Hire car drivers at the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction who ply the West Bank Demerara route were given the shock of their lives on Friday last after a “No Stopping” sign was painted along the area where they would usually park. This has now led to the drivers calling for the intervention of the relevant authorities since they are maintaining that the sign was illegally extended to cover their area at the request of a popular businessman.Some of the affected driversThe designated hire car park taken over by private carsAccording to them, the businessman would have acquired a property in the vicinity of their parking area and ever since, he has been abusive towards them. They related that he continuously threatened to have the sign painted there. The drivers said that they paid him no mind and went on plying their trade but on Friday they were quite surprised when they saw persons repainting the previous “No Stopping” sign as well as extending it.Guyana’s traffic regulations dictate that vehicles are not allowed to stop within 30ft of a corner or junction but the drivers are contending that the sign exceeds the stipulated 30ft.Lakeram (only name given) said he has been plying the West Bank Demerara route for over 25 years now and this is the first time he has experienced such an issue. He noted that their livelihoods are now being affected and most of the drivers out there are working and paying for their vehicles.“We begging that the relevant authority to give us our spot back so that we can park and we can support our family and transport the people smoothly. Them just come here and put this sign and didn’t tell anybody anything and that is not fair. Them need to tell us and find somewhere for we to go because this is not good enough for we,” he said.Meanwhile, Keon James questioned whether it is only the business folks that matter in society.“We does pay our taxes too and we deserve to get our spot to work because we are here and are not bothering anybody. This spot here [at the Junction] is where all the passengers come. They does come from all over the West Coast, from Essequibo, from the islands and even people does come over with the speedboats from town. They do their shopping and come here to get a car to go on the West Bank. It is ridiculous now that we don’t have a place to go,” James said.The driver said he has been on the road for over five years and is calling for the return of their spot. He lauded the system the drivers have developed over the years and noted that it is now being threatened by them being displaced.Another driver, Jason, said he is now worried about the future of his family. He noted that a little over two years ago, he lost his job at the Wales Estate and resorted to driving a car because of the lack of employment opportunities.“I am driving hire car for about 9 years now but is only two years now since I doing this full time. I start because the estate close down and now they want take this away too. The supermarket man already tell us that he is going to put this sign here and we want to know if he is bigger than the law because he can do what he want,” he said.“I come here to make my daily bread. We can’t go and thief if that is what they want we do. We have to come here and get we daily bread and we got we family to take care of. Man I don’t know what they want we do now because it nah got space for we up the stelling there,” Jason added.There is a designated parking spot for hire car drivers close to the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling, however, the spots are used by private vehicles who have the blessings of Police Officers. When the hire car drivers complain to the officers, they are told to “come early and hold yuh spot”.The drivers are also calling on the Traffic Chief and the other parties to meet with them to discuss the issue. The drivers are now contemplating their next move since there is nowhere for them and the No Stopping sign means more fuel for the vehicles and very little money to take home.When contacted, Traffic Chief Linden Isles related that he is not aware of the situation and calls to Divisional Commander, Edmond Cooper’s phone went unanswered.
The City says the work was inconvenient, but needed to be done. They thank the employees and customers of businesses nearby that were affected for their patience during construction. The City of Fort St. John says Phase 2 of the Major Storm Sewer Project is now complete.Along 96A Street below 93 Avenue, 575 meters of 2.1 m pipe was installed below the road to prevent flooding during major rain events and thawing in the spring.The budget for this project was $6.2 million. While all final numbers have yet been finalized, the cost is expected to be approximately $4.2 million.- Advertisement -A new road surface along 96A Avenue and small portion of 93 Avenue was also installed including street lighting.A request will be made to Council to provide funding for Phase 3 of the project in 2016. The City is looking at a budget of $4 million for this part, says General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland.This phase will have the storm sewer line continue down 93 Avenue to 102 Street.Advertisement
0Shares0000Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time this weekend © AFP / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 18 – Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable start to the season.The Arsenal great came through the youth system at the principality club in the 1990s, and is now mirroring the start of his playing career with his first job as a head coach, after a two-year spell as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side. The 41-year-old has a difficult job ahead of him, with Monaco occupying the relegation play-off spot and only above the bottom two on goal difference, and he knows that his immediate job is just to arrest the slide.“How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions League,” said Henry ahead of his first game in charge at Strasbourg on Saturday.“At other clubs, it’s winning the league or helping players get better.“Long term, it’s really far away when I know the situation we’re in here and what we need to do.”Leonardo Jardim was sacked as Monaco boss last week after a hugely successful spell in charge which saw the club win the French title in 2017 and finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season, but the constant changes of playing personnel eventually got the better of him.Monaco have gone 10 matches without a win since beating Nantes on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, including home defeats by Angers and Rennes in recent weeks.Their fans will be desperately hoping that Henry, who scored over 400 goals in a glittering playing career, can coax the best out of under-performing youngsters like Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin.“For me, a coach is supposed to make people better first and foremost,” 1998 World Cup winner Henry said.“Improving players for me is already a success, but then you have different types of success.”– PSG eye perfect 10 –Mbappe scored four goals in 13 minutes in PSG’s last outing against Lyon © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPSG host Amiens on Saturday eyeing a record-extending 10th straight win to start the season after Kylian Mbappe’s four-goal heroics inspired a 5-0 thrashing of Lyon before the international break.The teenager ran riot at the Parc des Princes that day, saying that he “should have scored more”, and Amiens will be hoping Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are distracted by Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli.The French striker has already scored 10 goals in just seven matches for PSG this term, and even featured on the front cover of Time magazine earlier this month.The capital-city giants broke the 82-year-old record held by Olympique Lillois for most consecutive victories at the start of a French top-flight campaign, and coach Thomas Tuchel gave the players who were not on international duty the week off as reward.With the title already all but in the bag, it could be tempting for PSG to take their foot off the pedal and focus on European matters, but the runaway leaders have shown no signs of that so far, netting 32 times.With Lyon and Monaco both out of sorts, Lille have taken the early advantage in the race to qualify for the Champions League — Christophe Galtier’s men sit second, eight points adrift of PSG and three clear of Marseille.Player to watch: Florian ThauvinThauvin was replaced by Thomas Lemar after less than an hour of the friendly draw against Iceland © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe 25-year-old winger has been in red-hot form since the start of last season, and his Marseille side make the short trip to take on Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Sunday. Thauvin, who has scored 44 league goals since returning to France in 2016 after an ill-fated spell at Newcastle, will be looking to make a point after an underwhelming display in France’s friendly draw with Iceland.Ligue 1 fixturesFridayLyon v Nimes (9:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Amiens (6pm), Caen v Guingamp, Dijon v Lille, Nantes v Toulouse, Reims v Angers, Strasbourg v Monaco (9pm)SundayMontpellier v Bordeaux (4pm), Saint-Etienne v Rennes (6pm0), Nice v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Juventus star Paul Pogba 1 Juventus rejected ‘formal proposals’ for Chelsea and Manchester City target Paul Pogba in the summer, according to club director Giuseppe Marotta.The midfielder was linked with all of Europe’s top clubs in the summer, including Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Both Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested but no move took place during the transfer window.And now Juventus director Marotta has revealed that Juventus rejected several offers from big sides.“We received formal proposals from top clubs for Pogba, but we rejected them out of hand,” Marotta told Sport Mediaset,“This season we put more responsibility on his shoulders, so he has many more games to improve.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson At LA/Ontario International Airport, more than 225,000 passengers are expected during the holiday period that began Dec. 21, a 5 percent jump over last year. Airport officials said passengers should arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international travel, particularly during peak hours of 6 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. With winter storms affecting some portions of the country, travelers were urged to contact their airlines to check flight times. Things were proceeding relatively smoothly at Los Angeles International Airport this morning, with airport officials reporting no delays for inbound and departing flights. Nearly 2 million people are expected to pass through LAX between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2, up 3 percent over last year’s Christmas-New Year Holiday period. Tom Winfrey, a spokesman for Los Angeles World Airports, the Los Angeles city agency that operates LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport, credited an improvement in the weather for the absence of major delays for arriving flights this morning. To the extent that there was passenger congestion at LAX terminals, it was consistent with the pattern of heavier holiday traffic, he said. Mostly full flights are forecast for the remainder of the holiday travel period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The new chat feature will begin to show up in some Gmail accounts today and should reach all users within the next few weeks, said Salar Kamangar, Google’s vice president of product management. “We didn’t think it made sense for there to be this artificial separation that currently exists between e-mailing and chatting,” he said. “People don’t want to have to have two separate contact lists for e-mail and instant messaging.” The new chat feature only will work if both users have Gmail accounts or already belong to a service compatible with Google’s instant messaging service. Besides Google’s own services, the network also includes EarthLink, Jabber.org, Sipphone’s Gizmo Project, Chikka in the Philippines, Singapore’s MediaRing, Italy’s Tiscali and China’s Netease. By further blurring the lines between instant messaging and e-mail, Google is hoping to gain ground on the current market leaders – Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s America Online. Google introduced its e-mail service in April 2004 and unveiled its instant messaging service last August, long after the market leaders had amassed loyal audiences. SAN FRANCISCO – Online search engine leader Google Inc. is wedding its instant messaging and e-mail services in the same Web browser, hoping the convenience will lure users from the larger communications networks operated by its chief rivals. The new chat feature to be unveiled today will provide users of Google’s Gmail service with a list of contacts drawn from past e-mail exchanges and then signal who’s available for online conversations. Automatic status reports about the online availability of friends, family and co-workers have been a hallmark of instant messaging services for years. Google hopes to make it even simpler to connect with an online contact by allowing users to initiate an electronic conversation within the same Web browser showing an e-mailbox, bypassing the need to switch to a separate instant messaging application. The communications services are valuable because they help foster user loyalty and give people another reason to return to a Web site. Google expanded into the field so it would have more chances to display the online ads that account for most of its profits, which totaled $1.5 billion on sales of $6.1 billion last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ramelton sees the Christmas light after official switch-on last year.With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better time than to get into the festive season than Ramelton where the Christmas lights switch on takes place tomorrow night (Tues).As many may have noticed, a team of volunteers have spent day and night on the streets of Ramelton for the past 3 weeks erecting the Christmas lights display.This display is very unique as all our special features are handmade in the community by a team of dedicated volunteers and funded by our local community.Without the funds or the dedication of the volunteers this display would not be possible. After major success of last year’s switch on by Jimmy Buckley we have decided once again to invite you all to Gambles Square, Ramelton on Tuesday the 1st December at 7:30pm to switch on the Christmas Lights display for 2015.This year’s display is bigger and better than previous years featuring lights that will be revealed for the first time on Tuesday night.The switch-on event will commence at 7:30pm sharp by one of Irelands top country music stars, Robert Mizzell.Robert and his band will be live on the gig-rig at Gambles Square at 7:30pm where they will play a two hour concert for a small cover charge of €5 with children under 12 going free. Robert and his band will perform to 8:30pm, before he switches on Rameltons stretch of Christmas lights. Robert will then play on till 9:30pm to finish of the night. Gambles Square will be closed on Tuesday evening to facilitate the event. Parking will be sign posted and stewards will be present at each car park.A huge crowd is expected so leave yourself plenty of time so you don’t miss this opportunity.Organsiers invite everyone young and old to invite your friends and to come out and show Robert Mizzell what a wee town like Ramelton can pull off.RAMELTON COUNTS DOWN TO THE BIG SWITCH-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: November 30th, 2015 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 lightsRameltonSwitch on
This year’s Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, to be launched by the great Danny Meehan, will run from Sunday 27 December to Friday 1 January 2016 in the spectacular setting of the parish of Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal. Bígí linn! Following last year’s inaugural Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair (taking up from where the Frankie Kennedy Winter School left off), the emphasis this year for the School is on the quality of the workshops.That quality starts with the tutors, and is reflected in the impressive line-up of leading musicians running the workshops this year: Harry Bradley, Barry Kerr, Anna Friel, Maureen McGrattan, Bríd Harper, Martin McGinley, Cathal Hayden, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Claire Friel, Gay McKeon, Síle Friel, Conor Day, Séamus O’Kane, Máire Ní Choilm, Máirtín O’Connor, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Conor Caldwell, Séamie O’Dowd, Edwina Guckian. (There’s also an arts and crafts class and an Irish language class.)Speaking on behalf of the Scoil Geimhridh organisers, Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, Cathal Ó Gallchóir said, “We are delighted to have all those great musicians and experienced tutors leading the classes, and because it’s so rare, we are particularly pleased to have Máirtín [O’Connor] among them.“We know from feedback that this is key to a successful week for our pupils. The fact that these musicians give up such a special time of year proves what a special experience it is for everyone.”The very special and intimate character of this school comes from both the celebrated hospitality of the local people and from the concerted effort made by the organisers to take care of guests. This comes across loud and clear in the comments from some of last year’s pupils, who identified things like the “good ambience in the classes”, the “warm welcome from everyone”, and the “good mood … information … [and] kindness of all the organisers”.It was all summed up in Irish by another student as follows: “Eagraithe go maith. Bia galánta. Foirgnimh ar dóigh – te, lárnach, uile in aon ionad amháin. Réimse mhaith ranganna & coirmeacha. Maith Sibh!”And when all the learning and eating is done, there is a concert programme that would be the envy of any city venue at the height of the festival season, including Téada with Seamus Begley for the all-important New Year’s Eve concert; the trio featuring Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Trevor Hutchinson who have been on a successful nationwide tour for the last few months; the Máirtín O’Connor trio; and Buttons and Bows (Jackie Daly, the McGuire brothers and Garry O’Briain), to name just a few of the nearly fifteen or so events taking place.Of special note is the An Crann Óg event on the Thursday, a concert which showcases many of the younger musicians from Gaoth Dobhair and beyond who frequent the festival annually.“It brings the whole thing full circle to see the younger generation performing on the same stage,” observed Ó Gallchóir. THIS YEAR’S SCOIL GHEIMHRIDH TO BE LAUNCHED BY THE GREAT DANNY MEEHAN was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
FEATURES: Donegal South Forum and Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) hosted a networking event for members of community and voluntary groups in South Donegal on Wednesday evening in Balintra Community Hall.The event brought together members of local community groups within South Donegal and provided people within the area with an opportunity to link together and discuss the many projects, activities and voluntary projects that do significant work each day within the local community. Speaking on the success of the event, Mary McGowan, Chairperson of Donegal South Forum told Donegal Daily, “This is the first in a series of events that we are planning for 2016 that will enable members of local community groups to share information on the activities, supports and services which they provide. “There is a wide variety of groups and community projects in the South Donegal area. Everyone involved in the planning and delivery of community activities can be very proud of their achievements and we aim to help them showcase these achievements.”The event brought together speakers and representatives from Ballyshannon Pantomime Society, Ballyshannon Drama Society, The Breesy Centre Parent and toddler group, Donegal Walk and Talk group, Rossnowlagh Womens group, the Michael Gallagher Dance Group, Donegal Sports Partnership, Donegal House of Stories, Donegal South Forum, Killybegs Mesn Shed, Donegal Social Prescribing and DLDC. People who attended had an opportunity to find out about these groups and how to get involved in their activities. Music and entertainment was provided by Danny Meehan and Farrah Boyle.Donegal South Forum representatives works with a range of state agencies and partners to promote the interests of local community groups and organisations throughout South Donegal. The group would like to express their sincere thanks to all who took part in the event and made it a great success.For more information on the event and upcoming activities please contact DLDC on 07491 27056.The project was supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SOUTH DONEGAL HOST NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“They were just everywhere,” Hahn said. The crash was in the truck lanes from the southbound Route 14 to the southbound I-5. The truck lanes – designed to take big rigs off treacherous stretches of roadway – were shut down for several hours. Normally, officers recommend passenger vehicles stay off the truck lanes, but in this instance there’s an off-ramp to The Old Road, Hahn said. “We can’t restrict access because of the off-ramp,” she said. “But, in general, a lot of car drivers don’t realize how difficult it is for truck to maneuver or stop. They can weight over 50,000 pounds if they’re loaded. “If you cut them off, they can’t stop.” NEWHALL – A man and woman were seriously injured Thursday morning when three big rigs tangled with passenger vehicles on the sky-high truck lanes in the Newhall Pass. Charlana Ragland, 37, of Littlerock suffered severe injuries and had to be pried from her sport utility vehicle as morning traffic backed up for miles on the Antelope Valley Freeway (14), where it pours into Interstate 5 junction. It was 8:13 a.m. when the driver of one of three 18-wheel double dump trucks on the transition road lost his brakes, rear-ended another rig, hit Ragland’s Mitsubishi Montero, spun out and hit the side of the two-lane route that passes high over the interchange, said Officer Wendy Hahn of the Highway Patrol. The truck that was rear-ended then jackknifed into a “W” across the lanes, Hahn said. Its driver, Ashour Youkhana, 46, of Northridge also suffered serious injuries as a pickup truck, two sedans and a flatbed tow truck carrying a van hit the wreckage in a chain-reaction. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!