National Library hosts week of celebrations

first_imgThe National Library will be hosting its annual National Library Week from April 10-16.Over the years the National Library has been the main source of literature in Guyana. Centralised in the country’s capital, it stands at a point easily accessible to the Georgetown populace.Throughout the week activities will sensitise the public on areas of importance in Guyana.The list of events are being held under the theme of “Transforming your communities with help at National Library.com”Sunday (today) will be the advent of activities with a fitness walk beginning at 06:00 hours from National Library along Church Street north into Vlissengen Road up to Thomas Lands and conclude at the National Park.This event is slated on the heels of World Health Day recently and wishes to emphasise to the public the significance of a healthy lifestyle. The public is also invited to visit the National Library’s collection of fitness books.Monday is for the religious aspect of the Library Week with an interfaith service commencing at 08:45 hours. Religion has always been a centrepiece of Guyanese with the three main religious bodies: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Ideally, this service will include prayers from leaders of the three main denominations in Guyana.Tuesday’s schedule extends to cover advocacy, by means of a ‘big read’ programme at 09:00 hours followed by an open poetry and symposium at the Bagotville Library. The event is slated for Guyanese poets and staff who will showcase their talent.On Wednesday the public can expect a detailed tour of the National Library. This tour, commencing at 10:00 hours and finishing at 16:00 hours will include an in-depth look at the services provided by the National Library.‘Ask a lawyer’ is set for Thursday. The National Library in collaboration with the Guyana Bar Association will sensitise the general public on troubling questions of the law that affect their daily lives.Approaching the end of the week staff of the National Library will be appreciated with a breakfast service at 08:45 hours and move on to a surprise event later in the day.The week of events will conclude with a story-telling marathon and book give-away ceremony at the Library.The public is invited to celebrate National Library Week with stakeholders and staff of one of Guyana’s main research facilities.last_img read more

DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ADMITS MAKING DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIMS

first_imgA DONEGAL County Councillor has admitted making double expenses claims and could face being banned from holding public office.Former Fine Gael councillor Padraig Doherty, from Gaoth Dobhair was accused of making the bogus claims at a Standards In Public Office Commission hearing.It will will issue a ruling on the allegations within weeks. The 70-year-old politician faces nine counts of breaches of statutory standards required of public representatives.He is accused of claiming mileage and subsistence costs from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the one conference in Dungarvan in March 2007.Mr Doherty was also accused of making overlapping claims for another conference and a meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta that took place at separate locations in November 2008.Councillor Doherty had repaid any money claimed on the double to Donegal County Council a year prior to a complaint being made to SIPO.Counsel for Pádraig Doherty, Richard Lyons said his client accepts the alleged contraventions against him and that there was no financial loss to either public body and Mr Doherty maintains he made inadvertant errors and mixed up his dates relating to the expenses claims.DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ADMITS MAKING DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIMS was last modified: May 12th, 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:CouncillorexpensesPadraig Dohertylast_img read more

Wits team shows how lightning shapes mountains

first_img10 January 2014Scientists at Wits University in Johannesburg have made a “shocking” discovery – lightning rather than ice or heat is the main force shattering rocks on Drakensberg summits.National Geographic reports on research published in the journal Geomorphology on 1 January 2014. The evidence gathered by geomorphologist Stefan Grab and geologist Jasper Knight has apparently changed their own conventional notions about the forces that shape mountain peaks.For their research, the pair surveyed almost half a kilometre of the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where they found 90 sites where lightning strikes had blasted apart the basalt rock face, the website reports.While frost alters the shape of rocks over thousands of years, lightning – at temperatures of up to almost 30 000°C – can shatter rocks milliseconds, the researchers say.Lightning “basically causes a bomb to explode on the rock surface”, Knight told National Geographic.The fact that a lightning strike will partially melt basalt in an instant meant the researchers were able to develop a diagnostic “tool kit” to distinguish the sites of lightning strikes from other rock fragments affected by heat or ice.Lightning is “part of the much bigger jigsaw,” a puzzle piece that had been “passed over by geoscientists for decades”, Grab is quoted as saying.The two researchers told National Geographic that further exploration would reveal other examples of mountain ranges shaped in large part by lightning – especially in warmer regions of Australia, Africa, and Asia that were mostly passed over by the Ice Age.Read the full article on NationalGeographic.com: Shocking news: lightning can shape a mountain!SAinfo reporter and National Geographiclast_img read more

Moreh border trade comes to a standstill

first_imgThe legalised border trade at Moreh between India and Myanmar came to a standstill from Sunday morning as a result of the 48-hour open ended lockdown along the 110km long NH-102 that connects Imphal with Moreh, India’s border town.Some tribal civil organisations and the All Tribal Sand Transporters Association called the economic blockade protesting against government refusal to issue permits for the transportation of the same. Vehicles were not allowed to ply carrying all commercial items. The meeting between the representatives of these organisations and police superintendent of Tengnoupal district T. Vikramjit and 12 Assam Rifles commanding officer, Colonel Rajesh failed to yield positive results, official sources said.T.S. Gangte, spokesperson of the Hill Tribes Council said, “The transporters of sand and stone for construction works cannot easily obtain the permit to transport the same to other parts of Manipur. The stonewalling government officials simply ask the transporters to go from one official to another leaving them empty handed. We are not happy that there is no positive response from the government though the lockdown was launched from Sunday morning. We will launch other forms of intensified agitation if the government remains unconcerned even after this 48-hour economic blockade”. Many traders, especially women were left in the lurch as they brought various items unaware of the open ended lockdown”.The Manipur High Court order in reply to a PIL said that since river waters are polluted sand and stone mining in Manipur was banned. The court order also said that the government should not merely let the transporters go after paying fines. Having no alternatives, the sand transporters have been bringing the same from rivers along the Manipur-Myanmar border.Transporters and labourers of the sand and stone mining were left high and dry. As prices of these material had hiked, construction works, including time bound developmental works, are delayed.last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a striker

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn: I wanted to be a strikerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn admits Mum isn’t crazy about having another keeper in the family.Like most kids, he started out dreaming of being a striker but was put between the sticks as a nine-year-old. Yet, if his mum had had her way, she would have stopped the ­ Southampton goalie following in dad Bryan’s footsteps.Gunn Jnr told the Mirror: “I was on trial ­playing outfield at Norwich City for the Under-9s, the keeper got injured. Someone gave me the gloves and after that ­session, someone else told me to bring the gloves next time and focus on being a ­goalkeeper.“After the session when they told me to be a keeper, my dad got home, told my mum and I don’t think she was very pleased. She was like, ‘I’ve dealt with you for 20 years – I don’t need another goalkeeper!’“But it ­happened, she accepted it and I think she’s fine with it now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

The CFB Programs Expected To Have The Most 1st Rounders In 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgLogos of the major college football programs and the NFL Draft.NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU lsuExpected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson clemson logoExpected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida florida logoExpected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State floridastateExpected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia uga logoExpected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State ohio state logoExpected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee tennessee logoExpected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M texas a&MExpected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC uscExpected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]last_img read more

Bonnie Raitt Needs Your Help To Fund AntiFracking Album

first_imgBonnie Raitt is one of 24 artists coming together to take a stand against fracking on the two-disc, 24 track benefit album Buy This Fracking Album (June 16th, Movement Music).In a recent letter to her fans on Facebook, Raitt, a lifelong activist, explains that “one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”“I’ve been involved in many movements for social justice in my lifetime, from opposing destructive fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects, to standing up for human rights and music royalty reform,” she wrote. “As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.“Food & Water Watch has partnered with Movement Music Records to put out a compilation record, “Buy This Fracking Album,” that 22 artists (including myself) have provided tracks to in an effort to spread the word about the dangers of fracking.“Food & Water Watch has been a national leader in the movement to ban fracking. They were the first national group to call for a ban on fracking everywhere, and they’ve been working with communities all across the country to pass local bans, and do the hard work to hold elected officials accountable in order to keep our drinking water safe from this dangerous practice.“Art and music play a vital role in building and strengthening social change movements, and “Buy This Fracking Album” will follow in that tradition with your support! There are more than 20 artists, and hundreds of others involved in this project who all believe in this cause and want to help get the message out through our music, but we need your help to get this project into the world.“All of the songs have been donated, and any proceeds from the sale of the album will go to groups working for a ban on fracking. However, without your support this album might not make it into the world.“We still need to raise about $40,000 to produce the album, manufacture it, and get the word out to the world. If you can help chip in today, you’ll be one of the first to receive the album, and help build the movement to ban fracking. Different donation amounts give you different incentives. I am not only chipping in my music, but also a couple of guitars signed by me, personalized to YOU! Check it out!”The album also includes songs by Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Michael Franti, John Butler Trio and more.To find out how you can help fund the album, click here.last_img read more

Ohio State confident in JT Barrett after losing Braxton Miller to injury

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen a team loses its best player, not many expect the days following to be very positive.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said that was not the case following the news that senior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entirety of the 2014 season after re-injuring his shoulder Monday.“It would be hard to say it wasn’t — maybe the best practice we’ve had since our staff has come to Ohio State,” Meyer said Wednesday. “High energy, especially for practice 20. Really impressed.”On Saturday, Meyer announced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett had earned a slight edge on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones for the backup quarterback position. With Miller out for the year, Barrett will likely be thrust into the starting role, something in which Meyer said he is confident.“J.T. had about 300 competitive throws this fall, where when (former OSU quarterback) Kenny Guiton went into the game a couple years ago, I think he had six,” Meyer said. “He (Barrett) is a meticulous guy.”Meyer was not shy about comparing Barrett to Guiton, going as far as calling Barrett “Guiton-ish.”Senior cornerback Doran Grant also said he sees similarities between Barrett and Guiton.“J.T. does what KG does. He has had a lot of competitive reps this fall and has been looking pretty good,” Grant said. “They call him ‘The Distributor’ — that’s a good name for him because he is doing what he has to do.”Meyer said he also believes that Barrett’s ability to spread the ball around to the rest of the offense is one of his best skills.“Some of the best quarterbacks are great distributors,” Meyer said. “I thought Kenny Guiton was one of the best I have been around as far as getting the ball out rather quickly and distributing to playmakers…my initial evaluation of J.T. is that he is very good at that.”Grant said he has been impressed with not only Barrett’s play but also his leadership on the team.“I don’t think a lot of guys know this, but he (Barrett) was a part of the leadership committee as a true freshman,” Grant said. “He was the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart (last season)…he just has those leadership qualities, and that has shown on the field.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman echoed Grant’s comments on Barrett and said the young quarterback has other positive qualities to bring to the table as well.“He is a great leader. He is super smart, he’s a hard worker and I think that was the case before this happened,” Heuerman said. “He handles his business and does everything right, and we have full confidence in him and full trust.“We’re behind him 100 percent.”Although the discussion was almost solely focused on Barrett and Miller, Meyer said he will still consider playing both Barrett and Jones week one against Navy.Meyer said both Barrett and Jones have positive qualities to their game.“J.T. has a pretty good release, and he has a good skill level. Cardale has got just a cannon,” Meyer said.Despite the confidence in Barrett, the loss of Miller still was not easy to take at first, Heuerman said.“I was with him when his shoulder was out of place, and I had never seen him like that,” Heuerman said. “He was in pain. So we kind of knew right away that it wasn’t going to be good.”Heuerman said that although Miller is lost for the year, he is confident that the Buckeyes will be fine with Barrett when surrounded by playmakers.“We got a lot of playmakers, and we are going to have to rely on them a lot to make plays,” Heuerman said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Navy. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

NFL draft Dontre Wilson signs as undrafted free agent with Los Angeles

OSU H-back Dontre Wilson breaks into open field during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFormer Ohio State wide receiver Dontre Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet sent by Wilson.Ima @Chargers— Dontre Wilson (@treydayy_) April 29, 2017Wilson caught 27 passes for 352 yards, both career highs, and rushed the ball 16 times for 78 yards as a senior. His final year in scarlet and gray, Wilson averaged 13 yards per catch, the third highest on OSU. He entered the season on the Paul Hornung Award watch list.The former four-star recruit from DeSoto, Texas was heavily involved in special teams. Wilson averaged 24.2 yards on 53 kick returns and 7.8 yards on 31 punt returns. However, he struggled with fumbles when returning punts and was replaced during the 2016 season.A 5-foot-10, 195-pound wideout, Wilson is tied with with three players as the shortest wide receiver on the Chargers.Seven former OSU players were selected in the 2017 NFL draft, the second-most since 2009. read more