal man isn’t dwelling on his near-death experience. Advertisement “Things are sent to test us in life and now it’s my turn, fighting to recover fast I’ll grow in strength from the rest and I’ll return more committed and focused to be the very best I can be,” he said.Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease was last modified: October 4th, 2019 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:DiseasedonegalFijiinfectionJason BlackjungleletterkennyNew Zealandracelast_img read more

SA to build 200 000 houses in two years

first_img27 February 2014 The South African government will build 216 000 houses and connect 905 000 households to electricity over the next two years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. This is in addition to other housing schemes the state has embarked on in partnership with the private sector and public-private development institutions. Delivering his fifth Budget speech in Cape Town, Minister Gordhan said the housing budget for the 2013/14 financial year was R143-billion. Between 1994 and 2013, the government built over 2.7-million houses across South Africa. The National Development Plan (NDP) recommends that responsibility for housing shift to the country’s municipalities in order to improve coordination. All metro municipalities have been directed to implement housing programmes. The Human Settlements spending focus over the next two years will be on transferring grants to provinces and municipalities to fund the delivery of low-income housing, the purchase of land to upgrade informal settlements, and the upgrade of some informal settlements, Gordhan said. The urban settlements development grant is expected to deliver more than 215 000 housing units and upgrade 92 000 services sites in informal settlements. The integrated city development grant, which is being introduced in this year’s Budget, will ensure that large, low-income communities on the urban edge are better connected to centres of economic and social activity through investments in public transport. The Treasury says municipalities will receive the grants on condition that they produce built environment plans and that these plans support better coordination of investments and are aligned to national development plans. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more