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Patterson sets record straight on importation of stone

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson recently issued statements via his Facebook page to clarify statements made in an article published on Saturday, August 11, in the Guyana Chronicle newspaper.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAccording to the article titled “Chinese contractor granted permission to import stone”, it states that at least two local contractors have complained of not receiving orders to supply stone for the East Coast of Demerara road widening and improvement project, which is being undertaken locally by CHEC, despite having the capacity to do so.The Minister’s post described the entire article as the result of “the untruthfulness” of the local suppliers who expressed concern as well as poor journalism.”According to a report by the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Minister further expressed his disappointment in light of providing a comment to the reporter prior to the publishing of the article, yet the said article was written without context which he sought to provide through his Facebook post.Given the nature of funding for the project, the Minister said it is essential that delays and cost overruns be avoided hence, the decision to allow the import of stones by the Chinese contractor given the fact that adequate supplies were not available locally.“To finish on schedule, the project required at least 15,000 tonnes per month, at best the suppliers whose product made the specifications were only supplying about 6000 tonnes monthly, additionally the project needs about 250,000 tonnes overall,” Minister Patterson explained.He assured that local stone producers were engaged prior to his permission being granted to the contractor for the stone import.“It must be noted that while there are seven stone producers countrywide, only three had the capability at that time to produce the specified stone; of the three, the largest producer’s stone did not make the specifications (stone specifications do not only have to do with density but also size, moisture content, etc). Interestingly, it was agreed by ALL, based on a recommendation by the stone producers to allow the contractor to import 50,000 tons of stones over a three-month period; this would have allowed the local producers to up their production (if possible) and seek to have their stone meet the required specifications (if possible), it would also allow the contractor to continue working without delay,” Minister Patterson further explained.Currently, contractors are on schedule to complete the expansion project. In an earlier interview, Technical Services Manager at the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine informed DPI that the extension of the four-lane section from Better Hope to Annandale is now 60 per cent complete. He also said the plan is to complete the four-lane section by the end of the year and proceed with the upgrade of the two lanes from Annandale to Bellfield subsequently.“Ongoing works include the extension of the bridges, construction of drains which is about 90 per cent complete; the construction of 400 metres of revetments at Triumph of which 250 metres have been completed as well as the extension of the culverts to accommodate the four-lane road,” Erskine explained.When completed, the four-lane section will have a median in the centre equipped with streetlights. Sidewalks will be built along populated villages, seven bridges and 12 culverts will be widened, and 11 traffic signals will be installed at busy intersections along the roadway. The approximately eight-inch finished surface will comprise asphaltic concrete and have road safety features including warning signs, road markings and pedestrian crossings.last_img read more

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Capital FM set for Neymar’s tournament

first_imgThe winner of the national final will earn a ticket to Brazil to represent Kenya in the World Championship.Other qualifiers will take place in Mombasa April 7 at Uwanja Wa Mbuzi, Eldoret at the Moi University West Campus on April 14, Kisumu at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium on April 21, Machakos at Kenyatta Stadium on May 5, Nakuru at Afraha Open on May 12, Nairobi at the University of Nairobi May 18th and at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho.Capital FM, the two-time Road To Anfield champions, will be looking to make the amends with the Neymar JR’s tournament that will be played in Kenya for the first time.Capital FM coach Ahmedin Gulu gives instructions to Kristian Malumbe, skipper Lassie Atrash and Solomon Okeyo.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Best Mix of Music team that is led by skipper, Lassie Atrash failed to defend this year’s edition of Road To Anfield after bowing out in the quarter-finals.“It was a painful loss. But that’s the beauty of football we leave to fight another day. We are set to compete at the Neymar JR’s tournament which will be a perfect platform for us to make amends. The team is ready and we just hope for the best,” Lassie, a Production Assistant at Capital FM noted.Other members in the powerful team that is coached by Ahedin Gulu include: Kristian Malumbe, Solomon Okeyo, Jeff Ooko, Timothy Olobulu, Ali Athman, David Muba and Alex Isaboke while Duncan Kikata is the Team Manager.However, the tournament is of different format compared to other five-asides where at the Neymar JR’s tournament it comprises of five players but with no goalkeeper and for every goal scored, the opposing team loses a player. The game is 10 minutes long.With over 60 countries taking part in this year’s global series of Neymar Jr’s Five, Kenya will be hosting the tournament for the first time in 6 towns targeting 1,500 participants for the title of representing Kenya in Brazil this coming July 2018.Qualifier Schedule: April 7th: Mombasa: Uwanja Wa Mbuzi April 14th: Eldoret: Moi University West CampusApril 21st: Kisumu: Jomo Kenyatta StadiumMay 5th: Machakos: Kenyatta StadiumMay 12th:  Nakuru: Afraha OpenMay 18th: Nairobi: University of NairobiMay 19th: Nairobi: Camp ToyoyoMay 26th: NATIONAL FINAL: Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM football teamNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Five-a-side football kingpins Capital FM will be out to compete at the Neymar JR’s tournament scheduled to be begin with the qualifiers in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos.Capital FM, the 2016 Standard Chartered Bank Trophy world champions, will enter for the Nairobi qualifiers to be played at the University of Nairobi on May 18, seeking to book a berth to the National final set for May 26 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).last_img read more

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Bride’s Day Out at McGettigans Hotel – A dream day before the big day

first_imgMc Gettigans Hotel Letterkenny are inviting all brides-to-be to join them and Gabrielle’s Diary for the Ultimate Brides Day Out.The unmissable bridal event takes place on Sunday February 12th from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.It is the perfect opportunity to view our chandelier-lit ballroom fully set for a wedding and enjoy Afternoon Tea and Unlimited Prosecco. Prospective couples will gain an insight into the excellent personal service Mc Gettigans Hotel offers with the opportunity to meet our expert wedding team and gain inspiration, tips and fashion from a select choice of wedding specialists throughout the afternoon.The event will be filled with demos and talks on how to put your own stamp on your wedding. Our exclusive wedding panel will share their wealth of knowledge in many areas from Room Décor, Wedding Dresses, Mother of the bride and Bridesmaid’s Dresses, Bridal hair and makeup and advice on wedding rings will also be covered. With first-hand experience The General Manager of Mc Gettigans Hotel says “it’s a new and exciting concept being brought to Letterkenny, planning a wedding is a daunting task and can be stressful. We have the best suppliers and experts on board for you, we have done the research and it promises to be the ultimate Girls Day out where the bride to be and her party can enjoy a fun filled afternoon with bubbles and afternoon tea. “I felt that the usual Wedding Fair template is now out of date. So I created an event where they will go away with practical tips and advice that they can use to get the most from their own supplier’s and for them to have a lovely afternoon out as part of their wedding planning.’’ We look forward to welcoming you all on 5th February. Tickets cost €19.95 and can be bought from the Hotels Reception or you can call (074)9122066. If you require any more information you can email gm@mcgettiganshotel.com or find us on Facebook at Mc Gettigans Hotel.Romance is underrated so it’s the time of year to show your loved one that you really care by spending quality time together If it’s a relaxing environment, with stunning vistas of Letterkenny & superb food you’re looking for, a place where you’ll be treated royally from the moment you arrive then the restaurant in Mc Gettigans Hotel is the place to be!With Valentines falling on a Tuesday this Year, we at Mc Gettigans Hotel felt that this restricted people so we are having a Valentines Weekend, Friday 10th Feb, Saturday 11th Feb, Monday 13th and of course Valentine’s Day itself the 14th February.  A candle-lit Four Course Set Dinner featuring the very best of locally sourced produced by our talented Head Chef Michael Mc Clafferty and his expert team, priced at €24.95 per person and this includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco. We have a table to give away to one lucky couple and to top the deal off we will be adding a lovely bottle of our finest Prosecco. To win Simply head over to our Facebook Page Mc Gettigan’s Hotel Letterkenny, Like Comment and Share our Post to win. How many loved your moments of glad grace, and loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face.” – W.B. Yeats For details & reservations please contact the hotel on (074)9122066.Bride’s Day Out at McGettigans Hotel – A dream day before the big day was last modified: February 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bridalletterkennyMcGettigan’s Hotelvalentineslast_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: RELIVE THE ST NAUL’S INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

first_imgTHEY haven’t really stopped celebrating in Mountcharles all week after St Naul’s won the Intermediate Championship last weekend.And one fan has come up with an excellent slideshow…taking in some of those celebrations. Click to watch.DONEGALDAILY.COM – DONEGAL’S BIGGEST AND BEST NEWS WEBSITE……GIVING YOU THE NEWS NOW!ADVERTISE FOR JUST €3..click www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDDTV VIDEO: RELIVE THE ST NAUL’S INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: October 20th, 2011 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:DDTV VIDEO: RELIVE THE ST NAUL’S INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: HOW DONEGAL’S SENIOR LADIES BONDED ON MOUNT ERRIGAL!

first_imgDDTV: IT’S all part of the modern game – for the ladies and the men – team-building and bonding.Some teams do extreme things in the pursuit of greatness.The Donegal Senior Ladies GAA team decided they’d climb our highest peak, Mount  Errigal.And they came with a particularly unusual way of coming back down. Let’s just say it all gets rather slippy….and very muddy.Click play to watch: DDTV VIDEO: HOW DONEGAL’S SENIOR LADIES BONDED ON MOUNT ERRIGAL! was last modified: April 15th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: HOW DONEGAL’S SENIOR LADIES BONDED ON MOUNT ERRIGAL!last_img read more

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MCGUINNESS PLEADS WITH FANS TO DRIVE SAFELY TO AND FROM BIG GAME

first_imgDonegal football manager Jim McGuinness has kick-started a campaign to encourage motorists to watch their speed and be aware of driver fatigue.The Glenties man and his Mayo counterpart James Horan took time out from preparation for Sunday’s big game to show their support for Mayo and Donegal County Council’s ‘Slow Down for the Show Down’ campaign, which aims to bring down traffic speeds on our roads.The campaign asks motorists and passengers to make a personal commitment to drive at appropriate and legal speeds in a bid to tackle concerns about speeding in local communities and a special appeal will be made at the big match on Sunday for all the fans to drive with care. Jim McGuinness said: “Speeding traffic is a prime concern in many communities. We want motorists to think about their speed and how it might affect others as they pass through our communities. Sometimes this might mean slowing down to a speed below that of the signed limit. We hope everyone takes note and thinks road safety when using the roadsMayo’s County football manager, said: “On the football pitch, speed is a necessity – but excessive and inappropriate speed on the road is not ‘fair play’. Apart from the obvious risk of causing injury and death, it also creates distress among local residents leading to people feeling unsafe as they walk, cycle or on our roads. I am proud to support this worthwhile campaign, and I hope that local people will to help to make their communities safer places.”Footballers and managers will be encouraging local people to make their pledge to ‘Slow Down for the Show Down’ and to decide every time they sit in a vehicle before they turn the key, that they will not speed.Slow down for the show down is co-ordinated by Mayo and Donegal’s County Council’s Road Safety Officers as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy. Eamonn Brown, Road Safety Officer, said, “This is another opportunity to remind football fans about their road safety responsibilities. Fans should ensure the enjoyment of the game isn’t followed by tragedy on the roads,” Individuals and organisations should follow their football team’s example and make a commitment to ‘Slow Down for the Show Down’ and ask all their family members to adhere to the rules of the road at all times and lead by example. Mr Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer, Mayo County Council said “We want all road users to change their behaviours and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.” Mr Eamonn Brown Donegal County Council also added, “We are advising motorists to leave plenty time to get to the match and not only to slow down but avoid erratic driving including overtaking and keeping a safe distance from the car in front of them. It is also important to factor in a rest break on your journey from Donegal or Mayo.” MCGUINNESS PLEADS WITH FANS TO DRIVE SAFELY TO AND FROM BIG GAME was last modified: September 19th, 2012 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:James HoranJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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MYSTERY DONEGAL WINNER GIVES GAA LOTTO WINNINGS TO ST VINCENT DE PAUL

first_imgA MYSTERY punter has certainly made the less well-off very happy this Christmas – after signing over a winning lotto ticket to charity.Officials at the Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club were sifting through entries for last weekend’s draw when they found someone who had picked all the right numbers.But the person who filled out the ticket didn’t give his or her name and address – they simply wrote St Vincent de Paul. “The winning envelope contained no other information to assist the Club in identifying the mystery donor,” said the club.“The winning Numbers 3, 12, 16 & 23 were drawn by the Club Committee on Monday night last and now the local Charity stands to receive a cheque for €1,450 which will be presented to them in the coming days.“The Club is pleased to be associated with this timely boost for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Thérèse.”The story follows on the Club’s now famous search for a mystery Club Lotto Jackpot winner in August 2011 which also had a happy ending. Brendan Duffy of Dromore, Letterkenny was completely oblivious to the fact that he had scooped €6,250 – because his surname wasn’t on the ticket and his telephone number was wrong.Brendan finally got his hands on his cheque when he was presented with the money at a special ceremony in McGinley’s Bar.Was it you?You could help present your winnings to charity?Contact us on info@donegaldaily.com MYSTERY DONEGAL WINNER GIVES GAA LOTTO WINNINGS TO ST VINCENT DE PAUL was last modified: December 4th, 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:Letterkenny GaelsMYSTERY DONEGAL WINNER GIVES GAA LOTTO WINNINGS TO ST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more

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LISSADELL HOUSE RETURN GOOD NEWS FOR DONEGAL TOURISM

first_imgConstance Cassidy, far left, and Eddie Walsh, right, chat at Lissadell yesterdayTOURISM in Donegal has been given a huge boost with news that Lissadell House in north Sligo re-opens from today.Taoiseach Enda Kenny will formally re-open the ancestral home of 1916 Rising leader Constance Markievicz on Friday.The house and estate closed four years ago after Sligo County Council took the home’s owners to court in a bid to establish four public rights of way on the property. Barrister couple Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy fought the move – they paid €4M for the house in 2003 and spent another €10M on restoring it.The house was closed during the four years of legal battles which the Walshes won last November.A small piece of road leading to a beach was declared a right of way, but the rest were not.The Lissadell estate will now bring tens of thousands of extra tourists to the North West this summer, many choosing to stay at hotels in Donegal while they are here. Lissadell is just outside Grange. LISSADELL HOUSE RETURN GOOD NEWS FOR DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: June 16th, 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:Lissadell Housesligolast_img read more

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Major Cave with Fossils Found in Arizona

first_imgArizona Central has announced a major cave discovery east of Tucson.  The cave, named La Tetera, was discovered eight years ago but was kept secret till today.  The first human exploration only began New Years Day 2002.  The cave, located within Colossal Cave State Park, is said to rival or exceed Kartchner Caverns in the size and beauty of its formations.  One large chamber has a floor covered in delicate crystal, with huge multicolored domes reaching to the ceiling.  State officials intend to keep the cavern available to scientists only; it will probably never be open to the public.    Much of the cave still remains to be explored; about 2000 feet of passageways have been mapped so far.  It appears in pristine condition, moist and growing – in fact, vapor rising from an orifice gave it the name La Tetera, Spanish for teakettle.  Unlike Kartchner, La Tetera Cave contains many bones of animals said to have gone extinct 10,000 years ago, including prehistoric horses, camels, rattlesnakes and other animals.  The article states, “Experts estimate that La Tetera is about 10 million years old – compared with less than 1 million years of age for Kartchner.”Discoveries like this make exciting news.  Only the underground environment provides opportunities for 21st century explorers to discover virgin territory.  Click the photo gallery link in the article to view beautiful pictures of the interior of this cave.  What other magnificent caves on this vast planet remain to be discovered?    What is uncalled for in such reports is the obligatory reference to millions of years.  If you read the scientific report on nearby Kartchner Caverns (available in the bookstore), you find that the dating methods are compromises of conflicting measurements based on prior assumptions.  Think about it; if there had been 9,990,000 years available for animals to stumble into this cave, wouldn’t it be totally filled with bones?  The long ages that tour guides and reports typically spout are usually stated in a glib, matter-of-fact way, without revealing the many assumptions that go into the estimates, or the many evidences around the world that contradict the dates.    Ball park figures for cave dates are usually established beforehand from uniformitarian and Darwinian assumptions, so that they fit into the evolution-based geologic column (but see the 03/05/2004 headline).  Furthermore, the dating methods commit the fallacy of extrapolation of current processes far beyond what is justifiable.  Check out the following three articles, two by Ph.D. geologists, that explain how cave and speleothem formation do not require such vast periods of time: Snelling, Oard, and Austin.    Next time on a cave tour, politely ask the guide how he or she knows the cave is x million years old.  Unless trained in anti-creationist tactics, the guide will usually stutter and stammer, admitting that he/she is just repeating what the script says.  Then, for fun, show the guide this picture.    Here is a great new DVD to expand your mind about cave formation and geology in general, by a world-class caver and PhD geologist, Dr. Emil Silvestru: Geology and Cave Formation.  It contains stunning photographs and just as stunning facts, by someone who knows caves better inside and out than most people.  Just as good is another DVD by Dr. Silvestru entitled, Rocks & Ages: Do They Hide Millions of Years?(Visited 148 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ararat Anomaly to Be Imaged in Hi-Res

first_imgThe “Ararat anomaly,” an unusual structure at the 15,300′ level of Mt. Ararat in Turkey, is getting increased scrutiny with high-resolution satellite imaging.  Leonard David reported on Live Science that Porcher Taylor of Satellite Imaging Corporation has created a 3-D flyover movie of the site from Ikonos satellite data, and that Geo-Eye I, to be launched next year, will double the resolution of the site to 0.4 meter per pixels.    Buried under a glacier, the Ararat anomaly drew attention because of “its relatively smooth surface texture and unusual physical composition, according to some interpretations.”  Some have considered it a possible location of the remains of Noah’s Ark.It was nice to see Live Science give fair treatment to this story.  Our new era of Google Earth and hi-resolution imaging should be able to shed some light on the famous mountain.  For most of the recent decades, political tensions and local hazards have made the search frustratingly difficult.  Eyes from orbit may be able to make the job of sifting evidence much easier.    A historical string of eyewitness accounts has propelled the brave with ark fever (see noahsarksearch.com).  So far, however, the data collected have done more to rule out some promising sites than to find what would certainly be the most interesting archaeological artifact ever found, if it exists – and even many ark searchers have their doubts a wooden vessel could have survived at all.  Some are not even sure this is the right mountain.    The eyewitness accounts, tantalizing as they are, do not rise to the level of evidence required to convince a fair-minded skeptic.  Gathering more data quietly, without making outlandish claims, is the best thing that can be done.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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