Region 10 RDC bemoans Public Infrastructure Ministry’s sloth

first_imgLinden-Soesdyke road demarcationThe Regional Democratic Council of Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has called on the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the immediate marking of the Linden-Soesdyke highway, which has been of grave concern.During the last statutory meeting, Councillor Charles Sampson noted that demarcated lines would reduce the number of fatalities on the roadway but posited that it appears as though their previous calls were overlooked.Sampson posited that he has raised the issue on numerous occasions to no avail.“The highway need to be marked and have lights. It seems that some senior official has to die before action is taken. It seems like some big one got to dead before they mark the line because we don’t have markings,” an evidently frustrated Councillor Sampson said.Adding to these woes, there are large trees along the stretch of road which should be removed since it can easily fall on the roadway.“Another thing to do and do it urgently when you pass by the high bridge there are a number of large trees along the highway and I keep saying that those trees can fall and cause serious accidents and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure should heed our calls and do something about this immediately,” he explained.A comparison was made to other roads in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) which were fully lighted and marked upon completion as questions piled as to why the roadway was side-lined.Regional Chairman Renis Morian, responded that since December, several letters were sent to the Ministry requesting that the road issue be addressed which was accompanied by a list of work that needs to be done.The Linden-Soesdyke Highway“As of December 2018, I have sent no less than five letters to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure…I sent the list reminding that we are requesting marking and lightings on the road. It is my personal view that there are people in the establishment who is pushing back at development.”He too was of the opinion that accidents would be reduced significantly as he stated, “I believe that with markings it will certainly reduce the accidents, which in most cases results in the loss of lives.Again I hope that I don’t have to write several letters, so I will write number six letter and I hope that action is taken as there is need for proper road markings and lights,” Morian stressed.last_img read more

Huskies close out weekend at home with a win

first_imgWith Fort St. John starting the third period with a man-advantage, the team would pad their lead with a power-play marker just 1:04 into the final period. Thanks to some solid puck movement, resulting in the Wolves losing their defensive positioning, Jordan Gies was able to make a nice, cross-ice pass to Sidhu, who wasted no time firing the puck on net, scoring his second of the afternoon and providing the Huskies a 5-3 lead.It was another solid outing on the ice for the Huskies leading goal scorer, as Sidhu finished the game with four points (2 goals, 2 assists).With Fort St. John leading 5-3, the Huskies seemed to improve that lead as Tyler Norris banged in another rebound on what should have been his second of the night. However, a high-sticking major from Fort St. John negated that goal, and put the Wolves on a five-minute power-play, where they scored to make a 5-4 game.Luckily, the Huskies remained un-phased by the goal, and responded with some offense of their own, as Blair Karasiuk scored his second of the day on the power-play, with 1:51 remaining in the game, securing the Huskies their first victory of the weekend.Advertisement Credit must be given to Huskies goaltender Travis McLean, who despite a rough second period for Fort. St. John, remained calm and focused in net, making countless timely saves to keep his team in contention throughout the afternoon game. McLean finished a solid afternoon in net with 30 saves.Following the game, head coach Gary Alexander talked about how important it was to score the go ahead goal following the Wolves tying it up at 3-3.“It’s very important. Lately we have been just folding up our tent and going home and letting them take the win away from us. They (the players) need to prove to themselves that when they pay attention to how we are telling them to play their positions and focus on mental games they can win a game by regaining their focus and staying with the program.”Alexander added that it was an “awesome” win for his club’s morale.With the game-tying goal under his belt, Sidhu says it was a significant victory from a player’s perspective.Advertisement “It’s what we need. We lose the first game then lose the second game in over-time, you really want to win that game on Sunday and get a three-point weekend. We played a solid 60 minutes and earned that one.Sidhu also talked about retaking the 4-3 lead saying he felt the team got their legs back after scoring their fourth goal.The Huskies will have a four day rest, and then will hop on their bus Friday, November 2, travelling to Fairview for an away game against the Flyers. The team won’t have much time to recover, as the following day they will welcome the league’s top team, the Grande Prairie JDA Kings to Fort St. John.center_img Friday’s overtime loss must have not sat well with Fort St. John, who came out of the gate flying and set the tone early for the Sunday afternoon tilt. The good start translated into some productive plays, as the Huskies built themselves a 3-0 lead in the opening period.Fort St. John scored their first goal only 1:18 into the game, as Tyler Norris popped in a rebound, created by a Robbie Sidhu wrist shot. It only took Fort St. John just over two minutes to double that lead, as defenseman Jordan Gies took the puck end-to-end on a nice rush, displaying his smooth skating skills as he weaved his way around Wolves’ players and buried the puck with a low shot.Two became three on the scoreboard 12:46 into the first, as the Huskies executed a perfect power-play, with the line of Houle, Bell and Karasiuk producing offensively again, moving the puck nicely to set up a Karasiuk one-timer in the slot, beating Wolves goaltender Curtis Malbeuf for the power-play marker, wrapping up the first leading 3-0.- Advertisement -The second period began with the Wolves making a goalie switch, which seemed to spark the visiting team, as a totally opposite period than the first ensued.Slave Lake scored three goals in a span of three minutes in the second, tying the score at 3-3 as the momentum seemed to shift from the home to the away team.However, the Huskies showed their resiliency, and with 22 seconds remaining, Robbie Sidhu entered the Wolves zone carrying the puck two-on-one, electing to shoot, squeaking the puck past the Slave Lake keeper to retake a 4-3 lead.Advertisementlast_img read more

PRRD, BC Hydro continuing to work on community measures agreement

first_imgThe Peace River Regional District is continuing their efforts in working with BC Hydro to address impacts to the region relating to Site C. The Board of the PRRD will be meeting with BC Hydro president and CEO Jessica McDonald to discuss various points of importance to the regional district.Those points consist of making sure there are proper emergency management plans in place, and Hydro being able to provide significant assistance in the coordination of emergency response and recovery efforts to the public remains safe.The PRRD would also like to see a community engagement committee put in place which would facilitate a working relationship between the parties based on trust and respect.- Advertisement -A property tax impact compensation framework is hoped to be agreed on which would assess negative impacts to properties from Site C. A reduction in values would result in a decrease of tax revenue for the PRRD.last_img read more

Pilot dies in plane crash on freeway

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – A small plane headed to Henderson, Nev., crashed on a freeway at the crest of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County early Friday, killing an Air Force officer and slowing the rush-hour commute. The pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 was talking to air traffic controllers in San Diego at 12:42 a.m. when they lost communication and the plane vanished from the radar, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The pilot, who was the only person on board, apparently did not issue a mayday, Gregor said. The pilot was identified by the county Coroner’s Office as Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond Roessler, 43, of Clinton, Utah. Roessler was not on official Air Force business and was flying a private aircraft, Supervising Deputy Coroner Gabriel Morales said. The plane took off from Long Beach and was headed to Henderson, Gregor said. Shortly after 6 a.m., plane wreckage was reported on Interstate 15, said county Fire Department Supervisor Karen Humphreys. The plane crashed on the expansive, hilly median between the north and southbound lanes. Interstate 15, the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was not closed but traffic was slowed for hours and backed up for several miles.last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: COPS DO want to quiz Ballybofey-based French businessman Francois de Dietrich as part of an investigation into an alleged Ponzi investment scam, PSNI and Garda sources have confirmed.Earlier today de Dietrich, boss of Etic Solutions, claimed he isn’t wanted by the authorities.However sources have told us they do want to question him about the scheme – and about alleged breaches of a Northern Ireland High Court retraining order. Assets and cash valued at an incredible Stg£20.3 Million have been seized in the North as part of a cross-Border investigation into Mr de Dietrich.The shocking new figures were released as detectives in Donegal and the North join forces to investigate how at least 230 people – most of them from Donegal – handed over vast sums of money to the boss of Etic Solutions.Earlier this week posed the question – where is Francois?Today that is the question on the lips of at least five different police forces, two financial authorities and two sets of revenue investigators. Police believe Monsieur de Dietrich had run a scheme offering vast returns to investors, claiming he was buying and selling liquidated stock.However they don’t believe any stock existed – and that Mr Dietrich was in fact running a so-called illegal Ponzi scheme.In November Gardai raided offices at the Bastille Bistro in Letterkenny, Mr de Dietrich’s home and offices in Ballybofey.By that stage the Financial Services Authority in the North had sought and won a High Court injunction, preventing Mr de Dietrich from procuring any more funds for his scheme.A judge also granted an order freezing assets then worth £6M. Mr de Dietrich is alleged to have breached the judge’s order and three weeks ago the High Court ordered his immediate imprisonment.He has been ordered to appear before the court again next week. Meanwhile cops and the FSA UK have frozen more accounts in five different banks containing £14M – taking the total over £20.2M.The news will not surprise too many people in Donegal.Some associates of the French businessman had been telling investors that their money will be returned soon. However the fact that the authorities have managed to recover so much money will mean that all is not lost for investors.Tonight a well-placed source in the North told us: “The final tally of cash could be in excess of £50M between Northern Ireland, the Republic, Germany and other countries.“I suppose the big question will be how many of these investors will come forward to put in a claim for money after any criminal trial. We do believe that some of these investors have put in money that they may not have necessarily declared to the taxman.” now been given a list of names of investors.Many are well-known business people from every part of Donegal. One is waiting on €1.4M plus his interest.Agents of the scheme – two of them well known in the county – were not available for comment. They are being treated as innocent parties by cops.We will endeavour to get their side of the story today. Their details are with the authorities.A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organisation, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors.It always collapses – and many people are usually left out of pocket.If £20M has been seized, it is possible that this scheme could involve three times that amount.Having taken so many investments from Donegal people, it is understood a number of Derry business people were also asked to invest in recent months.Mr de Dietrich had sponsored City of Derry rugby club.Last night one Derry investor told us: “I only realised I may lose my money when I was told by a friend to log onto just before Christmas. It is still sinking in.“Hopefully I will get my small investment back, even if it takes a couple of years.”UPDATED: COPS DO WANT TO QUIZ ETIC SOLUTIONS BOSS, SOURCES CONFIRM was last modified: January 22nd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA massive tornado has struck Donegal this morning.The massive tornado or wind tunnel struck around 10.30am this morning at Slieve Sneacht near Buncrana.The tornado, which can be seen clearly for more than three minutes, did touch ground close to the mountain but did not cause serious damage. The amazing video footage was captured by local girl Niamh O Raw from Umricam.It is estimated the tornado was more than 700 metres in height and could be seen “twisting” in the middle because of its large size.Niamh’s dad John O Raw, who teaches computer science ay LYIT, said it was an incredile sight.“Niamh was out doing her chores trying to earn a few extra euro in pocket money when she noticed the tornado. “It was an incredible sight and was certainly a very large tornado – ut to 700 metres in height I would estimate,” he said.John said he wtinessed another tornado on the shores of Lough Swilly last week – just minutes before he witnessed the Killer Whales along with wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston.“Inishowen and Donegal has so much going for it. Earthquakes, killer whales, Northern Lights and tornadoes – sure where else would you get it,” he said.  ANOTHER TORNADO STRIKES DONEGAL! was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegaltornadolast_img read more


first_imgIrish Schools Track and Field Finals -Tullamore Sat 4th JuneFollowing the successful regional and provincial championships, the best young Irish talent will compete at the greatly anticipated AVIVA All Ireland Schools Track & Field Final on Saturday, 4th June 2011 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. Sponsored by insurance provider, Aviva, this annual event signals an accumulation of months of tough competition for schools’ athletes throughout Ireland, who have progressed through regional and provincial championships representing their schools at the highest level in the domestic school’s calendar. You can keep up with all the action on Saturday by LIKING the recently launched Irish Schools’ Athletics Association Facebook.Despite adverse weather conditions at provincial level there were some outstanding performances which indicate the level of talent which will be in attendance at this year’s championship. On track exceptional performances can bek expected across the board. Some potential highlights include Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Colaiste Iosagain, the fastest Irish woman this year over the 800m distance who will contest the Intermediate Girls 800m race. At the AVIVA Leinster schools Siofra’s time of 2:08.70 seconds, sheared four seconds off the 28 year old record and inside the current Championship best performance mark set in 2010 of 2.10.80 held by Amy O’ Donoghue of Villiers Limerick who will contest the Senior Girls race. In the Senior 400m hurdles the Kiely twins, Megan and Ben are likely to achieve individual honours. Both have reached the qualifying mark for the European Youth Olympics later in the summer over the distance. The girl’s race is likely to provide an interesting display of talent with Commonwealth Games athlete Christine McMahon, Belfast royal Academy, winning convincingly in the AVIVA Ulster Schools. Ben is also set to compete in the Senior 400m, which is likely to be a highly contested race for the title with James Green, Comeragh CC and Joe Dowling, Terenure College fighting for honors. The senior boys 400m has been a traditional breeding ground for the Irish 400m tradition setting the careers of athletes such as David Gillick, Brian Gregan and Gordon Kennedy in their way.In the short sprints, Marcus Lawlor, CBS Carlow who recently broke the Irish under 18 record over the 200m distance will compete in the Intermediate Boys 100m and 200m. Another exciting prospect is Ciara Giles Doran, Mercy Waterford, who will confront the Intermediate Girls 300m Hurdles before fighting for honor’s with Claire Foley, St. Gerard’s in the 100m. In the Senior Girls the Ulster Schools battle between the Aviva Ulster Schools 100m champion, Chloe Boomer and the Ulster Schools 200m champion, Katie Kirk of Sullivan Upper is likely to provide an interesting 200m race. Zach Irwin, Sligo Grammar School, is a young man to look out for with some outstanding performances in the Junior Boys’ sprints already this year.Other highly anticipated performances will come in the form of the Intermediate Boys 800m. Donegal’s Karl Griffin, Abbey Vocational School, who won the AVIVA Ulster Schools in a time of 1:54.84, Breaking Davy Wilson’s 1985 record and just outside the Irish Schools Championship best mark set by James Nolan in 1993. In the senior race, Irish International medalist Mark English, St Eunan’s Letterkenny, will be the one to watch. The Senior Boys’ 1500m should be good with the outstanding Shane Quinn, DLS Waterford, in top form although the ever-improving Tommy Casey, Sligo Grammar School should not be discounted.The field event programme will be set in motion at 9am with the Hammer competitions. The senior Girls hammer will provide a fine display of talent. Cara Kennedy, CTI Waterford was among the record breaking performances at Provincial level, breaking Rachel Akers 2002 record of 50.92 meters with a throw of 53.87 meters, further than the current Irish Schools Championship best also held by Akers. In the same event Gaby McNally threw an AVIVA Ulster Schools record of 51.80 meters and will be in shake up. Highlights in the Boys are likely to include Irish International Marco Pons, Wexford CBS in the Senior Boys Discus, James McCabe, Belvedere College in the Senior Boys Hammer and also Andrew Doyle of Northern Regional College who broke the AVIVA Ulster Schools Senior Boys Hammer record with a throw of 61.11 meters. In the Senior Girls Long Jump the Ballyclare talent Joanna Mills will again be in action. Ania Bednorz, Mercy Sligo, broke the Triple Jump record at the AVIVA Connacht Schools’ and could do likewise on Saturday. Other interesting performance’s are likely to come in the Senior Girls and Boy’s high jump’s in all categories. Irish athletics has seen rejuvenation in the Irish High Jump tradition in recent years with athletes such as Barry Pender Knockbeg College and Kourosh Fourougi Gormanston elevating the bar and driving competition at schools level in recent years. This Year’s Championship is a landmark in the History of Irish Schools Athletics. This year the Irish Schools Athletic Association has entered into sponsorship with AVIVA for the first time. The Irish Schools Athletic Association would like to share its sincere debt of gratitude to AVIVA on behalf of the Association, parent’s, teacher, coach’s, participants, officials and visitors for their support in contributing to the success the Irish Schools Athletic Programme and in providing a platform for emerging talent to display the remarkable ingenuity and spirit that has been present in Irish School’s athletics traditionally. The championship will be an eagerly awaited one and an event not to be missed.Eamon HarveyIRISH SCHOOLS TRACK AND FIELD FINALS AT TULLAMORE was last modified: June 2nd, 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:irish schools track and field finalslast_img read more

Triathlon news: Letterkenny 24/7 all over Europe!

first_imgLetterkenny 247 Triathlon club notes Race Reports : Ironman WalesClub members were racing all over Europe and Ireland as race season draws to a close.Nicholas Fowell and Sean Mc Fadden made the trip across the Irish Sea to Tenby In Wales for the Ironman Wales race on Sunday. Despite being behind Nick in the swim Sean was first man home in a time of 10.39.09. Nick was close behind in a time of 10.54.54. Both times represented excellent performances from the duo.The previous day Bronagh Ogara and Mairead Cullen competed in the 70.3 race in Groomsfort Co. Down with Bronagh fourth woman overall and Mairead seventh woman home on a difficult run course.Liam Tinney made the relatively short trip to the Glens of Antrim for the hilly sprint race held there on Saturday.John Conaghan continues to excel , winning his age category in the national Sprint Championship held in Clogherhead Co.Louth. John is now the National Series champion in his age group. John competed in the Race in March finishing 17th , Challenge Galway Ironman in June winning his category, the National 70.3 race in Kenmare winning his category and winning his category in three other National Series events . He narrowly missed out on the National championship puncturing on the last three lapsGavin Crawford representing the defence forces was part of the national 70.3 team who finished third overall in the race held in Luxembourg. He was 8th overall and 2nd Irishman home . The swim was cancelled so the race was five k run 90k cycle and 21k run. The cycle involved a lot of climbing and was particularly difficult.The irish defence forces were just behind Belgium and Germany .Siobhan Gallagher was first Woman in the Gartan adventure race held on Saturday . Open water swimKaren Crawford competed recently in the Glendalough national park swim in a splendid time of 1.08 for the 3.9k swim. She won her category and has performed very strongly in all the open water swim events throughout 2016. She , John Cannon, Colin Dean and Mark Mc Collum rounded off the swim season .with the first Glencar lake swim in Sligo. Karen was third overall and first woman in the two k swim in a time of 34.43. Mark was able to compete in the race as his knee surgery was postponed.We all wish him well in his recovery after surgery.Road Race reportsIn the Ten K road race held in Milford Danny Mooney was second and Ita McGettigan was first club woman home and also won her category. There was also impressive performances from Pat Brady, Catherine Mc Kinlay and Martina Mc Daid.Other newsPrior to the formation of letterkenny 247 there another Triathlon club in existence in Letterkenny in the 1980s called Errigal Triathlon club. We have some common members in Kevin Hennessy, John Cannon and Karen Crawford. The Irish middle distance championship was held in Sligo and the 1985 event was won by Gerard Hartman the noted physical therapist in a time of just under four hours . John Cannon had a time of4.50.39, Kevin Hennessy 5.03.53 and Lac member Gerry Davenport 5.11.50 . Thirty years later John Cannon had a time of 5.19.30 in Athlone in the middle distance championship in 2015. Form is temporary but class is permanent.2016 membership is now closed. 2017 membership is available from the first of October.Prospective new members may join us for three sessions and after that for insurance purposes they have to join if they wish to continue. Joining details are on the club notice board in Aura.The quarterly swim fee is due for October to December . Please pay Emma before the end of this month. We may have to restrict access going forward due to numbers so paying in advance guarantees access to the swim session.The Club Agm will be held in October and more details will follow shortly.Open water safetyThere will not be any more Monday night swim sessions this yearIf anyone wants to use Gartan lake please enter from the heritage centre entrance point and please make sure you have a swim partner and swim buoy for personal safety. There is a club shed for changing and the lock code is available from any committee member. Training continues as followsTuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50 pmWednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pmThursday : Long run Aura , meet at six thirty pmSaturday : Aura club cycle 8.00 amSunday : Beginners cycle 9.00 amResultsIronman WalesSean Mc Fadden 98nd 24th in category 1.01.17 5.42.38 3.39.45 10.39.05Nicholas Fowell 142nd 14th in category 58.29 5.43.04 4.01.17 10.54.54Triathlon Ireland National sprint championships Clogherhead41st John Conaghan 1.06.51 (first in category)Groomsfort 70.359th Bronagh O Gara 5.48.56 4th in category77th Mairead Cullen 6.05.29 7th in categoryGlens Of Antrim Sprint Triathlon34th Liam Tinney 1.37.05Mulroy College 10 k2nd Danny Mooney 33.12.431st Ita Mc Gettigan 44.52.1 (category winner)41st Pat Brady 47.05.944th Catherine Mc Kinlay 47.24.448th Cathal Roarty 49.25.450th Tatiana Weiderman 49.42.556th Amanda Mc Nulty 52.25.157th Niamh Mc daid 52.38.458th Martina Mc daid 52.38.463rd Rachel Stilvern 54.24.4 (pb)70th Fiona Mc daid 55.31.372nd Sinead trearty 55.55.087th Andrea Mc Gettigan 63.44.788rh Ailbhe Dunne 63.44.90Glencar 2 k swim3rd Karen Crawford 34.5920th Mark Mc Collum 42.2727th John Cannon 43.00Glencar 1 k swim26th Emily Dean 28.3527th Colin Dean 28.36Triathlon news: Letterkenny 24/7 all over Europe! was last modified: September 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more