Ron “Otsey” RodriguezThe suspect who was held and later released on station bail for the brutal beating of a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo man has reportedly fled to neighbouring Suriname.This is according to the mother of 29-year-old Ron “Otsey” Rodriguez, who remains “a vegetable” in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The suspect, who is reportedly a fisherman, according to information received, may have boarded a boat to Suriname after he was released by the police. It was reported that Rodriguez was attacked in Zeelugt while hanging out with friends at Cinderella Park.However, as the group was about to leave, Rodriguez stayed to hang with his friend, who showed up later. Sometime later, his relatives were informed that he was killed but after contacting the police, his mother rushed to the scene where she discovered her son on the roadway with his face badly disfigured.Upon inspection, she realised that her son was still breathing and as such, he was immediately rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital but due to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and then to GPHC where he is said to be in a “coma-like” state.According to the mother, doctors have informed her that her son received a blunt force trauma to the back of his head and was stabbed multiple times to his face. His injuries have resulted in severe brain damage.Doctors at the medical facility have indicated that there is little they can do at this point in time.
BY VAHNU MANICKCHANDHard work, dedication and sacrifices were among the efforts made by the students who copped the country’s top spots at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.Fatima Karim, St Rose’s – 19 Ones, 1 TwoKayshav Tewari, Queen’s College – 19 Grade OnesAadilah Ali, Queen’s College – 18 Ones, 3 Twos and 1 ThreeOf the 12,809 candidates who wrote the examination this year, some 157 students secured Grade One passes in eight or more subjects. However, only 46 candidates obtained 11 or more Grade Ones.Securing the top spot this year is St Rose’s High School student, 16-year-old Fatima Karim, who wrote 20 subjects and obtained 19 Grade Ones and one Grade Two. Speaking with Guyana Times, the young woman expressed her excitement and relief with her results, noting that she is proud of her achievement.“I was pleasantly surprised with the grades… I was expecting to do well but I didn’t know that I would top the country. I found out about my grades like two hours before the press conference and was really excited but I still didn’t know I topped the country, and I was watching the press conference with my family and when they called out my name, the house went wild and the phone began to ring and it was crazy after that,” she recalled.Sariah Singh, Queen’s College – 18 OnesThe next move for the young woman will be to further her studies at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level, after which she is hoping to attend the University of Texas in the United States, where she plans to pursue petroleum engineering, following in the footsteps of her uncles and grandfather.“My uncles, grandfather and one of my cousins are in the engineering field and they pushed me towards it but I wasn’t sure what area I would be getting into until the oil find last year. So I decided that I will get into petroleum engineering so that I can be able to help my country to develop,” she remarked.Meanwhile, Kayshav Tewari of Queen’s College copped the second spot with 19 Grade Ones. The young man said that he knew he would have done well and is pleased with his performance.“I had no doubts in my mind that I would achieve good results, I always knew I could do it… The exams were easy for me but it was preparation that was most difficult and challenging. Many times I would go to bed at four in the morning and get up back at six, so it was a lot of hard work but in the end, it paid off,” he explained.Tewari told Guyana Times that he will be furthering his studies at Nations University after which he wants to study engineering. However, he noted that his main goal is to get into entrepreneurship; as such, he will definitely be pursuing an MBA.Another QC student, Aadilah Ali, came in the third spot with 18 Grade Ones, three Grade Twos and one Grade Three, while her fellow schoolmate, Sariah Singh copped the fifth position with 18 Grade Ones.Ali, who is currently on vacation overseas, told Guyana Times that she did not expect to do so well. “I was surprised at my achievements, owing to the fact that some of the exams were a bit difficult for me but I thank God for all that I’ve accomplished and by mercy I did well,” the young woman said.She plans to continue her studies at the Sixth Form level after which she will pursue medicine in hopes of becoming a paediatrician.On the other hand, the outlining regions have forced their way into this year’s top line-up, dominating most of the top spots. The Sarawati Vidya Niketan (SVN) school in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) copped three spots in the top 10.Ramkumarie Ramdass secured 18 Grade Ones and one Grade Two to cop the fourth position; Kimberly Najab in seventh with 15 Grade Ones and three Grade Twos; Pritisha Baldeo in the ninth spot with 14 Grade Ones, three Grade Twos and three Grade Threes, and at the 10th spot is Narindra Persaud with 14 Ones, three Grade Twos and three Grade Threes.An aspiring entrepreneur, Najab said she was expecting to do a little better but is nevertheless satisfied with her performance. Her advice to next year’s hopefuls is to, “work hard for what you want to achieve in your life and find an inspiration. Motivation is very important in achieving greatness.”For Baldeo, her success was not without hard work, with the many hours that went into studying. “So when I saw my results, I was overjoyed and relieved because I met my own expectations,” said the young woman who aspires to become a paediatrician.Moreover, Persaud said that while he expected to do well, he was overwhelmed with his success and relieved that his hard work had paid off. He related that the exams were a bit challenging but he found that his study strategy helped. “If I felt I was deficient in any way in a particularly area, I would focus on that subject until I felt comfortable,” he explained.Additionally, Kevall Lall of Anna Regina Secondary came in the eighth spot with 15 Grade Ones. The 17-year-old lad is an aspiring civil engineer and said he could not have made this accomplishment without the support of his mother, uncles and siblings. He will be furthering his studies at Nations University.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Joshua Indarjit of Line Path Secondary copped the sixth spot with 17 Grade Ones. Speaking with this newscast, the aspiring engineering was elated with his performance.“I’m very excited about my results and ecstatic about my performance,” Indarjit told this newspaper when contacted. Like the other top performers, the young man explained that he found it challenging when he was doing the SBA’s since it would take up a lot of his time thus preventing him from studying more.Nevertheless, the young man, who has his eyes set on becoming an engineer or physicist, thanked his teacher and family for supporting and encouraging him.
Five persons are now dead and four others seriously injured following a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the Fairfield Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Wednesday morning.The truck involved in the accidentDead are minibus driver Seechan Chandilall, 48, of Lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice; Keon Sealey, 33, of Farm, Mahaicony; Alana Vaughn, 31, of Farm, Mahaicony, Ewart Reynlods, 64, of Calcutta Mahaicony, and Maxwell Disreali Thom, 76.Meanwhile, several passengers who were also in the minibus, BRR 5478, were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and are in serious conditions. They are Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, and Angela Jacobs, 15, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony, and lorry driver Sherlon Wills, 46, of Helena, Mahaica. They were all initially taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and then transferred to GPHC.Police in a statement said that shortly after 11:00h on Wednesday, the two vehicles – minibus BRR 5478 driven by Chandilall and motor lorry GPP 9433 driven by Wills – were involved in the accident at the Fairfield Public Road. According to the statement, the minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when it experienced a ‘blowout’ of the left side rear wheel. This caused the driver to lose control and collided with the left front portion of the lorry that was proceeding east along the northern side of the road.The recked mini-bus involved in the accidentSpeaking with this publication, one eyewitness, Reihieram Bhandu, said the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions and the minibus experienced a ‘blowout’ to the rear wheel.“That was the first impact ‘boom’. After I hear that, I see the bus coming up and hustling to come in my yard and the same time the truck hit the bus and after impact, he pushed the bus back over into the bus lane and everybody pitch out on the road. The minibus driver and another passenger leave pin down in the bus,” the man recalled.He said that following the impact, about five persons were left lying motionless on the road while others were seemingly panting for breath.Meanwhile, the injured and dead were taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital in a canter as the ambulance service was reportedly not available at the time.Residents of the community said that the driver and a porter were the only persons in the lorry. The porter received minor injuries.Chandilall had been operating the bus for the past month.According to his sister, Nadira, they were informed about the accident via telephone.Meanwhile, Vaughn— a second-year medical student at the University of Guyana – was expecting to deliver her third child soon. She had left home to make her final check-up at the health centre.According to her husband Thaugius Khnai, he and Vaughn were both working on their dreams when tragedy struck.“She was going on the final check for her pregnancy because she had reached the ninth months’ threshold. She told me she was going to go to the hospital and then she would be heading to the health centre,” the grieving husband said.Meanwhile, Assistant Anaesthesiologist Keon Sealey, who was attached to the Mahaicony Hospital and father of one, had been working in the medical field for the past five years and leaves to mourn his parents and five siblings.His mother, Wallie, said she was in the same minibus moments before the accident. According to the grieving mother, it was when she stepped off of the bus that her son started his final Journey.“I came off at a junction there and he joined the bus where he’s living down the road. I received a phone call and I was told my son is in an accident. And then somebody past and told me that he died”.She explained that it was another passenger who was aboard the bus but departed before the accident who provided the information. She and Ewart Reynolds were former classmates.Reynolds, a debt collector for Courts Guyana, was on duty and had boarded the bus taking cash and several documents from his workplace with him.Reynolds was expected to start working at the Mahaica outlet of the company in January. On Wednesday, he had arranged to remove his belongings from his home at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, to take to his family’s home at Calcutta.According to his wife, Barlima, she saw scenes of the accident on social media but was unaware that her husband was one of the victims.“I was waiting on a call from him. He said he was going to call when he was finished working, so that myself and son can go and meet him at Plaisance to get the stuff up here. I was waiting, it was after 12:00 and he did not call and shortly after that I hear about an accident. My son had a friend just by the fence and he brought the phone and show me and I recognise that it look like Ewart,” she said.Over the past months, there have been numerous fatal accidents. Only on Tuesday, Commissioner of Police, Leslie James said that he believes that motorists and other road users need to change their attitude for there to be a reduction in minor, serious and fatal accidents. Guyana’s road carnage has increased in recent time, with as many as 12 persons losing their lives within seven days. While the Police Force has a major role to play in keeping the roadways safe, the Top Cop said the attitude of motorists is a major factor. (Andrew Carmichael)
“This strategic investment reflects the importance of skilled trades for our company and industry,” says Jim Roberts, Encana’s vice-president for Northern Operations. Roberts says the proposed new skilled trades training facility will ‘play a crucial role in building local capacity in northeastern BC for these in-demand careers.’The NLC Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to students in the 2014-15 academic year. Northern Lights College hosted a ceremony this morning in their Energy House to recognize the $300,000 donation from Encana Corporation towards a new proposed trades training centre – which will be located on the Dawson Creek Campus (subject to all appropriate approvals.)“This donation illustrates just how committed our valued industry partners like Encana Corporation are to the process of building strong futures in the North,” said NLC president and CEO Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki in a press release.“It is because of donations like these that our Trades and Apprenticeships programs continue to produce highly trained workers that are among the best Canada has to offer.”- Advertisement -Trades and Apprenticeships programming on the Dawson Creek Campus is delivered in several smaller buildings that were built in the 50’s, so the College is proposing to build a trades training centre to create a consolidated learning space that ‘will foster collaboration across program areas.’The shared teaching-learning environment is aimed to improve access for students, and allow for the delivery of current teaching methodologies, technologies and the installation of new equipment.Encana Corporation says they are a longtime supporter of NLC, having donated over $3.9 million to the school.Advertisement
The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday its seasonally adjusted index of pending sales for existing homes fell 16.1 percent in July from a year ago and 12.2 percent from the prior month. July’s reading of 89.9 was the second-lowest ever for the index and its lowest since September 2001, when the economy was jolted by the terrorist attacks. The pending home sales index is designed to predict sales levels over the following two months. A reading of 100 is equal to the average level of pending sales activity in 2001, when the index began. “Numbers like this should put to rest the belief that we’ve reached the bottom” in the housing market, said Joel Naroff, chief economist for Commerce Bancorp Inc. “There’s still a lot of pain that’s ahead of us.” Stock markets slumped after the real estate data were released. Lawrence Yun, senior economist at the real estate trade group, said the weak pending sales data stem from the fact that government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cannot package “jumbo” home loans above $417,000 into securities sold to investors. Some home purchases aren’t closing because mortgage loans have been “falling through at the last moment,” Yun said in a statement. The pending home sales data show the biggest year-over-year declines in western states, which dropped 21.8 percent. The smallest drop was in the Northeast, which declined 10percent. With defaults rising among borrowers with weak credit, lenders have backed off from all but the safest mortgages, and many lenders making jumbo loans have demanded that borrowers pay higher rates. As of last week, 30-year fixed-rate jumbo loans averaged 7.43 percent, while similar loans that can be purchased by Fannie and Freddie averaged 6.5percent, according to publisher HSH Associates. The spread between the two types of loans was 0.2 percentage points back in mid-July. While the jumbo market may return to normal this fall, that process is likely to take a while, said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH Associates. “This dislocation was a sudden event,” he said. “Rebuilding the trust in what those markets represent will take a bit of time.” The Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 150points Wednesday afternoon as Wall Street reacted to the report on pending home sales. Shares of Fannie Mae fell $2.66, or 4.1 percent, to $63.05, while those of Freddie Mac slid $2.30, or 3.7 percent, to $59.96. Investors around the world have been spooked by the U.S. mortgage market’s problems amid uncertainty about how much they will grow. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimates that 2.5million mortgages given to borrowers with weak credit will reset at higher rates and sometimes dramatically higher monthly payments by December 2008. As of June, 17.5 percent of subprime loans given to borrowers with weak credit nationwide were either 60 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure – more than double the last year’s rate, according to First American LoanPerformance, a research firm that tracks loans that aren’t backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALES: Stocks slump after index for pending activity is issued by the National Association of Realtors. By Alan Zibel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A near-record low for an index that forecasts near-term home sales suggests borrowers in expensive areas are struggling to finalize home purchases amid mortgage market troubles.
Arsene Wenger saluted Arsenal for emerging from another Britannia Stadium battle with a point that lifted them back to the Barclays Premier League summit.The Gunners arrived in Staffordshire with just one previous win in the Premier League era, for another instalment of a rivalry that was spawned by Wenger’s dislike of the Potters’ tactics under Tony Pulis.Mark Hughes has promoted a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football since succeeding Pulis, yet Wenger felt their hosts still presented a physical challenge that they were forced to overcome in a 0-0 draw.In a clash that featured few chances and no yellow cards, goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech took centre stage with brilliant saves from Olivier Giroud and Joselu in either half.“Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle,” Wenger said.“They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness – which is what we did.“We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute.“We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it’s a positive result. But, overall we missed two points today.”
Enjoy the last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal’ today with a festive program of music presented by the dynamic Donegal Camerata String Ensemble.The recital will include a program of music for two violins, cello and double bass from Italy, Russia, Germany, Bohemia and Austria.This last concert takes place at 3pm today at Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny. The Donegal Chamber Music Society closes another successful year with this final recital.Audiences have enjoyed eight recitals in Conwal Parish Church over the year.This year the Music Society brought the 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival to Glenveagh- a successful weekend of music making by professionals, young musicians and children’s ensembles, directed and inspired by the husband-and-wife team of Victor Yelamo and Orsolya Szabo-Yelamo.The Donegal Chamber Music Society has been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County. The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland.Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for facilitating their concerts in Conwal Church.The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West.They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival.The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny. DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble (Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, Lucia Spacirova, violins; Víctor Yélamo, cello; Michael McGinty. double bass)Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.Programme:Rossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bass Stamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105Tickets can be purchased at the door.Credit. Photo of Donegal Camerata String Ensemble by Paul McGuckinhttp://landscapeireland.com/DONEGAL CAMERATA BRINGS FESTIVE SPIRIT TO CONCERT AT CONWAL TODAY was last modified: November 30th, 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:concertconwal
The E-Ship 1 in Lough Foyle off Moville a short time ago. Picture: Liam SkellyTHE WORLD’S biggest eco ship has arrived in Lough Foyle today, bringing a cargo of wind turbines into Derry Port.The E-Ship 1 is a RoLo cargo ship is owned by the third-largest wind turbine manufacturer, Germany’s Enercon GmbH. It is 426-foot long and is used to transport wind turbine components.The E-Ship 1 is a Flettner ship: four large rotorsails that rise from its deck are rotated via a mechanical linkage to the ship’s propellers. The sails, or Flettner rotors, aid the ship’s propulsion by means of the Magnus effect – the perpendicular force that is exerted on a spinning body moving through a fluid stream The E-Ship 1 is equipped with nine Mitsubishi marine diesel engines with a total output of 3.5 MW. The ship’s exhaust gas boilers are connected to a Siemens downstream steam turbine, which in turn drives four Enercon-developed Flettner rotors. These rotors, resembling four large cylinders mounted on the ship’s deck, are 27 meters tall and 4 meters in diameter. INCREDIBLE ECO-SHIP TURNS HEADS OFF COUNTY DONEGAL COAST was last modified: December 18th, 2015 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:E-Ship 1Lough Foylemoville
Animals in Need have launched an appeal to find the owner of this cat found outside Black’s Centra in Letterkenny yesterday.The cat is ginger with a white belly and was covered in soot when found. Animals in Need say; “Someone must be missing this little one.”If you know who owns this friendly little cat please don’t hesitate to contact 087 4305792.Cat found covered in soot – can you help us get him home? was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Black’s Centrafound catginger catletterkennymissing cat
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said this week’s IMF report shows that the government has chosen repossession of family homes as a policy.The International Monetary Fund highlighted the “lack of progress” by banks and the dangers of the country’s debt becoming unsustainable if growth forecasts are missed.The fund has criticised Irish banks for “inadequate progress” in dealing with non-performing loans. In its latest review of Ireland’s bailout programme, the fund also raises concerns that banks are losing money even before putting cash aside to cover bad loans.The IMF states that lenders are “only beginning to tackle non-performing loans”.It says repossessions are low at 0.3% of total mortgage arrears in 2012, compared to 3.25% in Britain and the United States.Deputy Doherty said: “This week’s IMF report is explicit in stating that the government has committed to going beyond simply reversing the Dunne Judgement. “The announcement, at the behest of the Troika, that the Dunne judgment will be reversed by legislation caused a great deal of worry among people struggling to pay their mortgages. It is clear from the IMF report that this will only be the first step.“The IMF states ‘In addition, the authorities will keep repossession experience under review, and quickly bring forward appropriate measures to address any problems regarding the length, predictability, and cost of proceedings’.“This amounts to a commitment to pursue a policy of repossessions.“Two years into this government and the mortgage crisis is spiralling out of control. The numbers in arrears of over 90 days has nearly doubled under Fine Gael and Labour’s watch.“Sinn Féin has called for solutions on a case-by-case basis including write-downs where necessary. An independent body needs to be put in place to force banks to make sustainable deals. “I am calling on the government to state what further options they are considering to facilitate repossessions. They must admit now that they have chosen repossessions as a policy.“Once again the government, like its predecessor, has put bank’s interests first.”HOME REPOSSESSIONS IS NOW GOVERNMENT POLICY, CLAIMS TD DOHERTY was last modified: April 4th, 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:CLAIMS TD DOHERTYHOME REPOSSESSIONS IS NOW GOVERNMENT POLICY