An Albouystown, Georgetown resident was on Thursday remanded to prison when he made a court appearance at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court to answer to a possession of narcotics charge.Ranold Khan, 56, was arrested on Wednesday after Police received information and went to a house at Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and conducted a search. During the search, the Police discovered 171 grams of cocaine in Khan’s possession. He was later charged for the offence.The defendant was remanded by Magistrate Michelle Liverpool. He will make his next court appearance on June 16, 2016.
…working to destroy stereotype of being “Indian” party – JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says for too long there has been rhetoric that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is a one-race party when in fact it has been working, and will continue to work, for the betterment of the entire Guyanese population.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo, who is also the Party’s General Secretary, said that any government the PPP headed would work for all Guyanese regardless of their race, religion, or geographic location.However, he noted that its political opponents have always stereotyped the PPP as pro-Indian and the Party did not do enough to tackle or change this perception.“Stereotype exists about the PPP historically and that kept a lot of people away from us… When you take an issue of this nature and spin it in the villages that [the PPP] is a racist party and it’s an Indian party – it’s not true … Our party has made it clear that any government that we head will work for all Guyanese. We are carrying a national message for our people,” Jagdeo contended.Having recognised this deficiency, the Opposition Leader revealed that the PPP was working hard to get more Afro-Guyanese to join the Party.Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali with African supporters“[People were told] that this is a racist, Indian party and you can’t rise up in the Party. And when Afro-Guyanese came to us, they were vilified; their names were dragged in the mud; they were called stooges, slaves and all sort of things. Not because they believed in the programme we’re pursuing. And for a long time, I don’t think we aggressively fight it, but we are doing that now,” the PPP General Secretary noted.He recalled that when the PPP was set up in 1950 to fight for independence, it was set up as a class-based party. But he noted that although it was seen as a most pro-business party, it was also viewed as the most pro-workers’ party. This, he posited, is because the Party’s policies would reflect its agenda that aimed for betterment of all Guyanese.One such policy, he pointed out, is the housing programme which the PPP started when it got into office and saw thousands of Guyanese benefiting.“When we took office, there was no housing programme, there was no ministry, no funds. By the time we left office, you had more Guyanese owning homes. Over 75,000 of the 100,000 promised house lots were given out. We’re making a promise again to go back to that – that 75 per cent of the house lots we produce – nearly 50,000 – in the next term will be under a $100,000,” he stated.Furthermore, Jagdeo reminded of other policies such as the $10,000 school grant and water and electricity subsidies. These, he stressed, did not go to PPP supporters alone but all Guyanese.To this end, the Opposition Leader noted that the Party has intensified its efforts to net more Afro-Guyanese supporters. Already, he said, they are making their case by sitting down and talking to people to show that the PPP is a national party.“I think we were deluded too to some extent that when [we] spoke on TV and give these explanations that people listened… Many people told me that from the time they saw PPP persons speaking on the television, they’ll switch the channel. Now, we’re getting the chance to interface with people directly and talking and allowing them to ask questions so you get past the stereotypes. Once we break down the stereotypes, Afro-Guyanese and most Guyanese will understand that the Party that they will have to belong to – everybody, people of every race and religion – is the PPP,” he posited.Jagdeo continued that the PPP was “the party that has a national agenda for Guyanese and that’s their natural place. And so, we’re hoping, not by bullying or anything else, but by talking, messaging and working aggressively to do that, to include [Afro-Guyanese]. It’s a deficiency and that’s why I said that, we’re working hard to correct it… A lot of them have come to us, and they’re welcome here, because they see what we stand for – for all of Guyana.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A group of local dancers is marking their mark on the rest of the world, including one who was the fourth highest placing North American in an international competition.11-year-old Mélodie Kemp, 11-year-old Emalee Chapple, 13-year-old Jordan Crawford and 23-year-old Stevie Mazur of the Watt School of Irish Dance just returned from Glasgow, U.K. after competing in the 46th Annual World Irish Dancing Championships.According to the North Peace Cultural Centre’s social media, the dancers earned their place in the international competition, placing ahead of the rest at the Western Canadian Qualifier last November. Now the girls are training hard and hoping they can make it to the final round of the World Championships, and perhaps earn a world medal.- Advertisement -Kemp returned with a world medal, placing fifteenth overall — in a group of 200 dancers from across the world. She was also named the top Canadian competitor, placing as the fourth highest North American.“Going in, my goal was to make it to the third round. It was such a surprise,” Kemp said. “I’m beyond happy.”The week-long event resulted in her being crowned the fourth highest Western Canadian placement from age 10 to 35. To celebrate, she attended Lord of the Dance with the teammates at the Encana Events Centre at the end of last month. She called the show ‘unbelievable,’ adding that their feet were impressive.’Advertisement “I hope to do something like that when I’m older,”she added. “I love to perform and travel the world!”Now, she’s getting reading to prepare for the North American Irish Dance Championships. All in all, 12 members of the school are heading to Orlando, F.L. to compete.
The scientists report using a novel genetic technique and old-fashioned statistics to identify Israeli acute paralysis virus as the latest potential culprit in the widespread deaths of worker bees, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Next up are attempts to infect honeybees with the virus to see if it indeed is a killer. “At least we have a lead now we can begin to follow. We can use it as a marker and we can use it to investigate whether it does in fact cause disease,” said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist and co- author of the study. Details appear this week in Science Express, the online edition of the journal Science. Experts stressed that parasitic mites, pesticides and poor nutrition all remain suspects, as does the stress of travel. Beekeepers shuffle bees around the nation throughout the year so the bees can pollinate crops as they come into bloom, contributing about $15 billion a year to U.S. agriculture. BIOLOGY: Israeli acute paralysis is suspected as disease’s cause. Further investigation is planned. By Andrew Bridges THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Scientific sleuths have a new suspect for a mysterious affliction that has killed off honeybees by the billions: a virus previously unknown in the United States. The newfound virus may prove to have added nothing more than insult to the injuries bees already suffer, said several experts unconnected to the study. “This may be a piece or a couple of pieces of the puzzle, but I certainly don’t think it is the whole thing,” said Jerry Hayes, chief of the apiary section of Florida’s Agriculture Department. Still, surveys of honeybees from decimated colonies turned up traces of the virus nearly every time. Bees untouched by the phenomenon were virtually free of it. That means finding the virus should be a red flag that a hive is at risk and merits a quarantine, scientists said. “The authors themselves recognize it’s not a slam dunk, it’s correlative. But it’s certainly more than a smoking gun – more like a smoking arsenal. It’s very compelling,” said May Berenbaum, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entomologist who headed a recent examination of the decline in honeybee and other pollinator populations across North America. For Berenbaum and others, colony collapse disorder is only the latest devastating problem to beset bees. “Even if we were to solve this CCD thing tomorrow – a magic pill came out and your bees were cured forever – we would still be in a crisis situation because we have these other problems,” said Nicholas Calderone, an entomologist at Cornell University. Colony collapse disorder has struck between 50 percent and 90 percent of commercial honeybee hives in the U.S. That has raised fears about the effect on the more than 90 crops that rely on bees to pollinate them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Steven Caulker has revealed spiralling drinking and gambling addictions led him to contemplate suicide in recent years. The Queens Park Rangers defender has spent in in rehab to battle his demons which have threatened to end his playing career. Caulker claims he has been told not to report for pre-season training after bouts of depression pushed him to consider taking his own life. He told the Guardian: “I’ve sat here for years hating myself and never understood why I couldn’t just be like everyone else.“This year was almost the end. I felt for large periods there was no light at the end of the tunnel.“I’d had one last gamble and lost a hell of a lot of money in December.“It was at that point I finally accepted I could not win. I contemplated suicide a lot in that period. A dark time.” Caulker has been told not to return for pre-season training at QPR For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. 1
Ulster Minor ChampionsComhghairdeas mór le Foireann Mionúir Dún na nGall, go hairithe ár beirt imritheoirí Odhran agus Eoghan!Massive congratulations to our Donegal Minors who are Ulster champions, especially to our two Gaeil Fhánada players, Odhran Shiels and Eoghan Carr, first Ulster Minor medal winners to come to the parish! Boys you did us proud. Keep up the good work now when we play Cork in two weeks time. Come along to Croke Park and support our boys! Hard luck to Donegal Senior Team but hopefully they’ll have better luck when they play Cork at a triple header in Croke Park in two weeks time. Get your tickets ordered on time!Gaeil Fhánada Cúl CampDon’t forget our Cúl Camp takes place on Monday in TriaLocha from 25th to 29 th July. You can still book with Fiona on 085-1555645 or 074-9159670. This is a great week of fun where your child will improve on and learn new Gaelic football skills, they will form new friendships and come away with this lovely gear! Quiz nightQuiz night being held in the Fanad Lodge this Friday night at 9.30pm in aid of Gaeil Fhánada. Tables of four. Come along for a bit of craic!Gaeil Fhánada Lotto ResultsNo winner of Jackpot €850. Numbers drawn 01; 04; 08; 10; 18. Bonus 16No jackpot winner. €100 winner Sean Meenan, Ladden. €50 winner Shaun McElwaine, Corry.Next week’s jackpot €900. If you’re not in, you can’t win! Second victory in a week for our U16 boysOur U16 boys had a good week with 2 victories from 2 against Gweedore and Cloughaneely. On Monday the lads defeated Gweedore with a much improved performance and dominated Gweedore from start to finish. Final score was Fanad 2-7 Gweedore 1-6. Scorers were John Friel 0-3 Mark Mc Ateer 1-3 and Fergus Friel 0-1. Best performers on the night were Johnny Gallagher, John Friel and Darren Mc Elwaine.Last night the 16’s made the trip away to Cloughaneely and again put in a good performance. As history tells us it’s never easy travelling to Cloughaneely with honorary Fanad man Sean Mc Garvey in charge of them Fanad got off to a great start with Shaun Kerr netting after great work from Mathew Gallagher and Orin Duffy. Kieran Coyle was causing all sorts of trouble in full forward with Orin Duffy pulling the strings at half back. Half time score Cloughaneely 2-1 Fanad 1-4.The start of the second half saw Cloughaneely race into a four point lead but again Fanad reacted with some fine scores from Mark Mc Ateer. On the 50 minute mark Bernard Mc Gettigan netted our second goal to send Fanad 4 points clear. Fanad kicked on from there with Eoin Shiels, Kieran Mc Devitt and James Howe playing big parts in dismantling Cloughaneely. Final score was Cloughaneely 3-4 Fanad Gales 2-13. Scorers were Fergus Friel 0-1, Bernard Mc Gettigan 1-2 and Mark Mc Ateer 0-10Best for Fanad on the Night were Mathew Gallagher, Orin Duffy and Kieran Coyle. Strong second half showing sees our U14 boys through to Northern Shield Final A big well done to our U14 boys who disposed of St.Eunans this afternoon to book their place in the Northern Board Division 2 Shield Final. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, the Fanad lads defened very well with Pauric Clinton in particular cancelling out numerous attacks from the Letterkenny outfit. Fanad were leading by the minimum as half time approached but a goal from the impressive Casey Poole gave us a 4 point lead at half time with the score 2-1 to 0-3 in favour of the Gaels.Fanad had the wind in second half and used it to their advantage and eventually ran out comfortable winners. Fanad posted some high quality long range scores in the second half. Joshua McAteer had a great game at full forward and led the line very well. That result means Fanad are now into their second U14 final this season, a great achievement by the boys.Foireann: Dan Kerr , Pauric Clinton Mark Gallagher Conor McGarvey, Casey Poole (1-0) Kane McLauglin (0-1) Michael O’Connor, Ronan Sweeney (0-2) Ryan McGinley, Niall Douglas, Liam McGrenaghan (0-1) Dylan Kerr (1-0) Jack Martin (1-0) Joshua McAteer (1-2) Brandon Friel (0-1)Sub used: Darragh Sweeney.Check out our Facebook page for all up to date news!GAA News: Gaeil Fhánada players bring home minor Ulster Championship medals was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fanad gaelsGaeil Fhanada
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has demanded greater resources for the ambulance service in Donegal following a series of alarming delays in the response time to local emergencies.Deputy Charlie McConalogueThe Dáil is this week debating a Fianna Fáil motion which raises concerns about a growing crisis in the ambulance service.“The Government needs to wake up to the crisis in our local ambulance service. Official figures show that last year, only one in every three people with life-threatening conditions were responded to within the target time. “The situation is worse in more rural areas. Large parts of the country, including Donegal, have often been left without any ambulance cover for long periods of time. And lives are being put at risk as a result,” said the Inishowen TD.He also said that the ambulance service is not getting the support and resources it needs to run an efficient and safe service nationwide.“Despite the selfless dedication of our local paramedics and the high quality of care they provide, they are being undermined by mismanagement of the service at a national level.“The centralisation of ambulance control and dispatch has led to serious inconsistencies in ambulance cover and a lack of local knowledge when it comes to responding to emergencies. This has meant that our local ambulances are often sent to another county for emergencies, leaving large parts of Co Donegal without any cover whatsoever. It’s an extremely dangerous situation. He added that in addition to this, the service is not adequately resourced.The Republic of Ireland has less than 1,600 ambulance staff and a budget of €137million to cover a population of 4.6 million.“Compare that to Scotland which has three times as many ambulance staff and just under twice the budget that we have here.“This week in the Dáil, Fianna Fáil is asking TDs from all parties to stand up for our local ambulance service and ensure that it gets the basic resources it needs to respond safely to emergencies. People have a right to expect that they will receive a safe and timely response in the event of life-threatening emergencies,” said Deputy McConalogue. McCONALOGUE SEEKS GREATER RESOURCES FOR DONEGAL AMBULANCE SERVICES was last modified: April 14th, 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:ambulanceCharlie McConalogueResourcesTD
Sarah….doing well thanks to hospital staffA PROUD Donegal grandad is set to golf through the night – in honour of this bundle of joy….his beautiful grand-daughter Sarah Porter.Liam Lynch and a group of golfing buddies embark on a 12 hour golfing marathon all in the name of charity in Buncrana golf club.They will start golfing at 8pm Friday and will be golfing through the night with the support of flashing golf balls and generators to help light up the greens!!! All things going well, they’ll putt their last few balls by 8am on Saturday.Their selected charity is the “Friends of the Coombe” which operates as a support for parents who have babies born before their due date.This charity has been of great support to Liam, a well-known taxi driver in Buncrana, and his family.His daughter Mary Porter gave birth to her daughter Sarah Porter on the 15th of May 2013 at 27 weeks. “As Sarah was born so early she had to spend the first few months of her life in the care of the great people at the Coombe hospital in Dublin,” said Liam’s son Michael.“Without the help and support of the friends of the Coombe charity, Mary and her husband Mark would have really struggled to overcome this traumatic experience. Thankfully however Sarah battled through and is now looking forward to her first birthday next month.”Any donations from the public would be greatly welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Liam on 0876746567 or Mark on 0860750377.Everyone is invited to the golf course tomorrow night (Friday) to help cheer on these golfing heros as they embark on their journey.Maith sibh Little fighter…SarahLIAM SET TO GOLF THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR HOSPITAL WHO SAVED HIS GRAND-DAUGHTER was last modified: April 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:buncranaCoombe HospitalLiam LynchSarah Porter
US carriers appear to have scored a win from the controversial moves by the Trump administration to target airlines operating from North Africa and the Middle East.Dubai-based Emirates confirmed this week it would be reducing flights to five of the 12 US cities it currently serves due to weakened travel demand.Emirates blamed the fall on US government moves against some Middle East destinations but a lobby group for the big three US carriers — Delta, American and United — poured scorn on the claim.The US carriers have been opposing decisions to allow Gulf carriers access to the American market in a bitter fight which has seen claims and counter claims about government support for Emirates, Qatar and Etihad.Emirates said recent Trump Administration moves to restrict entry visas, heighten security vetting and ban large electronic devices in the cabins of some airlines had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US.“Until the start of 2017, Emirates’ operations in the US has seen healthy growth and performance, driven by customer demand for our high-quality product and our international flight connections,’’ the airline said in statement supplied to AirlineRatings.“However, over the past 3 months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our US routes, across all travel segments.“Emirates has therefore responded as any profit-oriented enterprise would, and we will redeploy capacity to serve demand on other routes on our global network.”The airline is cutting services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from daily services to five a week from May 1 and May 23, respectively.Its Seattle and Boston flights will move from twice daily to daily services in early June and there will be a similar cut to its Los Angeles flights from July 1.But the lobby group for the big three US airlines, the Parthsership for Open and Fair Skies, described the Emirates claim it was profit-oriented as “laughable”.“The fact is, market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly,’’ spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said.“ It is well known that the Gulf carriers, including Emirates, lose money on most of their flights to the United States and are propped up by billions of dollars in government cash. ‘’“Their business model is based on growing their networks without regard to profitability in order to serve their governments’ goals to dominate global aviation.”Abu Dhabi-based Etihad said it had not seen a significant drop in demand on its US flights.“Demand continues to remain strong on all 45 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and its six US gateways of New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas,’’ Etihad said.“Effective 1 June, Etihad Airways’ second daily Abu Dhabi – New York service will be upgraded to an A380, making its twice-daily flights on the route an all superjumbo operation.“This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the US market regardless of recent developments.’’
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm Credit Mid-America reports an increase in net income from December 2017, and the agriculture economy overall is sound with modest job and wage growth. The Association saw an expected slight decrease in overall performance in first quarter 2018, due to agriculture commodity prices remaining near or slightly below the cost of production.First-quarter highlights:Net income reached nearly $120 million, an increase of $4.3 million from year-end 2017 Total members’ equity increased $72.5 million Total loans were $20.1 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $263.5 million“Our customers are resilient and continue to run their operations despite tight margins,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “We are proud to partner with these producers to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture.”The credit quality of Farm Credit’s portfolio declined slightly from year-end 2017. Adversely classified loans increased to 4.1% of the portfolio at March 31, 2018, from 3.9% of the portfolio at year-end 2017.Within the first quarter, Farm Credit Mid-America distributed nearly $88 million to eligible customers as part of its Patronage Program. “Our cooperative is financially stable, and this year’s Patronage checks allowed customers and their operations to benefit from this position of strength,” said Bill Johnson.For the complete financial report, visit e-farmcredit.com/about.