12 Jan

Members reject Yarde’s re-election

first_imgGPSU elections…results released with SOPsHe has been at the helm of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) for a staggering 30 years. But some members of the Union have had enough and have called for public servants to reject any continuation of the 72-year-old Patrick Yarde’s presidency at GPSU.On Tuesday, the GPSU released what it referred to as the results of its General Elections for office bearers. It showed Yarde as having received 1024 votes, while Gaspar, who was named twice, received a total of 1318. The document was signed by Elections Officer Herman DeSouza.However, the release took members of the Union by surprise and a faction calling itself “Team Change” called a press conference on Tuesday evening at the Demerara Cricket Ground.While there was no indication or declaration in the election results release that Yarde or anyone was the official winner, the group’s concern was prompted by an article appearing on a local online news website, which had declared Yarde the winner.Team Change at the press conference on Tuesday evening. From left: Gordon Nestor, Karen Van Sluytman, Jermaine Hermanstyne, Sandrene Abrams, presidential candidate Gregory Gaspar, Unata DeFreitas, Beatrice Austin, Ruth Howard and Shelfraa TorringtonOnce there, the members questioned the credibility of the release and the fact that the boxes were still being guarded and have not been opened. In fact, members related that they have been sleeping at the GPSU headquarters.According to union member Jermaine Hermanstyne, it would “be a miracle” for the official results to declare Yarde as the winner. He stated that based on the numbers which the group had in its possession, Yarde’s most vocal rival, Gregory Gaspar was leading.“And there is no way that the out-of-town votes, taking into consideration our people calling and telling us the numbers and the voting population, could turn around the numbers. It makes no sense and it defies logic,” Hermanstyne said.According to vice presidential contender Gordon Nestor, there is no document such as a statement of polls or a voters list that would validate a Patrick Yarde victory.“Mathematically, it is impossible that Patrick Yarde and his crew can come up with the balance of votes outside of Georgetown. Three quarters of the public service lies within the urban areas of Georgetown. I don’t know who did the Maths, but it’s totally impossible.”Contentious electionThere was drama at the GPSU elections on Saturday as Police had to be called in over the refusal of election officials to provide the voters list to supporters of Gaspar and other members.In a strongly worded letter addressed to Elections Officer Herman DeSouza, Gaspar had complained that the list was requested on April 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but was never provided. In the letter, he also complained about ballot boxes being delivered without the elections or assistant elections officers present.The letter also raised the issue of no statement of polls for outlying regions such as Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) being made available to members.Gaspar had also expressed concern about the condition in which some of the boxes arrived. In his letter, Gaspar referenced a Region Three ballot box which he stated was allegedly tampered with. He said that allegations that votes from non-eligible voters were placed in the box should be reviewed before finalising the elections.He stated that in one case four ballot boxes from Linden, Region 10 arrived with three seals broken. Gaspar related that he approached the Elections Officer earlier, but was told that they were given three seals for each box.last_img read more

3 Jan

From the bench to the back of the net – episode one: The Midlands

first_imgtalkSPORT has teamed up with Royal Naval Reserve to bring you a series of brilliant documentaries exploring the very special role of the substitute in football.And we kick off with a look at some of the greatest subs in the Midlands.For more information on the Royal Naval Reserve, visit royalnavy.mod.uk/rnrlast_img

30 Dec

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, September 5

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Paul Pogba rejected a £62m move to Chelsea despite Juventus agreeing to sell the 22-year-old France midfielder. (Gazzetta Dello Sport) Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club turned down a “sensational” bid from Manchester United for 25-year-old German attacking midfielder Thomas Muller. (The Sun) France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, says he almost left Tottenham for Manchester United during the transfer window. (Daily Mail) England winger Andros Townsend, 24, believes he may have to leave Tottenham in the January transfer window for regular football and to secure his Euro 2016 place. (Mirror) England striker Wayne Rooney, 29, admits he does not know much about new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial, but thinks the 19-year-old France forward will be a good addition at Old Trafford.(Daily Mail) Italy and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan, is 3kg overweight according to Rossoneri manager Sinisa Mihajlovic. (Gazzetta Dello Sport) Victor Valdes, 33, is not being given a second chance by Manchester United despite the goalkeeper being named in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League squad. (Manchester Evening News) Everton had a loan move for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev, 24, turned down before the transfer window shut. (Daily Star) Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, says he is pleased to see Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, 24, back in the Premier League despite him signing for rivals Manchester City during the summer window. (Daily Express) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Reports: Ashley Cole rejected deadline day move to Newcastle but will leave Roma in JanuaryTransfer rumours: Arsenal target happy to stay at Juventus, insists agentReports: Jose Mourinho hoped to persuade Paul Pogba to join Chelsea in pleading phone callMan United’s ‘lack of experience’ to blame for botched David De Gea transfer, claims Real Madrid presidentBayern Munich received ‘huge bid’ for Thomas Muller this summer, but president coy over who from Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

27 Dec

Tir Chonaill Gaels express sadness over passing of club member Vince Keating

first_imgVince Keating RIPThe club wishes to express its sincere sympathy to wife Marie, sons Eamonn and Michael and the extended Keating family on the recent passing of Vince Keating. Vince will be greatly missed by all at Tir Chonaill Gaels and our thoughts are with all of his family at this. Funeral arrangements will be posted on our website when they are confirmed. May he Rest in Peace.Lottery Results 10 November 2016 Numbers Drawn 2, 4, 15 & 17Jackpot £3,000 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip Winners:Vince Healey, TCG Online Andrew Conicierce, The 3 WishesJosie Keenan, Visitation ClubCusack, The 3 WishesNext draw 17 November – Jackpot £3,000Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comThank you for your support! Tir Chonaill Gaels express sadness over passing of club member Vince Keating was last modified: November 14th, 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:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

24 Dec

EXTRA TICKETS ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT’S SNOW WHITE PANTO AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgPantomome lead performer Sarah Terry Sweeney pictured at dress rehearsal on Friday before the ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ first matinee on Saturday at An Grianan Theatre.The Letterkenny Pantomime’s Snow White is enjoying a hugely successful run at An Grianan Theatre.Most nights are now booked out.But there are two reason why people should consider going along tonight. The first is that there are a few extra tickets available and the second is that it is in aid of The Friends of the Letterkenny Hospital.Tickets can be secured by contacting the theatre directly or by coming along tonight. EXTRA TICKETS ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT’S SNOW WHITE PANTO AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: January 21st, 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:An Grianan TheatreFriends of the HospitalSnow Whitelast_img read more

24 Dec

ELECTED (INISHOWEN EA) ALBERT DOHERTY (SF)

first_imgSinn Féin candidate Albert Doherty has been elected in the Inishowen Electoral area, following the seventh count this evening. McDermott, Martin F.F. 0 1,600 Elected 0 0 0Doherty, Albert S.F. 125 1,636 Elected 36 0 0Murray, Jack S.F. 9 1,591 0 9 0Crossan, Nicholas Non-P. 65 1,506 0 94 0McGuinness, Bernard F.G. 148 1,488 0 112 0Canning, Paul F.F. 16 1,422 0 178 0Donaghey, Rena F.F. 38 1,406 0 194 0Farren, Martin LAB. 20 1,219 0 381 0Ryan, John F.G. 21 1,176 0 424 0McLaughlin, Ciaran S.F. 19 1,093 0 507 0Doherty, Mickey F.G. 46 800 0 800 0Murphy, Joe P.B.P.A. 47 785 0 815 0McCarroll, Patrick Non-P. -671 0 Excluded 0 0 0McCauley, Mary F.F. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0McLaughlin, Peter F.G. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0Stewart, Ryan Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 40Haden, Eilís D.D.I. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 0Ferguson, Paul Non-P. 0 0 Excluded 0 0 307ELECTED (INISHOWEN EA) ALBERT DOHERTY (SF) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

24 Dec

ROADS WARNING: MET EIREANN ISSUES YELLOW STATUS SNOW AND ICE ALERT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgBreaking News: MET EIREANN has issued a snow and ice warning for Donegal.The warning also applies for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Westmeath.“Heavy rain will turn to sleet and on higher ground to snow with the risk of snow on lower levels in the afternoon and evening,” said a Met Eireann spokesman. Temperatures will fall overnight to -4C in many inland areas of Donegal, turning wet roads into icy stretches.Gardaí are asking motorists to slow down and drive with caution.The warning for snow and ice applies from 8am on St Stephen’s Day until 9pm. Any snow is expected to clear overnight into Saturday.Earlier the UK Met Office included Donegal in its Yellow Warning map for snow and ice. “There remains much more uncertainty than average regarding the track of this depression which in turn leads to uncertainty about the location of the heaviest precipitation and how much snow there will be. Where snow does occur accumulations of 2 to 4 cm are likely even to lower levels and in excess of 10 cm possible,” said a spokesman. ROADS WARNING: MET EIREANN ISSUES YELLOW STATUS SNOW AND ICE ALERT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 26th, 2014 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:2014DECEMBER 26donegalsnow alertlast_img read more

20 Dec

Green: ‘I’m never throwing playoffs out of the equation’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Somewhere in the back of the mind of Warriors forward Draymond Green was the awareness that the championship run wouldn’t last forever. Now, as the last player standing among those who went to five straight Finals, Green is being forced to reassess his role and the Warriors’ expectations this season.“The things that we went through the past four or five years, you’re not looking ahead to bad times, you’re trying to do all you can to embrace those good times,” Green said …last_img read more

18 Dec

South Africa’s wildlife wonders

first_imgCities have grown, much land has been given over to farming, hunting has wiped out entire herds, and the times when a herd of springbok could take days to pass through a Karoo town are long past.A pair of cheetahs in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterThanks to the foresight of conservationists past and present, South Africa remains blessed with abundant wildlife.The Big FiveThe big catsLesser known wildlifeOver 200 mammal speciesMarine mammals and fishThe crocodile … and other reptilesBirdlifeThe Big FiveBest known are the mammals, and the best known of these are the famous Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Not that giraffe, hippo or whale are small …South Africa’s bushveld and savannah regions are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa.The Kruger National Park alone has well over 10 000 elephants and 20 000 buffaloes – in 1920 there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa.The white rhino has also been brought back from the brink of extinction and now flourishes both in the Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal. Attention now is on protecting the black rhino.Both these parks are home to all of the Big Five, as are other major reserves in South Africa – such as Pilanesberg in North West province – and numerous smaller reserves and private game lodges.The big catsAside from occupying the top rung of the predation ladder, the lion also tops the glamour stakes. Sadly, it does have one formidable enemy in humankind, which has expelled it from most of the country so that it now remains almost exclusively in conservation areas.The beautiful leopard survives in a larger area, including much of the southern Cape and far north of the country, although numbers are small in some places.The cheetah is the speed champ, capable of dashes of almost 100 kilometres an hour. Its population is comparatively small and confined mostly to the far north (including the Kruger National Park), the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape, and reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and North West province.Lesser known wildlifeOther quintessentially African large animals are the hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest (the famous gnu) and zebra, all frequently seen in South Africa’s conservation areas.Heightened awareness, however, has created an increased appreciation of lesser known animals. A sighting of the rare tsessebe (a relative of the wildebeest) may cause as much excitement as the sight of a pride of lion. And while one can hardly miss a nearby elephant, spotting the shy little forest-dwelling suni (Livingstone’s antelope) is cause for self-congratulation.On the really small scale, one could tackle the challenge of ticking off each of South Africa’s seven species of elephant shrew – a task that would take one all over the country and, probably, a long time to accomplish.Over 200 mammal speciesWith well over 200 species, a short survey of South Africa’s indigenous mammals is a contradiction in terms. A few examples will help to indicate the range.In terms of appeal, primates rate highly. In South Africa they include the nocturnal bushbabies, vervet and samango monkeys, and chacma baboons which – encouraged by irresponsible feeding and under pressure through loss of habitat – have become unpopular as raiders of homes on the Cape Peninsula.Dassies (hyraxes, residents of rocky habitats) and meerkats (suricates, familiar from their alert upright stance) have tremendous charm, although the dassie can be an agricultural problem.The secretive nocturnal aardvark (which eats ants and is the only member of the order Tubulidentata) and the aardwolf (which eats termites and is related to the hyaena) are two more appealing creatures, and both are found over virtually the whole country.And for those who like their terrestrial mammals damp, there is the widely distributed Cape clawless otter, which swims in both fresh and sea water. The spotted-necked otter has a more limited territory. Both are rare, however, and difficult to spot.One mammal whose charm is recently acquired is the wild dog or Cape hunting dog, one of Africa’s most endangered mammals. Once erroneously reviled as indiscriminate killers but now appreciated both for their ecological value and their remarkably caring family behaviour, wild dog packs require vast territories.They are found in small numbers in the Kruger National Park and environs, northern KwaZulu-Natal (including the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park), the Kalahari, and the Madikwe reserve in North West province.More common canine carnivores are the hyaena, jackal and bat-eared fox. Feline carnivores – besides the big cats mentioned above – include the caracal with its characteristic tufted ears, the African wild cat and the rare black-footed cat. Other flesh eaters include the civet, genet and several kinds of mongoose.The plant eaters are well represented by various antelope, from the little duiker to the large kudu and superbly handsome sable antelope, which is found only in the most northerly regions.Mammals take to the air, too: South Africa is well endowed with bat species.Marine mammals and fishAnd they take to the sea. The largest mammal of all – in South Africa and the world – is the blue whale, which can grow to 33 metres in length.But of the eight whale species found in South African waters (including the dramatic black-and-white killer whale), the most frequently seen by humans is the southern right whale. This imposing creature comes into coastal bays to calve, allowing for superb land-based viewing.The southern right whale represents one of conservation’s success stories. Once considered the “right” whale to hunt, its population became so depleted that it was designated a protected species. With the greater familiarity that their return to the coastal bays has produced, they are now as well loved as the many dolphins in our coastal waters.South Africa’s seas are rich in fish species. Perhaps the most awesome of these is the great white shark, but this is only one of more than 2 000 species, comprising 16% of the world’s total. Various line fish, rock lobster and abalone are of particular interest to gourmets, while pelagic fish (sardines and pilchards) and hake have large- scale commercial value.The crocodile … and other reptilesLess generously endowed with freshwater fish – 112 named species, a mere 1.3% of the world total – South Africa nonetheless has one river-dweller that is, as much as any of the Big Five, a symbol of Africa. The crocodile still rules some stretches of river and estuary, lakes and pools, exacting an occasional toll in human life.Other aquatic reptiles of note are the sea-roaming loggerhead and leatherback turtles, the focus of a major community conservation effort at their nesting grounds on the northern KwaZulu-Natal shoreline.South Africa’s land reptiles include rare tortoises and the fascinating chameleon. There are well over 100 species of snake. While about half of them, including the python, are non-venomous, others – such as the puffadder, green and black mamba, boomslang and rinkhals – are decidedly so.The country’s comparative dryness accounts for its fairly low amphibian count – 84 species. To make up for that, however, South Africa boasts over 77 000 species of invertebrates.BirdlifeBirders from around the world come to South Africa to experience the country’s great variety of typically African birds, migrants, and endemics (those birds found only in South Africa).Of the 850 or so species that have been recorded in South Africa, about 725 are resident or annual visitors, and about 50 of these are endemic or near-endemic.Apart from the resident birds, South Africa hosts a number of intra-African migrants such as cuckoos and kingfishers, as well as birds from the Arctic, Europe, Central Asia, China and Antarctica during the year.South Africa’s birdlife ranges from the ostrich – farmed in the Oudtshoorn district of the Western Cape, but seen in the wild mostly in the north of the country – through such striking species as the hornbills to the ubiquitous LBJs (“Little Brown Jobs”).One small area alone, around the town of Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal, offers wetlands, grasslands, thornveld and both montane and riverine forest, and around 380 species have been recorded there.A birder need not move out of a typical Johannesburg garden to spot grey loeries, mousebirds, hoopoes, hadeda ibises, crested and black-collared barbets, Cape whiteyes, olive thrushes … or a lone Burchell’s coucal poking clumsily around a tree. And that would by no means complete the list.Among the most spectacular birds of South Africa are the cranes, most easily spotted in wetlands – although the wattled crane is a lucky find as it is extremely uncommon. The beautiful blue crane is South Africa’s national bird, while the crowned crane is probably the flashiest of the three with its unmistakable prominent crest.Among its larger bird species, South Africa also has several eagles and vultures. Among its most colourful are kingfishers, bee-eaters, sunbirds, the exquisite lilacbreasted roller, and the Knysna and purple-crested louries.Reviewed December 2016.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

3 Dec

Fake news is a fallout of technology penetration: cautions Parrikar

first_imgSpreading of technology comes some times with fallouts and drawbacks like fake news, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. “Today we have got technology penetration everywhere. There are some drawbacks also like fake news. There is many times news which says that cell connectivity is dangerous to humans. At the same time people want cell phones, but they don’t want towers in their village,” Mr. Parrikar said at an IT-related public function here on Sunday.“People should realise that fake news can do enormous harm or a rumour can do more harm,” the Chief Minister sounded caution. He announced tha the Goa government was gearing to go fully digital vis-a-vis government transactions by December this year. “We have been completely online on payment whether it is RTGS or various other modes. Now we have decided that all our transactions will be digitalised. We are trying to do it by September. It may go up to December by which we would really be digitalised,”Mr. Parriakar said.last_img read more