84-year-old burnt to death in Region 1 fire

first_imgAn 84-year-old women was burnt to death on Monday in a midnight fire which destroyed her home in the community of Morawhanna, Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini).Dead is Pearl Savory who celebrated her birthday just several days before her unforeseen demise. Guyana Times understands that she lived alone in the wooden building but family and friends would visit her from time to time.Pearl Savory’s house was completely destroyed by the raging fireAuthorities were unable to confirm the source of the blaze but residents believe the fire originated from a gas stove. One of the neighbours told this publication that he heard a loud explosion and when he rushed to the scene, the house was already ablaze.He suspected that the elderly woman was making a meal and either forgot to turn off the stove or fell asleep. He said he heard the sound of the gas bottle exploding.The fire spread rapidly to another unoccupied wooden building which was just a few feet away. Residents told this newspaper the other house also belonged to the elderly woman. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

Chinese native guilty in technology theft

first_imgSANTA ANA – A federal jury convicted a Chinese-born engineer Thursday of conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China, including data on an electronic propulsion system that could make submarines virtually undetectable. Chi Mak, 66, was also found guilty of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, attempting to violate export control laws and making false statements to the FBI. The government accused Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of taking thousands of pages of documents from his defense contractor employer, Power Paragon of Anaheim, and giving them to his brother, who passed them along to Chinese authorities over a number of years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bad news for Man City as Guardiola favourite agrees PSG move – reports

first_img Dani Alves will reportedly sign for Manchester City in the coming hours 1 Dani Alves has turned down Manchester City to sign for Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.The Brazil full-back cancelled his contract with Juventus earlier in the summer in anticipation of a move to the Etihad, with Pep Guardiola keen to reunite with the man who he coached when in charge of Barcelona.Alves was said to have given his word to Guardiola that he would sign for City, but reports surfaced yesterday claiming PSG had set their sights on the 34-year-old.And now it appears Alves has decided a move to the French capital is the best decision, and he is expected to pen a two-year contract in the coming hours.Guardiola is still chasing Kyle Walker of Tottenham as he looks to add a new right-back to his squad this summer.last_img read more

World Cup in Qatar begins in four years, check out latest stadium pics

first_img Khalifa International Stadium 18 Starting on November 21 and finishing on December 18, £1.5 million football fans are expected to visit Qatar, the first Arab state to host the tournament.Having a Winter World Cup has been controversial along with allegations of bribery in the selection process involving members of Fifa’s Executive Committee, a British worker falling to his death and other employees being left unpaid.The World Cup will be played in eight stadiums across Qatar. Here, talkSPORT brings you the latest pictures of each stadium.Khalifa International StadiumCapacity – 40,000Location – DohaThis is the only World Cup stadium that’s been built. It opened for the first time in May 2017 when hosting the Emir Cup final.The stadium has previously hosted the Asian Games, the Gulf Cup and the AFC Asian Cup.British worker Zac Cox, 40, died in January 2017 after falling from 40 ft when a catwalk he was helping to install collapsed. 18 Education City Stadium Al Thumama Stadium Hassan Al Thawadi, the Secretary General of the Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) poses with former Spain international and World Cup 2022 ambassador Xavi Hernandez The four-year countdown to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has officially begun.It will be the first time a World Cup is not held in June and July due to the sweltering temperatures. 18 Khalifa International Stadium Ras Abu Aboud StadiumCapacity – 40,000Location – DohaThis stadium will host the quarter-finals stage of the World Cup.It will be the first demountable and reusable venue in history. Shipping containers will be used to build the stadium. 18 Lusail Stadium Lusail Stadium Khalifa International Stadium 18 Education City StadiumCapacity – 40,000Location – DohaEducation City Stadium is located at the heart of the Qatar Foundation. The venue will host World Cup games up until the quarter-finals stage.It is set to become the home of the Qatar Women’s football team.The stadium, known as “The Diamond in the Desert”, will reduce its capacity by half after the tournament – 20,000 seats will be donated to build other venues in developing countries. 18 Lusail StadiumCapacity – 80,000Location – LusailLusail Stadium is the biggest sports venue in Qatar and it will host the World Cup final.The complete design for the stadium is set to be unveiled next month. Ras Abu Aboud Stadium Al Thumama Stadium 18 Education City Stadium center_img Al Bayt StadiumAl Wakrah StadiumCapacity: 40,000Location: Al WakrahThis stadium will have a cooling system and a retractable roof. It is set to be open all year round. Al Thumama Stadium Lusail Stadium 18 18 Al Rayyan StadiumCapacity – 40,000Location: Al RayyanSimilarly to the Education City Stadium, World Cup matches will be played in this venue up until the quarter-finals stage. 18 18 18 Al Thumama StadiumCapacity – 40,000Location – Al ThumamaThis stadium is the only World Cup venue being designed by a Qatari.Most of the concrete frame on the lower tier has been completed, while the upper tier is believed to be progressing well. 18 18 Al Wakrah Stadium Al Rayyan Stadium 18 Al Rayyan Stadium Al Bayt StadiumCapacity: 60,000Location: Al KhorThis stadium is being designed to represent Arab hospitality. Games will be played up until the semi-finals stage.It will be covered by a structure resembling a traditional Arab tent. The stadium structure has been completed along with the installation of the retractable roof. 18 18 Education City Stadium 18last_img read more


first_imgWith the All Ireland Football Final just hours away, Daithi O Se and Daniel O’Donnell put forward their arguments in honour of the ‘green & gold’…Click play to hear what happened next…….  HEAR WHAT HAPPENED WHEN DANIEL O’DONNELL TOOK ON DAITHI O SE IN TODAY FM SONG CHALLENGE was last modified: September 20th, 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALDaithi O Sedaniel o’donnelldonegalKerrylast_img read more

Leaving Cert leads to bigger and better things for Donna and Colin

first_imgIt has been a week of high emotions and excitement as students across Donegal received their Leaving Cert results.But it’s not just secondary school teens who are celebrating achievements in education this week. A number of adult learners had also taken the exams this summer to gain the skills to boost their education and job prospects. We spoke to two members of the Leaving Certificate for adults class of 2019 with Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service to find out about their education journey:June was a busy time for Donna Smyth when she sat her Leaving Cert exams, while her son did his Junior Cert at the same time!The Letterkenny woman left school at 15 years of age and was a stay-at-home mum until she returned to education two years ago.“I found it hard to get work without my Leaving Cert. My son is 15 and I’m 37 this year and I thought – ‘I want to do something now for me’,” she said. Donna SmythDonna and her son helped each other out with their studies as she did the Leaving Cert for adults with Donegal ETB in Letterkenny.Signing up for the course was a big step, she said.“I didn’t really know what the ETB was until I applied. Now you see it everywhere. The application interviews were so relaxed and they were so helpful that I knew I was doing the right thing. Going back to education is a huge step to take on, especially with a child and a house to run.”Donna enjoyed the new style of learning at Donegal ETB, where all learners study English, Maths, History, Geography, Biology and Business.“It is classroom based learning but it’s not like school. It’s more relaxed and everyone talks and bounces ideas off each other. I would have stayed in school longer if it was like that!” she said. While Donna originally intended to do the Leaving Cert for adults to improve her job prospects, the learning has helped her discover her potential for more self-development.“It has opened my mind up to do other things. I thought if I get through this I can do more. Over the summer I will apply for courses. Before this I thought college wasn’t for me, but I want to look at the bigger picture now,” she said.When asked if she would recommend the Leaving Cert for adults to others, she said: “100%, especially for mothers who were at home with children. It gets you back out there again, you are having adult conversations, your mind is working at a different level and it does make you think of new goals.”Similar to Donna, the adult learning experience has inspired Colin Chambers to broaden his horizons. Colin (40) is about to begin a Bioscience degree in LYIT after sitting the Leaving Cert in June.Colin ChambersThe Ballybofey native left education after primary school, so he had a lot of ground to cover when he began studying with Donegal ETB.Colin, who had previously worked as a computer engineer, was motivated to gain the qualification after meeting a major job hurdle.“I was applying for an apprenticeship programme when the first box that came up was that you had to have your Leaving Cert. That propelled me to go back to be prepared for anything like that that came up again,” he said.Going back to learning does come with a certain amount of anxiety, Colin said, but the ETB tutors made it easy: “The teachers are so good at what they do. Most of them have 20 years of experience so they know exactly how to teach people who have been away from school. There’s nothing to be scared of.”Studying six subjects for the Leaving Cert, as many will know, requires hard work and focus. As a dad of three, Colin found that he had to balance family life and learning. “It is difficult, but it’s not impossible and it’s all very beneficial in the end. After leaving school in sixth class, I’m proud to have got this far.“Another benefit of this is that I’ll be able to help the kids with their homework when they come to that age, particularly with maths.”Colin’s studies led him to discover that he had a flair for Biology, and so he is switching career paths from computing to Bioscience this new semester.He is keen to recommend the Leaving Cert for adults to other people considering third level education. “This course doesn’t just prepare you for exams. It prepares you for bigger things,” he said.Donegal ETB’s Adult Education Officer Charles Gorney said learners can gain much more than a Leaving Cert qualification from the programme.“Learners often gain a confidence they felt they didn’t have before. Doing the Leaving Cert as an adult is a big step but we have an excellent pass rate and many learners go onto higher education programmes afterwards.” said Charles.“For anyone thinking about going back to do the Leaving Cert this September 2019, don’t be afraid to call us. That is the first step. Call our guidance staff on 0749178088 and they can discuss the course with you and answer any questions you may have.  You can apply online too if you prefer to apply that way.”Visit www.donegaletb.ie to find more information about the Leaving Certificate for Adults with Donegal ETB starting in September 2019 at the Letterkenny FET centre or email adultguidance@donegaletb.ie with course inquiries.Leaving Cert leads to bigger and better things for Donna and Colin was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:colin chambersDonegal ETBDonna SmythFurther Education and Trainingleaving cert for adultsLeaving Certificatelast_img read more

Fireworks, tall corn, and short people don’t mix

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodIf you’ve met me, chances are you’ve noticed I haven’t been bestowed with the gift of height. The Good Lord above saw it fit that I was more “down to earth” in a very realistic sense.My lovely wife and I were at a friend’s house for the Fourth of July, enjoying pool time and waiting for dusk before the local fireworks appeared on the horizon. Keep in mind this house was just slightly out of town, close enough to have a good view of the pyrotechnics.As 10 o’clock rolled around it came time to migrate to the front yard to see the rockets. Lightning bugs floated on the breeze while the corn was softly swaying. Then as the fireworks began, we realized “Hey, wait a minute — we can’t see a dang thing!”Knee high by the Fourth of July my foot! This corn had tasseled and was full steam ahead into reproduction stages when our motley crew gathered behind it to view the fireworks on the other side.No matter the fireworks mishap, we had a great time enjoying freedoms that we take far too much for granted in this great country of ours. And while I’m glad we live in the land of plenty where agricultural producers can grow what they want where they want, hopefully the local farmer’s crop rotation holds true and we’re back into beans by next year’s fireworks.I know I’m short, but gosh, hopefully I can see over top of those.last_img read more

Invasion 101 for Dummies

first_imgSummer is over; kids are headed back to school. The 50th First Vacation of the Bush presidency has also come to an end in Crawford, Texas, as we went to press. Meanwhile, Iraq is still burning. It has been a while since the “shock and awe” invasion and it might be a good time to take stock of the lessons we have learnt: No matter what you call it or the excuses you drum up, an invasion is always an invasion. Kind of like British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s complaint with apologists for terrorists.The problem with an invasion is that you run out of justifications after a while.One man’s insurgency is another’s freedom struggle.Almost all insurgencies, doggedly and over time, have always won.You cannot really write a constitution when no one feels safe at home.If your constitution smells orthodox and autocratic, then it is just that, no matter what deodarant you spray on it.You cannot write a constitution for people who want to rewrite it by killing people.It is not the process that is important in writing the constitution; it is the constitution itself.Sooner or later, people are going to catch up to the fact that while we were “progressing” on someone else’s constitution, we were gutting our own.It is hard to hide the fact that the oil ministry in Baghdad seems the most secure.How do we explain to our kids that politicians who have our blessing in Iraq seem to have better armored cars than the soldiers we sent there?Once you invade a country, you have to stay there a long, long time. In fact, you may as well lose track of time.There are really no known unknowns in an invasion. We are dealing with all unknown unknowns.Whatever!Invasions are old country; globalization is the new game.Invasions are like doomed love affairs. We still seem to want them again.Since we are laying all those roads in Iraq, perhaps we can lay one for Bush to get out of town. Related Itemslast_img read more