…hotline to be established for exploited commuters – minibus associationAlthough the minibus fare is expected to be increased by $20 come September 1, several route 44 (Georgetown-Mahaica) minibus operators have established their very own fare structures and have been demanding an additional fare from commuters.Guyana Times understands that some operators have been demanding as much as $100 extra at nights, and are even overloading the minibuses, since according to them, gasoline prices are high.Speaking with this newspaper, a disgruntled passenger said he finds it extremely upsetting that a decision was taken to raise minibus fares when those very minibus drivers and conductors, particularly those who operate on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) bus park, continue to exploit passengers.“Passengers like me are left to wait for long periods for minibuses especially in the evening and because the park is always filled with passengers especially aroundPassengers rushing to enter a minibus on one of the crowded bus parks during peak hours18-19:00h. They tend to raise their fares sometimes doubling it and overloading the buses. I have come across cases where some passengers complain but because they have waited for half an hour, one hour and sometime more, they tend not to say anything because most times they have spent hours at work and are tired and just want to get home,” the commuter said.Another pointed out that minibuses that operate the Victoria, Anns Grove, Golden Grove route charge $200 per passenger in the evenings.“The passage for a person at Mon Repos is $120 and Montrose $100. Even for those who refuse to pay the price they call for, they’re sometimes verbally abused and embarrassed by the same minibus drivers and conductors. The situation at the 44 minibus park is becoming more and more ridiculous and must be looked into urgently with the aim of finding a solution to the problem.”When this publication visited the park on Wednesday afternoon, several passengers agreed that the minibus operators are indeed exploiting them.A 14-year-old school child of Golden Grove complained that when he travels with the minibuses in the route 44 zone to and from schoo, they would usually take his money and not give him any change. Whenever he requested it, the conductors would insult him.Deon (only name given), from Buxton, ECD, who also uses the route 44 minibuses said although the fare is $120, “They request like $200 sometimes, but I don’t pay it. I always have my change so I would pay just the fare that I know.” She said whenever she fails to pay what the drivers request, some would verbally abuse her.According to her, the increase is usually demanded in the evening. She added, “It is very dangerous and I would like to call on the relevant authorities to look into it”.Robena Seamore from Haslington, ECD complained, “The Victoria buses they take $160 while the Enmore buses take $200… they have favourites at certain times of the day so passengers are here waiting almost stranded… but during the day if you come they are running coming to get you.”Meanwhile, when contacted, President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews made it clear that the reign and dictatorship that minibus operators have over passengers on the various bus parks are winding down as the Business Ministry, through its Consumer Affairs Department, continues to engage the Union on ways to implement a much needed code of conduct for the ‘unruly’ drivers.Andrews explained that the Union and the Business Ministry are in talks to establish a hotline number where passengers will be able to make complaints against the sometimes rude and exploitative drivers.According to him, the Business Ministry will be working along with the Public Security Ministry and possibly the Public Infrastructure Ministry to ensure that the necessary control over these drivers is achieved in the near future.The President of the UMU noted, “Because of this so called free market system, people get the power to do a lot of things which doesn’t mean the travelling public has to go along with it”.He said he is aware of the fact that minibuses in various zones have been exploiting passengers tremendously.Although the head of the UMU was unable to say how soon the hotline number will be launched for the general public, he reiterated the importance of such a measure being implemented.
Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Tuesday said the Government of Guyana is not bothered by the military exercise being carried out by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as that country has the right to so do.Venezuela, contending that the 1899 Arbitral Award giving Guyana rights over Guyana’s territorial boundary is null and void, has launched an extraordinary military deployment near the disputed border area.While the Government of Venezuela is entitled to carry out its own military exercises, Minister Greenidge pointed out, Guyana has the right to ensure there isForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeno infringement of its territorial integrity.According to Minister Greenidge, Venezuela will do what it chooses to do. Guyana, however, also has its own responsibility.“They have a right to carry out their military exercises. We, of course, have a right to monitor and make sure that they do not infringe on our territorial integrity.”The Foreign Affairs Minister said there was no reason to believe Venezuela would ignore the rules, but it is in Guyana’s interest that special focus be placed on security.Minister Greenidge also said the presence of Guyanese military personnel at the borderline is not connected to the border issue currently before the ICJ.“The people living on the border areas have been alerted by the Guyanese authorities, not because of what is happening in the courts, but because of the political crisis in Venezuela. That political crisis started before the court matter, and will continue perhaps after,” he declared.The minister said Guyanese living along the border must now continue to carry out the necessary surveillance. Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, on March 29, submitted, on behalf of the Government, application to the International Court of Justice, requesting the Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award regarding the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela.
Enterprise Legends, an Over-40 cricket team on the East Coast of Demerara, last weekend honoured all-rounder Bhaskar Yadram for leading Guyana to the 50-over title in the just concluded Cricket West Indies Regional Under-19 competition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Members of the Enterprise Legends cricket team played a specially arranged softball match in honour of Yadram, before presenting him with a cricket band in recognition of his achievements this year.During the brief ceremony, NK Omar, a member of Enterprise Legends, said the members thought it best to honour Yadram, since apart captaining Guyana to the Under-19 title, he also created history earlier this year in the Inter-county youthBhaskar Yadram (centre) is flanked by members of the Enterprise Legends team after being presented with the band (Photo: News Room/Avenash Ramzan)tournament.On April 11, 2018, the right-handed Yadram pulverised the Select Under-17 squad at the Everest ground, blazing 301 not out for Demerara. It was the first triple hundred ever scored at this level.Omar said the Legends are indeed proud of the strides made by the young cricketer, and they are confident he will continue to excel as he makes the move up to senior cricket. Yadram said he is happy to have been acknowledged by the Legends, noting that he is committed to follow in the footsteps of opener Rajendra Chandrika and become the second player from Enterprise to play for the senior West Indies team.
Chair of the North Peace Literacy Alliance Andy Ackerman says with literacy being an issue for many in the country it is important to provide assistance to programs that will benefit not only children but adults as well.“Literacy is a major issue in Canada. Any time we can provide funding to help groups move programs forward that are going to increase literacy, that’s why were doing this,” he says. “Our job is to give the funding away to fine groups in Fort St. John that will really benefit to increase the literacy not only of the kids but of the adults in our community.”In all $300 was given to the North Peace Seniors Centre to help with an ancestry project. Toastmasters received $5,000 for their “Speak Up, Speak Out!” youth leadership program. The program is free of charge and open to those 12-18 years old.- Advertisement -School District 60 received two cheques. $3,000 went towards the Roots of Empathy program for kindergarten classes. The program aims at connecting a community family with the classroom to implement a number of skills such as emotional literacy, and coping skills. The second cheque was for $1,000 and will help with the development, printing, and distribution of kindergarten readiness brochures. The Fort St. John Public Library was on the receiving end of a cheque for $8,471.52. That money will go towards two instructors who will teach the Computer Skills Training Program. The free program gives one on one instruction aimed at improving computer and information literary skills.
Errigal Scout Counties newest group joins the parade. Stranorlar Group Leader Martina Flanagan and Quigley’s Point Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty who received awards at the Errigal Scout County Founders Day celebrations in Letterkenny. Martina received the Gold Merit award and Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award. (NWNewspix)Approximately 1000 Scouts from the age of 6 to 26 yrs plus their leaders descended on Letterkenny to celebrate the birthday of Scouting’s Founder, Robert Baden Powell.Groups from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone paraded to the Church of the Irish Martyrs to participate on an Ecumenical service concelebrated by Fr Joe O’Donnell and Rev Stewart Wright while former Letterkenny scout Jason Black related his experience in Scouting. During the ceremony two long serving adult volunteers Martina Flanagan from 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) and 15th Donegal (Quigley’s Point) Cub Scout Leader Heidi Doherty received recognition for their long service and commitment to Scouting. Martina received her Gold Merit award while Heidi was presented with her 20 yr service award.Also this weekend a number of Scouts from Donegal were presented with their Chief Scouts Award at a special ceremony in Dublin on Saturday.Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly who received his Chif Scouts Award from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick at a presentation day in the O’Reilly theatre, Dublin. Christopher was one of three from Donegal to have achieved this award. Included in photo is christopher’s mentor Cathereen Wells Doherty and proud mum Grainne. (NWNewspix)Lifford Venture Scout Christopher Kelly along with Raphoe Venture Scouts Lucy Morrow and Laura Wells received their Awards from Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout, Michael John Shinnick. The Three were also presented with their Bronze An Gaisce awards. ALMOST 1,000 SCOUTS GATHER IN LETTERKENNY FOR FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY was last modified: February 25th, 2014 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:donegalletterkennyScouts
SPORT: The 2016 Donegal Marathon takes place this Sunday, 21 August with a large turnout expected. The race gets underway at 9.20am and will be officially launched by the winner of the Joule Donegal International Rally, Manus Kelly.Online registration closes on Friday, 19th August and final registration and collection of race packs, T-shirts and goodie bags takes place on Saturday 20th at the Aura Leisure Centre,Letterkenny from 2.00 – 6.00pm. Participants are advised that no registrations will be accepted on the morning of the race.The Donegal Marathon route takes runners and walkers around the town of Letterkenny and the New Mills area.Road disruptions will be kept to a minimum but organisers are advising that there may be traffic delays and diversions will be put in place from 9.00am on Sunday.Winner of the Joule Donegal International Rally, Manus Kelly,will officially launch the Donegal Marathon this weekend. Donegal’sfastest man on four wheels will be at the starting line on Sunday 21stAugust to see the runners off. Pictured outside Uptown Café is Manuswith Danny McDaid, another Glenswilly sporting great and member of theDonegal Marathon committee.Although no road closures will be in place, there will be restricted access to the Oldtown bridge area during the race with motorists on the Rashedoge/Newmills to Oldtown area also asked to use the Conwal R250 road where possible for participant’s safety. The Donegal Marathon route can be accessed online via www.donegalmarathon.ie.Thanking people across the county for their continued support, Dessie Larkin, Chairperson of the Donegal Marathon, said: “The Donegal Marathon is the ‘People’s Marathon’ and we’d like to thank andacknowledge the support of the public, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible.“Running has become so popular and there’s still time for anyone sitting on the fence to get on board. The Dublin Marathon has already sold out this year, but we’ll be accepting registrations until this Saturday.“I’d also like to remind people that the Team Challenge Cup is a great way to experience a Marathon for anyone who doesn’t feel confident running the half or full race.“We’ve been working with the Gardaí and race marshals to ensure the safety of everyone participating in the event including spectators and we’re looking forward to a great day. “Hopefully the weather will be in our favour. I also want to thank the many physiotherapists from across Donegal who will be stationed at the Aura Leisure Centre giving runners complimentary pre and post treatments.”In partnership with Letterkenny Community Development Project (CDP), the Donegal Marathon will host a family fun event at the Aura LeisureCentre on Sunday, 21. Taking place from 11.00am to 1.00pm, the fun day will include children’s face-painting, characters, games and muchmore.Meanwhile, anyone who would like to get involved with the event and assist with any volunteer roles is asked to contact the Donegal Volunteer Centre on 074 91 26740.For more information on the Donegal Marathon and to register visit the Donegal Marathon website or Facebook page. By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora this event is supported in partnership with Donegal County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.Massive crowd expected for Donegal Marathon this weekend was last modified: August 19th, 2016 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:CrowdDanny McDaidDessie LarkinDONEGAL MARATHONMassivenewsSportweather
Asian Athletics Championships: How Odisha transformed itself in just 90 days to step in for Jharkhand as the host
Earlier this year, when Jharkhand pulled out from hosting the Asian Athletics Championships meet at the last minute, its neighbour Odisha sensed an opportunity and grabbed the chance. But the opportunity came with an unprecedented challenge. Its main Kalinga stadium, where it intended to host the games, was just an oval skeletal frame, devoid of even the tracks. The state had just 90 days to prepare.”When we reached the stadium it was nothing more than a barren land,” said Adille Sumariwalla, president, Athletics Federation of India. “I was shocked and worried at the same time. I wondered how they are going to turn it into a full-fledged athletics stadium in such a short time,” said Sumariwalla. What followed next was a tale of dedication and hard work on the part of the Odisha government.In the next few weeks, synthetic tracks were laid in the main stadium as well as the warm-up area along with three lakh square feet of grass turfing in and around the stadium and 5,000 new seats for the spectators.A TALE OF DEDICATION AND HARD WORKNew mast floodlights were also installed at various points. Four huge towers were airlifted from Italy and installed on a war footing. Equipment to help renovate the stadium was imported from various foreign manufacturers.However, crisis struck when one of the crane operators operating the machine disappeared with the vehicle. “Luckily, it didn’t interrupt the pace of our work and we finished everything well ahead of the May 31 deadline,” said Vishal Dev, sports secretary, Odisha.advertisement”The 90-day challenge, despite being tiresome, was an amazing experience for us. The chief minister (Naveen Patnaik) took personal interest in the progress of the stadium,” said Dev. “The stadium wouldn’t have been possible without the workers, who actually turned our dreams into reality. It shows that if we believe in something, you can achieve it,” added Dev.THE OPENING CEREMONYThe opening ceremony on July 5 saw a floodlit 15,000 capacity stadium packed to the brim lilting to the music of Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan, followed by a cultural performance from ‘Thousand Hands’ dance troupe from Thailand. Chief Minister Patnaik, who inaugurated the meet, called it an opportunity to take Odisha to a global platform.Accolades came from none other than the world athletics federation president, Sebastian Coe, who praised the the state-of-the-art facility at the inaugural.The sporting spectacle was preceded by an advertising blitzkrieg announcing the games in major local and national newspapers and television channels. Hoardings of sprinter Dutee Chand, the poster girl of Odisha, dotted the 15 km stretch that led to Bhubaneswar from the airport.”There have been occasions when we were asked, where is Odisha? Now with world-class athletes coming, Odisha is quickly becoming one of the emerging hubs for sports in the country,” said Chandra Sarathi Behera, sports minister, Odisha. “As athletes from over 45 countries see and experience how we managed to build this stadium in just 90 days, they will go back home with positive stories to tell,” said Behera. What better than word-of-mouth publicity for a state that dreams of putting its culture and heritage on the global map.Also Read:India enjoy promising start at Asian Athletics Championships
(Eds: With additional inputs)New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today refused to interfere with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections scheduled tomorrow.A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Najmi Waziri directed the association not to violate the National Sports Code during the electoral process.IOA is a body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events.The courts interim order came on advocate and well-known sports activist Rahul Mehras application seeking an interim stay on the IOA election on the ground that the polls were being held in violation of the National Sports Code of 2011.The bench also clarified that the election process and its result will be subject to the final outcome of the application pending before this court.It also issued notice to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and IOA asking them to file their responses within four weeks of the application.Mehra has filed an application for interim order against the Association in his PIL pending since 2010, asking for de- recognition of various sports body on the ground of violation of the National Sports Code, which stipulates various criteria for the person to hold office in various sports body.The main petition is listed for hearing on December 15.In the todays matter pertaining to the election to IOA, Mehra has contended that people, who are not entitled, were contesting.The advocate alleged that IOAs Constitution as amended up to date reveals that it continues to abuse its power by refusing to abide by various directions of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and its parent body International Olympic Committee, regarding the grant of voting rights to defunct State Olympic Associations.advertisementHe claimed that age restriction of members to a maximum of 70 years has been limited to only the top three offices of the IOA, instead of applying to every single member of the sports body. PTI PPS SKV HMP RKS ARC
ADLINK announced its membership as a Collaborating Innovator of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) operator-led consortium. ADLINK and its broad range of strategic ecosystem partners continue to play an increasingly important role in influential industry consortiums such as ONF, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) and Open Compute Project (OCP) by working together on advanced, open architecture business initiatives.As an open, collaborative, non-profit consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models, the ONF serves as the umbrella for a number of projects, building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software-defined standards to revolutionize the carrier industry. Working closely with leading communication service providers and equipment vendors on various open source projects, the ONF leverages its released reference designs to facilitate the roll-out of next-generation networking solutions, significantly driving down both Capex and Opex for the whole ecosystem and opening up enormous business opportunities for new services. ADLINK began its focus on open architecture by becoming a major contributor to the OCP more than five years ago. At the ONF, ADLINK will leverage its Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), OCP and GPU-based solutions to develop next-generation networking and communications platforms, enabling use cases such as Advanced Multi-access Edge Computing (AMEC), universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) and extremely low-latency Edge Compute platforms for 5G networks. ADLINK’s solutions will effectively address the requirements for low-latency, high-bandwidth and compute-intensive applications driven by the needs of security, deep packet inspection (DPI), Edge Computing, virtual network functions (VNF), 5G evolution and revenue producing solutions for operators.As a leading ODM, ADLINK is an ideal contributor to the ONF-envisioned business model with its high quality design and manufacturing capabilities, producing cost-effective COTS/custom solutions with reduced time-to-market. ADLINK offers design services in every major geographic region, which benefits customers with increased responsiveness, short delivery lead-time and ease of doing business locally. ADLINK also ensures best practices in product lifecycle management by leveraging its long-standing strategic partnerships with major processor and software vendors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous DDC: 48VDC/238A, 16-channel solid-state power controllerNext Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management system