Aspiring doctor tops Region 2 at NGSA

first_imgEleven-year-old Alex Muntaz of CV Nunes Primary School, Anna Regina, secured 516 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and ultimately the top spot in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The elated lad credited his hard work and dedication together with support from his parents for his success.Muntaz is a quiet, easy-going person who has shown great potentRegion Two top NGSA student Alex Muntazial at an early age. At his nursery school – Rainbow Nursery, he captured the top student position for all the years he spent there.While at CV Nunes Primary he continued with his success story to top every class from Grade One to Grade Five. Now as top student for the Region, he wasrewarded a place at Queen’s College, but owing to circumstances beyond his control he will attend the Anna Regina Multilateral School.The young man expressed his thanks to his parents, Reyaz and Rebeccah Muntaz, owners of Baby Doll Fashion. Although busy with their business, they found the time to assist him with his studies.In addition, he thanked his teachers, especially Miss Nadie of CV Nunes Primary, and his lesson teacher, Sir Parmanan Jado, for being there for him.When asked about his vacation plans he said that his parents are planning a trip toAlex Muntaz with his sister and parentsBarbados, because he has already visited the USA, Aruba, Trinidad, and Suriname.His advice to his fellow students is to work hard; keep away from bad company; be good to your parents, teachers and society; go to your place of worship and be an example to others. He hopes to one day become a medical doctor.last_img read more

Rose Hall security guard murdered

first_img– $1.5M removed from Corentyne storeBy Andrew CarmichaelA security guard was found dead in a store at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice on Saturday night moments before it was discovered that the store had been burglarised and $1.5 million in cash was missing.The dead man has been identified as Munisperen Iyasammy Monien, 53, of Lot 45 Clifton, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Monien’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at SukhsramDead: Munisperen Iyasammy MonienGeneral Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall Town.Investigators estimate that Monien was murdered between 19:00h and 20:00h on Saturday.Details are still sketchy as to what alerted investigators to visit the premises where the discovery was made. <<>> was told that when the store was closed on Saturday afternoon, between $1.5 million and $2 million in cash was locked in a drawer inside.The owners of the store are overseas, and the manager who lives nearby has since been taken into custody.Reports indicate that when the building was checked, several locks were open and it is believed that the locks were left open on Saturday as the business was closed.This publication was shown a gap in the back fence of the otherwise well-secured premises. Investigators are working on the theory that the perpetrator gained entry to the yard, which is secured by the high concrete fence, by climbing through theThe hole in the fence that it is suspected was used for entry and exitopening.However, in order to get there, one would have to jump over a neighbour’s fence and go to the back of that yard before climbing into the yard which houses the general store.Meanwhile, Monien had reported on Wednesday evening, someone was attempting to use an old refrigerator which had been lying next to the building to gain entry. The now dead security guard had reported that he was able to identify the person who had placed the old refrigerator next to the fence and was in the process of climbing over the fence when an alarm was raised.The following day, he gave a statement to the Police to that effect.The suspect, who lives a street away, was arrested on Sunday morning as investigators probed the murder. Police also arrested the parents of the suspect.The store where the incident took placeIt has been reported that the suspect’s parents were heard calling for the guard from the yard next door where they live. “Guardie, Guardie…. Guardie not answering, like Guardie dead,” this newspaper was told one neighbour overheard the parents saying.As the investigation intensified and it was discovered that doors to the back of the upper flat of the building were not properly secured, all of the employees, including the store manager, were taken into custody.The now dead man’s brother, Lloyd Arasammy, told <<>>that his brother’s throat was slashed. He said he was told of the incident shortly after midnight on Saturday and when he went to the scene, the Police allowed him to view the body but from a distance.“I saw my brother’s left side head with a long burst on it and his throat slash but not too deep, and I was made to understand that his foot is broken, but I couldn’t tell when I saw him,” he explained.This publication was informed by another source that one of the security guard’s hands was also broken and that there was blood splatter in the building, indicating that there might have been a struggle.Police continue to investigate.last_img read more

Bandits drop loot after shots fired

first_imgSeveral gunshots fired during the course of a robbery caused two cutlass-wielding bandits to drop some of the loot and flee the scene after robbing a pump attendant in Berbice.One of the bandits caught on CCTV footage at the gas stationThe incident occurred at the Sookpaul Service Station of Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Thursday morning.According to reports, the two cutlass-wielding bandits approached the pump attendant and relieved him of approximately $45,000 in cash. The duo then proceeded to fill their bags with commodities from the coolers nearby.However, several gunshots rang out a short distance away from the gas station, startling the bandits.Guyana Times understands that the robbery was recorded on CCTV cameras and one of the gas station’s owners, who is a licensed firearm holder, responded by discharging several rounds in the air.This resulted in the bandits immediately dropping the bags with the items they removed from the coolers and disappearing. They, however, escaped with the stolen money.The matter was reported and after reviewing the surveillance footage, Police arrested several persons who were taken into custody and are assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Would he make the Arsenal bench now, Piers? Tottenham fans hail derby hero Kane

first_img1 “It’s pointless.”The words of Arsenal supporter supremo Piers Morgan after seeing his side crumble to a North London Derby defeat at Tottenham.Morgan was particularly bitter, perhaps, because Spurs’ comeback from a goal down to win 2-1 was orchestrated by the one man he doubted would even get into the Gunners’ squad ahead of kick off – Harry Kane.The 21-year-old netted his 21st and 22nd goals of the season as Spurs claimed the local bragging rights and leapfrogged their rivals into the top four.And Tottenham fans, as well as the neutrals and a selection of critics, were simply left in awe of the new hero of White Hart Lane. Check out the best of the reaction below… Tottenham hero Harry Kane last_img read more

Liverpool’s future! The three brilliant signings set to light up Anfield for years to come

first_img 2 Young Liverpool duo Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling No Premier League title. No Champions League. No silverware. It’s all doom and gloom again on Merseyside as Liverpool approach the end of a disappointing season.Brendan Rodgers has come under fire for transfer failures and questionable tactics, but has the manager at least given fans a glimpse of a brighter future for the Reds?Striker Daniel Sturridge, currently recovering from hip surgery, was watching with pride as his “three lil bros” Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jerome Sinclair formed a three-pronged attack in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea. 2 It was an exciting moment for the Reds faithful, though you would be forgiven for thinking them all academy graduates.Instead their appearances highlight some shrewd business from the Merseyside club, who spent around £2million signing the three youngsters – Sterling from QPR, Ibe from Wycombe and Sinclair from West Brom – in their early teens.Could the shock selection of 18-year-old Sinclair – who recently returned to Anfield having spent the tail end of the season on loan at Wigan – ahead of Italian strikers Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, perhaps spell the end of the latter duo’s time at the club?CLICK HERE TO SEE NINE LIVERPOOL PLAYERS WHO MUST BE SOLD THIS SUMMER Rodgers must already be looking ahead to the summer, where he has an opportunity to rid his squad of dead wood.Balotelli has failed to live up to his £16million price tag, while it hasn’t been the homecoming Rickie Lambert would have expected when he arrived following a prolific five-year spell at Southampton, and Borini’s failure to make an impact has seen him linked with a move back to Serie A.But Liverpool might not have to delve into the transfer window to replace them following the emergence of English starlets Ibe and Sinclair.Stick £10million Belgian forward Divock Origi into the equation, along with possible bargain new additions in Danny Ings or Charlie Austin, and the future of Liverpool’s strike force looks to be edging into a promising new direction.Sterling needs little introduction these days, with Liverpool slapping a £50million price tag on the 20-year-old contract rebel to deter potential suitors, but what of teenage duo Ibe and Sinclair?Nineteen-year-old Ibe agreed a season-long loan move to Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County at the start of the season, and scored five goals as the in-form Rams rocketed to the top of the second tier.Such was Ibe’s impact that he was recalled by Rodgers by January – Derby then fell from grace and ended the season outside the play-off places – and has been a regular feature off the bench for the Reds, impressing with his lightning pace and fearless attitude.Joining Liverpool from West Brom’s academy in 2011, Sinclair went on to become the club’s youngest-ever senior player a year later when, at 16 years and six days, he came on as substitute against his former club in the League Cup third round.He has struggled for first-team game time since, earning just two senior appearances, but is a prolific goalscorer in the youth ranks, netting ten goals for in the U21 Premier League and UEFA Youth League this term.So what do you think Reds fans, is the future bright at Anfield?last_img read more

Moving from ashes to applications

first_imgIn the weeks ahead, the Booths and hundreds of other families who lost their homes will be at the mercy of the federal government for grants, loans and other assistance. Some help can be offered quickly, but larger decisions about the future will take weeks, and be decided by federal workers shuffling mountains of loan applications in Fort Worth, Texas, and suburban Maryland. A week ago, the Booths ran for their lives – carrying only the essentials: a change of clothes for the children, and oxygen tanks, a wheelchair and medication for a daughter paralyzed by brain tumors who survives on life support. The fire swallowed their house before their eyes as they pulled out of the driveway. The family lived in a modest home that was passed down to her husband, Robert Booth, from his father, and they never put their names on the deed, which could delay tens of thousands of dollars in aid. In the meantime, the Booths will have to depend on charity. The Red Cross is the only agency still providing hotel assistance for fire victims. “For them, I think the wrinkles can be worked out, but it’s going to take many agencies, and probably going to take volunteer agencies to step in, too,” said FEMA spokesman Michael Raphael. Typically, only homeowners are eligible for FEMA’s maximum $28,200 payout for lost property. But Raphael said the agency may be able to bend the rules if they were paying the mortgage. FEMA has already received nearly 8,300 applications for aid and visited 641 homes to assess damage in the seven counties declared a major federal disaster area. As of Monday, the agency had paid out $600,000, and was on pace to settle about 75 claims a day. Fire victims have said FEMA apparently learned lessons from the confusion that arose after Hurricane Katrina about where to turn for federal assistance. The agency has sent scores of neatly dressed agency representatives to the San Diego area. Large signs and tents bearing the agency’s name direct victims to one-stop centers where victims can redirect their mail, apply for building permits and register for FEMA disaster assistance. But the scale of the disaster here is much smaller than in New Orleans, where hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. Hector Valazquez, 52, who lost his home in Delzura, said he’s felt reassured by his first interactions with friendly FEMA workers, but the proof of how well the agency deals with the disaster has yet to be seen. “They are going to show us that what happened in Katrina can be done better here,” Valazquez said. “Until we have a home, there’s no proof.” If FEMA denies their request, the Booths could apply for up to $40,000 in loans from the Small Business Administration to replace the contents of their home. For the Southern California fires, the federal government has already offered a 2.937 percent interest rate, and homeowners can have up to 30 years to repay the loan. It isn’t just the Booths’ house and all their belongings that were destroyed. Their business, Booth’s Pump and Crane Service, also burned and so did all of the equipment. To restart their business, the Booths will have to apply for hefty loans to purchase new equipment and cover their lost income. One of the biggest challenges is showing proof when important paperwork went up in flames. Robert Sanders, 56, a commercial photographer who lost his Rancho Bernardo house, complained Monday about a pile of documents he needed to fill out for assistance when the information requested went up in smoke. “Under normal circumstances, I can understand it, but in this kind of situation where everything you have has been ripped from your soul, filling out these forms is the last thing you want to do,” he said. “What you want to do is just climb on the back of a Harley and go ride and live out of pup tent for the rest of your life. It’s a real sense of futility.” Sanders did get food stamps and $1,000 from the American Red Cross, but he got nothing from FEMA. Business owners can apply for up to $1.5 million in loans from the Small Business Administration, which come with a 4 percent interest rate. The agency aims to approve loans within two weeks of receiving applications, said spokesman Phil Duncan. For victims who had fire insurance, insurance agents can provide initial money for hotels and apartment rentals. Homeowner’s insurance will usually cover a year – or even two – of expenses for temporary living quarters while customers rebuild. But that’s not a solution for the Booth family, which like so many others in the area, had their fire insurance canceled after devastating blazes in 2003. Their house wasn’t damaged then, but they were unable to meet requirements issued by insurance companies to clear away brush and vegetation in mountain communities. The Booths have filled out FEMA paperwork. They’ve talked to the SBA. They have an appointment with the Red Cross. And still, Nichole Booth says days later, she doesn’t know what to do. “They told me this was just the beginning process. What does that mean? What do we do in the meantime?” she asked, her cheeks smudged from wiping tears with ash-stained hands. “I just wish somebody would tell me it’s going to be all right.” 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She tried not to cry in front of her four children. But in the few moments she can steal away, the tears spill down her cheeks. Like so many others, Booth took the first steps toward rebuilding her life Monday, a week after a firestorm destroyed her San Diego County home and business. “I feel ashamed. I’ve never had to ask for help. I don’t know what to say to people,” Booth says, her voice dropping to a whisper. The wildfires, which destroyed more than 2,000 homes, continued to burn Monday. With more than a dozen blazes fully surrounded, firefighters were trying to gain control of six others that were at least half contained. The flames have killed 14 people and blackened 809 square miles from the Mexican border to Los Angeles. The Santa Ana winds are forecast to return later this week. They are expected to be much weaker than the fierce blasts that spread flames last week. REBUILDING: Their homes gone, fire victims face new shocks as they seek help. By Chelsea J. Carter and Aaron C. Davis The Associated Press RAMONA – Nichole Booth’s hands were stained with ash from picking through the blackened and twisted pieces left of her life after an inferno engulfed everything she owned. last_img read more

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO OPEN LETTERKENNY ‘MEN’S SHED’

first_imgRuth Adler: Visiting Donegal next WednesdayThe Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Ruth Adler, will perform the official opening of Letterkenny Men’s Shed at the Old Laundry, St. Conal’s Hospital next week.Letterkenny Men’s Shed has been developed by Letterkenny Community Development Project (Letterkenny C.D.P.) in association with HSE West Stroke Medical Rehabilitation Unit (SMRU) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) teams in Letterkenny.This partnership approach to working with a community development ethos facilitates an environment that is inclusive, supporting and empowering. Men of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in this project. It offers the members an opportunity to share tools, skills and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing; at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.The skills learned by the men in this project will enable them to take a more active role in their community and enhance their own health and wellbeing. The “Shed” is affiliated to National Men’s Shed Ireland and is also supported by the Dept. of Social Protection through Community Employment Programme.Letterkenny C.D.P. is a non-profit making charitable organisation based in Community House 2 Errigal Road Letterkenny.Cathal Monaghan, Men’s Shed Co-ordinator with Letterkenny C.D.P. said: “A Men’s Shed is where men can come together with a common purpose and become part of a local, national and international Men’s Shed Movement; which is one of the fastest growing and most successful community projects available to men. “Our target groups are men who are unemployed, retired or who have spare time on their hands and wish to spend it in a way that promotes inclusion and equality and enhances their health & wellbeing. Professionally trained staff from both teams, will provide instruction, supervision and support to the Men’s Shed participants, and also develop highly individual classes and community activities for each programme participant.”The concept of the Men’s Shed originated in Australia and was designed to help older men living in rural areas to find new friends and interests.Dr Adler will be in Letterkenny next Wednesday.The first Irish Men’s Shed was established in 2009, and there are currently around 170 sheds across the country, with an average of 5,000 members.The initiative provides a space in the community where men can come together to use their talents and ideas to enrich their own lives as well as contributing to their local communities. * Anyone interested in getting involved in Letterkenny Men’s Shed can get further details on opening times etc. by contacting Letterkenny C.D.P. on 074 9120633 or by contacting Cathal Monaghan, Men’s Shed Co-ordinator on 086 2270437 or mensshedlkenny@gmail.com. We can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Letterkenny-Mens-Shed/557761894294969AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO OPEN LETTERKENNY ‘MEN’S SHED’ was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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:AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO OPEN LETTERKENNY ‘MEN’S SHED’last_img read more

Budding gardeners invited to enter Buncrana Tidy Towns contest

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns are back with their popular annual garden competition with sponsors  Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Buncrana.The event was launched this week with a number of exciting changes. Committees Garden Competition Co-ordinator Anne Doherty said:“We are really grateful to SuperValu Buncrana for their continued support of our work. I would like to extend a special thank you to store manager Kieran Doherty for sponsoring the garden competition and assisting in the promotion of it. “We have revamped this year’s competition. If you’re a novice gardener, a budding Dermot O’Neill, got a garden full of pollinators or a vegetable patch you are super proud of we’ve got a category to suit you. We’ve also included a residential area category as we know of a number of residents associations who have worked hard to maintain and develop their common areas.“We have retained the best kept business award in recognition of local retailers, bars and restaurants tremendous flower displays in the summer months. Secret judging will take place throughout August and the awards ceremony will be held in September. Entry forms are available in SuperValu or by contacting us on Facebook and by email at buncranatidytowns@gmail.com.”Buncrana Tidy Towns Spokesperson Sinéad Ní Bhroin added, “We have also formally launched our annual competition season. With the support of George McDermott, Donegal County Council, Wild Inishowen, the Cli-mates, Buncrana Chamber of Commerce and many others Buncrana has been a Tidy Towns gold medal winner for the last four years. A big thank you to local photographer Adam Porter for providing us with a beautiful photo of Buncrana Pier for competition brochure. “We have also entered the Pollinator Plan Award, having won the regional Local Authority Pollinator Award for the North West & West Region in the Large Town Category over the last two years.“We are so close to winning the national competition and to do so would be an incredible boost for the town. Our work plan has significantly developed over the last year. In addition to our Pollinator Plan, environmental work, painting projects, annual tree-planting and beach clean-ups we have completed the first phase of the development of Buncrana’s Historical Quarter at the Stone Jug and Castle Bridge and are close to completing the second phase of our public seating project. In partnership with Denise Dowds and her wonderful Cli-mates we will also be launching Buncrana’s Toolkit to Create a Plastic Free Community.“With an extra push and the continued support of the community we believe this year will be our best yet.”Budding gardeners invited to enter Buncrana Tidy Towns contest was last modified: June 3rd, 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)last_img read more

QPR v Reading line-ups: Gladwin and Ingram start, debut for youngster, Royals trio out

first_imgBen Gladwin starts for QPR at Loftus Road, while teenage defender Cole Kpekawa makes his full league debut for the club.Gladwin gets another chance to show what we can do – as does keeper Matt Ingram, who makes his home debut after impressing during the recent draw at Cardiff.Kpekawa, 19, is at left-back, with James Perch at right-back and Nedum Onuoha partnering Grant Hall in the centre of the Rangers defence.Striker Sebastian Polter returns to the starting line-up, with Conor Washington dropping back to the bench.Reading, meanwhile, are without the injured Hal Robson-Kanu and the suspended Paul McShane and Danny Williams. Anton Ferdinand plays against his former club.QPR: Ingram; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Kpekawa; Faurlin, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Gladwin; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Hill, Diakite, Petrasso, El Khayati, Hoilett, Washington.Reading: Al-Habsi, McCleary, Ferdinand, Cooper, Taylor, Evans, Norwood, Quinn, Cox, Kermorgant, Rakels.Subs: Bond, Gunter, Vydra, Hector, Piazon, John, Barrett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants’ upcoming trade decisions made complicated by team’s recent success

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — At his introductory press conference in November, 2018, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said he hoped the Giants would play meaningful baseball as deep into the season as possible.Zaidi set a relatively low bar for a franchise accustomed to believing it will contend on an annual basis, but his expectations were realistic for a club that had lost 187 games over the previous two seasons.For …last_img read more