PPP protests GECOM Berbice office

first_imgSupporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Thursday held a protest calling for the resignation of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission Dr Steve Surujbally.With placards and chants, the PPP/C supporters protested in front Gecom’s New Amsterdam office on Princess Elizabeth Road, demanding the chairman of Gecom’s resignation.Region Six Chairman David Armagon, who strongly supported the protest, alleged that Dr Surujbally did not conduct a fair and free election on May 11, 2015.He explained that the PPP/C supporters do not want Surujbally to remain at Gecom. The party wants to see him tender his resignation or be replaced before another election is held in Guyana.Armagon said the protest is a continuation of an exercise started in Georgetown earlier this year.“As you know we have a petition in court, the petition is not being heard so it seems as though the Elections Commission and the courts are dragging their feet on this matter. We want Surujbally to exit Gecom.” Armagon said.The Regional Chairman said too that the now Opposition party will continue to protest until Surujbally either resigns or is replaced, as the party has lost confidence in him.He continued: “And we want the Elections Petition to be heard so that this matter can be dealt with and we will be able to show the Guyanese public how the election was rigged.”The petition was filed since June 2015 and it has yet to be heard in court.It was filed on the grounds that there were voting by unregistered persons, multiple voting, unsealed or improperly sealed ballot boxes, PPP/C ballot attendants and counting agents prevented from accompanying ballot boxes and the counting of PPP/C votes in favour of the APNU/AFC coalition. The petition also asks the court to order a recount of all the ballots cast on that day.last_img read more

Football camp this weekend to feature Chow, Leinart, Montana

first_imgLocal quarterbacks Dayne Crist of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Graham Wilbert of Valencia are participating this weekend. “We’ve merged with the creators of the U.S. Army Bowl, so this is a real huge undertaking – bigger than I thought it was going to be,” Clarkson said. “The demand has been overwhelming. At first, we were just going to do four cities – L.A., Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Austin, Texas. But we’ve added five more cities, including Honolulu during Pro Bowl weekend. Kids from 26 states are going to be at the San Marino camp.” Prominent quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, a former Denver Bronco who tutors many of the area’s top high school quarterbacks, will launch the first of several national football camps Saturday and Sunday in San Marino. Guest coaches include Tennessee Titans assistant coach Norm Chow, former USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and former NFL great Joe Montana. – Erik Boal Saugus’ Gauthier commits to Division III Mt. Union College Saugus High quarterback Nick Gauthier has committed to Mt. Union College, the nation’s premier NCAA Division III program. Mt. Union has won nine national titles since 1993, including the past two seasons. Gauthier completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,896 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. “I think Nick is an outstanding player, and the future of our program bodes well with him playing quarterback,” said Mt. Union assistant coach Vince Kehres. “He’s a dual threat – an outstanding passer who has great feet and can run. He can make plays a lot of different ways.” In other Saugus football recruiting news, defensive back Kyle Monson plans to walk on at Oregon State, and offensive lineman Ramsen Golpashin has been accepted by Div. III Occidental, though he might walk on at UCLA or Cal. – Gerry Gittelson AVC basketball coach Horton looks to match Tarkanian feat Antelope Valley College men’s basketball coach Dieter Horton is the second coach in junior college history to reach the state championships (elite eight) with two different schools in consecutive seasons. The Marauaders (29-6) will face North Ohlone College of Fremont on Thursday in Fresno for a chance to reach the final four. Horton could become the second coach in junior college history to win the state tournament with two different schools in two seasons. Horton led Fullerton College to the championship last season. Jerry Tarkanian was the first coach to win the tournament in back-to-back years with two different teams: Riverside in the 1965-66 season and Pasadena in 1966-67. – Ivan Orozco Valley wrestlers compete in Mexican Olympics qualifier Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando wrestlers Brandon Sotomayor, 13, and Carlos Lazo, 13, took first place in their respective weight categories at the Tijuana, Mexico, regional finals. The competition held this weekend at the UABC, a state university in Tijuana, serves as the qualifying tournament for the Mexican 2007 National Olympics. Sotomayor, an eighth-grader, won the 140-pound (66 kilograms) division, while Lazo, a seventh-grader, clinched the 125-pound (57 kilograms) title. Both wrestlers will compete in the national tournament in Veracruz, Mexico, in May. – Ivan Orozco Pepperdine baseball players earn West Coast Conference honors Pepperdine baseball players Barry Enright and Chase d’Arnaud were honored as the West Coast Conference’s top performers for the first month of the season. Enright, a junior right-hander, was selected as the February conference Co-Pitcher of the Month. D’Arnaud, a sophomore third baseman, is the Player of the Month. Enright went 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA and finished the month with a 211/3 consecutive scoreless innings streak. D’Arnaud batted .415 and ranked third in the WCC with 16 RBIs, including six in a Feb. 27 game against UC Irvine, his first career two-home run game. The nationally ranked Waves went 11-3 in February. – Heather Gripp New England Patriots’ Cassel returns to Northridge on Saturday Matt Cassel, a New England Patriots quarterback who helped Northridge Little League to the 1994 Little League World Series baseball final in Williamsport, Pa., returns Saturday morning as the guest speaker for Northridge’s opening day ceremony. – Gerry Gittelson East-West All-Star Football Game has four quarterbacks confirm Rosters haven’t been finalized for the 11th annual East-West All-Star Football Game on June10 at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa, but among the confirmations are quarterbacks Alex Pettee (Hart of Newhall) and James Beloff (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) for the West, and Nate Longshore (Canyon of Canyon Country) and Luke Collis (St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge) for the East. Information: (818) 999-5197. – Gerry Gittelson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Information: www.air7qbu.com. – Gerry Gittelson Oak Park’s Rice strikes out school-record 18 batters Oak Park sophomore pitcher Julia Rice struck out a school-record 18 batters in the host Eagles’ 1-0, 10-inning nonleague victory Tuesday over L.A. Baptist of North Hills. Rice (2-0) broke the previous mark of 17, set in a seven-inning game in 2000 by Dana Porter. last_img read more

A good signing for Manchester United? Serie A defender assessed

first_imgUnsurprisingly, the team continues to be linked with moves for defenders, the latest of which is Torino’s Matteo Darmian.Though not a centre-back, a real problem position for United at the moment, the 24-year-old is a highly accomplished full-back who would strengthen the team.His WhoScored.com rating (6.85) may have dropped from recent years, but Darmian is still widely considered a highly-capable performer in Italy’s top tier.Able to play at right-back or left-back, the Italy international’s versatility would be a bonus for Van Gaal in his quest to restore United as England’s dominant side.However, it remains to be seen whether United should be pursuing Darmian. Strength in numbers is essential for any team, but his drop in form has question marks lingering over whether he can fulfil his potential.From an attacking viewpoint, it’s easy to pinpoint why Darmian’s influence has dipped. Torino sold their two prized attacking talents – Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci – over the summer, with all three of Darmian’s assists last season coming for Immobile goals.This term, however, the defender is yet to register a league assist, despite playing considerably more key passes per game (1.7) than he was last campaign (0.8).He can clearly make an impact in the final third, but Torino’s inability to adequately replace Immobile and Cerci has hindered Darmian. The offensive side of his game would undeniably appeal to Van Gaal, who, in his most-used 4-3-1-2 formation, requires his full-back’s to press on and provide width when pushing forward.With Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Van Gaal’s disposal, Darmian would thrive, especially if he can transfer his attacking performances from Serie A to the Premier League.However, the player he would likely compete with for a starting spot is Brazilian Rafael. Since Van Gaal moved from a three-man to a four-man defence, Rafael has performed admirably.His WhoScored.com rating (7.27) is the fourth best of all United players to have registered at least 400 minutes of league action this term and Rafael has impressed since coming back into the team after being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.The United defender is averaging both more tackles (3) and interceptions per game (3.2) than Darmian (1.8 and 1.2, respectively), while also registering an assist this term, despite averaging significantly fewer key passes per match (0.6).With that in mind, using the money to bring in a full-back may not be the best course of action for United. An experienced centre-back should be a priority for Van Gaal’s side in the January transfer window and while Darmian would be a good acquisition, he is not what they need right now.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Matteo Darmian, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com assess whether Manchester United should make a move for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian. Check out WhoScored.com for lots more Man United stats.Manchester United’s defensive frailties are still clear for all to see.While the 2012/13 champions sit just one point off fourth in England’s top tier, the position masks what has been an underwhelming start to the season.Louis van Gaal’s side have the attacking firepower to rival any team in Europe’s top five leagues, but a leaky backline has held them back this term. 1center_img Matteo Darmian has been linked with a move to Man United last_img read more

Tottenham make Liverpool star their top summer target with £20m deal lined up

first_img Adam Lallana in action for Liverpool Tottenham are set to launch a £20million move for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana according to reports.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to add to his squad this summer as he plans for life in the Champions League next season.And, according to The Sun, Pochettino will tell his chairman Daniel Levy to make Lallana the club’s number one transfer target when the window opens.The Argentine worked with the 28-year-old at Southampton and attempted to take him to White Hart Lane in 2014.Liverpool won the race for his signature then and, after a slow start to his Anfield career, he has impressed under Jurgen Klopp this season.But Klopp is planning to reshape his squad at the end of the campaign and could listen to offers for Lallana.And Spurs are ready to make a move to reunite him with Pochettino – with £20m set aside to secure a deal. 1last_img read more

Pensions can aid state, official says

first_imgThe proposal would have to be approved by the boards of PERS and STRS, but not the Legislature. Schwarzenegger appoints two of the 13 board members of PERS and five of 12 members on STRS. State Controller Steve Westly, who also sits on the PERS and STRS boards and is running against Angelides for the Democratic nomination for governor, declined comment. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California’s two largest pension funds should invest $15 billion in urban infrastructure to provide a reliable funding source as the state looks to improve its bridges and freeways, State Treasurer Phil Angelides proposed Monday. Angelides, who sits on the board of the California Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System, proposed that those two pension funds invest up to 5 percent of their assets in projects that generate income from bridge tolls and other user fees. “Our state has a very substantial need for investments in infrastructure that can support a growing economy,” Angelides said. The pension funds would be a better source of capital than the foreign companies which have become increasingly involved in infrastructure investments, he argued. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHis proposal comes as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature consider plans for a series of infrastructure bonds to put before voters. Schwarzenegger earlier this year proposed $68 billion in bond financing, though Democrats had wanted a smaller amount. Negotiators failed to make the deadline for the June ballot but are still considering putting a bond forward in November. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, support Angelides’ proposal, which is seen as an addition to, not a replacement for, the governor’s plan. A spokesman for the governor’s Finance Department said the governor still hopes to reach a bipartisan agreement on a bond package but will review Angelides’ plan. “The deadline for June may have passed, but the needs are clearly still there,” spokesman H.D. Palmer said. “The fact that Republicans and Democrats are continuing to discuss this issue we think is a good sign.” last_img read more


first_imgThe man who bought one of Donegal’s best-known hotels for just €650,000 is to appear on RTE’s Saturday Night Show tonight to reveal how he did it.Paul Diver, of The Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, will tell presenter Brendan O’Connor about the weeks leading up to his purchase.He will also reveal his plans for the famous hotel as will as his pride in saving 55 jobs locally. The hotel has been inundated with bookings since his purchase – with even a wedding booked there on the back of the coverage.  DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER TO TELL ALL TO RTE’S SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW was last modified: March 10th, 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:Paul DiverRTESANDHOUSE HOTELSaturday NIght Showlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal GAA team have gone on a week-long holiday – just days before their big Ulster Championship game against Derry.However Jim McGuinness and his team are hardly soaking up the sun and drinking cocktails by the pool!The team have headed to Johnstown House hotel in Kildare for a training camp! The campus offers full training facilities and the team are using the time away to prepare for the game against Derry on Saturday week in Ballybofey. DONEGAL TEAM GO ON HOLIDAY – DAYS BEFORE DERRY GAME! was last modified: June 6th, 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:DerryJohnstown House HotelScotlandlast_img read more


first_imgThe sister-in-law of leading Donegal county councillor Terence Slowey was almost killed by a drunk driver who later died along with his passenger in a horrific crash, an inquest heard yesterday.The driver of the car which caused the two-car collision was four and a half times over the drink driving limit.Serejus Pridyvus (31) of 4 Lawnsdale, Letterkenny and his passenger, Vaidas Aucius (39) of 43 Lawnsdale, Ballybofey died when the Audi A4 they were travelling in collided with another car on the N15 between Ballybofey and Killygordon on November 23rd, 2009. Mrs Bernadette Slowey and her husband, Lawrence, a brother of county councillor Terence Slowey, were travelling towards Ballybofey when the Audi collided with their Opel Astra. Mrs. Slowey suffered serious injuries and had to have surgery for internal injuries.Mr. Slowey, from Ardara, told coroner Denis McCauley that the red Audi seemed to straighten up as it approached them and then lost control.He said he could do nothing to avoid the car and they hit the side of it. The Audi was thrown up onto an embankment by the collision which resulted in serious damage to both cars.Mr. Slowey said his wife said almost died as a result of the accident and is still suffering from it. Mr. Slowey received more minor injuries including fractured ribs.Mr. Auciu’s widow, Liama, told the court that she and her husband and their two children had moved to Ireland from Lithuania five years before the accident. He had been friendly with Mr. Pridyvus for three years.Garda accident investigator Sgt. John McFadden said the accident occurred on a bend with a speed limit of 100kmph.He said there had to be a considerable amount of speed involved for the Audi to sustain the extensive damage that it did and to be thrown up on the embankment.Pathologist Dr. Gerry O’Dowd said Mr. Aucius died from multiple injuries sustained in a road traffic accident while Mr. Pridyvus died from serious head injuries.He said Mr. Pridyvus had an alcohol level of 374 mg, which would leave a person close to stupor.The jury recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of Mr. Aucius and death by misadventure in the case of Mr. Pridyvus.SISTER-IN-LAW OF LEADING COUNCILLOR CHEATED DEATH IN CRASH WHICH KILLED TWO was last modified: September 20th, 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:ArdaracrashDr Denis McCauleyinquestTerence Sloweylast_img read more

Have you ever seen a Donegal donkey eating a pancake?

first_imgThe Donegal Donkey Sanctuary has seen a lot of wonderful things in its time.But tomorrow and Sunday may see a first!The sanctuary, which is home to more than 70 donkeys, is based in Raphoe. And this weekend it hosts an open day for anyone who has never visited the sanctuary run by Danny and Sandra Curran.As well as these lovely creatures, The Happy Camper food company will be on hand for anyone feeling a little peckish!It remains to be seen if the Happy Camper’s speciality pancakes prove a little too tempting for the donkeys!The open days run from 10am until 5pm and all are welcome to visit what is a brilliant sanctuary for these lovely animals. Have you ever seen a Donegal donkey eating a pancake? was last modified: November 17th, 2017 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:donegalDonkeysopen daysRaphoelast_img read more

How Valid Is Computerized Dinosaur Reconstruction?

first_imgCan you reconstruct a dinosaur on a computer?  Of course you can.  The question is how accurate it reflects something no one has ever seen.  Live Science told about Peter Falkingham at the University of Manchester who is using “genetic algorithms” and simulating evolution to figure out how dinosaurs walked.    A dinosaur’s gait doesn’t just jump out of the bones.  Even if you have a whole skeleton, there’s a lot of uncertainty if you don’t know where the muscles attached and how long they were.  Falkingham models different attachment points in his computer and sees if they allow the animal to walk.  “Initial attempts to randomly decipher which pattern of muscle activation works best result almost always in the animal falling on its face,” he explained to Live Science.  Assuming falling headlong was not their normal behavior, Falkingham let the algorithms “evolve” such that a computerized T. rex, for instance, could enjoy a good life.  The genetic algorithms employed “can alter themselves and evolve, and so run pattern after pattern until they get improvements,” reporter Charles Q. Choi explained.  Both scientist and reporter think they are simulating evolution: Eventually, they evolve a pattern of muscle activation with a stable gait and the dinosaur can walk, run, chase or graze, Falkingham said.  Assuming natural selection evolves the best possible solution as well, the modeled animal should move similar to its now extinct counterpart.  Indeed, they have achieved similar top speeds and gaits with computer versions of humans, emus and ostriches as in reality.Combining the computer model with data from dinosaur tracks can help present a unified picture of dinosaur life – as long as one takes into account the difficulties in interpreting tracks:The problem with tracks is that they can be very hard to interpret, as the number of variables involved with how tracks form “is staggering,” Falkingham explained.  “Is the sediment made of tiny clay particles that stick together, or larger sand particles that roll over?  What is the water content, which can help particles stick together, but if you put in too much, it pushes particles apart?  What is the strength, elasticity and compressibility of the soil?  And what happens when you have layers of sediment?  The impressions left behind at lower layers can be very different from the ones left on the surface.”    Physically recreating each potential scenario with a real box of mud is extraordinarily time-consuming and difficult to repeat accurately, so this is where computer simulation comes in.Running hundreds of simulations with supercomputers produces workable solutions – and surprises.  Falkingham discovered another dubious assumption about tracks made by webbed feet: Sometimes the experiments can throw up unexpected results.  Falkingham added.  For instance, when he was once simulating wet, sloppy mud to see how an extinct bird walked – findings that could shed light on how birds evolved from dinosaurs – once the result was a webbed footprint, even though the foot itself was not webbed.  The virtual soil had been pushed up between the toes, before collapsing into a platform-like structure that, in a fossil track, could be interpreted as the impression left by a webbed foot.    The soft parts of animals, such as webbing, only rarely gets preserved as fossil, so much of the evidence for the evolutionary history of webbed-footed-birds comes from tracks, Falkingham said.  These results call for careful reinterpretation of webbed footprints.Falkingham is working next on modeling four-footed dinosaurs.  Readers can make their own assessments of the scientific validity of virtual dinosaurs walking on virtual soil in a virtual world.Computer simulations confer degrees of probability – not certainty – on their conclusions.  Presumably, the model gains credibility points if it can accurately simulate the stride and tracks of a living bird or animal.  Even so, the problem of underdetermination of theories by data always leaves room for possibilities that a working model contains flaws that cancel each other out, or were rigged to guarantee the result a theory needed.  These and other problems mean that models cannot be extrapolated carelessly into unknown cases.    Falkingham and Choi won Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week not for trying to understand dinosaur physics, but for “Assuming natural selection evolves the best possible solution” for anything, and for assuming their findings “could shed light on how birds evolved from dinosaurs.”  Any scientist who assumes that chance plus natural law could find a solution to anything is not thinking straight.  They might just as well assume that chance and natural law evolved the supercomputer that ran their genetic algorithms.  That’s artificial (intelligently-designed) selection, not natural selection.  Waltzing over assumptions is a sure way to fall on one’s face in logical mud.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more