Giants stomp all over POM Meros

first_imgAt their first bat, the Giants scored three runs after a hit to the outfield by Jay Selu brought home three runners.Keeping the Meros scoreless in the first inning, the Giants continued to pile on more runs.Jayden Lach smacked a ball to the left outfield and brought Kepas Mormor home. A home run by Ryan Meriman kept the scoreboard ticking,  bringing two more runners home plus himself.The next batter up, Consie Bais, hit the second homer for the game off the pitching of Mero’s Mosley Obed.By the third inning, the Meros made a change in the pitching, bringing on Joachim Pagal for Obed.Pagal helped restrict the Giants who only managed three runs in the last two innings.The Giants made a change in the pitching department, using Aaron Duronx. This helped the Meros who scored their first run through Joel Kua from a loose ball from Duronx.The Meros added another run from a safe hit from Julias Tatai before time in game was called.This is the second win for the Giants who beat the Madang Kings 4-2 yesterday.In the women’s first game for today, Madang were too strong for Buluminski, winning 7-1.last_img read more

Mahdia returns to normalcy after severe flash flooding – Mayor

first_imgThe mining town of Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), has returned to normalcy after it was hit by the recent flash flooding.Mayor David AdamsThe flood had inundated some 25 homes, creating discomfort and panic for residents of the mining town.Mayor David Adams, when contacted, told Guyana Times that the water had receded and the town has returned to normalcy while adding that the Centre for Disaster Control (CDC) has stepped in and assisted affected residents with hampers and other items.A team from the CDC headed by Captain Salim October conducted assessments at several locations which were hit the hardest by the flash flooding. Most of those affected were in houses built close to creeks and outfalls, despite warnings not to do so. The flash flood was as a result of torrential rains.Cleaning kits were distributed to affected households and additional supplies were mobilised and deployed to the region.The CDC, through the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS), is continuing to monitor the flood situation in various regions across the country. Currently, the focus is being placed on Aishalton and Sand Creek in the Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo region and Mahdia.Several areas that were inundated last weekAs the rainy season continues, authorities are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that lives and properties remain safe as far as possible.The Mayor noted that the Council is in the process of discussing the relocation of those affected persons. He added that they will commence interviews for the allocation of house lots in the area in close proximity to the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court, which is being constructed.Those lots were already identified and will be given to the affected residents free of cost, the Mayor said.The flash floods affected low lying parts of Mahdia and has highlighted the need for regularisation of properties in affected areas.Adams pointed out that the residents are being encouraged to relocate and occupy the other areas. He explained that a regularisation plan for the construction of homes is in the future plans for the mining town, which will prevent the recurrence of homeowners being affected by the seasonal flash floods.Meanwhile, residents have held miners liable for disrupting the drainage network in the area.Guyana Times has been informed that every time it rains, the water would drain from the hills and exit the land via creeks in the valleys.However, due to mining activities, the creeks are blocked, providing no pathway for the water to recede. As such, this causes an accumulation of water, which affects households in close proximity to creeks.“Usually, miners in the creek cause blockage, and so when the rain run off the mountain, it go cause the flooding. It ain’t get enough passage for the water pass through. Mining cause blockage in most of the creek, so that’s what does really cause the flooding but the water does normally run off in a day. It don’t normally remain,” this publication was told.Residents are certain that if actions are taken to preserve these natural landscapes on a regular basis, the possibility of flooding would decrease.One resident who has observed this activity, Rohan, told this publication that there has been mild rainfall over the past days, which has posed no major threat.While the area is prone to flooding during the rainy season, this was the largest flash flood seen in years.Meanwhile, the Natural Resources Ministry has pledged to desalinate the creek waters to provide for easy drainage.last_img read more

Fort St. John to taste local produce

first_img– Advertisement – Residents are being encouraged to try locally harvested food from the Peace Region. Five local restaurants will be encorporating local produce into their menus. Whole Wheat & Honey, Patch Java, CJ’s Java on Main, Casey’s Pub and Diner on 93rd will all be using local produce and meats. Taste of the Town began in 2009 with only two restaurants participating. For more information, contact the City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre at 250-785-3033 or visitorinfo@fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more

Iraq partition is condemned

first_imgThe ministry did not further identify those killed, but use of the word “terrorists” normally indicates al-Qaida. In a separate operation, U.S. forces killed two insurgents and detained 21 others during weekend operations against al-Qaida. Intelligence led to a raid early Sunday that netted what the U.S. military called 15 rogue members of the Mahdi Army militia at an undisclosed Baghdad location. The Senate resolution, adopted last week, proposed reshaping Iraq according to three sectarian or ethnic territories. It calls for a limited central government with the bulk of power going to the country’s Shiite, Sunni or Kurdish regions, envisioning a power-sharing agreement similar to the one that ended the 1990s war in Bosnia. Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, a Democrat presidential candidate, was a prime sponsor. In a highly unusual statement, the U.S. Embassy said resolution would seriously hamper Iraq’s future stability. “Our goal in Iraq remains the same: a united, democratic, federal Iraq that can govern, defend, and sustain itself,” the unsigned statement said. “Iraq’s leaders must and will take the lead in determining how to achieve these national aspirations. … attempts to partition or divide Iraq by intimidation, force or other means into three separate states would produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed,” it said. The statement came just hours after representatives of Iraq’s major political parties denounced the Senate proposal. The Kurds in three northern Iraqi provinces are running a virtually independent country within Iraq while nominally maintaining relations with Baghdad. They support a formal division, but both Sunni and Shiite Muslims have denounced the proposal. At least nine Iraqi political parties and party blocs – both Shiite and Sunni – said the Senate resolution would diminish Iraq’s sovereignty and said they would try to pass a law to ban any division of the country. “This proposal was based on the incorrect reading and unrealistic estimations of Iraq’s past, present and future,” according to a statement read at a news conference by Izzat al-Shahbandar, a representative of the secular Iraqi National List. On Friday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told The Associated Press that “dividing Iraq is a problem, and a decision like that would be a catastrophe.” Iraq’s constitution lays down a federal system, allowing Shiites in the south, Kurds in the north and Sunnis in the center and west of the country to set up regions with considerable autonomous powers. Nevertheless, ethnic and sectarian turmoil have snarled hopes of negotiating such measures, especially given deep divisions on sharing the country’s vast oil resources. Oil reserves and existing fields would fall mainly into the hands of Kurds and Shiites if such a division were to occur. Also Sunday, a judge delayed court proceedings for a second U.S. Army sniper accused in the deaths of two unarmed Iraqi civilians a day after a military panel sentenced a 22-year-old specialist to five months in prison for his role in the killings. Jorge G. Sandoval was convicted Thursday of planting evidence on one of the unidentified Iraqis killed last spring. He was acquitted of two murder charges. Sandoval had faced five charges in the deaths of the two unidentified Iraqi men.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POLITICS: Nation’s leaders joined by U.S. Embassy in denouncing Senate’s resolution. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles over the weekend, with most of the casualties believed to have been al-Qaida fighters, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, joined a broad swath of Iraqi politicians – both Shiite and Sunni – in criticizing a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution seen here as a recipe for splitting the country along sectarian and ethnic lines. The U.S. military also announced the death of an American soldier killed Saturday in a roadside bombing and gunfire attack in eastern Baghdad. There were 62 U.S. military deaths in September, the lowest monthly toll since July 2006 when 43 American soldiers were killed, according to a preliminary Associated Press tally. U.S. aircraft killed more than 20 al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. “Coalition forces have dealt significant blows to Al-Qaida Iraq in recent months, including the recent killing of the Tunisian head of the foreign fighter network in Iraq and the blows struck in the past 24 hours,” military spokesman Col. Steven Boylan told The Associated Press. Iraq’s Defense Ministry said in an e-mail Sunday afternoon that Iraqi soldiers had killed 44 “terrorists” over the past 24 hours. The operations were centered in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces and around the city of Kirkuk, where the ministry said its soldiers had killed 40 and arrested eight. It said 52 fighters were arrested altogether. last_img read more

DONEGAL DRAWN AGAINST KILDARE IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL

first_imgDonegal have been drawn against Kildare in the All Ireland quarter final.The game wil be played next weekend but a venue has not yet been decided upon.It may be part of a double-header put on by GAA central council at Croke Park. Jim Mc Guinness’ side made the last eight after securing the Ulster title with a win over Derry last weekend.Kildare booked their place in the quarter-finals with at the expense of the Oak Leaf county, beating them by 19 points to 13 at Croke Park yesterday.Many see the draw as being kind to Donegal and they have avoided other fancied teams including Cork and even another showdown with Tyrone.Tyrone, the only other Ulster side still left in the draw, will face Leinster Champions Dublin in the last eight – if they can see off the challenge of Roscommon in the fourth round. Mickey Harte’s side are a round behind after their third round meeting with Armagh was delayed by the Orchard County’s replay against Wicklow.Elsewhere defending All-Ireland champions Cork will face Connacht champions Mayo, while Munster kingpins Kerry take on Wicklow.All four games are set to be played on the weekend of July 30th, with times and dates to be finalised by the Central Competitions Control Committee in the coming weekDONEGAL DRAWN AGAINST KILDARE IN ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL was last modified: July 24th, 2011 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:All Ireland final finaldonegalkildarelast_img read more

Rowing Places Fifth At 2017 MAAC Championship

first_img“We raced hard today against some very tough competition,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We wanted to send our seniors out with a win and bring home medals. They have given four years and we owe them a lot and we wanted to do it for them. Just didn’t happen. That is how sports goes sometimes and it didn’t go our way this year at conference. Still I’m very proud of how the team came together all year and raced hard and supported each other. Good foundation this year with some nice wins and sending us in right direction for next year.” Drake had two boats, the varsity 4+ and the varsity 8+, advance from the morning’s heat sessions to the grand finals in the afternoon. In the grand finals, the Bulldogs’ varsity 8 boat placed fourth while the varsity 4 boat was sixth. Drake’s other boat, the 2nd varsity 8+, took first in the petite grand final as it topped Sacred Heart, Manhattan and Stetson. 2nd Varsity 8+Miranda Peterson (cox) (River Forest, Ill.)Maddie Coffman (Phoenix, Ariz.)Sarah Larson (Watertown, S.D.)Ingrid McNeely (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)Melanie Dahlstrom (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)Mikaela Janes (Jackson, Wis.)Audrey Baumeister (Chicago, Ill.)Julie Shipley (St. Louis, Mo.)Elise Nikolic (Champlin, Minn.) Grand Finals ResultsVarsity 4 1st Place: Jacksonville, 8:21.9092nd Place: Marist, 8:22.8493rd Place: Fairfield, 8:53.2844th Place: Canisius, 8:58.1675th Place: Manhattan, 8:59.1376th Place: Drake, 9:12.200 WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Drake rowing team finished fifth at the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on Friday on Lake Mercer. Jacksonville won its fourth-consecutive MAAC Championship to claim the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Drake LineupsVarsity 8+Liz Rambhia (cox) (Middletown, Conn.)Gabrielle Brodek (Hampden, Maine)Madison Peterson (River Forest, Ill.)Sarah Frantik (Oswego, Ill.)Jessica Rebischke (Lakeville, Minn.)Sarah Konopacki (Batavia, Ill.)Haley Abrams (Byron, Minn.)Kerstin Donat (Vilsbiburg, Germany)Shelley Hunter (Ontario, Calif.)center_img 2nd Varsity 8 Petite Final1st Place: Drake, 8:09.8932nd Place: Sacred Heart, 8:17.6903rd Place: Manhattan, 8:43.4384th Place: Stetston, 8:47.962 Jacksonville scored a total of 60 points claim the title, and it is the first-time Jacksonville swept every race in the MAAC Championship. Marist College came in second place with 54 points and Canisius College rounded out the top three with 45 points. In fourth place was Fairfield University with 42 points and in fifth place was Drake with 34 points. Robert Morris University finished with 26 points to earn sixth place, Sacred Heart earned 23 points which put them in seventh place. Iona College placed eight with 18 points. Manhattan College and Stetson University rounded out the competition with 16 and 11 points respectively. Varsity 8 1st Place: Jacksonville, 7:21.1902nd Place: Marist, 7:26.8833rd Place: Canisius, 7:32.8864th Place: Drake, 7:38.1235th Place: Fairfield, 7:48.5166th Place: Sacred Heart, 7:55.433 Varsity 4+ Madeline Killian (cox) (Mendota Heights, Minn.)Ryli Smith (Ankeny, Iowa)Julie Uram (Rockford, Ill.)Lauren Bascio (Springfield, Ill.)Lindsay Finnell (Springfield, Ill.) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Picture special: All the faces and smiles from 22nd North West 10k

first_imgA huge crowd took part in the 22nd North West 10k on Sunday.The fundraising 10k, held in Letterkenny, has become a huge hit in the calendar.A total of 1,204 runners finished on Sunday. Jimmy Harte officially got the participants on their way, while Diabetes Ireland and the Breastcare Northwest were the two chosen charities this year. Picture special: All the faces and smiles from 22nd North West 10k was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Woman recovering after being struck by SUV

first_imgA woman is recovering after being struck by an SUV outside Buncrana this evening.The crash happened at Ludden, Buncrana after 7pm.A Garda spokesman told Donegal Daily “A female was struck by an SUV. She has been taken to Hospital in Letterkenny, her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.” Gardai say they are carrying out a full investigation into the cause of the crash.Woman recovering after being struck by SUV was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:buncranacrashGardaisuvlast_img read more

Exclusive: Investigation as patient lists of 33 people found dumped on street

first_imgTwo lists containing the names and details of 33 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital were found dumped in Letterkenny in recent weeks, Donegal Daily can reveal.The latest serious breach in patient confidentiality has been confirmed to us by Saolta, the company which governs the hospital.A spokesperson confirmed that two separate patient lists were found in Letterkenny in both March and May of this year. The first list was found in refuse by a litter warden and handed over.The second list was also found by a member of the public and contained a total of 33 names.All 33 people on the list were contacted and apologised to.Saolta also notified the Data Protection Commissioner’s office about the security breach. A spokesperson told Donegal Daily “Letterkenny University Hospital takes all breaches of Data Protection seriously and all such cases are managed in line with HSE policy.“In March this year, the hospital was made aware of a patient list (not a medical file) which was contained in refuse collected by the litter warden in Letterkenny, in addition in May this year the hospital was advised that a further patient list had been identified off-site.“In these cases, the hospital retrieved the information and contacted each patient (33 in total) to advise them and apologised to them.“The hospital has very clear data protection guidelines in place and staff are regularly advised of their responsibility to protect patient data.”The latest patient scandal comes after we revealed that a medical file on an elderly woman was found in a Letterkenny park on Sunday afternoon last. That was followed by a medical file belonging to a cancer patient being found outside an apartment block on High Road in Letterkenny.County councillor Gerry McMonagle asked how many such lists and further information are floating around the streets of Letterkenny and further afield?“I am stunned by the extent of this breach of patient confidentiality. It seems to be getting bigger and bigger.“These are the ones that we know about but how many more lists and files are out there blowing around the streets with personal medical details of patients on them. “This has not happened by accident. Staff from the hospital do not go out and dump confidential information in a skip down the town in Letterkenny,” he said.He said a full review of how the hospital now disposes of and handles patient information must now be undertaken.“If this happened in March and the hospital authorities knew about it I want to know what they have done about it.“Also I want to know if a private company is handling the disposal of materials from the hospital and what protocols they are following,” he said.Exclusive: Investigation as patient lists of 33 people found dumped on street was last modified: June 14th, 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:breachdonegalfoundhospitalletterkennylistpatientSaoltaStreetlast_img read more

Bye Bye Bajaj

first_imgIt was a purchase to be remembered.There was the years-long waiting list to buy it and the jealous stares once you finally got it home. There was the pride of that first ride when, weaving through the streets, you knew that you’d finally — finally! — made it to the middle class.Outwardly it was just a scooter, a spluttering two-stroke Indian-made Bajaj with three gears. All too often, it came painted a sickly avocado-green.But in a time of empty shops and a hobbled economy, it was success.  A scooter repair shop, in New Delhi, India.“This was something big,” said Yash Tekwani, a well-to-do New Delhi businessman who can still picture the day in the early 1970s when his father, who ran a tobacco shop, drove home a blue Bajaj. In a working-class neighborhood where most people had only bicycles, the neighbors turned out to gawk. “It was a joyous occasion.”The joy, though, is ending.At the end of March, Bajaj’s last scooter factory rolled out its last scooter, ending an era in India’s transition from dreary socialist behemoth into a consumerist powerhouse. And those one-time icons of middle-class achievement will be left to secondhand dealers and armies of sidewalk mechanics.Because in modern India, modest dependability just isn’t enough.“People have more money to spend today,” said Pradeep Tyagi. He sells used motorcycles in the New Delhi neighborhood of Karol Bagh, where dozens of used-car and motorcycle dealers — and a handful of scooter shops — are jammed into a few narrow lanes. “No one wants to spend that money on a scooter.”Wander among the neighborhood’s tiny, dusty shops and it becomes clear how India’s aspirations have changed. Second hand scooter dealers Gulshan Marwah, left, with his son Neeraj Marwah at their shop, in New Delhi. “Bajaj can shut down,but I’ll still be selling them.”Because while India still has desperate poverty — more than one-third of the population lives on less than $1 per day — it has also become a nation of fierce consumers, its buying habits nurtured by a growing economy, easier loans and relentless advertising. In places like Karol Bagh, that means people who once would have aspired to scooters now want motorcycles. And everyone dreams of cars.Just ask Maug Lal. On a recent morning, the 32-year-old garbage collector was outside a Karol Bagh shop, staring longingly at a Honda motorcycle. The bike was red, streaked with racing decals and only slightly used.He had come to look at scooters. Instead, he found himself among the motorcycles. He couldn’t afford one — a low-end used model costs $350; a decent used scooter costs less than half that — but he mumbled that eventually he would be able to save up the money. It would only take four years.Lal kept his fingers resting on the Honda as a friend spoke up for him. “The motorcycle is a real man’s vehicle,” said Mohammed Tajuddin Khan. “When you sit on it you look strong.”It wasn’t always like this.Thirty years ago, India’s economy was mired in central planning and government regulations, back when foreign companies were largely frozen out of the Indian market and only a handful of people could afford anything more than a bicycle.Enter the Bajaj family, owners of a business empire with roots in cotton, steel mills and the beginnings of the scooter business.Bajaj brought mobility to the Indian masses, making a clunky, affordable machine that, with a little squeezing, could carry an entire family. That image — dad driving with one child standing between his knees, while mom rides behind him holding the baby — became emblematic of India’s slow move into modernity.It seemed like a miracle. And one where only the driver had to wear a helmet.At one point, the best-selling Bajaj model, the Chetak, was selling 100,000 units per month. The waiting list could last a decade and desperate buyers would pay huge premiums above the list price to get one. For a time, Bajaj was the world’s largest scooter manufacturer.Its 1980s sales campaign, an ode to patriotism and nascent consumerism, became iconic on its own, with TV ads showing young boys clutching Indian flags and happy families gathering around scooters.“The Bajaj is ours,” the jingle said, ignoring the fact that the design was largely borrowed from the Italian Vespa.So when Bajaj announced late last year it was discontinuing its scooter business to concentrate on motorcycles, the news set off a wave of hand-wringing: Indian newspaper editorials bemoaned the changing times; Old Bajaj scooter ads became TV and Internet sensations.“Exit an icon,” the Statesman newspaper declared. “Salute the scooter.”Bajaj, though, wasn’t thinking about icons when it made its decision. Scooter sales have plummeted in this decade as motorcycle sales have boomed. Bajaj stopped most scooter production four years ago. Pronob Biswas with his family rides on his Bajaj Scooter, in New Delhi.“We too feel nostalgic about how dear Bajaj scooters have been to the Indian middle class,” Milind Bade, a top Bajaj official told reporters. “But the business has to move on.”In many ways, Bajaj was simply moving with the Indian economy, which has blossomed since it was opened to outside investment in the late 1980s.By conservative estimates, the Indian middle class is now thought to number about 50 million people, more than five times as many as the early 1970s. More generous estimates put the middle class as high as 250 million — roughly a quarter of the population.They are desperate to buy. The avalanche of advertising — for TVs, apartment complexes, cars, cell phones, sex therapists, silk suits and saris — can make this country look like another America, a place where buying is a sport and a pastime.Along the way, Bajaj has also changed. First it modernized its scooters for increasingly finicky buyers, and then shifted decisively to motorcycles. Its last scooter, the Kristal, sells for about $750 — compared to nearly $2,000 for its best-selling Pulsar motorcycle.Despite the price difference, motorcycle sales reached almost 220,000 in December, an 86 percent increase compared to the same month one year earlier. Only a few hundred scooters were sold.And cars? They are now the new middle-class aspiration. Car sales reached almost 154,000 in February — the highest-selling month ever, and 33 percent more than one year earlier. Last year the Indian-made Tata Nano went on sale at around $2,400, making headlines with its claim to be the world’s cheapest car. While not yet in full production and fairly uncommon on Indian roads, analysts expect the Nano to soon become ubiquitous.If this can make India seem like a place where those clunky Bajaj scooters will soon be forgotten, Neeraj Marwah will make sure that won’t happen.He is an often-scowling man with a scraggly three-day beard whose family has been selling used scooters for two generations. He works out of a concrete store the size of a garage, sitting behind a desk that looks ready to collapse.Young people prefer motorcycles these days, he admits, but there are still millions of Indians out there yearning for their first Bajaj scooter. The are cheap, dependable and easy to repair. Marwah says he’ll be fixing them up and selling them for decades.“Every day I sell at least one of these things,” he said, shrugging. “Bajaj can shut down, but I’ll still be selling them. People will always want them, and I’ll always have some to sell.”   Related Itemslast_img read more