Rehabilitation of ECD bridges downscaled

first_img… as Public Infrastructure Ministry focuses on Durban Park projectAs Guyana approaches its Golden Jubilee anniversary, focus has been shifted to the celebrations, and as such, the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has downscaled its rehabilitation works of East Coast Demerara bridges in order to give the Durban Park project full manpower.During a telephone interview with Guyana Times, Infrastructure Ministry Coordinator of the Works Services, Geoffrey Vaughn, said the main focus is currently the construction of the Durban Park Stadium. However, he indicated that there is still some works being done on the bridge projects along the East Coast of Demerara, but it is being conducted “in a phased manner.”“This is a phased intervention, one bridge has already been constructed, another is due for completion shortly, which is the one in Ogle, along the railway embankment, and we are moving in a phased manner.’’Vaughn highlighted that the Ministry is planning to replace the steel structure on the bridges. He added that there were many reasons for the decision to substitute the steel structures but one specifically would be because of the traffic increase on the East Coast of Demerara. Vaughn added that workers would be designated to work 24-hour shifts to hasten the project’s completion.The Ministry’s Works Services Coordinator was however not able to give an exact cost for the rehabilitation, noting that he “did not have the paper works and wants to give an exact amount and not an estimate.’’Only last week, the Government announced that some $150 million was reserved for the completion of the Durban Park project. The Ministry will also be taking over the project, as this was confirmed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who said that since Cabinet approved the finances, the Ministry was now taking full control of the project.last_img read more

Ministry hands over findings to Police

first_imgBHS sexual misconduct investigation…head teacher to be warned for “slack and loose” commentThe Education Ministry’s Welfare Department, in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry, has concluded investigations into the allegation of sexual misconduct at the Bishops’ High School (BHS), and the matter has now been handed over to the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Economics teacher Coen Jackson has been accused of abusing his position of trust as an educator and began grooming female students for sexual activities.Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but has admitted to having sexual relations with two former students who are now both in their early 20s.In light of those allegations, BHS Head Teacher Winifred Ellis called a general assembly on Monday, and allegedly berated students for not defending Jackson.“I remember once I (was) coming down the corridor and I had to step back and ask a child to close her legs, a male teacher is teaching. How many times I telling y’all, ‘Don’t touch the boys! Don’t touch the boys!’ How much times I am standing at my office door and when y’all see me y’all running inside, cause you hugging and touching the boys? You are very slack, very loose with youself,” Ellis declared at the assembly.“Do you know Mr Jackson? I want to see the hands…If you felt uncomfortable at any time, step out the line. If he ever touched you and you tell me, step out of the line. Y’all saw it on FB (Facebook), right? Y’all know what I talking about, right? Can you corroborate that story? I didn’t see any of you going and defend him on this story. Not one! Don’t lie, tell the truth!” she further stated.Ellis’s comment has drawn national attention, and a number of persons took to the streets calling for her to be fired. In response to the protest action, Education Minister Nicolette Henry convened a committee to look into the actions of the head teacher.The team comprised Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson (Chief and final arbiter); Legal Advisor to the Education Ministry, Kelly-Ann Payne-Hercules; Guyana Teachers Union Representative Lance Baptiste; President of the Bishops’ High School Board, Ruth Lee; Parent Teachers Association president Sondra Lowe; National PTA Coordinator Nadia Hollingsworth; Coordinator of Health and Family Life Education (HFLE), Coleen King-Cameron; and the two head prefects of the Bishops’ High School.“At the consultation, a recording of the headmistress’s address to the students was presented, and she had an opportunity to provide an explanation. Based on the evidence presented and the explanation proffered, the committee found the headmistress culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01 section 35: “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which is liable to a first warning,” the Ministry said in a statement on Friday.The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution. It also recommended that the Ministry offer training and support to teachers on how to deal with children and sexual issues, in addition to providing counselling to students after they made the request.Student body speaksMeanwhile, in a Facebook post, the BHS student body representative Jensen Samaroo related that the students feel victimised by the attack on the institution.“Launching an institutional attack is unwarranted and unjustified. The inherent pitfall and danger in this approach that has been adopted is that, in an attempt to help apparent victims of a ‘nationally’ flawed system that has failed them, a wider array of persons, who happens to be children, have become subjected to victimization,” the student wrote.The student noted that since the allegation hit social media, the right channels are yet to be used.“Indeed, as far as I am aware, since the recent sexual allegations have been levied upon Sir Coen Jackson, Economics and Financial Services’ teacher at The Bishops’ High School, there has been no formal and appropriate channel, no forum at which current students of the aforesaid institution have been given the opportunity to speak on how the current state of affairs has affected them. This is rather unfortunate,” the post related.The head teacher is expected to make her apology to the student body on Monday.last_img read more

Jefford sponsors medals, trophies for Upper Demerara Inter-Schools Championships

first_imgFounder of the Jefford Track and Field Classic, Edison Jefford, has donated a quantity of medals and trophies to the Upper Demerara/Kwakwani District 10 Department of Education for their Inter-Schools Track and Field Championships which will be held this week at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground.Edison Jefford (left) handing over samples of the medals and trophies to District Representative Christine Sampson at the premises of Woodpecker ProductsJefford has said that he quickly accepted the request to support the defending champions at the National Schools Championships because of his commitment to continue to contribute to the development of sports in the region and in Guyana.He has congratulated the District, and wishes all the athletes well in their quest to represent the region.Edison Jefford has recently hosted the annual Jefford Track and Field Classic X, an event that saw some of Guyana’s top athletes competing in different track and field events in their respective categories. At the end of that event, Cassie Small, Natasha Alder, and Jermaine Simmons emerged as champion athletes. Small won the 100m (12.02s), 200m and 400m events (one minute, 03.7s); while Alder won the women’s shot put (12.55m) as well as the women’s discuss event (37.92m). Simmons won the male discus event, and placed second in the shot put event.As a result of major sponsors coming on board for his event, Jefford has decided to invest in the future of athletics in Guyana at its grassroots level. The male and female athletes were sponsored with prizes that came with the compliments of The Under Armor, MVP Sports, and Urban Life brands, and they included $25,000 worth of Under Armor gear and $25,000 each for the male and female champion athlete, along with trophies.District Representative Christine Sampson has thanked Jefford for the contribution, and added that such support would help the region prepare for the upcoming challenge of defending their title at the National Schools Championships in November.She said Jefford has sponsored all the medals and trophies for the Under-20 category.last_img read more

Longtime educator feels she’s making a difference

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In 2003, she jumped at the opportunity to work for a company that creates charter schools, bringing “small learning communities” to neighborhoods with lagging achievement scores and high dropout rates. She is now president and CEO of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, which has opened four campuses in crowded and underperforming areas in South and East Los Angeles and hopes to create 20 more middle and high schools over the next six years. At the same time, the group wants to influence Los Angeles Unified by establishing small schools that help students graduate, go on to college and eventually have an impact on L.A., she said. “Our basic belief is that every kid can learn at high levels given the learning condition and opportunity to learn at high levels, and that’s what we’re out to prove,” she said. “We’re able to do what we believe makes a difference.” And, there’s a significantly higher sense of accountability at charter schools, which don’t stay open if they don’t deliver. So, if something doesn’t work, it gets changed. Judy Burton worked 30 years in the LAUSD and was on track to become a candidate for superintendent when she quit to join an educational system she believed would yield quicker and better results. Although Burton loved her students and colleagues, she could no longer cope with the heavy bureaucracy and the slow pace of reform in the nation’s second-largest school district – especially at the high school level. “I think we were making good progress but not at the pace we needed or wanted, and a large part of it was due to the incredible size of the schools,” said Burton, 58, who started her career as a teacher and rose to become a local district superintendent in the northeast San Fernando Valley. “I saw our principals and teachers just working so hard, committed to trying to get results but distracted by so many other factors that it just seemed so difficult to stay focused on the kids.” “Our decisions are guided by what we’re trying to achieve versus what rule we’re trying to follow,” she said. “Not to say there aren’t rules and regulations at charters – there are just as many. But we still have the flexibility to work for kids and what works best for our schools.” – Naush Boghossian 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

Burnley’s Pope will see specialist to discover full extent of injury

first_img 2 Pope didn’t feature at the World Cup, but was in the squad Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope will discover the full extent of his dislocated shoulder injury on Monday.Pope, an England World Cup squad member, was injured during the early stages of the Clarets’ 1-1 Europa League draw in Scotland on Thursday. Dyche also confirmed that Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady had been withdrawn after 42 minutes against Montpellier after feeling a tight hamstring.Brady had only previously played 45 minutes in pre-season as he steps up his recovery from knee surgery in December.“It was a very minor thing in his hamstring so we took him off immediately,” Dyche said.“He’s been out for a while, so we don’t want any secondary injuries if we can help it.”Burnley play the return leg of their Europa League second qualifying round tie against Aberdeen at Turf Moor on Thursday. “He [Pope] sees the specialist tomorrow,” Dyche told the official club website after Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw with Montpellier.“It’s a definite dislocation, we know that, but it’s the grading of it and how the specialist views it.“Once he’s seen the specialist, we will have a much better view.“We will wait and see on that and we have no timescales at the moment.” Pope was substituted early on 2last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN ALMOST WENT INTO LABOUR WHEN SHE SCOOPED ALL-IRELAND TICKET!

first_imgA pregnant woman has revealed how she almost went into labour when she won a Willy Wonka style competition for All-Ireland GAA tickets.Christina Burke, from Letterkenny, was due to give birth last Sunday but decided to go shopping the day before.She decided to purchase a lucky bag from Auntie Nellie’s Sweet Shop in Letterkenny as it was running a competition to win one of the golden game passes. Christina purchased four of the €2 lucky bags and to her delight found she won the ticket.A delighted and blooming Christina told Donegal Daily “I just couldn’t believe it when I open the lucky bag. I almost went into labour there and then I was that excited.“I went home to my husband Aidan and he thought I was starting my labour because I was so red and flushed. I was just in so much shock that I won.”Christina, who is a nurse at Letterkenny General Hospital, finally found herself in labour yestrday where she gave birth to her third baby girl. Christina says she had thought about the name Nellie after Auntie Nellie’s sweet shop but has decided to call her new arrival Laoise.She says she won’t get to the game herself but will watch it in Donegal with husband Aidan and daughters Tara, 4, Caoimhe, 2 and Laoise, three days.Instead she is kindly giving the ticket for the Cusack Stand to her brother Francis’ girlfriend Brid.Despite only giving birth a few hours earlier, Christina turned up in person to collect her ticket today from Auntie Nellie’s owner Enda Heneghan.Businessman Enda says demand for the lucky bags was staggering, so much so that he was forced to put another All-Ireland ticket in a secret lucky bag. “It was a great competition and I’m just sad that we didn’t have more tickets to give away.“We sold more than 2,000 of the lucky bags which was amazing.“We even had calls from a couple of business people who wanted to buy ALL of the lucky bags but we would never have done that,” he said.A second All-Ireland ticket was won by well-known butcher Stephen Shields from the Oldtown in Letterkenny. “I sent one of the lads down for a lucky bag and I just knew it was the real thing when I opened it. I’m delighted,” he said.DONEGAL WOMAN ALMOST WENT INTO LABOUR WHEN SHE SCOOPED ALL-IRELAND TICKET! was last modified: September 22nd, 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:Auntie Nellie’s Sweet ShopChristina Burkelast_img read more

GAA STAR MICHAEL MURPHY’S CIVIC RECEPTION – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgMichael Murphy woth Mayor Ian McGarvey, his father Mick, mother Mary and grandfather Joe Hutchinson. ALL PICS BY KIND PERMISSION OF NEWSPIXIRL.Michael with his grandfather Joe, 85, from Buncrana.Michael is already pondering next year’s All Ireland championship!Michael with his mum and dad and Mayor Ian McGarveyMichael receives a gift of a picture of a GAA field from Mayor McGarvey.Proud Glenswlly manager Gary McDaid at the civic reception in Lifford. (NewspixIrl)Members of the council and Glenswilly officials at today’s reception.Former referee and GAA official Frankie Doherty at today’s reception.    GAA STAR MICHAEL MURPHY’S CIVIC RECEPTION – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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:civic receptionMichael Murphypicture speciallast_img read more

MCGUINNESS REMAINS COY ON POSSIBILITY OF RORY GALLAGHER REPLACING HIM AS DONEGAL MANAGER

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has chosen to remain coy on the possibility of former assistant manager Rory Gallagher replacing him as the new Donegal manager.Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has refused to comment on who he thinks will be his successor, as the Donegal County Board begin their interview process with the potential candidates.Rory Gallagher, who was McGuinness’s assistant for three years is the hot favourite to land the role of Donegal manager.It’s believed that McGuinness and Gallagher didn’t part company on the best of terms, when McGuinness made the decision to axe Gallagher and Maxi Curran from his backroom staff at the end of 2013. When quizzed about his potential successor, McGuinness remained coy and said he felt that it was a key thing for him not to be involved in the search for his replacement.McGuinness told The Irish Daily Star, “I think the key thing for me is not to be involved in anything to do with the processes in Donegal.“I know everybody that’s in for the job, some of them very well.“I worked with Cathal Corey as joint-manager with Glenties. “But I won’t be an ex-manager that’s interfering, I won’t be an ex-manager that’s hanging about, an ex-manager that will be involved with the County Board or anything else.“Once you’re out the door, you’re out the door, and best of luck to the next man that comes in.McGuinness also believes his successor is walking into a brilliant job, and has a lot to work with, and says there’s still a huge hunger within the squad for more success.McGuinness said, “I think it’s a brilliant job for the man that gets it.“We’re in Division One. We’re Ulster Champions. We’ve just been beaten in an All-Ireland Final. So there’s three positives. “I think it’s a really good job for anyone, and there’s a big, big hunger within the squad.MCGUINNESS REMAINS COY ON POSSIBILITY OF RORY GALLAGHER REPLACING HIM AS DONEGAL MANAGER was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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)Tags:Donegal JobHome-page SportinterviewJim McGuinnessnewsProcessRory Gallagherlast_img read more

OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’

first_imgFORMER Ireland soccer star Owen Coyle says he understands why Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy chose to play for Ireland over Scotland – and hopes there isn’t an anti-Irish element in the crowd when the Republic take on the Scots at Celtic Park this Friday night.Coyle’s mum Frances was from Gortahork and dad Owen Snr was from Gaoth Dobhair.He was brought up in an area of Glasgow known as ‘Little Donegal’. McGeady and McCarthy’s grandparents are also from Donegal; they chose Ireland over Scotland.“James and Aiden will probably get some stick, but it should be because the supporters are simply upset that they chose to play for Ireland above Scotland and nothing else,” said Owen.“The great thing about Scotland and Ireland is that both sets of supporters are known for being some of the very best in the world. People will be told to keep it decent if they do go over the score a little.“I would like to think that anti-Irish sentiment is not a part of our modern society. I hope we have moved on, but it would probably be naive to think that there won’t be some people who come along to give them a bit of stick with something of an agenda. The main thing is that it doesn’t get vitriolic. “With all due respect, I feel it would be slightly hypocritical [for Scotland fans] to get too serious about it all because there are players in the Scotland team who were not born in Scotland. It certainly won’t affect James or Aiden. To be involved in football, you have to have a thick skin and these guys are two terrifically talented players who would play in the Scotland team all day long.“Supporters maybe aren’t aware of all the circumstances that lead someone to make such a decision either. It was a different era when I chose to play for Ireland and I think supporters who knew the game could understand it. I was fine. I didn’t get abuse. With the type of personality I had, I would like to think I would have been able to deal with it anyway,” he told The Herald. OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’ was last modified: November 10th, 2014 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:aiden mcgeadyceltic parkIrelandJames McCarthyOwen CoyleScotlandlast_img read more

FAMOUS BOAT FROM CLANNAD/BONO VIDEO MAY HAVE TO BE REMOVED

first_imgThe remains of Bad Edie at BunbegA famous boat which featured in a U2 and Clannad video could be removed from a Donegal beach.BonoThe boat, Bad Eddie, washed up on the beach at Magheraclogher in West Donegal in the 1970s.The wrecked vessel featured in a video for Claand’s famous ‘In A Lifetime’ video in 1985. However, some locals are now claiming the boat is a hazard and the council may now seek to remove it.FAMOUS BOAT FROM CLANNAD/BONO VIDEO MAY HAVE TO BE REMOVED was last modified: September 13th, 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:Bad EddieboatBunbegClannaddonegalU2last_img read more