Top Class A to E juniors/sub juniors, ladies and hunter class shooters will be locked in an exciting battle for honours at the Spectrum Sporting Clays, which takes centre stage at the Knolford Polo Ranch, located in Riversdale in St Catherine, today.The day’s proceedings will commence with an 8:30 to 10 a.m. registration, while the eagerly anticipated shotgun start will happen at 10:30 a.m.The event is named after title sponsors Spectrum Systems Limited, and will see prizes being awarded to the winners in the various categories.The entry fee will be $1,000 for all categories of shooters except ladies and juniors.Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, believes today’s shoot will provide fun and excitement and a family atmosphere for shooters, guests and spectators alike.COMPETITIVE COURSEHe expects to see more than 120 shooters and has predicted that there will be good competition, friendly and intense rivalries on what is a competitive course.Lunch will be on sale at the venue. Today’s event is being sponsored by Spectrum Systems Limited, Rum-Bar Rum, WATA, Kingston Industrial Garage with its brands Subaru, Jeep and Ford.
The Anna Regina Power Plant– says public needs to be properly informedBy Indrawattie NatramFollowing the constant power outages Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has been experiencing over the past months, several Councillors, both Government and Opposition, of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) will be meeting with the local manager of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to discuss the issue.This disclosure was made by Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt at the recent statutory meeting of the RDC held on July 12 in the boardroom of the RDC at Anna Regina.Ramdatt said that residents have been complaining about the fluctuation of the supply of electricity and he was of the view that the problem should be rectified as soon as possible. He informed those present at the meeting that he was told by officers from the Anna Regina power plant that the generators were currently experiencing mechanical problems. However, the Chairman said to his knowledge the generators have exceeded their service period and it was time for the installation of a more powerful generator. Interestingly, he said, there has been increased demand for power within the region due to the increase in the number of households.From the RDC level, Ramdatt said, a letter will be sent to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on the issue. The Regional Chairman also said a meeting would be convened with the manager of the Anna Regina power plant so that information can be accessed on the issue.The Chairman explained that often Essequibians were unprepared whenever they were hit by blackouts, since they were not able to access the advisory issued by the company. He advised that the company should inform the public whenever an outage was imminent, to minimise the inconvenience.Increasingly, businesses have been complaining about the inconvenience the company has been putting them through owing to the poor work on media advisories.
– results in millions in overpayments to contractorThe Audit Office of Guyana has uncovered discrepancies whereby a contractor carrying out a project for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was overpaid after the project’s evaluators inflated certification documents to cover for the slow pace of work.This is contained in Auditor General Deodat Sharma’s 2017 report. The contract in question was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for the construction of a timber wharf approach and a floating raft at the GDF’s Coastal Battalion in New Amsterdam.According to the report, the contract sum was $52.6 million, against an engineer’s estimate of $54.5 million. Signed on November 3, 2017, the works were supposed to be completed within six months of the contract signing.However, when the Audit Office carried out a physical inspection of the project on August 29, 2018 (over nine months later), it was discovered that the GDF certified and paid a total of $17.8 million to the contractor for works that hadn’t even started.“Valuation number one was grossly inflated to reflect that the works under the contract were in an advanced stage of completion, resulting in the contractor receiving a total of $32.351 million or 61 per cent of the contract sum at the time of the physical verification,” the Auditor General stated.According to the Auditor General, the contractor had already been given an advance payment of $15.4 million, 30 per cent of the contract sum, on November 30, 2017. The contractor then received another payment of $16.8 million on May 8, 2018.The defects liability period of the contract, in which a contractor must rectify any mistakes out of his own pocket, is for three months. However, the Auditor General could not determine from payment vouchers exactly who certified the works and thus, was responsible for the overpayments.“It is unclear if the advance payment was recovered at the time of reporting. In addition, it could not be determined from payment voucher examined who certified the works,” the audit report states.The Auditor General found that the contract was paid to supply, pitch, point and then drive greenheart timber piles 65 feet long. They were also paid to provide and install greenheart capping beams, supply and compact white sand, install a galvanised metal gate to the entrance of the wharf and install solar lamps, among other things.The report noted that none of these things were in place. But State Auditors did find the contractor on site. According to the Audit Office, the contractor was on site but only the clearing and earthworks on the approach to the wharf had commenced.According to the Auditor General, this is contrary to what was paid for in valuation number one, which certified payments for the wharf, plumbing and electrical installations. To make matters worse, the Auditor General could find no trace of a performance bond or advance payment bond; crucial elements for ensuring contractors do not deviate from their contracts.“The GDF engineer will monitor the ongoing works more closely to ensure the pace of work is increased, in keeping with the payments made,” the Audit Report stated as the GDF’s response to the findings. In its recommendations, the audit office urged the GDF to recover the overpayments and put systems in place to prevent reoccurrences.Overpayments on contracts have long been a sore issue. It was found in the previous Auditor General’s report that overpayments on 98 contracts administered by various Ministries, departments and regions in 2016 amounted to $82.6 million.
Almost two days after a 47-year-old woman found her mother in a pool of blood with her throat slashed, she has confessed to murdering the woman during an argument over money.The suspect, Cameela Jameer, confessed to murder during intense interrogation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 67-year-old pensioner, Rookmin Jameer.This was confirmed by Commander of B Division, Paul Langevine, who told Guyana Times that the suspect’s male partner was also taken into custody.“In relation to him, we don’t have anything yet about him being involved. But he is still in custody as investigations continue. The daughter so far has admitted to the murder.”This publication understands that after the confession, Cameela took investigators to the scene of the crime, where she led them to a chopper in the house, stating that it was the weapon she used to murder her mother.Police have since taken possession of the alleged murder weapon as investigations continue.It is expected that the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Monday for legal advice.The pensioner was found with her throat slit near her kitchen door on Friday last and her daughter at that time had told police that she made the gruesome discovery.According to Police, the woman was found at about 17:00h with a gaping wound to the throat.Preliminary investigations revealed that nothing was stolen from the home nor was the house ransacked hence robbery was ruled out.Speaking with Guyana Times, the dead woman’s son, Shaieed Jameer, said he was at work when he received the dreadful news.He explained that when he arrived at the house, the police were already there and he was not permitted to enter. “The police stop me so I couldn’t see she,” he related while noting that his sister reported that when she returned from church, she found their mother lying at the door.Reports are that there was an alleged ongoing feud between the mother and daughter.According to Police sources, there was an alleged scuffle between the two women on Tuesday last and her other children had advised her to report the matter to the police.However, on the day of the alleged scuffle, the elderly woman was reportedly locked inside the house as a means of preventing her from reporting the matter. Berbice murder …led investigators to murder weapon
There’s still no word on the cause of an early morning house fire yesterday which destroyed what is believed to have been a large two story home northwest of Fort St. John. However, Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows now says the damage is likely to run well in excess of a million dollars… It is believed the fire broke out about two o’clock and ironically it was first spotted and reported by Chief Burrows… [asset|aid=1093|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=403f7f06ca012bffe78d878857cb479e-Chief Burrows_1_Pub.mp3] It turns out it was the latter and, Chief Burrows says a total of four units from the Fort St. John and Charlie Lake fire departments responded and, were on the scene for about four hours. He also says there was nobody home at the time, there were no injuries and, the flames did not spread to any other structures.- Advertisement –
“Tests carried out this morning confirm that first team player Thomas Vermaelen has a right hamstring injury. He will be sidelined for approximately six weeks,” the club said in a statement.The injury leaves Barcelona short of options in defence as the team is already without French centre-back Samuel Umtiti who has a knee injury, with only Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at their disposal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen will be sidelined for around six weeks after picking up a right hamstring injury while on international duty, the Spanish giants said © AFP / JOHN THYSBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 15 – Barcelona’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen will be sidelined for around six weeks after picking up a right hamstring injury while on international duty, the Spanish giants said Monday.The 32-year-old, who has been hit by a string of injuries since signing for the Catalan club in 2014, limped off the field in the second half of Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to rewarded for guiding the Blues to Premier League glory with a new contract, according to reports.The 52-year-old is currently halfway through a four-year contract and is thought to have verbally agreed a two-year extension.Mourinho won two Premier League titles in his first spell at Stamford Bridge – including Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years in 2005 – before departing after little more than three years as manager.Since his return after a six-and-a-half-year absence in 2013, Mourinho has often spoken of his desire to stay as long as owner Roman Abramovich wishes to keep him.The Blues boss repeated that after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace, which secured Chelsea’s first title since 2009-10 and the eighth of his prolific career.“As I was saying since the beginning of the season, I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me to stay. The day he tells me to go, I go,” he said.Prior to the Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham on March 1, Mourinho revealed his wish to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of his career, though he did admit he would consider moving to another English club if the Blues no longer required his services.“I don’t want to go away,” Mourinho said on February 27. “I will stay here in this chair until Mr Abramovich tells me ‘Jose, it’s enough’.“If one day he tells me ‘Jose it’s enough’ I will go to my house in London and I wait for another English club.“When I left the first time I had lots of countries to go to and lots of clubs to go to.“In this moment when I leave I have another 19 clubs in the Premier League and 22 clubs in the Championship. So the options are not so much.“But I repeat I am in Mr Abramovich’s hands. Until he wants me to stay, I will stay – and that is what I want.“I am not thinking about leaving, I want to stay at Chelsea for the rest of my career.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But that’s what you’d expect from a conservative president’s Supreme Court nominee. And unlike, say, Harriet Miers, who was chosen less for her qualifications than for her ideological and personal loyalty, Alito seems like exactly the sort of conservative jurist even liberals can embrace – one who will do the job with dispassion and integrity. As a matter of principle, some Democrats may still want to vote against Alito, which is their right. What isn’t right is any attempt to derail his confirmation with a filibuster. Unless they come up with something more significant than what they have, there is no justification in this case for obstructionist, partisan battles. Instead, it is a time for thoughtfulness, reason and civility – the very traits Alito has shown throughout his confirmation hearings and his career. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The four days of hearings, the 700 questions and the countless speeches from self-righteous politicians on both sides of the aisle were, in the end, little more than a show. To get a real look at the personality and professionalism of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, look instead to the 15 years he has served on the federal bench. While some critics have quibbled about the outcomes of some of his rulings, none has been able to find any instances – let alone a pattern – of Alito’s allowing ideology to trump sound jurisprudence. By all accounts, including those of many Democrats who have served with him, Alito scrupulously lets the facts and the law, not politics, dictate his decisions. That, coupled with his unquestioned intellect and diligence, is why he deserves a swift confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. Senate Democrats and various liberal interest groups have had months to make the case against Alito, and they have failed. The worst they have been able to say about him is that he is, shudder, a conservative.
He may be long gone from his native Ballyshannon, but actor and film star Sean McGinley will always be a proud Donegal man.The star of numerous TV dramas and feature films, McGinley is an active backer of The Gathering. Here he reveals what he loves about Donegal and why people should try their best to come home to their native shores this year.The clip is part of an overall feature which will be shown on DonegalTV on March 21st.With thanks to our friends at Wallace Media for the video.Simply click to play. DDTV – DONEGAL ACTOR SEAN McGINLEY ON HIS REASONS TO BACK THE GATHERING was last modified: February 2nd, 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:Sean McGinleyThe Gathering
DD TRAVEL: Why a Shopping Trip to New York must be on your bucket list!Atlantic Travel have some smashing deals to New York starting from €655pp for 3 nights including direct flights with Aer Lingus, 4* Hotel Accommodation, taxes and 1 checked in bag per person. Low Deposit of €100pp.It was love at first sight with me and The Big Apple! New York is one of those places that you cannot help but be in awe of and at times you feel like you are on a movie set. It’s not just the sight seeing and the fantastic shopping, it’s the overall feeling of being somewhere seriously cool! The trick to beating the jet lag is to stay awake for as long as possible. When you arrive in the afternoon, try to take it all in, have a wander around the streets and avenues and get your bearings. You will automatically wake early the next morning and want to jump up and head outside to hit the town.For the serious shoppers amongst us, the good news is Century 21 opens at 0745. It’s the best time to see this store, everything is neatly in its place. It’s very similar to TK Maxx but with a bigger choice and even bigger discounts. There are now two stores in Manhattan but the bigger one is downtown, beside the World Trade Centre Memorial. Once you have had your shopping fix you can wander around downtown, check out Wall Street, the World Trade Centre site and if you have the time, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are close by.If your partner is not a shopping enthusiast they can be ‘dropped off’ at any number of Apple stores in Manhattan (the largest one in the world is in Grand Central Station) to play with all the Apple toys.Further north is the trendy Soho / Greenwich area. It’s where the locals like to shop, all of the trendy shops are here and plenty of cool restaurants and bars too. You will also find the meat packing district, west village and TriBeCa (or TRIangle, BElow CAnal Street) close by, all familiar names if you are a ‘Sex and the City‘ fan! Speaking of Canal Street, or ‘Chinatown’ as it’s more commonly known, if you like to haggle, you can’t afford to miss it. It’s a Mecca for anyone looking for a fake designer bag, jewellery and even clothes. Bear in mind the ‘good’ stuff is not generally visible on the street stalls, if you are looking for the latest Mulberry bag or Tiffany necklace you will need to ask for it. You may get approached and shown magazines with the very latest seasons collections, you can literally choose the bag you want and someone will deliver it to you within minutes. Alternatively you may be asked to follow them to their ‘secret stash’. If you end up at the back of a dark shop or in a dingy basement full of bags, don’t panic, its normal! Remember they only accept cash and the local pick pockets are very aware of this, so be vigilant and try not to flash your cash! There are two shopping outlets but Woodbury Common is far superior and a ‘must visit‘ when you are in New York. Woodbury is such a nice place to shop too, it’s like our own Kildare Village but on a massive scale. Buses leave from the Port Authority station almost hourly from 7:15AM and return as late as 9:30PM.With the $42 bus ticket (Expensive but so worth it!) you get the VIP discount booklet free. This normally costs $10 and it will save you much more than that when you are there. There are coupons ranging from $10 off to 25% off in that book, so if you want the latest Michael Kors bag, it can save you over $100 on just one item. One other piece of advice is to get a locker they are a great place to leave items as you shop and free up your arms from carrying all those extra bags! We would recommend going to Woodbury early in your trip, complete your shopping mission and then you can wander around New York at your leisure afterwards and enjoy all the city has to offer.Last but not least if there are any romantics out there I have to mention the Diamond District. It sounds more appealing than it looks. In fact, most of the shops or kiosks are like something you would see in Bangkok! Don’t judge a book by its cover though, the quality and prices of the diamonds are amazing.Our Top Things to do In NYCSpend a few hours in Central ParkI just love Central Park, have a coffee in the Boathouse Cafe, watch a baseball match, ice skate in the winter; you can even go to the zoo! This park is so massive a few hours will only scratch the surface, but its a great spot to escape the madness that is New York City. Visit the Statue of Liberty & Ellis IslandNo trip to New York would be complete without a trip to the iconic Statue of Liberty. If you want to climb into the crown make sure you book in advance. While you are there it would be a shame not to visit its neighbour Ellis Island. This moving museum gives incredible insight into American immigration. You can even search for your relatives in their database of over 51 million recordsGo to the Top of the Rockefeller CentreTake the interactive lift to the top of the Rockefeller Centre and get unrivalled views over the city. The open air observation deck is modern and spacious and for me is a better alternative to the Empire State building.Visit the 9/11 Memorial & MuseumThe reflecting pools are a tribute to those who lost their lives in the terror attacks. For most of us we will remember the event personally so a visit to the memorial museum is a truly emotional experience.Haggle for bargains in ChinatownThis simply has to be done. Get the latest Tiffany necklace or Hermes bag for around $20, sure it would be rude not to! Take time out at the High LineThis has to be one of the coolest places in New York. Relatively new, this park which was once an old railroad track and is situated 30 feet above the city.Take in a Broadway ShowFrom Les Mis, to Chicago, to Phantom, if its on, its on in Broadway. With over 40 theatres it is THE place to catch the best shows.If you fancy visiting somewhere other than New York we have so many other destinations available at the most competitive rates, let us find the ideal US city for you!Please see a selection of fantastic offers we have for the US with only €100 deposit per person, prices include return flights from Dublin, taxes & accommodation (nights specified below)New York – 3 nights4* Doubltree Metropolitan by Hilton€655pp03rd March 2017Boston – 3 nights4* Boston Park Plaza€675pp17th January 2017Las Vegas – 4 nights3* Circus Circus Hotel€647pp25th September 2016DD TRAVEL: WHY A SHOPPING TRIP TO NEW YORK MUST BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 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:Atlantic Travel Letterkennynew yorknew york travel guide