Guyanese will soon be able to have customised number plates as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is moving to make the adjustment following the end of the PZZ series.According to a source at the GRA, the PXX series was a very exhilarating group of letters for many, noting that authorities are yet to decide whether or not the ‘Y’ series will be used on registration plates before ‘X’.Whether or not it is used, the source added that officials at GRA have already started exploring customisable number plates.It was explained that the owners of motor vehicles will be given letters to choose from, while the option of having a name, accompanied by a number, on the registration plates will be accessible “at a small cost”.“It will have specific numbers and letters that you can put … everything is not quite clear as yet because it’s still going through the process through management,” the source revealed.The option of customisable registration plates is nonetheless certain, the source added.Examples of United States customised number plateIn the case of the vehicle being transferred and the original owner has their name on the registration plates, the new owner will also have the option of changing the name on the plates, according to the source.In the meantime, the officials are working on how privately-owned vehicles can be differentiated from vehicles up for hire.Registration plates in the United States have already been upgraded to the system GRA is seeking to implement here.Many states there distinguish their licence plates through distinctive colour schemes and logos, which persist over time. For example, the cowboy logo often associated with the state of Wyoming has appeared on that state’s licence plates continuously since 1936.Meanwhile in Vermont, licence plates have frequently featured a green and white colour scheme, while Alaska has preferred yellow and blue. Other states and territories, such as California, offer simpler schemes, often with a white background and little decoration.
The Guyana Fire Service is probing the cause of a fire which destroyed a house at Tuschen Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, on Wednesday morning, rendering two families homeless.The raging fire at the Tuschen house on Wednesday morningThe fire started sometime after 09:00h at the Lot 37 Tuschen Old Scheme house.While it is unclear what may have been the cause of the blaze, Guyana Times was told that the fire reportedly started at the back of the wooden house where the kitchen was situated in upper flat, and quickly engulfed the building, partially destroying the apartment below.A couple and their four children, ages 10 and under, occupied the upper flat of the house. At the time of the fire, however, only three of the children were at home with their mother, Loanna Weeks.Kim Rodrigues, the downstairs tenant, who lives with her husband and six-year-old son, related to this newspaper that she was outside doing laundry when she heard one of the children shouting for his mother upstairs and subsequent panicking cries from the woman.The destroyed building after firefighters manage to put out most of the blaze“I hear she keep saying ‘Oh God! Oh God!’ and then she shouted for me saying fire. When I rushed into my apartment and look, I could see the fire upstairs,” she related, while adding that at the time the fire had already taken over the back of the house.Rodrigues noted that she immediately started to remove whatever items she could have from her apartment while Weeks grabbed her children and rushed out of the burning house.“The fire was so heavy at the top, she couldn’t save anything,” she added of her upstairs neighbour. The woman noted that the fire service subsequently arrived and was able to douse the blaze but not before the entire wooden house was destroyed.At the time when this publication was at the scene, Weeks had taken her children and left for a relative’s home a few villages away.Meanwhile, the owner of the house, Claudette Singh, told Guyana Times that she was at home one street away when someone informed her about the fire. She said that by the time she arrived at the scene, the house was already destroyed.Singh could not have said what transpired, noting that the tenant of the upper flat was not clear about how the fire started. “All me know is that people saying the fire start at the back at the kitchen… I don’t know how it start, I have to talk to the (upstairs tenant) to find out what really happen,” she stated.According to the landlady, the family in the upper flat only moved in last October and the husband is currently in the interior working.Meanwhile, investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
The Fur-Bearer Defenders is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to identification and prosecution in the case of a viral video that has prompted outrage.The graphic video, which has now been taken down by it’s original posters, features at least two individuals laughing while watching a grizzly bear they shot numerous times.It has drawn a great deal of attention, but it is believed that the video was filmed in BC, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Alaska – the only jurisdictions where the hunting of grizzlies is permitted.- Advertisement -“The behaviour of the speakers and the treatment of the bear warrant investigation,” says Michael Howie, spokesperson for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers). “We need the public to watch the video, listen to the voices, and provide information to authorities.”Howie says the killing of the bear could have in compliance with the law, but they want to conduct a formal investigation to gather more information about the case.The Fur-Bearer Defenders are asking anyone with information regarding this video to report it to the BC SPCA’s tip line at 1- 855-622-7722.Advertisement
PSG are up against it, all the more so with Neymar, the world’s most expensive player missing as he recovers in Brazil following a foot operation.But the lavish spending of the Paris club’s Qatari owners in recent years means there is enough quality in their squad for them to maintain hope of turning the tie around even without their 222-million-euro ($275 million) talisman.In the absence of their star Neymar, PSG will be counting on the Champions League experience of former winner Dani Alves, pictured in the centre, against Real Madrid © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“This club has had its limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club,” warned PSG defender Dani Alves, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona.“We have a unique opportunity to change the history of the club. We need to believe we can do it,” the 34-year-old Brazilian said.Elimination, after PSG had taken the lead in the first leg, would surely hasten the departure of Spanish coach Unai Emery.He has never completely won over the doubters and has never previously made it past the last 16 in this competition, with the 6-1 humiliation in Barcelona a year ago still fresh in the memory.– End of a cycle? –Out of contract at the end of this season, Emery is relying on big performances from players like Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria, who were both left out in the first leg.A victory for the hosts in the French capital would be the most significant result for PSG since the Qatari takeover in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and the collapse in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.But another premature exit would raise questions as to the long-term viability of the Qatar project — the money spent on Neymar, the 180 million euros committed to signing French starlet Kylian Mbappe and a host of other big transfer fees, was meant to fast-track the club to European glory.An exit would also see PSG lose out on extra millions on offer for further progress in Europe, money which would help them meet UEFA’s financial fair play rules.“Certain narrow-minded people will no doubt take great pleasure from going back over the investments of last summer,” former PSG player David Ginola told Le Parisien newspaper when asked what the reaction would be to a defeat.“But for now let’s leave open the possibility that PSG will make us dream.”There is a precedent for the Parisians overturning a 3-1 deficit against Real, and Ginola remembers it well — he scored as the French side beat the Spanish giants 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg in 1993.It was with a nod to that game that the headline on the cover of sports daily L’Equipe on Tuesday screamed: “To Be Repeated”.Such an exploit would be bad news for Real coach Zinedine Zidane, with the Spanish giants throwing everything into their quest to win a third consecutive Champions League.They are currently third in La Liga, 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, and are long since out of the Copa del Rey.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Spanish capital © AFP / FRANCK FIFEWithout continued progress in the Champions League, it will be a long couple of months until the end of the season for Real.“After the game, it’s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football,” admitted Zidane, one of France’s most celebrated players.His remarkable record in his first two years in charge at the Bernabeu means sacking him would not be easy for club president Florentino Perez.However, a first last-16 exit for Madrid since 2010 may signal the end of a cycle.Ronaldo, who scored his 100th Champions League goal for Real in the first leg, is 33 now and Perez is likely to step up the search for a new megastar signing in the summer, win or lose on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is unlikely to remain in his job long if the Qatari-backed side are knocked out of the Champions League © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis, France, Mar 6 – Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid meet on Tuesday in a huge Champions League clash that will make or break both clubs’ seasons, with severe consequences for the loser.Two-time reigning European champions Real are in the box seat coming into the round of 16, second leg match at the Parc des Princes, having won 3-1 when the clubs met in Spain last month when Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera poses with his March SJAK Player of the Month Award alongside new coach Radolfo Zapata and outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24- On March 2 as he sat quietly in the AFC Leopards team bus on their way to Awendo to face Sony Sugar, forward Ezekiel Odera received the most devastating news; his ailing mother had passed on.For anyone, that would be crushing news but for Odera, he took it bravely and when Ingwe played the sugar millers two days later, he hit the opening goal and played part in the second as AFC ran off 2-0 winners. “It was shocking to receive the news on the way and I didn’t tell anyone, even my teammates. After the match, that’s when I told them. I told myself that if my mum would have been alive, her wish would have been for me to play,” Odera explained.“I decided to continue playing since staying at home would have been harder emotionally because of all people coming to say sorry and all. I decided to soldier on for her,” the former KCB and Gor Mahia forward further stated.His decision to keep playing proved to be a masterstroke as he went on to score three other goals in the month of March and provided two assists, form that has seen him awarded as the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month for March.He is the first AFC Leopards player to win the award since its inception.AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera is congratulated by teammates Robinson Kamura and Duncan Otieno after picking his March SJAK Player of the Month Award on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I dedicate this award to her (mother), my teammates and the coaches who helped me to stay strong in that time. It was a difficult period for me and the daily words from the coaches and mates helped me through it,” Odera noted.The 30-year old won the coveted gong ahead of Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya and Elvis Rupia of Nzoia Sugar who equally performed well in March, garnering eleven votes to Nyakeya’s seven while Rupia polled six.Odera scored for Leopards in victories over Sony Sugar, Mathare United, Wazito and Kakamega Homeboyz.His challengers for the gong, Nyakeya had three goals and an assist that helped keep Mathare United on the league summit. Rupia’s four goals were instrumental in lifting Nzoia from the relegation pit.With the award, Odera who has hit the back of the net six times already hopes he can challenge for the golden boot. The closest he has come to the award was when he was runner up during his breakout season at KCB in 2010.New AFC Leopards coach Radolfo Zapata congratulates forward Ezekiel Odera after picking his March SJAK Player of the Month Award on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am now more experienced and I am playing in a bigger team so I believe I have a good chance. I have started the season well and I am only two goals behind the leader. I need to keep working hard and ultimately I want to give a shot at that golden boot,” the soft-spoken forward added.Outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi was full of praise for the forward, saying the results came through because of his sheer hard work.“His work ethic is good and this is a reward you get for that. At least it will give the team motivation moving forward and hopefully now we get back to winning ways,” said Kitambi who will hand over the mantle to Argentine Radolfo Zapata from May 1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsene Wenger insists he is not on the verge on signing a new contract at Arsenal and will base his decision on his future on how his side fare next season.The 66-year-old’s current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, by which time he will have been in the hot-seat for over two decades.There has been much talk about whether Wenger would stay after Arsenal again failed to deliver the Premier League despite sitting top of the table at the turn of the year.A number of supporters’ groups have protested about wanting change but, at the end of Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City which all-but assured the Gunners of a top-three finish and confirming a 19th straight season in the Champions League, the fans were heard chanting the Frenchman’s name.Reports on Friday suggested he was close to agreeing a two-year extension to his current deal but Wenger vehemently dismissed the claims when asked about them during his press conference ahead of Sunday’s final league game at home to Aston Villa.“That’s completely wrong,” he said when asked about the suggestions he was close to penning a new contract.“I don’t know where this information comes from. You can treat that as just an invention and no more.“It’s absolutely false. I would like the press to check this information with myself or the club before they give it out. We both would have denied it.“I think about the next game. At my stage you want to do well. I’m committed with integrity and commitment, full commitment to the club as long as I’m under contract, but at the moment that’s all.”Wenger has always said he would not depart this summer as he wants to at least honour his current deal.He went on to say that how his side get on next year would play a huge part in determining whether or not he then seeks an additional deal or walks away.Asked if next season would be decisive for whether he stays, Wenger replied: “Of course, you sum it up very well.”He added: “What I focus on is respecting my contract and then envisage what I will do afterwards.“I can understand people are interested in that, but that is not the most important thing.“I extended my contract in a period that was vital for the club and after that I will see where I am personally and where the club stands at the end of my contract.” Arsene Wenger will celebrate 20 years at the club in October 1
Search crews from Bundoran during today’s searchA SIX-year-old boy has been found safe and well after a major search and rescue operation off the Donegal coast.Bundoran RNLI were tasked to assist in the search for a child feared to be missing in the water at Rossnowlagh Beach this afernoon.The six-year old child was reported missing following a 999 call to Malin Head Coast Guard who tasked Bundoran RNLI, the Rescue 118 Coast Guard Helicopter and The Killybegs Coast Guard Boat to search for the boy who was reportedly last seen near the water at around 4pm. The Bundoran Lifeboat, paged at 4.15pm, arrived on scene at 4.30pm and commenced a search pattern in conjunction with the other rescue agencies and were also assisted by a number of local boats in the area and up to 5 jet-skis.On the crowded beach, shore crew from Bundoran also helped in the search. As it continued, another call was received to Malin Head regarding a second child (8 years old) who had gone missing not far from the Sandhouse Hotel but was located soon after.At around 4.50pm, almost an hour after the initial report, the child was found by a family member and the search was called off.Volunteer Helm for the RNLI Lifeboat Iarla Carty said: “Once again we had another happy ending to a callout and another example of rescue agencies working together for a positive resolution. “We would encourage parents to be vigilant with their children around the water, particularly when the weather is so good.” RELIEF AS MISSING BOY, AGED 6, FOUND SAFE AND WELL AFTER DONEGAL COAST SEARCH was last modified: June 10th, 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:AGED 6FOUND SAFE AND WELL AFTER DONEGAL COAST SEARCHRELIEF AS MISSING BOYRossnowlagh
If you haven’t been involved in Donegal’s superb Relay for Life event then now is your chance.Last year’s Relay for LIfe event.An information evening for all those wondering about this year’s event takes place at the Mount Errigal Hotel this Monday, January 13th at 7.30pm.Twenty people each week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal; that’s 1000 people every year, hence why we say there’s “1000 REASONS TO RELAY”. Relay gives individuals the opportunity to CELEBRATE the lives of people that have overcome cancer, to show SUPPORT to those currently undergoing treatment, to REMEMBER people lost to the disease, to offer support and strength to families that have lost their loved ones and to FIGHT BACK through inspiring people to take action against a disease that has taken too much.Relay for Life Donegal allows participants to develop friendships and support networks (e.g.) the Survivors Choir. It provides the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the local community. It reminds us how kind people can be and restores our faith in humanity.Schools participate in Relay for Life Donegal to highlight to their students the importance of contributing to society and to allow students to develop their skills and qualities.Businesses and organisations get involved with Relay for Life, Donegal in order to develop delegation, empowerment and co – operative relationships within the workplace. Families, friends and colleagues relay together to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK (as previously mentioned).Hence why Relay for Life is suitable for everyone to participate at.Looking forward to seeing you there! DONEGAL’S RELAY FOR LIFE 2014 TO BE LAUNCHED THIS MONDAY was last modified: January 12th, 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:cancerinformation eveningMount Errigal HotelRelay for LifeTeams
SANTA CLARITA – The curtain could go up soon for Saugus and Canyon high schools if the governing board gives the go-ahead today to a plan to provide new performance and classroom space on both campuses. After planning and meeting with choir, band and theater teachers for more than two years, officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District are recommending that the board approve $35 million for the projects, part of the ongoing modernization of the two campuses. If approved, each school would get a 594-seat facility with a 14-foot proscenium and additional teaching space, a request made by instructors during the series of meetings. The design also would influence the performing arts space at the future Castaic area high school. Over the summer, board members had expressed concerns that the performing arts centers might be in jeopardy because of budget restrictions. IF YOU GO The Hart High School board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the district office board room, 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have heard from several members of the community; we know we have set a $7 million budget per site with 2002 expectations,” board member Steve Sturgeon said. “Don’t shortchange the (performing arts centers) – that’s our long-term objective. Let’s look at alternatives and capital resources.” Funding would come from a combination of sources, including $14 million from the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, $3.7 million from developer fees and donations, $11.7 million in bond money and $1.5 million transferred from Canyon High’s modernization budget to rehabilitate classrooms once choral and drama students move into the new building. In addition, $4.2 million in state funding was made available because of the added classroom space. Rory Livingston, the district’s assistant superintendent of business affairs, said Saugus and Canyon were eligible for state funding that other schools had used on other projects. “There was bond money because they had no work done since they were built in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. Recently, Hart High School band parents have complained to the district that their classroom space needs expansion, but Livingston said plans for renovation of those facilities come after the new performing arts centers. “They (Hart) have a new auditorium, administration building and gymnasium and these other schools don’t have anything,” Livingston said. “There is still $45 million in the budget for Hart. The scope of work needed at Hart is going to be up to district standards but it’s not going to focus absolutely on the band room. The classrooms that need the most work there are the science rooms.” “I’m simply thrilled,” said Leslie Crunelle, the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services. “First of all, a lot of people have worked a long time to get plans resulting in wonderful venues within fiscal limits. “When we first sat down with teachers, principals and administrators, we asked them if they could have anything they wanted, tell us. Then we pared it down in the lens of reality and out of that came this idea. Teaching and performing spaces are very important and this plan does not compromise quality.” Livingston said if the board approves the proposal, the project could go into a “three-year sprint” and might be ready in 2009. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org