While we are at it, let’s modernise transportation

first_imgDear Editor,As we approach the age of prosperity in Guyana, can we readjust our methods of handling problems? Most notably the one of carnage on our roadways where lives are being lost by 5 and 6 at a time. The quite evident pattern is that Guyana handles the traffic problem the same way the USA Government handles mass shootings. Lots of talk and prayers after the incident in question and no substantial actions to effect change.From careful observation, the carnage can be corrected within 6 months if certain steps are taken.#1 the phasing out of minibuses entirely:This may be considered a farfetched idea that cannot be implemented immediately but I must say that in all developed and developing economies that I have assessed, there is migration to more efficient and safer ways of transportation.#2 The introduction of modern transportation for public use:This can be twofold.(a)Railway systems –These are one of the most efficient and decentralising systems possible with stops along the entire route from Georgetown to Berbice. Then we can have the minibuses or taxis doing shuttles from the respective stops along the way.(b)Larger modern busses –These should be plying organised routes and replace the minibus industry… entirely.We are talking about busses completely fitted with metro cards, professional uniformed drivers and scheduled bus stops.#3 Requirements of age limit of 40 years minimum for public transportation drivers with random breathalyser and drug tests on the parks.#5 Have Police in civilian clothing riding these public transports randomly and informing of any form of misconduct or traffic breach (overloads, speeding, dangerous driving, loud music, or otherwise unacceptable behaviours).Maybe the problem will be addressed seriously when (God FORBIDS) the life of a Government Minister’s child or relative is taken by a legal missile travelling down some narrow carriageway piloted by insane maniacs having no concern for tomorrow but having 15 or more people sitting along with him in said missile.So the question remains… are our people not thinking or are the brown paper bags loaded in someone’s favour that our lives aren’t much of a priority?Sincerely,Concerned citizenlast_img read more

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Straight shot to I-5 is opening

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A $31 million stretch of Santa Clarita Valley’s Cross Valley Connector will open today, giving the city’s northwestern corner a straight shot to Interstate5. A 1.6-mile leg of Newhall Ranch Road will open following a 10a.m. ceremony. The western stretch of the connector runs from Rye Canyon Road/Copper Hill Road to state Route126 at I-5. Santa Clarita City Council members will attend the street’s grand opening on the northwest corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Aurora Drive. The stretch was expected to open in October, but contractor C.A. Rasmussen and local utility companies finished it well ahead of schedule, a city official said. It was funded with developer money from The Newhall Land and Farming Company, federal funds and other public sources. The new section of Newhall Ranch Road is part of the eight-mile connector that eventually will link Interstate5 at Highway126 to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Golden Valley Road. The connector, expected to relieve traffic on existing routes, is composed of Newhall Ranch Road to the west and Golden Valley to the east. The city and Newhall Land are working on the eastern section of Newhall Ranch that eventually will hook to Golden Valley via a bridge over the Santa Clara River. last_img read more

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Musa Mohammed joins Zambia’s Nkana

first_img“It is a new chapter in my career and I am very pleased to join this club. It has been a tough last few months for me but all that is in the past and I am looking forward to this new challenge and doing my best,” the defender told Capital Sport.“What happened at Tirana was tough for me but I took the lessons and now I want to put all that energy to succeed here at Nkana. It is a great club with a great vision and hopefully I help them achieve their targets,” he added.The defender has already trained with the side who were held to a 1-1 draw by Buildcon on Sunday. They are placed sixth in the standings with 34 points, 17 behind leaders Zesco and with 16 matches left before the season ends.Mohammed joins a legion of Kenyan players currently in Zambia with the trio of Jesse Were, David Owino and Jesse Were turning out for champions Zesco while John Mark Makwatta and Clifton Miheso play at Buildcon.Andrew Tololwa and Ian Otieno play for Red Arrows while Ismail Dunga turns out for Napsa Stars. Sources also indicate that KPL top scorer Elvis Rupia and former Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike might also make the move to Zambia.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2- Harambee Stars defender Musa Mohammed has penned a two-year contract with Zambian Club Nkana FC, barely two months after leaving Albanian second tier side KF Tirana.Mohammed penned the deal after a series of talks and looks set to begin life at his new address. The defender had been a prime target for Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka FC while his former employers Gor Mahia were also interested in getting him back.last_img read more

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FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’s Sarah Collins returned an excellent early season 16.20.44 in the USA overnight for 5k which translates as a new Irish junior under 20 record.And it’s also a Qualifying standard for the European junior champs in Rieti in July.“This erases her own and Irish Best of 16.40 from Koblenz in 2012 and is a really encouraging start to the season,” said Valley’s Patsy McGonagle. A scholarship student at Providence she had a most successful cross country season pre Christmas redshirted the college indoor season which is the collegiate term for skipped that aspect of the competition year! FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD was last modified: April 7th, 2013 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:FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORDlast_img read more

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Yedlin own goal sees Chelsea maintain perfect start to season

first_img REVEALED 5 smart causal Newcastle – clearly feeling aggrieved at the penalty – came out of their shells and found themselves level when substitute Joselu snuck round the back of David Luiz to head the ball inside the near post.Both sides were looking for the winner but it was Chelsea who found it when Yedlin turned Alonso’s menacing volley into his own net to preserve the Blues’ 100% start to the season.Chelsea player ratingsSTAR MANThis was not an easy match for Chelsea to express themselves going forward but Hazard was still streets ahead of anyone on the pitch.His penalty put Chelsea ahead but perhaps what the Belgian should be credited for more is the fact he was able to continue getting up despite being hacked to the floor time and again by the Newcastle players. After the break, Cesar Azpilicueta forced the Magpies glovesman into another save after slick build-up play from Chelsea.On the hour, Fabian Schar did brilliantly to intercept Pedro’s inviting cross with Alvaro Morata waiting to pounce in the box.It looked like the game was drifting into a goalless draw but things burst into life when Antonio Rudiger’s long-range effort slammed against the crossbar.Five minutes later, Alonso went down in the box after a challenge with Schar and a penalty was awarded. However, Newcastle can feel hard-done by as Schar managed to get a touch on the ball.Hazard made no mistake from the spot to put the away side 1-0 up. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Hazard was fouled on numerous occasions in the game Chelsea fans bemoan Newcastle’s roughing up of Eden HazardMOMENT OF THE MATCHThe first 70 minutes were pretty forgettable but it all seemed to get going after Rudiger’s long-range shot hit the bar.From that point, it was a very exciting contest as both sides threw everything to try and get the result they wanted. Perhaps Rudiger’s shot woke everyone up! Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Rudiger got into a minor confrontation with Dubravka after Chelsea got their winning goal gameday LINE-UPSNewcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar (Muto 79), Clark, Dummett, Murphy (Perez 73), Ki, Diame, Ritchie, Rondon (Joselu 62)Subs not used: Sterry, Darlow, Atsu, LongstaffChelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 78), Pedro (Willian 68), Morata (Giroud 65), HazardSubs not used: Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen But DeAndre Yedlin inadvertently diverted Marcos Alonso’s volley into his own net to give the Blues all three points at a ground where they have struggled to get results in recent seasons.Chelsea didn’t create too many opportunities in the first-half as they found it hard to break down their very passive opponents.Jacob Murphy had a shot early on but perhaps should have passed left to Paul Dummett who was in acres of space.The visitors first threatened through Pedro, who was denied his third goal of the season when he forced Martin Dubravka into making a smart save. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED 5 Latest Premier League News It looked like both sides would share the spoils when Joselu scored the equaliser on 83 minutes Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 5 5 huge blow possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Chelsea are second in the league with this win 5 Yedlin had to do something about Alonso’s volley with Barkley waiting to turn the ball in himself It’s still a 100% winning start to the 2018/19 season for Chelsea – but they had to continue that run the hard way with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Newcastle.It looked like the Blues were set for a point after Joselu’s late header cancelled out Eden Hazard’s 76th-minute penalty. silverware ALTERED last_img read more

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POLISH WAITRESS: WHAT SHE REALLY SAID IN POLISH NEWSPAPER

first_imgHERE’S the extracts from the controversial article about the Polish waitress:“Poles in Ireland. I love you, unemployment.”Written by Katarzyna Brejwo
Published in Gazeta Wyborcza (…)The sound of the oceanIt’s six o’clock in the morning and we’re walking in complete darkness through a golf course.I travelled to Ireland to see what life is like for Polish people who’ve lost their jobs. I thought that when you’re unemployed at least you don’t have to jump out of bed so early in the morning, but no such luck. Magda (36 years old, almost 2 years on unemployment benefits in Ireland): “I always start my days in the same way: I go down to the beach to see the sunrise. It sets me up for the rest of the day. I used to sleep until noon, but now I don’t want to waste my life.”It’s a five minute walk to the nearest beach. She had only one wish when she was looking for a house: she wanted to be able to hear the ocean. Then she thought that there had to be light and space, so she wouldn’t feel suffocated; fireplace for those cold evenings and a maximum rent of 85 euro weekly – otherwise she’s not going to get the rent allowance, the benefit from the social welfare office.“What’s my life like? It’s great. I’m developing as a person, I can live. I get an unemployment benefit – 188 euro weekly and 59 euro for my rent. During the winter I get 20 euro fuel allowance. It’s 267 euro weekly. It’s enough for a quiet life if you don’t live extravagantly.”Donegal, a county on the Northern tip of Ireland, for some it’s the most beautiful place in the world, for others – biggest nowhersville. Wherever you look, green hills and beaches stretching towards the horizon, just like on a postcard.On the other hand you can be walking on a beach for an hour and you’ll only meet one elderly man wearing a rain jacket. “ There’s everything here, but jobs”, laughs Magda. “Half of Donegal has gone away, the other half is on benefits.”It takes 4 hours to get from the village D. (tourist folders describe it as ‘The Pearl of Donegal’) to Dublin. At weekends, representatives of the middle class come here to play golf, in the summer it’s the tourists. You can walk around the centre in 10 minutes: there’s the church, café, two tourist shops and a pub. In front of the pub, there’s a bench with a view of the bay and the famous Donegal sheep munching on the grass across the water.A surfing school has been opened on the square where young people, who haven’t left to look for jobs in Australia or the US, meet. Just around the corner there’s an office which is supposed to help the local community. This month they’re advertising sign language courses. Their job-related advice? Ask in the hotel or in the café.“It doesn’t make sense to work earning the lowest rate. In the hostel I earned 200 euro weekly and I was busy morning till night. First it was breakfast for the guests, then reception, between 2 and 3 cleaning the rooms and then phone duties. On one hand it was fun, you get to meet people from all around the world, but when they knock on your door at 11pm, you want to murder them.” “You can earn more waitressing, but how long can you be running with a tray? There were times that I was the only person working at a wedding looking after 2 tables of 36 people. I didn’t even have the time to go to the toilet. When I finally managed to convince them to give me some help, they gave me a cleaner – plates kept falling from her hands and she didn’t have a word of English.”(…)The nerves were getting to her, she had no regrets leaving her job.POLISH WAITRESS: WHAT SHE REALLY SAID IN POLISH NEWSPAPER was last modified: February 1st, 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)last_img read more

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COUNCIL ISSUES BAN ON DIVERS SEARCHING FOR RARE GOLF BALLS IN LOUGH SALT

first_imgDonegal County Council has been left in the ‘rough’ after divers began searching for priceless golf balls in Lough Salt.The rare golf balls nest at the bottom of Lough SaltDivers have been searching for rare golf balls which were left behind by former Open champion winner Tom Morris in the 1800s.The golfing legend is believed to have struck 20 of the gutta percha golf balls which are worth €20,000 each into Lough Salt. However Donegal County Council is worried by an influx of divers because the lough is the main public water supply for thousands of households.The council said today it is very concerned the water supply could be threatened by amateur divers searching for the golfballs.“Donegal County Council is extremely concerned about the recent reports on diving activity in the waters of Lough Salt County Donegal for recreational reasons and in particular the retrieval of artefacts from the lake bottom.Golfing legend Old Tom Morris“Lough Salt is one of the main sources of drinking water for Letterkenny and its environs. The unique waters of Lough Salt are of a very high quality and are vital to the quality of drinking water for the population and any activity that could lead to a threat to the quality of this water is taken very seriously by the Council. “The Council wishes to advise that as a drinking water source Lough Salt is a protected water body under the Water Framework Directive and the Council will take all measures necessary within its powers to prevent further use of this lake for such recreational use,” said a council spokesman.The council also added that it was worried about people who are not qualified to dive going searching for the rare balls.“It should also be noted that Lough Salt is a deep lake and diving in the lake requires the use of specialist diving equipment operated by divers trained and capable of using such equipment.“The only situation that the Council will consider in terms of granting permission to dive in Lough Salt will be in relation to emergency contingency planning in order to develop a planned response to an accident which results in a recovery operation from the waters of the lake,” added the spokesman. COUNCIL ISSUES BAN ON DIVERS SEARCHING FOR RARE GOLF BALLS IN LOUGH SALT was last modified: December 10th, 2012 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:Donegal County CouncilLough SaltTom MOrrislast_img read more

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DD Medical Matters: What is croup and when do we need to see a doctor?

first_imgCroup is a viral infection of the voice box and windpipe commonly seen in young children from about 6 months until three years of age. The symptoms are usually mild and the most recognizable symptom is a harsh barking cough.  There may also be noisy breathing due to inflammation and mucus on the lining of the windpipe as well as hoarseness, a runny nose and a sore throat.  Croup can occur on its own or develop after a cold so the child may have other cold or flu-like symptoms such as feeling warm and generally achy and unwell. Often parents will remark that the child seems not too bad during the day apart from the cough but has more difficulty breathing and a worse cough at night. Usually, the child is worst within the first few days and then improves with a lingering cough which may take a week to 10 days to settle. Is it serious?Croup is often quite mild but can occasionally become a lot worse. Usually, one or two nights of interrupted sleep with a cough and mild breathing difficulty will be followed by recovery and waiting for the cough to settle. Sometimes, however, the windpipe becomes quite narrow and the child’s breathing becomes more difficult necessitating admission to hospital for a short period.  How do I know if I should bring my child to see the doctor?Firstly, if you are worried about your child you should seek medical attention. Croup will often give rise to noisy breathing but if your child has difficulty breathing then they should see the doctor. You will recognize this difficulty by seeing the child’s neck and chest muscles being pulled in with each breath, along with rapid breathing, agitation and a pale appearance. If your child has a blue appearance, is unusually drowsy, struggling to breath or unable to swallow and drools, it is an emergency situation and you should ring 999. How is croup treated?At home try to remain calm with the child and sit them upright to help their breathing – you can help them adopt a comfortable position. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are used to help lower the temperature. (If your child has a temperature for more than five days they need to see a doctor.) Cool drinks (if they want them) can also help and sometimes cool fresh air may help alleviate mild symptoms. Don’t make them drink or lie down if they have difficulty breathing if they don’t want to.  Cough medicines are not suitable for children under six and antibiotics are not usually prescribed for croup (because it is caused by a virus). We used to think that steam was helpful but there is not much evidence now that it does much good and there is a risk of burns with steam. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid to help reduce the inflammation which is making breathing difficult. If the child is admitted to hospital other inhaled medication may also be used. The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor. Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasound is a full-time  GP at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice , Scally Place, Letterkenny,  Tel 0749164111scallys.ieDD Medical Matters: What is croup and when do we need to see a doctor? was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare 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:DD Medical MattersDr Ciarán Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practicelast_img read more

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Hubble Deep Field Surpassed: Ultra Deep Field

first_imgIf you remember the awe of seeing the first Hubble Deep Field image in 1995, check out the new HUDF: Hubble Ultra Deep Field (see also the New Scientist report).  The field of view, just one-tenth the size of the full moon, is a composite of 800 images taken for 11.3 days.  The 1995 image dazzled beholders with its 1600 galaxies.  This new image contains at least 10,000.Some images are so evocative, any attempt at description would spoil the moment.  Just stare at this one for awhile.  It would be odd not to be awed, nor to consider the power of God.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Video Clip:  The Rich Little Bird

first_imgA popular video clip has been circulating around the internet for over a year.  It shows an Australian lyre bird imitating other birds and man-made sounds.  Click here to watch the 3.5 minute performance.  Narrated by David Attenborough, it was voted the #1 most popular Attenborough moment from the naturalist’s TV shows.Speaks for itself.  Incredible and fun.  Thankfully, David omitted any of his incessant Darwin-talk in the narration.  Maybe he couldn’t think of anything to say that would sound sensible.    Teachers should use this clip as an example of animal intelligence.  Think of all the brain power and vocal hardware required for the bird to perform these feats.  This is no hoax or sound-editing trick.  Even Rich Little would be amazed.    For extra fun, visit Fred Newman’s website on MouthSounds and consider the breadth of audio capabilities inherent in the human vocal apparatus (for a hilarious sampler, watch “A Rumination” on his videos page).  Wouldn’t it be a racket to stage a contest between Fred and the lyre bird?Encore:  Now to really freak out, watch the talking cats.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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