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Govt rushes to spend $9B in 3 weeks

first_imgStruggling Capital projectsThe Public Infrastructure Ministry was only able to spend billion out of the .3 billion it was allocated for capital works in 2016. As such they will have three weeks to spend the remaining billion before the ministry is required to close its financial books and return all unused monies to the Consolidated Fund.Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, made the disclosure this past week and revealed that under the allocations for Capital Works for the Ministry only 60 per cent of its programme was completed as at December 6 last.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister Patterson made the disclosure as he was making his contributions to the debates on the 2017 National Estimates and lamented the pace with which the Ministry has been going about with the Public Sector Investment Programme.According to Patterson, the pace of implementation in 2016 was not as anticipated “but we have improved capacity,”He told the House that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has since been able to put district engineers and clerk of works in each administrative region.Providing a review of his stewardship of the Public Infrastructure Ministry during the course of the past year, Patterson disclosed that recurrent expenditure by the Government agency was only 80 per cent of what it was allocated for the entire year.Overall, out of $6.45 billion the Ministry was allocated, $5.345 billion was expended (82.82 per cent), according to Patterson.Waterfront developmentTurning his attention to some of the Ministry’s plans for the upcoming year, Minister Patterson said Government will be looking to vigorously pursue the Georgetown to Ogle Waterfront Infrastructure Development and Enhancement Project.Patterson recalled for the House that during his Budget 2016 presentation, he had listed a myriad of projects to be funded by the Government of Guyana and the UK – Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (DFID).Providing an update Patterson told the House that after reviewing the situation, the preferred option of the Donor is for one large project which would stand out and could be easily visible.He said in a subsequent discussion that the Ministry had proposed another huge project, with two revised projects, namely the creation and/or restoration of modern Waterfront Recreational Areas between Kingston and Ogle and Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop, along with improved accessibility between Waterfront Development at Seawall and Stabroek Area.He told the House that the acquisition of a dredge is also part of this project.Minister Patterson told the House too of the other project which involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Linden to Mabura Road and the construction of a Bridge across the Kurupukari River at Kurupukari Crossing.He disclosed that it will be the Caribbean Development Bank which will be responsible for overseeing these projects and a team from the Bank will be in Guyana from next week so that formal agreement could be finalised on the two revised projects.COREPatterson used the occasion to announce too that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure will embark on a new initiative in 2017 that will lend to environmentally sustainable communities namely the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE).According to Patterson, CORE “is a unique initiative that will see the establishment of 20 community groups across all of Guyana’s regions.”He said each region will have two teams, except Region Two, which will have one team, and Region Four, which will have three teams.Some of the identified communities are Moruka, Port Kaituma, Number 51 to Moleson Creek, Kato, Mahdia, Bartica, Lethem, and Linden.According to Patterson, the initiative is designed to supplement the work of the Special Projects Unit of the Ministry in such a manner that it provides for the environmental upgrade, drainage, and sanitation improvement and general aesthetics of the works being undertaken by the Unit.Speaking of the Ministry’s plans for the upcoming year, Patterson disclosed that works have already commenced on the installation of lights, for the very first time, in Yarrowkabra and “we will be expanding into new areas in 2017.”He told the House that some 50 areas have been identified and include the 14 Friendship Squatting Area; Rosignol Cultivation Area; Mainstay Housing Scheme; Number 30 Village; and Goodland, Canal Number One.He said too that the ministry will in 2017 invite and establish Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for generation from renewable resources at Anna Regina and Bartica.The Minister said 2017 will also see the ministry pursuing an aggressive meter upgrade programme using Advanced Metering Infrastructure compatible meters with the 2017 target set at 16,000 meters. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

Plateau run riot over Limuru to meet Tar Tar in Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final

first_imgLimuru Starlets, who got a bye to the semi finals were poor in defence seeing them concede three goals in the first half.Plateau Queens star Mercy Akinyi in action against Limuru Starlets in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom semis. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONAtieno scored the first goal in the 19th minute with a fine finish from the left before Akinyi opened her floodlights of goals in the 28th minute with a super goal.Against the run of play, Akinyi well positioned inside the box unmarked, back-heeled Beverlyne Achieng’s cross from the left to get an applause from the fans.She added a second goal in the 32nd minute from a long range that was executed outside the D-area to beat Limuru Starlets custodian Susan Njeri.Mercy Akinyi from Plateau Queens was the star of the semi final of the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom against Limuru Starlets. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONPlateau could have scored a third goal five minutes to the interval, when Sylvia Nabwire broke through from a counter attack, only to go for glory.On resumption, a hapless Limuru were on the receiving end with Akinyi completing her hat-trick through a header in the 68th minute before Awour netted the fifth goal after two minutes.Akinyi rounded off the rout from the spot with a well converted penalty in the 74th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Plateau Queens celebrating. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 23 – Plateau Queens from Nyanza ripped apart Limuru Starlets from Central 6-0 to storm the Girls final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom where they will meet Tar Tar on Sunday.Mercy Akinyi was the star of the day after striking four goals while Margaret Atieno and Valentine Awour netted a goal apiece.last_img read more

ARE YOU A POET AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT? GET ALONG TO POETRY NIGHT!

first_imgTWO of Ireland’s leading poets will be in Letterkenny on Thursday night – and they’re inviting YOU along to have a go yourself.Do you have a secret stash of poems you’ve always wanted to share? Then this could be your chance to do so.Afric McGlinchey and Paul Casey will be reading from their collections at North West Words, Café Blend, Letterkenny, this Thursday at 8pm. And there will also be an open microphone part of the evening.So polish off those stanzas – and give it a go.Afric McGlinchey, who has roots in Donegal,  lives in West Cork, and works as an editor, book reviewer and workshop facilitator.  She won the Hennessy award for emerging poetry in 2011, and in May this year, Salmon published her début collection, The lucky star of hidden things.We asked her more about that below: DD: What is your connection to Donegal?Afric: My father was born in Letterkenny, and I’ve spent many, summers in the home where he grew up. My grandmother was born on Rutland island, and I feel a strong connection to that place too. As my Dad was the youngest of eight surviving children, I have a lot of family here, and it’s where I feel the pull of roots.DD: How long have you been writing?Afric: I was reading from about six and wrote my first play when I was ten. I was writing songs after that. I wrote my first poem at 16. But it was only when I returned to Ireland in 1999 and started going to workshops that I became really committed to writing poetry. After doing a Faber course in Dublin in 2010, I began entering competitions, won one, and from that, got a publisher. So I owe Paul Durcan, the judge of that competition, a pint!DD: Tell me about your collection Afric: The collection describes transitions: geographical and psychological. It’s divided into four parts. The first part deals with African experiences/memory/loss. In part 2, the poems focus on new directions after I’ve moved back to Ireland. In part 3, which is called ‘what we saw’, the speaker of each poem acts as a witness, and these are about outside things, being in the world, observations. The final part is about love, doubt, and risk.DD: What is the significance of the title?Afric: ‘The lucky star of hidden things’ is the English translation of the Arabic word ‘Sadalachbia’, which is the name of a nomadic star. I’ve moved at least 39 times in my life, and have also lived in a tent for three months, so the title resonated for me.DD: What is the best advice you have ever received? Afric: Write less, and edit more. I tend to write every day, and usually have a love affair with my latest poem. And you know what they say: love is blind! So it’s easy to miss the flaws in your work, unless you look at it long and hard, with a cold eye. Something you can only do after about a month or so. So I’m always editing the folder where I put last month’s poems.DD: What advice would you give a writer interested in trying poetry?Afric: Read voraciously. And pay attention to the crafting of a poem. Listen for the music, the rhythm. When inspiration comes, drop everything and grab a pen!DD: What next?Afric: Well I’m doing a book tour with Paul Casey at the moment – he’s also Irish-born and was raised in Africa, so our collections share similar themes. As well as venues around Ireland, we’ll be reading in London, Brighton, Kent and in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Berlin too – so far. And of course, I’m already writing towards my next collection!About Paul Casey:Paul Casey was born in Cork, Ireland in 1968. He is a poet and filmmaker who has lived over half of his life abroad in Europe and Africa, working largely in film, multimedia and teaching. His poems have been published in A Miscellany of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Shanghai Literature), Revival, THE SHOp, Cork Literary Review, Census and Doghouse’s Real Beginnings. He is the founder and organiser of the weekly Ó Bhéal poetry event in Cork city where he lives. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press in May 2009. In June 2010 he completed a poetry-film, The Lammas Hireling, which was shown at Berlin’s biennial Zebra International Poetry-Film festival. His collection, home, more or less, is published by Salmon.ARE YOU A POET AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT? GET ALONG TO POETRY NIGHT! was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:afric mcglincheyARE YOU A POET AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT? GET ALONG TO POETRY NIGHT!cafe blendletterkenny poetry nightpaul caseylast_img read more

4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: HIGH FIVES FOR COCKHILL HOOPS, ROVERS BEAT CITY AND FANAD HOLD ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 16.06.13Results4 Lanterns USL Swilly Rovers 2 1 Derry City Res.Fanad Utd. 1 1 Letterkenny RoversBonagee Utd. 0 5 Cockhill CelticDrumkeen Utd. v Finn Harps Res. (playing Monday 17th) at 7:30pm ReportsSwilly Continue Winning WaysSwilly Rovers 2Derry City Res. 1An excellent game of football played on an excellent playing surface as both teams produced delightful football for the good crowd that was present. George Kelly hit the bar for Derry early on and Wade saved well to keep the Derry men at bay. Jordan Toland, Michael Mc Hugh and Blain Curtis all came close for Swilly early on but Derry playing lovely football went ahead on 16 minutes. Aaron Harkin crossed from the right and George Kelly was on hand to knock the ball home from close range. Swilly levelled matters on 71 minutes when Michael Mc Hugh fired home a brilliant strike from sixteen yards to restore parity. Blain Curtis with a superb 20 yard free wrapped up the points for the Ramelton men ten minutes from time to continue their push to get in amongst the title challengers. Matthew Henry hit the post for Derry late on but the Lennon siders had done enough to keep the points at home on this occasion. Match Referee: Thomas Mc Aree Fanad Claim first PointFanad Utd. 1Letterkenny Rovers 1By Aidan O’Donnell at Tri-A-Loch FANAD United collected their first point of this year’s Ulster Senior League but were a little unlucky not to be celebrating their maiden win of the season after Darren McElwaine converted a controversial penalty to earn Letterkenny Rovers a draw at Tri-A-Loch on Saturday night.Fanad were defeated in each of their four previous league games to date but when Shane Buchanan capitalised on a calamitous defensive error from Kieran Gorman to give his side the lead seven minutes before half-time, Ollie Horgan’s young charges started to believe a first win might be on the cards.However, Rovers had other ideas and after referee Con McLaughlin penalised Declan Sweeney for a wholehearted, but well-timed, challenge on Oisin McMenamin inside the area, the visitors were handed a glorious chance to draw level.McElwaine stepped up to the plate and his stuttering run was enough to send goalkeeper Sean Daffan the wrong way as the striker coolly slotted into the opposite corner.The decision to award a penalty was harsh on Fanad but the visitors were deserving of at least a point, having gone close on numerous occasions throughout the 90 minutes.The result wasn’t enough to lift Fanad – 14-time winners of the USL – off the foot of the table and the draw was the third in 5 games for Letterkenny.The point could go down as something of a seminal moment for this young Fanad side, who are all in their teens bar the unmistakeable veteran Paddy McGrenaghan and assistant manager Declan Sweeney.Horgan’s team have been battered off the park in their opening four games, conceding 18 goals in 360 minutes of football. But their youthful exuberance has never waned through that difficult start and they will now be hoping to turn a new leaf.Rovers, who also boast an array of young talent, started the brighter and after Daffan spilled a long-range effort from Oisin McMenamin, it seemed certain that McElwaine would convert the rebound from close range.However, Sweeney never gave up the chase and the centre-half produced an excellent last-ditch block to thwart the Rovers front-man.At the other end, some overly casual defending from Rovers allowed the hosts a couple of half chances. Brian McVeigh almost found the top corner with a cross before the playmaker danced his way past Gorman’s challenge inside the area, only to be denied by a covering tackle from Ruairi Kelly, who was forced off after 18 minutes through injury.Mark Neeson, who won the Donegal League Premier Division with Lifford Celtic this year, was at the heart of everything positive from Letterkenny and, on 29 minutes, the energetic midfielder crashed an unstoppable shot from 30 yards off the underside of the crossbar.The frame of the goal was still shaking when the rebound fell at the feet of McElwaine, who was again thwarted by a last-gasp block, this time from Kevin Murray.Kevin Doran should’ve tested Daffan following a delightful cross from McMenamin but the Rovers winger couldn’t get enough purchase on his header, which fizzled harmlessly wide.Kelly’s withdrawal forced Letterkenny manager Trevor Scanlon to reshuffle his back-four, with former Finn Harps legend Jonathan Minnock moving into the heart of defence alongside Kieran Gorman, following the arrival of substitute Dan O’Donnell.And seven minutes before half-time, Fanad were handed the chance to go in front after a serious mix-up in the Rovers rearguard.Gorman’s under-hit back-pass was pounced on by Buchanan who kept his cool to round goalkeeper Jason Quinn before sliding into the empty net.The Letterkenny centre-half, who spent last season at Fanad, almost rectified his mistake just moments later but his bullet header from Minnock delivery arrowed inches past the wrong side of the post.The visitors started the second half the same way they did the first – on the front foot. Minnock drove over the bar from 30 yards while McElwaine was unable to get a shot away inside the area following a perfectly-timed tackle from the ageless McGrenaghan.But for all Letterkenny’s pressure, they were susceptible at the back and quite possibly could’ve been two or three behind before they eventually drew level midway through the half.McVeigh volleyed over from 15 yards out following a cross from Buchanan, who then had the chance to punish another Letterkenny defensive error.Minnock’s back-pass fell well short of its intended target but Buchanan was unable to take advantage with a lob over Quinn that sailed off target.Letterkenny then drew level on 65 minutes when a wonderful through-ball from Neeson released McMenamin inside the area before the striker was stopped in his tracks by Sweeney.The Fanad defender got every bit of the ball but referee Con McLaughlin claimed he took the man as well and after pointing to the spot, McElwaine restored parity with a typically nonchalant effort.Both sides had chances to engineer a winner, with McMenamin just off target with a shot from the edge of the area, while Buchanan and McVeigh both fired efforts straight down the throat of Quinn in the dying stages.Fanad United: Sean Daffan; Jordan McBride, Kevin Murray, Declan Sweeney, Oisin Shiels; Keane Ryan, Oisin Hassett, Paddy McGrenaghan, Conor Matthewson; Brian McVeigh, Shane Buchanan. Subs: Glenn McNulty (Ryan, 74 mins), Kyle Burke (Matthewson, 80 mins), Padraic Ferry (Hassett, 90 mins).Letterkenny Rovers: Jason Quinn; Anthony Doherty, Ruairi Kelly, Kieran Gorman, Jonathan Minnock; Kevin Doran, Chris Malseed, Mark Neeson, Aaron Scanlon; Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine. Subs: Dan O’Donnell (Kelly, 18 mins), Glenn Gallagher (Doherty, 58 mins), Matthew O’Rourke (Doran, 79 mins).Referee: Con McLaughlin.Leaders Win AgainBonagee United 0Cockhill Celtic 5Celtic could well have been behind after all of three minutes when the bobbly surface quickly played havoc and forced a routine Johnny Havlin backpass over the foot of Gavin Cullen and trickling towards the bottom corner only for the goalkeeper to slide across his goals and clear off his line. That near calamity couldn’t have been farther from reflecting how the game would pan out though and how Cullen would fare manning the sticks. The Cockhill ‘keeper was superb throughout and, without having to make any top class stops, he used all his experience, all his pace, all his passing ability to keep the away side comfortable at the back.On three occasions in the first half, Cullen was out like a shot off his line to intercept long balls in behind and completely nullify the pace of Anthony Appia which United were continuously trying to exploit.It took the guts of 26 minutes though for the league leaders to finally get some sort of a foothold in the game and it came courtesy of a cunning switch from the sidelines. With Conor Keddy doing all his running from a deep central midfield position, Gerard McLaughlin was leading the line up top with the ramrod Garbhan Friel but it was only when Keddy and McLaughlin switched that Cockhill got any sort of joy going forward.It worked on two fronts. Keddy offered pace up top, he offered movement and he pestered the life out of the Bonagee backline as he ran and ran and then ran some more at them every time the ball came near him. On the other hand, McLaughlin steadied them up in the middle and, along with the measured Liam O’Donnell who just kept his side ticking over, the new midfield pairing provided a solid platform through which Celtic finally got going.It was Keddy who then sent out the first real message of intent when he bullied possession back down the right flank and raised appeals all over the park when his cross looked to have been blocked down by the hand of Paddy Sheridan inside the area.The referee wasn’t interested but Cockhill came again and Keddy threatened again. With United pushed forward for a corner, Celtic finally found the opposition open and, with a quick counter attack, Mark Moran bombed down the left, pushed Friel into the channel and with one cross and one diving Keddy header, the Bonagee ‘keeper was relieved to watch the effort drift just over.But the tide had changed and Celtic pushed hard for an opener before the break, almost being gifted one when Sheridan’s back pass also evaded the clutches of his goalie but the number one got back to rid the danger.And still, the pressure continued to mount. Liam O’Donnell curled a delicious ball over the top to put Keddy in behind but the young attacker couldn’t get it under control before O’Donnell again turned provider to dink an effort right into the path of Garbhan Friel, only for the forward to power his header off the joint.With that, the home side had held on and made it to the break with the scores still deadlocked and goalless.Half time: 0-0But the half time timeout was a productive one for Donal O’Brien and, when Cockhill re-emerged, it was clear for all to see in Letterkenny that there would be only one winner.Friel fired in the first warning shot when he latched onto a Keddy through ball but blazed just over and the big number 10 came close again when Oisin McColgan broke free on the left wing and found the head of his forward but to no avail. However, Celtic had done their homework and Gavin Cullen was no longer needed to keep watch over Bonagee’s advances. The Inishowen men stretched the game, they played with a higher line, Friel won everything that came in his direction – Gerard McLaughlin pushed up too – and men were nipping in and around picking up the scraps deep in United territory.The final prelude to the game’s opener demonstrated just how much easier Cockhill were cutting through the opposing backline, it showed just how much swagger they had rediscovered. William O’Connor launched another long ball forward, Derek Doherty ducked and spinned, left it for Friel and got the return off the forward’s chest before sliding Keddy through to make the ‘keeper work low to his bottom right. With that, they came again. The clearance was won by Oisin McColgan who nipped in front of Appia and put Conor Keddy away down the right. Under pressure, with his back to the corner of the box, the Cockhill number eight managed to dig out a special cross, a teasing cross which travelled deep and all the way to the back post for Garbhan Friel to header home.Moments later, the lead had been doubled and the writing began inscribing itself on the wall as Bonagee eventually bowed to the script. Conor Keddy got another assist to his name when he drove forward, forced the United centre halves back, slipped in Mark Moran who had burst in from the left and, as the winger pulled back onto his left foot, he buried his effort into the bottom right hand corner. Derek Doherty then floated a weighted cross from the left right into the mix and, although Liam O’Donnell sprang in and got his head to it first, the ball came back off the cross bar.O’Donnell would come close again when a well worked corner saw a number of men switch runs and Moran pulled back to the edge of the box for the central midfielder who had looped full circle but couldn’t get over his shot. Still, a third was imminent and, with 20 minutes remaining, Moran doubled his tally and put the game to bed. Oisin McColgan fed Keddy on the left, the attacker held up the play, waited for support, and he crept a cunning ball inside for Moran who rounded the defender and drilled home, this time off his right. Another corner saw Johnny Havlin head off the post before Keddy’s rebound was denied on the line but the fourth soon came when Gavin Cullen spotted the number eight free again and, with one outrageously long throw, sent him away down the right wing. A ball inside found the onrushing Greg Bradley and the substitute lifted a fantastic cross across goals and right onto the head of Friel to bag his brace.With the final passage of play, Conor Keddy finally grabbed the goal his 90 tormenting minutes fully deserved. Mark Moran floated a diagonal ball forward from the left and inroads to the perennial target of Friel’s head. A delicate first time touch spotted the run of Keddy who broke through, rounded the ‘keeper to the left, and slotted into the empty net with superb composure and to finish the rout for Cockhill.DPD Ulster Senior League First DivisionSwilly Rovers Res. 0Drumkeen Utd. Res. 3A victory for the Drumkeen men in an absorbing encounter at a wet Swilly park. There were very few chances in the first half with both defences on top. Drumkeen went ahead on 40 minutes when Lee Guthrie converted from the spot after a foul in the penalty box. Cathal Doyle was just wide moments later with a fine drive. Gary Patton made it two with an opportunist strike on 51 minutes. Cathal Doyle completed the scoring near the end with a fine half volley. Swilly’s Eunan Diver had a fine free kick come of the crossbar and Leonard Boyce went close twice for the hosts. It was great to see so many young players getting their chance. This was a hard fought game with both teams giving it their all. Match Referee: Joe Mc HughFixturesWednesday, June 19th at 7:30pmDonegal News League Cup Group AFanad Utd. v Kildrum Tigers Ref. J. McHughThursday, June 20th at 7:30pmDonegal News League Cup Group AFinn Harps Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. W. HarveySaturday, June 22nd at 2pmDPD Couriers First DivisionDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Kildrum Tigers Res. Ref. C. McLaughlinSunday, June 23rd at 2pm4 Lanterns USLCockhill Celtic v Letterkenny Rovers Ref. W. HarveyFinn Harps Res. v Kildrum Tigers Ref. T. McAreeBonagee Utd. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. C. McLaughlinMonday, June 24th at 7:30pm4 Lanterns USLFanad Utd. v Derry City Res. Ref. P. DuddyTuesday, June 25th at 7:30pmDPD Couriers First DivisionSwilly Rovers Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res. Ref. V. McLaughlin4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: HIGH FIVES FOR COCKHILL HOOPS, ROVERS BEAT CITY AND FANAD HOLD ROVERS was last modified: June 16th, 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:4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: HIGH FIVES FOR COCKHILL HOOPSROVERS BEAT CITY AND FANAD HOLD ROVERSlast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: CHILD ABDUCTION ATTEMPT WAS SECOND IN MATTER OF DAYS

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: A BID by a WOMAN to lure a child into a car in Dungloe at the weekend was the SECOND such incident in a matter of days, Donegal Daily has learned. The abduction attempt we reported on earlier occurred in Dungloe, that particular abduction attempt involved a woman getting out of a black jeep, she then attempted to entice a young child into the vehicle by asking the child did she want to go somewhere fun.This incident which occurred in the Balindrait area of the county, again involved a black jeep, but this time it was a man who attempted to lure two young boys into his vehicle. One boy aged six, and another boy aged five, were outside their great grandmothers house playing in the garden.The man approached the children and asked them did they want some sweets, when the older boy declined, he then asked would they prefer ice-cream instead.The oldest boy immediately ran away and grabbed his younger cousin with him.The man in the jeep then sped away quickly from the scene. The terrified boys didn’t see the registration plate, and didn’t know the make of the vehicle, but did say it was a black jeep.The boys shocked parents immediately contacted the Gardaí, and an investigation into the incident has subsequently been launched.Gardaí have issued an appeal to all parents, to know where their children are at all times, and to remain vigilant when they’re outside playing.If anyone has any information regarding the incident in Ballindrait, then please contact Lifford Garda station.Click on the link below to read our earlier story regarding the attempted abduction attempt in Dungloe. https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/06/02/gardai-investigating-attempted-child-abduction-in-dungloe/COMMUNITY ALERT: CHILD ABDUCTION ATTEMPT WAS SECOND IN MATTER OF DAYS was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:ballindraitCOMMUNITY ALERT: Child Abduction AttemptdungloeGardaiHome-page NewsInvestigationsSecondlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Hosts Loyola on New Year’s Eve

first_imgLoyola (2-10, 0-1 MVC) dropped its conference opener at UNI, 70-41, Friday night. The Ramblers trailed the Panthers, 17-12, at the end of the first quarter, but scored just eight points in the second quarter as UNI pulled away for the victory. Loyola is coached by Kate Achter, who is in her second season at the helm. The Ramblers are led in scoring by freshman Abby O’Connor at 9.8 points per game. The Valley on ESPN3 Live Audio For the eighth time this season, Drake recorded more than 20 team assists, totaling 23 on 29 field goals against the Crusaders. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) tallied a career-high 12 and just missed her first career points/assists double-double with nine points. The Bulldogs rank fifth in the nation in assists per game at 21.9, a total that is seven more than the next closest team, Bradley, in the Valley. Following Sunday’s game, Drake travels to Missouri State Jan. 5. Tipoff with the Bears is set for 7 p.m. and the action will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats Buy Tickets center_img  Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes 2017 with a New Year’s Eve contest against Loyola Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. Tipoff with the Ramblers is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Story Links Drake Game Notes Drake (6-7, 1-0 MVC) dominated Valparaiso, 86-50, in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams on Friday night. The Bulldogs held the Crusaders scoreless for more than three minutes to start the game and built a 17-2 lead helped by two three-pointers by junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa). Miller, who came off the bench, finished with a career-high 18 points in just 17 minutes behind a 6-of-9 shooting night, including knocking down three three-pointers. Miller and the rest of the Bulldogs’ bench finished with 56 points as they outscored the entire Valpo team.last_img read more

GARDAI REVEAL THEY PLAN TO OBJECT TO CHRISTMAS NIGHT BAR LICENSES

first_imgThe Gardai have said they plan to object to any applications for late night drinks licenses for nightclubs in Letterkenny for Christmas Night.Donegal drinkers will be left thirsty on Christmas night!Inspector David Kelly told Letterkenny District Court today that Gardai plan to object to applications for licenses as has been made in previous years. Last year Gardai objected to late night licenses for December 25th/26th on the grounds that it led to public order offences.While pubs across the county are closed on December 25th, many nightclubs traditionally open especially at midnight for festive party-goers.However Gardai locally have objected to a number of applications for special exemption orders for bar licenses.Garda Inspector David Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that they will be objecting to the granting of such licenses.In previous years Gardai objected to the rganting of licenses because of the lack of public transport and taxis on Christmas night and the history of public order offences.GARDAI REVEAL THEY PLAN TO OBJECT TO CHRISTMAS NIGHT BAR LICENSES was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegaldrinks icensesGardaiInspector David Kellylast_img read more

DDTV: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

first_imgSimply click to play.DDTV: PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ CHRISTMAS MESSAGE was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHRISTMAS MESSAGEDDTVPresident Michael D Higginslast_img read more

Dark Matter as an Escape

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Employing exotic unobservable entities such as dark matter may be an escape from scientific rigor in more ways than one.Recently, the notion that most of the universe is composed of dark matter took an evidential hit.  Live Science said, “A sprawling collection of galaxies and star clusters surrounding our own Milky Way is challenging long-standing theories on the existence of dark matter, the mysterious substance thought to pervade the universe.”  According to a survey of satellite galaxies of the Milky Way conducted at the University of Bonn, dark matter theories fail to account for the arrangement of matter in a region spanning 10 times our galaxy’s diameter. The astronomers extended the impact of their findings to the entire universe:“Our model appears to rule out the presence of dark matter in the universe, threatening a central pillar of current cosmological theory,” said study team member Pavel Kroupa, a professor of astronomy at the University of Bonn. “We see this as the beginning of a paradigm shift, one that will ultimately lead us to a new understanding of the universe we inhabit.“The statement also implies that previous “understanding of the universe” was misguided or absent.Last month Ker Than, reporting for National Geographic News, quoted an astronomer who said the finding of a huge structure of satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way puts cosmology “basically in a shambles.”  He referred to his other National Geographic article two weeks earlier that also questioned the existence of dark matter because it wasn’t detected where needed to explain the Milky Way’s halo.  That finding “could provide ammunition for skeptics who argue that the invisible substance is just an illusion,” he said.  About the same time, though, another National Geographic reporter claimed that dark matter particles hit the average human once a minute.Growing questions about dark matter’s existence may be giving rise to a proverb called the “dark matter argument.”  In another context, Maggie McKee at New Scientist reported doubts that the star Fomalhaut has a planet.  A bright spot imaged in a dust disk surrounding the star, imaged by the Hubble Telescope in 2004, had been hailed as a direct observation of an extrasolar planet.  Astronomers were encouraged at the time by the fact that it appeared in a gap in the dust dusk, suggesting that the planet had cleared a path for itself.Now, however, a new study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has shown that the bright spot might be a dust cloud, not a planet.  Furthermore, simulations shown in a computer animation within the article indicate that gaps in dust disks – even with sharp edges – can form without the presence of a planet.A JPL scientist used the occasion to joke about the escape hatch dark matter theories provide:“I call it the dark matter argument,” says Wladimir Lyra at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “There is something you are seeing that you cannot explain, and you blame the gravity of something you cannot see.“Dark energy has also come under scrutiny.  National Geographic asked, is it a kind of “reverse gravity” as usually described?  Perhaps not.  The pressure leading to accelerated expansion of the universe might come from normal old antimatter, well characterized in earth-based detectors.These appear to be dark days for dark matter theories.Philosophers call appeals to unseen, unknown entities “occult phenomena.”  Like spiritually occult things, they are placeholders for ignorance.  But given a name, these placeholders take on a reality of their own, used by scientific shamans to tell the peasants why things are the way they are.For too long, dark matter has been a rhetorical flubber to impress laypeople while escaping scientific rigor.  It’s time to call astronomers to account.  Account for dark matter, or turn on the light.last_img read more

Students pack out Bafana training

first_img9 June 2010Greeted with ululations and blasts from vuvuzelas, the South African squad took to the pitch in an open training session at Wits University’s Sturrock Park ground in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.Calls of “Boooothhh” (referring to South African footballer Matthew Booth) and the singing of South Africa’s unofficial sports anthem, Shosholoza, echoed around Sturrock Park as the fans showed their support for their national side.The training session’s tickets were reserved for Wits University staff and students, many of whom have been waiting for an opportunity to see the team in action.“I did everything in my power to get here,” said Yaeesh Moosa, a 22-year-old engineering student. “I have to get my hands on Steven Pienaar’s boots. No, seriously, I am a huge Bafana fan.“I want to be patriotic and support my side,” Moosa said. “I was ready two hours before this practice event, and I couldn’t sleep I’m so excited for the tournament.“The fact that we get to host these great teams and see some of the stars on campus is amazing.”Wits University is a hub of activity during the World Cup, with both South Africa and the Dutch sides having venues on the campus for training.Certain hostels will be hosting international fans, while the journalism, medical and commerce faculties are involved in research and support during the tournament.Wits is also one of the designated “Park and Ride” venues for both the Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums.Watching the South African side play a practice game, Lekwatle Pheladi and Pedzie Chiwota, two Wits staff members, said they were on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the tournament.Chiwota has a ticket to the opening game and is looking forward to the historic occasion.“This event has united the people of South Africa,” he said. “It is the first World Cup in Africa and it will be incredible to see Bafana playing at Soccer City against Mexico.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more