UG engineering student missing

first_imgA  family is pleading for the return of their 19-year-old son who has been missing since Wednesday morning.Harris Anthony Persaud, of 21 Granny Field, Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was last seen by his family about 07:30h Wednesday , and has not been seen or heard from since. TheMissing: Harris Anthony Persaudyoung man left home with the intent of attending classes at the University of Guyana (UG), where he is a second-year civil engineering student. He left home dressed in black jeans, a blue shirt and a black tie.The teenager’s mother related that he left home and went to classes at UG. She noted that according to information gathered from questioning his classmates, Persaud told his friends that he would be heading to work at H Nauth and Sons Construction Company, where he is a part-time employee. However, his employer revealed that the young man approached him and told him that he would have to attend evening classes and, as such, he would not be able to work.Persaud’s mother related that as far as the family was aware, he has no conflicts with anyone. She also stated that it was not like him to stay away from home for long periods, especially without informing someone.“He’s my only son, my eldest child and my baby,” the worried mother related. She revealed that her husband has been out searching for the young man since 04:00h Thursday. They are pleading with members of the public to assist them in finding the young man, or to share any information on the young man’s whereabouts with them.Anyone with information concerning Persaud’s whereabouts is asked to contact 678-6590, 257-0129, or the nearest Police Station.last_img read more

Rice miller charged for resisting arrest, threatening workers

first_img– charges stemmed from blocking entrance to aerodromeAn Essequibo rice miller was on Tuesday slapped with at least ten charges when he appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Wazeer Hussein was reportedly charged with resisting arrest, threatening behaviour and obstructing officials of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission from carrying out their duties.The baby being taken on board the aircraft after a long delayHe reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him and was granted bail in the sum of $5000 on each charge.The charges stemmed after he reportedly blocked the entrance to the Hampton Court Aerodrome, Essequibo Coast on several occasions.Hussein is claiming ownership of the plot of land that is used to gain access to the aerodrome, but according to a document seen by Guyana Times, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) had informed the businessman that the plot of land was owned by the State and as such, ordered that he give up possession of the reserve immediately.The notice also stated that failure to comply will result in legal action being brought against him by the Commission. This publication was told that Hussein has claimed ownership of the land for quite some time now, but only recently, he started to block the main access route to the facility which is supposed to be accessible on a 24-hour basis in case of emergencies.On Friday, this newspaper understands, Hussein placed pieces of lumber, old iron and other items at the main entrance to prevent persons from using the access road in and out of the aerodrome.On the same day, Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott was visiting the region, along with a team from the Ministry of the Presidency, and they too were blocked from using the access road. After an intervention by the Police and the relevant authorities, the entrance was cleared.It was a similar situation on Saturday, when an ambulance carrying a sickly baby was blocked from entering the aerodrome. The baby was transferred from the Suddie Hospital to the Georgetown Public Hospital owing to his medical condition.Based on reports received, the ambulance had to use another route to get the baby to the waiting aircraft. This matter was reportedly brought to the attention of the GL&SC prompting a visit by its officers.According to reports, after the officers spoke with Hussein, he refused to allow the entrance to the aerodrome to become accessible and as such, the Police were summoned to the area.Although the Police instructed him to remove the materials, he again bluntly refused and threatened the officers and workers of the aerodrome. Sergeant Parris, who was on the scene, had refused to arrest the man on the fact he made use of threatening language to several persons.However, the situation got out of control thus causing G Division Commander, Superintendent K Pareshram to visit the site.After assessing the situation, Pareshram had Hussein arrested and charged.last_img read more

Companies refuse to resume work without credible payment assurance

first_imgWithdrawal of garbage collection servicesPuran Brothers Disposal Services and Cevons Waste Management continue to remain on standby to resume garbage collection services for the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), but cautioned on Wednesday that they would not do so until a credible assurance was given on payments.The solid waste collectors indicated jointly that when they met with Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and senior officials of the City Council last week, it was agreed that they would receive partial payments for the outstanding $160 million, owed since the first quarter of 2018. Added to that, the companies were prepared to recommence work immediately under the existing contractual agreement.While it is up to City Hall to signal the “green light” for resumption of their services, the garbage collectors have posited that this has not been “forthcoming” and theyGarbage collectors remain steadfast in their decision to retrieve owed moniescontinue to remain on standby.“Timely payment under the terms of our contract with the Georgetown City Council is a fundamental issue.  We cannot, we submit, be expected to provide services without reasonable assurances of timely payment. Where there is slippage we are prepared, as we have, over time, to exercise some measure of understanding to an extent that is reasonable.”It was reiterated that the withdrawal of services was the last option after the “lengthy payment delays” exhausted their “material ability” to provide services. This is being viewed as a “regrettable necessity” rather than a form of “insidious action”.“It is our capacity to continue to give service rather than our willingness to do so that results in work stoppages. Accordingly, we vigorously reject any suggestion that we are inclined to use outstanding payments as an excuse to ‘play games’ with our garbage disposal responsibilities,” both collectors maintained.Further, Purans and Cevons claimed that they made careful deliberations before pulling their services. For the pending Christmas holidays, garbage collection services will surge and refuse generation will increase.For this reason, the agencies specified, “Our concern at this time is with ensuring that the citizenry not have to endure garbage-related inconveniences, and worse, at this time of year. It is against this backdrop that we repeat our earlier undertaking that we stand prepared to resume work immediately upon receiving City Hall’s clearance. In our opinion, the sooner that assurance comes, the better.”At present, collection is being carried out throughout the city and its environs by five smaller contractors appointed by the Council to alternate work during the days of the week.This has raised some concern among residents and business owners, whose waste accumulated for almost a week after the impasse before being collected.last_img read more


first_imgFRIDAY: Fernando Award Foundation will present the 47th annual Special Recognition Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Sheraton Universal Rooftop, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Cost: $100 per person. Public is invited. Call (818) 222-6790. Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center will feature a three-night festival of cinematic works from various artists across the nation celebrating the spirit of low-budget video making. Free. Call the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, 2225 Colorado Blvd., for times at (323) 226-1617. Theatre play, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 7 p.m., Chatsworth Recreation Center, 22360 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Tickets: $2 for adults, $1 children under 5. Call (818) 341-6593. A dance ensemble based on Afro-Peruvian roots, “Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru,” 8 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA. Tickets: $20-$45; UCLA students: $15. Call (310) 825-2101 or visit 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 8-10 p.m., Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail last_img read more


first_imgSlieve LeagueDonegal’s Slieve League Cliffs was the most impressive visit for customers of CIE Tours International last year.The company held its annual Awards of Excellence in Dublin earlier tonight.Glenveagh National Park was also the recipient of a prestigious award. Kee’s Hotel in Stranorlar was chosen as the best hotel for service and hospitality while Harvey’s Point at Lough Eske and the Mill Park Hotel in Donegal Town also won two of the coveted awards.The awards were presented by the CIE Chairman, Vivienne Jupp at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle.It was revealed that the visitors carried by CIE Tours generated revenues of €83 million in 2015. CIE Tours International brought 44,000 visitors to Ireland during the past year. Awards of Excellence were presented to 98 outstanding hotels and visitor attractions spread right around the country.The main category Awards of Excellence went to: Best 5 star hotel The Dunloe Hotel, KillarneyBest 4 star Hotel The Brehon Hotel, KillarneyBest 3 star Hotel Benners Hotel, TraleeBest hotel accommodation Dromoland Castle, Co. ClareBest Hotel Dinner Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, KillineyBest hotel service & hospitality Kee’s Hotel, Co. DonegalBest event dinner/entertainment An evening of Food, Folklore andFairies, Brazen Head, DublinBest dinner feature Killeen House Hotel, KillarneyBest tour feature Glen Keen farm, Co. MayoBest walking tour Don & Barry’s Kinsale Historic StrollBest visit Slieve League Cliffs, Co. DonegalBest lunch Davitt’s, KenmareNational Heritage Award Giant’s Causeway, Co. AntrimWhile the Slieve League Cliffs in Co. Donegal impressed most, other attractions that highly impressed were the Cliffs of Moher, which had the most visitors, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Skellig Experience, now featuring in the “Star Wars” movie, the Titanic Belfast, Waterford Crystal Factory, Trinity College’s Book of Kells and the Giant’s Causeway.The Managing Director of CIE Tours International, Brian Stack, told the gathering: “Last year was another strong year when our 44,000 customers booked in the region of 350,000 bed nights. They made a major contribution to Ireland’s record year for tourism when eight million tourists visited our country.“We are pleased to say that bookings for 2016 have been going well and we are looking forward to exceeding 2015 levels of business despite external matters such as global terrorism threats and market fluctuations. The feedback which we have received from 28,000 customers surveyed was very positive and from these our Awards of Excellence were chosen in this, the 26th year of the Awards.“The response from our hotels and visitor attractions to the feedback we gave them has also been extremely well received-and acted upon. However our wish list for 2016 would include for the resumption of training and accreditation for tour guides and development of urgently needed hotels for the main tourism hubs, in particular Dublin,” said Mr Stack. Increased capacity in terms of accessing Ireland was a vital component in increasing visitors numbers. This additional capacity has helped CIE Tours to grow their customers from other markets outside of their core markets, such as Canada and Australia, Mr Stack said.SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS VOTED MOST IMPRESSIVE VISITOR ATTRACTION was last modified: February 1st, 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)Tags:CIE ToursdonegalSlieve Liaglast_img read more


first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle has called on the Minister for Communications, Naturals Resources and Agriculture not to grant any licenses for ‘fracturing’ in Donegal until a full investigation is carried out by an independent group.The Donegal South-West Deputy met with Minister Pat Rabbitte where he questioned him on his Department’s plans for hydraulic fracturing or ‘fraking.’‘Fraking’ is the controversial method of drilling using pressurized fluid to find energy reserves such as coal and oil. Deputy Pringle, who is part of the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture, said there are many concerns over the relatively new technique.“I raised the issue of Hydraulic Fracturing with him and highlighted the concerns of the community in relation to safety of this process.“I called on him not to grant any licenses for this until it can be independently verified,” said Deputy Pringle.Parts of South Donegal are located in the Lough Allen Basin in which licenses have already been granted for exploration. The Joint Committee has also agreed to investigate the licensing procedure for off shore oil and gas exploration and the favourable terms offered to companies.“I called on him not to grant licenses until a review of the process is completed and any recommendations implemented,” added Deputy Pringle.However Minister Rabbitte refused the request saying that companies are not cueing up for licenses.But Deputy Pringle said this was leaving the door open for licenses to be rushed through.“The bottom line is that the door is now being left open for companies to apply for licenses. Once we grant licenses, we will find it very difficult to take them back. “The Minister should have granted the Joint Committee the courtesy of having an independent investigation carried before leaving this door open,” he said.EndsPRINGLE CALLS ON MINISTER TO RETHINK STANCE ON ‘FRACTURING’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 14th, 2011 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:Deputy Thomas Pringlefracturinglast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Donegal man has said his life has been destroyed after he was described as a “sexual predator” during a court case.Kieron Coyle, 39, from Killygordon, was charged with raping and sexually assaulting a woman in the Galliagh area of Derry last December.However the Public Prosecution Service in Derry withdrew the case against the taxi-driver this morning. Mr Coyle, of Forest Park, has told how he has been threatened by Dissident Republicans after the allegations.The Donegal man spent five days in police custody after his arrest but had always maintained his innocence.Mr Coyle told Donegaldaily that his life has been ruined.He is demanding to know why he has been forced to go through hell for four months while police waited for DNA results.Donegaldaily will carry a full interview with Mr Coyle shortly.DONEGAL MAN SAYS LIFE HAS BEEN HELL SINCE HE WAS ACCUSED OF RAPE was last modified: March 16th, 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:court caseKIERON COYLEKillygordonsexual predatorlast_img read more

Bush urges religious freedom in China

first_img This month, the State Department cited China, a land of 1.3 billion people, as one of eight countries of “particular concern” for denying religious freedom. The White House urged China’s state-controlled media not to censor news of Bush’s visit, which includes meetings and dinner with China’s top leaders. China’s massive trade surplus with the United States – likely to hit $200 billion this year – is a political headache for Bush. So it was good news when he heard upon his arrival that Beijing was buying 70 of Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s 737 planes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING – President Bush took a front-row seat at a church service Sunday, sending a quiet signal to China’s leaders that they should expand religious freedom in this communist nation. “It wasn’t all that long ago that people were not allowed to worship openly in this society,” the president said after the hourlong service. “My hope is that the government of China will not fear the Christians who gather to worship openly. A healthy society is a society that welcomes all faiths.” In a day of talks, the president was expected to trumpet a trade concession from China. He also was to prod Chinese leaders about currency system changes, human rights and the piracy of American movies, computer programs and other copyright material. Bush also was seeking China’s cooperation on North Korea, Iran, Syria and other trouble spots. Bush, however, chose to make the worship service his first public event during a two-day state visit to China. The significance of Bush’s visit to the church, a modest marble-and-brick building tucked off an alley, was clear to the congregation of about 400. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bush received a standing ovation when he entered the sanctuary, which looked much like a classroom with wooden movie theater seats. There was more applause when the pastor announced his presence, and members of the choir assembled outside to see Bush off afterward. “The spirit of the Lord is very strong inside your church,” Bush said. The service at Gangwashi Church, one of five officially recognized Protestant churches in Beijing, was in Chinese, but its structure and content would have be familiar to any Protestant parishioner in the United States. Bush and other guests listened to a translation over headphones. In the church’s guest book, Bush wrote “May God bless the Christians of China.” Under the president’s inscription, the first lady wrote: “And with love and respect, Laura Bush.” last_img read more


first_imgInishowen Councillor Martin Mc Dermott has accused An Taisce and the Government of continuing to undermine the entire viability rural Ireland.He made the comments in response to the latest report from the heritage agency, which wants to stop the development of one-off housing and force families to move to villages and towns, rather than allowing them to settle in rural locations.Cllr Mc Dermott said, “Time and again An Taisce has tried to ride roughshod over the people of rural Ireland, in townlands and communities outside of towns and villages, with policies which are geared towards forced migration. “The agency has been persistent in its lobbying of the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, consistently putting forward plans which enforce specific settlement plans on rural communities.“These “visions” serve only to dismantle rural living by limiting the ability of children to settle on the same land as their parents and making it more expensive to provide services to rural communities.“The organisation is trying to force people into towns and villages rather than allowing them stay in their own areas.“An Taisce claims that rural Ireland is a critical resource for the post-carbon world, but at the same time it is completely undermining the point as it sets about dismantling communities, culture and sports clubs, leaving an ageing population with no supports for future generations. “Rural Ireland must take a stand and refuse to accept autocratic decisions which are destroying some of the best voluntary organisations in the country.“An Taisce’s spatial planning strategy has only served to exacerbate problems in our towns and cities, leading to high deprivation levels in certain areas and increased social problems. Many of these issues are as a result of bad planning.“There needs to be a more cohesive and coherent approach to planning in both urban and rural areas.“We must create a more balanced society, which created vibrant urban spaces, while at the same time ensuring that this growth is not forced through at the expense of rural communities.“Rural and urban housing policies should compliment and not compete with each other. “The idea that towns and villages in rural Ireland could survive without a rural population is farcical and shows a worrying lack of understanding about the dynamic of rural Ireland”.EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE VIABILITY OF RURAL IRELAND CONTINUES – MC DERMOTT was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fianna failMartin Mc DermottnewsPoliticslast_img read more

Massive transfers await KCCA squad as coach Mutebi shifts focus on CAF Confederation Cup finals

first_imgKCCA coach Mike Mutebi issues directives to his team in a past encounter. Courtesy photo.By Nelson SsengoobaLugogo. After guiding KCCA FC to their maiden League and Cup double KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi is far from being complacent. He is now focused on winning the CAF Confederation Cup and he is carrying out a massive overhaul of the club that will see close to 14 players discarded from Lugogo PML daily has learnt.Reliable sources indicate that Mutebi wants the overhaul completed before the official opening of the local transfer widow.Hassan Wasswa Dazo Yasin Mugume,Vicent Kayizzi,Robert Ssentongo,Martin Mpuuga,Brian Majwega, and Suliaman Akinyemi are all taunted as possible causalities alongside Ivan Ntege, Tom Masiko and Isaac Kirabira.Masiko, one of the longest serving players in KCCA FC is rumored to have been courted by Vipers SC and Club patron Lawrence Mulindwa is said to have tabled a juicy offer to sway him away from Lugogo.The manager has, however, dismissed beliefs that the side will struggle without the two departing anchormen.Loaned to Police FC, Martin Mpuuga, Hakim Ssenkumba and Yasin Mugume are also seated in the KCCA FC departures lounge. The trio are equivalent to a drowning man, frantically attempting to pull himself to safety, but have retreated to their fate that they aren’t included in Mutebi’s plans for next season.A sworn advocate of attacking football, Mutebi’s ambitions in the transfer market will prioritize upfield players. He is safe in the knowledge that adroit midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma ,Lwarence Kasadha and Abdallah Muhammad can cover the vacancies left by the threesome of Masiko, Ntege and Kirabira.U-17 youngsters Peter Magambo and Sadat Anaku will graduate to the first team. Kirinya Jinja S.S’s Ceaser Sapeo is on the radar of the clubs’ coaching and scouting team and has been training with KCCA FC since the end of last season.To quit: Robert Ssentongo features in a past KCCA match. Courtesy photo.The prospect of striking an incredible deal to swap for Onduparaka’s red hot sensation Muhammand Shaban is still rated as probable, and despite denials , Shaban has been earmarked to fill the void left by nomad Robert Ssentongo. The Kasasiro boys will have to work hard to persuade Muhammad Shaban to leave Green Light Stadium but having seen Onduparaka capture Karimu Ndugwa , there is a glimmer of hope that Mutebi will get his man.Mad cap Ssentongo’s relationship with Mutebi has been in frail state, and hence, for the players’ part, he will try his talents elsewhere in search for more playing time. The goal scoring spree of Geofrey Sserukuma and emergency of Whizkid Derrick Nsibambi demoted Ssentongo to number three in pecking order. Former paymasters URA FC have expressed interest toMajwega opts to quitre-sign him after only a solitary season following his acrimonious departure from the Tax Collectors. Yet, SC Villa could look at the veteran striker as an option to replace Emmanuel Okwi who left for Tazanian giants Simba.Frustrated with playing a periphery role , Winger Majjwenga has reportedly handed in a transfer request to part ways with KCCA FC. He also accuses the club of failure to meet the terms of his two-year contract, which is left with ten months to cease. He is furious at his treatment by his paymasters who he claims owe him Shs15 million in Sign on fees. Commentslast_img read more