Mocha access road gets long-awaited street lights

first_imgThe Mocha/Arcadia community and frequent commuters are happy that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has fulfilled its promise to install street lights along the Mocha Access Road, East Bank Demerara.Eighty-seven street lights installed on the Mocha Access Road, EBDOver the years, a high number of serious vehicular accidents have been reported along this road, the most recent being a collision involving a horse and a car, where Franky Morphine was travelling in his car PNN 4631, in company of two female cousins and their children, ages five and seven, when things took a deathly turn.As he was nearing his destination, a horse strutted out from the bushes and into the path of the vehicle.Believing the long stretch of road to be completely desolate at 21:00h, Morphine was caught completely off guard, unable to swerve out of the way in time after he noticed the stray animal running onto the roadway.The horse crashed through the windshield of the car, decapitating the animal instantly. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.However, only a few months ago Shemroy Cave, 21, a bartender lost his life following a head-on collision with a horse.Young cave was heading to see his girlfriend after visiting his father when he crashed into the stray animal. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.As a result, residents of the community, as well as the father of the young man appealed to government to provide lighting for the access road, raising the point that more lives will be lost if this darkness continues to be neglected.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in an invited comment said: “A lot of accidents have occurred late at nights on the Mocha Access Road, one of which resulted in a young man losing his life, and the Ministry installed lights in Diamond and felt the need to install in Mocha, subsequently we have installed 87 street lights to date.”In mid-April, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had announced that 100 streetlights would be installed along the access roads of Mocha and Diamond on the EBD. While the initial plan had been to install 50 streetlights per each community, this figure was increased. The Ministry made good on its promise, having completed the project in four months.The community expressed gratitude for the lights. It is expected that the newly installed streetlights will also heighten security in as well as reduce the likelihood of road accidents, they related.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure had also recently installed 100 lights along the Diamond/Grove Housing Scheme main road which was also prone to accidents.It is expected that the next phase of light installation will be on the Corentyne Coast, Berbice.last_img read more

$38M budgeted for before economy became “cash strapped” – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon has said that Government is cash strapped, but the M that the administration is spending on furnishings had been budgeted last year.In a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, he explained that the money was budgeted for spending in 2017 since last year, before Government had announced that it was short of money. According to Harmon, the two instances have no correlation, as they occurred in different time periods.Government has declared that it is strapped for cash“You are talking here about something in the 2017 budget which was dented in 2016. So when you (talk) about cash strapped this year, we are talking about cash strapped and this (budget) happened in 2016,” he stated.This was Harmon’s response to the public outcry over the administration’s spending of a whopping $38 million to acquire household items for the Ministry of the Presidency.The revelation regarding this spending was made one day after he had declared at a post-Cabinet press briefing that the country was strapped for cash and needed to embark on cost cutting measures, such as recycling envelopes, in order to ensure money lasts.“You have to be a little more careful in how you spend your money, so that it lasts. It means that you have to reuse envelopes. There are several measures which we will circulate to Government Ministries on how they can cut back on expenses,” the State Minister has outlined.According to Harmon, “There are practical measures which will be used by the Government to ensure the austerity that I am talking about, and that the (money) which you have will last you longer, and that you don’t have to go back later in the year (to the National Assembly) for supplementary (funds). So it is really about being very sensible and using the resources which you have to the best of your ability.”Some $38 million have been budgeted for the acquisition of various household items, ranging from beds to dining suites, for the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP).This was disclosed in documents recently submitted to the National Assembly following questions posed by Opposition Member of Parliament Gail Teixeira during the review of the 2017 Budget back in December.According to the document, “the objective of acquiring (these pieces of) equipment is to aid in the efficient attainment of the Ministry’s mandate.”Among the items for which sums of money were set aside are: two beds valued $500,000; three wardrobes, to a total value of $300,000; dining suites for $2 million; five coffee tables valued at $875,000; two suites, to a total value of $1.1 million; two large refrigerators, costing $500,000; and eight television sets, costing $1.2 million. Sums of money were also budgeted for the acquisition of a brush cutter costing $100,000; a lawn mower costing $130,000; two sets of fans (27 and 28), totalling $1.1 million; five water dispensers, costing $375,000; and five electronic kettles, valued at $127,500. Other items to be bought include office supplies, security systems, and camera and camera equipment.It was explained that these items will be used to outfit new departments, such as the Department of Environment, National Events, and the MotP; and to replace obsolete equipment in the administration and Office of the Climate Change Departments, in order to discontinue the rental of photocopiers and printers in the Cabinet Secretariat. Additionally, it was outlined that MotP will seek to regularise the operations of the Gaming Authority, which previously operated without any formal equipment or documentation of its business.Guyana Times also understands that the MotP houses several living quarters, and these need to be equipped with wardrobes and beds.last_img read more

Fantasy formed into tasty fact

first_imgOn Friday, a special order was being produced – a tray of chocolate trash bins and a chocolate dump truck. The company buys its chocolate in slabs or pellets and melts the sweet stuff in vats to be poured into various molds. It’s a process that all started in Rena Pocrass’ kitchen more than 20 years ago. Pocrass had a store in Encino that sold chocolate molds, typically to homemakers. But Pocrass had the inspiration to go for a new kind of customer: professional chefs. The Encino store was soon gone. Instead, there were countless sales calls to chefs – especially hotel chefs who might need the perfect crowning chocolate piece for a convention or special event. Since chefs often move around a lot, Pocrass’ company became known by word-of-mouth, even though most customers eating the creations remained unaware they came from Pocrass. “The thing with chefs is they like to pretend that it came out of their kitchen,” said Pocrass, company founder and president. But her husband, Richard, the company’s chief executive, said the chefs are unselfish: “They do that, and on the other hand, they’re so generous in sending business to her.” After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks sent the hotel business into a slide. The company kept creditors at bay by focusing on making boxed chocolates for retailers, Richard Pocrass said. Now the company’s chocolates are found in stores under the name Signature Chocolates by Rena. To keep up with the demand, there is one rule at the factory to keep the assembly line moving. “If they are working in the line, they are not allowed to eat chocolate because they have to continue with the movement,” said Miguel Valencia, 48, a production manager. “If they are working right here in packaging, they can stop and eat a chocolate. I wouldn’t have a problem with that.” But Valencia no longer eats any chocolate. “By now, I don’t like chocolate at all because I’ve been working here at the company for 20 years,” he said. “So I don’t like chocolate.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system In the comedy TV show, Lucy ended up eating and hiding candy to cover up the fact that she couldn’t keep up with the pace. “Once you start, it’s kind of hard to keep up,” Rodriguez admitted. “But once you’ve been here for a while, you get used to it.” Chocolates a la Carte, which occupies 110,000 square feet at the Valencia Commerce Center, employs up to 200 people at the peak of the season. The company specializes in shaping chocolate into all kinds of forms – from a suitcase with stickers of China, Paris and New York to an egg with tiny dinosaurs inside. The company also takes requests and can make custom molds for special events. VALENCIA – Even weeks before Thanksgiving, business at Chocolates a la Carte already is nearly in full swing for the December holiday season. The Valencia company started filling holiday orders for retailers in July, and the pace of work on the factory floor will pick up in November and December. But the floor already was busy on Friday as workers including Adriana Rodriguez made white chocolate balls on a mechanized assembly line. Rodriguez, 19, was sprinkling each ball of white chocolate with candy sprinkles. Working on the assembly line has never reduced her to the comic zaniness of Lucille Ball in a classic episode of “I Love Lucy.” last_img read more

Termon squeeze past Gaeil Fhánada into semi-finals after defensive struggle

first_imgTERMON scraped their way past Gaeil Fhánada and into the semi-finals of the Under-21 ‘B’ Championship. Termon 0-6 Gaeil Fhánada 0-5By Chris McNulty at The Burn Road Enda McCormick kicked a free two minutes into added time at the end for what proved the winning point of a very defensive game on a crisp afternoon at the Burn Road.Gaeil Fhánada had two chances on the buzzer to force extra time, but frees by Eoghan Carr and Mark McAteer – kicked in a testing breeze – both dropped short.Termon registered 13 wides over a wasteful hour, seven of them in the first half, when an Eoin Doherty free edged them ahead 0-4 to 0-3 at the short whistle.Both teams scored just twice in the second half, with Gaeil Fhánada looking to have bagged a goal in the 42nd minute. It seemed that Eoghan Carr’s enterprising lob had dropped over Emmet Maguire and into the net. Most in attendance, including the Termon mentors, thought the goal had stood until the scoreboard was changed a few moments later, with the score instead going down as a point.McAteer hit another immediately and it had the visitors – who packed their defensive unit with bodies behind the ball at all times – 0-5 to 0-4 in front.Ryan McFadden won the throw-up and put Termon ahead with only nine seconds on the watch and a big effort by James McSharry doubled the lead.Gaeil Fhánada stayed in touch with McAteer and Bernard McGettigan landing frees, but Jamie Grant and a Doherty free, won by Grant after a surging run, gave Termon a slender lead at the change over.Gaeil Fhánada carved the hosts open ten minutes into the second half, with Fergus Friel and McAteer to the fore, but a superb saving intervention by Conor Cassidy averted the danger. Barry Gallagher, the Termon full-back picked up the loose ball and launched a counter-attack. Termon powered to the other end with Stephen Black and McSharry creating a goal chance for Doherty, but he fired wide under pressure.Carr looked to have deceived Termon ‘keeper Emmet Maguire for a goal, but they had to settle for a point. It was all square heading into the last quarter as Stephen Black levelled things up on 45 minutes with Termon’s first score of part two.In an error-ridden conclusion, McCormick popped over and Termon squeezed into the last four.  Termon: Emmet Maguire; Caolan Gallagher, Barry Gallagher, Conor Cassidy; Conor Black, Oisin Cassidy, Jamie Grant (0-1); Ryan McFadden (0-1), James McSharry (0-1); Steve McDaid, Enda McCormick (0-1f), Anthony Grant; Stephen Black (0-1), Eoin Doherty (0-1f), Shane Doherty. Subs: Jack Alcorn for McDaid (36), Ciaran Black for S.Black (50), Mark Gallagher for E.Doherty (50).Gaeil Fhánada: Eoin McGonigle; Sean Gallagher, James Gallagher, Bernard Martin; Fergus Friel, Odhrán Shields, Matthew Gallagher; Oisin McFadden, Patrick Carr; Bernard McGettigan (0-1), Darren McElwaine, Mark McAteer (0-3, 2f); John Carr, Eoghan Carr (0-1), Alan McAteer. Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).Termon squeeze past Gaeil Fhánada into semi-finals after defensive struggle was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Bernard McGettiganDarren McElwaineEnda McCormickGaeil FhanadaJames McSharryMark McAteerRyan McFaddenSteve McDaidTermonlast_img read more

Wright: Splitting Rangers and Hearts would be best season

first_imgTommy Wright says if St Johnstone are able to finish between Rangers and Hearts in the Scottish Premiership table it will be their best season yet in Scotland’s top flight. The Perth club currently sit in fourth place, six points ahead of Hearts and nine behind Rangers with three games remaining. Wright says coming between two clubs with a much greater budget than St Johnstone would be an incredible achievement.“You could argue because it’s a 12-team league getting fourth isn’t the same kudos as getting fourth in a 20-team league,” he said. “But the league has been stronger this year. We’ve got really close to Rangers, we’re only nine points behind.“And with the amount of money they’ve spent, and Hearts have spent, for us to split them, if we can do that, then it’s probably been our best season ever in the league. “We’ve still got work to do before we can guarantee fourth place so we’ll not relax.”last_img read more

Rescheduled Community Games AGM to take place in Limerick

first_imgThe national governing body of Community Games has confirmed that the reconvened annual general meeting will take place at the University Of Limerick on Saturday, April 7.The event and the national conference banquet had been due to take place across two days at the Radisson Hotel in Sligo last weekend, hosted by the Sligo Community Games committee, but had to be cancelled as the weather made travelling unsafe for a large number of delegates.last_img

Holidays Around The Parks: Epcot Edition

first_imgShare This!It’s that time of year again when theme parks roll out their holiday decorations to celebrate the season in their own magical ways. Whether you’re a fan of the mouse or the boy who lived, there is something for everyone this holiday season when it comes to décor in the parks. Today we’re going to take you on a tour through Epcot as we explore some of the elements that make Holidays Around the World one of the grandest, joyous celebrations of the holidays in Orlando.One of the newer offerings this season is the Cookie Nook, located inside the former Odyssey building. As the name implies, you can find a wide selection of scrumptious Christmas cookies to pair with local brews that have a holiday flair to them. Having grown up in Titusville, I must recommend the Playalinda Brewing Company’s Sparkling Christmas Coffee Blonde, which emits a robust coffee flavor for a lighter beer. Holiday gifts are also available for purchase at this location. The American AdventureIf you’re looking for a traditional holiday meal, slide on over to the American Holiday Table in the American Adventure. Here you’ll find traditional favorites such as turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a cranberry sauce, along with hot chocolates, and of course eggnog. I decided to try JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout, which surprisingly was a tasty choice. Feast of the Three KingsA new offering this year is the Feast of the Three Kings, which celebrates the journey of the Three Kings as they followed the star to Bethlehem to find the Christ child. As the day winds down, I always take time to enjoy my favorite part of the holiday season: the decorations. JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk StoutWhile you’re in the area, stop by and visit with Santa so you can tell him that you’re all set on socks this year. Befana, the Italian Christmas WitchOne of my absolute favorite parts of Holidays Around the World are the storytellers that share the traditions of each nation. This year I happened upon La Befana, the Christmas witch from Italy whom, according to legend, delivers gifts to children on the Eve of Epiphany. Now I see where the inspiration for the lyrics “Jump in bed and cover your head” come from. That concludes our holiday tour around Epcot. Check back soon as we visit the other parks and special holiday décor around Orlando’s theme parks! Saint Nicholas gives an important lesson on one of my favorite Christmas traditions: mistletoe. Bearing gifts, they traversed far… Saint NicholasWhat would an Epcot festival be without merchandise? From event-specific shirts, ornaments, and mugs to hand-made ornaments, there is something to fit under everyone’s tree this holiday season. AlsaceAs with every festival showcased in Epcot, food booths are located in all of the usual places around World Showcase. The individual foods are themed to the holiday celebrations of the respective nations.last_img read more

isiZulu news site a world first

first_img2 July 2004The isiZulu language has burst onto the Internet with the launch of Isolezwe – the world’s first isiZulu news website.Powered by Independent Online, the site carries the same content as Isolezwe, South Africa’s leading isiZulu newspaper.Initially, Isolezwe’s online content will be available free to view as an incentive to encourage online user – readers can sign up for a one-month free trial subscription. Ultimately, the site’s “premium content” area will be subscription-based.The online edition follows Isolezwe’s launch into the KwaZulu-Natal newspaper market in 2002. According to Independent Online, Isolezwe has established a readership of 339 000 a day, making it the biggest daily newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal.“We are excited by the site as it means we are now accessible throughout the country – and globally”, said Isolezwe editor Philani Mgwaba.Mgwaba said the site would target the “emerging, urban-based, aspirational and knowledgeable Zulu market”.Whereas isiZulu readers may have been hesitant or unable to go online before, the site would encourage them to use the Internet as an information tool, Mgwaba said.Mgwaba added that the site would be useful to people interested in learning isiZulu as a language.Babs Abba Omar, content manager of Independent Online, said that while the newspaper’s distribution was confined to street sales, the website would enhance Isolezwe’s readership among isiZulu-speaking people – of whom there are nine million in the country.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

SA’s dollar millionaires on the rise

first_img10 July 2006South Africa’s number of dollar millionaires rose by nearly 16% last year, joining three other countries with the fastest-growing population of the super-rich in the world.According to the 10th annual World Wealth Report released by US-based investment groups Merrill Lynch and Capgemini last month, global millionaire numbers totalled 8.7-million in 2005, an increase of 6.5% on the previous year.“South Africa’s 15.9% growth of dollar millionaires in 2005 was phenomenal … well above the global rate of 6.5,” Capgemini spokesperson Patrick McLaughlin told the Sunday Times. According to the report, the country now has a total of 42 883 millionaires.The report defines millionaires – “high net worth individuals”, or HNWIs – as those holding more than US$1-million in financial assets, excluding their primary residence.“The HNWI population grew most dramatically in South Korea, rising 21.3%; India rising 19.3%; Russia, where it rose 17.4%; and South Africa, where it grew by 15.9%,” the report says.“Overall HNWI wealth during the period grew by 8.5%, to US$33.3-trillion in financial holdings. These financial gains were particularly strong in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, where emerging markets continue to play a moderate game of ‘catch up’ with major markets.”The top-performing countries in terms of increased numbers of millionaires from 2004 to 2005 (Image: Merrill Lynch)The report attributes South Africa’s gain in part to the phenomenal growth on the JSE, Johannesburg’s stock exchange.“Emerging and developing capital markets outpaced most mature stock markets,” the report says. “Markets such as India, South Korea, Poland and South Africa all returned better than 40%.”The JSE All Share Index was the third-best performing in the world, with a 43% return in 2005, slightly under the 43.1% recorded by Poland’s WIG20. The top performer was the South Korean Kospi, with a 54% return, while other emerging market exchanges lagged behind, with India at 42.3%, Mexico at 37.8% and Brazil 27.7%.In terms of general market value, the report says, “South Korea, Denmark, South Africa and Japan were among the best-performing markets in 2005, providing green pastures for HNWIs to cultivate their wealth”.Africa as a whole saw the highest growth in HNWI numbers, at 11.7%, reflecting growing prosperity across the continent. The Middle East had 9.8% new millionaires, Latin America 9.7%, the Asia-Pacific region 7.3%, North America 6.9% and Europe 4.5%. The actual wealth of Africa’s high net worth individuals rose by 14.5%, the second-highest increase, after the Middle East, in the world.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

NIH Director Rumor Reaches Fever Pitch

first_imgThe biomedical research community was buzzing Friday with a rumor that the White House would nominate geneticist Francis Collins that afternoon to head the National Institutes of Health. That did not happen, but Bloomberg later ran a story saying that according to “a source familiar with the selection process,” Collins is the leading contender and that vetting “is in the final stages.” For months, Collins has been rumored to be on the top candidate to head NIH (see here and here). Sources suggest that the announcement will be made this week.last_img