UG suspends classes again after another bomb threat

first_imgIt was an experience of musical chairs of the unsettling kind with classes being cancelled once again at Guyana’s premier tertiary institution, the University of Guyana (UG), which received a second consecutive bomb threat on Wednesday.This time, the threat came in the late afternoon period, and students and staff were not taking chances as they quickly departed the premises when security personnel swooped to investigate the threat.Guyana Times saw notices which were sent out after 17:00h advising students of the administration’s order that the Turkeyen Campus be evacuated owing to the bomb threat. Earlier in the day, some classes were held as indicated by Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith on Tuesday. However, this publication was credibly informed that some classes were already put on hold on Wednesday even before the administration ordered the discontinuation later on.In an invited comment to the press regarding the new threat, Vice Chancellor Griffith noted that Police called the University’s security personnel indicating that they received a call about an alleged bomb. At the time members of the press were present, the security team was again conducting a building-by-building assessment of the campus.“I’ve sent all the students and staff home until we establish full security of our buildings,” he stressed.This bomb threat was in line with threats seen on social media platforms earlier on Wednesday which indicated that other persons would be planting explosives at various institutions. The posts were prevalent on Facebook in the name of an unknown individual going by the name of “Ki Ra” on Wednesday, who said: “This is not the end.”The threats have left many concerned persons calling for law enforcement officials to accelerate their actions to capture the person (s) responsible. This publication attempted several times to contact senior officers within the Guyana Police Force for an update into the investigation, which proved futile. The University of Guyana was the last entity targeted, forcing students to flee onto the fields in fear of their lives after being told that a bomb was planted somewhere on campus. More than that, there were reports of persons under the guise of officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who demanded entry to several premises to conduct searches of the property. One of the incidents reportedly occurred on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).Parents of School of the Nations students announced Tuesday that $1 million would be rewarded if information about the suspect is divulged. In addition, the President of the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) Anna Lisa Fraser-Phang argued that the Education Ministry has been doing nothing to help the situation. They are especially worried since the School’s Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot on January 27, at his home.Last Friday, Queen’s College and the Bishops’ High School were on lockdown after social media accounts believed to have been created by one person issued threats to students.last_img read more

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City to welcome roller derby round 2

first_imgA war is approaching Fort St. John, but this battle will be fought on roller skates.On Saturday, July 16, the Energetic City Roller Derby Association (ECRDA) will be presenting “War in the Peace”. The roller derby event will consist of local ECRDA skaters, as well as skaters from the Grande Prairie Leagues.- Advertisement -The evening festivities will be taking place at the North Peace Arena, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 7 p.m.The event is family friendly and concessions will be available before and during the show.Tickets only cost $5 at the door and are also available for purchase through any of the ECRDA members. Tickets can also be acquired by emailing ecrda@hotmail.com.For more information on the event, please email event-ecrda@hotmail.com and for information on sponsorship, email sponsorship-ecrda@hotmail.com.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Columba 23/04/2012Our seniors and reserves had a mixed weekend, with home defeats to Aodh Ruadh on Friday evening, followed by good wins by both teams over Na Dúnaibh on Sunday. This weekend sees a home fixture v Muff on Saturday evening. Throw in times 6pm and 7.30pm in Páirc na nGael. Ádh mór to the lads. The May bank holiday weekend sees our senior men travelling to Gaoth Dobhair, to take on the hosts in the semi-finals of the County Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. 4.30pm throw-in on Sunday, May 6th. Our ladies recorded a good victory over Killybegs in the league opener on Sunday afternoon. They meet Cill Chartha this weekend, with a 12 noon throw-in in Páirc na nGael on Sunday. We would encourage a good crowd to support this home fixture. Cúrsaí faoi-aois: well done to our under 16 lads, who recorded a one point victory over St Nauls in Monday evening’s divisional semi-final. This sets up a final meeting with Naomh Bríd, with the game set for next Monday evening, venue and time TBC. On Wednesday evening last our under 14 lads had a fantastic win over Naomh Bríd in Páirc na nGael, while our minors also recorded a good victory over St Nauls in Mountcharles. Fixtures for the coming week as follows: at the time of going to press our under 14 girls were due to travel to Kilcar on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday our under 14 lads are due to travel to Bundoran, for a 7.30pm throw in. On Friday evening our minor lads host Ardara, with a 7pm throw in at Páirc na nGael, and on Saturday morning our under 10s play host to Naomh Ultan in a challenge match. 11am throw-in at Páirc na nGael. Best of luck to all teams playing in the coming week. Ní raibh buaiteoir ar bith den phota ór i lotto na seachtaine seo caite. Uimhreacha 1-6-23-25. Duaiseanna Aitheantais: €50 Ellen J Mc Ginley, Suidheamh. €30 Anthony Curran, Málainn Bheag. €20 Paddy & John , Halla Mhuire. €20 Catherine Doherty, Lower Dooey. €20 Frank Mc Brearty, Cappagh, Teileann. Duaischiste na seachtaine seo ná €3500.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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TEAM MATES NAME SEAMUS COLEMAN EVERTON’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

first_imgSeamus Coleman has been named Players’ Players of the Season at Everton’s ninth annual End of Season Awards.He was also named Player of the Year in a double celebration for the Killybegs man.The right-back picked up the honour after being voted the winner by his Blues peers. Coleman joined a list of past victors that includes Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and three-time winner Leighton Baines.Defensively Ireland international has played a major role in helping Everton’s lean rearguard – one that has conceded a meagre 39 goals in the Premier League this term.However, Coleman’s goalscoring form has also been notable, with the 25-year-old having bagged seven goals in all competitions.Speaking live to evertontv upon receiving his award, Coleman said: “It’s a very proud for moment for myself. These are the lads I train and play with every Saturday, so it’s a great honour to get their vote.” Coleman, a January 2009 arrival from Sligo Rovers, had one of his seven strikes – his stunner at Swansea City in December – in contention to win the Goal of the Season prize.And the full-back admitted he has been delighted by his attacking contribution in 2013/14.He added: “My form has been good and I’ve been happy with how I have played this season. I got off to a good start in the first game [at Norwich] and I have managed to kick-on from there.”Tonight’s award is his second in as many weeks – after he was named on the Premier League team of the year. TEAM MATES NAME SEAMUS COLEMAN EVERTON’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: May 8th, 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:evertonPLAYER OF THE YEARseamus colemanlast_img read more

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NEW DRAINAGE TRENCH TO BE DUG AT HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD FIASCO

first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital management has admitted that more anti-flood measures are now needed at the site – on top of those already underway – with a new drainage trench said to be dug.In a statement this evening HSE West said cleaning up the mess from Tuesday is now complete.A clean up was completed on the night itself in the reception and administrative areas that had experienced a very low level of flooding following torrential rain in the Letterkenny area. Clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected. The external cleanup is now complete.“An estimate of costs of flood damage at LGH has not been finalised. However, we do not expect these costs to be very substantial as there was minimal damage to the fabric of the facility and the principle costs relate to the response to the incident (drainage of flood water and clean up),” said the hospital in a statement.“The investigation commenced immediately and is ongoing, lead by HSE Estates.”It went on: “The investigation is currently focused on identifying as a matter of urgency what remedial action needs to be taken to prevent a recurrence of this flooding problem. “We have already committed to publishing the results of the investigation and we will produce an interim report in the first week in September with a final report to be published in October.“There are already improved interim flood management arrangements in place at Letterkenny General Hospital with additional CCTV monitoring and regular inspection of flows and levels in the stream.“This also includes the location of a digger onsite and access on a 24-hour basis to a roster of drivers to provide rapid emergency response, as required by the hospital’s insurers.“It appears that these interim flood management measures worked well as the culvert was kept clear and other steps such as sandbagging of vulnerable areas were put into place. The onsite digger played an important role in moving sandbags into place on the night of the flood.”Admitting that new works are now needed, the statement went on: “Further arrangements that have been put in place in response to last Tuesday’’s incident include the creation of a drainage trench to intercept surface water run off from outside our boundaries and the stationing of a vehicle with pumping facilities in the car park (at no charge to the hospital) whilst a suitable flood pump is procured. Additional measures continue to be evaluated in consultation with HSE Estates and Tobin Consultant Engineers. “Site works have commenced for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital and are scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €€1m“The flood management strategy will be reviewed in light of the findings of the investigation and will be updated accordingly to take into account any new developments.”NEW DRAINAGE TRENCH TO BE DUG AT HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD FIASCO was last modified: August 8th, 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:floodhospitalHSEletterkennylast_img read more

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Breaking: Investigation launched after pensioner’s body found

first_imgAn investigation has been launched following the discovery of a man’s body on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The 71-year old’s body was discovered at his home in Garryharry last night.Suspicions had been raised after the man’s car was found abandoned earlier at Kirkstown. The man’s body was found a short time later.Gardai and the other emergency services rushed to the scene but the man was pronounced dead.A full forensic examination of the scene is being carried out at present.Gardai are now trying to determine a link between the man’s abandoned car and his sudden death a short time later. One of the theories is that he may have suffered injuries in an accident and died at his home later.The State Pathologist Marie Cassidy is expected to arrive at the scene tomorrow and carry out a full post-mortem.Gardai will then decide what direction their investigation will takeBreaking: Investigation launched after pensioner’s body found was last modified: February 24th, 2018 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

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Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims

first_imgCalls have been made on the Government to talk again with both Eir and the ESB regarding the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) following revelations from Eir that the NBP could be delivered to rural Ireland at a fraction of the current €5 billion cost.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The provision of high-speed broadband to rural Ireland is essential and must be delivered without further delay.“We must, however, proceed in a way that is both credible and deliverable. “There is no doubt that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) can be delivered to rural Ireland in a much more affordable way than is currently envisaged by Fine Gael.“Eir stated at yesterday’s committee meeting that it could deliver the NBP at a fraction of the current €5b cost,” he added.“We agree with Eir that the NBP can be delivered at a much lower cost, but it is our position that this can be best achieved through using the ESB network.“The ESB brings with it a strong track record of delivering important infrastructural projects across the State, it has the existing infrastructure there and has a proven capacity to deliver,” the Donegal Senator said. “The ESB runs electricity to almost every single home in the State and we should be doing what other countries in Europe do which is to have double purpose networks which combine both electricity and broadband.“The ESB was a frontrunner early on in the NBP procurement process and withdrew following the Government’s decision to allow Eir in 2017 to cherry-pick the 300,000 most easy-to-reach homes in rural Ireland,” Mac Lochlainn added.“We need the Government to again reach out to the ESB and to direct them as a semi-state body to deliver high-speed broadband to rural Ireland. If Eir can do it for a fraction of the cost, then so can our state-owned ESB.“Rural Donegal and rural Ireland cannot wait any longer.”Calls for National Broadband Plan to be stalled following Eir claims was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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QPR v Bolton line-ups: Defensive reshuffle for Rangers

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has paired Andy Johnson with Charlie Austin up front against Bolton and asked Benoit Assou-Ekotto to fill in at right-back as Danny Simpson and Nedum Onuoha are sidelined. Armand Traore starts at left-back.QPR: Green; Assou-Ekotto, Dunne, Hill, Traore, Kranjcar, Henry, Carroll, Phillips, Johnson, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Hoilett, Diakite, Zamora, Wright-Phillips, Ehmer, O’Neil.Bolton: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Medo, Danns, Pratley, M Davies, C Davies.Subs: Bogdan, White, Vela, Eagles, Lee, Moritz, Jutkiewicz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Watch Marshawn Lynch go full Beast Mode to kick off Gruden Era 2.0

first_imgThe Raiders took the opening kick off and sliced and diced the Rams’ vaunted defense deep into the red zone.That’s when Beast Mode broke out right in front of the Black Hole.Beast mode back. pic.twitter.com/hQ2bKkOvpG— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) September 11, 2018 You have to admire the Rams’ Aquib Talib for his commitment to getting this ball ripped from the mitts of Lynch. But Beast Mode wasn’t having it.Marshawn Lynch is taking you all with him. pic.twitter.com/AbCJOUJ …last_img read more

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Science Proves the Morally Obvious

first_imgWhen scientists find that virtue brings reward and vice bring trouble, are they doing a better job than preachers and parents?  Hold that thought while reading some of the things scientists have been telling us lately about ourselves.“R-Rated Movies Increase Likelihood of Underage Children Trying Alcohol.”  Thank Science Daily for that bit of advice that emanated from Dartmouth University.  A study published in Prevention Science “showed that R-rated movies not only contain scenes of alcohol use that prompt adolescents to drink, they also jack up the sensation seeking tendency, which makes adolescents more prone to engage in all sorts of risky behaviors.”“Kids Taught Self-Control Behave Better at School.”  Parents might not have known that without help from an article on Live Science about a study conducted by University of Rochester Medical Center.  “Children taught skills to monitor and control their anger and other emotions improved their classroom behavior and had significantly fewer school disciplinary referrals and suspensions, according to new research.”“Video-game ownership may interfere with young boys’ academic functioning,” said PhysOrg.  Parents may be relieved to have the authority of science to back up their orders to go to the bedroom and do the homework.  Whether it was ethical to experiment with 6- to 9-year olds for four months to find this out was not stated.  It could be an issue, though, because “the boys who received the video-game system at the beginning of the study had significantly lower reading and writing scores four months later compared with the boys receiving the video-game system later on.”  What permanent setbacks and bad habits were created in the minds of the little boy lab rats?  “These findings suggest that video games may be displacing after-school academic activities and may impede reading and writing development in young boys,” the article continued.  “The authors note that when children have problems with language at this young age, they tend to have a tougher time acquiring advanced reading and writing skills later on.”  Maybe they justified this experiment on the grounds that sacrificing a few boys for the sake of scientific knowledge of possible practical benefit to the public was morally acceptable.“New Research Looks at Beliefs About God’s Influence in Everyday Life,” wrote Science Daily, noting the truly astonishing finding that “Most Americans believe God is concerned with their personal well-being and is directly involved in their personal affairs, according to new research out of the University of Toronto.”  My, where have the scientists been?  Apparently not in church – nor in logic class.  “Many of us might assume that people of higher social class standing tend to reject beliefs about divine intervention,” explained Scott Schieman (U of Toronto).  “However, my findings indicate that while this is true among those less committed to religious life, it is not the case for people who are more committed to religious participation and rituals.”  Maybe he expected that more of the religious were participating in spite of their beliefs.  On one thing he was clear, though: the job of interpreting this phenomenon belongs to scientists: “Given the frequency of God talk in American culture, especially in some areas of political discourse, this is an increasingly important area for researchers to document, describe, and interpret.”“Happiness Is Experiences, Not Stuff,” explained Live Science.  Eight studies converged on that finding that was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  The researchers based their conclusions on questionnaires that asked participants things like visualizing a vacation deal, or how satisfied they felt with a purchase they made.  It’s not clear if there was some sort of satisfactionometer instrument used, or what the metric units were.“Modern man found to be generally monogamous, moderately polygamous,” announced PhysOrg, accompanied by the iconic image of man emerging from the apes.  This study was done not by observing human behavior but by discerning patterns in the genes.  The author did not make any value judgments about monogamy, however.“Students’ Perceptions of Earth’s Age Influence Acceptance of Human Evolution,” a story on Science Daily announced, before going off into a discussion of polls and the law.  The authors of a survey published in Evolution apparently didn’t catch the logic that without belief in deep time, belief in evolution is unlikely.  The lead author used the survey to give an NCSE-style application: “The role of the Earth’s age is a key variable that we can use to improve education about evolution, which is important because it is the unifying principle of biology,” said Sehoya Cotner (U of Minnesota), noting with horror that “about one in four high school biology teachers in the upper Midwest are giving students the impression that creationism is a viable explanation for the origins of life on Earth” – something she denounced as “just not acceptable.  The Constitution prohibits teaching creationism in schools,” she added, something readers might have trouble finding in the Constitution, which does not mention teaching or creationism.  It might also be hard to defend that statement since the Declaration of Independence, written by the same group of founding fathers, had said all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.On the other hand, scientists sometimes announce counter-intuitive findings that make moral judgments.  For instance, Live Science told its readers that some looting in Chile after the earthquake might have been caused not by loose morals but by survival instincts.  Taking food could be “excusable given the circumstances,” the article said, and “if people do take non-necessities, such as TVs, they’re probably not thinking about right and wrong since these uncertain situations can lead to a breakdown of social norms”.  Was that a reference to situational ethics?  The article noted that most people act altruistically in the aftermath of disasters.  Daniel Kruger at the University of Michigan commented, “If we were absolutely selfish when disasters like this strike, I would be surprised if we survived as a species.”    More and more, scientists are inserting themselves into the moral dimensions of human life.  Not only do they scrutinize and analyze our moral instincts, they also play preacher and give us advice.  Live Science, for instance wrote about “How to Grow Old Gracefully.”  Much of the advice is common sense, or advice you would hear from a doctor.  But Rachael Rettner also noted that “Churchgoing and a generally sunny outlook on life have also been linked to longer, healthier lives.”  (It is left as an exercise whether following that path would promote the belief in evolution that Cotner said is important.)  What is notable is that the scientific researchers seem to expect that their opinions on these matters should carry more weight than those of religious leaders and other scholars or experts.  Do religious leaders, theologians and non-scientists have any voice left in answering the third of the three great philosophical questions, (1) Ontology: What exists?; (2) Epistemology: How do we know what we know?; (3) Ethics: How should we live our lives?Not that long ago people wanting a moral compass would seek the Scriptures and talk to a trusted pastor, priest or rabbi.  Many still do, but the cultural elite act as if those opinions are of no value, and we must look to scientists for answers.  They treat “the religious” as lab rats like the little boys with video games.  What if the tables were turned?  What if the scientists had to sit in church and hear a preacher say, “Thus saith the Lord”?  And why shouldn’t they?  They need to repent.  They are breaking the Ten Commandments.    A logical truth overlooked by researchers is that scientists have absolutely nothing to say about ethics without input from a theological world view.  If naturalism is their world view, ethics reduces to Stuff Happens.  There are no gridlines, guidelines or goals.  They do not have the functional operators in their toolkit for h(S), this stuff Should happen, or h(!S), this stuff Should not happen.  Should is not in their vocabulary.  Only a theological perspective can say should.  Indeed, only a theological perspective makes the three philosophical questions meaningful and approachable.  Consequently, we just caught several scientists (in the stories above) plagiarizing Judeo-Christian assumptions about right and wrong – that is, using their principles without attribution, as if they were their own.  Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness.*Exercise:  List some other Commandments the scientists might be breaking by pretending to exercise secular, naturalistic authority on moral matters.  You can find some suggestions in the introduction to our online book, The World’s Greatest Creation Scientists.*Steal=h(!S)=0; BFW=h(!S)=0; source=Ex 20.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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