Rehabilitated $9.7B WCD road already deteriorating

first_imgMere months after its official completion, a hole has developed on the Vreed-en-Hoop access road, West Coast Demerara, attracting urgent attention by contractors on Wednesday morning.When Guyana Times visited the area, crew members from Jamaican CompanyOne of the holes drilled by contractors‘Surrey, Paving and Aggregate Company Limited’, who were responsible for the construction of the road had begun drilling holes to surround the sunken section of road, as they explained that they were conducting an examination to determine the reason for the sunken road.When contacted, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he was unaware of what was going on in the area.Calls made to the Head of the Works Services Group went unanswered.This newspaper understands that days before the hole formed, the patch wasThe deteriorated section of the road at Vreed-en-Hoopuneven and rough causing motorists to avoid using that section of the roadway.The $9.7 billion project was completed by the Jamaican company along with BK International earlier this year after several hiccups and setbacks.Back in July when the road was commissioned by the subject Minister, it was noted that the project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Some 30.7 kilometers of the West Coast roadway was rehabilitated to include bridges and culverts, new ‘shared-use’ lanes for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of high visibility traffic signs and road markers, the installation of pedestrian footpath bridges, the construction of concrete drains at critical locations and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections of the road, the Department of Public Information reported.The road improvement project was officially launched on March 20, 2014, at the Pegasus Hotel, and was scheduled to be executed over a period of five years.The expansion entailed the improvement of about 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast Demerara Road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, East Bank Essequibo just about one mile East of Parika.last_img read more

Friel welcomes €10M outdoor recreation fund to get Downings-Carrigart greenway off the ground

first_imgA NEW greenway from Carrigart to Downings could benefit from a multi-million euro fund announced by Rural Development Minister Michael Ring, a local Fine Gael candidate has said.Eimer Friel, who is standing in the Milford Electoral Area, has welcomed an ongoing consultation project by Donegal County Council.“So many brilliant projects in Co Donegal have benefitted from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme since it was introduced in 2016,” said Friel. “I know Donegal County Council are carrying out a consultation and planning process for a proposed greenway/cycleway from Carrigart to Downings and I would urge everyone to engage so that the council application for funding is ready on time.“It is estimated the cycleway would cost around €300,000 and it would be of enormous benefit to the area, linking the two areas, allowing cyclists to enjoy and explore the wonderful Atlantic Drive. It will be a huge draw for tourists and a wonderful amenity for local people all-year-round.”Ms Friel added: “In January the Fine Gael-led Government invested €343,660 to support the development of great local outdoor projects with the Great Arch Trail at Pollet, Fanad Head getting funding of €136,200; the Glenties Alter Trail being supported with €30,400; and investment of €177,060 on the Creeslough to Falcarragh stretch of the Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway.“I want to thank Donegal County Council officials who work so hard to bring a new imaginative use for outdoor recreation. I would urge them to have all the planning conditions in place so that Carrigart to Downings cycleway/greenway can benefit from this latest round of funding.”Minister Ring said: “Recreational tourism continues to be a significant growth area, and the natural resources available to us here in Ireland offer great potential to avail of the economic benefits that this type of tourism can bring to rural areas. Over 600 projects throughout the country have been supported by the Scheme since I introduced it in 2016. “Increasing Activity Tourism is a key pillar of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, and the type of facilities which will be funded through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme will include greenways, blueways, walking trails and other recreation infrastructure which will showcase the stunning scenery and wonderful places that Ireland has to offer.“The amenities funded through this scheme will enhance the quality of life for people who live in, or close to, the supported projects. It will also create better experiences for visitors to rural areas, enhance the tourism offering and support sustainable economic development in rural areas.”Friel welcomes €10M outdoor recreation fund to get Downings-Carrigart greenway off the ground was last modified: March 29th, 2019 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:CarrigartCouncil candidatecyclewayDowningsEimer FrielgreenwayMilfordNa Dunaibhlast_img read more

Duduzile Zozo’s mother asks: Why?

first_img26 July 2013“I’m very hurt because I was not aware that her sexuality affected other people, while the family didn’t have a problem with her choices. She loved herself the way she was. I don’t know what it is that disgusted them when they looked at her.”These are the words spoken by Thoziwe Zozo, a mother whose life has been torn apart by the senseless killing of her daughter, Duduzile Zozo.Zozo, 55, cannot come to terms with the brutal way in which her daughter’s life was snuffed out at the age of 26. Duduzile is one of the latest victims of what has comet to be termed “corrective” rape. Her “sin”, in the eyes of her attacker(s), was being a lesbian.Duduzile’s half-naked body was discovered at a house about 10 metres from her home in Thokoza, south-east of Johannesburg, late last month. She had been brutally raped and murdered.‘How did her being a lesbian affect them?’Time passes slowly for Thoziwe Zozo, despite the fact that she has other responsibilities, including caring for her four children and three grandchildren. The pain of knowing that the spot where her daughter was murdered is just down the street becomes too much. Not even the walls of the one-room corrugated iron house she shares with her family have enough steel to block out the memory.Zozo thinks moving to a new area might help. “Maybe I would start healing then, but it’s not easy passing that spot on a daily basis,” she told SAnews on Thursday. “It always brings back bad memories for me.”Even if she moves, she will carry her daughter in her heart, which is heavy with unanswered questions. Like anyone who has been in her shoes, all she wants to know is why.“When they find the [murderers], I would like to ask them what is it that my daughter did to them, because I don’t understand why an outsider can be affected by her being a lesbian. Was she not good enough to walk in the streets?”Zozo’s neighbour, Joyce Ngejani, who described Duduzile as a soft-spoken person, said the community was still in shock. Worse still was the fear that the perpetrators were still roaming the streets, free to continue raping and murdering innocent women.“We were all shocked and hurt, no one believed it,” Ngejani said on Thursday. “Duduzile never got into a fight with anyone. She used to play soccer and walked with other boys on the street. We have confidence in government that one day the [killers] will be caught. But we fear that while they are still on the loose; more women could become victims.”The right to chooseMinister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana paid a visit to the Zozo family on Thursday.Xingwana told Zozo she felt her pain, and that the government would do all it could to ensure that justice was served. She added that her department would try to help the Zozos get a decent house where they could live with dignity and in safety.Later on Thursday, Xingwana visited a local police station to check on the progress on Duduzile’s case. She also held a consultative meeting with the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.Xingwana was hopeful that after her meeting with the police, there would be more community education about the rights of South Africans to express their sexual orientation, and the right to choice, which is enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution and Bill of Rights.“What’s important is that we need to educate our communities about these rights and Constitution and Bill of Right,” Xingwana said. “It is clear that women cannot be murdered in the community and harassed just because they are lesbians. People need to understand the right of association and right to choice. We need to step up this campaign.”Xingwana could not say much about Duduzile’s case as the matter is sub judice.“There have been a number of suspects that have been arrested so far, but the evidence did not link them to the killing. But we will ensure that those who are responsible get tough sentences.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

NYC Alumni Setting the NRL Alight

first_img“Yeah, it’s great up here watching the action,” he said. “Definitely, the Touch has been great for my play and helps with your skills and speed as you see with the other players,” he said.  Surely an exhibition match featuring those current NRL/Touch guns against the might of the crack Aussie men’s team beckons in the not too distant future?  Before progressing through the ranks of Holden Cup Under 20’s to the NRL big stage tonight, Kalyn Ponga is also a prodigious Touch Football talent; shining most recently for the Australian Under 18’s team in the 2015 Youth Trans-Tasman Series at Cronulla and a stand-out NYC star of some repute and reputation.  Joining him across the stripe tonight is Broncos’ Alex Glenn and in this year’s finals series including Saturday night’s combatants Edrick Lee (QSST/Raiders) and Matt Moylan, Lewis Brown (NSWCCC/Panthers) and Melbourne Storm pivot, Blake Green (NSW CHS) enjoying the week off currently from finals footy. Once you add into the mix Parramatta’s Bevan French (NSW CHS), Aiden Guerra (QSST/Roosters), you not only have a formidable looking NRL line-up but a dynamite starting six with four subs sure to shake any Touch Football combination worth its salt.  Would he and his NYC Alumni give it a crack and the Aussie lads a run for their money? Proving to be a breeding ground and pathway to higher honours, witness the event honour roll emerging from the NYC in recent years and yesteryear. Unlike Taylor, those figuring in the 2016 NRL Finals series that kicked-off Friday evening include a rising star in the NRL ranks making a stunning debut in Townsville.   And consider this roster straight from the NYC to NRL stardom over the years: Australian and Queensland legend, Darren Lockyer, Matt Bowen, Jamie Soward, Scott Dureau, PJ Marsh and Joe Williams. For Taylor, the NYC was great for his development as much as it was all about fun and some frivolity with his mates. Pressed further if he missed his Touch Football and did he still get to squeeze in a game when time affords: “I’d love to be playing more but can’t at the moment unfortunately (crutches in tow),” he added. By @JulianTFA – Sunshine Coast Stadium, QueenslandInterested observer at the 2016 Harvey Norman NYC is none other than potential NRL Rookie of the Year, and NYC Alumni, Ash Taylor of the Gold Coast Titans. Taylor was a popular face in the crowd, here to see the NYC and Alliance Cup action and particularly his younger sibling, Kiara Taylor, figuring prominently in the QSST girl’s team.Fresh from recent post-season groin surgery and a break-out season, albeit now encumbered with crutches, Taylor was impressed with the standard and skills on display at Sunshine Coast Stadium ahead of his little sister’s quarter final appearance late on Friday against the Central Queensland Bulls. “It’s great to be here and I’m feeling good after surgery,” he said. “I’m hoping to see the QSST guys and girls do well and here to support the little sis,” he added juggling his leg supports and autograph pen. And if a match against the best Touch Footballers somehow emerged: “Well, we’ve all put on a bit of weight for the footy and those boys (Aussies) are unreal players, so I’m not sure how we’d go. “We would probably start tackling ‘em I reckon,” he fired back with the trademark grin.Related LinksNYC Alumni Sets NRL Alightlast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awards

first_imgJuventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has collected two more titles at the Globe Soccer Awards.Ronaldo received the awards for Best Goal of the Year and Best Player of the Year, beating Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.“It’s an honour to receive this trophy. I want to say thank you to my family, my girlfriend, my son, my friends, Jorge Mendes and all the staff.“While it has been a tough year, I win many trophies, including the Champions League, and it was an unbelievable year again.“Now 2019 is a new year, I am dreaming of winning many important trophies for Juventus, which is my new club. I am a person who likes a challenge, so my new life is in Turin and I want to win as much as I can.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Doesn’t Think Notre Dame Will Compete For A National Title This Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum's expectation for Notre Dame.Paul Finebaum Notre Dame National ChampionshipFighting Irish fans likely aren’t fans of pro-SEC ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum in the first place. After hearing what he has to say about Notre Dame’s 2015 title chances, that likely won’t change.Friday, Finebaum made a bold prediction, stating that he doesn’t believe that the Fighting Irish will compete for a national championship this year. While he believes Notre Dame has a good team, he thinks the schedule, which features Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford, is too difficult. He added that he isn’t sure when the school will be able to compete for a national title, either.Notre Dame isn’t competing for a national championship in 2015 http://t.co/DmXr6tar5U— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 7, 2015Here’s a link to the video, if it doesn’t work for you on mobile.There are many who believe that Notre Dame needs to start putting together easier schedules to compete for the College Football Playoff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the school changes its ways.last_img read more

How The Warriors Unleashed Klay Thompson

For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable.The Houston Rockets opened up a 17-point edge after one period, couldn’t miss and led the Golden State Warriors by 10 going into half of Game 6 on Saturday night, a contest Golden State had to have to keep its season alive. Based on how the last two games had gone — with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games — it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.But then Klay Thompson happened, and the Oracle Arena crowd came to life. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker — one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 — en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. And we found ourselves with a Western Conference finals series knotted at three games apiece instead.Thompson’s second-half outburst — reminiscent of his landscape-changing Game 6 showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals two years ago — lifted the Warriors to a 115-86 victory Saturday, giving the league two Game 7s this holiday weekend.And while it’s easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that.For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. In fact, that play — which the Warriors ran seven times in Saturday’s win alone — has generated far more points in these six games (42) than it did during the entire 82-game regular season that just passed, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. All told, Golden State has had Thompson screen for either Curry or Durant in a pick-and-pop scenario 7.4 times per 100 possessions against Houston this postseason, up from less than once every 100 plays during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/klayscreens.mp400:0000:0001:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Utilizing this play more than a handful of times presents a significant shift in two key ways. First off, the Warriors — with their against-the-grain style — don’t really run all that many pick-and-roll sets to begin with, instead orchestrating a beautiful, yet chaotic web of off-ball screens that works to free up the team’s historic stable of sharpshooters. Beyond that, even when Golden State does use more traditional screen-and-roll sets, it usually does so with Draymond Green, who makes use of all the attention shown to Curry to operate with downhill, 4-on-3 advantages.Being able to go to that play — and averaging 1.45 points per time they use it — has helped unclog what, at times, has become a stagnant offense during this series. Back during Game 5, a miked-up Steve Kerr was shown imploring Durant to move the ball earlier and more often to stop the switchy Houston defense from clamping down. The two-man game with Thompson helps facilitate that, as it forces defenders to either seal off Durant or Curry’s driving path, or to fan out toward Thompson — who has by far the NBA’s quickest jumpshot release — at the arc.Beyond Thompson’s breakout showing for 35 points, a couple of other things stood out. Among them: Houston’s 21 turnovers. The turnovers might merely be a problematic one-game blip, but they may be cause for concern in light of likely NBA MVP James Harden — who ran out of gas down the stretch of the Rockets’ playoff run in 2017 — being asked to carry the load again. If Paul can’t play through his hamstring injury in Game 7, Harden will need a ton of support to close the series out.It’s unclear whether he can expect any of that help to come from officials. Harden, the NBA’s perennial leader in free-throw attempts, didn’t get to the line at all after halftime despite some plays that looked as if they’d draw a whistle because of the apparent contact that’d taken place. This sequence, with the Warriors up by 7 points with about 10 minutes to play, stood out in particular.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nofoul.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But at this stage of the game, with Houston being this close to taking down the reigning champs, Harden and the Rockets seemingly have to know that no one is going to hand them anything.Instead, they’ll have to go in and take what they perceive to be their rightful place on the NBA throne. And that may very well take everything they have Monday night, especially now that Golden State appears to have found its groove on the offensive end of the floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Kenny Guiton steps up in place of Braxton Miller

Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton throws a pass during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.When a team loses its starting quarterback, particularly when he’s a Heisman trophy candidate, things don’t typically go well.Someone forgot to tell that to the 2-0 Ohio State squad.Buckeye starting quarterback, junior Braxton Miller, left OSU’s 42-7 victory 2:58 into the game after spraining his MCL and did not return.In came redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, with the hopes of the Buckeye faithful on his shoulders.“I actually wasn’t that nervous today. I know that I prepared all week like a starter. I don’t think I got nervous at all,” Guiton said. “Once I got in, I took my first hit, had my first throw and after that it was just ‘let’s go.’”On the day Guiton finished 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 83 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.“I think I started off pretty good, we started off and we went up on the scoreboard pretty good. I think we responded well from the interception, too, but I think the second half I could have played a lot better,” Guiton said. “We protected good, the receivers played a good game. I just have to get them the ball quicker and more often.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was impressed by how well his backup signal caller replaced Miller.“The old right hander (Guiton) steps in again and does a nice job. He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game,” Meyer said.Guiton was named a captain for the 2013 season, despite not being a starter, and has been under the spotlight before. Against Purdue in 2012 Guiton replaced the injured Miller and led the Buckeyes to a comeback 29-22 victory in overtime to preserve OSU’s undefeated season.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said when Guiton comes in for Miller, no one on the team stresses about it.“Kenny’s one of the leaders on our team, he’s one of the captains and everybody respects him,” Brown said. “Everybody knows what he brings the table, a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger. He’s a real vocal quarterback, so when Kenny’s out there, nobody’s worried at all.”Brown was the recipient of both of Guiton’s touchdown passes, and after the game, he complimented Guiton on his ability to place the ball in the right spot.“Kenny threw a perfect throw and we had the perfect play called, the corner was really close up, man pressed all day. It was an easy catch and harder throw,” Brown said.Upon coming into the game, Guiton said he didn’t want to think about the pressure of the situation. He just wanted to score.“I really try not to think about that when I hit the field. I just try to think about first down, first down, explosive play until we’re in the endzone,” Guition said. “That’s one thing I always tell the offense and that’s one thing I just always live by.”Guiton’s first drive culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Dontre Wilson. Wilson said any drop off when Guiton enters the game for Miller is not noticeable.“Kenny is one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football right now, it’s great to have him as a backup,” Wilson said. “We didn’t really lose a lot, Braxton is a Heisman candidate, but Kenny is a great thrower.”Senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell said the biggest thing Guiton adds to the game is energy.“He brings the juice, he brings the energy. Everybody respects him in the locker room. He’s just a great dude to be around,” Norwell said. “He leads by example. He doesn’t really play a lot because he’s behind Braxton, he’s the backup. When his number’s called he’s got to be ready, and obviously he was ready today.”Although Miller did not return for the rest of the game, some teammates felt he would have been able to play if he was needed. Guiton said when he saw Miller down on the field, he didn’t know what was wrong but was ready to take the field.“I really wasn’t sure at all. I did see that his helmet was off and the guy hit him in the face. I wasn’t sure how bad it was at first or anything. I just tried to prepare and make sure I was ready,” Guiton said.Brown said he thinks Miller will be healthy for OSU’s road trip to California next weekend.“We’re not too worried. We know Braxton’s going to do a good job of rehabbing this week and he’ll be back for this next game,” Brown said. “But even if he’s not everyone on the team has enough confidence in Kenny (Guiton) that he can get it done.”Meyer said he “(thinks) there’s a chance (Miller will) be ready for next week.”Guiton said confidence was a key factor in his performance.“Just getting extended time in a game like that, I think that built my confidence a lot. It’s one thing to practice all the time and become good but it’s different when you’re actually in there doing it,” Guiton said.OSU is set to hit the road to take on California (1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Neville predicts a few Man Utd players exits in the summer

first_imgGary Neville has shared he believes Manchester United will lose some players in the summer due to their poor performance lately and the Brighton and Hove Albion defeat might have been the last straw.Mourinho saw his team almost blow up their chances of finishing in the second place in the Premier League this season as they lost 1-0 to Brighton and Hove, even though they are still in the second place in the standings, trailing only after Manchester City.“My view is that ultimately he [Mourinho] doesn’t like some of those players. He’s had enough of them and they are going to go. That’s what I drew from it,” Neville has shared, according to the Sport Review.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They were absolutely terrible tonight. They’ve played badly at times this season, but won and shown some spirit, but this was not good enough.”“Alright, it’s the end of the season, it’s a game against Brighton and they’ve probably already got second place but they are wearing a Manchester United shirt and the standards have to be a lot higher than that.”“Jose Mourinho looked tonight like he’d lost faith in some of those players,” Neville went on to add.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp Dyche clash over Gomez injury

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche clash on the touchline following Joe Gomez injury during Burnley’s loss to the Reds.Klopp had a heated exchange with Dyche at full-time after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, with both managers later moving to play down the incident.However, the Liverpool boss says he was incited by the nature of the home team’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression.Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was tackled aggressively by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the England international hurdle off the pitch, before being stretched off midway through the first half.Klopp said, according to Daily Mail:“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: “Please, tell them they cannot do that.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.”Liverpool experienced power failure inside their dressing room before the start of the game and were left anxious by of some tackles they faced throughout the whole game.“Aggression is a part of football but be careful,” Klopp added. “Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.”“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”last_img read more