Govt still wants to buy out DDL shares in Berbice Bridge

first_imgGovernment is still vigorously pursuing its option to buy out the 10 per cent of shares held by the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) in order to ensure sustainability andThe Berbice River Bridgeperhaps to facilitate a further reduction in the tolls.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Government remained committed to providing significant financial relief for those persons traversing the Berbice Bridge and, in order to guarantee low fares, Government would have to gain majority control of the Company.He said Government was exploring different options, apart from State subsidies, to ensure the fares remained reduced.“The Government had attempted certain things so far. We are currently trying to buy the shares from DDL and obviously with that, we can look at different mechanisms,” he stated during a recent news conference.Last year, Government announced that the beverage giant had offered to sell off its shares in the BBCI for some $45 million. Government had also hoped to engage with the other stakeholders about selling their shares in order to influence the decision to reduce the bridge tolls since the Bridge Company was initially refusing to lower them.But after intense negotiations, Government finally brokered an agreement with the Company to reduce the tolls, which took effect this year.The toll on passenger cars and minibuses was reduced from $2200 to $1900, while there was a 10 per cent reduction for the other classes of vehicles.Government is also providing subsidies to the river taxis, which were introduced after the BBCI maintained that it was not reducing its tolls.The river taxis were meant to be a more affordable alternative to the Bridge, but with the reduction of the bridge tolls, the two facilities began competing with each other.Minibus operators began complaining of loss of business since commuters opted to use the river taxis rather than cross the River via the bridge.The Public Infrastructure Ministry developed a revised schedule for the operations of the river taxis to facilitate the minibus operations.From September 1, the speedboat service began operating from 06:00h until 09:00h and then again from 14:30h until 18:00h. Previously, the service operated between 06:00h and 18:00h.But with the time change, the taxi drivers are complaining that the new operating hours would severely affect their trade since they would limit the number of passengers who utilise their services after disembarking the boats.Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson had pledged to meet with the operators to iron out the issue.last_img read more

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Rockstone Fish Festival tragedy

first_img– body of uncle still missingBy Bhisham MohamedIt has been more than one day since 50-year-old Gavin Moses disappeared in the murky waters off Golden Beach, Essequibo River on Sunday, and his body has not yet been recovered.Reports coming out of Rockstone on Monday afternoon have indicated that several search parties continue to traverse the waterways in hope of finding Moses’s body.Moses’s disappearance occurred as he went to rescue his niece, Kineanda Prince, also called “Yasha,” from the prospect of drowning, but she also died in the incident.An official from the Rockstone Tourism Association told Guyana Times that conflicting reports have been circulating in respect to the unfortunate incident, but, at this point, everyone is hoping that Moses’s body is found soon.He noted that for the past 12 years the event has been staged without unfortunate incidents, but acknowledged that this has been the first year that certain precautionary measures have not been put in place.He admitted that there were no lifeguards at the beach at the time the two people drowned; and there were no systems in place to cater for any emergencies. In light of this incident, he noted, the group will meet with the relevant authorities to review the safety measures that are presently in place.Guyana Times understands that on the day of the incident there were no boats at the beach. “At all times there were supposed to be boats; if not boats, at least ONE should (have remained) at the beach in case of an emergency… This must be considered in the absence of a mobile service provider,” he added.A meeting has been planned with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and other officials to determine what protocols had not been followed on the day of the tragic incident.The Rockstone Tourism Association has expressed condolences to family members of Prince and Moses; and is firmly of the view that such an incident should never be repeated, especially because it has put a taint on what has been a 12-year-old incident-free event.The association has emphasised in a release that precautions and safety are priorities, and as such, it would be working closely with the Guyana Tourism Authority and other agencies to ensure that visible demarcation barriers and signs are erected, and efficient training in first response/aid is done with all staff in preparation for other events.The RTA has said it recognises the magnitude of the impact the Fish Festival has on the economy of Rockstone, and its significance to the future of that village, “and will be engaging stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally as it commences a full review and eventual preparation for Rockstone Fish Festival slated for October 27 and 28, 2018”.Thirteen-year-old Kineanda ‘Yasha’ Prince of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara and 50-year-old Gavin Moses, formerly of Goed Bananen Land, East Canje Berbice, met their demise on Sunday during the 12th Annual Fish Festival.It was reported that Moses and other relatives had hired a private boat to transport them to Golden Beach — minutes away from the main event area — to indulge in swimming. Whilst there, Prince and two cousins, one being Thalia Clarke, experienced difficulties in navigating through the deep waters.Moses, who couldn’t swim, went to their aid, but instead went under the water and never resurfaced. The now dead teen was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, and her now dead uncle had celebrated his on Saturday.Attempts to contact the relatives of the dead man proved futile. An investigation has been launched into the unfortunate incident.last_img read more

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Santa stops in Carson

first_imgSanta and his sleigh will tour Carson starting Monday. But before that, he’ll make a visit to the SouthBay Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Santa will make a few sweeps around the parking lot before settling in at the U-shape area between Target and Jamba Juice. The shopping center is at 20700 Avalon Blvd. You can also learn when Santa will be in your city and when he’ll pose for photos at the malls at www.dailybreeze.com. Starting Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., Santa will be in Carson, handing out candy to children. Here’s where he’ll be: MONDAY: Areas bordered by Sepulveda Boulevard, Main Street, Lomita Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue. TUESDAY: Areas bordered by 228th Street, Main Street, Sepulveda Boulevard and Avalon Boulevard. WEDNESDAY: Areas bordered by 223rd Street, Figueroa Street, Sepulveda Boulevard and Main Street. THURSDAY: Areas bordered by Torrance Boulevard, Figueroa Street, 223rd Street, Main Street, Carson Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 7: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Main Street, 228th Street and Avalon Boulevard. DEC. 10: Areas bordered by 213th Street, Avalon Boulevard, 223rd Street and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 11: Areas bordered by Carson Street, Santa Fe Avenue, 223rd Street and Alameda Street. DEC. 12: Areas bordered by Dominguez Street, Alameda Street, 223rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. DEC. 13: Areas bordered by Alondra Blvd., Main Street, 189th St., Avalon Boulevard and Stevenson Village area. DEC. 17: Areas bordered by Turmont Street, Avalon Boulevard, Del Amo Boulevard and Wilmington Avenue. DEC. 18: Areas bordered by University Drive, Avalon Boulevard, Turmont Street and Central Avenue.DEC. 19: Areas bordered by University Drive, Central Avenue, Turmont Street and Wilmington Avenue.DEC. 20: Make up for any areas canceled due to poor weather. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GRANNY MCINTYRE – 100 NOT OUT! NOW LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN!

first_imgThis evening marks the beginning of 100th birthday celebrations for the much loved Annie McIntyre from Stranorlar. Annie’s grandchildren have been preparing and organizing this weekend for almost a year now and the excitement is rising as the events begin this evening with a Meet & Greet for all the McIntyre cousins in the Forge Bar, Villa Rose Hotel.More than200 grandchildren have arrived from all over Donegal, Ireland, England and as far as Australia and they have a lot of catching up to do!After all the cousins get acquainted this evening they will then continue their reunion tomorrow morning with a Golf Tournament, Ireland vs England.Tomorrow afternoon Annie McIntyre will unveil the Frances Browne Statue in the Pound Garden in Stranorlar, following this the McIntyre’s will commence their Sports Day which includes egg and spoon races to a Tug O War & Obstacles Courses to name but a few, this will involve the little cousins and indeed the big ones too! Then time for food and a quick change and it will be time for the Mr & Mrs Competition! Sunday will be the main event of the weekend as over 370 will gather together for a mass to celebrate Annie McIntyre’s 100th Birthday.After mass all of her family and guests will enjoy dinner followed by a This is your Life presentation and a Cabaret Talent Show all conducted by members of the McIntyre family.Speaking of behalf of the organising committee “we are all so proud to be celebrating Granny’s 100th Birthday , she had 17 children and has a fantastic memory and enjoys keeping up to date with all her children, grandchildren , great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone and all the fun of this very special memorable weekend” GRANNY MCINTYRE – 100 NOT OUT! NOW LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN! was last modified: July 20th, 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:Annie McIntyrebirthdayStranorlarlast_img read more

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Childhood Cancer Foundation scores at Inishowen GAA Finals

first_imgBuncrana and Glenswilly were presented with the silverware at the recent Donegal Animal Hospital sponsored Under 9 and Under 11 Finals held at The Scarvey in Buncrana.But the real winners once again were Childhood Cancer Foundation who were delighted when local representative Maura Toner was presented with a cheque for €1,500 being the total proceeds raised from the tournaments in which a total of twelve clubs participated.CLG Bord Inis Eoghain staged the tournaments for a second year running in aid of Childhood Cancer Foundation and the finals night, which took place on the last weekend in September, was another wonderful occasion for everyone, bringing to an end Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Light It Up Gold campaign which runs annually in September. The invitation tournaments at U9 & U11 level, which ran concurrently over an eight-week period from August and into September saw visiting clubs Glenswilly, St Eunans, Steelstown Brian Ogs and Doire Trasna join the eight Inishowen clubs in two groups of six with the top two in each group qualifying for the semi-finals.In a gala finals night played under floodlights at The Scarvey before a very large crowd, the young boys from host club Buncrana retained their Under 9 title, which they won in the first year as they just got the better of a very talented Glenswilly side in a close contest.There was great anticipation on the terraces as the Buncrana Accordion Band led the teams out for the Under 11 Final between Malin and Glenswilly and not even Michael Murphy who was in attendance to support the rising stars from Glen, could have been disappointed at the intensity and standard of football on display in what a great advertisement for underage football in Donegal.In a thrilling contest between two highly talented and committed sides, which went right to the wire, the Glenswilly boys edged home by a single point much to the delight of their big travelling support. Overall, it was another fantastic ending to a great tournament, kindly sponsored once again by Donegal Animal Hospital which saw almost 500 boys and girls play their part in raising awareness of Childhood Cancer and also raising funds to help with the great work being carried out by volunteers of the Charity.Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) comprises volunteer parents whose children are in remission from various childhood cancers. Through the generosity of donors and work of our volunteers, we are funding play services on St John’s paediatric cancer day unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.CCF is also funding a medical research project in conjunction with UCD School of Nursing and St John’s Ward investigating the benefits of complementary therapy for children in active treatment for cancer. CCF also funds the internationally recognised Beads of Courage™ which is an arts in medicine programme provided to children with cancer and helps them to understand and cope with their cancer diagnosis. This programme has been wholehearted embraced by the children, their families and the medical staff at St John’s Ward.CCF will continue to run awareness campaigns including Light It Up Gold. It also promotes the recognition of the gold ribbon as the symbol of childhood cancer. We are advocating for the development of peer-to-peer support for parents and improved services for children with cancer and their families in the New National Cancer Strategy 2016-2025. The charity is also hosting the Parents and Survivors Track (Childhood Cancer International) of the 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Dublin 19th to 22nd October 2016.Childhood Cancer Foundation scores at Inishowen GAA Finals was last modified: October 6th, 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)last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL IN O’DONNELL PARK

first_imgGIRLS and boys teams from schools in the greater Letterkenny area competed in the Div1 Cumann na mBunscoil blitz on Wednesday.Here’s some of the line-ups of the children taking part.Above Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin (cailíní) Above: Lurgybrack BoysAbove: Illistrin Boys Above: Scoil ColmcilleAbove: Scoil Mhuire can SmálAbove: Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin (buachaillí)PICTURE SPECIAL: CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL IN O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 8th, 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:LETTERKENNY SCHOOLS GAA PRIMARYPICTURE SPECIAL: CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL IN O’DONNELL PARKlast_img read more

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Drake Athletics Has A Record-Setting Academic Year

first_imgDrake University student-athletes’ competitive performances in 2018-19 were overshadowed only by their performance in the classroom.The Bulldogs posted one of the most exceptional years ever in the classroom with numerous departmental, team and individual records set.”I am so proud of our student-athletes for the way they represented Drake University this academic year,” said Drake University director of athletics Brian Hardin. “Not only did Drake student-athletes experience unprecedented success in competition and the community this year, but their academic efforts were some of the best in Drake history.”Drake’s nearly 400 student-athletes recorded a combined GPA of 3.34 to tie for the highest in Drake history while all 18 teams had spring semester, year and cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better. Nearly 80 percent of those student-athletes posted a GPA of 3.0 or better in 2018-19.”Much of the credit goes to our student-athletes for committing to their studies, but I also commend our coaches for identifying and mentoring student-athletes that excel in Drake’s rigorous academic environment,” Hardin added. “I must also recognize the incredible work performed by Stephanie Sledge and Dalton Moberly in our Student-Athlete Academic Success Services department.”Four Drake programs also recorded the highest GPA in team history as men’s basketball, volleyball, women’s golf and rowing all recorded their highest GPAs ever.Individually, 19 Bulldogs achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs this past academic year.”We are humbled to work with student-athletes that push themselves every day to pursue challenging areas of study and excel in their coursework,” said Stephanie Sledge, Drake’s associate athletics director for Student-Athlete Academic Success Services. “Sustained academic success is the result of hard work by the student-athletes and support of the many dedicated faculty, coaches and staff at Drake that value the student-athlete experience.”Drake’s female student-athletes were particularly proficient with a combined GPA of 3.52 with each women’s team earning a 3.43 or better GPA. A total of 76 Drake student-athletes also received their degrees in 2018-19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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My Donegal …. with Michael ‘Cliffy’ Kelly

first_imgLetterkenny man Michael Cliffy Kelly is well-known across Donegal and always has a smile for people he meets. He is Business Development Manager with Eir Business. This is his My Donegal.Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The village of Church Hill. My wife Bernie runs Mary Alice’s Tea Room in the village and there is a great community spirit there. Both myself and Bernie’s family have strong family roots in the Church Hill and Glenswilly area so it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to open a business here. It is such a beautiful and tranquil place with loads for everyone to do with the new playground, The Glebe Gallery, Gartan Outdoor Centre, The birthplace of St. Colmcille to name just a few. It really is the scenic route to Glenveagh.Where in Donegal do you call home? Born and raised as a townie in Letterkenny but married to Bernie with two beautiful daughters Lauren and Shannon in beautiful Dunfanaghy for the last 17 years.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My father Hugh Kelly. A hard-working man all his life with over forty years on the road for Ever Ready batteries and the father of six children which was not always easy for him. We never went without. If I can be half the man and father that he is, I will be a very content man.What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction? Glenveagh National Park. Don’t go the main road. Go the scenic route via New Mills Flax Mill, Church Hill and Gartan. Sure you can stop off for a wee cuppa in Mary Alice’s when you’re passingDo you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Donegal Summers. The best County in Ireland when the sun is beaming downWhat would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal?Anywhere along the Wild Atlantic Way but in fairness when you live Dunfanaghy or have a business in Church Hill your ideal day out is on doorstep anyway. What is your favourite Donegal-made product?It’s hard to beat a nice fresh steak from Paddy Gildea’s farm. You know what you are getting and where it came from when you order at the counter at Gildeas Butchers at the foot of the town. You might even get a wee discount from Lee if Glenswilly won at the weekend.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Daniel O Donnell. He is known worldwide and is always promoting Donegal. I have met him a few times and he is always a gentleman. Always very accommodating. I had a recent charity auction and he donated two tickets for his concert as a prize. Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?In my opinion, it has to be Patrick J Doherty (Falcarragh or better known now as a Gweedore man) A true gentleman and entrepreneur who has changed the landscape, economics and fortunes of many towns in the County and has created untold employment. An unsung hero.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Michael Murphy. Another unassuming gentleman who just gets the job done. The current level and talent of football in Donegal today is all down to him and the achievements and rewards that he brought back to Donegal. Not only at County level but also at club level. Ask any child in the County today which who their favourite GAA player is……..Answer Michael MurphyWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Kellys Diner at the mountain top. The “best wee diner this side of El Paso” Always great food and service and is very family-friendly.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Bring the railway back. It has to be the worst decision ever made to rip it up and sell it off. A serious loss to the wee County.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?My granny Daid from the foot of the town used to have a wonderful saying every time we sat down at her kitchen table to eat:Eat you fill now, when you’re fills at you,You’ll get more wee filly more,When you’re done with whats thatWhich basically means eat it now when you’re hungry and you’ll get more if you’re still hungry. I still repeat it to this day to my own children when we sit down to eat.What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Brexit. Don’t even get me started on this one.What is your favourite Donegal food?Tough one this but it has to be the mini sliders at Backstage beside the cinema or the homemade scones at Mary Alice’sIs there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?It’s not promoted enough to the visitors from abroad who land at Dublin airport and are directed to the South of the country. Although it has changed slightly with likes of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Open at Ballyliffin, Sliabh League Cliffs, Glenveagh Castle etc I believe more can and should be done to highlight all that is good in this wonderful county. Up here it is different. It’s better.Do you have a favourite local band?Ego MinefieldIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would invest the whole lot in Church Hill. It’s worth every pennyDaniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O DonnellIs there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I am proud of my wife Bernie and children Lauren and Shannon for all the hard work that they put into Mary Alice’s on a daily basis. I work full time during the week as a BDM for Eir business and only get the chance at the weekends to be there. Without them there would be no Mary Alice’s. I am proud that we have a family business in the village as Bernie’s grandmother was from Corderry in Glendowan and the tea room is named after her. I’m proud to call Donegal my home.My Donegal …. with Michael ‘Cliffy’ Kelly was last modified: July 11th, 2019 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:Michael Cliffy KellyMY DONEGALlast_img read more

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Undefeated Huskies in for toughest test of season

first_imgThe Fortuna boys basketball team added another win to their undefeated record with an 83-48 win over Analy in the first round of the Windsor Holiday Classic Wednesday night. Zac Claus lead the way for his Huskies in the win with 27 points — thanks to an 8-11 night from a 3-point land. Bradley Willis threw in a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards and Donald Willis contributed 15 points in the win.The win was the first break out performance for Claus in 2018. His head coach Tony Miles …last_img

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Durban set for small craft harbour

first_img20 February 2009The construction of a small craft harbour at Durban’s Point Waterfront is expected to attract investment capital in excess of R6-billion to the province.Delivering his 2009 state of the province address on this week, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele said the small craft harbour would also create 6 000 to 8 000 direct new jobs during construction, and 6 000 permanent jobs once operational.“This excludes the thousands of indirect jobs created as a result of an investment project of this scale,” Ndebele told the provincial legislature.He added that once completed, the development would increase the rates base of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality by more than R100-million per annum.Mixed-use precinctThe development will comprise approximately 575 000 bulk square metres across a variety of usage types, including office, residential, retail and hotels, Ndebele said.According to Business Report, the development is being carried out by the Durban Point Development Company, a joint venture between Rocpoint, a subsidiary of Malaysian group Renong, and the Durban Infrastructural Development Trust, owned by the eThekwini Municipality. Metallon Properties has a contract to manage the development.At present, about 200 000 bulk square metres of this has been sold, representing virtually the entire stock of zoned land available prior to this week’s go-ahead from the province’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.“We foresee it becoming a safe, clean and vibrant environment, where all citizens, irrespective of class or race, can enjoy the best which Durban has to offer,” Ndebele said. “In short, we expect it to be on par with leading harbour rejuvenation projects around the world.”The decision to go ahead with the project, he explained, was consistent with the provincial government’s vision to position KwaZulu-Natal as one of the continent’s major growth nodes.ObjectionsA number of local watersport clubs had objected to the development on environmental and social grounds.According to the Daily News, a settlement was reached between the Durban Point Development Company and three watersport clubs in November, resulting in the Point Yacht Club, Durban Ski-Boat Club and Durban Undersea Club being relocated to a nearby site.The Durban Paddle Ski Club did not sign the agreement, however, and is currently studying the record of decision before deciding on what legal avenues to pursue.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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