Water continues to rise as heavy rainfall persists

first_imgCanal No 1 floods Residents of Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara, are bracing themselves for even more severe flooding with the Agriculture Ministry’s Hydro-meteorological Office forecasting more rainfall for the coastal regions and with the coincidental occurrence of above-normal high tides.The lower villages of Canal Number One have been under water for approximately 10 days now, with little or no sign of relief in sight.According to the Hydromet Office, light to moderate showers with the possibility of thundershowers can be expected heading into the New Year.Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, Dennis Jaikarran, on a visit to the affected communities, noted that a team of officials has been in the area since last Saturday, assessing the situation and rendering the relevant assistance to the affected residents.“We have been pouring in our resources at the regional level to ensure that we bring some amount of relief. We would be teaming up with NDIA (National Drainage and Irrigation Authority), the Water Users Association, and the NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Council) in an effort to bring some amount of relief,” Jaikarran noted.Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA, Frederick Flatts, said on Friday that with the amount of rainfall occurring, the community would continue to experience severe flooding; but he noted that the NDIA is formulating a plan to address the situation.“There are a lot of other issues (to be considered), such as the La Parfaite Harmonie. That area used to be a swamp and used to hold a lot of water, and now it is a housing settlement and some of its water is being drained in this channel. At NDIA level, we already started discussions to see what we can do to prevent this from happening again,” he assured.“We clean this channel every month, but because it was cleaned early in December, we had a buildup of weeds. Also, because we are so far here — we are 7 miles from the sluice and pump stations — this is the last part to be drained,” Flatts added.According to the residents, the main drainage canal has not been cleared since late November, after the authorities ceased paying the contractor. They noted that, following the flooding, they utilized their own equipment, since most of them are farmers, to clear the main drainage canal.This yard remains flooded, with the family making an alternative bridge to traverse the floodwaters.InefficiencyOn Saturday, the residents continued bashing the authorities for their inefficiency, which has resulted in millions of dollars in losses. The main source of income for the residents in the Canal No 1 Polder is faming, and because of the water accumulation, most of their farmlands are inundated.The water continues to rise as the rain persists, and according to the residents, the water is constantly rising, with no sign of relief in the near future.So far, the Civil Defence Commission has distributed sanitisation supplies to the residents. The Government has since said it would continue to monitor the situation, and render assistance as necessary. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Pickup truck war may result in Ford sales veering downhill

first_imgJesse Toprak, senior analyst for the Edmunds.com auto Web site, predicted a March decline for the F-series, even though Ford recently came out with new heavy-duty pickups. “They’re going to have continued problems with the F-series for the rest of the year,” he said. “The only thing they can do is keep putting incentives on the vehicle.” According to Edmunds.com, everyone in the pickup market put up incentives in March, including Ford, which offered $3,000 or zero percent financing. Ford said F-series sales likely will be down double digits from March of last year, mainly because last March was the best month of 2006 for F-series sales. George Pipas, the company’s top sales analyst, said few buyers switch manufacturers due to new products, and that trade-in data show that only about 5 percent of pickup truck customers switch brands. DETROIT – Ford’s F-series pickup trucks and the aging Dodge Ram may be the biggest victims of an escalating pickup truck competition, with some analysts predicting a tough month for both models in March. Automakers are scheduled to release monthly sales figures Tuesday, and some analysts predict that struggling Ford Motor Co., with its F-150 on the market for nearly three years, could see another sales decline or possibly a small gain. Ford’s F-series, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., as well as the 5-year-old Ram, face heavy competition from new General Motors Corp. pickups and from Toyota Motor Corp., which recently entered the full-sized pickup fray with its new Tundra. F-series sales were off about 12 percent in February compared with the same month of 2006, and Ram sales dropped 4.2 percent while GM pickup sales rose 29 percent. The Chevrolet Silverado knocked the F-series out of the top-selling vehicle spot in February for the first time in 20 months, but Ford vowed to retake the lead. “The F-series brand is a very strong brand with very loyal owners,” he said. Toyota, which has had difficulty selling base models of the brand-new Tundra, is offering $1,000 dealer cash on the double-cab Tundra and $2,000 on the regular cab, plus $1,000 in trade-in assistance. “On the lower end of the lineup, they are probably priced a little high, where they haven’t been able to attract the loyal domestic truck buyers who are buying for business purposes,” Toprak said. Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the company is looking at the pricing of its base models, which he said have more standard equipment, including safety features, than competitors. The base price is $22,290. Among its competitors, the F150 XL sells for $19,200, and GM’s Silverado half-ton costs $18,760.160Want 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

GIRL DENIES SHE MADE UP SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T WEAR WHITE AT COMMUNION PARTY

first_imgA young girl has denied making up claims she was sexually assaulted because she wasn’t allowed to wear a white dress on her sister’s communion day.The 15 year old was giving evidence against a 37 year old man who is accused of sexually assaulting her twice at her sister’s communion party in Co Donegal in April 24th, 2010.The girl, who was aged 10 at the time, denied she made up the claims because she was not the centre of attention at her home on the day. The girl gave evidence against a man she had called her ‘uncle’ because her family were so close to him.However, barrister for the accused Mr Peter Nolan, said the reality was that she made up the claims.He said she told a li and now it had turned into a monster.However the girl told Letterkenny Circuit Court the man sat beside the girl on a sofa, put his hand on her knee and then moved his hand up her leg and touched her private parts.She said the incident lasted up to three minutes.But Mr Nolan said this was not believable as nobody else in the room, up to nine young people, had seen any of this happening.The girl said she was shocked and ran upstairs to hide under her mother’s bed.She then claimed the man came upstairs and then sexually assaulted her again.The girl’s mother said the accused was a friend of hers whom she had collected in her car and they bought wine together for the communion party.She denied claims that her daughter was in a bad mood as she wasn’t allowed wear white because it was her sister’s communion day.The woman said that when she heard the claims that her daughter had been assaulted, she sent another daughter to get the man.Mr Nolan said he found it bizarre that a mother would send her daughter to approach a man whom it had been claimed sexually assaulted another daughter.When the accused man came down, an altercation took place and she slapped the man and he slapped her back.She denied being drunk but admitted enjoying the party and drinking wine.A neighbour said she knew there was something wrong in the house when she hard a lot of crying and shouting in the house.She said she came out into the garden and found a man who said h was being accused of touching one of the young girls.The alleged victim and his sister then arrived out and hugged the woman and they claimed one of them had ben assaulted by the man.Judge John O’Hagan asked who contacted the Gardai and was told it was another friend in the house.The case continues today (FRI).GIRL DENIES SHE MADE UP SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T WEAR WHITE AT COMMUNION PARTY was last modified: February 12th, 2015 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:communiondonegalsex assaultlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY GAELS CAMOGIE AND GIRLS FOOTBALL PRESENTATION EVENING – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgGAA NEWS: Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn celebrated a year of success for camogie and girls football in the Clubhouse at Pairc na nGael on Sunday past.The 2015 presentation evening looked back at a year when the camogie team brought county, provincial and All Ireland medals to the club and the footballers gained promotion at U16 level. Highlights of 2015 for the Camogs included the Centra Hurling Day in Croke Park, meeting the President of the Camogie Association, winning county success and the infamous Mud Run team day out.Sponsors Castle Grove Country House were thanked as were club coaches Ann Marie Gibbons, Celine Sweeney, Aideen Quinn, Rory Quinn, Emer McHugh, Una Quinn, Eimear Gillespie, Ellen Quinn, Grainne Gallagher and Laoise McMenamin.U8 and U10 camogie teams received club medals whilst the U12 girls received county medals.The U14 squad celebrated winning the Donegal U14 Shield whilst the U17 squad were commended on completion of their league. U12 Player of the Year award was shared between Ciara Murray and Tori Ellis whilst Zoe Lynch received U14 Player of the Year.These girls were congratulated on their commitment, attitude and improvement throughout 2015.A special award for Outstanding Commitment to Letterkenny Gaels Camogie was given to Úna Quinn for her contribution to coaching, playing and club development.Club Chairman Charlie Cannon performed his first official duties in presenting these trophies to the girls.County success was highlighted with Anna McHugh, Eimear Quinn and Caoimhe Doherty winning Ulster and All Ireland runners up medals as part of Donegal U14 squad – Caoimhe was captain of the team and Eímear leading scorer over the year.Caoimhe and Eimear shared their All Ireland winning shield and medals for the U15 squad. Lead club coach Ann Marie Gibbons spoke about the huge improvement in all age groups and the team spirit that has been quickly and firmly established.On the girls football side Kevin Lynch spoke about the football year for Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn girls and urged parents to become involved.Coach Nicky McGarrigle was thanked for his input.At U14 level the girls completed their league with Anna McHugh receiving Most Improved Player award. Caoimhe Doherty was awarded U14 Player of the Year for her leadership on the pitch. At U16 the girls were promoted at the end of their league campaign into Division 3 playoffs.There is a strong team spirit that will carry these girls through minor league in 2016. Awards went to Ciara Sweeney for Most Improved Player and to Rachel Tinney as Player of the Year.The presentation concluded with thanks to all girls, parents and families for their continuing support and with refreshments and a slideshow of the highlights of the year.LETTERKENNY GAELS CAMOGIE AND GIRLS FOOTBALL PRESENTATION EVENING – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: January 20th, 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

Missouri Powers Past Drake, 3-0

first_img Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster ESPN+ Print Friendly Version Preview Live Statscenter_img Watch Live Story Links at Kansas 9/18/2018 – 7 p.m. COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Drake University volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to perennial NCAA Tournament participant Missouri on the final day of the Mizzou Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15.With the loss, the Bulldogs took second place in the two-day event with a 2-1 record. Drake now stands at 11-2 this season heading into its final match before the conference season Tuesday night at Kansas.The Bulldogs’ second loss of the season came by set scores of 25-22, 25-14, 25-14 to Missouri (10-2).Drake was held to just .071 hitting in the loss while the Tigers converted at a .349 clip. Sophomore Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with eight kills on 20 attempts while Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) had four kills on six attempts.Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) added a double-double with 16 assists and 11 digs in the loss.Drake jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the match and held a lead until the Tigers tied the first set at 14-14. Neither team would lead by more than two points for the remainder of the set until Missouri closed the set with a three-point advantage.The second set was equally close early until an 8-1 Missouri run broke a 10-10 tie and propelled the Tigers to a 25-14 win. The third set was all Tigers as they built up an early 15-4 lead and did not relent in winning the final set 25-14. The Bulldogs aim to rebound from the loss when they travel to Kansas, Sept. 18, for a 6:30 p.m. match against the Jayhawks. Next Game:last_img read more

LETTERKENNY ROVERS ERIC WHITE APPEARS ON SOCCER REPUBLIC

first_imgLetterkenny Rovers clubman Eric White, appeared on RTE’s Soccer Republic show last night to discuss the controversial sacking of Roddy Collins. The popular Letterkenny man has his finger on the pulse when it comes to all the major soccer issues in the North West, and it was White who broke the news on Sunday that Collins had been sacked.White, who works for BBC Radio Foyle, told Soccer Republic presenter Peter Collins that an amicable meeting took place between Collins and the Derry City board, and that the meeting was reported to have lasted for around twenty minutes. White also said Peter Hutton and Marty McCann had taken first-team training yesterday morning, but said former Harps manager Paul Hegarty and Institute manager Paul Kee have been linked with the job.White added that Peter Hutton will take temporary charge of the side for this weekend, and he may stay on as a caretaker manager until the end of the season.Collins was dismissed from his position as manager on Sunday following a string of poor results at the Brandywell.Collins won just two out of 12 league matches, which led Derry City supporters to turn against the flamboyant Dubliner. His short tenure as manager was not without incident, with public fall-outs with star striker Rory Patterson and defender Shane McEleney well documented.However, a dispute between him and assistant manager Peter Hutton was said to be final straw for the Derry City board, who moved swiftly to part company with Collins.LETTERKENNY ROVERS ERIC WHITE APPEARS ON SOCCER REPUBLIC was last modified: May 13th, 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:BBCEric WhitenewsSoccer RepublicSportlast_img read more

ARSON GANG WHO DESTROYED ORANGE HALL ALSO TRIED TO BURN CHURCH

first_imgThe arson gang who set fire to Convoy Orange Hall also tried to burn down the local Presbyterian Church.The Orange Hall in Convoy which was attacked last night.The local Orange Hall was completely gutted after a door was forced in and some form of chemical used to set fire to the hall.Now Gardai have also revealed that an attempt was made to set fire to the nearby Presbyterian Church. Garda Superintendent Michael Finan has confirmed the fire, which broke out around 4.30am, was malicious.“A side door was forced open and an accelerant was used to set fire to the hall so it was a malicious fire.“We have also discovered that an attempt was also made to set a fire at the nearby Presbyterian Church after a back-door was forced in. Thankfully that fire did not catch hold,” he said.The latest attack comes just three weeks after another Orange Hall in the village of Newtowncunningham was also gutted in an arson attack. Supt Finan said a full investigation is being carried out to see if the two attacks are connected.“We are certainly investigating if there is any links between the two fires and we will be exploring that,” he added.Local Master of the Orange Lodge, Alan Laird, said the entire community of Convoy are just devastated by the attack.“This is not just an attack on our community but it is an attack on the entire community of Convoy.“I have spoken to people from all sides of the community this morning and they are just devastated and disgusted by the attack. “I spoke to people in the street who were openly crying about what has happened here. It is just a terrible attack on society,” he said.Gardai are carrying out a full forensic examination of the scene.They are appealing to petrol station owners who may have sold small amounts of fuel in recent days.ARSON GANG WHO DESTROYED ORANGE HALL ALSO TRIED TO BURN CHURCH was last modified: October 3rd, 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)last_img read more

Schoolgirl calls on Donegal to help her make a class wish come true

first_imgBuncrana girl Eilí Ní Dhómhnaill Tedstone, aged 8, is in the running to win an early Christmas gift for her entire class – but she needs the public’s help to do it.The 2nd class pupil at Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana is a finalist in an art competition with the Richmond Shopping Centre in Derry. If she wins, she gets to take all her 25 classmates on a trip to the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. There is much excitement and hope among the class at the prospect of winning the tickets.Eilí’s handdrawn picture on Facebook needs to be the most liked and shared in order for her to win. Voters have to act fast too, as the competition closes at 5pm today (Thursday). Click on the link below, like and share it on Facebook to help Eili win the dream trip for Mrs Lynch’s class!Schoolgirl calls on Donegal to help her make a class wish come true was last modified: December 14th, 2017 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:Eilí Ní Dhómhnailllast_img read more

Can Warriors break their franchise-record 24-game winning streak?

first_imgThe Warriors are becoming greedy.They have five healthy All-Stars. They have an 11-game winning streak. And their star player wants more.“I don’t know how many games we have before the All-Star break,” Stephen Curry said. “But the goal should be to win them all and get better.”The Warriors (36-14) enter Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers (32-18) at Oracle Arena with seven games left before NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 15-17). Why stop there? The Warriors need 14 …last_img