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Elevators to be installed at EBD pedestrian overpasses

first_imgGovernment will soon be installing elevators at the five pedestrian overpasses along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) corridor, according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.During a special programme on the State-owned radio station last week, Minister Patterson disclosed that the lifts have been procured and have already arrived from Sweden. There will be 10 lifts, with two being installed on each side of the five pedestrian overpasses located at Houston, Eccles, Peter’s Hall, Providence and Diamond.While the Public Infrastructure Minister did not indicate when the installation process would commence, he did note that it would take about one week for each overhead structure.“Obviously, we have to install them … It’s just a question of coordination and when that’s finish, we would hope that every Guyanese (will use the overpasses),” Patterson posited.Since the overpasses have been completed and accessible to the public, there have been and continue to be mixed feelings about the structures, with some taking advantage of the facility while others find the stairs too tedious and time consuming, opting instead to quickly dash across the road.However, Minister Patterson implored pedestrians to use the overpasses as they would guarantee their safety.“We still continue to have too many road fatalities, (and) pedestrians are still a high percentage of these accidents and fatalities, so we have to do better. I’ll make this call right off the bat that we do better,” he urged.In its last monthly update on traffic statistics, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had reported that a total of six pedestrians were killed on the country’s roadways by the end of February 2018.Meanwhile, in March, there were two more pedestrian fatalities; however, again none of these occurred on the East Bank corridor.Nevertheless, the Public Infrastructure Minister went on to highlight that the overpasses were proving to be “tremendously popular”, particularly among the young and the elderly, who were initially among the target groups.“I mean I must compliment the young persons, they use it far more than the middle-aged… it is proving very popular and very, very successful… But we will continue our public awareness exercises. It’s a facility there for you to use, it only take you 10 seconds longer than trying to dodge the traffic and it will guarantee you 100 per cent safety,” the Minister noted.Construction of the pedestrian overpasses commenced mid-last year and was mostly completed by December 2017. The overpasses were intended not only to reduce the high level of road carnage and enhance public safety, but to also eliminate traffic congestion along the East Bank Road, which is said to be the busiest in the country.The contract for the overpasses at Houston, Eccles and Peter’s Hall were awarded to B&J Civil Works for the sum of US$1,034,326. Meanwhile, there were separate contracts for the Providence and Diamond overpasses which were both awarded to S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services to the tune of US$364,247 and US$364,727 respectively.Trinidadian supervision firm – RM Engineering Limited – was recruited to oversee the construction of the overpasses.last_img read more

Linden youths benefit from ICT training

first_img– under First Lady’s Youth Development InitiativeOver the course of the next six weeks, approximately 30 youths of the Linden community will be trained and certified in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).The training was made possible through the Linden Information Communication Technology Training programme, an initiative which was made possible by the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger as part of the First Lady’s Youth Development Initiative.The training workshop, which is a collaborative effort with the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), was launched during a ceremony at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) Resource Centre on Monday in the presence of participants and officials.During the course of the programme, youths will receive training in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); robotics; soft skillsSome of the young people currently being trained in ICT(communication skills, telephone ethics, etc); introduction to computers, mouse basics and keyboard references, micro enterprise, literacy and numeracy as well as sexual and reproductive health.Trainer Fitzroy Younge emphasised that ICT was the new frontier of change and to this end, its immense potential was being overemphasised. “…the First Lady, through her initiative, has demonstrated that IT (Information Technology) would never be restrained from meeting areas such as Linden. The objective of the programme is to empower, not only young adults, but also the unskilled and vulnerable groups…in addition to enhancing the standard of living. The new IT skill will enable you, the participants, to perform effectively in various working sectors of Linden, while simultaneously improving your employability skills…,” he stated.At the end of the programme, Younge said there would be trophies for the most improved student, valedictorian and second-best graduating student.Upon completion of training, participants will be certified under the National Training Project for Youth Empowerment.BIT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Maughn shared with participants seven habits of successful teens as a means of encouraging youths to focus during the workshop.“Opportunities can be given to you, but it’s what you do with those opportunities that come your way will say whether or not you are truly empowered or embrace empowerment,” Maughn related.He further encouraged them to be committed and take responsibility for their own learning.In his remarks, Director of the Resource Centre, Deron Adams urged participants to stay engaged and proactive throughout training.He told the youths that Guyana’s ICT sector was presently at an exciting place marked by remarkable change, great challenges, and exciting opportunities, where communication and technology were making the world more connected than ever before.“We’ll continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this to ensure that our people continue to stay strong, relevant and connected, particularly our young people. We stand at the leading edge of a time of amazing development under His Excellency, President David Granger, both within our communities and the country. It’s people who make a difference, just like all of you who took time out to be here. Together we’re working towards an exciting future..,” Adams said.The training will be facilitated by nine facilitators and will conclude on June 27.last_img read more


first_imgChristmas festivities really begin in Letterkenny on Wednesday 19 December at 8 pm with the much-awaited Christmas Carol Concert in the Conwal Parish Church.The music will be performed by the Letterkenny Conwal Singers under the baton of Ms Karen Patton.This year the singers are delighted to announce that they will be joined on the night by two special guests. John Dawson appears as guest organist while Donal Cavanagh from Highland Radio, will deliver the readings.The “Carols at Conwal” concert is now an annual event and the audience will be treated to a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and readings followed by some festive refreshments CAROLS AT CONWAL TO GET CHRISTMAS FEELING UNDERWAY 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:Carols at Conwallast_img read more


first_imgWe all know the way to our loved one’s hearts is through their stomach.But one Donegal butcher has gone out of his way to help romantic couples across the county have the perfect Valentine’s Day this Sunday.Gildea Farm Butchers, at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny, are offering the perfect meal for those spending a quiet night in this Sunday night. While there will be plenty of us enjoying a romantic night out in restaurants across Donegal, others will prefer to stay at home and cook something special for the special person in their life.Gildea Farm Butchers are offering two supreme 8oz Angus sirloin steaks – all for just €10.Patrick and son Lee breed all their own animals on their own farm so they know how good the steaks are!Patrick Gildea and son Lee on their farm.But their offer is not just confined to sirloin steaks. Patrick Gildea and his staff have all kinds of different dishes at very reasonable rates to ensure that folk across Donegal get in to the right mood this St Valentine’s Day.But don’t take out word for it.Either drop into Patrick and his helpful staff or check their deals out on Facebook. ‘STEAK’ YOUR CLAIM TO YOUR LOVED ONE’S HEART THIS VALENTINE’S DAY was last modified: February 11th, 2016 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:donegalGildea Farm Butchersletterkennysteakslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL 1-6 DUBLIN 0-6A cracking second half-encounter is in store as Donegal and Dublin do battle in Ballybofey in the Allianz League game.Donegal looked sharps early on and raced into a five point lead at one stage only for Dublin to chip back the lead to just two points at the break. The game had to be delayed for up to 15 minutes as a crowd of over 8,000 fans filed into MacCumhaill Park for the game.Ryan McHugh got Donegal off to the perfect start when he put the ball over for a point for Donegal after just 23 seconds.Donegal missed a couple of chances to go further ahead before Paul Mannion leveled from all of 35 yards for Dublin.Colm McFadden gave Donegal a great opportunity to put some early daylight between the sides when he latched onto Paddy McBrearty’s through ball to find the back of the net to make it 1-1 to 0-1. Paul Mannion tipped another long range effort over the Donegal crossbar to keep Dublin in touch and when Paddy Andrews added another for Dublin, there was just one point between them.Donegal then enjoyed a good passage of play as the forwards worked hard to find angles.Dublin tried to respond but used some cynical fouling to try to keep the Donegal forwards under control.Paddy McBrearty made up for an earlier miss to fist over for a point while Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden also added another couple of frees to make it 1-5 to 0-3 to Donegal after 25 minutes.Dublin are struggling up front and they look lost without target-man Bernard Brogan as Donegal looked the stronger team moving towards the interval. Dublin grabbed another point back through O’Sullivan who burst through from midfield and a minute later from Andrews again to leave three points between the sides.Andrews added another less than a minute later to leave just two points between the sides.Ryan Bradley added another point to give Donegal a three point lead just as the half-time whistle blew.DONEGAL LEAD THE WAY IN CRACKING LEAGUE BATTLE WITH DUBS IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: April 8th, 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)last_img read more

Android Continues Gaining Ground, Ready to Surpass Windows Mobile

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#Statistics#web Related Posts mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Android continues to grab a section of the smartphone market and is just about ready to jump into the number three spot, behind RIM and Apple. ComScore’s latest numbers look at the three month period leading up to May and show that the Android platform gained four percentage points in that time period, pulling neck in neck with Microsft. In addition to Android, mobile Web usage itself is also on the rise, with numbers increasing across the board. While ComScore’s numbers don’t include the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4, Apple’s smartphones are not the story here. They’re holding solid in second place with nearly a quarter of the market and maybe more. Android, however, is definitely gaining ground. For the three-month period leading up to last December, Google’s Android platform accounted for just 5.2% of smartphone devices. By last Februrary, it had nearly doubled to 9% and now it has grown again to 13%, gaining around 4% of the smartphone market every three months.As a matter of fact, Google’s Android platform was the only one to gain any ground, percentage-wise, during the quarter, but comScore made sure to note that “despite losing share to Google Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.”Android aside, ComScore also looks at mobile Web usage overall and notes a trend – it’s still growing. From using a mobile browser to downloading apps to accessing social networks, the mobile web continues to grow. The most common activity, of course, is sending text messages, with over 65% of mobile subscribers saying they have done so. But what sphere saw the most growth? You guessed it, accessing social networking sites and blogs, increasing 2.6 percentage points to just under 21% of all mobile subscribers.For the full numbers and report, visit ComScore. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Remains of crashed IAF aircraft found

first_imgAn expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Army said on Sunday.The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers, who were on board the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968.After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 m, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door, it said in a statement. Personal belongings of the passengers were also recovered.The search area, including the location of recoveries, has been mapped for future reference, the Army said. The expedition was joined by a team of the Indian Air Force on August 6 to augment the operation.The glacier had high levels of snow accumulation due to old avalanches, precipitous gradients, avalanche-prone slopes and open crevasses along the course which made movement of the team extremely difficult and energy sapping.The aircraft went missing on its way back to the Chandigarh Air Force base.Since the crash, there were rumours that the aircraft might have strayed into the enemy territory and might have been forced to land in the enemy territory with all passengers being taken as prisoners of war.However, the mystery of the missing airplane was finally solved as a mountaineering expedition in 2003 stumbled on the debris of the plane near the Dhaka Glacier, and found the identity card of a soldier who was on board the missing aircraft.Fresh hopeThis discovery gave a fresh ray of hope to the families of the missing passengers that the bodies would be recovered for performing the last rites.Since then, numerous search missions have been launched to recover the bodies of the missing soldiers. However, only five bodies have been found till date.last_img read more

Two arrested in Kashmir stone pelting incident in which truck driver was killed

first_imgTwo youths were arrested in the early hours of Monday for allegedly throwing stones at a truck in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver of the vehicle. Police said that six others have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident in which some stones had hit the truck at Zradipora in Uranhall locality of Bijbehara area in Anantnag. The driver, Noor Mohammed Dar, 42, was rushed to a nearby district hospital, from where he was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar where he was declared brought dead. The arrested youths were being questioned to ascertain their motive behind the crime, police said, adding that the duo had no past criminal history. It is alleged that the miscreants mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it, police said, adding that a stone hit the windscreen and injured Dar in the head. A few days ago, a girl was seriously injured in a stone-pelting incident in downtown city of Srinagar.last_img read more

Mets’ Aces Ready for Royals

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anyone arriving a little early to a New York Mets game this season has probably witnessed “The Walk.”Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom or some other emerging ace striding in from the bullpen following pregame warmups, with pitching coach Dan Warthen right alongside — and the rest of that fearless rotation trailing just behind.For opposing hitters, it’s become an imposing march to impending doom.Riding four young starters all the way through October, the hard-throwing Mets are ready to fire their best stuff at the Kansas City Royals in the 111th World Series. Game 1 is the night of Oct. 27 at Kauffman Stadium, with Harvey set to pitch against Edinson Volquez.“I like our rotation no matter who’s out there,” New York Manager Terry Collins said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in them.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli has it in him to win India 2019 Cricket World Cup: Darren Sammy

first_imgKapil’s Devils changed the image of Indian cricket in 1983. Not many, including some of the ones in the Indian dressing room back then, gave them a chance of beating the big boys of world cricket in England.However, the mighty West Indies were beaten in the final and Kapil lifted the World Cup at the Lord’s balcony in what is being seen as the watershed moment of Indian cricket’s history.Some of the greatest Indian captains, including Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly, had tried to emulate Kapil but found no success. However, another man from a small town in the country – MS Dhoni helped India end the Australian dominance and a 28-year-long wait at home in 2011.It is now the turn of Indian cricket’s new-age poster boy, Virat Kohli to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion as the Asian giants head into the 2019 World Cup as one of the title favourites.Ever since taking over from Dhoni in 2017 as the limited-overs captain, Kohli has made sure India has remained one of the dominant limited-over sides in world cricket. The Delhi boy nearly aced his first big test as skipper as he led his troops to the final of Champions Trophy 2017 in England only to lose to arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided final.Backing Kohli’s captaincy skills, T20 globetrotter and the captain of T10 League’s Zee5 Northern Warriors, Darren Sammy, who knows a thing or two about winning world titles, insists the India captain has it in him to help to World Cup glory in England next year.Sammy said Kohli’s ability to lead by performance augurs well for Team India, who will be one of the teams to beat at next year’s global 50-over spectacle.”With the World Cup being played every four years, he has to win the World Cup next year. I am not sure if he will be around when during 2024 (2023) edition. But I am sure he has the qualities to win India the World Cup,” Sammy told India Today from the United Arab Emirates.The World T20-winning former West Indies skipper added: “We all are different leaders, we bring different qualities to our team with our leadership. Virat is one who leads by performance, he is a consistent performer. I was different as I led by motivation. I had a very good team in which I did not have the need to be a star.”India has always been a force to reckon with in limited-over cricket and T20I as well. India won under Dhoni who I think has been a brilliant captain. I learned a few things from him as well.”advertisementChris Gayle should play the 2019 World Cup: Sammy Chris Gayle was not available for the recently-concluded ODI series in India (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Sammy also stressed on the importance of having Chris Gayle in the West Indies side at the World Cup, saying the big-hitting opener should be the first name on the team sheet, provided he makes himself available.In the prolonged absence of several key players due to pay disputes and contract issues, the two-time champions failed to seal an automatic berth but managed to qualify for the 10-team tournament after playing the qualifiers earlier this year.Nonetheless, Sammy is buoyed by the emergence of exciting talents, especially in the pace bowling unit. If they head to England with the “right team”, the West Indies can challenge the big boys, according to the 34-year-old.”Chris Gayle should be the first person on the XI if he is available,” Sammy opined.”Cricket is played on the field no matter what is happening in the dressing room. If we get the right team and a good combination of players in the park, we will be able to challenge any team. I am hopeful of the West Indies doing well in England next summer.”‘T10 Cricket is the sport’s vehicle to Olympics’ Darren Sammy leads the Zee5 Northern Warriors side in the second edition of T10 League (Twitter Photo)Sammy also shared his thoughts on sport’s newest experiment – the T10 Cricket, saying the format has the potential to be cricket’s vehicle to Olympics.T10 cricket, as showcased in the much-publicised T10 League, is played over 90 minutes with 10 overs-a-side and the former West Indies captain believesthis football-like feature will take the format to unchartered territories.”It [T10 Cricket] a very exciting format. I was there last year as well. The crowd has been fantastic. Cricket is being played like a 90-minute football match. T20 is exciting but T10 cricket brings a lot more excitement. I would like to call this format ‘Highlights cricket’.””I also think T10 cricket is the ideal vehicle to drive cricket into the Olympics.”advertisementAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso see:last_img read more