A recent survey conducted by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has found that a massive 60 per cent of residents in Georgetown illegally reconnect their water supply after being disconnected.The GWI on Thursday highlighted the major issue while noting that plans are afoot to intensify its disconnection and service removal campaign in a bid to focus on customers who are determined to illegally reconnect their service.The water company said “a sample population of 700 Georgetown customers have illegally reconnected their water service after being disconnected for overdue balances… the utility has intensified its disconnection and service removal campaign across the capital city, with a particular focus on those customers who have illegally reconnected their service.”According to the GWI, most of the customers who would have indulged in the illegal act are domestic customers.Revenue Manager for the municipality, Nicholas Dawalat, explained that the company is currently conducting disconnections in the Queenstown area which will be trailed by other areas in Georgetown such as Stabroek, Alberttown, and Charlestown.According to him, illegal reconnections result in a reduced level of service to customers, loss in revenue and contamination in the lines, which compromises the quality of water provided to customers.He further added that the company’s loss in revenue also affects its ability to purchase chemicals to treat water to ensure that the quality meets World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, as well as its ability to pay its workers.The manager nonetheless noted that disconnections and service removals are the company’s last resort after attempts to contact their customers prove futile.According to GWI, its customers are given 28 days after their bill is due to clear their balance or the option to take advantage of the utility’s wallet-friendly payment plans.If they fail to do so, their service is disconnected, and they are given an additional 28 days to pay their reconnection fee, before their service is removed. The cost for reconnection for domestic customers is $7500 and $16,000 for commercial customers, whereas the replacement fee for both categories is $20,000.It was pointed out that GWI targets all categories of indebted customers, irrespective of whether they are domestic or commercial.
– $200,000 found on teenager banditAt least seven motorcars were stolen while a few others were broken into and a few houses burglarised over the past few days in New Amsterdam, Berbice.On Friday, Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Paul Langevine, DSM, told Guyana Times that he was unaware of several cars being stolen.More alarming, is the fact that teenagers are being used to carry out these criminal acts. One of the perpetrators has been identified as a student who attends a special needs school in New Amsterdam.There have been concerns over the police’s apparent slothfulness in responding to the reports and more so, there are no systems in place to prevent an occurrence.One of the car owners reportedly caught a teenager in his car red-handed and gave him a good flogging but the police are now threatening to charge him with assault.The motorcar belonging to Hikel that crashed into the utility poleAnother car owner reported that he woke up and found his car broken into. Upon checking, $12,000 was removed and the ignition wires had been cut which is evidence that the perpetrator was trying to steal the car.One businessman, Jacob Hikel, recalled that he was injured when a teenager attacked him with an ice pick during a home invasion. His car was also stolen.Hikel told Guyana Times that he heard footsteps in the house and thought it was a relative but in the wee hours of Friday morning, he heard his car engine start and as he looked through his bedroom window, he saw his car being driven out of the yard.According to Hikel, he dashed out of the bedroom and went to the first floor where he was greeted by an open door. When he got outside, he was attacked by a teenager with an ice pick. The young man then jumped the fence and escaped.Meanwhile, the grill work to one of the windows was cut at his Lot 63-64 Vrymens Ervin home. It appears as though someone jumped into the verandah and cut the grill to gain entry to the building.The lock on the front door was also wrenched off. The perpetrators reportedly removed a computer and a music box along with alcoholic beverages and grocery from the refrigerator.Meanwhile, as the car drove away, Hikel gave chase on foot for about 200 meters but eventually gave up.The grill work to the window of Hikel’s house was cut with a nipper“I see the car turn around and start coming towards me very fast and I had to jump into the corner to save myself,” he told Guyana Times.Surveillance footage captured the car, PPP 7796, crashing into a utility pole. The pole broke and fell onto the vehicle but the occupants managed to escape unhurt with a number of items including a vacuum cleaner and a headphone as well as documents.Meanwhile, several other persons have reported that their homes were burglarised – one such house is owned by Denise Brutus of Lot 72 Errol’s Ville.According to Brutus, she woke up and found the back door open and her 55-inch flat screen television missing. An electronic tablet and three flash drives were also taken by the perpetrators.She explained that several louvre panes were removed from a window to gain access into the building. The woman noted that on the following night, more louvre panes were removed from another window but the bandits could not gain entry due to the bars.However, the bandits went to the upper flat where Merissa Brutus lives. She said she looked through her bedroom door and saw the front door rocking and got up and armed herself but the perpetrators aborted their attack.In addition, on Monday last, Denise was having a conversation with a friend and based on the features of a 13-year-old boy, suspicions were raised. He was cornered and upon questioning, he admitted that he helped the others to take out the louvre panes but did not go in the house.He was handed over to the police where $200,000 was allegedly found in his possession. He reportedly told investigators that he broke into the New Amsterdam Central Islamic Mosque at Main and King Streets, where he stole the money.The window with the missing louvre panesImam of the Mosque, Mosses Haniff, told this publication that the place of worship was broken into and the contribution box was broken into and the contents are missing.“I can’t say how much money was in it at the time because it was donations,” he explained.Haniff said the matter was reported to the police and was surprised when this publication informed him that someone had confessed to taking the money to the police.“The police have not gotten on to me and that was since Monday, they should have by now,” he said.
LANCASTER – Standing in an overcrowded cell block next to makeshift double-bunked beds as the stench of body odor wafted about Friday, California’s head prison administrator said conditions at Lancaster’s state prison were an embarrassment. “This is inappropriate,” said James E. Tilton, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “An inmate should have an opportunity to serve his time, have productive activities and try to improve his life.” Inmates triple-bunked in a day room originally designed for recreation described their living conditions as deplorable. “It’s scary and dangerous,” said Jose Zavarra, a Salvadoran who said he was serving time on burglary charges. “There’s diseases all over the place here.” Tilton toured the facility to support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prison-reform package, which features a $10.9 billion expansion program that its backers say is needed to fix a beleaguered system. The plan would add 78,000 beds to a jail and prison system the governor’s supporters say is desperately needed to keep potentially dangerous criminals behind bars. They cite statistics showing that 233,388 individuals avoided incarceration or were released early in 2005 because there was no room to house them. Lancaster’s 262-acre facility, designed to accommodate 2,300 inmates when it opened in 1993, currently houses 4,305, of which 450 live in emergency double- and triple-bunked beds in gyms, day rooms and in cellblocks amid conditions Tilton said were unsafe. California’s prison system, designed for 100,000 inmates, currently has a population of 174,000, with 17,000 inmates housed in temporary facilities. “If you want to give me the inmates, give me the budget,” Tilton said at a news conference after the tour. The plan includes an additional $41.1 million spending on anti-recidivism programs, including drug treatment, job training and housing assistance, and calls for $50 million to improve the adult probation program, focusing on 18- to 25-year-olds. The plan would also establish a commission to review sentencing guidelines. email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Your readers need to hear some of the traps of home ownership,” said Thomas A. Haunty, a certified financial planner in Madison, Wis. I had quoted Haunty briefly in an earlier column on savings tips that included his advice not to buy more house than you can afford. Haunty’s comments prompted me to review ever-growing home-related bills: Windstorm insurance $3,742 now versus $1,139 in 2001; homeowners insurance $703, up from $594; flood insurance $317, up from $301; homeowners’ association dues $1,180 a quarter, compared to $681 at first. In addition, the average electric bill runs about $125 a month now, up from $91 in 2001. One bright spot: Our property tax bill this year is projected to be $5,228, less than the $5,298 we paid our first full year in the house. But we also incur other periodic costs, including more than $2,500 for repainting the house and pressure-cleaning the roof and driveway over the past two years, plus hundreds of dollars in repairs after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne blew through our area in 2004. Bottom line: Home ownership entails costs beyond principal and interest payments on a mortgage. The bigger and more expensive the home, the bigger those costs. And you can expect them to keep rising, often above the overall rate of inflation. Fortunately, we’ve always bought less house than we could afford (but still satisfied our needs), beginning with a “starter” two-bedroom in 1978, then two bigger houses in South Florida and finally our current 2,290-square-foot home in Vero Beach, our biggest. Each time, we chose one of the least expensive houses in a new neighborhood. For our last two homes, we considered only those we could buy for cash. Since my wife, Georgina, and I moved to a new beachside home in 2001, our “house payments” have gone up from $838 to $1,226 a month. And that’s without having a mortgage. I’m talking about the money we must set aside for the homeowners, windstorm and flood insurance premiums, the property tax bill and homeowners’ association dues. Throw in the electric bill, too, and our monthly cost to live at home has gone up another $34, and that’s without counting repairs and upkeep. I bring these numbers up because, as the mortgage woes of overextended homebuyers capture the headlines, other significant home costs can be overlooked. I realize most people don’t buy homes with cash and I’m not advocating everyone pay off the mortgage. But our approach underscores our resolve to stay away from unnecessarily large cash-draining purchases. Today we hear horror stories of homebuyers who, egged on by lenders and expecting home values to always keep rising, got themselves way above their heads. “Most people have multiple goals in life.” Haunty said. “A house is just one of them, yet they blindly forge ahead depleting their ability to meet those multiple goals because one – the house – drains the cash flow.” Solution: Consider all ownership costs and buy only a home that leaves you enough cash to meet your other goals, including building your retirement savings. Think of your home as a place to live rather than an investment. One welcome trend: After rising for more than a decade and hitting a high of 2,302 square feet in the first quarter this year (think home theaters, big master suites), the median size of a newly built single-family home in the United States has begun to decline as buyers seek lower costs. I wonder whether we need more than the 1,560 square feet that was the norm in 1974. In our home, we don’t use more than that. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sunderland have urged the Football Association to make a quick decision on the next England boss after confirming Sam Allardyce has been granted permission to hold talks over the job.Allardyce, who guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival last season, is the hot favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson after he quit following the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Reports emerged on Tuesday that the 61-year-old had flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria, to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn.Sunderland have now confirmed that is the case, and have called on the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter” as they try to plan ahead for next season.A statement from the club read: “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager. “At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”Despite Sunderland’s call for a quick resolution, the FA are unlikely to be rushed into making a decision on the next England boss despite beginning their World Cup qualiying campaign in September.Hull’s Steve Bruce has also been linked with the vacancy but has yet to receive an approach, while Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have also been tipped to be in the running. Sam Allardyce 1
GLENTIES GOLF SOCIETY – 2013We look to start our year’s 1st outing for 2013 this coming Saturday at Naran & Portnoo.(For those who didn’t know we apologises for the late notice.)We plan to meet at 8.15am for registration and to welcome our new captain Fr Adrian Gavigan andwish him all the best for the coming year. Further information and dates will be available on Saturday for the years upcoming dates and proposed trips.As discussed at the AGM we are trying to bring back membership to previous years levels so encourage you all to bring along Guests / Past members who may wish to join the society and make the outings more enjoyable.Look forward to seeing you over the coming year and if you have any queries contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 9355614 GOLF: GLENTIES GOLF SOCIETY NEWS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 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:GOLF: GLENTIES GOLF SOCIETY NEWS
Majella O’Donnell has revealed she has a cheeky side to her life too!Majella, who is married to singer Daniel O’Donnell, revealed she has had the her husband’s name tattooed on her bum.In fact, Majella has a stamp with the initials DSM on her backside. As well as Daniel, the other initials refer to her grown-up children Siobhan and Michael.Hopefully it’s the only bum note that is heard in the O’Donnell household! MAJELLA O’DONNELL REVEALS SHE HAS A CHEEKY SIDE! was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelltattoo
SIX days ago Termon had one hand on the cup in the Ulster Senior Ladies final, only to see an equaliser in seven minutes of injury time.But today Termon took on Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne in the replay and the Donegal girls fell short.Donaghmoyne had led by half-time by three points 1-05 to 1-02, with the Monaghan side’s captain Majella Woods hitting 1-03 of her side’s scores. Geraldine McLaughlin had scored the goal for Termon to keep the Donegal side in touching distance.But in the second half of the replay in the Tyrone village of Trillick, Donaghmoyne ran away with it, 4-14 to 1-04.Termon would like to thank all their sponsors this season.Orbit Security, The Orchard Letterkenny, C.Ferguson Coal and The Lagoon. Atomic Hair Design Letterkenny. HEARTACHE AS TERMON LADIES LOSE IN ULSTER SENIOR FINAL REPLAY was last modified: October 26th, 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:DonaghmoyneTermon
A total of 44 people are today waiting on beds at Letterkenny University Hospital.The number is the second highest in the country after Cork University Hospital.A total of 11 of these patients are waiting on emergency trolleys. The number is up by four the number of patients who were waiting on a bed at Letterkenny Hospital yesterday.Letterkenny Hospital has second highest bed waiting list in country was last modified: January 9th, 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:bedsdonegalhospitalletterkenny
Disability advocate Jennifer Doherty from Buncrana has begun a fundraising and awareness campaign to celebrate the freedom she gained with her first guide dog. Jennifer, who was born blind, had assistance from guide dog O.J. for more than seven years as she gained her independence in her 20s. After the sad passing of her companion last year, Jennifer has decided to raise funds to change someone else’s life with the gift of a guide dog.Jennifer has started a fundraising Facebook page called ‘OJ the Life Changer‘, with plans to host local events and raise €5,000 for Irish Guide Dogs to name a future puppy in his memory. The goal of the campaign is to ensure another person with impaired vision or autism will get the support to achieve all the possibilities that come their way. With OJ by her side, Jennifer was able to have the same experiences as her friends growing up – she moved out on her own, worked in Letterkenny, travelled, volunteered, and now runs her own business.This week Jennifer told DonegalWoman.ie about that many adventures she and O.J. shared and why she wanted to honour his service:“I wanted a guide dog for as long as I can remember. I got OJ in July 2007. I had just finished college and started working. My friends were becoming more independent and getting jobs but I didn’t have as much independence to get out and about on my own,” she said.Jennifer had been using a cane up to this point, but OJ gave her a renewed freedom to pursue her passions in work, education and volunteering. “I moved into my own house six years ago, that wouldn’t have been possible without him.“With OJ, I was able to move to a new job in Letterkenny, do volunteering and do courses, even if none of my friends or family were going along. When you have a dog you’re not alone,” she said.O.J.OJ was a companion to Jennifer that also opened doors for new friendships.“He was an ice-breaker. People would come up talk to me because he was there and he’d be the first topic of conversation,” she said.After seven years together, OJ retired and was fortunate that Jennifer’s parents were able to keep him. Jennifer said: “It was ideal that we didn’t have to give him away. Sybil took over from O.J. and has allowed me to have the same independence. She’s a lively golden retriever, a very different character.”Jennifer and SybilJennifer made the difficult decision to put O.J. to sleep in July 2017, and is now hoping his memory will live on with another pup in training. She is aiming to raise €5,000 this year to support the care of a future puppy and have it named after her first ‘life changer’.Each litter of pups that are born to be Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs are given names starting with the same letter of the alphabet. All of O.J.’s siblings had names beginning with ‘O’, and there has never been another O.J. since.Jennifer said: “They are guessing that the new O.J. will be born later this year. I’m just hoping it’s a boy! The puppy will be raised by a volunteer before it does its training, so I’m hoping to meet it in Cork and present the cheque with my fundraising total.” “There is a chance the pup will be better suited as an Assistance Dog for a child with autism, depending on their temperament. I’m aiming to raise awareness for all types of support dogs.”This day 10 years ago I met OJ for the first time, and my life changed for the better. Thanks @Irishguidedogs for everything you do pic.twitter.com/0GfackINjU— Jennifer Doherty (@OJdoherty) June 22, 2017Jennifer runs her own transcribing business (JD Audio Transcription) and volunteers with Foroige. She often gives talks about life with a disability and creates awareness of guide dogs in local schools.No stranger to fundraising, Jennifer took on a high-flying challenge by piloting a plane in 2014 to raise money for the Donegal Centre for Independent Living. The motivated young woman has been fundraising for Irish Guide Dogs since 2003 and raised €30,000 up to this point. It costs €38,000 to raise a guide dog from birth and support it during its working life.“I have had a dog for ten years, when you have one and see the difference it makes you want to give back for it,” she said.Watch this space for fun local events to raise fund for the next O.J. Jennifer is planning a variety of events in the Buncrana area – from quizzes to school events and talks to coffee mornings and something for dog lovers. She has a busy few months ahead but is looking forward to creating more awareness for heroes like O.J.Follow https://www.facebook.com/ojthelifechanger/ on Facebook to keep up to date with Jennifer’s fundraisers.If you would like to learn more about Irish Guide Dogs or donate, visit guidedogs.ieBeloved guide dog inspires Donegal woman to give back was last modified: January 26th, 2018 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:DISABILITY AWARENESSirish guide dogsJennifer Doherty