Volda Lawrence joins race for PNCR chairmanship

first_imgLongstanding party stalwart and Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, will be contesting for the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNCR’s) chairmanship post at the upcoming congress in August.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThis was announced on Saturday by party activist and Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, on his Facebook page: “…Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Ann Lawrence, has officially announced she is contesting the post of Chairman of the PNCR,” Jones posted on his social media handle.Efforts by Guyana Times to contact for comment Public Health Minister Lawrence, who is also a party executive, proved futile. Lawrence had, in 2012, contested for the leadership of the party alongside then Opposition Leader and now President, David Granger, and current Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge. This time, she will be running alongside two other party executives: current PNCR Chairman and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who is also the Attorney General; and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who also recently announced his intention to contest for the party chairmanship post.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil WilliamsHarmon announced his candidacy in a short statement on June 21. He said the PNC holds its Congress biennially, at which time all positions of leadership (inclusive of Party Leader and Central Executives) are up for voting.“That is the democracy which we practise: so every member of the Party can aspire to the highest office in our party. And like many others, I am a member of the Party of long standing, and therefore have indicated that it is my desire and my interest in putting myself up as a candidate for the chairmanship of the Party,” Harmon said.This was announced days after the PNC had held its second General Council Meeting for the year, on June 16.Back in April, Williams had hinted that he may run again for the chairmanship post. “I am servant of the PNC and a servant of my party. They know me. I have been working steadily throughout the years, and me and my comrades… So we don’t think that’s an issue,” he stated.Williams had, at the last PNCR Congress, in 2016, contested the position of Chairman unopposed.last_img read more

9-hour power outages expected this week

first_img…as GPL conducts line maintenance Several communities in Georgetown and sections of the coast are bracing for at least nine hours of power outage during this week as a result of a line maintenance activity to be conducted by the Guyana Power Light (GPL).According to the utility company, the maintenance will be carried out from March 25 to March 31, 2019.The works will commence on Monday at Sparendaam, Goedverwagting, South of the Railway Embankment and Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) from 08:00h to 16:00h.On Tuesday, March 26, these activities will continue at 21st Street Diamond Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara and Prince William Street, ECD, from 08:00h to 17:00h.Tucville, Meadow Brook, Guyhoc, Lamaha Park and Lamaha Springs are scheduled for maintenance on Wednesday, March 27 from 08:00h to 16:00h.From 09:00h to 14:00h, these works will continue at La Union, West Coast Demerara (WCD), and Lindsley Avenue, ECD, from 08:00h to 17:00h.On Thursday, March 28, Alexander Village and River View in Ruimveldt will have ongoing works from 08:30h to 16:30h.Ninth Street, Cummings Lodge, will be facilitated from 08:00 to 16:00h and East Field Drive, Republic Park and Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara (WBD), from 08:30h to 16:30h.The last maintenance will conclude on Sunday, March 31, in Kuru Kuru on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway from 08:30h to 16:30h.GPL advises persons residing in these areas to be on the lookout when these activities are conducted. An intermittent power supply can be expected.Just a few days ago, more than 10 villages on the ECD were without power for over 12 hours during a small incident. It should have been resolved earlier but GPL workers were unable to transport their equipment to the site and it had to be mended manually.The affected areas included North Sophia, New Haven, Belvoir Court, Blygezeight Gardens, Bel Air Village, Bel Air Promenade, Bel Air Gardens, Bel Air Springs, Liliendaal to Industry, the University of Guyana and the Cyril Potter College of Education.last_img read more

School gang members charged for stabbing 15-year-old

first_imgMore than a month after a 15-year-old student of the Covent Garden Secondary School was stabbed on his way home, two boys will be charged for wounding him. The duo, who are part of a school gang, will appear at the Providence Magistrate’s Court today to answer to the charge while two others remain on the run.The arrest came weeks after the mother of the injured boy took to social media to complain about her dissatisfaction with the slothfulness of investigations by the Police and pleaded for justice for her son, Shemuel Pierre, who continues to receive death threats.Injured teen: Shemuel PierreThe incident occurred on February 28, 2019, at School Street, Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara, following an altercation between the teen and his classmates who were positively identified to the Police.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, the injured teen’s mother, Melanie Pierre, said she is grateful that arrests were made and that the boys will be charged for the life threatening injuries they inflicted on her son. She said she hopes the police apprehend the other two suspects and that justice will be served. Pierre said her son was attacked and stabbed in front of the school.He was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a result of the severity of his injuries. He was stabbed to both sides of his chest, puncturing his lungs.According to the mother, her son spent five days in the hospital and after being discharged, he visited the Providence Police Station and provided the names of the suspects, who are known elements to Police, for robbing and threatening other students of the school.The woman said she grew frustrated with the slow pace of the investigation and after several visits to the station, she was told that the boys cannot be arrested because they are minors.“I want justice for my son, these boys are known for this type of behaviour and the Ministry should also launch an investigation. These boys are troublemakers; always robbing and making threats to other students,” she said.The teen is still recovering at home and his mother said she will be forced to remove him from the school after his recovery.last_img read more

Community-to-Community Poker Rally happening Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 2017 Community-to-Community Poker Ride is taking place across the Peace River Regional District tomorrow.The ride is a unique recreational event for motorcyclists to travel around the Peace Region, visiting the different visitor centres in various communities. The race will begin at the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre, which is located at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.After that, riders will travel in a clockwise direction, visiting Taylor, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and returning back to Fort St. John. Riders will get to stop at each of the visitor centres to pick a card to compete against each other for the best poker hand. The cost for each poker hand is $30.- Advertisement -To register, visit the Fort St. John Visitor Centre, call 250-785-3033, or email visitorinfo@fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more

Ferdinand urges Man Utd not to sell Pogba

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during the 2018 FA Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned the club not to sell France World Cup star Paul Pogba and instead to focus on strengthening the squad.Speculation about the midfielder’s future is rife, with reports of interest from Barcelona, but Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he must keep hold of the 25-year-old. Manager Jose Mourinho has already predicted a “difficult season” if United do not do more business before the Premier League transfer window shuts on Thursday.Ferdinand, who made more than 450 appearances for the club, wants Pogba to stay and Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld to come in.Referring to reports that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is looking at the Camp Nou as a possible new home for his player, Ferdinand said: “Don’t you dare allow this ED… #MUFC is Pogba’s home!! Silence these rumours ASAP & get @AlderweireldTob through the door.”United start their Premier League campaign on Friday at home to Leicester and, speaking on Sunday, Mourinho told MUTV: “My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.”United’s build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by Mourinho’s clear frustration over transfers, which has brought his relationship with Woodward into the spotlight.The only arrivals at Old Trafford this summer have been Brazilian midfielder Fred, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant.Pogba, a key member of the French team that won the World Cup in Russia last month, was part of United’s youth set-up but, short of first-team opportunities, opted to join Juventus in 2012.Mourinho brought the Frenchman back to Manchester in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million but he struggled last season, left out of the starting line-up or substituted on a number of occasions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer Deadline Day: The six biggest deals of the day before the window slammed shut

first_imgThe summer transfer window is officially shut and the dust is settling on another rollercoaster few months.As history suggests, each year Premier League clubs usurp the total collective expenditure from the previous summer – and this year was no exception, with England’s top flight amassing nearly £900m in transfer fees.While the eye-catching deals of Kevin De Bruyne, Memphis Depay and Roberto Firmino were all completed well in advance of Transfer Deadline Day, some clubs left it until the 11th hour to carry out their work.But which were the biggest deals on another absorbing deadline day? Here are the six biggest in terms of transfer fees… 6 3. Ramiro Funes Mori: £9.5m (River Plate to Everton) – Ramiro Funes Mori might not be a household name but his one cap for Argentina raised a few eyebrows. The transfer fee, too, caught the eye, particularly as he was originally viewed as a contingency plan in the likelihood of John Stones’s departure to Chelsea. That didn’t materialise, and the Toffees now look considerably stronger at centre-back after completing one of the earliest deals of the day. 6 5. Aaron Lennon: £4.5m (Tottenham to Everton) – Ten years at Tottenham officially came to an end on deadline day as Aaron Lennon left for pastures new at Everton. After a successful loan spell at Goodison Park in the second half of last season, the Toffees were always favourites to snap up the former England international on a permanent basis. It took them until after the 6pm deadline to do so, mind. 6 6 4. Michail Antonio: £7m (Nottingham Forest to West Ham) – The best player in the Championship? Possibly. After rejecting approaches from Derby County and Middlesbrough, Michail Antonio got the Premier League move he desired when West Ham came calling. He’s quick, he’s direct and he’s got an eye for goal, so West Ham fans should love him. He was one of four arrivals at Upton Park on deadline day, along with Alex Song, Nikica Jelavic and Victor Moses. 6 6. Glenn Murray: £4m (Crystal Palace to Bournemouth) – Glenn Murray is another striker in the Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin ilk in that he’s scored goals throughout the English leagues. Seven strikes last season for Crystal Palace convinced Premier League newboys Bournemouth to part with £4m for his services, and the 31-year-old agreed a three-year deal on the south coast around midday on deadline day. 2. Virgil van Dijk: £11.5m (Celtic to Southampton) – This had been written on the wall for a while, but Virgil van Dijk’s move to Southampton should be a shrewd bit of business for Southampton. Celtic’s early exit from the Champions League catalysed his departure from the Scottish champions, and in truth he could have slotted in seamlessly in the defensive line for any Premier League club. The Saints will be hoping he can strike up an instant rapport with captain Jose Fonte. 6 1. Anthony Martial: £36m (Monaco to Manchester United) – Panic buy? It’s safe to say the sensational capture of Anthony Martial certainly initially smacked of desperation from a Manchester United perspective, particularly considering the names they’ve been linked with throughout the summer. His potential, however, is unequivocal and comparisons with Thierry Henry on an athletic and personal level are completely justified. Can he help share the goalscoring burden with Wayne Rooney? Welcome to Manchester, the most expensive teenager in football history…last_img read more


first_imgJoanne and Sean Cassidy (front left) along with lecturers and other students at LYIT.A father and daughter from Ballyshannon are saving on petrol money – after attending the same Donegal college.Joanne and Sean Cassidy are doing different courses having both enrolled at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.And both are really enjoying the experience along with the other 3,ooo other students at the campus. Joanne is a Business Management student who hopes to enter Retail Management when she graduates.She decided to switch from DCU to study at LYIT and loves the experience.“If a lecturer knew your name in Dublin it was like winning the lottery. It was so impersonal and the course didn’t have enough business content for what I wanted. In comparison, LYIT is a friendly place with very modern facilities, you feel like the lecturers genuinely want to see you succeed.“I’m really, really enjoying the Business course, it is tough but very rewarding and has more emphasis on the real world. We get to communicate in classes too with tutorials and work practice that makes the theory come to life. I’m very glad I decided to come to LYIT.” Joanne’s dad Sean is a mature student having decided to return to study after 20 years of being self-employed in Closed Circuit TV.He says, “Studying at LYIT has been very positive for me, the lecturers give you plenty of encouragement. You get all the help you need. The work placement element is a real bonus and the staff are very well connected with industry.”“It was hard giving up the business but I realised I needed to retrain and I wanted to ensure it was in an area which had future growth. That’s why Wind Technology really appealed to me.”Michael Margey, Head of School of Business emphasises the philosophy of making learning applicable and engaging.“The LYIT focus has always been to deliver a positive mind-broadening education experience for students. We aim to bring the outside in and to put theory into context where we can. “We do that through role-play, work placement and by inviting in leaders in industry to speak to our students. In this way, students get a real picture of different industries and roles, and how their new skills can be applied.”FATHER AND DAUGHTER KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY AT LYIT was last modified: January 11th, 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:Joanne CassidyLYITSean Cassidylast_img read more

The most memorable parties begin at Sister Sara’s

first_imgIt’s December, the month of fun, parties and festivity, and Sister Sara’s Superpub Letterkenny have all aspects covered for the season.If you want to throw a celebration, you can sit back and let the in-house team organise everything for you. It all starts this weekend with DJ Marty playing all your favourite tunes, with great music and Sister Sara’s legendary party atmosphere guaranteed . From hen parties to birthdays to Christmas, there are so many party options available to suit you. For more information see Sister Sara’s on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/sistersaras/   The most memorable parties begin at Sister Sara’s was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentpartiesSister Sara’slast_img read more

Ryan McHugh named as one of the best players in Ireland

first_imgRyan McHugh has been named as the fifth best GAA player in Ireland – in an article which profiled the fifty best players in Gaelic football. Irish Independent GAA correspondent Colm Keys listed his fifty best players from last season, and placed the Donegal livewire in the N0.5 position.McHugh enjoyed an incredible campaign for Donegal last season and was undoubtedly Donegal’s best performer. Keys wrote that McHugh is pound for pound as good as any footballer in Ireland.Keys said, “Pound for pound McHugh matches the best footballers in the country.“From Donegal’s first league game against Down when he scored two goals to their last championship match against Dublin, when he sprinted over 80 metres to touch home a goal, his probing and ball-carrying have been superb between half-back and half-forward.“Hard to remember him wasting a ball.” He is odds on to win his first GAA/GPA All-Star award at the glitzy banquet on Friday night.Paddy McGrath and Patrick McBrearty have also been nominated for an All-Star award following their heroics last season.Ryan McHugh named as one of the best players in Ireland was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BestGAAnewsplayersRyan McHughSportlast_img read more

Changes a must for IRL return

first_img This much is known: Whatever the relationship, the speedway is in the driver’s seat. For openers, the speedway won’t have the IRL back unless it likes the date. The IRL doesn’t know where to squeeze California on its condensed schedule, much to the chagrin of its major sponsors, owners and television partner. In order to return, the IRL will race at Fontana either immediately before or after the Indianapolis 500. Clearing out a very crowded notebook, unlike Sunday’s crowd at California Speedway, and some opinions at the same time: Although both the Indy Racing League and speedway officials maintained smiles throughout the Toyota Farewell Indy 400, all is not well. It’s hard to imagine the IndyCar Series back at Fontana – in 2007 at the earliest – without major changes. Two poor finishes, including one in June at Bakersfield when he destroyed his own truck, have cost Hatch a chance for a three-peat. He’s fourth in points headng into the Oct. 29 finale at Lucas I-10 Speedway in Blythe and only can gain one spot. Matt Daly of GoFast Racing has been Hatch’s primary sponsor through the season. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme was among those in attendance last weekend at California Speedway. He flew in from Charlotte, N.C., where he and driver Larry Dixon attended Rusty Wallace’s retirement party and the Nextel Cup race on Saturday night. Both Wallace and Dixon are sponsored by Miller. A fan of all racing disciplines, Prudhomme has a theory as to why the IRL race didn’t attract a bigger crowd. “It’s more than just Fontana,” Prudhomme said. “It started when they (IRL and CART) split. This is just the aftermath of the earthquake. I don’t think that they took the fan into consideration. They were concerned with what’s good with the racer and the car owner, but they forgot about the fan. NASCAR and NHRA have done a good job with the race fan.” Prudhomme had an opportunity to catch up with buddies Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske. He also ran into fellow NHRA competitor Alan Johnson, a guest of sponsoring Toyota. “We took at helicopter in and out of Charlotte,” Prudhomme said, referring to the crowd. “I could have brought an 18-wheeler to Fontana on Sunday and had plenty of room to park.” Sunday morning’s rain shower defused the prediction in this corner that the IRL race crowd would approach 50,00. We just missed – by 18,00 or so. In addition to the rain, the crowd was also hurt by the large number of no-shows. The infield was larger than the IRL event of a year ago, but less than a Cup weekend despite the fact the spaces were already paid for. Grandstand ticket sales were up from a year ago, but the rain not only killed the walk-up crowd, it also stopped those who had tickets from showing up. Louis Brewster covers motor racing. His column appears on Thursday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or louis.brewster@sbsun.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Nothing less will work. Not a Saturday night date (qualifying will still be held during a very hot day), not a date close to the Long Beach Grand Prix (especially with Grand Am now on that card), not even a novel IRL-NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend. There’s also the issue of a sponsor. Toyota had another year on its contract with the speedway, but 2006 is gone. The IRL won’t be back at Fontana unless it brings a sponsor with it. And for a series that can’t attract a national title sponsor, that could be a deal breaker. Nonetheless, we don’t see the IRL returning to Fontana without major changes. ASA Speed Truck Challenge two-time defending champion Lee Hatch of Upland is eagerly awaiting this day. Five days after winning the main event at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Hatch and wife Gina are set for their first child to be born today. Hatch won his fourth race of the season last week while driving the R.J. Allen Inc. Ford, usually driven by Andy Allen. After being dismissed earlier in the month by another team owner, Hatch found himself without a ride until Allen stepped in. The number on the Ford Ranger was changed from 22 to Hatch’s 91, and Chris Hines’ setup proved to be the winner, as evidenced by the track qualifying record. last_img read more