Fire broke out in an unoccupied two-storey house at Lot 184 Beezie, Enmore East Coast Demerara at sometime after 21:00h on Wednesday, and within 20 minutes, had completely engulfed and totally destroyed the entire building.Guyana Times understands that the fire started at the eastern bottom flat of the building, the owners of which are residing overseas. A neighbour, Deoraj Nauth, called “Sir D”, told Guyana Times he was at home watching cricket when he heard a neighbour shouting, “Fire!” and upon looking through his window, he saw the fire in the bottom flat of the house.The man noted that neighbours rushed out and formed a water brigade, but the heat was too much; and by the time the Fire Service arrived — with no water — it was too late to save the house.Nauth ruled out the fire being electrical in origin, since there was no electricity connection to the house. He believes the fire might have been the work of an arsonist.“There is no current at the house, and it has been unoccupied for over a year now; so (the fire) seems to be arson,” he told this publication.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown on Wednesday handed over a brand-new book mobile to the National Library, which will service communities on the outskirts of the city, where library access is limited.The book mobile, which was acquired at a cost of some $23 million, features over 3000 books which will be made available to students at the primary and nursery level.Georgetown Rotary Club President Ralph Persaud related that this project was asThe newly-commissioned book mobile equipped with over 3000 booksa result of over two years of dedication from Rotarians to raise funds. The project was executed in two phases – the first was a raffle to garner funds while the second involved acquiring the vehicle and outfitting it.For now, plans are on stream to visit a number of locations where libraries are scarce and promote reading among youths within these communities. Every month, children from different areas will be exposed to the mobile and the many books which it offers.“The plan is to visit 12 locations each month with allowances for additional visits based upon requests. This new book mobile will have a mobile hotspot. We’ll be offering Wi-Fi and there will be four state-of the-art computers, which will allow students to access information,” Persaud said.This year, the Club, considered one of the oldest in the country, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who was amid the gathering, noted that this initiative provided support to the Library and extended the reach of its services.“This mobile unit that will be moving from community to community is important, because I believe it is aligned also to the process of access and equity. We’re taking service to the people and that is really important, because we live in a society where the further you get from Georgetown, the greater the disparity is,” the Minister said.National Library Committee Chairman Petamber Persaud noted, “Although the reach of the Library is far and wide, there are areas that are still to be serviced and this book mobile will be instrumental in this desire to empower the nation through literacy.”The mobile will be in close proximity to the Graham Hall Primary, Better Hope Primary, Enmore Hope Primary, Mon Repos Primary, Chateau Margot Primary, Cummings Lodge Primary, La Bonne Intention Primary, St Paul’s Primary, the Lusignan Nursery, Better Hope Nursery and West Road Nursery.The Club reminded that some 17 per cent of persons over the age of 15 are illiterate.
One day after crashing into a parked lorry along the Golden Grove Public Road, West Coast Berbice, a rice farmer succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Michael Persaud reportedly sustained a fractured skull when he lost control of his motorcycle, bearing registration plates CH 7640, while negotiating a turn and slammed the motorcycle into a parked motor lorry.Based on reports received, the 27-year-old man was heading home after imbibing with his friends when the accident occurred. He was reportedly speeding at the time of the accident.Dead: Michael PersaudHe was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital, but was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he was treated.However, due to his condition, he was later referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he remained a patient until his demise. Police are continuing their investigations into this accident.Only recently, three persons lost their lives after slamming into parked vehicles. Meanwhile, the traffic department of the Guyana Police Force has recorded a 19 per cent decrease in fatal accidents.Thirty-eight fatalities were recorded at the end of April when compared to 44 for the same period in 2016.The Police added that a total of 22,896 cases were made against errant drivers between January 1 and April 30, 2017. Speeding and breach of conditions of road service licence/music accounted 6982 of the total amount.
First oil is just around the corner but high energy costs remain a concern for the manufacturing sector; with a Private Sector Commission executive expressing the need for more measures to bring down the costs.PSC Executive Ramesh DookhooIn an interview with this publication on the sidelines of a workshop on Monday, PSC Executive, Ramesh Dookhoo shared his thoughts on the budding oil and gas sector, noting that price fluctuations and the high cost of fuel prohibits Guyana from being competitive with other countries.“We still have a huge challenge as a manufacturing country, with the cost for electricity. I would urge the Government to continue to look for sustainable supplies and initiatives in energy. Fluctuations that govern the price of oil affect us and put Guyana in a place where we’re not competitive to export and compete with countries that have cheaper energy,” Dookhoo told this publication.Renewable energyHe expressed the need for renewable energy like hydropower to be integrated into the system so that costs can be lowered. He also cited the previous Government’s approach of adjusting the excise tax in order to stabilise prices for the consumers.“The way I see it, we either do hydropower or set up other systems or we will be in the same position ten years from now. There is talk about getting some of the gas here. I don’t know how much it will cost.”“There has been a call by manufacturers to the Government to try and adjust the duties. Most of the diesel prices have gone up tremendously. What the previous Government did was adjust the duties so that the price could be stable and predictable,” he said.Energy costs are a burning issue in Guyana for businessesAccording to Dookhoo, this practice seems to be abandoned by the current Government. Notwithstanding this, the executive was hopeful that other ways of reducing the cost of fuel will be pursued.Oil and energyOnly Sunday, prominent Attorney-at-law Sanjeev Datadin gave a presentation in which he expressed concern about Guyana’s lack of preparedness for first oil. This shows, according to Datadin, in the lack of new legislation to regulate the sector.Many have expressed the need for clear measures to be articulated that would see ordinary Guyanese benefitting directly from the sector. One such expectation has been cheaper electricity.In addition, experts have previously projected that with the advent of the oil and gas sector, Guyana may face a situation where there is a high demand for energy and as a consequence, oil prices will rise. At the same time, they have expressed concern over the higher than usual price being paid by consumers.This observation was made by a representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Carol Litwin, when she was in Guyana for a workshop in March of last year. Litwin had also observed that the price commercial and business class consumers pay for power in Guyana is an abnormal one, considering the unreliable supply of energy.“I see a sector dependent on heavy fuel oil or diesel,” she related. “I see a sector that is not always able to provide quality of supply. You have been growing at about five per cent, but that’s going to change. With oil and gas, it is quite likely that your demand is going to double over the next five to eight years.”“At the same time, as the quality of supply is not always there for customers, the prices are extremely high. They can be as a much as 30 to 33 US cents for commercial and industrial consumers. This is considered as one of the higher end countries,” she had said.In Guyana, the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) Demerara interconnected system is fed with power by the Power Producers and Distributors Inc (PPDI), which replaced Wärtsilä, a company from Finland which for two decades maintained over a dozen engines for the utility company.
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Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Tottenham want QPR striker Charlie Austin to boost their attacking options. Boss Mauricio Pochettino aims to offload striker Emmanuel Adebayor before making a move for the Queens Park Rangers forward later this month. Spurs are willing to meet Austin’s £15m price tag and could throw in a loan player to sweeten the deal. (Daily Mirror)But Spurs are struggling to offload Adebayor after Aston Villa pulled out of a deal to sign the striker following talks. (Daily Mail)Tottenham Hotspur are also set to beat PSV and Atletico Madrid to land coveted young Colombian winger Jeison Lucumi. The 20-year-old was one of the stars of this year’s South American Youth Championship, scoring four goals and being a constant menace with his lightning pace as Colombia finished runners-up behind Argentina at the continental event. (Daily Mail)Angel Di Maria is set to be unveiled as a Paris St-Germain player today as he brings his Manchester United nightmare to an end. (Daily Star)Real Madrid could be persuaded to part company with Karim Benzema, but Arsenal will need to break their transfer record and bid at least £45million for the Frenchman. (Daily Mail)Former Inter Milan midfielder Alessandro Cannataro says he is ‘evaluating’ offers from a host of Premier League clubs after completing a short trial with Leicester City. The Foxes remain favourites to sign the 20-year-old, with Cannataro praising the ‘nice people and great time’ he enjoyed while training with Claudio Ranieri’s squad, but Crystal Palace and Watford are rumoured to be ready to strike if talks break down. (Independent)Andriy Yarmolenko says he has told his chairman he will not renew his contract at Dynamo Kiev amid continued interest from Stoke. (Stoke Sentinel)Rotherham will up their bid for Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan to £425,000 today, with Wigan Athletic also monitoring the situation closely. Allan would prefer a move to Rangers, but Millers boss Steve Evans believes he can convince the 23-year-old to move to Yorkshire. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho reveals transfer window plans in talkSPORT interviewChelsea ready to rival Tottenham for teen sensation dubbed the ‘next Michael Essien’Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants Hugo Lloris to replace David de Gea – reportsPedro will be Manchester United’s last summer signing, talkSPORT toldGareth Bale to the Premier League? Forget it, says Spanish expert Guillem Balague‘Barcelona are clear – if Manchester United pay €30m they can have Pedro’ – Guillem BalagueReports – Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan on his way to Old Trafford‘We’ll see what happens!’ – Mario Gotze leaves Arsenal and Manchester United on red alertSouthampton and Tottenham warned off Palermo playmaker Franco VazquezDani Osvaldo joins Porto on free transfer following Southampton exitAston Villa and Watford keen on former West Ham forward Alessando DiamantiReports – Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho has agreed to join Porto on loanMarseille set to beat Leicester City in race for Chile star Charles AranguizSchalke pull plug on deal for Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke to reignite their interest?Middlesbrough fail in bid to sign Argentina international goalkeeper Mariano Andujar from NapoliAlan Pardew rules out Crystal Palace move for Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini
7 3. William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) – Long linked with several top European sides, the 23-year-old midfield enforcer may finally leave the club in the summer. But suitors will have to stump up the cash to acquire his services. He was the player of the tournament at the 2015 Under-21 European Championship and could command a fee of around £35m having had his contract renewed earlier this year with that figure as his release clause. 6. Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) – In January reports emerged that the Red Devils had sent a scout to watch the performance of the Dutch defender against Maritimo in a 1-0 victory. Its not the first time Man United have been linked with him either so hes definitely a name to watch out for. A 24-year-old who is versatile enough to play as either a centre back or a left back, Martins Indi could be a useful squad player. 7 7. Ruben Neves (Porto) – In the same scouting mission which saw the Red Devils check out Martins Indi, their men in the stands took a long hard look at midfielder Neves, who became Portos youngest ever player back in August 2014 at the age of 17 years and five months. He also became the youngest player to start as captain for a Champions League side in October 2015, which shows his pedigree. A deep-lying midfielder capable of excellent passing but also able to put in impressive work defensively, he could be a star for years to come. 1. Renato Sanches (Benfica) – Read all about it, below, then click the right arrow above to see more Portugal-based stars linked with Manchester United… – Wonderkid Sanches has burst on to the scene this season in Portugal and is already a main man in the Benfica midfield. Tactically aware with his positioning in front of a back four, he can also drive forward, mainly down the left, and cause havoc too. Its believed Manchester United are keeping a keen eye on him, with their scouts attending several matches to take a closer look. He could cost more than £40m, which would seriously dent United’s transfer budget. 5. Rafa Silva (Braga) – Manchester United and Liverpool are both readying themselves to battle over the 22-year-old winger, who could be signed for £15.5m in the summer. The player was a member of Portugals 2014 World Cup squad but only has six international caps. Hes reportedly been scouted on several occasions by the Red Devils. 7 7 4. Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) – A highly-rated midfielder, the Red Devils have been chasing the 23-year-old for a while now but may find it hard to prise him away from Sporting. Able to play centrally or wide on the right, Mario helps bring attacks to life as his team transition from defence to attack. He could certainly liven up Man United pedestrian midfield. A £55m release clause could be prohibitive though. 7 7 2. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica) – The Argentine star has been linked with an Old Trafford switch for some time now, and could fancy a move away in the summer after six seasons with Benfica. In January there was talk of a 30m bid but nothing has been written of since, although we think that could change soon. 7 As rumours persist Jose Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal as manager of Manchester United, there are increasing amounts of rumours linking the club with Portuguese stars.The Red Devils are no strangers to shopping for players based in Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson, Bebe and Marcos Rojo all arriving at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson.But now, perhaps due to a Mourinho move to Manchester, they are again being linked with plundering the Primeira Liga.So who are the men we could be seeing at Old Trafford next season? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see the Primeira Liga players Manchester United are being linked with signing…
Riyad Mahrez was close to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 2 The Algeria international, who joined City in the summer, was a key figure in Leicester’s stunning Premier League triumph in 2015-16 and was left ‘heartbroken’ by the events at the King Power Stadium over the weekend.“It’s been very difficult,” he told Sky Sports. “The boss was very special to me, I spent four-and-a-half years there.“He was such a good person and I’m very, very sad. That’s why I put my hands in the sky for him.“He did a lot for me and for Leicester. He was like a dad to us. He had a very big heart. I was heartbroken to hear this news.“It’s a difficult situation and I’m with Leicester and the families of the victims.“I always wanted to play, he would have wanted me to play. He was passionate about football.” 2 Riyad Mahrez points to the sky after scoring for Man City against Tottenham Riyad Mahrez dedicated his match-winning goal on Monday night to the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.The Manchester City winger pointed to the sky after scoring against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night in memory of his former chairman, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night. City boss Pep Guardiola said there was never any option Mahrez would not play at Wembley.The Spaniard said: “All of us spoke with him and asked him how he feels. It was a big loss for all of the families in Leicester and Riyad was part of that for many, many years.“Of course it was tough but I didn’t have to speak to him in terms of how he felt about playing because I know how competitive he is and how he likes to play in big events and big stages and sometimes playing helps, not to forget but to live it in a better way.”Mahrez’s goal proved the difference on a Wembley pitch that hosted an NFL game on Sunday.Tottenham fans furious with ‘embarrassing’ Wembley pitch as new images emerge ahead of Manchester City clashIt was far from a vintage performance from the champions but they could have scored further goals, with Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero all missing chances.Tottenham matched their opponents for periods of the game but never looked threatening until the final 10 minutes when Erik Lamela missed a golden chance, blazing over from 10 yards after being teed up by Dele Alli.It was Spurs’ third loss of the season and boss Mauricio Pochettino insists his side are still a way off City.He said: “You cannot compare us with Manchester City, we are a different level. We have still not achieved the level of Manchester City, it is a team that is focusing on trying to win titles. We are focusing on different things, not only to win games.“The gap is not big, but we need to respect the gap and we still have not achieved the level of Manchester City.”
A large crowd is expected at Letterkenny’s Market Square tomorrow night for the official switching on of the Christmas lights.Last year’s lights were the talk of the town!The evening at 5.00 pm with a hectic line-up music and storytelling.But if you’re a little peckish and want something traditional – there will be stalls giving out sweets, hot chocolate, mulled wine and Christmas treats! Prizes will be given out and the Switch On will take place at 7 pm by the winner of the School Art Competition accompanied by the mayor of Letterkenny; Pascal Blake.Performing on the night are: Fox & Crew, The Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band and Shane McLaughlin.Santa will also be making an appearance on his sleigh pulled by husky dogs!So get along early and wrap up for what promises to be a great night. The Christmas countdown is almost on in Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY TO GET OFFICIALLY SWITCHED ON FOR CHRISTMAS! was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:Christmas lightsletterkennySwitch on
Audley Harrison’s clash with Ali Adams has been postponed after the former Olympic champion suffered an elbow injury in training.The fight, which was due to take place on 14 April at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, has been rescheduled for 26 May at the same venue.Wembley heavyweight Harrison, 40, has not fought since losing a one-sided world title showdown with David Haye in November 2010.“I’m so frustrated to pick up this injury just when I’d started to step up my training with sparring,” said Harrison.“Even though I’m 40 years young, and ring rust is not easy to shake off, I felt good in sparring. Ali Adams has talked himself into a lot of trouble come 26 May.”Adams, who was born in Iraq and lives in Chelsea, has pledged to end the much-maligned Harrison’s career when they eventually meet.“All Audley is doing is putting of the inevitable,” said the 30-year-old.“He now gets six weeks longer to call himself a professional boxer before I retire him once and for all.”Promoter Steve Goodwin added: “It is the correct decision to postpone the bout rather than continue with the card with Ali just having a warm-up.“The boxing public have come forward in their droves to support this fantastic card and they must get what they paid for.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook