Dear Editor,It was with great amusement that I read a letter in a section of the media on September 30, 2019, titled “We have to come together and pray for Guyana”. Editor, I have no issues with a person having a religion or any belief but I do have a problem when anyone suggests that the only way to make things better is to pray. I ask the author of the letter, why pray? The victims of war-torn countries offer the sincerest prayer for peace and it is never granted. The citizens of poor countries with extreme poverty offer the sincerest of prayers for something to eat at the end of the day. The child with cancer prays every day to be able to have a normal childhood and be free of cancer. The abused victim prays every day that their spouse will turn around and see the love that they – the victim – feels, the potential they – the abuser – have and the opportunity for happiness that lies ahead. The sad truth is that none of these prayers is answered until they themselves take action and take control of the life they are given.As citizens of Guyana, we need to stop praying and hoping and start taking action for a better country. We need to start holding political leaders accountable. We need to show respect for those who disagree with us and stop taking things personally. We need to start taking more interest in the laws of the country and how inadequate and antiquated many of them are. We need to take more interest with how the oil and gas companies are trying to rob us and are getting away with it and more importantly, we need to open our minds and let go of the thoughts of old. If we want to make life better for those who live in this beautiful land, we have to want change, instead of hoping for it.I understand that it may feel like an ordinary Guyanese man or woman cannot change the current status quo, but with organised groups, you can. I urge all Guyanese to be decisive for our future and for the future of the country, years after we are gone. We need to make Guyana, Guyanese.Sincerely,Amir Khan
SANTA CLARITA – The local homeless shelter will have to turn back families with children unless it raises more money to pay for motel rooms, shelter operators said Monday. The nonprofit does not allow children younger than 17 to sleep at the seasonal shelter, so it pays for them to stay in motels with their parents. The operators had $15,000 to rent the motel rooms, but it spent all that money, and last week the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority denied their request for more. The operators estimate they need $4,800 to provide shelter for families through March 15, when the winter shelter program ends. Information on the shelter and how to donate can be found at www.santaclaritashelter.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Construction is set to begin this week on a new passing lane on the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John.Contractor Mackay Contracting announced it would begin work this week today on the two-kilometre long lane set for the northbound lane of Mile 63 of the highway, about 26 kilometres north of the city.The $3-million project was announced last September. The province says the project will increase safety amid growing traffic on the highway.- Advertisement -The work is expected to be completed by fall.
West Hollywood — A diverse slate of stars spanning Bruce Willis to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson received nominations today for the 34th annual People’s Choice Awards. The public can vote in categories spanning from “favorite movie” to “favorite scene stealing star” at PCAvote.com. Winners will be announced Jan. 8 award ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, Tuesday. The award show es in television, movies and music. — The 34th Annual People’s Choice Awards nominees: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 1.Favorite Movie The Bourne UltimatumPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndTransformers 2. Favorite Family Movie Evan AlmightyRatatouilleShrek the Third 3. Favorite Action Movie 300The Bourne UltimatumTransformers 4. Favorite Movie Comedy Knocked UpThe Simpsons MovieWild Hogs 5. Favorite Movie Drama DisturbiaHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixPremonition 6. Favorite Threequel The Bourne UltimatumPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndSpider-Man 3 7. Favorite Independent Movie Becoming JaneA Mighty HeartSicko 8. Favorite Female Movie Star Halle BerrySandra BullockReese Witherspoon 9. Favorite Leading Lady Jessica AlbaDrew BarrymoreQueen Latifah 10. Favorite Female Action Star Jessica AlbaJodie FosterKeira Knightley 11. Favorite Male Movie Star Johnny DeppDenzel WashingtonBruce Willis 12. Favorite Leading Man Jamie FoxxDwayne “The Rock” JohnsonJoaquin Phoenix 13. Favorite Male Action Star Matt DamonJohnny DeppBruce Willis 14. Favorite On Screen Match Up Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 3George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s ThirteenKirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3 15. Favorite TV Drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”“House”“Law and Order: SVU” 16. Favorite TV Comedy “The King of Queens”“My Name is Earl”“Two and a Half Men” 17. Favorite Animated TV Comedy “Family Guy”“King of the Hill”“The Simpsons” 18. Favorite Sci-Fi Show “Battlestar Galactica”“Doctor Who”“Stargate Atlantis” 19. Favorite Competition/Reality Show “American Idol”“Dancing with the Stars”“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 20. Favorite Game Show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”“Deal or No Deal”“Jeopardy” 21. Favorite Female TV Star Sally FieldKatherine HeiglJennifer Love Hewitt 22. Favorite Male TV Star Patrick DempseyCharlie SheenKiefer Sutherland 23. Favorite Scene Stealing Star Richard Belzer from “Law & Order: SVU”Neil Patrick Harris from “How I Met Your Mother”Chandra Wilson from “Grey’s Anatomy”24. Favorite Funny Female Star Ellen DeGeneresWhoopi GoldbergWanda Sykes 25. Favorite Funny Male Star Will FerrellAdam SandlerRobin Williams 26. Favorite Talk Show Host Ellen DeGeneresJay LenoOprah Winfrey 27. Favorite Female Singer Beyonc?FergieGwen Stefani 28. Favorite Male Singer John MayerTim McGrawJustin Timberlake 29. Favorite Group DaughtryMaroon 5Rascal Flatts 30. Favorite Rock Song “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s“Home” by Daughtry“Makes Me Wonder” by Maroon 5 31. Favorite R&B Song “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonc? with Shakira“Because of You” by Ne-Yo“Shut up and Drive” by Rihanna 32. Favorite Country Song “I Need You” by Tim McGraw with Faith Hill“Never Wanted Nothing More” by Kenny Chesney“Stand” by Rascal Flatts 33. Favorite Hip-Hop Song “Give It to Me” by Timbaland, featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado“Party Like a Rock Star” by Shop Boyz“Stronger” by Kanye West 34. Favorite Pop Song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie“Irreplaceable” by Beyonce“What Goes Around…Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake 35. Favorite Song from a Soundtrack “Read My Mind” by The Killers from “Friday Night Lights”“What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park from Transformers“You Can’t Stop the Beat” by the Cast of Hairspray from Hairspray 36. Favorite Reunion Tour GenesisThe PoliceVan Halen 37. Favorite New TV Comedy Aliens in AmericaBack to YouThe Big Bang TheoryCarpoolersCavemenChuckReaperSamantha Who? 38. Favorite New TV Drama Big ShotsBionic WomanCaneDirty Sexy MoneyGossip GirlJourneymanK-VilleLifeLife Is WildMoonlightPrivate PracticePushing DaisiesWomen’s Murder Club160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Paul Pogba should be a Manchester United player by Tuesday Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will prove the perfect place for Paul Pogba to become the best player on the planet, with the Juventus midfielder on the verge of returning to Old Trafford for a reported world-record fee.United confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the France international has been given the green light to undergo a medical as his proposed switch back to the Red Devils edges closer.According to reports, the deal could be worth €110 million (£93.2million), beating the estimated £85million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.The Premier League club released a short statement saying the 23-year-old ‘has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United’.United added that the medical would take place at their training complex and, after beating Leicester 2-1 to win the Community Shield on Sunday, Mourinho said the move could propel the player to greatness. “United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be,” said Mourinho, who expects Pogba to complete the deal by Tuesday.“The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If you want to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid you are in trouble because I don’t think the other two big guys (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) will let you. “Here he is in the most seen, worldwide, championship which is absolutely incredible, with a team which wants to bring Manchester United to the top again. We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us. “Money he would get at any big club. He comes because he knows the club, knows the city, many of the players and wants to be an important part of the project. Hopefully everything goes well.” Mourinho said he could not confirm the price-tag, but does not believe it is an issue. “I don’t think Real were upset when they broke the record with Gareth Bale or Cristiano. I don’t think it’s a reason to be sad – it’s a reason to be proud,” he said. “Football is crazy and the market has become crazy. What you think this season is crazy, you realise three years later it’s not crazy any more.“There are players who cost £10millon who are super expensive because they’re players (who are worth) £500,000 or £1million. What is expensive and not expensive in football? I don’t know any more. I just know he is a big player.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! (AP) – Winners of Daytime Emmy Awards presented in a ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles: Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Supporting actress in a drama series: Gina Tognoni, “Guiding Light” Preschool children’s series: “Sesame Street” Younger actor in a drama series: Tom Pelphrey, “Guiding Light” Directing in a drama series: “General Hospital” Lead actress in a drama series: Kim Zimmer, “Guiding Light” Special class series: “A Baby Story” Writing in a drama series: “The Young and the Restless” Lifetime achievement: Caroll Spinney of “Sesame Street” Game show host: Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy!” Supporting actor in a drama series: Jordan Clarke, “Guiding Light” Talk show: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Younger actress in a drama series: Jennifer Landon, “As the World Turns” Service show host: Suze Orman, “Suze Orman: For the Young, Fabulous & Broke” Lead actor in a drama series: Anthony Geary, “General Hospital” Drama series: “General Hospital”
When Nakita Burke first laced up her runners to start into the local 5k circuit – seven or eight years ago, she ventures – running was little more than a pastime.Football was her game then.As part of the Irish Colleges squad, Burke wore the Irish green at the World Student Games twice, competing in Bangkok in 2007 and Belgrade in 2009. Two years ago, something clicked in her mind while training at Lagan Harps. one night: Football no longer sparked how it once did and she longed to be striding in her new calling at Letterkenny AC.Her times had been impressive, yes, and she’d made some serious erosions into her records, but on Sunday at Waterford she made her biggest statement yet.Holding off the strong challenges of the more seasoned Sinéad Kevany and Lauren Dermody, Burke won the National Novice Cross-Country Championships. She had two seconds to spare on Kevany to win her first national gold medal.Teresa McDaid, a coach at LAC who has been involved with Irish teams at various levels over the years, even floated the notion that Burke could well progress to wear an Irish singlet. “It would be a dream come true if that did happen, but there’s a lot of hard work to be done between now and then,” Burke says.“The next big goal is to break 17 minutes for a 5k.“I would love it. I’ll be realistic too. The 30-40 seconds will be hard to get down. I’ve never ran in a senior race. I’ve never been at that standard. I’d need to bring my times down before I could compete at that standard.”Burke’s best for a 5k so far was the 17 minutes and eight seconds she clocked at the recent Turkey Trot.Already, with the aid of her coach, Sean McFadden, there are plans in place to shave big chunks off her personal best. She says: “Sean has got Tommy Gallagher on board now. The work he’ll do, Sean reckons there’d be a good 30 or 40 seconds in the strength and conditioning. That’s something I’ve never taken on, nor diet. I just go out and run. But hopefully if that comes on, there will be 20-30 seconds in it.”The 30-year-old from Slieve Snacht, who now lives in the Mountain Top area of Letterkenny, had been climbing the ladder without really harbouring intentions for gold at the weekend when she headed to the south east.She says: “It didn’t sink in until the club did the homecoming. I was really shocked. It seeped home then how big of a deal it was.“On the day of the race, Sean had huge belief. He was all: ‘We can go and win this’. I never really felt like that was going to happen. “I went out as fast as I could and stayed in the lead group. There were only three of us. I was thinking then I could get a top three finish.“I thought then I’d try it. I took the lead on, which I never normally do. I went up the hill, Laura came up after me and sprinted. As we got to the top, her pace came back a bit and I managed to push on.“Once I got around the corner, it was a case of sprinting as hard as I could for as far as I could.”The fifth class teacher at Letterkenny Educate Together NS, Burke believes her training group have helped push her to glory. She trains under McFadden’s watch with the likes of Noleen Geary, Shauna McGeehin, Maria Mulligan, Irene McFadden, Sinead Peoples and Jane Toner.“A great group of girls,” Burke says.“We’re all pushing each other on. We’re all around the same times. Everytime we’re down at training it nearly turns into a race. It’s good, competitive training every Tuesday and Thursday.“We do some kind of temp on a Saturday. It’s a social thing, too. We’d be really good friends so it doesn’t feel too much like hard work.”For Sunday, Geary was injured, Mulligan had to withdraw and McGeehin was unable to travel. Had the full compliment been in attendance, Burke believes LAC might have won a team gold, too.While Sunday’s was Burke’s first national athletics crown, she has tasted Irish success before and is a two-time WFAI Cup winner (Junior and Intermediate) with Lagan. Her games now are infrequent as she aims to break new ground again.She had played initially with Iona before moving to Lagan and dabbled a little at Gaelic football, lining out for Glenswilly. She progressed as a coach and even managed Bonagee United in the Donegal Youth League for a time – she remains the only female to have managed a team in the League.At some point, though, she felt unfulfilled and took to running.“I really enjoyed running initially – it was really fun,” she says.“I’d be more competitive on a pitch than when I’m out running. Trying to mix both codes was fine, but when I went back to the running I was very sore.“Football was the main focus at that stage. About two years ago I gave up football – well, I go back to play the odd game! – to concentrate on running solely.”She often dreamed of playing football for Ireland’s senior team, but now, with gold in tow, green could call again.Nakita Burke: Dreams of green again after a golden run was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:athleticsglenswillyLagan HarpsletterkennyLetterkenny ACNakita Burkesean mcfaddenteresa mcdaid
A new film telling the story of how the Millennium cross was erected on the summit of Muckish Mountain is set to be screened for the first time this weekend.Muckish CrossTitled “High Cross”, it tells the history of the two crosses and how they were placed on the summit of the mountain.The new film comes from the creators of “Glass Mountain: the Story of Muckish Sand” released last year. They have new established a new group called “Glass Mountain Media” which aims to take a fresh approach to documenting the history of the area in a variety of media.They are always keen to source original old film or video footage to use in future projects.High Cross was created from a variety of old images and footage. Some dating back to the early 1950’s right through to the year 2000, when a local group was formed to help replace the original cross placed on the apex in the early 1950’s.The film features two of the voluntary committee who helped set the project in motion and worked with the Air Corps exerts who travelled to Creeslough from Baldonnell in Dublin to place the cross on top. Charlie Gallagher features outlining how the ambitious project came to being when a local committee was formed to replace the original cross placed on the summit in 1951.Local man, Vincent McMullin, also features being one of the men who worked closely with the pilots to make sure the mission went successfully.The film was created by a range of old home video footage that captures the drama of how the day unfolded in the summer of 2000 when the current half tonne cross to installed.Much of the footage used has never been screened in public before and will give the audience the opportunity to see the lengths the local group went to get assistance in putting up the famous cross and also the amazing manner in which the Irish Air Corps took the structure to the summit in the most dramatic fashion.A spokesperson for Glass Mountain Media said it is great to follow on from the story of Glass Mountain through to the present era. “We were lucky that we got this rare footage and to document our local history. It’s taken a lot of work but it is a great story and we hope people enjoy it,” the spokesman said.Starting at 12 noon ‘High Cross’ will be screened through out the afternoon, for free, in the Creeslough Day Centre, next to St Michael’s Church carpark and also at McCarry’s Bar in Kildarragh and everyone is welcome.NEW FILM TO TELL FASCINATING STORY OF DONEGAL’S MILLENNIUM CROSS was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:filmMillennium CrossMuckish Mountain
The Yes campaign celebrate at the count centre in Bonagee.Daniel and Majella O’Donnell were celebrating yesterday after the yes vote in the marriage equality referendum.Many felt it was the singer’s very public backing of the yes campaign which helped to swing many older voters into voting yes.Daniel on stageAlthough Daniel remained silent, Majella took to social media to express her delight at the yes vote.Although Daniel remained silent, wife Majella took to social media to express her delight at the vote. She tweeted “I think we’re a mighty little island today!!! I feel so proud to be Irish!!!”On polling day Majella had also encouraged as many people as possible to get out and cast their vote.She said “Some people think that their one little vote won’t matter. If everyone thought that way there would be no votes for anything! Use your vote today.”Majella even retweeted a joke about Daniel getting behind the yes vote.It read “Overheard in Dub-2 ladies in late 70’s “Mary which do I tick to support the Gays?It was Daniel O’Donnell changed my mind.” Daniel and his wife have returned to Ireland and plan to spend the summer months in Kincasslagh and around Ireland.They are also awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild as Majella’s daughter Siobhan revealed that she is five months pregnant.Siobhan, 27, and her fiancé Gavin Shields are understood to be expecting their first child at the end of July.Majella (54) said that the family are “absolutely delighted” with the news.Gavin and Siobhan became engaged last Christmas.DANIEL AND MAJELLA DELIGHTED AT ‘YES’ VOTE! was last modified: May 25th, 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:daniel o’donnellMajellayes vote
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO- Grethcel Soltones of Bali Pure attempts a spike against two Philippine Air Force blockers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBali Pure inflicted the first blow, beating Creamline, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Opposite hitter Aiko Urdas sealed the semis opener for the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ For Water Defenders head coach Roger Gorayeb, complacency won’t be on their minds as they look to finish off the Cool Smashers come Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Game 2.Creamline hasn’t beaten Bali Pure in all three meetings this conference and Gorayeb wants it to stay that way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want them to have the wisdom, we are not yet in the finals and I told them beginning today that all of our games will be treated like games in the finals,” said an emotional Gorayeb who lost his cousin a few days back. “I want to give Bali Pure their first final appearance.”Jennifer Keddy caught fire for the Water Defenders finishing with a game-high 24 points while Risa Sato, who took over Jeng Bualee’s offensive duties, added 13. Gorayeb said Bualee is playing through a right shoulder injury and he instructed Sato to help their Thai import on the offensive end.“Every ball that went to Risa, she managed to kill it and I’m so proud of her because she wasn’t blocked in the first set,” said Gorayeb.Kaewpin Kuttika led Creamline with 16 points while skipper Alyssa Valdez had 12.ADVERTISEMENT View comments