Pensioner’s house goes up in flames

first_imgThe pensioner’s Haslington, East Coast Demerara home on fireA 72-year-old pensioner is now left counting her losses after her Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home went up in flames on Wednesday morning.Joycelyn McBean was at home at the Lot 76 Third Street, Haslington North home with her daughter and four grandchildren when the fire of unknown origin started around 11:00h.Reports are the pensioner and her family were in the upper flat of the two-storey concrete house when they began to smell smoke.Guyana Times understands that by that time, another grandchild of the woman, Jevon McBean, who lives nearby saw part of the top flat of the house engulfed in flames and contacted the Guyana Fire Service.The young man rushed over to the house where he assisted his relatives to safety. With assistance from neighbours, the family was able to save some furniture and other valuables. However, by the time the Fire Service arrived on the scene, the upper flat of the building was already destroyed. Part of the bottom flat was, however, saved.The pensioner is estimating her losses to be in excess of $40 million. The Fire Service has since launched an investigation.last_img read more

English eyes on Griezmann for crunch Chelsea clash

first_imgThe financial blow an early exit would bring to Atletico, who moved into the new 310 million euro ($369 million) Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier this season, could precipitate Griezmann’s departure from the Spanish capital.But for his loyalty to Atletico and in particular coach Diego Simeone, Griezmann could have already been out the door last summer.A number of sides, led by Manchester United, seemed willing to meet his 100 million euro buyout clause, but when Atletico’s appeal against a transfer ban was rejected in June Griezmann agreed to stay on.Griezmann admitted at the time it would have been “dirty” to walk out on Atletico when they couldn’t replace him since it is they who propelled him into the European football elite after signing him from Real Sociedad in 2014.A number of sides, led by Manchester United, last summer seemed willing to meet Antoine Griezmann’s 100 million euro buyout clause © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOThat loyalty hasn’t been wholly rewarded however, with many Atletico fans unhappy at Griezmann’s frequent flirting with other sides, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, often via the French press.“For months now my name has come out linked with Manchester United,” Griezmann wrote in his newly-released autobiography ‘Behind the Smile’.“The English press said they were willing to pay €100 million, which is my release clause.“I was not going to waste time denying it. No matter how much I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, that I have a great coach and great teammates, they ask me regularly about my future.“At Real Sociedad I realised I had reached a moment where I had to move to keep progressing, that has not happened at Atletico Madrid. Although, again, I rule nothing out.”– Part of the family –The backlash to Griezmann’s public comments peaked when he was jeered off as he was substituted during a goalless Madrid derby two weeks ago.At the time Griezmann was on a barren run of eight games without a goal and, with no one else offering reliable back-up, Atletico’s Champions League campaign stalled with defeat to Chelsea and back-to-back draws with Azerbaijanis Qarabag.“I am with him to the death,” insisted Simeone back then before adding “as long as he is in my family”.All has been forgiven, if not forgotten, in the past 10 days as a stunning acrobatic opener in a 2-0 win over Roma got Griezmann back among the goals and Atletico winning again.Having won just two and scored seven goals in their previous 10 matches, Atletico have won four in a row, netting an average of three goals a game.After Griezmann’s fourth in three games with a late winner against his former side Sociedad on Saturday, he was grappled in a bear hug by Simeone that showed his was fully back in the fold.One of the best nights in Simeone’s glorious six years at the helm in Madrid came at Stamford Bridge in 2014, when he outwitted Jose Mourinho in a 3-1 win that took his side to the first of their two recent Champions League finals.Should they fail to replicate that performance against Conte’s men on Tuesday and not get a helping hand from Qarabag it could be the beginning of a long goodbye for star man Griezmann.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during their Spanish La Liga match against Real Sociedad, at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, on December 2, 2017 © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 4 – As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don’t beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.last_img read more

Networks should stop writing off viewers

first_imgTHE writers and entertainment-related business will lose money, the studios will lose scripts, but will viewers seeking real quality entertainment be losing anything by the Writers Guild strike? For this viewer, hardly anything will be lost. I don’t blame the writers for wanting to reap some of the profits that the powers that be are making off the Internet and other revenues that weren’t conceived of in the past. But in addition to sharing the eggs laid by the golden goose of the electronic age, maybe it’s time for the writers to also strike for better scripts and for some real entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They can’t fool me with their insipid, so-called reality shows. What’s real when there’s a camera crew there with food, water and trailers filming everything? How their vast audiences are taken in by this is beyond me. Decades ago, Newton Minnow, then chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, coined the phrase “vast wasteland” to describe television. Today it’s vaster and more wasted, and not in a good, narcotic way. It only takes two hands-worth of fingers to count my favorite look-forward-to entertainment shows. Every Monday night from January on, we have a family countdown waiting for “24” to come on. Now, because of the strike, “24” should be in the can just about the same time its star, Kiefer Sutherland, goes to the can for DUI. That accounts for one network. Sorry, NBC, your shows didn’t come close to making the list. CBS has four with “Jericho,” “N.C.I.S.,” “C.S.I” (the original, not the rip-offs) and “Numbers,” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.” That’s not to say there aren’t other good entertainment shows on; they’re not my shows de soir. Even in the good ol’ “wasteland” days, I could count on almost every night being filled with intelligent adult entertainment in prime time. The bottom line for the networks is that their bottom lines are shrinking, and they better wise up to the fact that many of us want real quality entertainment, not the tripe they’ve been serving up. The second thing is they must stop mucking around with their schedules. Running a show for six episodes and then rerunning it is ridiculous. Pop for some extra shows. They also must stop pre-empting shows for inane specials or sporting events. When I go to ABC at 10 on Tuesday night, I want my James Spader and Bill Shatner to be there, not John Stossel with one of his idiotic exposés. The networks wonder why they are losing viewers in droves. Get a program schedule and stick to it. Sometimes a show is off the air for so long it’s difficult to remember what night is aired. Now if you’ll excuse me while I lie my aching back down for an hour of mindless clicking while I look for something to entertain me. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSidney Gibson appears at an earlier court sitting. Pic copyright of North West Newspix.AN east Donegal man has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply drugs.Sidney Gibson (47) of 319 The Curragh, Killygordon, was arrested in Castlefin last February as part of a garda investigation into the seizure of cannabis worth €200,000. At Letterkenny Circuit Court on Wednesday Gibson pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs worth more than €13,000 with intent to supply.Judge Francis Comerford was told Gibson had a previous conviction some time ago for possession of drugs.The judge ordered a probation report and deferred sentencing of Gibson until July.KILLYGORDON MAN ADMITS BEING DRUGS PUSHER was last modified: April 30th, 2015 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:drug dealerguiltyKillygordonSidney Gibsonlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Ray DurackThe Donegal hurling team to play Mayo tomorrow (SUN) has been named.Manager Ray Durack and his tam go into the Division 2B  at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny full of confidence (throw-in 2pm) having come up a division from last season.But Durack knows that coming up a division will also mean a step up in standard. Hurling in Donegal is still the poor relation.But if you’re at a lose end on Sunday afternoon, get along to O’Donnell Park and give the team the support they deserve.You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the standard.1. Paul Burns (Burt). 2. Martin Mc Grath (Burt).3. Pauric Doherty (Burt).4. Mark Callaghan (Setanta)5. Jamisie Donnelly (Sean Mac Cumhaills)6. Joe Boyle (Burt). 7. Christopher Mc Dermott (Burt).8. Ronan Mc Dermott (Burt).9. Paul Sheridan (Aodh Ruadh).10.Eddie Lynch (Aodh Ruadh). 11.Lee Henderson (Sean Mac Cumhaills).12.Enda Mc Dermott (Sean Mac Cumhaills).13.Bernard Lafferty (Setanta).14.Kevin Campbell (Setanta).15.Ciaran Matthewson (Sean Mac Cumhaills).16.Dylan Lafferty (Sean Mac Cumhaills).17.Niall Cleary (Shinrone).18.Stephen Gillespie (Burt).19.Brendan Tourish (Setanta).20.Ciaran Kilgannon (Aodh Ruadh).21.Chris Kilgannon (Aodh Ruadh).22.Stephen Doherty (St. Eunans).23.Johnny Downey (Burt).24.Darragh Grant (Burt).25.Sean Curran (Sean Mac Cumhaills).26.Donal Mc Loughlin (Buncrana).DONEGAL NAME TEAM TO FACE MAYO IN DIVISION 2B LEAGUE ENCOUNTER was last modified: February 14th, 2015 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:Division 2BdonegalLeagueMayolast_img read more

Man United will let De Gea join Real Madrid this summer… on one condition

first_img Could David de Gea finally seal his move to Real Madrid this summer? 1 Manchester United are ready to allow David de Gea to join Real Madrid this summer – but only if they can land his replacement.Reports claim the Red Devils are targeting Atletico Madrid number one Jan Oblak and are willing to let De Gea go if they can land him in this transfer window.The 27-year-old Spaniard is a long-term target for Real, having been close to joining the LaLiga giants back in 2015.They have repeatedly attempted to sign the Spain number one in following windows, but United have always resisted any urge to cash in on the man considered by many as the best goalkeeper in the world.But, according to Diario Gol, Real are ready to launch their latest bid to land De Gea – and United could let him leave this time.De Gea, who won his first Premier League golden glove award this season with 18 clean sheets, is said to be keen to return to his hometown, having come through the ranks at rivals Atletico Madrid.The Spanish source also claims United have already identified his successor in 25-year-old Slovenian Oblak, and will look to land the Atletico number one before making a decision about their current glovesman’s future.Oblak, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in LaLiga and has kept the most clean sheets in the league for three seasons in a row.Diario Gol also claims De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has held talks with Real president Florentino Perez over a potential move to the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Chelsea ‘reject £18m offer’ from Arsenal for defender

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Conte suggested Luiz could have left Chelsea during the January transfer window, and it appears he remains on the market this summer.And, according to Le10Sport, Arsenal have looked to take advantage of Luiz’s availability by making a formal bid for the centre-back. David Luiz is expected to leave Chelsea this summer RANKED three-way race targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on TOP WORK REVEALED 2 It is reported that the Gunners have had a bid worth around £18million (€20m) rejected by Chelsea, and they have not yet decided whether to return to the Stamford Bridge club with an improved offer.Unai Emery wants to reshape Arsenal’s starting XI following his appointment as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the Emirates, and he’s already completed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, from Juventus on a free transfer. 2 Luiz was a key player as Chelsea won the Premier League in 2016/17, but he struggled for game time last season center_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM LATEST getty targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest Chelsea news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal have had a bid for David Luiz rejected by Chelsea, according to reports.Luiz, the Brazil defender, is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, especially if Antonio Conte remains as manager. Though he played a key role at the heart of Chelsea’s defence when the Blues won the Premier League in 2016/17, the 31-year-old made just 17 appearances last season; admittedly, he was injured for large spells. Further deals for Bernd Leno, the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and midfielder Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Joe McHugh has called for more research on fish stocks and better cooperation across the industry after some Irish fish quotas were slashed.It follows the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD that he has secured €260 million of fish quotas for fisherman in Ireland next year – a reduction.“The fishing industry has faced considerable challenges over the last few years and I think that a concerted effort between fishermen and the marine institute is the best partnership in successfully evaluating fish stocks and fishing regulations,” said Deputy McHugh. “While funding for the science and research behind fishing is paramount, the experience and knowledge of fishermen who are facing these challenges on a daily basis is also key and the combined work of these two groups will enhance Ireland’s fishing industry and help drive us towards a successful and sustainable fishing industry.“I want to acknowledge the hard work that Minister Coveney has done for the fishing industry, engaging in difficult and complex negotiations, with positive results in the pelagic sector, and in some white fish stocks. However there are still challenges within the Celtic sea and we need to ensure that there is a targeted effort to protect the white fish sector.”Breakdown of Quotas:· A 49% increase in the Hake quota · A 30% increase in the Celtic Sea Herring fishery off the south coast· 13% increase in the mackerel quota· A 55% quota increase in the large Boarfish fishery off the south west· A 36% increase in the Blue Whiting quota for the north west· A 20% increase in the Megrim quota for the north west · A 22% increase in the Haddock quota in Rockall· A15% increase in the Monkfish quota for the south and west· A 14% increase in the Albacore Tuna quota for the summer fishery off the south west McHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKS was last modified: December 20th, 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:fish stocksJoe McHughMcHUGH: WE NEED MORE RESEARCH ON FISH STOCKSquotaslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch this superb Birdseye video of the beautiful seaside village of Rathmullan.The video is part of a number of initiative taken by the Bord Failte to promote tourism in Donegal. The success of the ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ project has been well documented and those within the tourism sector are keen to promote all parts of Donegal as seen in this video about Rathmullan.Rathmullan is a hugely popular and vibrant village during the summer and the video captures how beautiful it is when the sun is shining.The video’s slogan is Rathmullan – Well Worth A Visit and it really is.To watch the brilliant video simply click play on the video above to watch. Enjoy. 🙂 DDTV: WATCH STUNNING BIRDSEYE VIDEO OF BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL SEASIDE VILLAGE was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Follow coverage of the 2017 Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn, soybeans and a solar eclipse! All three should make this year’s Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour very interesting.All week long, I will be on one of nearly 40 teams of 4 will venture out into the great unknown. As we spider-web our way from Ohio west and from the Dakotas east, covering 80% of the corn and soybean regions of the United States, we will dig a little deeper into the nearly harvest-ready corn fields and the soybean fields working on filling out those last few pods.If you have to see it to believe it when it comes to the 2017 crops, get ready to ride along with me as I share what I am seeing all week long on the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour.Get my coverage of Day #1You can also follow my coverage at and on Facebook and Twitter..last_img read more