A passenger in a route 42 minibus was on Sunday arrested following the discovery of pistol and several matching rounds of ammunition on his person.According to reports, at about 14:10h, Police acting on information intercepted the minibus along the Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara, and conducted a search.During the search, one occupant was found with a .32 pistol along with eight matching rounds of ammunition in his possession. The illegal gun and ammo were found tucked in his pants waist.He was taken into Police custody and is expected to be charged shortly.
The Guyana Power Light (GPL) Inc will be conducting line maintenance from February 27 to March 1 and several communities may experience power outages according to a statement from the company.The maintenance will commence on Wednesday, February 27, at Cove and John on the East Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.On Wednesday, February 28, it will continue in Zeeburg on the West Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.The maintenance process will conclude on Thursday, March 1, in Georgetown in areas including North and South Ruimveldt, Lamaha Park and Springs, Tucville, Festival City, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Shirley Field Ridley Square, Alexander Village and River View, Ruimveldt, also from 08:00h to 17:00h.GPL advises persons residing in these areas to be on the lookout when these activities are being conducted.
2017 NGSA resultsBY VAHNU MANIKCHANDAfter years of Guyana struggling with low pass rates in Mathematics at theEducation Minister Nicolette HenryNational Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination, new measures implemented have resulted in improved performances recorded this year.This was revealed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Friday as she announced the results of this year’s NGSA.Given the continued poor performance in Mathematics; one of the core subjects, President David Granger through his Cabinet stepped in to have an emergency Mathematics intervention plan.This move resulted in the Ministry implementing recommended measures such as training of teachers in content and methodology, developing learning communities where teachers were able to share information and experiences regarding mathematical concepts, and the recruitment of monitors and coordinators to ensure that the emergency plan was implemented in the classrooms.Enhancement of public relations, parental involvement in the education of children and acquisition of support materials for students such as mock exams were also among the new initiatives undertaken by the Ministry.These measures, Minister Henry noted, have been fruitful given the improvedA packed room in the boardroom of the Education Ministry where the 2017 NGSA results were announced on Fridayperformances at Mathematics, which recorded a whopping 32 per cent increase when compared to last year in the number of students who obtained 50 per cent and more pass rate.Over the past three years, the trend of Maths performance is 37.49 per cent pass rate in 2015, 13.85 in 2016 and 45.6 per cent this year. This year, the students were tested in this subject based on their knowledge, algorithmic thinking and reasoning.Nevertheless, the similar increasing trend was also seen in the other subject areas.In 2015, English recorded 45.88 per cent, 41.62 per cent the following year and in 2017 54.1 per cent pass rate of students gaining more than 50 per cent. “This is the first time in many years that we were able to get over 50 per cent passes in a subject area and that is absolutely phenomenal,” the Minister stated.For this subject, the candidates were tested in the areas of reading, comprehension and vocabulary; structure and mechanics; content, focus, vocabulary, language and organisation.The figures for Science were 44.12 in 2015, 27.55 in 2016 and 46.3 per cent this year. In this subject, they were tested for knowledge, comprehension and application.Meanwhile, there was a 46.5 per cent pass rate recorded in 2015 for Social Studies, 46.1 per cent in 2016 and 47.6 per cent in 2017. Knowledge, conceptual understanding and use of knowledge were the areas tested.Going forward, Minister Henry outlined that the Ministry has very ambitious but realistic targets that would ensure the students can realise their full potential. She noted that they will be focusing on these structural interventions undertaken to work assiduously to achieve their objectives.“We believe here in education that if we are to increase across the board in terms of quality and delivery, our objective is to ensure that irrespective of which school you would be placed or which region you’re from that you are reaching your best potential,” she asserted.Zooming in on the measure implemented, the Minister underscored the importance of some such as parental involvement. She noted that the Ministry cannot achieve its goal if parents are not involved in the process and play their part in moulding the children. “So it’s a collaborative process,” she posited.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson said this year’s stellar performance represents a turning around in the education sector. He noted that the Ministry will retain and build on those plans and measures that have worked so far to repeat this year’s performance in the future.On this note, he urged that support be placed behind these students. “We will hold high expectations of our students. If you don’t feel our children can perform they will not perform, if you believe that there is something in them that will make them do well you will push and cause them to do well…,” Hutson remarked.Furthermore, the Chief Education Officer outlined that going forward, the issue of accountability will be brought into focus.“Accountability of student’s performance at the level of the school and classroom will be brought sharply into focus. Schools have to perform, we can’t have schools that are not performing for decades and nothing is done about that. Schools must perform,” he stated.Moreover, Hutson warned the education officers at the different level not to be complacent following this high of success, which was achieved in such a short time.“Our watch words will be sustainability and continued improvement because there’re times when we could become cocky and believe that we’re doing well and we lose focus… So we have to sustain what has worked and is working even after we get as close as possible to the 100 per cent mark,” noted the CEO.Cabinet in October of 2016 had mandated that a strategy be established targeting improvements in students’ performance in the core subject areas. That plan, which was spearheaded by the Chief Education Officer, was subsequently approved and implemented.
-submitted The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers participated in the Dawson Creek Atom Tournament over the weekend. Games results are as follows:Game 1The Pimms Production Atom Flyers played Ft. Nelson Fury on Friday night. The Flyers won 11 – 2. Jacob Lang and Aaron Kosinsky each got hattricks, with Teagan McMullen, Trey Hipkiss, Austin Crossely, and Thomas Pope contributed with singles. FSJâ€™s Damen Kraeleman also netted a goal on a penalty shot. Coleman McAffery faced 13 shots between the pipes for FSJ.Game 2The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers played Fairview Jr. Kings on Saturday morning. The Flyerâ€™s held on to a 6-5 win. Jacob Lang and Adom Bowie rallied for 2 goals each, with singles coming from Trey Hipkiss, and Thomas Pope. Jessie McArthur played strong in net facing 22 shots.- Advertisement -Game 3The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers final game in round robin play saw the 9 year olds face off against Peace River Mustangs Saturday afternoon. FSJâ€™s Teagan McMullen scored the only goal for the Flyerâ€™s in an 8-1 loss to the Mustangs. Game 4The Flyerâ€™s secured 4th place out of 7 teams after round robin play and had to face the Peace River Mustangs again in the semi-finals on Sunday. FSJâ€™s Damen Kraeleman opened the scoring early in the first period to put the Flyerâ€™s up 1-0. This would end up being the Flyerâ€™s only goal of the game, as the Mustangs rallied back for a final score of 5-1. The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers finished in 4th place.The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyerâ€™s travel to Nampa, AB next weekend as they resume All Peace League action against the Peace River Mustangs.Advertisement
1 Cameron Jerome’s double fired Norwich back into the Championship top two as they ended a five game win-less run and swept aside a feeble Bolton.The Canaries came racing out of the blocks and deservedly got their reward on 11 minutes when the ex-Stoke man struck.Showing his Premier League experience, Jerome nodded down a long ball, before collecting a return pass and firing confidently home.Bolton boss Neil Lennon looked short of ideas on how to stop the rampaging hosts, who went close to a second through Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker efforts.Nathan Redmond’s trickery and pace was causing all sorts of problems for the retreating Trotters, and the England Under-21 international almost found the net, only for Andy Lonergan to tip the ball onto the post.But just five minutes later Jerome showed his team-mate how it was done, lethally meeting Gary O’Neill’s corner for his eighth Championship goal this season.Knowing another goal would see them topple league leaders Derby on goal difference, Norwich proceeded to go in search of a third.However, Lonergan’s heroics in the Bolton prevented such a scenario occurring, and with time ticking away Lee Chung-yong grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Norwich striker Cameron Jerome scores against Bolton
ANAHEIM – The Angels bullpen performed at their usual level of excellence in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. But it didn’t really matter – not after an unusually poor performance by starter John Lackey. It wasn’t the sort of postseason performance the Angels have come to expect from the 26-year-old right-hander. Lackey entered the game with a 2-0 record and 2.41 ERA over seven postseason games. That includes two no-decisions from the recent Division Series against New York, in which Lackey gave up just three earned runs over 11 innings. He gave up five earned runs in just five innings Friday. Konerko got his third RBI on a fifth-inning single. Two innings prior, Carl Everett hit an RBI single, but Lackey was bailed out from further damage when Aaron Rowand’s third-inning line drive with two runners on base found shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s glove for an inning-ending double play. Lackey’s past two starts – a 78-pitch effort against New York and Friday’s 83-pitch outing – were his lowest pitch counts of the season. “John wasn’t as crisp from the get-go tonight or as crisp as he has been,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “(John) wasn’t awful, but he obviously wasn’t as crisp as he was against the Yankees.” Lackey, who led the team with 199 strikeouts in the regular season, came out of the Yankees series as the Angels’ de facto ace, with Bartolo Colon now sidelined with a strained shoulder. Not awful was not exactly the evaluation Lackey was seeking in debut performance as the ace. But he’ll likely get the call in Game 7 – if the series is extended that far. “We’ve got a couple of games back here at our house and we’ve got to get back to playing better baseball,” Lackey said. “I just hope I get another opportunity.” Relievers Kevin Gregg and Brendan Donnelly each pitched two shutout innings. Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811, email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I definitely wanted to come out and pitch better,” said Lackey, who took his first career postseason loss. “It just didn’t happen.” Scott Podsednik led off the game with a solid single to left and Tadahito Iguchi sacrificed him to second. Jermaine Dye followed with a line-drive double to the right-center field wall to score Podsednik. Then Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko delivered the big blow, crushing a full-count hanging curveball over the wall in left field for a 3-0 White Sox lead that effectively took the air out of the Angel Stadium crowd and their ThunderStix. “I think (Dye’s) hit was big, and if you can get some hits early, it kind of takes the crowd out of it,” Konerko said. “And that’s what happened.” Said Lackey: “I just hung a couple of breaking balls. I have no excuses other than that.” The postseason has been Lackey’s time, from his Game 7 victory in the 2002 World Series to a strong 5-inning stint on three days’ rest against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the Division Series on Sunday. But the Chicago White Sox wasted little time in knocking around the Angels’ playoff hero, needing just four batters to put three runs on the scoreboard en route to an easy 5-2 victory, which ended Lackey’s run of October dominance.
Tony Blair says John Downey should not have received an OTR lettterFORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs today that Donegal fisherman John Downey should not have got a letter saying he was no longer wanted by police.Mr Blair faced a tough two hours of grilling by MPs in London after previously refused to be questioned. He repeatedly told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said that there was “no secret deal” over letters to on-the-run IRA members.And he said he feared the worst about the IRA if he did not sort the OTR issue once and for all.The letters to so-called on-the-runs (OTRs) came to light in February last year when the trial of Donegal Sinn Fein member John Downey collapsed at the Old Bailey courthouse in London.The trial judge dismissed the charges he faced over the 1982 Hyde Park bombings after it emerged he had received a letter from the British Government to say he was not wanted by police in the North or in mainland Britain.It sparked political fury with claims the British Government had struck a “secret deal” with Sinn Fein over the OTRs in a quid pro quo for IRA decommissioning and support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).Mr Blair admitted today that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was pushing him to resolve the issue, as convicted prisoners had been let out of jail on licence under the Good Friday Agreement.And Mr Blair accepted that he “grew to like Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness” during the peace talks process.Mr Blair told the Committee about the scheme: “This was not a private arrangement. There was no secret. There was no deal.”On the Downey case, he told MPs: “The Downey case was a mistake…but I don’t think the process was wrong or unlawful. The scheme evolved over time.He accepted that the letters had caused “a lack of trust between parties”.But he added: “There was no secret deal.“We were trying to make sure there were no more victims; it was difficult and on a knife edge throughout.“If I said I was not going to deal with OTR, I would have had a serious consequence on our hands.”Unionist MP Sylvia Hermon said political parties, like the Ulster Unionist Party, Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) and the Progressive Unionist Party were unaware of the OTR administrative scheme.She asked Tony Blair: “Did you tell the late David Ervine (former PUP leader) about this scheme?”He replied: “I didn’t tell him about the scheme but he knew about the OTRS. No I didn’t. tell and I accept it completely.”SH: “The letters were kept secret from people, like UUP leader David Trimble, the late David Ervine , the SDLP’s Alasdair MCDonnell. Why was that?”TB: “They weren’t kept secret. The process was not a secret”.SH: “The first two letters were issued from Downing Street by your chief of staff Jonathan Powell. Why were they kept secret? Sinn Fein always like to brag about the concessions they got from the British Government. They didn’t brag about this So Why were they kept secret for 14 years?TB: It was not kept secret.SH: At his trial John Downey relied on that letter in his abuse of process was mounted and it was won. The letters were key to this whole scheme. You wrote to Gerry Adams to say you would expedite the scheme.TB: I accept the (John) Downey letter was a mistake. But wee were fighting to keep the peace process alive for the next decade.”JOHN DOWNEY SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED OTR LETTER, SAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIR was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRITISH MPSJohn DowneyJOHN DOWNEY SHOULD HAVE NOT GOT OTR LETTERSAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIR
Pat put the kettle on and came up trumps!Well-known Creeslough woman Pat McCarry held a tea party a few weeks back with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.Pictured in our photo are Pat and Pauline Mc Carry presenting cheque for €2,000 proceeds from Alzheimers Tea Day held at Pat’s home at Cashelmore Creeslough, to Alastair Mc Kinney Chairperson of Alzheimers Society Donegal Branch. Pat’s €2,000 cup of tea (and buns!) for Alzheimer’s Society! 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)
A Co Donegal man is hoping a heartfelt campaign can help him lift his beautiful daughter in his arms once again.Lee McKinney’s life took a sudden change earlier this year when he was diagnosed with cancer in his arm.The outlook for the 29-year-old who lives on the outskirts of Letterkenny was not good. Surgeons had no option but to amputate his arm just below his shoulder to prevent the disease from spreading.The operation was successful and Lee is attempting to lead a full life with his devoted wife and little daughter.Lee insists that his should not be a sad story insisting “My life isn’t over, it’s just taken a turn in a different direction.”His sister Samantha insists this is typical of Lee’s attitude, always seeing the best in every situation. “His attitude and determination as he learns to live his life in a different way has been an inspiration to us all.”Now, in a bid to help Lee get back on track, his family and friends have launched a campaign to get him a prosthetic arm.Such opportunities do not come cheap and prosthetic arms cost between €15,000 and €100,000.Last night his family started a Go Fund Me page in a bid to raise the money needed so Lee can lift his little daughter into his arms once again.Lee is one of our own and if you can spare a couple of euro, it will ALL go a long way towards helping this family along the way. To donate to the Lee McKinney Prosthetic Arm Fund please click here https://www.gofundme.com/lee-mckinney-prosthetic-arm-fundLet’s help Lee lift his beautiful daughter into his arms again was last modified: October 1st, 2017 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:armcancerdonegalFundLee McKinneyprosthetic arm
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We start off the week with some nicer weather. Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected today. Tomorrow we have to leave the door open for some hit and miss moisture south of a line from Cleveland to Dayton. However, the moisture is not impressive or well organized, so only a few hundredths to .25″ are truly possible with coverage at no better than 50%. The rest of the day and the rest of the state will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We are dry and at least partly sunny again on Wednesday.Thursday we have a minor disturbance trying to come up from the south. This will bring moisture potential to areas from I-70 southward at a minimum, and we may see it expand farther north through Thursday afternoon. Rain totals can be from ..05″-.4″ with coverage at 80%. The track and northern extent of this system is still up in the air at this time, so this will be something we watch closely over the next day or two.A major push of cold air is on the way behind that system for late in the week. Clouds mix with sun for Friday, and we turn out partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday. Lake effect snows are possible on Friday in NE Ohio, clouds increase Sunday afternoon.Another cold push, this time with moisture attached, comes for Sunday overnight through Monday. This will trigger snow statewide, and the next leg down in a brutal cold push. We expect snow accumulation in most of the state, from a coating to 2 inches. Then we get very cold for Tuesday and Wednesday as skies clear out, except for some lake effect snow along the south shore of Lake Erie.Generally, there are some windows of opportunity for harvest in the next 10 days, as we see mostly minor moisture. The map at right shows 10 day liquid equivalent cumulative moisture. However, the cold air will be advancing fast over the region from late this week through next.