Dennis Street, Sophia Road reopens ahead of schedule

first_imgThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) advises the general public that Dennis Street and the Sophia Access Road between ‘A’ Field and Eastern Highway, Georgetown, is now reopened to vehicular traffic, days ahead of its scheduled completion.Construction works on this road began on April 4 and was slated to be completed by April 18. However, recognising that the closed area was an important one for residents and commuters in Sophia, general contractor Colin Talbot and his team worked harder to ensure the work was done before its deadline.The newly rehabilitated Sophia Access RoadThe road works saw the completion of approximately 300 metres of timber revetment along Dennis Street, Sophia. This construction included the installation of steel tie-rods and “dead man” structures.Besides Sophia, the MPI will be undertaking other major infrastructural works in Pattensen and Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, as part of its Urban Areas Development Plan for 2016.The MPI extended appreciation to the general public – and particularly the community of Sophia – for its patience and understanding during the construction period.last_img read more

Children’s Use of the Internet in Liberia: Why We Should be Concerned

first_imgIn Liberia, and the world over, many parents do not pay attention to their children’s access and use of the Internet; whether it is via their phone or on a computer. A lot of parents in Liberia are not cognizant of the fact that their children have social network (Facebook) accounts which they use for inappropriate activities. They (parents) also are not aware of the possibility of their children/teens being enticed (both men and women) into inappropriate activities (soliciting sex online) on the Internet. In my opinion, this may be the result of illiteracy, the lack of computer or internet knowledge, or the fact there has not been a reported case involving child abuse on the internet in Liberia. But if there has not been one, should we wait for one to occur before we act? Is it not time that we develop and enforce policies that protect our children while they are online? For the past decade, Liberia has made progress in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The creation of a national regulator (LiberiaTelecommunications Authority); a liberal market; the advent of mobile operators; the development of a national ICT policy; an e-government strategy; Universal Access Program with its policy directives; connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) optical Fiber Cable; the development of a national web portal; and most recently, the installation and dedication of the internet exchange point. These are just a few of the developments in the ICT sector that have occurred in the past ten (10) years. The result of all the achievements that I have just mentioned is increased access to telecommunications and the Internet. The latter is the crux of today’s article. No doubt the expansion of the Internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication. However, the Internet also makes it easier for bad actors to offend others. One form of online is online child abuse. Children and teenagers constitute a large portion of Internet. Indeed, children are exposed to the Internet at the very young ages. The increasing number of teens who are online emphasizes the need to educate children about how to navigate the online world in a safe and moral manner. The Internet can be an exciting place for children and teenagers because they are able to adopt different identities and interact away from adult supervision. Yet this same autonomy also makes the Internet dangerous. Just as teenagers can create personas that are different from their real world identity, so too can sexual predators, other cyber-criminals, molesters, abusers, et al. In Liberia, and perhaps other parts of the world, people take advantage of children and teens over the Internet. Many adults sign up for accounts on Facebook and other social networks to gain access to teens who they can “mesmerize” or tempt with a few dollars or other material things to get them in bed. Oftentimes, the parents are totally oblivious to this. It is no secret that our authorities (Ministry of Gender and the Liberia National Police) lack the capacity to down on these inappropriate online activities, hence, they endure. The result of this inability to arrest these inappropriate online activities is increased prostitution, increased teen pregnancy, but worst of all an irreversible destruction of the future of this country. We may all differ over the over the question of whether the risk of harm to children from the Internet comes from people or from the technology itself. Yet in the context of protecting children from exposure to potentially disturbing, harmful and age inappropriate materials, it may, in fact, be necessary to see the Internet itself as posing a risk to children. The extraordinary opportunities offered by the Internet for enhancing our lives do not come without risks. Although materials that may be unsuitable for children may constitute, relative to information that is useful, educational and entertaining, a small percentage of overall Internet-accessible content, the ease with which children may stumble across disturbing, harmful and age inappropriate materials are too disturbing and real to ignore. The constitutional obligation to act in the best interests of the child imposes a duty on Government, the Liberian ICT sector and civil society to develop mechanisms to protect children from exposure to materials which pose a risk of harm to their emotional and psychological well-being.When I discuss risk in this article, I am not only referring to materials which may be illegal, such as child pornography, but also from materials which are legal but intended for adults. A child using the Internet for useful information can be drawn or strong-armed into viewing unsuitable and illegal materials by being directed to sites containing harmful materials, or through “pop-ups” and “mouse trapping”. While we must be concerned with the representation of children in pornography (child pornography), which involves the abuse and sexual exploitation of children, we should also be concerned about their exposure to solicitation of sex by adults, sexually-explicit materials, online sale of drugs and the consequential harm to their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Note that the fact that the Internet itself poses a risk of harm to children is not intended to suggest that the Internet should be “banned” for children. It is an opinion intended to highlight the need to ensure that children’s use of the Internet is regulated to minimize risks to their well-being. But be that as it may, we should continue to pressure our authorities to develop and put in place the regulatory, social and economic frameworks that will shape future contexts and consequences of Internet use by children in Liberia. Ostensibly the Internet has become an increasingly indispensable source of information, eventually replacing traditional libraries in schools; more and more children will be exposed to risk of exposure to objectionable materials. In addition, the ensuing decade or so, will see the internet taken for granted within our homes, meaningfully embedded in the routines of children’s daily lives. How the technology – and its economic, political and cultural dimensions – will have changed, and in what ways the Internet is judged beneficial or harmful, remains to be seen.Finally, parents go through a lot to raise their children to be good citizens and to live a good life. To see all this effort go to waste because of the perverted behavior of an adult who simply cares about his/her selfish desire is just disheartening. It is for this reason, we MUST now begin to develop policies that will be enforced for the protection of the future of Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECD man arrested for discharging loaded firearm

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) man is in Police custody for discharging a loaded firearm in the vicinity of Vryheid Lust South, ECD in the wee hours of Sunday.Guyana Times understands that about 01:50h, the man was seen discharging the firearm into the air and the Police were summoned.As the Police arrived at the scene, the man spotted them and fled. He was later apprehended at Better Hope Public Road. A search was conducted on his person and two live rounds of 9mm ammunition were found.He was arrested by the Police. Based on information received, he is not cooperating with law enforcement. An investigation is ongoing.last_img

13 fire fighters battle brush fire at Camarlo Park

first_imgFort St. John Fire Department members were busy last night as they responded to a brush fire at Camarlo Park. 13 fire fighters arrived on the scene around 10:30 p.m. and the fire took about an hour to extinguish.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said the fire was large in size, and given the location it was hard to get to.“It was more into the middle of the park and had substantial size to it. What made it difficult was access into the park to get to it. We have a lighter unit that we can drive into places like the park, but we can’t take our heavy equipment in there.”- Advertisement -No injuries were sustained, and there is no indication at this point on a cause relating to the fire.last_img

World Cup final draws fans to Croatia football museum

first_img“I was only four years old then,” Teo Zizanovic, a student from Zagreb donning a red-and-white chequerboard-design Croatia jersey, told AFP at the museum.“This place gives me a sense of the past. I thought I’d pop in before the final.“In 1998 we were kids. We don’t remember that golden generation and have been waiting for similar memories our whole life. Now they are happening, it’s amazing.”Called “Budi Ponosan” (“Be Proud” in Croatian), the museum guides visitors through famous matches and football milestones with the help of displays, video clips and radio commentaries.Among a range of exhibits it boasts the ball and football boots worn in a match Croatia played as a World War II-era independent state.Another cabinet displays the original kits from teams during the nation’s tumultuous history, from its period as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, through World War II, to Yugoslavia and now modern-day independent Croatia.An exhibition at the Budi Ponosan football museum in Croatia © AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEKOriginal trophies from two little-known friendly tournaments won by Croatia are also on display: the Hassan II Cup (hosted by Morocco) and the Korea Cup.“There’s definitely room in this museum for one more trophy, the World Cup,” said Zizanovic with a smile.“For a small country to reach the final is something amazing, but also for a country as young as ours, as this museum shows,” he said.With World Cup excitement gripping the small country of just over four million people, fans are scouring Zagreb — including the museum — for Croatia kits and memorabilia for sale.A visitor. Martin Ilic, 23, said he wandered in hoping to have his face painted in Croatian colours.“I’ve gone into almost every store but they have all sold out of paint,” he said.On the museum’s reception desk a bilingual sign in Croatian and English reads: “Dear visitors, in this Centre we DON’T SELL sporting equipment!!!”A football museum in Zagreb is drawing fans ahead of the World Cup final © AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEK“Hundreds of Croatians and foreign tourists come in every day now looking to buy replica jerseys,” said a museum guide, Katalin Kovak, 28.“But unfortunately we don’t have a licence to sell them,” she added.Kovak said the museum, opened two years ago by the Croatian Football Association, aims to celebrate the country’s football landmarks, including the low points.One newspaper article on display shows a report from Croatia’s first ever unofficial match, a 15-2 thumping by Slavia Prague in 1907.“We’ve come a long way since then,” said Kovak, pointing to Moscow city tourist maps also on offer to the museum’s visitors.“Over 10,000 of us have gone there for the final,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A museum in Zagreb showcases Croatia’s football history © AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEKZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 14 – On the eve of Croatia’s first-ever appearance in a World Cup final, excited fans have been warming up for the match against France by visiting a Zagreb museum showcasing the country’s football history.The snug museum, no further than a Domagoj Vida long throw from the Croatian capital’s main square, is proving a particular draw for those too young to recall the famed 1998 team, who reached the semi-finals.last_img read more

WATCH! Arsenal gun down Man United in FA Cup

first_imgDanny Welbeck returned to haunt Manchester United on Monday night as Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.The England striker capitalised on a mistake by Antonio Valencia to down his former club after Wayne Rooney had earlier cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener.Watch the video above for the highlights of a thrilling encounter, which included two sensational stops from United goalkeeper David de Gea.last_img

NEW RURAL BUS SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR DONEGAL

first_imgA newly restructured daily transport service connecting West Donegal to Letterkenny via Churchill has been launched by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Alan Kelly TD.This launch took place at Failte Ireland Tourist Centre, Letterkenny this morning. Working closely with local communities and business, SITT have restructured an existing service that operates from Dungloe to Letterkenny daily. This new service is to commence on Monday 2nd July 2012.SITT, set up in 2002 by South West Donegal Communities Partnership Ltd. is managed by a Board of Management from the voluntary and community sector, funded by the Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport, managed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and is based in Killybegs.The focus of rural transport is to address unmet transport needs of rural dwellers and provide an accessible affordable service based on that need.SITT as part of its ongoing monitoring and reviewing of services, have restructured a daily service that runs from Dungloe to Letterkenny. This service is now commencing at the Pier in Burtonport every morning to meet the ferries from Arranmor, stopping in Dungloe, Loughanure, Crolly, Dunlewy, Glenveagh, redirecting into Churchill, Sockar Road and on into Letterkenny.This is an open transport service where passengers who own a Free Travel Pass may use it and for all other passengers there is a promotional fare of only €3 return for the summer months!Careful thought and consultation has gone into the timetable so that third level students, trainees attending the various training centres and daily commuters arrive into Letterkenny before 9.00am and have a return service again in the evening.This service is also ideal for people who have to attend hospital appointments or clinics in Letterkenny or Dungloe hospitals.The bus will deliver you right to the hospital door. Once the bus has delivered all passengers into Letterkenny, it will commence a return service from Letterkenny to Burtonport.This leg of the service is ideal public transport provision for visitors coming on main line transport services into Letterkenny and who wish to connect to West Donegal. It is also an excellent service for people who wish to visit Arranmore Island, or the New Daniel O Donnell visitor centre in Dungloe, Glenveagh Castle and National Park, The Glebe Gallery, Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Dunlewy – Ionad Cois Locha, Poison Glen, and Mount Errigal.This service will enable connection to Bus Éireann and other services that travel to Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Sligo, Galway etc.SITT are encouraging commuters to leave the car at home and hop on the bus so that an affordable sustainable service can continue after this pilot is completed in December of this year.You can book your seat on the service, head off for the day and visit the wonders of West Donegal and return home again for a humble €3 return, or free if in possession of the Free Travel Pass. So as they say, the wheels of the bus are going round and round…………………………. For further information or enquires please contact the SITT office on 003537497 41644 or email sitt@eircom.netNEW RURAL BUS SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 28th, 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)last_img read more

OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26TH

first_imgMcGILLThe death has taken place of Paddy McGill, Carricknamohill, Killybegs Co.Donegal. Removal from the Harbour Lights Nursing Home tomorrow, Wednesday evening at 6.30pm to the Church of St. Joseph and Conal, Bruckless  for 7pm. Funeral mass on Thursday morning at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Marys Cemetery Killybegs. House private please. Family flowers only.GALLAGHER The death has taken place of Margaret Gallagher, Burn Head Cottage, Sheskinarone. Her remains are reposing at her home. Funeral mass on Wednesday at 12 noon in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe, followed by burial in Maghery Graveyard. The house is private please from 11pm to 10am.McDONNELLThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Bernadette McDonnell, Tuallagh, Carrigart. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral on Wednesday to the Church of John the Baptist, Carrigart for Requiem Mass at 12 noon followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member. Family time from 11pm to 10am.McLAUGHLIN The death has occurred at his home of Jackie McLaughlin, Ballyliffin, Clonmany. Funeral from there on Wednesday going to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Donegal Hospice c/o of any Family member. Family time please from 11pm to 10am.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26TH was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal death noticesJULY 26THOBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – TUESDAYlast_img read more

Angels notes: One year later, Giambi now enjoying his season

first_img Now, Giambi is hitting third in what is arguably baseball’s most intimidating lineup. After a slow start, he hit .271 with 32 homers and 87 RBIs, and he had two hits and an RBI in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Tuesday night. “I think the last couple of years have been tough for Jason,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “He had some injury problems during the 2003 World Series with us, and last year was a nightmare for him, and all winter, basically. ANAHEIM – Only a year ago, Jason Giambi’s world seemed to be crashing down on him. Injuries and illness contributed to his worst season in the majors in 2004, then in December of last year the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Yankees’ first baseman/designated hitter testified to a federal grand jury he used steroids and human growth hormone. The Yankees reportedly tried to find a way to void the remaining $80 million of Giambi’s contract, but ultimately figured they were stuck with him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think right now he’s really enjoying himself. He’s probably enjoying himself more than anybody else if you go back more than 12 months and see where he was over the last year or so. He’s worked hard, it’s not something that just happened to drop on his doorstep. It’s something he’s been working for and trying to work through, both emotionally and physically.” Colon’s a ‘long shot’: Bartolo Colon is the odds-on favorite to win the American League Cy Young Award, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said “it’s a real long shot” that he will bring Colon back on three days’ rest to start Game 4 of the ALDS on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. “We’re really counting on good games from Paul (Byrd in Game 3) and Wash (Jarrod Washburn in Game 4),” Scioscia said. “For Bart to come back on three days would be a stretch, not that we wouldn’t consider it.” Colon’s final start of the regular season, Sept. 29 in Oakland, came on three days’ rest. And though Colon got his 21st victory, Scioscia said Colon wasn’t “crisp.” Colon has been bothered by sore back the second half of the season. Up to the challenge: Facing Randy Johnson in Game 3 on Friday presents a tall order for the Angels, but Scioscia doesn’t see it as anything above and beyond what’s normal this time of year. center_img “All their starters are throwing well, Randy included,” Scioscia said. “(Mike) Mussina, (Chien-Ming) Wang, (Shawn) Chacon, they’ve been very effective the last month to get to this point. Whether it happens to be Randy or another pitcher, the challenge is real.” Johnson is 15-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 29 career starts against the Angels, but is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against them this season. In defense of Anderson: Scioscia defended Garret Anderson after the Angels’ left fielder was criticized for not catching Robinson Cano’s three-run double in the first inning of Game 1. Anderson was told to play shallow by Angels coaches, and Cano hit the ball over Anderson’s head. “It’s all positioning,” Scioscia said. “Garret ran a great route and was running well, the ball just beat us to the gap. When Garret’s healthy he’s a good outfielder, and he’s healthy now.” Slight change: The Angels’ lineup was the same Wednesday for Game 2, with one flip-flop in the batting order. Bengie Molina moved up to fifth and bumped Darin Erstad down to sixth. Erstad struck out in his first three at-bats Tuesday before getting an RBI single in the ninth. “Bengie’s really been swinging the bat well the last month, and it takes pressure off Ersty trying to hit behind Vlad (Guerrero),” Scioscia said. “There’s a lot of pressure in that position. You know Ersty, he’s very demanding of himself. He expects himself to rise to the occasion and be the guy.” Also: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a guest in Angels owner Arte Moreno’s suite for Wednesday’s game. … The Angels are Yankees are off today to travel to New York. Game 3 is Friday at 5 p.m. 160Want 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

Runner to push harsher terms for drunk drivers who take lives

first_imgLANCASTER – Assemblywoman Sharon Runner called Friday for a reform of drunk driving laws in response to a one-year jail sentence offered to a suspected drunk driver charged in a crash that killed a baby girl. Prompted by a Daily News report about the July 16 death of 7-month-old Natalie Nicole Ceja, Runner said she found it appalling that the driver might spend a “few mere months” in jail for taking a child’s life. “It’s time for our state to take back its roads and say drinking and driving will not be tolerated,” Runner, R-Lancaster, said at a news conference. “It is, to me, one of the most outrageous crimes that can be stopped. All you have to do is stop drinking and driving.” Natalie’s parents, Manuel and Jessyka Ceja, both 22 and from Sylmar, were present at the conference along with about 10 family members, including all the baby’s grandparents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some relatives wore T-shirts that said, “In Loving Memory of Natalie Nicole Ceja” with the dates of her birth and her death printed beneath her photograph. “We started on a bumpy road. We are getting through to somebody. We are trying to change things,” said Jessyka Ceja, a bank employee. “We feel like everything we are doing is not in vain. We will fight until it’s over, until we get what we want or until we feel it’s the right punishment for him.” “I’m pleased to see our case has touched so many people, especially in the Legislature. I just hope it’s going to make some changes,” said Manuel Ceja, who graduated in June from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in criminal justice and works at his family’s body shop in Van Nuys. Runner said she will propose legislation in January that will impose harsher penalties on drunk drivers who kill someone in their first drunk-driving arrest. She said people know that when they drink and drive they are likely to kill, yet the laws do not conform with this knowledge. “If there is someone killed in an accident, they should be punished as if it was their second accident,” Runner said. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Lackey said legislation is needed to show that the state takes drunk driving crimes seriously. “It’s very sad that our state has not taken the position that being drunk is not in itself gross negligence,” Lackey said. Eric Boden, 27, of Palmdale, whose blood-alcohol level was later tested at .13 percent, was talking on a cell phone when his Ford Ranger pickup truck rear-ended the Cejas’ Honda Accord as the couple pulled over to let a fire engine pass on Pearblossom Highway. Natalie was strapped into a child-safety seat in the back seat when the crash occurred. Her parents had been taking her to see friends in the Antelope Valley and deliver an invitation to her baptism. Boden, who is free on $100,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence, causing injury. If he is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors offered the one-year jail sentence and five years probation, citing Boden’s lack of a record, his blood-alcohol level, which was above California’s .08 legal limit, and the difficulty of proving Boden acted in a grossly negligent manner. Deputy District Attorney John Evans, who represented the District Attorney’s Office at the news conference, said he could not speak about specific facts of the case, but talked generally about drunk driving laws. “In any kind of case like this, when someone is inebriated and kills someone, the laws are written that with no prior (conviction) or anything you could point to about their prior knowledge, the law presumes that these people are ignorant of the fact that if you drive under the influence, you could kill someone,” Evans said. “The tragedy of all this is that the laws don’t change to reflect reality of life until a child is killed. That is pathetic,” Evans said. Evans added that prosecutors can craft a case settlement to ensure a defendant serves the entire year in jail and will not be released early because of jail crowding. Jessyka Ceja said the family was expecting Boden to at least get the minimum sentence of four years in prison. She said they are not asking for life in prison or the death penalty, but for the defendant “to feel something, feel some remorse.” She said Natalie was a happy baby who slept through the night and awakened her parents by scratching her mattress or kicking her legs. “She loved people. She enjoyed being around people. She hardly ever cried. To me, she was the perfect baby,” Jessyka Ceja said. Natalie was the first granddaughter on Manuel’s side of the family, and the first grandchild on Jessyka’s side. Mothers Against Drunk Driving records show that that California lost more than 1,600 lives to alcohol-related crashes in 2004, and alcohol-related crashes account for 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, Runner said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want 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