Students of the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School were surprised to find their school inundated with more than a foot of pungent, dirty floodwater when they turned up for classes on Friday morning, and had to return home because it was impossible to conduct tuition under those circumstances.The Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School was closed on FridayThis newspaper was told that flooding at the facility had become a norm for a number of years, and students are usually sent home when the compound has been flooded.According to Hilda Stephens, security at the school, the water started to rise at about 18:00h on Thursday evening. The flooding — a result of the high tides coupled with the breakaway of part of the seawall and the removal of mangroves — is a frequent occurrence.However, Stephens revealed that the seawall has been in a dilapidated state for over seven years now, despite pleas for it to be repaired. As a result, the flooding situation continues on a regular basis.“I sit down by my verandah and I smelling this water really stinking, and when I saw the water, it was really black. However, when I come to work this morning, the place was flooded really bad,” Stephens explained.She added that when the head teacher of the school arrived, she met the students standing on the roadway, uncertain as to their next move.This newspaper was told that when the headteacher arrived, she informed the Education Ministry of the situation, and the students were duly send home.Persons living in close proximity to the school have said that the stench of the water is influenced by the burial ground, where some of the tombs are currently opened.“The burial ground is right next door, and all the water from there does run over, and a whole lot of them tombs over there break open; so you could tell how it smell,” another security in the area explained.When Guyana Times visited the area, residents were calling for immediate addressing of the situation by authorities.Vreed-en-Hoop resident Karen William called on the Government to urgently look into the situation, which she said is getting worse with the passage of time.“Presently, the water is really affecting us. Not only us, but the students at the school, and I think that the Government really need to do something about it; they need to come into the area and view it,” she said.When this publication visited the offices of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), no one was available to comment on the matter.
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A dentist to the rich and famous has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the estate of late New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, claiming his home was destroyed when the ballplayer’s small airplane crashed into his apartment building. The plane, with Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger aboard, hit the Upper East Side building on the 30th floor, 13 floors below Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal’s apartment. Lidle, 34, and Stanger, 26, were killed. Steroid investigation: The Detroit Tigers’ Gary Sheffield met with a baseball executive to discuss recent comments on whether he would cooperate with Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. Also: Shortstop Michael Young has agreed to a contract extension worth about $80 million over five seasons with the Texas Rangers. … Right-hander Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a four-year contract. … The Padres plan to unveil a statue of Tony Gwynn outside Petco Park.
England had to play with 10 men for 30 minutes of normal time and held on in Gelsenkirchen to ensure it finished 0-0 after extra-time.Then Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo saved three penalties in the shoot-out and the Three Lions were going home early.But do you remember manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s starting line-up in 2006? England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT at 15:00 (UK time) on Saturday 7 July here.For the first time since the 2006 World Cup, England are playing a quarter-final game.Having seen off Colombia on penalties, the Three Lions must now beat Sweden for a place in the last four.Jamie Vardy is a major doubt because of the groin strain he suffered against the South Americans in the last 16.Ashley Young has overcome an ankle knock sustained in the game and Kyle Walker has recovered from cramp.Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Walker are one yellow card away from missing a potential semi-final.Here, though, talkSPORT.com is looking back instead of forward to the last time they played a World Cup quarter-final. It didn’t go too well. 1 England lost to Portugal on penalties with Ricardo making three saves
A WOMAN on a Christmas night out with her sisters ended up getting arrested.Kathleen Mitchell was so drunk she ended up kicking a Garda at the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny, the local District Court was told.Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly that the incident happened on St Stephen’s Night last year in the town. It was 3.50am on December 27 and Gardai were called to the Four Lanterns on Lower Main Street in response to a report of a female acting in an aggressive manner.“Gardai found Ms Mitchell intoxicated and extremely aggressive,” said Inspector Murphy.Mitchell, 31, from Glenard Park, Long Lane, admitted being drunk and acting in a threatening and abusive way and obstructing Gardai.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said she deeply regretted the incident.“She was out with her two sisters and another friend and she accepts she acted totally inappropriately,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mitchell a total of €400.CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT WITH SISTERS TURNED TO ROW AT FOUR LANTERNS was last modified: December 11th, 2013 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:arrestedchargesDistrict CourtFour LanternsKathleen Mitchellletterkennythreatening
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Aside from the new homes, streets and curbs for West Creek, Newhall Land might build the proposed school. If it happens, this would be the first developer-built school in the Santa Clarita Valley. Fewer than 10 schools in the state have been built through housing developers. But officials in some school districts are warming to the idea, because it transfers contract bidding and day-to-day construction oversight from them to developers. “They are in the business of building. We are in the business of educating,” said Judy Fish, Saugus Union School District superintendent. Fish said district officials still would be involved in the entire construction process. She said it’s a concept worth exploring, in part because Newhall Land personnel have a local history and district officials have worked with them in the past during construction of Charles Helmers School, Bridgeport School and Northpark School. The new campus would resemble Tesoro del Valle School, which opened this year. That school has a two-story building for classrooms and a free-standing multipurpose room that the community also uses for Cub Scout, Girl Scout and PTA meetings. Fish estimated that the new school, which would accommodate about 720 pupils, could cost about $40 million including the property value and all expenses for design and construction. But having the developer step in could save the district about 15 percent to 20 percent overall on the project, said Marlee Lauffer, senior vice president of communications for Newhall Land. Landscaping, for example, could be less expensive because the developer would already have a contract for the entire community and could simply order more of the same trees and bushes to plant at the school, she noted. And, Lauffer said, it would be more economical for a contractor to build streets and curbs for the entire area, including the school site, than for contractors to work separately. In addition, Lauffer said, developers – because of their expertise – can get schools constructed quicker than school officials can. “Private developers are able to get it built faster than school districts, because they do it on a regular basis,” she said. The proposed West Creek community is planned to be west of McBean Parkway and north of the Valencia industrial area. It would straddle both sides of Copper Hill Drive. Other developer-built campuses include Hidden Hills Elementary School and Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The proposed new school doesn’t have a name. In fact, homes have not yet been built for the kids who could attend the school. Right now, it’s all a concept. But if the West Creek development – about 2,500 single-family homes, town houses and condominiums in the area where Rio Norte Junior High already stands – wins approval in the courts, the proposed elementary school will become a reality. In anticipation of that day, the Saugus Union School District has begun discussions with The Newhall Land and Farming Company, the master developer of the proposed West Creek community.
Kipchoge arrives at the finish line on Saturday morning. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds.The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.It will not be recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.“This shows no-one is limited,” said Kipchoge.“Now I’ve done it, I am expecting more people to do it after me.”The Olympic champion missed out by 25 seconds in a previous attempt at the Italian Grand Prix circuit at Monza in 2017.Knowing he was about to make history on the home straight, the pacemakers dropped back to let Kipchoge sprint over the line alone, roared on by a large crowd in the Austrian capital.The four-time London Marathon winner embraced his wife Grace, grabbed a Kenyan flag and was mobbed by his pacemakers, including many of the world’s best middle and long-distance runners.Kipchoge, who compared the feat to being the first man on the moon in build-up to the event, said he had made history just as Britain’s Sir Roger Bannister did in running the first sub four-minute mile in 1954.“I’m feeling good. After Roger Bannister made history, it took me another 65 years. I’ve tried but I’ve done it,” said the Kenyan.“This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world.”With a leading pace car beaming green lasers on to the road to indicate the required pace of 2:50 per kilometre, Kipchoge never went slower than 2:52 for any.He was 10 seconds ahead of schedule at the halfway mark, before appearing to slow with a few 2:52 kilometres, only to regain the pace and kick on in the final stages.Kipchoge was assisted by a team of 42 pacemakers, including Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz, Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo and the Ingebrigtsen brothers Jakob, Filip and Henrik.“They are among the best athletes in the world – so thank you, I appreciate them for accepting this job, we did this one together,” added Kipchoge.His coaches delivered him water and energy gels by bike over 4.4 laps of a 5.97-mile course in the city’s Prater park, instead of having to pick refreshments up from a table as in normal competition marathons.These aids are not allowed under the rules of the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, which is why it will not recognise this feat as the official marathon world record.Kipchoge holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39, set in Berlin, Germany in 2018.Comments Tags: Eliud KipchogetopWorld marathon record
The young pupils of Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny let their talents shine during a poignant Christmas carol service on Wednesday evening.St Eunan’s Cathedral was filled with wonderful music and performances from the primary school students, who acted out a special nativity play and sang beautiful carols under the guidance of their teachers.It was an afternoon enjoyed by all the pupils and their families as they celebrated the Christmas season together. Geraldine Diver was there to capture the special moments for this picture gallery:Scoil Cholmcille host special carol service – Picture Special was last modified: December 19th, 2019 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)
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19 December 2007MIH Internet, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African media group Naspers, has made a £946-million (about R13.1-billion) offer to acquire London-listed Tradus, which operates online trading platforms and other related internet service websites in 12 mainly Eastern European countries.The acquisition would be the largest so far by Africa’s largest media company, which has to date been buying minority stakes in media and internet-related companies in emerging markets.Tradus, established as QXL Ricardo plc in 1997, operates auction websites in Eastern Europe under various brand names, and in Poland they operate automotive and real estate classified sites, a price comparison site and payment services system.“In its own strategy, Naspers has prioritised the internet sector for expansion. Success has been achieved in the sub-segments offering users communications, social networking and community platforms,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.“In pursuit of this strategy, Naspers today has various internet investments on the African continent, in China, Russia and India. With these investments, the Naspers Group has established a strong presence in the major emerging markets.”Naspers has identified Central and Eastern Europe as attractive emerging markets to invest in, and the acquisition of Tradus would consolidate the group’s position in Poland, where it is currently finalising the acquisition of a controlling stake in Gadu-Gadu, a company that operates an instant messaging service.“We are delighted that the Tradus Board intends unanimously to recommend our offer to its shareholders,” Naspers chief executive Cobus Stofberg said. “The operations of the Naspers Group and Tradus complement each other perfectly and significant advantages can be obtained by aligning Tradus’ businesses with Naspers’ other internet investments in Central and Eastern Europe.”Naspers’ other investments in emerging countries include a roughly one-third interest in Tencent, a leading internet services portal in China that operates an instant messaging client called QQ, and a similar stake in Mail.ru, which is developing into a leading e-mail portal in Russia.In India, meanwhile, the company is organically developing an internet business that focuses on the youth community, featuring a search engine customised to cater for local users and content.In South Africa, Naspers’ investments include Multichoice, which runs the DSTV satellite subscription service, the M-Net and Supersport television channels, internet service provider M-Web, newspaper and magazine publisher Media24, general consumer portal 24.com, e-retailer Kalahari.net and a 30% stake in local instant messaging service Mxit Lifestyle.“Apart from the investment in Tencent and Kalahari, other Naspers platforms have not yet generated transaction income,” the company said. “Our existing internet services rely on the generation of revenue mainly through advertising and value added communication services.”“The intention is that an investment in the Tradus transaction platform will allow the group to diversify its internet revenue streams to include transaction income.”The deal is subject to several conditions, including obtaining relevant regulatory approvals and approval by the companies’ shareholders.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material