Lindener killed in motorcycle accident

first_imgBy Utamu BellePolice in Linden are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred at about 23:30h on Friday along the Amelia’s Ward Public Road, Mackenzie, Linden.Dead is Michael Fox, 22, of Lot 9 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward. The man killed when the unregistered CBR motorcycle he was riding at the time slammed into the right rear side of a car bearing licence plate PTT 2372, which was driven by a 20-year-old Government Technical Institute (GTI) student.Both were rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where Fox was pronounced dead on arrival, while the driver was admitted for observation. A passenger in the car escaped without injuries.Police E Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus confirmed that the motorcycle was proceeding east along the Amelia’s Ward main access road, allegedly at a fast rate, while the car was proceeding south.According to information, the car reportedly stopped at the intersection and then proceeded to cross the main road heading to Amelia’s Ward when the CBR slammed into its rear side.Commander Brutus sated that the CBR had been recently cleared by Customs, however it was not registered at the time of the accident.Meanwhile, at the home of the deceased on Saturday, family and friends gathered to extend condolences to the bereaved family. Fox’s mother Debra Gooding, who was visibly traumatised, said she received a phone call confirming the sad news shortly after the accident on Friday evening.She described her son as a “cool, loving and quiet” person. Fox’s brother, Raphael Bourne, on vacation from the United States, said he and the deceased were hanging out at Central Mackenzie shortly before the accident but he informed Fox to ride home since he was driving home.He said shortly afterwards, he received a call informing him that his brother was involved in an accident. According to Bourne he was only a few minutes from the scene.“As soon as I came out I recognised the bike and I saw my little brother lying on the road. From the time I approached the crowd and I see the bike I knew it was one of my bikes,” Fox’s visibly-shaken brother related.He said after realising what had happened he was so confused he was not thinking straight. He is adamant that his brother had the right of way, adding that the motorcycle was equipped with HID lights.Even more heartbreaking, he noted, was the fact that he returned to Guyana only last November to bury his daughter whom the family had lost to cancer.“Now I gotta bury my little brother,” Bourne said tearfully. The driver of the car is assisting Police with investigations.last_img read more

No jobs created by Govt for young people – Charrandas

first_img…apologises to supporters for doing nothing in 3 odd years In an almost 30-minute post on his personal Facebook page, former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud once again touched on the No-confidence Motion in which his deciding vote in support of the Opposition caused the motion to be carried.Among other things, Charrandas detailed his reasons for voting in favour of the motion brought in the name of Opposition Leader for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Bharrat Jagdeo.One of his major focal points was what he dubbed as the failure of the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/AFC Government to create jobs for young people in Guyana. “Young people, what is in this country for you? What is in Guyana for you? What has the APNU/AFC given you? I see nothing and I was sitting in Parliament,” Persaud chastised.The now embattled MP noted that the Government failed to create opportunities for the young people, more so failing to prepare them for the oil and gas sector that is expected to come on stream in 2020.Persaud questioned why was no plan put in place at the University of Guyana for the over three and half years that this Government was in power, “to educate you, the youngsters, in oil and gas so that when you come out… you can have more than just the clean-up man’s job, why? Where is their vision, what are they doing with you?”Further, Persaud encouraged youths to speak up and stand up against the wrong that the Government is doing.The former MP noted that his hands were tied, and as such, he was unable to do the job that he aimed to do when he accepted a position in Parliament.“You young people, learn not to be afraid, tell your parents that you have to stand up for the wrong that Government did, whichever Government is handling you, you need to stop it, you need to get them to work towards stopping it. I apologise because I could not do anything, I could not help the people but once the opportunity presented itself, I decided to support the vote of no-confidence and have them removed…”, he added.Further the expelled AFC member related that whatever he did was for the best interest of the Guyanese populace. “I don’t think that the Government has anything to offer me, the position of an MP takes me away from my job, it’s more of a detriment to me than anything else… I took the position thinking that I could have done something for the people, not knowing that my hands were tied, my mouth was gagged and I would not be able to do anything”.As such, he apologised to his supporters for doing nothing for them for the three and a half years he was in Parliament. The coalition Government was left stunned on December 21, 2018, when Persaud voted yes in favour of the motion.During the tabulation, all 32 of the Opposition MPs voted in favour of the motion being carried, with the AFC MP giving them the one vote needed to have the motion passed.When Persaud delivered his first “yes”, all hell broke loose. He received the first punch on his left arm by an APNU MP who insisted that Persaud “can’t vote against the Government.” This was followed by a series of expletives by the same MP and surprisingly Persaud also received another punch from another APNU MP.Outside the Chambers, Persaud defended his vote against the Government claiming that he voted that way because of the AFC’s subordinate role to the majority APNU.Persaud cited examples, such as Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s recent controversial statement about hiring party faithfuls, and pointed out that the AFC leadership did not condemn, but rather condoned the statement.“I am an AFC member, and I’m extremely disappointed in the AFC team. My reason for voting in favour of the motion is that I have no confidence in what the AFC team will do,” Persaud said, when questioned by the media.“We are sitting in Parliament as yes men to APNU, and we are AFC. We have not blended with the APNU, the other parties have; we’re not. Why are we doing everything they want (us) to do? We are not opposing, we are not saying no to anything. That is where the problem is. I can’t stand that. This is a conscience vote,” he had explained.last_img read more

Mahaicony commuters, farmers decry deplorable Branch Road

first_imgCommuters and farmers traversing the Mahaicony Branch Road in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have called for urgent intervention on Government to fix the deplorable road, which has been in its current poor condition for some time now.Concerned residents reached out to this publication on Wednesday insisting that farming activities will commence in a short while, but it is impossible for heavy equipment to navigate successfully along the many deep crates.Deplorable condition of Mahaicony Branch RoadMansood Saleem, a resident expressed, “We have farmlands at the back there and the road is a good way in. Since last year we having this problem and report it but nothing [is] happening. You have tractor and trucks that supposed to be there by now but we can’t help it. People here don’t know what to do anymore”.The carriageway, which was fashioned with asphalt and silt, is completely degraded and serves as the main entrance towards hundreds of acres of farmland. According to Saleem, other farmers will suffer losses and be denied the rainy weather to tend their crops.“If we don’t get in there now, then we miss the crop season and that is money losing there. Now is the time that we actually get money and [it] is a shame that the road is causing trouble,” the aggrieved man explained.The current situation also affects normal motorists since it damages their vehicles. Strategic points are also inaccessible.“A car would find it very hard to pass through here. That’s why people thinking twice before coming through. I am calling on the Ministry and the Government to find a solution”.While Guyana’s main road networks have been widened or rehabilitated, many roads along the interior and streets in rural communities remain in a poor state.For some time, the Linden-Lethem trail has been flooded as a result of heavy rainfall and some vehicles were overturned while attempting to pass through. Minibuses transporting passengers to Mahdia were forced to stop and occupants were forced to brave the flood and assist the driver in getting through the waters.Guyana Times has reported the ordeals of minibus operators on several occasions but the Public Infrastructure Ministry is yet to provide a permanent solution.Even as business owners, residents and other users of the road continue to fume over its deplorable state, the Public Infrastructure Ministry that has responsibility for the maintenance of the road is yet to make a pronouncement on it or its engineer yet to pay a visit to the area.Meanwhile, earlier this month, residents of Fourth Bridge, Herstelling New Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) called on the regional officials to pay heed to their current plight of having to daily traverse deplorable roads in the area.The roads, for the past months since the rainy season commenced, could not be used, thus, forcing residents to use alternative and very lengthy routes to get to and from their homes.last_img read more

DPP recommends release of pastor accused of rape

first_img…says Police need to do more work on caseThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack has recommended the release of the pastor who was accused of sexually assaulting a member of his congregation on Wednesday last in his Diamond, East Bank Demerara home.Pastor Joseph PersaudThe pastor, Joseph Persaud, who officiates at a church in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, turned famous overnight after he was arrested and taken to the Grove Police Station where he was told of the rape allegation.He was accused of inviting a member of the church with whom he shared a relationship outside of his marriage to his home and performing the act. The victim on national television admitted that she and Bishop Persaud, 35, shared a relationship, but after his wife found out, it turned sour.Nevertheless, the victim reportedly told the Police that although the relationship was over, the pastor would constantly contact her for sex. On the night of the incident, the victim who claimed she aborted three babies for the pastor said that after she arrived at his house, he stripped her and had sexual intercourse with her against her will.A report was made to the Police and the pastor was arrested. In addition, several recordings of phone conversations between the two were leaked to the media.One seemed to clearly proved that the act was committed and the pastor was heard begging for the victim to drop the case and that he was willing to let her go without making attempts to contact her.However, as the story came to light, several other victims have come forward accusing the pastor of sexual molestation.Meanwhile, the DPP requested additional information from the Police pertaining to several aspects of the case. Once that is provided, the file will be sent to the DPP once again for advice.last_img read more

Taylor Speedway hosts first races of 2016 racing season

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Thunder in the Valley returned for the first time in 2016 this past weekend at the Taylor Speedway.After getting rained out May 28th and 29th, the dirt oval was able to dry out after last week’s heavy rains for the races, which started on Saturday at 5:00 PM, and again on Sunday at 1:00 PM.On Saturday evening, Chantel Richards was able to take the win in the Senior Mini Sprints against Keagan Wallace and Carissa Elliott. Dakota Krahn beat Jesse Wassenaar and Tyler McElderry in the Mini Juniors. The Mini Adults saw Calvin Hildbrand eke out the win over Clint Mason and Justin Tackaberry. Cam Campbell won his head-to-head race in the Sports class against Dave Devries, while Johnny and Gord Beaumont went 1 and 2 in the IMCA Modifieds on top of Matt Richards in third, and A.J. Everton in fourth.- Advertisement -Sunday afternoon saw the track dry out completely on a crystal-clear day for the Lazer’s Edge Engraving Mini Challenge, which was won by Calvin Hildebrand. Justin Tackaberry and Ben Bodenham were the #2 and #3 racers in that event.On Day 2 of the Snior Mini Sprints it was Carissa Elliot with the win this time, followed by Keagan Wallace, Logan Reimer, and Chantel Richards. Colton Beaumont edged out Alyssa Elliott for the win in the Junior Mini Sprints. Dakota Krahn defended against Teegan Tubbs and Tyler McElderry in the Mini Juniors. Calvin Hildebrand also defended in the Mini Adults, this time against Rich Hildebrand and Chelsea Babcock. The standings in the IMCA Modifieds were almost exactly the same as those on Saturday, with the lone exception of John Stokes placing in 4th position. Matt Burdock beat Wayne Dale and Cam Campbell for the win in the Sports class.The Taylor Speedway will be hosting their next races on July 9th and 10th for the Doug Babcock Memorial race weekend.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fer believes QPR manager Redknapp is already looking at Sandro replacements

first_img1 Leroy Fer in action for QPR QPR midfielder Leroy Fer thinks manager Harry Redknapp will find a replacement for summer signing Sandro in January.The Brazilian only joined from Spurs in the last transfer window, in an £8m switch, but he has been dogged by injuries, the most recent a knee ligament problem.Redknapp has revealed there is no cash available for permanent signings and his focus will be on loans during the January transfer window.And Fer, who scored a wonder-goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on New Year’s Day, believes Redknapp might already be looking to replace his marquee summer arrival.“It’s up to the gaffer,” Fer said. “Us players try to do as best as possible and we have some injuries.“Sandro is out so I don’t know if he is going to being in a central-midfielder and maybe a winger.”last_img read more


first_imgIt’s been a case of watching the weather whether on the tv, mobile ,internet or listening intently to Mickey the Post to get a gauge of training or otherwise in recent weeks . All of those outlets indicate a solid 6 degrees no rain for next Sunday so its all systems go for national underage uneven ages in Tullamore and national cross country for Finn Valley squads . We wish them well and are happy in the knowledge that despite difficult conditions the young guns stuck to their training so its now all down to having a lash on the day . Across in U S no worries next Saturday as Tori Pena opens her season in Seattle .Last weekend our masters participated in the Ulster champ.at Stormont  to their credit finishing 5th team scoring Dominic Bonner 9th on 27.19, Pat Hegarty 22nd on 29.18,Tom THompson 38th on 30.42 and Michael Penrose 46th 31.04. The race was won by Declan Reid from Derry on 25.50. with Annadale winning team on 31 pts; City Of Derry 43 pts;North Belfast 61pts and Valley 5th on 115 pts.Over the christmas a number of road race results as follows Noel Collins 2nd in Loughmaccrory  5 mile with Ciaran Carlin 4th  and Dominic Bonner winner of the Atlantic Drive run / walkFinally Rosses Ac are having a sportshall competition this Saturday.FINN VALLEY AC: WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: January 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPAUL Durcan has spoken about his ambitions for an All-Ireland for Donegal to add to his two Ulster SFC medals.This week he has been put under the spotlight by the official website gaa.ie.Q: Some goalkeepers prefer to play outfield. What are your outfield credentials? A: I played outfield for the club at underage all the way through the ranks and only started playing in goals when I was 15 or 16. I also played outfield for the club (Four Masters) last year, but when we lost our ‘keeper – he transferred this year – I moved back between the posts. I played at full-forward and I was taking the frees.Some people would my playing in goals is down to laziness! But I always admired guys like Shay Given, Packie Bonner and Gary Walsh (former Donegal goalkeeper). I always liked it. My two older brothers used to stick me in goals when we were young so it kind of stuck.Q: What’s the best or most important save you’ve ever made in your career?A: I suppose it was this year against Tyrone in the last minute of the Ulster semi-final. We were three points up and it was practically the last kick of the game. I went low to my left to stop Martin Penrose’s shot and deflected it out off the post for a 65. I think that save probably got us through to the Ulster final. Q: Donegal have changed their style drastically in recent years, but have you been forced to adapt your game too?A: You do adapt your game in ways. The main thing for a goalkeeper is the kick-outs and winning primary possession off them. You do adapt and it’s always in your head how you’re going to do it and how you are going to win the kick-outs.Q: If you could play an All-Ireland final or Ulster final in any stadium outside of Ireland, what stadium would you choose?A: I’ve always liked the stadium in New York, Meadowlands, the home of the New York Jets. I like American Football and watch it as much as I can, as I do most sports.Q: Some big soccer games have been settled on penalty shoot-outs this summer. If there were penalties in Gaelic Games and the All-Ireland final ended in a draw, would you volunteer to take one? A: Ah yeah. If the boys out the field didn’t want to take them then I’d definitely step up and take one. There are players on the team that can stick them past me any day so it would depend. I would think that I would have the confidence to step up and take one.Q: What’s the greatest game you’ve been to in any sport?A: It would have to be the Donegal-Dublin All-Ireland final in 1992. I was nine at the time and I still remember bits and pieces of it. It was a real thrill, sitting in the old Cusack Stand with my father. It was unbelievable. I remember the celebrations then back in Donegal Town on the Monday. I was up until all hours, but that was special so I was allowed to stay up beyond my bedtime.Q: What’s the most enjoyable game you’ve ever played in? A: I always love playing for Donegal, but apart from that I always really enjoyed playing college football. I loved playing in the Sigerson Cup (with Sligo IT), the speed of it was just something that I enjoyed.But I remember playing a Ryan Cup final against UCD in Longford in the middle of winter. It was a bad day but it was one of the best games I’ve ever seen or been involved in.Q: Have you ever shown any ability in another sport and would you like to have pursued it?A: I played a lot of soccer and basketball at school. I was a schoolboy soccer international. I have four caps for Ireland as a goalkeeper. I played for Finn Harps and made it to the bench for the first team. Growing up, Gary Walsh would have been a hero of mine and I was lucky enough to train with Packie Bonner a few times. He was a great ‘keeper and there were a few other guys in my area that played at a high level as goalkeepers. It was when I went to college that I stopped playing soccer and focused on the Gaelic football, when I was 20, 21. I enjoyed soccer but I was always going to focus on Gaelic football.Q: Who’s the most famous sportsperson you’ve ever met?A: Shay Given or Packie Bonner.Q: If you could revisit any moment in your career and change what happened, what moment would you choose?A: I remember a game against Tyrone in the Ulster championship in 2007 (Ulster semi-final) when I gave away a bad goal. If I could go back, I’d definitely change that. I gave away a penalty for throwing the ball in the square and they scored from it.Courtesy of www.gaa.ie – Nothing Beats Being There – get your tickets from your club, at Centra stores or at www.gaa.ieCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: TEN QUESTIONS WITH DONEGAL KEEPER PAUL DURCAN was last modified: August 21st, 2012 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: TEN QUESTIONS WITH DONEGAL KEEPER PAUL DURCANwww.gaa.ielast_img read more


first_imgThe PSNI landrover going back towards Strabane after being in Lifford this morning.BREAKING NEWS: This is the amazing picture which shows the PSNI crossing the border into Lifford this morning.The picture of an official marked police landrover was taken by local resident Christy Gallagher around 11am.Donegal’s Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn has been made aware of the incident and has received a copy of the picture. Local Independent county councillor Frank McBrearty has called for a full investigation into the matter.“This is an international incident and it has to be fully investigated.“Innocent people could have been hurt if dissident republicans had got word of this incident and opened fire on this landrover.“The PSNI is not permitted to cross into Donegal and members of An Garda Siochana are not permitted to travel into Co Tyrone. “A full investigation must be carried out into what has happened here. This is a serious breach of the protocols which exist between our two police forces,” he said. THE DRAMATIC MOMENT THE PSNI CROSSED THE BORDER INTO DONEGAL was last modified: February 12th, 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyPSNIstrabanelast_img read more


first_imgCos‡n Glas artists who will exhibit in the exhibitions.It’s not just the thousands of Donegal supporters with their ‘Welcome home Sam’ bonfires that will (hopefully) illuminate the Donegal skyline on All-Ireland weekend.An Cosán Glas, a Gaeltacht based artists collective, promise to get the All-Ireland weekend off to a bright and luminous start by offering the Donegal public a chance to view their beautiful, illuminated sculptures on the Friday night before the game.As part of the nationwide Culture Night festival, the group will host two separate exhibitions in Donegal: the ‘Loinnir’ sculpture trail which will take place in Letterkenny Town Park as part of Letterkenny Culture night; and a smaller, more intimate illuminated sculpture exhibition to be held in a factory unit in Falcarragh as part of the Gaeltacht Culture Night. Over 20 Donegal artists will participate in the exhibtions. This is the fourth year in a row that the ‘Loinnir’ exhibition will be held in the Letterkenny Town park. The exhibition proves to be the highlight of the Letterkeny Culture Night every year and attracts over 2,000 people to the park.The 2013 Loinnir Sculpture TrailAs in previous years, a number of illuminated sculptures and installations will be littered throughout the park, creating a trail that the public can follow. It promises to provide a magical, sumptuous and breath-taking atmosphere (more subdued than Croke Park, perhaps, but equally inspiring!).Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services Department who co-ordinate Culture Night in Letterkenny are delighted that the Loinnir exhibition is returning to the Town Park yet again this year. Expressing his delight, the Council’s Arts Officer, Traolach Ó Fionnáin had this to say:“The Cosán Glas exhibition in the town park promises to be yet another spectacular and it is sure to enthral audiences, especially as this will be the first large scale public showing of this particular body of work. We have organised a number of exciting events in Letterkenny for Culture Night and this undoubtably will be the centrepiece of the night. With another Cosán Glas exhibition taking place in Falcarragh, the group are going to set the tone for what promises to be a very colourful and exciting weekend in Donegal” For the Gaeltacht Culture Night, An Cosán Glas embark on a new venture, selecting sculptures from previous outdoor shows and exhibiting them within a new context, in the darkened space of an empty factory building, thus creating a different magical ambience.Gaeltacht audiences are very familiar with An Cosán Glas’s work; the Gaeltacht based group hold a large night-time exhibition on Magheroarty beach every summer, where a sculpture trail is created over a 4km stretch of the beach .This huge production is always well received with thousands of people attending the event. Although much smaller in scale to the Magheroarty production, Annjo Nic Ghiolla Cearr of An Cosan Glas believes that the Culture Night exhibition in Falcarragh will be as equally appealing to audiences as the Magheroarty exhibition.Miss Nic Giolla Chearr said “The Culture night exhibition in Falcarragh is different from what we normally do. It is being held indoors and it is on a smaller scale. However, it will offer audiences a more intimate experience, offering them a different perspective and understanding of our work. It is certain to possess its own dynamic and will have its own unique atmosphere. I believe it will be as equally enthralling and magical as our other exhibitions have being to date and I’m sure the Donegal public will love it. And, the tranquil atmosphere might be the perfect way to calm the nerves before the big match!!”Local musicians and artists will perform in Falcarragh on the night, something that is sure to add to the flavour of the occasion. Culture Night in the Gaeltacht is being organised by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the organisation responsible for the development of the arts in Gaeltacht. A host of other events are being planned, including a magical mystery arts and crafts bus tour, where the public will be brought to the workspaces of artists and craftspeople and will have an opportunity to see them at work. Both exhibitions will be held on Friday 19th September. The Letterkenny event will take place in Letterkenny Town Park from 6pm – 10pm while the Falcarragh event will be on from 8pm to 10pm. This exhibition will also be open on Saturdy evening. Both events are free, so, this might be the best way to ‘ignite’ your All Ireland Weekend.FALCARRAGH ARTIST’S COLLECTIVE TO ILLUMINATE DONEGAL SKIES ON ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND was last modified: September 9th, 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:artistsdonegalFalcarraghilluminatelast_img read more