No meetings of Linden M&TC in 2 months

first_imgLinden Town Clerk Jenella BowenLinden Mayor Carwyn HollandThe Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) of Linden, Region 10 has not been meeting for the past two months, and according to reports, this is as a result of Councillors simply not showing up for meetings.The most recent statutory meeting for the M&TC was cancelled on Wednesday and according to Mayor Carwyn Holland, “no one showed up”.When asked what was responsible for the Council not meeting, Holland refused to elaborate, only saying that the Council was “going through a process” involving the Town Clerk, Jenella Bowen, against whom it passed a no-confidence motion.He added that Councillors were anxiously awaiting the outcome of “the process” involving Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Holland further refused to respond to a question on the impact the lack of meetings would have on the Council’s work programmes and ultimately Lindeners, stating, “I will end this conversation here.”The Holland-led Town Council was only elected in March 2016, just six months ago, and already it has failed to meet for more than two months.The six-month-old Council has not been meeting despite being in the midst of a financial crunch. It recently asked central Government for a financial bailout, claiming it was facing a $200 million debt, which it inherited from the previous town administration, making it impossible to pay workers their gratuity and an increase in salaries, as well as pay for electricity and garbage disposal.“We need a bailout at the moment,” Holland said.Many Lindeners say that despite being saddled with this massive revenue crunch, the Holland-led Council was preoccupied with its battle to remove the Town Clerk, rather than carrying on with the business of the people of Linden.“I understand that they have a problem with the Town Clerk and whatsoever, but that don’t give them the right not to meet. We elect them to look after our affairs not to fight over one person,” a Lindener told Guyana Times.Another resident remarked, “It is bad they not meeting so long, if they said they waiting on the Minister to make a decision, then he need  to do so quick so things can move forward.”Other residents have lashed out at the Council over its continuous “bickering” and “fighting over one person”, calling on the Councillors to show maturity and get on with the town’s business.“I think the fight between the Mayor and some Councillors and the Town Clerk is because of politics, some Councillors don’t like her because they think she is PPP. But I don’t think that is sufficient reason for the Council not to meet. Some Councillors want to meet, but some Councillors don’t want to and their excuse is they will not attend any meeting where she is,” a source at the Linden Town Council told Guyana Times. Some Councillors and Bowen have been engaged in a bitter feud in recent months, with both sides trading blame for poor management.Holland had told a news conference that the Councillors wanted Bowen removed from her position even if it meant she had to be placed in a different capacity as he levelled accusations of late notices for meetings, tardiness in the production of minutes, unedited minutes, and inadequate steps taken to implement decisions to clean up the town,  among other allegations. Bowen had earlier accused Holland and his deputy of spending at least $500,000 of the Council’s money without approval.Minister Bulkan is expected to soon meet with Bowen before a decision is made on her future.last_img read more

Bale-less Madrid maintain Barca chase

first_imgBale’s replacement Angel di Maria put Madrid in front with a fine left-footed drive on 28 minutes, but Pablo Piatti headed home an equaliser for the hosts six minutes later.Cristiano Ronaldo then headed home Di Maria’s free-kick to put Madrid back in front five minutes before half-time, only for Valencia to level once more when Jeremy Mathieu met Dani Parejo’s corner.However, Madrid were not to be denied as substitute Jese Rodriguez grabbed the winner with a low drive that beat Vicente Guaita at his near post 10 minutes from time to condemn Nico Estevez to defeat in his first league game in temporary charge of Valencia.“When a team changes its coach they always play with a lot of desire so it was a difficult game,” said Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.“In general I thought we did very well. We maybe needed to maintain a higher tempo after the first goal, but we had the will to win until the last minute and the result is a very important one.”With Bale sidelined for a second consecutive game by a calf injury, Di Maria made his presence felt in style as he controlled Marcelo’s cross-field pass before firing past Guaita into the far corner.Valencia, buoyed by the news earlier in the day that Singaporean businessman Peter Lim may be on the verge of taking over the club, responded almost immediately as the diminutive Piatti found space inside the area to head home Juan Bernat’s cross.Madrid were back in front six minutes later in somewhat controversial circumstances as Ronaldo’s goal was allowed to stand despite the Portuguese appearing to be slightly offside as Di Maria delivered a free-kick from wide on the right.The hosts were level once again, though, just after the hour mark when Mathieu out-jumped Sergio Ramos to flick home Parejo’s corner.However, Madrid found the goal they desperately needed to keep their title hopes alive as Luka Modric picked out Jese inside the area and his fiercely driven effort slipped through the grasp of Guaita.Barcelona were also made to work for their victory as goals from Sergio Escudero and Lisandro Lopez had given Getafe a 2-0 lead inside 14 minutes.However, the Catalans responded like champions as Pedro scored three times in quick succession before the break.Cesc Fabregas then gave Barca breathing space when he volleyed home Pedro’s cross and the former Arsenal captain doubled his tally from the penalty spot moments later.“I am just happy for the victory, the goals and to help the team,” said Pedro, who also overtook Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez to become Barca’s top scorer in La Liga with 10.“It was important to finish the year well. It is always difficult coming here due to the way they play, the pitch and the fans.“We didn’t start how we would have hoped, but we turned the game around which is the most important thing.”Without the suspended Neymar and injured Messi, the spotlight was on the Catalans’ fringe players in attack to make their claim for a regular starting spot.Barca boss Gerardo Martino hailed Pedro’s impact having previously seen his opportunities limited this season.“Pedro has a great eye for goal, everyone in Spain knows that,” said the coach.“He has a great attitude, he never gives up and he understands that he is an important player, even if he does play in an area of the field where Barcelona have other great players.”The Barca revival began 10 minutes before half-time when Fabregas released Pedro in behind the defence and his chipped finish had just enough elevation to take it past Miguel Angel Moya.Pedro then curled home into the top corner from the edge of the area and pounced on a defensive error by Juan Valera to give his side the lead at half-time.Fabregas made the game safe 22 minutes from time when he finished off a wonderful team move involving Pedro and Sergio Busquets.Pedro was also involved in Barca’s fifth as was clipped inside the area by Borja Fernandez and Fabregas sent Moya the wrong way from the resultant spot-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, December 23 – Real Madrid shrugged off the loss of the injured Gareth Bale as they beat Valencia 3-2 on Sunday to move back to within five points of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.Barcelona were also victors as an eight-minute hat-trick from Pedro Rodriguez helped them come from 2-0 down to win 5-2 away at Getafe.last_img read more

Local grant writer calls gaming grants changes “good for the North”

first_img However, not everyone is happy with Clark’s announcement. NDP critic Spencer Chandra Herbert pointed out yesterday that although funding has increased, it is still $20 million less than three years ago. The province has increased its budget for grants to $135 million, $15 million more than originally planned, a far cry from the $156 million doled out to charities in 2009. Regardless, Ackerman is happy for any increase, and encourages any group that may be affected and may have been excluded before to check out the gaming grant website. He says if they think they may qualify, they should apply. Yesterday’s changes have already been integrated into the website.Skip Triplett’s full review is attached below. To visit the Community Gaming Grants website, click here. Local grant writer and President of Myriad Consulting Andy Ackerman believes these changes will be beneficial to organizations in the region. “It opens a door again for some of those groups that had been excluded before, and with more money available, more people will be able to take advantage of the program.” He adds, “there’s going to be more grants available for folks living outside the lower mainland and I think that’s good for us as well.” For those groups that were previously excluded, there is now an immediate opening for applications, lasting from January 16 to February 13, 2012. Ackerman believes these changes will lead to a much greater number of applications, due to the inclusion of groups such as adult sports programs.- Advertisement – “I think we’ll probably see an increase in groups in this area applying, just because of the fact that they were excluded for the last few years, so now it’s open again.” Many of the implemented changes link directly to what Fort St. John residents recommended with Triplett and his review visited the Energetic City in August. Several presenters pleaded for there to be a three-year minimum for grants to better help plan budgets, including Ackerman.Advertisementlast_img read more

LAPD helicopter makes emergency landing at high school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An LAPD helicopter made an emergency landing at a high school football field tonight after a warning light onboard lite up, authorities said. The police helicopter landed at Hollywood High about 9:45 p.m., said Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two people onboard were not injured, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said.last_img read more

Sean Dyche focused on points rather than away record ahead of Middlesbrough trip

first_img1 Sean Dyche claims Burnley’s dismal away record could be a bigger issue for Middlesbrough than his own players this weekend.The Clarets are yet to register a Premier League victory on their travels despite a positive campaign that sees them close to securing their place in the top flight for another season.Saturday’s trip to struggling Boro – who are 19th in the table, without a win in 13 games and still to appoint a full-time manager following Aitor Karanka’s departure – offers a chance to end that unwanted record.But manager Dyche insists his team are not bothered by the matter and are only interested in winning matches wherever they are played. He thinks if any side are affected by it, it could be their opponents at the Riverside Stadium.Dyche said: “I don’t think it’s necessarily about ending a winless run, that’s just a story. It’s points on the board, that’s what you want. If they come away, great, if they come at home, great. It’s not a big thought of mine.“Moving forward is important, building is important, improvement is important. Getting to the end of the season and reflecting on where we’re at, and our drive is to be in the Premier League, that’s our main thing.“Probably the thing they’re thinking is – and we’re working hard for it to come true – is that statistically we’re a bit of an anomaly and that will end with someone.“Every team we play will be thinking they don’t want to be the side we beat. They know people will be reminding them of the fact that we haven’t won away. That will play a part in their thoughts.“They don’t want to be the team we win against because it will make a story at some level.“The other week that was pronounced as mind games. It isn’t. It’s purely because it’s a fact.”Burnley moved to 35 points with Tuesday’s victory over Stoke, a tally that already eclipses their efforts in their two previous Premier League campaigns.The victory was a first since January and eased fears they could be pulled into the relegation battle.Burnley are strengthening off the field, notably with a new training complex opening, but Dyche knows it is league position on which the club, and he, are ultimately judged.He said: “The only thing people really bother with is the pitch and winning the next game.“All the work about contracts, aligning the club, community work, building a training ground, a new ground – the only thing that you get measured by is the pitch.“As a manager you’re only judged on the outcomes, whether that’s any given match or a season’s work.“So to get to a record points total in the Premier League, albeit for only three seasons, with seven games to go is another marker that we’re moving forward as a team and a club.” Sean Dyche is eyeing up the points away to Middlesbrough last_img read more

Barcelona tempt Liverpool with HUGE £72million bid for Philippe Coutinho

first_imgBarcelona have lodged a £72million bid for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.The 25-year-old has been identified by the Catalan giants as Andres Iniesta’s natural successor and they are keen to add the Brazilian international to their ranks.Liverpool are set to reject the offer, according to the Daily Mail, as they believe the figure does not reflect the midfielder’s value in the current transfer market.Barcelona have switched their focus to landing Coutinho after growing frustrated in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Veratti.The Italian midfielder is set to stay at the Parc des Princes, following his decision to switch agents to Mino Raiola, ahead of negotiating a new contract with the Ligue 1 side.Should Liverpool decide to sell, it is likely Barcelona will have to fork out more than the £75million fee they spent on signing Luis Suarez from the Merseyside club in 2014. The 25-year-old has been identified as Andres Iniesta’s natural successor 1last_img read more

Why La Liga have asked for Barcelona vs Real Madrid to be moved

first_img El Clasico could get moved from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu AFP or licensors “Now more than ever, the club asks all political leaders to lead a process of dialogue and negotiation to resolve this conflict, which should also allow for the release of convicted civic and political leaders.“FC Barcelona also expresses all its support and solidarity to the families of those who are deprived of their freedom.”The Spanish Football Federation’s competitions committee will make its decision in the next few days. Getty La Liga have asked for the upcoming clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid to be moved from the Nou Camp to the Bernabeu due to fears of civil unrest.Barcelona has been hit by protests in recent days following the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders on Monday. More unrest is expected on the day of the match, October 26th, and La Liga have requested to the Spanish Football Federation that El Clasico be moved from Barcelona’s ground to Madrid’s.Both clubs will be asked for their input before a decision is made, and according to BBC Sport, Barcelona will refuse the request as the club feel the switch is unnecessary.Barcelona voiced their disapproval following the sentencing of the nine separatists, who were handed jail terms of between nine and 13 years.The La Liga champions said: “Prison is not the solution. Protesters have swept across the city 2 2last_img read more

School extension announced for Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

first_imgA significant new building project for Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht has been announced.The extension will see four new classrooms installed, old prefabs taken off-site, and the development of a new science lab.Speaking on Friday, Joe McHugh said: “Táim thar a bheith sásta a bheith sa ghaeltacht i nDún na Gall inniu agus a bheith abálta an dea-scéal a thabhairt don fhoireann i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. “It gives me great pleasure to use my visit to Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair today to let all the staff, pupils and parents that a major building project has got the green light.“The school will get four new classrooms, old prefabs will be taken off the site, a new science lab will be developed and a special education base as well as new toilets with disabled access and shower.”Minister McHugh visited Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair to confirm the news of the investment.He added: “It is a fitting way to repay the efforts of the staff and students at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair who continue to excel.” School extension announced for Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Ghaoth Dobhairpobalscoil ghaoth dobhairWest Donegallast_img read more

Swiss star eyes fourth MTB Marathon Worlds title

first_img20 June 2014Defending champion Christoph Sauser of Switzerland will have his sights set firmly on a fourth title at the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Sunday, 29 June.Fresh off winning the 2014 European MTB Marathon Championships in Ireland, the Specialized Racing rider, who has strong South African ties, has enjoyed a string of victories in Europe in recent months and is eager to make this count when “the big one” rolls into town in KwaZulu-Natal’s capital next weekend.‘Nothing bigger or better’“Worlds are definitely my focus for the year and I really want to defend my title in Pietermaritzburg,” Sauser said in a statement on Thursday. “There is nothing bigger or better than the moment you are on the podium and the jersey is presented to you.“I have dreamt about winning the title again this year and if it happens then it would be very special. Firstly, because it will almost be a home race for me and, secondly, if I can win again this year it would be the first time I’ve ever successfully defended a World Champs title,” he added.Outstanding physical and mental conditionThe 38-year-old MTB marathon legend will use the last few days in his native Switzerland before he jets off to sunny South Africa as a final touch-up opportunity but believes he is already in outstanding physical and mental condition.“Physically I am in the shape of my life,” Sauser reckoned. “I will still look to get into even a bit better shape, but I won’t go crazy with my training from now up until Worlds though. I’ll take this weekend off from racing and just train in Switzerland.”“Quality rather than quantity is the key and I’ll just look to work on my last few weaknesses instead.“It is a mental game too, though, and I’ve built up a lot of confidence lately, having won pretty much all of my races in the last two months,” he said with confidence.Significant pressureA large part of the Swiss star’s preparations have involved dealing with the significant pressure on the defending champion’s shoulders.“I definitely feel the tension and pressure at this stage, especially being defending champ. Basically, being at the top already means I can only lose,” he smiled. “I see the pressure as a very good thing for me though. It motivates me.“Since school already, I’ve needed pressure to perform at my best, so the pressure doesn’t bother me. I enjoy it.”Cascades MTB ParkPietermaritzburg has a strong history of successfully hosting international cycling events and the city’s leg of the UCI MTB World Cup has helped Sauser develop a good understanding of the Cascades MTB Park, the start and finish venue for this year’s Marathon World Champs.“In a sense heading back to Cascades is a homecoming for me and I know the start/finish area and the sections in and around Cascades MTB Park very well,” Sauser said.“As far as the rest of the course goes, I only know it from having looked at the maps and course descriptions on the event website, so when I arrive on the Tuesday before Worlds I’m really looking forward to checking out the rest of the course.“Most importantly is that I am in good shape and ready in my head, though,” he concluded.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Companies combine to build distributed propulsion plane

first_imgThe EcoPulse. demonstrator. Image: MIP for Daher It has enough propellers to have once powered a flight of aircraft but this EcoPulse demonstrator aircraft may be the way of the future.Aerospace giant Airbus, engine-maker Safran and aircraft manufacturer Daher have teamed up to develop the demonstrator using a wing-mounted distributed hybrid propulsion system.They plan for a maiden flight in 2022 using Daher’s TBM utility aircraft as a platform.Distributed hybrid propulsion combines a gas turbine engine with an electrical generator and batteries powering multiple electric motors driving propellers.Airbus views the technology as an important step towards delivering the certification standards for a more electric aircraft, while Safran plans to become a market leader in the technology.The companies are developing the plane as part of a three-way collaboration designed to validate technologies that reduce CO2 emissions, cut noise pollution and create new uses for air transportation.The project has the support of the French Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC) as well as the nation’s civil aviation authority.READ: FAA proposes new rules to help supersonic flightSafran will provide the distributed hybrid propulsion system, including a combined turbine and power generator, an electric power management system and the integrated “e-Propellers” to be built into the wings.The idea is that the e-propellers provide propulsion thrust while at the same time delivering aerodynamic gains by reducing wing surface and wingtip marginal vortices and drag.Safran says it intends to be the market leader with this type of system by 2025.“Safran has developed a technology roadmap for the installation of electric thrusters on aircraft. EcoPulseTM offers us an excellent opportunity to evaluate and identify the specific features expected by this market, particularly in terms of new hybrid propulsion aircraft projects,’’ said Safran head of R&T and innovation Stephane Cueille.Airbus will be responsible for the aerodynamic optimization of the distributed propulsion system and development of the control laws,  while Daher will take care of component and systems installation, flight testing, overall analysis and regulatory construction.“Reducing the environmental impact of aircraft is a priority for the industry as a whole,’’ Daher aerospace and defense senior vice president Nicholas Orance said.“So it is with enthusiasm and determination that we welcome the opportunity to be part of this unique partnership alongside Airbus and Safran to succeed in the ambitious challenge set by CORAC.”last_img read more