#JaVotes2016: St Thomas Eastern identified as hotspot

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that eastern St Thomas is one of the areas singled out for special attention. The Gleaner team came up on a contingent of JDF  personnel at the Airy Castle Post Office in the Port Morant division of eastern St Thomas, but they were quick to point out that it was just a roving patrol. “Any area that holds more than one polling station; the larger ones we felt that those needed some attention and also tips from the police on areas that they deem as hot spots or concerns raised by their own intelligence. We factored that in too as to where we put soldiers,” Major Everton Morgan said. “St Thomas eastern is one such area and we have chosen around six polling stations where we have had static soldiers from start to finish.” Morgan said he and his team has been visiting the polling stations in the constituency that are not being manned by soldiers. “We are making sure that everything is OK as it relates to security and citizens can feel free to come out and vote and things are orderly and the rule is maintained and there is no congregation at the entrance of the polling station,” Morgan said.  “We are pretty satisfied with what we have seen so far.”last_img read more

LOOK: Tour de France cyclist shows off tired, vascular legs after 16 stages

first_imgIt’s no secret that the Tour de France multiple-stage bicycle race takes a ridiculous physical toll on the body, particularly the legs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski recently showed the world how grueling it could be—by posting an image of his tired, vascular legs after taking part in 16 stages.ADVERTISEMENT Chot Reyes to wait for July 25 deadline before naming Fiba roster LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The 104th edition of the Tour de France kicked off last July 1, which pits the best cyclists from around the world in a race that will cover a total of 3,450 kilometers.According to the Business Insider, participants of the famed cycling event still have to endure 68 hours of pedaling before things wrap up in Paris on July 23.Meanwhile, Poljanski, a member of German team Bora-Hansgrohe, is currently ranked 75th in the general classification after the 16th stage of the Tour.Unfortunately for the 27-year-old cyclist, he still has a long way to go—five stages to be exact— before he can rest those aching legs.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES “After sixteen stages I think my legs look little tired,” Poljanski captioned his Instagram post, showing the bulging veins on his sunburnt legs. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View commentslast_img read more

Folayang banking on experience against Nguyen: ‘I have been fighting for a long time’

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang hopes to use his experience against Australian challenger Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Folayang, who owns an 18-5 record, has more than twice as many fights as Nguyen (9-1).“My biggest advantage against him is my experience because I have been fighting for a long time,” Folayang, who made his MMA debut in 2007 as part of URCC, told INQUIRER.net in a press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNguyen, the current featherweight champion, will be going up in weight against Folayang. But Team Lakay’s prized ward doesn’t think their weight difference is going to be much of a factor come fight night.“I think I’ll just be three to four pounds heavier than him inside the cage,” Folayang said in Filipino. The 28-year-old Nguyen aims to become the first fighter in ONE Championship to hold two titles in two different weight classes at once.Folayang, who turns 33 on Nov. 22, is also banking on homecourt edge with Friday’s event expected to draw a sellout crowd.“I’ve fought many times here in the Philippines and there’s really nothing like it fighting in front of your hometown crowd,” Folayang, who outpointed Ev Ting in his first title defense last April at MOA Arena, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

MMA-ADA remains silent on reallocation of lands – cattle farmers

first_imgWeeks after cattle farmers from Region Five (Mahica-Berbice) raised concerns over the issuing of new leases by the Mahaica-Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) to lands which they utilised, there has been no response from the organisation.A part of the land that was taken away from cattle farmersThe concerned farmers told Guyana Times that they are still awaiting a response to know whether consideration is being given for them to access the land.Speaking with this publication, Krishna Sookdeo stated, “We hear nothing so far. After the injunction, the people didn’t get to go back into the land but there is no case up to now. They didn’t say if they will give us our land or a part of it. Right now, we are worried that they could take it away tomorrow and nothing we can do”.The MMA-ADA had evicted several cattle owners from lands. The area, located at Blairmont, covers 1360 acres and had been used by farmers to rear hundreds of cattle.However, the farmers received a notice from the agency earlier this year, indicating that they have to vacate the lands since new leases were issued to other persons, some of whom are not even cattle farmers. Without the lands, their daily operations will be severely challenged.Sookdeo had initially told this publication they would constantly apply for leases to be granted. However, during the next engagement, the Authority would advise them to reapply since those documents could not be found. Receipts seen by Guyana Times demonstrate that payments were made by all of the farmers for lease applications, some dating back years ago.Another farmer, Pooran Balmukund, had also explained that a permit to conduct cattle grazing was also issued with the notice but upon visiting the agency, they were told the document was irrelevant. As such, it was mandatory for them to vacate.“MMA just serve us a notice to remove from the land. They also give us a paper with permission to graze cattle. When we went at MMA, the paper had no value. They told us this don’t have no value anymore,” the man stated.Many of them cried that their only means of earning a livelihood is at stake. Over the years, the farmers have developed the lands, establishing pastures and constructing fences around the property. It was explained that they have no vacant property to relocate the animals and if new persons are given access to the lands, the structures will be demolished.On Sunday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament, Harry Gill in a letter to the editor said that in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), lands that were used by cattle farmers of the Shieldstown Cattle Rearer’s Co-op Society in an area known as Rampoor for over 20 years, were taken away by the MMA-ADA and were allegedly given to a close associate of the Government. He also called for a full-fledged investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Opposition MP against Govt spending more on D’Urban Park

first_img– says no amount of investment can justify “corrupt transaction”Government has recently announced plans to develop the controversial D’Urban Park into a user-friendly facility that could be the venue for various types of sporting activities, but Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill has said he is totally against the idea, because, from day one, the project has been a corrupt deal.Juan EdghillA former Junior Finance Minister, Edghill told Guyana Times in an interview that the idea being proposed by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, is aimed at trying to bring some semblance of justification to the existence of the D’Urban Park as a facility that could become viable.It was reported by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in early September that the D’Urban Park was due to undergo a massive upgrade in 2019 as a proposal made by the National Sports Commission (NSC), to be included in the National Budget for 2019.Jones’s proposal involves enhancing the D’Urban Park with fencing, and paving a significant portion of its inner space to make it more user-friendly.“We recognise (that) in the afternoons and in the mornings it is heavily used by the public. We want to encourage that, but, of course, we want to ensure that the venue of itself is protected, and the persons who use the space between those times are comfortable,” he told the DPI.Edghill, however, has said no amount of spending at D’Urban Park can justify the fact that it has been a corrupt transaction from its inception. “No amount of spending money — fence it, hard court, etc — could make it one free of corruption. Where are the bills? Where is the evidence of who donated in cash and kind? Why are the documents not with the Auditor General?” he questioned.“So, even if you try to put a clean sheet on this bed, it doesn’t make anybody believe that the bed is clean. The sheet might be clean with the novel ideas that Jones is coming up with, but the D’Urban Park project is a corrupt transaction; it is calling for investigation,” the Opposition MP explained.As a matter of fact, Edghill had written the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), calling for an investigation into D’Urban Park. Apart from receiving a letter of acknowledgment, the MP is yet to hear from the Commission. However, he remains hopeful that something will be done.He noted that his letter of complaint was sent at about the same time when his colleague, MP Gail Teixeira, had written the PPC on the controversial Demerara River Bridge feasibility study contract award. The matter was in fact investigated, and a report was handed over to the MP. “I would like to remind the PPC that a complaint and request is still on their desk,” he added.He said, “Every time D’Urban Park is used, we have to pump money into it. Do you know that D’Urban Park doesn’t have one toilet? They have to contract to the tune of millions for toilet facilities, lights installed, repairs etc. It is ill-conceived! Why would you build something of that magnitude with rough wood? It was designed to attract funding in a corrupt manner, and that is our contention. Again, Minister David Patterson is at the centre of this one too,” he added.Debate surrounded the construction of the Park after it was revealed, in 2016, that most of the stands had significant defects. After embarrassing disclosures about the poor construction work on the stands, President David Granger had announced that the Ministry of the Presidency would take over responsibility for completion of the first phase of the project.An audit subsequently found that the D’Urban Park had cost some $1.37 billion. Despite the enormous cost to build and continually repair the facility, it has been grossly underutilised, with mostly vagrants using it for shelter, apart from some recreational activities ongoing there in the afternoons.During the Mashramani celebrations, almost $6 million had been spent to do repairs on the D’Urban Park facility.last_img read more

Shaw customers experiencing service interruptions in the BC Peace Region

first_imgUPDATE – As of 4 p.m. Shaw services have been restored to customers in the B.C. Peace.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Customers that rely on Shaw cable for TV and Internet services in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Dawson Creek are likely to be venting some frustration today after a service interruption this morning.At this time there is no estimated time of service being restored.  The cause of the outage is currently under investigation. In a statement on their support website, Shaw said that “Some customers in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Taylor areas may be experiencing interruptions to their cable TV and internet services. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”- Advertisement -For updates on the outage, click hereThis is the second time in as many months that Shaw has reported an outage in the BC Peace Region. An outage on July 9th caused interruptions for both Internet and TV customers for the better part of the day before being fully restored in the evening.last_img read more

Everton boss Martinez hails return of long-term injury absentees

first_img Bryan Oviedo 1 Roberto Martinez is confident the full return of Everton’s long-term injury absentees can act like new signings for the club.Costa Rican midfielder Bryan Oviedo made his long-awaited comeback from the broken leg he sustained in January and played 60 minutes in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson also made his first start for the Toffees in 11 months following a serious cruciate ligament injury and striker Arouna Kone made the trip to South Wales, having had a similar long-term injury to Gibson.Speaking after the loss to his former club, Martinez said: “To see players like Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson coming back after eight and 11 months out with injury was very pleasing.“Then you had Tony Hibbert coming in and playing 90 minutes, the same with Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt making his first start for the senior side, which is a real example of trying to bring through young players.“Some individuals performed in a fantastic manner and I know that they will help the team going forward.“So the night was very positive in terms of certain aspects. The only disappointment was the score-line at the end.”last_img read more


first_imgTWO of Donegal’s rarest birds have suffered as a result of recent gorse fires, a top ornithologist said today.The twite and the cuckoo are already struggling to survive in the county.The twite, a member of the finch family, is already on the verge of extinction, with just 100 breeding pairs reported to be in the whole country last year. The bird’s ideal habitat is heather and gorse, and its main breeding grounds are here in County Donegal and in parts of County Mayo and Co Donegal.Scrubland is vital to the well-being of this bird. Without a plentiful supply of scrub and subsequently the cover and array of seed and other food sources which it provides, the outlook for the species is now even more uncertain.Birdwatch Ireland expert Niall Hatch said: “The scrub is not just an important source of for food for the twite, it is also needed for protection and defence against potential threats. The twite uses the scrub as a shelter. The vulnerable chicks are free to forage for food undisturbed. “The removal of this cover is very serious.“Birds like the stonechat and the whitethroat will also have been very badly affected. The gorse is their ideal territory and that will pose significant problems. They will have lost their first clutch of eggs and they won’t get the opportunity to nest again. The gorse itself can bounce back, but birds, butterflies, moths, plants and vegetation can take years.” Hatch said the cuckoo, another species accustomed to thriving in the terrains of the bogland and moorland, is suffering badly.“The cuckoo relies on the nests of other birds,” he said.“The already-low cuckoo numbers will now be under considerable threat as a result of the gorse fires.”FEARS FOR CUCKOO AND TWITE AFTER GORSE FIRES – EXPERT was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgReáchtálfaidh Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge (APG) na ceardlanna feasachta is spreagúla dá chuid go dtí seo le cinnirí agus scoláirí choláistí samhraidh ar fud na tíre arís an samhradh seo, dá misniú agus dá gcumasú chun an Ghaeilge a roghnú, a úsáid agus a spreagadh gach lá mar chuid den fheachtas Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha sna coláistí Gaeilge.Arsa Aodhán Ó Deá, comhordaitheoir an tseó bhóthair Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha de chuid APG: “Thug an seó bóthair cuairt ar 50 cúrsa Gaeilge i gcaitheamh trí mhí an tsamhraidh seo caite amháin, áit gur labhair foireann spreagúil Chonradh an Gaeilge le níos mó ná 12,000 duine óg maidir lena gcearta teanga agus deiseanna úsáide na Gaeilge lasmuigh den seomra ranga.Tá sí mar aidhm againn labhairt le fiú níos mó daoine óga arís i mbliana, idir chinnirí agus scoláirí, chun iad a mhisniú agus a chumasú le seirbhís Ghaeilge a lorg ó ranna stáit, ó chomhlachtaí poiblí agus ó institiúidí Eorpacha i gcónaí – is í ár dteanga í an Ghaeilge, is í do rogha-sa í a labhairt.” Is camchuairt spreagúil feasachta de chuid APG é Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha, seó bóthair atá faoi stiúir Chonradh na Gaeilge, i gcomhpháirt le Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge (CNMG) agus Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn (AMLÉ), agus a fhaigheann tacaíocht ón Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha, agus tá an feachtas ag cur daoine óga ar an eolas faoina gcearta teanga sa bhaile in Éirinn agus san Eoraip le cúig bliana anuas.Cuirtear in iúl do dhaoine óga gur féidir leo aoischárta, ceadúnas tiomána agus pas a fháil i nGaeilge; go bhfuil sé de cheart ag cách an leagan Gaeilge dá n-ainm a úsáid; agus gur féidir cáin ghluaisteáin agus dolaí a íoc ar-líne trí Ghaeilge, mar shampla.Ní hamháin go spreagann seó bóthair APG daoine óga chun machnamh faoi sheirbhísí oifigiúla a lorg ón stát trí Ghaeilge, ach cuireann Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha na scoláirí samhraidh ar an eolas faoi na háiseanna agus faoi na bealaí spraíúla gur féidir leo leas a bhaint as a gcuid Gaeilge lasmuigh den scoil.Míníonn Ó Deá: “Scaip Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge 30,000 Gaelchárta ar dhaoine óga ó thosaigh an seó bóthair an samhradh seo caite, cárta lascaine a chinntíonn go mbíonn praghas níos lú á íoc ag Gaeilgeoirí as an mbéile a cheannaíonn siad i gCaptain Americas, nó as an gcluiche ríomhaireachta a dhíolann siad as in GameStop, mar shampla. Léiríonn a leithéid den Ghaelchárta an Chonartha, nó d’Albam Rí-Rá le ceol comhaimseartha as Gaeilge air, gur féidir an Ghaeilge a úsáid i ngach gné den saol, gach lá, ach gur fúthusan atá sé an cinneadh sin a dhéanamh í a úsáid: Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha!”Bíonn Conradh na Gaeilge ag cur pobal na Gaeilge ar an eolas faoi na buntáistí a bhaineann le stádas oifigiúil oibre na Gaeilge ag leibhéal na hEorpa; faoi na seirbhísí a bhfuil siad i dteideal a fháil trí Ghaeilge ó chomhlachtaí poiblí in Éirinn faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003; agus faoi na féidearthachtaí fostaíochta agus na deiseanna úsáide a bhaineann leis an teanga san Eoraip agus in Éirinn tríd Ár dTeanga, Do Rogha freisin. ÁR dTEANGA, DO ROGHA! ARSA AONTAS PHOBAL NA GAEILGE LE 12,000 SCOLÁIRE SAMHRAIDH was last modified: June 11th, 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)last_img read more

Half-time: Reading 1 Fulham 0

first_imgNew signing Matt Smith was sent off just 18 minutes into his Fulham debut, with Reading ahead at half-time through Glenn Murray’s goal.Murray headed in Jordan Obita’s cross on 15 minutes after the Whites had been forced to defend heavily from the start.Fulham, yet to win in the Championship, stayed focused but heads dropped when Smith, signed from Leeds on deadline day, was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Obita.Only Chris David looked threatening for the visitors before the break, forcing Adam Federici into a good save, while Jake Taylor missed by a whisker for the Royals.Fulham boss Felix Magath made three changes to the side that drew with Cardiff last time out, with 38-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly also making his debut along with Smith, and youngster Sean Kavanagh returning at left-back.Fulham (4-4-2): Kiraly; Voser, Burn, Bodorov, Kavanagh; Hoogland, Parker, David, Hyndman; McCormack, Smith.Subs not used: Bettinelli, Satfylidis, Hutchinson, Zverotic, Roberts, Rodallega, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more