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AGM Inc records 1 million man-hours

first_imgAurora Gold Mines Inc, a subsidiary of Guyana Goldfields, on Sunday revealed that its gold mine in Aurora has recorded more than one million man-hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).The company employs 729 Guyanese at the Aurora mine site in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), which makes more than 96 per cent of the mine’s total workforce Guyanese.“This significant milestone is the start of a journey after achieving four million-plus man-hours without any LTI in 2017. AGM Inc’s immediate goal is to get back to over four million man-hours without LTI,” Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Suresh Kalathil stated.In a release issued by the company, it stated that reaching this important milestone further demonstrated AGM Inc’s commitment to eliminating unsafe conditions, behaviours and workers’ injuries throughout the company’s operations.“This significant safety milestone is a reflection of everyone’s commitment and efforts toward enhancing a safe working environment for all,” Kalathil added.Kamal Deodat, a welder from the Mill Maintenance Department, said, “Safety is a job not just for people who have ‘safety’ in their title. It’s a job for everyone, everywhere, every day. It never stops.”Of the achievement, President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Caldwell said that Guyana Goldfields believes in a proactive approach to all aspects of health and safety, driven through a programme of consistent employee engagement to ensure the best working conditions for all employees and contractors across all its facilities. He commended everyone involved on achieving “such a great feat”.Senior Safety Coordinator Rondie Phillips related that reaching the million man-hours LTI free, the project’s team has demonstrated commitment to a safe culture by focusing on making safety a core value and not just a priority, with strong visible leadership from line management setting the example for all, to ensure everyone goes home without harm every day.“Our employees are a part of something very important. They are devoted to creating a culture of excellence,” Phillips said.In its mission to keep workers’ safety as the highest value, People Manager Peter Benny said, AGM Inc has incorporated several initiatives and corporate changes that encourage every employee’s participation and input. The company-wide workers’ safety programme comprises core elements that are essential to achieving and maintaining a strong safety and health programme.By implementing these elements, which include hazard prevention programmes, daily work-site analysis, safety awareness training and strong management-employee relationships, Benny said, AGM Inc can continue keeping workers’ safety as a core value.last_img read more

3 male primary school students implicated – CCPA Director

first_imgChild sodomised in washroomThree primary school students have been implicated in the alleged sodomy of the six-year-old boy, who complained to his parents that he was sexually assaulted in the washroom of his East Coast Demerara (ECD) school.Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director Ann GreeneThis is according to the Social Protection Ministry’s Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director, Ann Greene, who told Guyana Times on Friday that the traumatised child is receiving the necessary care he requires.According to Greene, the CCPA, which is spearheading the probe, is in receipt of information that three other students were involved.However, Greene stated that the matter is still under investigation and that the six-year-old child will be subjected to the forensic interview on Monday.This interview will be conducted in the presence of relevant authorities and video recorded so that the boy would not have to repeat the story and endure more emotional and/or mental fatigue, she added.Police Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Subdivision C (East Coast Demerara), Assistant Police Commissioner, Royston Andries-Junor, confirmed that investigators are currently probing the incident, which was reported to law enforcement authorities earlier this week.At that time, the Commander explained that in matters relating to child abuse in any form or manner, there are channels which have to be followed and that the first step is to ensure that the child (victim) receives the medical attention and counselling he/she may need before the Police take a statement.As such, the CCPA is currently playing their part of the investigation before the child speaks to Police ranks.He added that at this juncture, the most important part is that the child is taken care of and receives the care he needs in order to recover as soon as possible.Meanwhile, the Education Ministry, in a release to the press Thursday evening, stated that it has been made aware of the issue via social media.According to the Ministry, a probe was launched from its end.last_img read more

BREAKING: NICIL CEO Horace James dies after battle with Cancer

first_imgMournful tributes poured in Wednesday, following the death of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Horace James. James, who was also Head of the Linmine Secretariat and former CEO of bauxite company Linmine, succumbed early on Wednesday morning at his home in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).It is reported that he has been battling cancer for some time and had recently returned from overseas where he had been receiving treatment. Following his passing, several Regional officials took to social media to offer condolences to his relatives and friends.As is customary in the bauxite mining community of Linden, the horn was sounded for several minutes to signal the passing of a former bauxite employee. Member of Parliament (MP) Jermaine Figueira was among those who offered condolences.“On behalf of the people of Linden/Region Ten and the PNCR (sic) Upper Demerara-Berbice, PNCR Georgetown Guyana we extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family, relatives, close friends and associates of our fallen comrade. He was a gem to many who knew him and an invaluable asset to this community. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory”, the MP wrotelast_img read more

Liverpool go top as Bournemouth, Watford press on

first_img0Shares0000Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring his first goal and Liverpool’s second in a 4-1 win at home to Cardiff © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool took advantage of their title rivals’ inactivity to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win at home to Cardiff on Saturday as Bournemouth and Watford both continued their fine starts to the season.Liverpool were the only club who started the weekend among the top five in action on Saturday, with reigning champions Manchester City not facing Tottenham Hotspur until Monday. Meanwhile midweek European commitments also meant Chelsea, like City and Liverpool yet to lose in the Premier League this season, were playing Burnley on Sunday, when in-form Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace and Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford.Mohamed Salah, now putting a stuttering start to the season behind him, fired Liverpool into a 10th-minute lead when he pounced on a rebound from a blocked Mane shot to score his 33rd goal in 35 games at Anfield.Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 66th minute with a shot into the top corner.– ‘Keep on track’ –But Liverpool’s hopes of a club record 10th successive home clean sheet were dashed in the 77th minute when Callum Paterson turned in a cross deflected by Reds defender Virgil van Dijk.However, two goals inside the final 10 minutes from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri and Mane put the result beyond doubt.“The difference between 23 and 26 (points) feels like 20 points, but it is only three. It is really important to keep on track,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, looking to guide the Reds to their first English title since 1990.Bournemouth closed on fifth-placed Tottenham with a 3-0 win away to Fulham.Callum Wilson won and then scored a 14th-minute penalty after he was brought down by Timothy Fosu-Mensah.David Brooks then scored his third goal in four games to double the Cherries’ lead in the 72nd minute.Minutes later, Fulham captain Kevin McDonald was sent off for a second bookable offence following a late challenge on Brooks.Wilson rounded out Bournemouth’s victory when he scored his second goal five minutes from time at Craven Cottage.“Really pleased today,” said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. “We were defensively very good.”– Century for Brighton’s Murray –Watford proved too strong for Huddersfield in a 3-0 win and were 2-0 up inside 19 minutes at Vicarage Road.Roberto Pereyra broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a superb solo effort, collecting the ball out wide on the left and beating six Huddersfield defenders as he cut inside before shooting from the edge of the area.The Hornets doubled their lead nine minutes later when more dire Terriers defending allowed Gerard Deulofeu to score from a tight angle 15 yards out.The aptly-named Isaac Success sealed Watford’s win 10 minutes from time.Nevertheless, Watford manager Javi Gracia said: “I enjoyed it because we got a good result, but we have played better in other games.”Defeat dropped Huddersfield to the bottom of the table after Newcastle, previously propping up the division, managed a point in a goalless draw at home to Southampton.Glenn Murray celebrates his 100th goal for Brighton, which secured a 1-0 win at home to Wolves © AFP / Glyn KIRKElsewhere, Brighton striker Glenn Murray, fresh from a concussion against Newcastle, returned to score his 100th goal for the Seagulls in a 1-0 win at home to Wolves.“Glenn Murray is a poacher, when the ball comes his way you are confident it will end up in the net,” said Brighton manager Chris Hughton of the forward’s 48th-minute goal.Leicester left it until the closing minutes to draw 1-1 at home to 10-man West Ham in Saturday’s late kick-off.Fabian Balbuena gave the Hammers a 30th-minute lead but eight minutes later the London club saw captain Mark Noble shown a straight red card for a studs-up, sliding tackle on Wilfred Ndidi.Leicester pressed for an equaliser against their mid-table rivals and it arrived a minute from time when Ndidi scored with a deflected shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

President promises changes in Iraq

first_imgIt was the first time a member of Bush’s war Cabinet had publicly suggested such deep cuts, perhaps offering a conciliatory hand to anti-war Democrats and some wary Republicans in Congress who have been pushing for troop reductions, a change in the U.S. mission and an end to the war. Still, the administration insists that decisions about cutting U.S. troops will be guided by conditions in Iraq, not political reasons or pressure from Capitol Hill. “If we were to be driven out of Iraq, extremists of all strains would be emboldened,” Bush said. “Al-Qaida could find new recruits and new sanctuaries. And a failed Iraq could increase the likelihood that our forces would someday have to return – and confront extremists even more entrenched and even more deadly. “By contrast, a free Iraq will deny al-Qaida a safe haven. It will counter the destructive ambitions of Iran. And it will serve as a partner in the fight against terrorism.” Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Bush’s war strategy had failed so far, and a new direction is needed. “We and the American people already know that the situation in Iraq is grim, and the growing majority of this Congress and of the American people want our troops out,” Lantos said in the Democrats’ radio response. “Strategically, the escalation has failed.” Lantos argued that the military buildup the president ordered in January was intended to buy time for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other political leaders to find a way to resolve their differences and end civil strife. But political reconciliation has only inched forward since January. “We can expect the administration to continue asking for more money, more patience and more sacrifices from our troops – all in the belief that our continued intervention in Iraq will eventually bear fruit,” Lantos said. “But this approach is not a strategy, and Americans’ patience with this war has run out.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In December, the United States will begin a new military phase in Iraq – one in which “our troops will shift over time from leading operations to partnering with Iraqi forces, and eventually to overwatching those forces,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. Bush was following recommendations of Gen. David Petraeus. On Thursday, Bush announced he had approved Petraeus’ plan to withdraw 5,700 troops from Iraq by the holidays and reduce the force from 20 combat brigades to 15 brigades by July 2008. On Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the possibility of cutting U.S. troops in Iraq to 100,000 by the end of next year. Gates confirmed that he was referring to cutting from the projected level of 15 combat brigades in July to 10 brigades at the end of 2008, and that this would translate to roughly 100,000 troops. STRATEGY: Bush says as Iraqis take over, the U.S. role there will shift. By Deb Riechmann THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – While “formidable challenges” remain in Iraq, President Bush said Saturday, the United States will start shifting more troops into support roles – in addition to the troop withdrawals announced last week. last_img read more

McBREARTY QUITS COUNCIL’S INDEPENDENT GROUPING

first_imgCllr Frank McBreartyCouncillor Frank McBrearty has resigned from the Independent Grouping on Donegal County Council.Earlier this week the Raphoe-based politician threatened to resign if his fellow councillors did not expel controversial councillor John O’Donnell from the grouping.Despite the backing of some councillors, the majority of councillors did not respond to Cllr McBrearty’s call. Cllr. McBrearty had set himself a deadline of 48 hours to act on his decision and put this in writing.He outlined this in a letter to chairman of the independent grouping, Cllr Michael McBride.Cllr McBrearty said he had been requested by Cllr. Michael McBride to hold off on any decision until Monday – due to the other Independents not responding to correspondence on the matter.Cllr. McBreaty explained that Cllr Michael McBride’s casting vote as party whip means he has the power to expell Cllr John O’Donnell from the group and the committees given to him under the all inclusive deal. Cllr. McBrearty added: “I will perform my duties as an Independent councillor and do my very best for the people that elected me. I will not be associated with Cllr John O Donnell when he clearly said he could get the backing of 25 to 30 other councillors. I am not one of these councillors and am making my position clear by taking this stand. I do not understand the reluctance of some councillors to support my decision but thats for them to decide.“Every member will have the chance to stand up and be counted at January’s full council meeting by voting on my motion to have Cllr John O’Donnell taken off all committees and therefore giving him a message that we do not agree with his actions shown on the Prime Time programme or that accountabilty is sadly lacking on Donegal County Council as it is in Irish politics.”McBREARTY QUITS COUNCIL’S INDEPENDENT GROUPING was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more

RONAN BRENNAN NAMED AS DONEGAL U21 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

first_imgRonan Brennan has been announced as the Donegal U21 Strength and Conditioning coach.Former Dungloe GAA player Ronan Brennan has been named as the Donegal U21 strength and conditioning coach for the forthcoming season.Brennan, who is also assistant manager to Tony Boyle at Dungloe was been officially appointed to the role earlier this week.Brennan has a wealth of experience – and previously worked in the same capacity with the Dublin Minor side for a number of seasons when he resided in the capital. He moved back to Dungloe a few years ago and has been an integral part of Dungloe’s recent success helping them to the Division Two title in 2014.Declan Bonner has utilized his expertise and has appointed him to look after the strength and conditioning of the Donegal U21 side.Declan Bonner’s U21 side are just SIX weeks away from a clash with either Derry or Antrim who meet in the preliminary round of the competition.Bonner’s side are currently competing in the North-West league competition – and while they defeated Sligo last week – they suffered a disappointing defeat to Fermanagh last Saturday. They’ll be hoping to bounce back weather permitting against Mayo this weekend and they search for a win that see them advance to the next round of the competition.RONAN BRENNAN NAMED AS DONEGAL U21 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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:Declan BonnerDonegal U21dungloeGAARonan Brennnalast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL CROWNED ALL-IRELAND SPORTSHALL CHAMPS!

first_imgScoil Mhuire gan Smál, Letterkenny have once again been crowned the All Ireland Sportshall champions.This year’s event was held in the AIT in Athlone with primary school teams from all over Ireland competing to win the coveted title.Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal’s 3rd and 4th class girls excelled in 9 out of their 12 events which resulted in them being crowned All Ireland champions for the 2nd year running. The girls train 4 days a week under the expert eye of their coach, Mrs Irene Mc Fadden.Irene’s dedication to promoting sport amongst all the pupils at the school has earned her the title of Best Primary School Teacher in Donegal this year.Huge credit must be given to all the team members who have prepared so well for the event , from the extremely competitive regional qualifying heats in the Aura Leisure Centre to the All Ireland finals…an amazing accolade, winning 2 All Ireland titles back to back! Well done to all involved!  DONEGAL SCHOOL CROWNED ALL-IRELAND SPORTSHALL CHAMPS! was last modified: March 18th, 2016 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:All Ireland Sportshall ChampionsletterkennyScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

UNDER PRESSURE DANA HEADS FOR DONEGAL TO ESCAPE ‘SEXUAL’ MEDIA STORM

first_imgPRESIDENTIAL candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon is coming to Donegal today, Saturday, as her rocked campaign gets back on the road.She will go on walkabouts of Bundoran, Donegal Town and Ballybofey this evening following several days in the public spotlight over what she has said are false sexual allegations against a member of her family.Following her bizarre statement on Prime Time on Wednesday evening in which she first highlighted the claims, she went on TV3 yesterday to deny a host of allegations. She referred to the internet and claims being carried there, telling TV3 that the allegations surfaced in a court case in America about five years ago and that no allegation of abuse had been made to the police.She told the station that no action was taken, either by the alleged victim or by the family of the alleged victim.She said that because the alleged victim hadn’t made a complain that this “proves that this is a false allegation.”“If it were me or if it were someone related to me, I would certainly act upon it,” she said. “My sincere thanks to all those who have sent messages of support in these difficult times to myself and my family. I look forward to the next two weeks of campaigning and a Presidential result that will finally reflect the true will of the people,” said Dana in a statement.UNDER PRESSURE DANA HEADS FOR DONEGAL TO ESCAPE ‘SEXUAL’ MEDIA STORM was last modified: October 15th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Football Visits San Diego Saturday In First Place PFL Matchup

first_imgMorehead State was led by quarterback Mark Pappas who completed 28 of his 44 passes for 288 yards, but was sacked four times by the Bulldogs. Receiver Landon Hurst hauled in 11 of those passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Live Video Lauer’s 242-yard day was the first 200-yard performance by a Drake running back in more than three years and his long of 53 yards late in the fourth quarter set up the Bulldogs’ final score of the day to ice the game. Live Audio Just two minutes later, Drake found the end zone again as Mitch McFarlane hauled in a 25-yard Corwin pass to make the score 15-7. That drive was set up by Warner’s first interception of the day. Saturday’s game on the west coast features a battle of offense vs. defense. The Toreros have the league’s No. 1 offense in both scoring (40.0 ppg) and yardage (501.2 ypg) through four PFL game. The Bulldogs are the league’s No. 1 defense in both scoring (11.8 ppg) and yardage (297.0 ypg) in four PFL contests. Both teams have faced similar strengths of schedules in PFL action as Drake’s opposition have a combined 6-10 record while San Diego’s are 7-9 after four weeks. San Diego is averaging a league-high 40.0 points per PFL game with a league-best 501.2 yards of offense per game. Drake has scored 35 or more points in each of its four PFL games while its defense has held PFL opponents to 11.8 points per game, allowing only six red zone chances in the four games with just three scores. This has helped the Bulldogs outscore PFL competition by an average of 26 points as Marist and Morehead State each scored 17 points while Butler and Valparaiso scored just seven and six points, respectively. Drake held a 303-74 yard advantage in rushing as the Bulldogs’ defense turned in another noteworthy performance. Danny Morales led the defense with 11 tackles and three passes defended while Will Warner hauled in two interceptions two go along with nine tackles. Those interceptions, combined with two fumble recoveries and a pick from Collin Seymour helped the Bulldogs to a plus-3 advantage in turnovers. Victor Jurgens and Will Kulick helped force those fumbles, one of which occurred inside the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line to end an MSU scoring threat. Drake Game Notes Drake countered on its next possession with a 41-yard field goal from Nathan De Bruin, his second make of the season, and followed that with a 13-yard Lauer score on the Bulldogs’ next possession. That touchdown capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive to open the second quarter. Holding a 15-10 lead at halftime, the Bulldog defense shined in the second half, allowing just one second-half score while giving the offense the ball back in MSU territory three times in the second half. The first half was much more trying for Bulldog fans as the Eagles took an early lead after an MSU interception resulted in a 70-yard Eagle drive that ended with DeAndre Clayton 5-yard touchdown. San Diego Game Notes SAN DIEGO – The Drake University football team travels to San Diego Saturday for a first-place Pioneer Football League matchup. The game between Drake (4-3, 4-0 PFL) and San Diego (5-2, 4-0 PFL) will be critical in determining the 2019 PFL champion as no other PFL team is closer than a 2-2 league record. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST. with Chuck Reed and Cole Neary on the radio broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Fans can also watch a free stream via watchstadium.com here. PreviewDrake is riding a four-game winning streak while San Diego a five-game winning streak after both teams played challenging non-conference schedules. The Bulldogs are looking to snap a six-game losing streak to the Toreros, who have won an impressive 33 consecutive PFL games. Drake’s offense took advantage of those opportunities quickly late in the third quarter when following a fumble recovery on the MSU 39-yard line; quarterback Ian Corwin threw a 15-yard pass to Devin Cates to put the Bulldogs on top 22-10. Following Saturday’s game, Drake returns to Drake Stadium to host Jacksonville Nov. 9 in the first of two-straight PFL home games. Kickoff with the Dolphins is set for 1 p.m. Live Stats RewindLed by a career-high 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Drew Lauer, the Drake University football team defeated Morehead State, 36-17, Saturday, Oct. 26 at Drake Stadium. Story Links Morehead State answered with a score early in the fourth quarter, but Drake scored on its next two drive with a pair of 70-plus yard drives that ended with Lauer and Cross Robinson finding the end zone to thwart any chance of an MSU comeback. Morehead closed the first half with a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Foster to send the teams into the locker room with Drake leading 15-10 before the Bulldogs pulled away for good in the second half. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more