A pothole in one of the capital city’s busiest streets has, over the past few months, grown to become a major bugbear, affecting not only minibus and car operators, but pedestrians who traverse the roadway on a regular basis.The rapidly-expanding pothole along the Avenue of the Republic in GeorgetownThe pothole in question is the one along the Avenue of the Republic and is quite a visible hazard. A number of road users would have made several reports to the relevant authorities, but nothing has been done.This eyesore would normally have motorists travelling in the southern direction swerving away so as to not cause any damage to their vehicles, but despite these personal efforts, it is still feared that accidents could happen especially in cases where heavy-duty vehicles would not be able to avoid such potholes.A concerned motorist who asked to remain anonymous told Guyana Times that the rapidly-deteriorating hole should be fixed urgently, citing the numerous road accidents involving both pedestrians and vehicles.“The people who are in charge of our roads should take road safety much more seriously as well as these small things which cause major accidents…because in the long run, many persons die or get injured only because potholes— especially ones like this – are lying around and not being fixed nor given much attention.”Additionally, based on concerns raised, manholes are also considered to be public hazards owing to recent incidents of persons falling into them and being injured. As such, persons are appealing to the relevant authorities to look into these matters.When contacted, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Mayor and City Council, Debra Lewis was unable to give a comment on fixing the potholes along the roadways.
… reportedly peeved at investigations launched against himThe Managing Director of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) is being accused of employing extraordinary measures to force out the entity’s Chief Internal Auditor (CIA), after that person would have launched a series of investigations directed against him.Dr Richard Van West-CharlesGuyana Times understands that the GWI Managing Director has been actively pressing to have the decision to have the CIA employed in a substantive position reversed.This publication has since seen GWI internal communications corroborating allegations that the Managing Director has since been actively pursuing the unit’s Code of Conduct with a view to ascertaining whether any procedures had been breached with regard to the appointment of the CIA.This publication understands that the person employed as the substantive CIA had been functioning in that department as the most senior functionary for just about seven years and was appointed in August last.The position of CIA was publicly advertised and the incumbent was the only applicant to respond.That person was subsequently employed substantively, based on the recommendation of GWI’s Human Resources Director.The Managing Director has since contended that the employment has in fact breached the entity’s procedures and should be rescinded and the position re-advertised since he did not approve of the appointment.This position is however being met with staunch opposition, since it was pointed out that the entity’s Managing Director was merely seeking retribution against the CIA who had been conducting a series of investigations with regard to decisions he would have made, specifically related to the procurement of a number of services and other contracts.One such contract that has attracted the attention of the CIA is for the construction of a well on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Guyana Times understands that a perturbed Managing Director has since lodged complaints with the GWI’s Human Resources sub-committee, complaining that the auditors are investigating him.The Managing Director during a recent meeting of the sub-committee also sought to query who was the other persons engaged in the audit directed against him, specifically with regard to the issuance of a cheque.He was reportedly informed that such action would be considered as impeding the auditor’s investigation.The Managing Director was also previously accused of seeking to undermine the functioning of the audit department.All requests were made to be channelled through the Managing Director who also requested that he be kept informed on every stage of an audit and would like to screen the responses before it was disclosed to the audit department.According to the correspondence seen by Guyana Times, “The environment… found to be very hostile most of the times but we tried as much as possible to suppress and work around it.”The Internal Auditors have since recommended an urgent review of GWI’s policies and procedures at all operational areas to reflect modern practices and the structural changes recently made.This newspaper has since been reliably informed by GWI’s internal protocols that the Chief Audit Executive will report functionally to the Audit Committee – a Board appointed oversight body – and administratively to the Chief Executive.It was pointed out to this publication that administrative reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or another executive with sufficient authority affords the audit function appropriate support to accomplish its day-to-day activities.Administrative reporting is defined as the reporting relationship within GWI’s management structure that facilitates the day-to-day operations of the internal audit function. According to internal communications seen by this newspaper, the Managing Director has also relocated the Internal Audit Department in order to facilitate the Debt Collections Department.The internal auditors were also reportedly subjected to constant abuse by the Managing Director which essentially led to an adverse effect on staff morale.The verbal confrontations reportedly stemmed from queries and findings they would have raised relating to Debt Recovery, Commercial Services areas and Human Resources audit checks.The uproar which has erupted in the entity in recent weeks has already led to the resignation of the entity’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, who in his resignation to the substantive Minister with responsibility for the sector said he could not serve in the capacity of a ‘rubber stamp Chairman.”
Websites like www.voteforenvironment.ca are uniting some voters under key issues like the environment to oust the Tories. Former Liberal support Kevin Grandia started the site with a left-wing magazine publisher linked to the NDP. [asset|aid=431|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-strategic voting-1_1_Pub.mp3] But political experts warn that strategic voting can backfire. Political Science Professor Reg Whitaker says it’s important to vote for the party you want, not the one you think can beat the Tories. [asset|aid=432|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-strategic voting-2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement For example, some strategic voters will vote Liberal, since they have the best chance of forming government, but the Tories could still win if the NDP is second in a particular riding because the centre left vote is split. General voting will be open today until 7 o’clock. Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion each made one more pitch to voters in the lower mainland yesterday. Stephen Harper touted tax cuts and limited government to a Tory crowd in west van. [asset|aid=429|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-harper-mandate_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Meanwhile, at a boisterous liberal rally in Richmond, Stephane Dion implored the crowd to think green and vote red. [asset|aid=430|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-DIon-nextG_1_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, left-of-centre voters are finding common grou nd as the Federal Election campaign winds down.Advertisement
Meantime, Mr. Parfitt, claims Hydro’s setbacks deal, with the BC Oil and Gas Commission, to keep fracking operations set distances from Hydro facilities, are little more than a gentleman’s agreement, and he’s calling for firm government regulations on frack-free zones.In his detailed statement Mr. Coleman accused the CCPA of looking past the facts and relying on “What if tactics” in an attempt to leave readers with a misguided representation of BC’S oil and gas sector.He says BC has a long history of safely producing power, while exploring for oil and gas resources, a safety record he claims speaks for itself, with the best and brightest watching over the industry, to keep that record secure. To that Mr. Parfitt says this.Documents released through a freedom of information request spearheaded by Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, reveal BC Hydro officials raised concerns as far back as 2009 that earthquakes triggered by fracking could put its Peace River dams at risk.However both Chris O’Riley, Hydro’s Deputy CEO, and Natural Gas Minister, and Deputy Premier, Rich Coleman, were quick to respond, arguing regulations and additional measures of precaution are already in place. In addition, Mr. O Riley has stated that fracking itself cannot generate “large” magnitude earthquakes, but here’s part of Mr. Parfitt’s response to that.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has shook loose another Site C related response from BC Hydro.Ben Parfitt has had a lengthy career as a journalist, and author, and has done some extensive research, triggered by a concern over hydraulic fracturing in the Peace.He has penned an article published this week, suggesting that a freedom of information request has revealed, BC Hydro officials have for years quietly feared gas industry fracking operations could damage Peace River dams.- Advertisement -However, Deputy CEO Chris O’Riley has quickly responded to his concerns, with a statement saying, that to BC Hydro’s knowledge there has never been any fracking activity within five kilometres of BC Hydro dams, and that the BC Oil and Gas Commission has put restrictions in place so no new tenures will be issued within five kilometres of the dams, including Site C.To that Mr. Parfitt says this.It should also be noted, these setbacks do not apply to existing tenures, but Hydro says, the Commission has agreed, to notify the Crown Corporation prior to any activity in any of the existing tenures so Hydro can plan its operations and maintenance accordingly.Advertisement
Three women and a man arrested and charged in connection with the discovery of a drugs factory in Ballybofey have had their cases put back until February 24th.Ching Ann Low appears in court.The three women, Meil Ling Chen, 56, Li Jiuan Choong, 27 all appeared by video link from the Duchas Centre this morning at Letterkenny District Court. The women were informed that the evidence is still being compiled in the case.The man in the case Ching Ann Low, also appeared by videolink from Castlerea Prison and also had his case adjourned until February 24th.All four are charged in connection with the discovery of €360,000 of cannabis above the Lee Ho Chinese restaurant on January 21st last.At hearingALLEGED DRUG FACTORY WORKERS APPEAR IN COURT BY VIDEOLINK was last modified: January 27th, 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:Ballybofeycannabis factoryLetterkenny District Courtvideolink
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail email@example.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults ages 17 to 25 with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will offer ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101.
ONCE again Tir Chonaill AC staged another fantastic open day meet on Easter Monday – with athletes travelling from all over the country.Below are the results from the day’s events.Click this link to see: http://www.tirchonaillac.com/Home%20Page%20Docs/2012/FixtureList/TirChonnailOpenMonday09052012.pdf ATHLETICS: ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE TIR CHONAILL AC EASTER OPEN MEET was last modified: April 10th, 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:ATHLETICS: ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE TIR CHONAILL AC EASTER OPEN MEET
Less than a year ago, renowned black and white photographer, Giles Norman, headed off to the north west coast of Ireland, where quality time was spent with his camera in Co. Donegal.Days were spent walking the spectacular sights of Donegal’s dramatic coastlines and exploring all that the landscape has to offer, including the stunning beaches, rugged countryside and beautiful horses and ponies. These images are currently on display at the Giles Norman Gallery, Kinsale, Co Cork, where an exhibition celebrating 25 years of photography is taking place throughout October.Giles Norman’s images of the Irish landscape evoke a purity of vision, mostly stripped of manmade intrusion.Wider views of wild, remote places intermingle with small details of windows and moments in urban and rural life with little concession to the human form.A shaft of light between clouds, a breaking wave, the story behind a shipwreck remind us how special these moments are. The emphasis Giles places on the art rather than the science of photography makes his photographs more engaging and memorable. Renowned photographer, Giles Norman, who hosted a reception and signing of his new book ‘Ireland ?timeless images’ at Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street.Picture. John AllenHis work is available online at www.gilesnorman.com or at the Kinsale Gallery.Celebrating 25 years in business this year, Giles has built up a loyal following both here in Ireland and internationally.He has just launched his new book, ‘Ireland ..timeless images’, published by Collins Press, available in all good bookshops nationwide, at the Kinsale Gallery and online at www.gilesnorman.comRENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES STUNNING DONEGAL IN UNIQUE BOOK was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:donegalGiles Normannew bookPhotography
Why college … OAKLAND — Second-year big man Jordan Bell will start in place of injured forward Draymond Green (sprained right toe) on Thursday night against the Bucks, a source told the Bay Area News Group.It will be Bell’s first start of the season. The center started 13 games last season but has found it difficult to crack the rotation behind Kevon Looney and Damian Jones this year.Bell is averaging 1.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks this season.Related Articles
OAKLAND — The A’s put an exclamation mark on a ceremony honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1989 World Series championship team by announcing that Dave Stewart, the Oakland-born pitching ace of that team, will have his uniform No. 34 retired.Stewart is the sixth Oakland A’s player to have his number retired, and the only one who isn’t in the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The others are Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson and Dennis Eckersley. Fingers also …