After a number of hiccups and an extension of the deadline for the completion of the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Maternity Ward expansion, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has confirmed that the new deadline for the project is set for July.Although the construction team is dealing with an obstacle course as it relates to getting the ward completedThe current state of the maternity ward expansion project as it nears completionwithin a given time span, Dr Norton has indicated that the deadline has been extended to July when all work on the building is expected to conclude.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, the Minister disclosed the new sets of plans to have the building finished in the given time as the issue with the current maternity ward persists.However, he highlighted the glitches the team has been experiencing, including the shortage of critical materials to complete construction.He said that the upper floor of the ward requires a special material but the contractor is facing several delays in acquiring this material, one of the key factors contributing to the delay.However, the material was received earlier this week and according to the Minister, works will recommence on the final phase of the project.This phase includes work on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Operating Theatre, Prenatal and Post Natal units.Dr Norton added that the lower floor of the building is complete and already offices from the current maternity ward have been relocated to the new building, allowing for the accommodation of an additional 50 beds.Meanwhile, Dr Norton said an additional 17 beds have been donated to the Ministry and have already been placed in the ward under construction.In the area of staffing, which has been topping the agenda of the Ministry for the past months, the Minister disclosed plans to have nurses from Linden transferred temporarily to Georgetown Public Hospital.This will be during the time that midwives are being trained to staff the new maternity ward.“We will be recruiting nurses from Linden to work in the ward because they are much more capable of handling the tasks as the other nurses are being trained,” he explained.Over the past months, the project had been delayed a number of times as the condition of the current maternity ward continued to deteriorate.The situation took a turn for the worse after images of a mother nursing her newborn under a bed went viral.
Frederick Case, Guyana’s High Commissioner to the UK; flanked on the left by his wife Asian Rahaman and on the right by Guyana’s President of the Ahmadiyya Community, Aftabudim Nassir; and Ahsan Ullah Mangat, Missionary in Charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at GuyanaBy Devina Samaroo In Londonn an emotionally charged ambiance, thousands of followers pledged their allegiance to His Holiness, Mizra Masroor Ahmad, as the golden jubilee of the Jalsa Salana rolled into its final day.The Jalsa Salana, also known as the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, is observed to promote a life of peace and righteous in accordance to the teachings of the Holy Quran.A key highlight of this yearly event is the spiritual moment when worshippers from across the world gather together to renew their pledge to His Holiness and the teachings of Islam.This year, the community recorded over 500,000 new followers, who joined the community between the period July 2015 to June 2016.During his closing address, His Holiness re-emphasised the need for peace among all mankind.He underscored the need for everyone to recognise each other’s worth and uphold each other’s rights.He reiterated that women’s rights to freedom ought not to be denied and that any attempt of deprivation must be strongly condemned and forbidden.His Holiness strongly denounced racial discrimination or discrimination of any form, and he called on everyone to do the same.Other notable speakers took centre stage to deliver messages of peace and encouraged the world to strive to establish justice and equality among humankind.Behind the scenesOver 5000 volunteers worked over a 28-day period to transform the vast fields into a magnificent tented village.In fact, the pooling of ideas and drafting of plans for the event commenced long before the physical work got underway.One of the main organisers and spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Farooq Aftab, explained that the members worked through day and night to ensure everything was smoothly executed for the three-day convention.“It’s a huge operation. We have men, women and children all involved who help in the erection of the marquis, logistics, car parking, and these are people from all over the United Kingdom. It’s a tremendous amount of work and we are all volunteers. We don’t get paid for this. The motivation is our religion,” he stated.He noted too that the work of the volunteers also continues even after Jalsa Salana concludes, as they have less than two weeks to dismantle the little village to get the land ready for farming purposes again, in keeping with the lease agreement. And shortly afterwards, the cycle repeats as planning stages kick off for the event next year.Expanding homeWhile the count of Ahmadis in Guyana stands at around 300, Guyanese High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Chase, emphasised that the community needs to do more so its presence can be felt all throughout the country.“They need to get more among the Guyanese people, telling them about the religious organisation and how it promotes peace. That way, people are bound to become interested and they will participate,” he said.The High Commissioner was definitely inspired by the proliferation of messages promoting peace, love and harmony across various cultural divides.“The purpose of religious practices and religion is to promote peace, so whichever religion a person may belong, their religious mission is to promote peace,” he noted.He was also remarkably impressed by the friendliness of the people and joviality the entire atmosphere.
– parents hospitalizedTwo young children were killed and their parents hospitalised after the car they were travelling in slammed into two parked vehicles on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).According to information reaching Guyana Times, the accident occurred at about 02:45h on Tuesday on the Blankenburg Public Road, WCD.Dead are 10-month-old Marvin Miguel and his seven-year-old sister Tina Miguel. Their mother, Michell Miguel and stepfather, Mark Halley, of Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara, are currently hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Halley, a taxi operator, was driving the vehicle they were travelling in and is said to be in a critical condition, while Miguel has been listed as stable. There was also another adult in the car at the time of the accident. This newspaper was told that he is a Police Officer and escaped with only minor injuries, for which he was treated and sent away.Based on information received, the family was heading to Parika, East Bank Essequibo, in the dark grey Allion motorcar, bearing registration number PVV 38, when the driver reportedly lost control and slammed into two vehicles – a Toyota Tundra and a minibus – that were parked on the roadway. When Guyana Times visited the couple’s Lot 38 Covent Garden Public Road home, the premises was locked; however, the upstairs neighbour confirmed hearing about the accident and was desperately trying to locate the relatives of the couple.One of the neighbours claimed that the family was last seen early Monday evening and might have left home later that night. The woman explained that on Tuesday morning, sometime just after 06:00h, a friend of Halley, who was said to be the Police Officer that was in the car at the time of the accident, went to the home and informed them about the accident.The young lady said that they went to the hospital to confirm that it was indeed the tenants downstairs who were involved in the accident.“Only one of my cousins went in and she saw Mark but he was unconscious. They told us Michell was awake but when we were at the hospital, she was sleeping so we didn’t get to see or talk to her,” the neighbour related.The woman indicated that they were told Halley suffered several broken bones including his ribs, which reportedly punctured his lung. He also sustained a broken shoulder and lacerations to his head.She further explained to this publication that Halley has been living at the downstairs apartment for some 10 years now and Miguel only moved in with him about a year ago. She noted that Miguel’s seven-year-old daughter usually stays with her (Michell’s) family in Lethem, Region Nine but came to spend the holidays with her mother, brother and stepfather.
Coach Paul Magallanes considered his team’s defensive struggles (eight of the errors belonged to the Titans) and said it is an area to be addressed next week in preparation for the Del Rio League opener against Santa Fe. “We’ll use next week’s practices to get ready,” Magallanes said. “We have several areas we need to look at.” Magallanes cited Friday’s relief work by Tony Hernandez, who began the game behind the plate. Like starter R.J. Saldana, Hernandez was victimized by a porous Titans defense that set up five unearned runs. “Before the season, I thought defense was one of our strengths,” Magallanes said. “Now we’ve got some defensive stuff we need to work on.” WHITTIER – For a while, it looked like neither team wanted to win, or that both wanted to win too much. Twenty-seven runs, 27 hits and 10 errors later, Norwalk High School’s baseball had a 16-11 victory over host Pioneer in the fifth-place game of the Montebello Tournament. There were five home runs hit, but the number is misleading because Pioneer’s fence was down. The loss was the Titans’ second consecutive after three victories to open the season. Norwalk opened the game with a walk and Roman Cabral’s two-run home run. Pioneer countered with a run on an error and Hernandez’s RBI single. The first inning was an indication of the way both teams would swing the bat. Norwalk got three hits, including a homer and three RBIs, from Chris Chantland. Cabral had two hits, including a home run, drove in three runs and scored four runs. Jose Rosales had Norwalk’s other home run. Hernandez led Pioneer with three hits and four RBIs. Speedy leadoff batter Aaron Santa Cruz had two hits and scored three times, Diego Sauceda hit a three-run home run and Steven Real had a two-run homer. Norwalk led 9-1 going to the bottom of the fourth when Pioneer scored seven runs to close the gap. Norwalk then used a pair of three-run innings sandwiched around one run in the sixth to cement the victory. “The thing about those guys (Norwalk) is they just keep hitting,” Magallanes said. “The big thing for us was the way we hung in there and came up with the big inning to get back into it.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dyer last year had been deemed unable to understand court proceedings or assist in her defense and was ordered to undergo treatment. She has since been found to have regained competency, officials said. “Insanity is probably a defense we are considering,” said Dyer’s attorney, David Houchin. Detectives and city officials have said they don’t know why Dyer showed up armed at City Hall. A detective who worked on an earlier case suggested that she might have been looking for her former parole office, even though the parole office is miles away from City Hall. Once described by a prosecutor as a “walking time bomb,” Dyer had been paroled after prison in the late 1990s to Palmdale to keep her away from the Los Angeles woman, and over the past 10 years has been repeatedly in and out of prison and at least twice put into mental institutions, authorities said. LANCASTER – A gun-toting woman shot by sheriff’s deputies in a July confrontation outside Palmdale City Hall has been ordered to stand trial on assault, grand theft and firearms charges. Susan Dyer, 44, had been involved in at least two similar confrontations with police in Los Angeles and Wisconsin, including one in which she pointed a gun at a Los Angeles SWAT officer after invading the home of a woman who had jilted her. Dyer was bound over for trial on charges of assault on a peace officer, grand theft of a firearm and being a felon with a firearm following a preliminary hearing last week. “There was testimony from her brother, who was the owner of the gun and testimony by the investigating officer as to the incident at Palmdale City Hall,” Deputy District Attorney Steve Heller said. As a result, the prosecutor in the Los Angeles case pushed for and succeeded in strengthening California’s stalking law. Dyer was holding two pistols when city maintenance workers saw her before dawn July 21 outside Palmdale City Hall. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RICHMOND, Va. — On the first day of the fall semester in August, administrators at Virginia Tech canceled classes after a sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot near campus during a manhunt for an escaped inmate. On Monday, near the end of the academic year, the public university nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains was the site of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. A gunman killed 33 people, including himself, on the campus known for its powerhouse football team, its engineering school and the idyllic setting in the small town of Blacksburg, about 160 miles west of Richmond. The university is also recognized for its agriculture and veterinary programs and has more than 25,000 full-time students. The 2,600-acre campus has more than 100 buildings, many of which are constructed from the university’s signature multicolored limestone mined from school-run quarries. The university was founded in 1872 as the all-male Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1896, it changed its name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, informally shortened to Virginia Tech. The university admitted white women for the first time in 1921. The first black man enrolled in 1953, and six black women enrolled in 1966, according to the university. On the football field, the Hokies have played in the postseason for the last 13 years, including in the 2000 national championship game, when they lost to Florida State. Notable football alumni include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his younger brother, Marcus Vick. Virginia Tech also is known for its Corps of Cadets, a military training program within the university. Four-year service in the corps was mandatory until 1923. Two-year service was required for men until 1964, when it became voluntary. The corps admitted its first female cadets in 1973. The Corps of Cadets conducts training exercises on the school’s drill field, located in the center of the campus. The university has a budget of $900.6 million and a $447.4 million endowment, according to university figures. Charles Steger is the school’s 15th president, having led Virginia Tech since January 2000.
1 Roberto Martinez has decided the best way to ease the pressure on his job is by trusting Everton’s youth players for the remainder of the season.The Spaniard knows some fans are calling for his head, with protests planned during’s Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth, but, as of yet, there have been no moves by the board to get rid of him.The Toffees currently sit 11th place in the Premier League, and, although it may result in falling closer to the bottom three, Martinez is looking to incorporate youth players in the final weeks of the campaign. Tom Davies and Callum Connolly both made debuts from the bench against Southampton last month and with injured trio Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry joining the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori in the stands, there could be more chances.Matthew Pennington, recently recalled from a loan spell at Walsall, could feature at the heart of defence and a debut for 18-year-old playmaker Kieran Dowell – who scored a hat-trick against Leicester’s Under-21s in midweek – appears imminent.Martinez said: “Kieran has been outstanding in his performances, I don’t think you could find a better adjective than ‘outstanding’ to describe the consistency he’s had with the Under-21s and the quality he brings.“He was involved with the first-team (squad) earlier in the season but picked up an injury and I feel he’s ready now to be given an opportunity in the first team.“Every young player at Everton has a specific programme and path to get into the first team. We’ve already seen Tom and Callum make their debuts and they were very impressive in the manner they did.”John Stones and Ross Barkley are two recent examples of inexperienced players rising to prominence – and full England honours – through the Everton ranks.They proved themselves to Martinez whenever handed the chance in the first-team, and the head coach has urged any upcoming debutants to show a similar drive to impress.“Whoever is on the pitch needs to reach a level of intensity or responsibility or drive or quality,” he said.“It’s no good going through the motions or expecting you’re going to have the opportunity to represent Everton for the rest of your career.“Whoever is on the pitch for different reasons – and there are certain players who deserve opportunities or need to show what they can do – needs to show that sort of level every single minute between now and the end of the season.“Every position in the table matters and every point matters.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez
More than 10,000 people will descend on Ballybofey this weekend for the Ulster Final of the Irish Dancing Championships from November 17th to 20th.Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and this competition is a mecca showcase for the young people (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global community.It adds a festival dimension to Ballybofey as an out-of season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns of Stranorlar, Letterkenny and Donegal Town. Kevin Armstrong, Director of the Ulster Championships, stated that there are in excess of 2000 entries to this competition and that he expects the largest attendance ever at this particular four day dancing event.The success of the Ulster Dancing Championships event in County Donegal to date has determined the imminent return of Oireachtas Rince Uladh to the county again in 2017.An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey said that “Oireachtas Rincí Uladh”, “The Ulster Dancing Championships” have been coming to Donegal for quite a number of years now and that Donegal County Council recognises the cultural and traditional value and importance of this great event as well as the economic and social benefits to the county. He wishes all involved great success.A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. This event is being hosted in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey for four days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.PREASEISIÚINTOireachtas Rince Uladh i mBealach Féich 2016 – 17 go 20 Samhain 2016Beidh Oireachtas Rince Uladh ar siúl i mBealach Féich ón 17ú – 20ú Samhain 2016.Meastar go mbeidh tuairim 10,000 duine ag freastal ó Chúige Uladh agus contaethe teorainn thar an cheithre lá iomlán de cheiliúradh rince iomaíochta. Tá móréileamh ar an Rince Gaelach níos mó anois ná mar a bhí ariamh. Is féile comhaimseartha é do dhamhsóirí óga (4bl – 21bl), ag cur i láthair agus ag iomaíocht san ealaíon Rince Gaelach, agus don lucht féachana a tharraingníonn sé ó na ceantair domhanda. Cáilífear na buaiteoirí ar aghaidh go dtí Craobhchomórtais an Domhain 2017. Cuireann an ócaid seo le gné féilte ‘as séasúr’ agus rachaidh sé i sochar forbairt eacnamaíoch, sóisialta agus cultúrtha do Bhealach Féich agus do na bailte comharsan Sráth an Urláir, Leitir Ceanainn agus Baile Dhún na nGall chomh maith.Dúirt Stiúrthóir Oireachtas Rincí Uladh, Kevin Armstrong, go bhfuil i bhfad níos mó éilimh ar an ócáid seo ná mar a bhí ariamh aroimhe agus go bhfuil thar 2000 iarratais istigh don chomórtas an iarraidh seo. Ciallaíonn seo go mbeidh scaiftí móra ag freastal thar an cheithre lá de chomórtais. Beidh Oireachtas Rincí Uladh ag filleadh ar an chontae arís in 2017.Guíonn Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, an Clr Toirleach Ó Sluaighe, gach rath ar an Oireachtas seo. Dúirt sé go n-aithníonn Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall an tábhacht agus an fiúntas cultúrtha, sóisialta agus eacnamaíoch don chontae ach go hairithe ag an am seo den bhliain.Tá fáilte roimh chách go hÓstán Jacksons i mBealach Féich chun an díogras agus an chuid is fearr den Rince Ghaelach a bhlaisiú i bhfoirm siamsaíocht iomaíoch den scoth. Ballybofey to host Ulster Finals of Irish Dancing Championships was last modified: November 15th, 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 man who spit at, bit and kicked Gardai has been told he will spend Christmas in jail if he does not attend an addiction centre.Emlyn O’Donnell, 33, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a series of offences.But before his case could even start, Garda Inspector Denis Joyce complained he could get a ‘whiff’ of alcohol from the accused. O’Donnell, of Railway Apartments in Letterkenny faces a series of charges including road traffic and public order offences.O’Donnell’s solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client was more of a danger to himself and was trying to address his alcohol addictions.However, Judge Paul Kelly said he was wasting everyone’s time and that unless he got help for his alcohol addictions, he would go to jail.Judge Kelly said he was adjourning many of the charges against O’Donnell until December 17th not so O’Donnell could sign himself into the White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre in Muff, Co Donegal to get help for his addictions.He did deal with a charge of dangerous driving against O’Donnell for which he jailed him for four months but suspended the sentence for 12 months, find him €450 and banned him from driving for four years.But he warned O’Donnell that if he did not have proof that he signed himself into the rehabilitation centre during his next court appearance, he would spend Christmas behind bars.MAN TOLD HE WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN JAIL IF HE DOES NOT GET TREATMENT was last modified: October 15th, 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)
1 Harry Kane is in good form going into the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Graeme Souness knows Scotland’s chances of beating England when they welcome their rivals to Hampden Park on Saturday are slim.Souness, one of Scotland’s greatest players, played 54 times for his country, appeared in three World Cups and also played against the Three Lions on a number of occasions.However, the former midfielder thinks a win for Gordon Strachan’s team in the World Cup qualifier is unlikely unless England are having a particularly bad day, or Gareth Southgate puts Harry Kane on corner taking duty.“The English lads won’t have the feeling they’re going into the lions’ den,” he told the Sunday Times.“They’re entitled to believe they can go up there and turn Scotland over. For us to get a result we must have an exceptionally good day and they must have an exceptionally bad one.“Let’s hope Harry Kane is taking a lot of corners,” he joked in reference to the Tottenham striker’s role at Euro 2016, something manager Roy Hodgson was widely criticised for.Souness is wary of the attacking threat Kane poses, though, after the striker scored 29 Premier League goals to win a second successive Golden Boot award. It was also the third season on the bounce where Kane has surpassed the 20-goal mark and Souness was quick to point out that scoring with such consistency in the league is not easy.England beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley in November 2016 and even though Souness thinks that scoreline flattered Southgate’s men, they still deserved to win. However, it was a different story the last time England were north of the border.“They won’t have any fears about going to Glasgow if they remember what happened in the friendly at Celtic Park in 2014,” Souness said.“When England beat Scotland 3-1 then, it looked like a team from the top half of the Premier League putting away a mid-table Championship side.”