Police in Georgetown are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of Korner Kick Bar and Restaurant Manager Tevin Parris, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Monday morning.His demise has left his family with many unanswered questions after Parris’s lifeless body was discovered in his bed at his Garnett Street, Newtown, Georgetown home.Dead: Tevin ParrisGuyana Times understands that investigators have retrieved a gun, which was reportedly in his hand when the man was found in the bedroom of the upper flat of the house. Upon learning the news of his demise, his mother broke down in tears and had to be consoled by other relatives who were still coming to grips with the shocking death.The young man’s uncle, David Parris, made the gruesome discovery just after 07:30h on Monday. He relayed that his nephew was found in a sleeping position.“I saw blood on sheet and I saw the body and went back out right away. He was found in a sleeping position in the normal way – in his boxers, shirtless,” the uncle said.Investigators are trying to discover if any money was taken from the Garnett Street home as well as trying to clear up the reported discrepancies over the trajectory of the wound to determine whether Parris’s death was a homicide or self-inflicted.As Police await the post-mortem examination, which is expected to be conducted later this week, this publication was told that the now dead man was not the holder of a firearm licence.
January 12, 2020
Linden to Lethem Road ProjectThe feasibility study for the construction of the 125 kilometre of road from Linden to Mabura, as well as the Kurupukari Bridge, is expected to be completed by the end of December 2019.The Lethem trail in a deplorable conditionThe Kurupukari River crossing where the UK-funded bridge will be constructedThe much-anticipated Linden to Lethem road project is divided into two phases: Linden to Mabura Hill and Mabura to Lethem. The United Kingdom (UK) Government is funding the first phase – Linden to Mabura including a bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari Stelling – with a $150 million grant from the £300 Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme that was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2015.In the 2019 Mid-Year report, it was noted that the feasibility study for the Linden to Mabura road commenced in the first quarter of the year and is expected to be completed by December.Back in May, British High Commissioner Gergory Quinn had told reporters that after the design and technical assessment, a report will be handed over to the Guyana Government with two options.“It will be over to the government to decide which of those (options) it wants to use the funding that we have available on,” the British diplomat had explained.Last year, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had revealed that the new Kurupukari bridge, located in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), will either be a single or dual lane fixed bridge – approximately 600 meters long.Currently persons travelling the Linden/Lethem trail have to cross the Essequibo River, at Kurupukari, by a privately-operated pontoon service. Kurupukari Village is located along the Lethem–Georgetown trail, about five hours from Lethem.In September 2015, former Prime Minister Cameron had announced the multi-million investment in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean region. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean states to benefit from the grant.In February of 2017, it was announced that Guyana had earmarked the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project as well as the rehabilitation of the coastal and river infrastructure in the Georgetown area to be funded by the British government.The second project would cover the reconstruction of the facilities at the major river-passenger and goods-transport hubs at Stabroek Market and Vreed-en-Hoop on the Demerara River.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which is administering the £300 UKCIF, has set a grant of $161 million to fund a feasibility study and designs for the rehabilitation of the stellings and according to High Commissioner Quinn, the that study is ongoing and will be completed at the same time as the road study.Meanwhile, with regard to the second phase of the project, Mabura Hill and Lethem, the Guyana Government is currently looking at its bilateral partners for funding.In July last year, a ministerial team from Guyana visited their counterparts in neighbouring Brazil during which it was agreed that both countries will provide financial resources for the engineering and design of the Linden-Lethem road, which is often in deplorable conditions as a result of heavy rainfalls causing persons traversing the trail much difficulties.It was reported that the two countries will be working closely with the People’s Republic of China to access a $50 billion China Select Fund to complete the second phase of the critical piece of infrastructure that holds great potential in terms of integrating the two countries and improving trade between the neighbours and the Caribbean.Back in July last year, Guyana and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, paving the way for cooperation of several infrastructural projects including the Linden to Lethem road project.The agreement was signed by former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun in commemoration of 47 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.Greenidge had hinted at the possibility of the often deplorable Linden-Lethem Highway being financed under this initiative.“We have been speaking to all bilateral and multilateral partners. During our discussions with the Brazilians, we did discuss and explored the possibility of using funding from the Latin America China Funds to fund the road. That is something very much on the cards and something we are working on,” he had indicated.According to Ambassador, the signing of the MoU marks a new and promising chapter to the bilateral relationship enjoyed by the two countries as it will bring mutual benefits and a brighter future for the two countries.The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to enhance the orderly free-flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework of benefit to all.
January 11, 2020
Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ CompetitionHaving knocked out former champs New Amsterdam Kings in the quarter-finals, Trafalgar of West Berbice were in no mood to accommodate any resistance in the final, and romped to a lopsided 4-0 win over Lichfield to be crowned the new champions of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition, which ended on Sunday at the New Amsterdam (NA) Stelling Tarmac.Played before another large crowd that included Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste, Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart, Berbice Branch Manager Joshua Torrezao, and Banks DIH staffers among others, Trafalgar were led to victory by Ryan Schultz, who fired in all the goals to ensure that the latest title holders not only cart off the top prize of $400,000, but also secure a spot in theBanks DIH staffer Fraiche Kendall hands over the first prize and winning trophy to Trafalgar Captain Adrian Price in the presence of Brand Manager Lee Baptiste (extreme left), Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart (right) and teammates on Sundaynational playoffs.Schultz’s quickness was always going to be a bother for Lichfield, and he opened the scoring in the third minute by racing down the centre of the field before firing past the last stop into the right corner.Three minutes later he returned, this time displaying his true skill to weave past tackles before slamming a fierce shot into the empty goal, to make it 2-0.Lichfield looked game and determined, but their lack of offensive buildups made it one-way traffic, and everyone knew it was just a matter of time before Trafalgar stretched their lead.However, Lichfield’s defence held their nerves and nullified every other offensive threat before the half time whistle sounded.With all to play for in the final period, Lichfield had to take chances. They came forward in numbers, but this tactic was always going to be a dangerous one; and so it proved, as Schultz took full advantage of the opposition’s strategy to punish them.Racing onto a through pass on the left side, Schultz eased into centre field before uncorking a powerful shot into the lower right corner.Lichfield, for their efforts, walked away with $175,000 and the runners-up trophy.In the third place playoff, Hopetown squeezed past Outsiders 1-0 through a Marvin Robertson fourth minute strike.They were presented with $100,000 and a trophy, while Outsiders took home $75,000 and the corresponding accolade.Earlier, in semi-final action, Trafalgar survived a spirited fight from Hopetown, before prevailing 2-1 on sudden death penalty kicks. This was after normal time ended goalless.On the other hand, Lichfield defeated Outsiders 2-0, Carlos Grant netting a brace in the 22nd and 26th minutes.Meanwhile, the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica leg is slated for July 14, 15 and 16.
December 26, 2019
Predicted line-upsSweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Toivonen, BergSouth Korea: Seung-Gyu, Hyun-Soo, Kyung-Won, Young-Gwon, Joo-Ho, Sung-Yeung, Ja-Cheol, Chul, Jae-Sung, Son, Hee-Chan 3 3 Key playersSweden: Marcus Berg had a brilliant qualifying campaign, scoring eight goals in nine games which include a haul of four goals against Luxembourg in an 8-0 win.As he is a striker, comparisons have been drawn with Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic but whether the Al-Ain man can produce of the big stage remains to be seen.South Korea: He has been a revelation at Tottenham since signing for the club in August 2015 and South Korea will be hoping Heung-Min Son will do the business for them as well.Son is just 25-years-old but has already made 67 international appearances, so it’s clear to see that South Korea have high hopes for him in Russia and beyond. The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will host Sweden v South Korea Son will be hopeful he can guide South Korea out of their tricky group Where can I stream Sweden v South Korea?The game is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio or through the talkSPORT mobile app.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. The World Cup has well and truly started and now it’s just left to the remaining few teams to kick off their campaign in Russia.There are three games going that are happening with the first one of the day between Sweden and South Korea at Nizhny Novgorod at 1pm. 3
December 26, 2019
Hurst praised Kane 2 Despite low expectations, Southgate’s young squad reached a first semi-final for 28 years and Hurst compared the manager to ’66 boss Sir Alf Ramsey.He wrote in the Daily Mail: “The way England played and the way in which you and your players conducted yourselves lifted the mood of the nation. You made England fall in love with football again and for that we’re all very grateful.“A lot of people have asked me whether this tournament reminded me of 1966. I have to say, yes — a lot of this England team remind me of us back in ’66, and you remind me very much of Sir Alf Ramsey. He was a master at building the team and getting the attitude of the players right — two things that were important in our victory.“Alf built positive qualities in us in ’66 and made sure we were united as a team, and now you have done the same and came so close to emulating our victory. I’m sure it will lead to a better, more successful future for the national side.” 2 Southgate brought the nation together Hurst, 76, hailed Southgate for sticking to his principles and playing positive football.He made some bold decisions, including the omissions of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere, as well as making Harry Kane captain. Hurst compared Kane to the legendary captain of ’66 Bobby Moore.And Hurst is looking forward to the years to come, in which he urges the Three Lions to capitalise on the feeling they have created.He added: “We have a fantastic opportunity now. The country is in love with international football. Let’s not waste this moment.” Sir Geoff Hurst has expressed his gratitude to Gareth Southgate for making ‘England fall in love with football again’.The 1966 hero credited the Three Lions boss for ‘uniting the nation’ after the national side captured the hearts of the country with their incredible World Cup run.
December 25, 2019
It was a happy afternoon in National Lottery offices today when the Donegal holders of the two winning tickets for the Lotto Plus 2 draw from last Saturday (11 August 2012) each collected their separate prizes of €250,000.Pat O’Hagan from Letterkenny, a retired Post Office worker, said he was ‘delighted’ to collect his Lotto Plus 2 prize of €250,000 today.Pat purchased his €4 ticket last Saturday in Macs Mace store on the High Road in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He chose his own numbers himself and has been ‘playing these numbers since Lotto started in 1988. I won over €1,000 in the mid-eighties but haven’t won anything since. I’m really looking forward to taking a holiday in Florence in Italy soon, to see the statue of David because I’m interested in art and sculpture. I’m also going to visit my older brother in New Mexico later on’, he finished.The second winner of the Lotto Plus 2 top prize, who purchased their €12 ticket in The Paper Post on Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, also last Saturday, collected their prize of €250,000 today in the National Lottery.The second Donegal winner, who wanted no details at all revealed about their identity, said that they were ‘absolutely delighted with the win, and I’m looking forward to winning it again very soon’, they chuckled.Tomorrow night’s Lotto jackpot is heading for €6 million. Players are advised to play early in any National Lottery store before 7.45pm tomorrow evening to be in with a chance to win or share in this great jackpot. National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with one third of all sales (approx) going to fund Beneficiary projects around the country, as designated by Government.Since the National Lottery was launched, €4 billion has been raised for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language. PAT’S DELIGHT AS HE COLLECTS €250K LOTTO CHEQUE – BUT WHO WON SECOND PRIZE? was last modified: August 14th, 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)
December 24, 2019
Top-seeded Drake (26-4) advanced to the tournament semifinals for the second-straight season, where it will play either No. 4 Southern Illinois or No. 5 Wichita State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Bulldogs’ 26 wins this season is tied for the second-most single season victories in program history with the 1980-81 team which finished 26-7. MOLINE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team used a big third quarter to help defeat Illinois State, 64-40, on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the iWireless Center. PDF Box Score Out of halftime and leading by just two points, the Bulldogs used a pair of 7-0 scoring runs, one at the beginning of the quarter and one at the end, to lead 44-26 after three quarters of play. After shooting just 26.7 percent in the first half, Drake bounced back shooting the basketball in the third period at 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the floor, outscoring ISU, 24-8. Wendell had seven points in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs finished at 61.5 (8-of-13) percent and ended the game at 46.4 (26-of-56) percent. Story Links HTML Box Score If Drake wins Saturday it advances to the MVC Championship game for the first time since 2014 and 12th time in school history. Every tournament game is broadcast online on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: Full Schedule Roster The Bulldogs are seeking to win their sixth MVC Tournament title and first since 2007 this weekend. Saturday’s game will be the 22nd all-time trip to the semifinals for the program. Drake owns a 40-23 all-time record at the MVC Tournament. The winner of the four-day event claims the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting while three other Bulldogs joined the 2017 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year in double figures. Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa), the MVC’s Freshman of the Year, finished with 14 points while sophomores Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 12 second-half points and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) chipped in 10 points off the bench. vs. Wichita State 3/11/2017 – 1:30 P.M. Photo Gallery
December 22, 2019
As Irish Water reviews its operational plans to disconnect the public water supply to Rathmullan from Loch Colm in Milford, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn said the strategy and running of the system is one of chaos and needs a ministerial enquiry urgently.He said the news was both astonishing and contradictory given that only in March this year Irish Water announced an investment of €820,000 to complete the project by the end of August to comply with EU regulations.We understand that with Loch Colum at crisis point, the disconnection of the Rathmullan service will save around 350 cubic metres of water per day at the Milford reservoir. Senator MacLochlainn has now asked the Environment Minister to carry out or commission an independent investigation into the recent allocation of financial resources by Irish Water for the Milford area.“I understand that a mobile treatment plant is now to be put in place at Gort Lough above Rathmullan in a bid to reduce THM levels in compliance with EU guidelines. In March Irish Water announced the closure of Gort Lough as a source for public water due to this same problem,” says Ian McGarvey.Meanwhile, Irish Water has announced that as water levels at Loch Colm dropped a further three inches in one week, the current level of the supply is some 130 inches below the level of the weir.Padraig MacLochlainn. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Local farmers blame over extraction by Irish Water and they are describing the latest developments as not at all surprising and it seemed that Irish Water was based in the Sahara Desert. Senator MacLochlainn said it seemed chaotic and unbelievable that only last March Irish Water announced a major investment programme of €820,000 to bring a supply to Rathmullan from Milford and now they’ve been forced to abandon the project… due to a lack of water.Senator MacLochlainn said that Irish Water would have been fully aware the Loch Colm source was already in serious difficulties and was never going to be able to supply Rathmullan under any circumstances.Meanwhile Cllr. Ian McGarvey said he was worried that Irish Water appears to be more concerned about who is ‘leaking’ information to the Tirconaill Tribune rather than dealing with the leaking of 50% of treated public water into the ground.Cllr. McGarvey said he is not at all surprised to discover that Irish Water is preparing to disconnect Rathmullan from the Milford supply because everyone in the public domain knew that the capacity of Loch Colm was already over stretched and he now feared it was being subject to damage beyond repair because of too much extraction and pressure on the source.Padraig MacLochlainn added: “How can they (Irish Water) justify that kind of planning and given the huge amount of money involved in future investment for Donegal’s water services, I wonder to what extent can we be reassured that Irish Water is the best utility to carry out this work,” added the SF Senator. In his correspondence on Wednesday to Minister Eoghan Murphy, Senator MacLochlainn said: “I am writing to you to outline my serious concern about the allocation of financial resources by Irish Water to water infrastructure in the Milford area of Donegal. €820,000 is being spent this year to improve the quality of water supply to the community in Rathmullan, Co. Donegal.“Much of this investment is in water pipe replacement to facilitate water being taken from the Milford Town supply over to Rathmullan.“Yet, as you will see from the recent Irish Water update to Oireachtas members we are now advised that the water supply to Milford Town and other local communities at Lough Colm is 130” below the desired level (a drought) and they now will need to invest in remedial measures to redirect water from other sources over to the Lough Colm supply.“And remarkably, they indicate that they may need to disconnect 450m3/day of water from the Rathmullan supply. This follows an expenditure of €820,000 this year to take this water to Rathmullan! “Minister, I am asking that your department now carry out or commission an independent investigation into the recent allocation of financial resources by Irish Water for water infrastructure in the Milford area with a particular focus on this decision to direct water from Milford to Rathmullan,” added McLochlainn’s correspondence.Meanwhile Cllr. McGarvey said he is astonished and shocked with what is going on.He said: “On the one hand there is a huge demand to take water away from Milford while at the same time there is a rush to bring in water to the reservoirs from Goaldrum via Bunlin Bridge and at a huge cost that the public will have to pay for eventually.”Irish Water said that the Lough Colm level dropped in the period 08/08/2017 to 14/08/2017 by 3” to leave the current level at 130” below overflow weir. Temporary pumping (via diesel pump) of the source is ongoing as the existing siphon stopped on a few occasions due to air ingress. The diesel pump will be used as a standby after a primary electrical pump is installed over the next week. There is ongoing public concern regarding the reduced surface area and depth of Lough Colm.Meanwhile as the heavens open in late August work are ongoing to extend Goldrum supply from Bunlin Bridge to Milford town with the job due for completion in early September.“No quick wins have been identified for pressure management,” according to Irish Water earlier this week.An earlier phase of spending saw Rathmullan town connected to Milford in 2013.And as Loch Colm remained at record low levels there was local shock and consternation when Irish Water announced their new investment programme for Rathmullan. The news set alarm bells ringing in Milford because nobody in the area believed that Loch Colum could supply the demand needed to take Gort Lough out of the system.The new Milford treatment plant was completed only six years ago with a reported output of 2000 cubic metres per day at full capacity. The current level of extraction substantially exceeds that demand.The matter came into the public domain in early May when a Tribune photograph of Lough Colum showed that levels had fallen by around eight feet. The situation has now reached crisis point and will come up for discussion again at the Letterkenny Municipal District meeting in September.Irish Water plans are chaotic – Senator Mac Lochlainn was last modified: August 24th, 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:donegalIrish WaterMilford
December 22, 2019
The death has been announced of popular journalist Tony O’Callaghan.Tony, who was well-known across the entire country was 69 and passed away at Letterkenny University Hospital earlier today.He was from Killybegs. As well as working locally with the Donegal People’s Press, Tony worked at national newspaper level with the Irish Press.He was extremely knowledgeable on all maritime matters and was very proud form the fishing town from where he hailed.In later years Tony was employed by the court service as a stenographer.His brother Bernie took to social media to announce his brother’s passing. He wrote “Very sorry to announce the passing of my brother Tony after a short illness. RIP. He had a very successful career with the Irish Press, Donegal’s People Press and had numerous clients in the political world. A loving man who had a wonderful sense of humour he will be sadly missed by his wife Trish, children Karen and Conal and large family, friends and colleagues. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.”Tony was a good friend to Donegal and often furnished us with notes or news stories from his locality.May you rest in peace Tony.Sad passing of popular journalist Tony O’Callaghan was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKillyebgsTony O’Callaghan
December 21, 2019
Sebastian Polter’s early goal gave QPR the lead at Deepdale.The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Jamie Mackie returned to the QPR starting line-up, coming in for Matt Phillips, while Grant Hall is on the substitutes’ bench having recovered from a foot injury.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie, Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Luongo, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook