Residents fear threat of leaning pole at Wismar Housing Scheme

first_imgResidents of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) are concerned about a pole which has been leaning on an electrical wire along the roadway in the area, which they consider a serious threat. The pole,The slanted pole at Wismar Housing Schemewhich is situated in close proximity to the Wismar Hill Nursery and Primary schools, has been in the same position for several weeks now, residents fear the danger it poses to the school children. They are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the situation and to have it rectified before the situation worsens. A resident in the area pointed out that the pole, which is leaned over the centre of the roadway, appears to be falling closer to the ground as time progresses.“This pole been like this for weeks now and like nobody ain’t care. It’s like they’re waiting for something to happen before they can fix it. School children passing here daily to go to school and yet still,” the resident pointed out.Residents and school children traverse the area constantly on a daily basis, given it is one of the main thoroughfares. It is unclear if the pole is the property of the electricity or telephone company; however, concerned residents are calling for urgent attention to be paid to the situation as soon as possible.last_img read more

AK-47, M-70 rifles found in home of WCD businessman

first_imgTwo high powered rifles, an AK-47 and an M-70 rifle, were on Thursday afternoon discovered in the Meten-Meer-Zorg home of a 33-year-old businessman who operates a restaurant in that West Coast Demerara community. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that the high powered rifles were found, but he could not confirm the calibers. He has, however, said that members of the Major Crime Unit have travelled to the area and are questioning the occupant of the house. He also said the weapons have been lodged at the CID Headquarters in Georgetown as investigations continue.Guyana Times understands that, acting on information received, the police swooped down on the businessman’s house and conducted a search, unearthing the weapons inside duffer bag, hidden under a commerical gas stove. A source has disclosed that from the condition of the weapons, they probably had not been used in a while. Based on reports gathered, the suspect might have been keeping the weapons for a known drug dealer.Meanwhile, the young man who was arrested on Thursday following the discovery of the high profile weapons will be interrogated and ultimately charged for illegal possession of firearms.last_img read more


first_imgA YOUNG soccer player who went on a St Patrick’s Day drinking spree after a match tried to start a fight with a bouncer before telling a Garda to f*** off, a court has heard.Michael Doherty, from Glencar Irish in Letterkenny was apprehended outside the club on the Ramelton Road in the town in the early hours of March 17 this year.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that 22-year-old Doherty was drunk in a public place and used threatening and abusive behaviour. At one point Doherty had tried to grab a member of the door staff and when Garda Joe Kealy tried to calm him, Doherty had told him to ‘f*** off.’Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had played a football match earlier and had gone out for a drink afterwards.“The party extended into the small hours. There was a tussle at the door with bar staff in what was an unwinnable argument for this young man,” Mr Dorrian told Judge Paul Kelly.“He is a very keen and able young sports man and alcohol does not form part of his life. He is otherwise a very reasonable young man.”Mr Dorrian added: “He is very contrite about what happened and he assures me there will be no repeat performance.”Doherty, a student, was ordered to make a €100 donation to the Donegal Youth Service.SOCCER PLAYER WHO THREATENED GARDA ‘A REASONABLE YOUNG MAN’ – COURT TOLD was last modified: May 20th, 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:Glencar IrishletterkennyMichael DohertySt Patrick’s Daythreatening behaviourlast_img read more

Harry Kane nets hat-trick as England create history with rout of Panama

first_img Harry Kane makes off with the ball after his hat-trick 5 5 England have never before scored more than four goals in a World Cup match, and even Felipe Baloy’s late consolation strike will not take away from the history made by Gareth Southgate’s side.Panama started brightly, Anibal Godoy wasting a fine chance to put his nation ahead when he wildly shot over after being played through on goal. Yoel Barcenas also went close a few moments later, but his curling effort flashed just wide of Jordan Pickford’s far post, with the keeper at full stretch.Despite these chances in the final third, Panama were amateurish at the back, with Stones opening the scoring with a free header from a corner.Kane then grabbed his first of the game, from the penalty spot, after Fidel Escobar and Gabriel Torres pulled Lingard down inside the area, before Lingard himself netted from outside the box with a stunning finish from outside the box after a lovely give-and-go with Raheem Sterling.Stones added England’s fourth four minutes later, after a brilliantly worked free-kick routine. Kieran Trippier laid the set-piece off to Jordan Henderson, who curled a first-time ball to the far post. Kane headed the ball back across the face of goal, only to see Sterling head straight at goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, but the rebound fell straight to Stones, who headed past Penedo into the roof of the net. LINE-UPSEngland: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier (Rose 70′), Loftus-Cheek, Henderson, Lingard (Delph 63′), Young, Sterling, Kane (Vardy 63′)Subs not used: Butland, Dier, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, PopePanama: Penedo, Murillo, Roman Torres, Escobar, Davis, Barcenas (Arroyo 69′), Cooper, Gomez (Baloy 69′), Godoy (Avila 62′), Jose Luis Rodriguez, PerezSubs not used: Calderon, Cummings, Gabriel Torres, Diaz, Machado, Pimentel, Ovalle, Tejada, Alex RodriguezGROUP G TABLE Trippier played 70 minutes before being replaced by Danny Rose 5 The wing-back was challenged defensively even less in this match than he was against Tunisia, but that meant he could dominate the right flank when England were on the attack. He sent in the corner from which Stones scored the opening goal, and was a constant menace with some excellent crosses from open play. Trippier has also developed into a fine set-piece taker, and Gareth Southgate has utilised this talent remarkably well at the tournament.MOMENT OF THE MATCHAny one of the goals could be regarded as the finest moment of the match – even Panama’s debut strike at a World Cup finals – but Kane’s hat-trick finish will go down in history. He was ridiculously lucky to score in the manner he did, as Loftus-Cheek’s shot flicked of Kane’s boot into the back of the net, but that strike made Kane the first England player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup since Gary Lineker in 1986. 5 Just minutes later, the lead was extended again, with Kane scoring a perfect replica of his opening penalty, after being bundled to the ground, to make it 5-0 at the break.Understandably, England turned down the pace after the restart, but it took less than ten minutes into the second half for Kane to complete his hat-trick – in the most fortuitous of circumstances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek worked his way into space on the edge of the Panama area, and his weak shot  hit the back of Kane’s foot and looped over Penedo and into the back of the Panama net.Michael Murillo did threaten to pull one back for Panama, but Pickford did well to deny the wide player after a well-worked move saw him through on goal.Torres should have scored after a cut-back fell to him at the far post, yet he poked the ball slightly wide, before Felipe Baloy made up for Torres’ error by netting Panama’s first ever World Cup goal when he broke England’s offside trap from a free-kick and slotted the ball into the corner of Pickford’s goal.Baloy made history by scoring this debut goal for Panama, but England were the real history makers in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. On to Belgium on Thursday, where the Three Lions will look to secure top spot in Group G.STAR MANAs in England’s World Cup opener, the defeat of Tunisia, Kieran Trippier put in a truly superb performance down the right flank. Kane became just the third England player to score a World Cup hat-trick Stones scored his first two goals for England against Panama England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory on Sunday afternoon, beating Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod to book their place in the last 16.Harry Kane became the third player after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a finals hat-trick for the Three Lions, while John Stones added a brace of his own. Jesse Lingard also scored with a fine long-range effort that was England’s first proper open play goal of the tournament. 5 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgIt may still only be a paper dream but Colaiste Ailigh has moved one step closer to realising its dream of a new school building.The Irish-speaking secondary school, located at Sprackburn House in Letterkenny, is home to more than 200 pupils. But plans for their new school arrived this week and were put proudly on display.The new school, which will include state of the art facilities as well as a full size GAA pitch and gym, could be complete by 2013.Headmaster Micheal O Giobuin has been driving the project and it is hoped that contractors may commence work as early as the start of the New Year.The school is the only Irish-speaking secondary school outside the Gealtacht area in Donegal. Its popularity is evident buy a record intake of 55 pupils to first year just a few weeks ago.The school is now awaiting council approval on planning permission before work commences.PLANS ARRIVE AS LETTERKENNY SCHOOL MOVES CLOSER TO A BRAND NEW HOME was last modified: November 11th, 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:Colaiste Ailighletterkennylast_img read more

Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head

first_imgA major search operation has been launched as a diver has gone missing twenty miles north of the Fanad Head peninsula.The missing diver was reported to Malin Head Coast Guard at 4:30pm.Lough Swilly Life Boat, the Sligo-based Rescue 118 helicopter, and a number of local boats are searching the area for the diver. It is understood that a number of the divers had been exploring shipwrecks in the area. The alarm was raised after all divers reported back expect for one.The identity and nationality of the missing diver are not yet known.We will bring you more on this breaking news story as we have it.Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:diverFanad HeadLough Swilly LIfeboatmissinglast_img read more

Live playoff updates: Warriors beat Blazers in Western Conference finals Game 1

first_imgCan the kid from Oakland ruin the Warriors’ last hurrah at Oracle? Join us Tuesday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers face the Warriors at Oracle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.Lillard, who starred at Oakland High after first playing varsity hoops at Arroyo High in San Lorenzo and St. Joseph/Notre Dame in Alameda, has done well … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

A continent in midst of ‘seismic shift’

first_imgA spectacular increase in global flows into Africa and Middle East funds supports experts’ view that the economic balance of power is shifting as “frontier economies” increasingly drive growth.The centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards and southwards with “huge consequences” for the world we live in, according to John Battersby, the UK country manager for the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Speaking after a May international media forum in Johannesburg, Battersby said the global power balance was changing: emerging countries were more rightly called “high growth”.Click here to get the full story from Fund Strategy.last_img read more

A 150-year African Indian Odyssey

first_img16 November 2010“African Indian Odyssey” brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the 150-year-old story of Indians in South Africa. The result is a powerful documentary that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.November 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in South Africa. It’s a month that is being honoured with festivities and reflection in the Indian community.What is perhaps not well known is that South Africans of Indian origin are the world’s largest non-immigrant Indian population outside of India: people of Indian origin in the US and UK may be bigger in number, but they are recent immigrants. A hundred and fifty years is a considerable milestone.A new documentary commemorates this incredible history. African Indian Odyssey recently wrapped shooting in Johannesburg, and premiered on 13 November on Saffron TV open time (DStv channel 456), with further screenings in the month of November.The documentary brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the kaleidoscopic story of Indians in South Africa. It’s an anthology of dreams and sacrifices that started in the cane fields of Natal and went on to touch the heart and soul of the country’s anti-apartheid movement. The result is a powerful portrait of a South African minority, one that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.Watch a promo of the film:“We wanted to make a film during the 150th anniversary that would contribute to the story of contemporary South African history,” says Stan Joseph, executive producer of the film and head of Ochre Moving Pictures. “We don’t see this as something just for the Indian community; it’s a part of all of our history. We hope it will contribute to the ongoing struggle to respect diversity in South Africa.”Forgotten historiesThe film is an erudite exploration of forgotten histories and goes some way to identifying subject matter to future documenters of an African Indian past. Shot on the streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, African Indian Odyssey combines location, archive material and interviews with ordinary people, historians and social commentators.So who were the early indentured labourers? Why did they leave their homeland for the south east coast of Africa? And what would the future hold for them on shores so vastly different from everything they knew? These are some of the pressing questions that the documentary attempts to answer through interweaving the personal journeys of four narrator-presenters: Amrita Gandhi, an Indian television personality and the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, artist Riason Naidoo, author Achmat Dangor, and historian William Gumede.The notion of home is inextricably linked to identity, and so the histories of immigrant populations provide a fascinating view of how human beings create communities and forge relationships with their host countries. It is a complex question compounded for the Indian community by their diverse origins and ethnicity, indentured or “passenger” status and the evolving sociopolitical climate of the last century and a half.Academic Uma Dhupelia-Masthrie sketches the background: “The first Indians to South Africa were actually slaves. They arrived from the 17th century to the 18th century … were captured or sold in bondage, and made there way to Cape Town on the Dutch ships.” Many came from Bengal, Bihar and the Malabar or Coromandel Coasts. But no record remains of these people because they were soon absorbed into the Malay community of the Cape Colony.Slavery by another nameBy 1860, indentured labour took the place of slavery. Now labour was tied by contract to an employer for fixed duration (usually five years), in return for wages and the cost of passage. It was a pernicious system – slavery by another name. A little known fact is that Indian labour was designed to fill a gap resulting from the refusal of a proud Zulu nation to be co-opted into the labour economy of the time.Ashwin Desai, sociologist and political analyst, maintains it was akin to scab labour. He points out that it was only after the sacking of Ulundi and the subjugation of the Zulu kingdom by the British that Indian labour was replaced by a local black workforce. This was when Indians started leaving farms for the cities. The trend continued so that by the end of the 19th century there were over 20 000 Indians in the Cape and Transvaal, lured by the diamond and gold economies of the hinterland.Desai also debunks the myth that the indentured labourers were all of lower caste, “thugs and criminals … In fact [they] cut a huge swathe through Indian society.” He points to evidence of this in the first people to disembark from the SS Truro – the first ship to arrive in South Africa from India, in November 1860. All creeds were represented, including Christians and Muslims. What is also fascinating is that language divisions, rather than caste, were the defining feature of indentured society. Religion and culture was maintained throughout and places of worship became the meeting ground for resistance to colonial oppression.By the 1890s, indentured Indian labour gave way to “passenger” immigrants, workers of all kinds who came to find formal employment. In the 1920s, even more established merchant families found there way to South Africa on the immigrant trail.Roots of a political identity based on nonracialismThe film details the amazing story of Mahatma Ghandi and his attempt to unite the Indian groupings, culminating in the 1913 strike. This little-publicised event – and under-reported part of South African history – saw cane fields burned and labourers leave their employ en masse. The strike led to a unification of Indians above caste, culture and creed, and was a step toward creating a mass movement against oppression.There are memorable interviews with playwright Ronnie Govender on growing up in Cato Manor and a guided tour through the Fordsburg area by Fietas festival director, Feizal Mamdoo. Interestingly, Fietas was the name given to the area in Johannesburg now known as Pageview and is another example of a forgotten part of the colourful history of South Africa’s multicultural communities – such as the better-documented Sophiatown. Fietas disappeared with the monstrous forced removals of the 1950s. As Desai says, it was only after 1952 and during the Defiance Campaign that one sees the start of a common political identity in nonracialism.The film unpacks the uneasy relationship between the African National Congress and the Indian political groupings at the time when Mandela first joined the ANC youth league. This fact is frequently glossed over in popular discourse, which often chooses to see struggle history through rose-tinted glasses. This tension continues into the present, and historian Goolam Vahed issues a warning: historians should not glorify the Indian-African relationship; it is still something that needs to be resolved.African Indian Odyssey is a fascinating interrogation of identity, origin and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is by no means a definitive account of the community or the history, but it offers previously untold insights into a people that have carved themselves a home during a tumultuous time in modern South African history.The film is directed by Hina Saiyada and written by Jon Soske. The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits University (Cisa) contributed the academic research to give the documentary a credible and entertaining account of the stories.The film premiered on Saffron TV on Saturday 13 November (DStv open time, channel 456). The Johannesburg premiere is hosted by Cisa and Saffron TV and is on Thursday 18 November at Wits University. The Durban premiere is screened in association with the Avalon Group at the Supernova Theatre at the Suncoast Casino on 24 November. To reserve a seat at the opening night screenings, space permitting, contact Mary Smith on 011 639 0050 or email transmissions of African Indian Odyssey on Saffron TV:Sunday 14 November at 07h30, 13h00 (open time) and 20h00Monday 15 November at 08h00 and 16h30Thursday 18 November at 20h00 and 00h00Friday 19 November at 08h30, 12h30 and 16h30This article was first published by the Gauteng Film Commission. Republished on SAinfo with kind permission.last_img read more

Infographic: South Africa’s world-first Giant Flag

first_imgIn a poverty-stricken region of the Karoo desert, a massive new project is set to create jobs, generate renewable solar energy and draw tourists to the area. So big it will be visible from space, there will be nothing quite like the 66-hectare Giant Flag anywhere else on earth.Read more: Giant Flag to bring tourists and jobs to the CamdebooClick graphic to enlarge.last_img