Fire erupts after lightning strikes HJ studio

first_imgA major catastrophe was averted on Thursday after lightning struck the Hits and Jams Studio, causing a fire to erupt in the transmission room.The incident occurred sometime around 10:35h at the Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, office of HJTV and 94 Boom FM.Staff members of Hits and Jams studio outside the building following the Thursday morning fireAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, during the heavy downpour on Thursday morning, lightening struck the company’s signal tower causing a spark inside the building.However, staff members were quick to take action, turning off the main power and containing the small blaze in the transmission room while the fire service was on its way.Speaking briefly with reporters, Director of Hits and Jams Kerwin Bollers explained that when the lightning struck the tower, it sent a surge of electricity to the systems in the television station’s transmission room. This resulted in the equipment being overpowered, as such, a fire broke out.At the time, Bollers said it was too early to assess the extent of the damages incurred.“Hopefully there is not much damage… we’re trying to assess it and determine, pretty much, what are damaged and what can be repaired… we have some technicians coming over to check the equipment out,” he told reporters at the scene on Thursday.At the time when the fire broke out, there were about a dozen persons in the building, including popular radio broadcaster Feliz Robertson who was on air at the time. She recalled that they heard a loud explosion before her DJ noticed smoke in the building.“When that (explosion) happened, I was stunned and so my DJ pulled down the mics so that no one can hear us scream or panic, and we started to unplug whatever we can,” she told this newspaper. Robertson went on to say that they then started to douse the fire which was at the time on the ceiling of the transmission room. She noted that they managed to contain the blaze with a fire extinguisher. The broadcaster continued that they then gathered everyone out of the building and managed to take with them small pieces of equipment. She noted that shortly after a call was made to the fire service and fire tenders arrived on scene and took charge of the situation.last_img read more

‘Marginalizing Women Stalls National Progress’

first_imgOne of Ghana’s respected authors, Madam Ama Ata Aidoo, recently said that women’s marginalization can delay or cripple the development of any nation.Madam Aidoo is the author of “Dilemma of the Ghost,” an inspirational African novel connecting Western to African culture by means of the marriage of a black man and a white woman.Addressing several young females as the guest of honor on the occasion marking the 5th Anniversary of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) held at a local resort in Sinkor, the acclaimed author said feminism is an ideology for life that should not be misconstrued.“We women are not weak vessels as construed by many people, even including our fellow women. Therefore, it is counted upon your shoulders to prove the ultimate power you have that can transform your community, country and the world,” she said.Madam Aidoo said it is important for women to recognize the power they possess.Madam Aidoo, who served as Ghana’s Minister of Education, said African cultures have been misapplied in most cases and this has led to men seeing women as subjects rather than partners in progress.“There are still practices in our African homes that are very ugly. Women cook chicken, for example, and men have the best share while they who prepare go malnourished due to lack of protein,” Madam Aidoo noted.Geographically, she said, Africa is the center of the world and as such “we need to transcend the ancient systems of survival and develop our civilization that will not be in conflict with others and neither ridicules us as a people.”Madam Aidoo expressed her gratitude to African women who have stood firm over the years to provide many other African women the opportunity to be heard and respected by their struggles for peace, justice and tranquility.Also speaking at the Feminism Lecture Series titled “Herstory,” one of Liberia’s renowned female activists, Madam Etweda Cooper, said women are the rulers of the world, because men, in most cases, obey their orders.“Be reminded that men don’t want to be disempowered and because they have such fear, they are fond of constructing ideologies that will always suppress us. Therefore you must be firm in defeating the fear of not engaging them meaningfully and constructively on issues of national concern as well as in your own homes,” Madam Cooper admonished young females aspiring to help society succeed in its development agenda.She said the African proverb “Children seen but not heard” needs to be re-examined and improved upon for the good of society.“Children, mainly girls, have a lot to offer to growth and development both at home and beyond. Please give them the chance to explore the means that will allow them to contribute to positive change,” the female activist admonished.For her part, the founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation (GPFA), Nobel Peace Laureate Madam Leymah Gbowee, said women should respond to what they are capable of doing and not their gender.“Knowing that feminists are aware of the challenges they have to encounter daily, they must rise and live above the status quo of life,” Madam Gbowee noted. “You have to know that you are not second class citizens and have the confidence that you can do better.”The Nobel Peace Laureate said her struggle for the emancipation of women from what she called ‘evil treatments’ and the establishment of peace in her home country, the rest of Africa and the world, is for the benefit of generations unborn.“Even though we experience the results of our works today in so many different ways, it is for the sake of our unborn children we labor,” she said. The three-day event, which took place at three separate venues, including the Monrovia City Hall, brought together nearly two hundred women and men from many sectors of the society, and included dance, lectures and a walk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man claims he plotted Cole, embassy attacks

first_imgWASHINGTON – A Yemeni portrayed as an al-Qaida operative and a member of a terrorist family confessed to plotting the bombings of the USS Cole and two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing hundreds, according to a Pentagon transcript of a Guantanamo Bay hearing. The transcript released Monday was the fourth from the hearings the military is holding in private for 14 “high-value” terror suspects who were kept in secret CIA prisons before they were sent to the U.S. facility in Cuba last fall. Last week, Waleed bin Attash said he helped plan the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200, according to the transcript. He also said he helped organize the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in which suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the guided-missile destroyer, killing 17 sailors. “I participated in the buying or purchasing of the explosives,” bin Attash said when asked of his role in the attacks. “I put together the plan for the operation a year and a half prior to the operation, buying the boat and recruiting the members that did the operation.” Also alleged to have been Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard at one time, bin Attash is in his late 20s and is a Yemeni who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, authorities have said. Said to be an al-Qaida operational chief, bin Attash is known as Tawfiq bin Attash or Tawfiq Attash Khallada or simply Khallad. He was captured in 2003. U.S. intelligence documents allege that bin Attash is a “scion of a prominent terrorist family” that includes his father, Mohammed, who was close to bin Laden, and younger brother Hassan, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2004, arriving at the age of 17. Several brothers attended al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in the 1990s and two have been killed, one in a 2001 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, the U.S. says. Bin Attash told a March 12 hearing that he met with the man who did the embassy bombings just a few hours before the operation took place, according to the transcript released by the Defense Department “I was the link between Osama bin Laden and his deputy,” Abu Ayyub al-Masri, bin Attash said. Al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, took over the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq after its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike last June. Bin Attash also said he was with bin Laden when the Cole was attacked while refueling in Yemen’s port of Aden. Legal experts have criticized the U.S. decision to bar independent observers from the hearings, called combatant status review tribunals. Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor, said “legitimate criticisms can be raised” about the confessions coming out of the hearings. “Of course, no one’s there to know, other than what we see from the transcripts and what the hearing officers hear,” Tobias said. “The claim has been that some of the confessions were extracted by torture or other activities that are inappropriate, and (there are) doubts about whether the detainees are telling the truth,” he said. Many have questioned the confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also known as KSM, who claimed responsibility or partial responsibility for nearly three dozen plots including the 9-11 attacks on the U.S., according to transcripts of his March 10 hearing released last week.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

Garcia to leave hospital but will miss Watford’s clash with Bournemouth

first_imgWatford boss Oscar Garcia is expected to leave hospital on Friday but is unlikely to be at the Championship game against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Garcia was admitted to hospital last Sunday with what the club described as ‘minor chest pains’.The Spanish coach was forced to miss the 1-0 win over Blackpool on Tuesday night and has been recovering well in hospital all week.The 41-year-old is now expected to return home and assistant coach Ruben Martinez hopes he will be back with the team in the next few days.Martinez said: “He is much better. I was with him on Thursday and he was very well. He will be with us in a few days. But not yet.“We spoke about his problem and also the players but we didn’t want to disturb him too much with tactics because he trusts me and Javier and he needs his rest.“We hope Oscar will come back with a good mentality and in good spirits to achieve the targets of the club and ourselves.“We have a club target and we hope to wait for Oscar because we know the Championship is long and hard.“We know he is well and all our focus is on the football because we are here to work for the club. Now it is not a big problem because he is well. Our target, our job is to put all the focus on the matches and on training.“Maybe the first day for the players to come here to the training ground and know that Oscar had a problem [was not ideal]. But I think the reaction of the players was very good and I hope they keep this reaction.” 1 Oscar Garcia last_img read more

WATCH: Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is jeered by New York City fans

first_imgFrank Lampard was jeered by his own fans when he came on as a second-half substitute in the New York derby.New York City were hammered 7-0 by local rivals Red Bulls and the Chelsea legend replaced Andrea Pirlo on 74 minutes.It was his first appearance of the season and fans voiced their displeasure with the 37-year-old after limited game time since his arrival.The ex-England midfielder has been out of action since March with a calf injury and he was booed once again when his name was shown on screen.Check it out, below: 1 Frank Lampard replaced Andrea Pirlo on 74 minutes last_img

‘Man United players are to blame for poor results – not Jose Mourinho’

first_img Paul Pogba has hinted at tensions between him and Jose Mourinho 3 Asked for a manager’s take on the Pogba scenario and how he would handle the situation Mourinho finds himself in, Allardyce added: “I think you pull him to the side and have a word with him to begin with.“You should persevere with a player who is supposedly one of your top players and the captain. You’ve got a few discussions to have behind closed doors, but if that disruption gets far too much then you have to deal with it in the hardest way you possibly can.“I think, for now, I’d tell him to be quiet with the press,” the former West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton boss continued.“I’ll tell him to just get on with his job, because what he’s doing is not quite good enough at the moment and only when it is can you express your opinion a little bit more. Sam Allardyce has had his say on Manchester United and Paul Pogba 3 But Allardyce insists Mourinho is not at fault for their inconsistency and called for the players, and particularly Pogba, to take more responsibility. “It’s nothing to do with Jose how poorly the players played on Saturday,” Big Sam said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I just think the attitude of the players is not right.LISTEN: ‘Paul Pogba should stop moaning and get on with it!’“What I saw of United on Saturday, how many times they gave the ball away and particularly Pogba for Wolves’ goal, it was just not Man United for me and just not the players who seemed to have turned it around but have slipped back into not performing at their top level.“I saw a lot of players actually not living up to their potential. They let Wolves back into the game, eventually they scored and on occasions I thought Man United were perhaps lucky to get away with a draw.“If they’re not careful it could be a struggle for them to finish in the top four, and that would be devastating for Man United – they are the biggest worry out of all the top six teams.”center_img Sam Allardyce has defended Jose Mourinho, telling talkSPORT the Manchester United players are to blame for the team’s poor form – NOT the manager.Mourinho was critical of his players’ attitude on Saturday after watching them scrape a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.The result came on the back of a series of good results for the Red Devils, as they recovered from a terrible start to the season to win three straight games.But it appeared their old lifeless form made a return on Saturday, which led to captain Paul Pogba attacking Mourinho’s tactics with thinly-veiled comments to the press.The World Cup winner said United should be given the freedom to play more attacking football, especially at home. 3 Pogba has again fuelled reports about his apparently frosty relationship with manager Mourinho “But at the moment they’ve all got to pull together in the same direction. If you don’t, as a manager it’s very difficult to deal with it.“If little cliques start forming and whispering, you know you’ve got a big problem as a manager.”Listen back to Sam Allardyce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL abovelast_img read more


first_imgThe Relay for Life 2014 committee. Pic by Clive Wasson.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 has received the perfect start after Daniel O’Donnell was named the patron of the event.The committee held their official launch and information evening on Monday the 13th January in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.The response from those that attended was extremely welcoming and encouraging for the committee. A number of individuals that couldn’t attend the meeting have since registered teams. Some well-known faces at the Relay for LIfe launch. Pic by Clive Wasson.Relay’s Chairperson, Robert O Connor, was delighted to share the fabulous news that Daniel would be patron for Relay for Life Donegal 2014.If you missed the information evening and would like to find out more, visit the Relay for Life Donegal website on you’d like to register a team contact Nicola McBride or any team member or alternatively send an email to relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.comDANIEL IS NAMED PATRON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 2014 was last modified: January 17th, 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’donnellRelay for LIfe 2014last_img read more


first_imgNoel and Majella at Harvey’s Point todayTV3’s Ireland AM was broadcast live from Harvey’s Point Hotel in sunny Donegal this morning.Hotel host Noel Cunningham of course doubles up as the celebrity man on the show.And he persuaded the TV3 team to come to the county for the day. Majella O’Donnell, Jody Gallagher and Roly Daniels – and of course the Donegal Town Community Band – were all on hand to give Alan Hughes a warm welcome.(And nobody will remember that rain shower! Sure the ducks loved it!)   PICTURE SPECIAL AS TV3’S IRELAND AM BROADCASTS LIVE FROM SUNNY HARVEY’S POINT HOTEL was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:donegalHarvey’s Point HotelIreland AMMajella O’DonnellNoel CunninghamTV3last_img read more

Donegal golf course to be ‘putt’ in prime spot on hit US show

first_imgMillions of golfers across the US will be tuning into a programme all about golf in Donegal and the West of Ireland later this month.Tourism Ireland invited Matt Ginella from the NBC Golf Channel to come and film here for Ginella’s Journeys, a segment on the Golf Channel show Morning Drive, one of the network’s most popular shows.During their time here, the crew filmed at Ballyliffin Golf Club, where they met and enjoyed lunch with the General Manager of the club, John Farren. This visit is an excellent opportunity for Tourism Ireland to build on its successful ‘Home of Champions’ campaign, which kicked off earlier this year around the US Masters and includes golf ads on the NBC Golf Channel, as well as online ads on – reminding golfers across the US about our fantastic golf courses where our champions, including Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, honed and perfected their skills.Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We were delighted to invite Matt Ginella to come and film in Donegal and the West of Ireland, to showcase the world-class golf on offer here to a huge audience of potential American golf holidaymakers.“Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way this year, to encourage more Americans to consider a golfing vacation on the island of Ireland. We are highlighting the 148th Open, which is set to take place at Royal Portrush in 2019. Our message is that the island of Ireland offers American golfers the complete package – with some of the very best golf in the world, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes.”Donegal golf course to be ‘putt’ in prime spot on hit US show was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 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:Ballyliffingolfirish open 2018tourismlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: 10 things we learned about the Warriors this preseason

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.After a tumultuous offseason, that saw the exit of Kevin Durant to Brooklyn, pen meeting paper on new deals for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, nine new players joining the roster, and the franchise’s move across the bay to San Francisco, it’s fair to say that the Warriors’ 2019 preseason was expected to be interesting.But this interesting?That, I’m not so sure about. Two wins and a never-ending string …last_img