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St Andrew’s Kirk celebrates 200th Anniversary

first_imgIn commemoration of the 200 years of its existence, the St Andrew’s Kirk, located opposite the Georgetown Magistrates Courts, on Friday launched its bicentennial celebrations to reflect on the significance of the church and what has been achieved during those years.Members of the church have scheduled activities throughout 2018 in celebration of this important milestone. Present at this gathering was Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, along with Reverend Maureen Massiah and members of the congregation.After an opening prayer and remarks from the chairperson, the gathering wasMinister Cathy Hughes giving her remarks on Fridayentertained by a musical rendition, followed by a brief historical overview of the church. This was done by Wadecia Donald, who explained that the building is one of the oldest churches in Guyana, with rich historical and architectural significance. It is a Presbyterian church that was made of bulletwood and stained-glass windows. The church gets its name from Andrew, a fisherman and one of the first disciples of Jesus after he was baptized by John.In 1811, the first sill was laid by H.E.H.W Bentick Esq; and in 1818, the building was finally opened to public worship under the leadership of Rev Archibald Brown.At first the original structure was constructed along the lines of the Romanesque Revival architectural style, but with a few changes, it is now considered to be Gothic Revival architecture. Presently, the building is 15 percent larger following these changes, which includes the introduction of the north and south entrances.The St Andrew’s KirkMinister Hughes, who is also a member of the church, stated how important and special this event is to her. “It is my pleasure, my joy, to be here this morning at this very special launch of our 200th anniversary celebrations. I stand with pride to say that my mom was baptised in this church, so was I (and) my siblings. I even got married in this church, so St Andrew’s is very close to my heart. I want to say that this church has made a valiant contribution to the development of Guyanese society,” she said.Meanwhile, the present and first female reverend of the St Andrew’s Kirk, Rev Maureen Massiah, reminded that although it is the reflection of the church’s rich history, emphasis must also be placed on the true purpose of the building.“We tend to make much of it, (but we should never forget) that we don’t honour the church building, but we honour God in this building. It is very important, because sometimes we forget,” she stated.When asked about the proceedings on Friday, an elder member of the church responded, “Proud. We feel rededicated to continue the work we’re doing, and to encourage other members to come out and support the church and keep us going, because it’s important that we serve the Lord. We’re off to a good start. I think today was very good, and they did a very good job in bringing the history up to date; so it was good.”Several activities have been planned to occur throughout the year. The celebrations will continue with a tea party on March 31.last_img read more

Boat captain charged for illegal possession

first_imgA Pomeroon, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) boat captain was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $250,000 after he was charged for illegal possession of ammunition and appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Rollin Fernandes of Jacklow, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two, was charged for having the ammunition on October 4, 2018. He appeared before Magistrate Esther Sam.It was previously reported that Fernandes and his bowman were arrested during a Joint Services exercise conducted in the Pomeroon River.According to reports, ranks from the Guyana Police Force, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Guyana Defence Force’s Coast Guard, who are stationed at the Floating Base in the Pomeroon River, conducted a stop-and-search exercise on the cargo vessel Fernandes was piloting.During the routine check, the ranks unearthed an unlicensed 12-gauge shotgun and 67 matching cartridges concealed in the bow of the boat.Fernandes and his 32-year-old bowman were intercepted and were said to be assisting Police with their investigations. However, only the ammunition charge was brought against Fernandes.Bail was objected to by the Police Prosecutor. However, Magistrate Sam granted Fernandes his pre-trial liberty. As a condition of bail, the 28-year-old man is required to report to the Charity Police Station every Friday until the completion of his trial. The case will continue on November 11, 2018.last_img read more

Media barred from attending Region 2 RDC meeting

first_imgReporters, who turned up on Tuesday to cover the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC) monthly statutory meeting were barred from entering the Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast building.This newspaper was informed by a security officer at the main gate of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building that he was given direct instructions by the Regional Executive Officer (RERegional Democratic Council (RDC) building in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)O), Dennis Jaikarran, not to allow the media into the compound.Asked to meet with the REO, the security again refused the request.This newspaper was told that at the scheduled statutory meeting, there were a number of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters waiting inside the boardroom of the RDC waiting to protest the Regional Chairman, Vice Chairperson and People’s Progressive Party Councillors when they arrived. While the protestors were allowed into the RDC compound, the media was barred.However, the Regional Chairman, Vice Chairman and PPP Councillors boycotted the meeting. When contracted, a PPP Councillor said that they made the decision to stay away from the meeting since, of recent, the meetings are being disrupted by protest action or walkouts by the REO.At the last sitting in September when the Regional Chairman called the meeting to order, the REO took his seat and invited APNU supporters, who were inside the boardroom, to picket the sitting.Reports are Vice Chair, Nandranie Coonjah had closed the main door to the RDC office when the REO and protesters left the boardroom.However, the REO reportedly returned to the boardroom “annoyed”, according to the Vice Chairperson.Coonjah said that the REO accused her of slamming the door as he and the protesters exited.She alleged that it was then that the REO hit her on the shoulder, in the presence of the Regional Chairman, Davanand Ramdatt, and other Councillors.As a result, a police report was made and the REO, Dennis Jaikarran, was questioned by Police over an assault report filed against him. Since the incident, Police on the Essequibo Coast said that advice was being sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the way forward.last_img read more

Money for Infrastructure Projects announced

first_imgThe federal, provincial and municipal governments are going to split the bill three ways, on 175 million dollars worth of infrastructure projects in B-C. The plan was announced yesterday in Victoria, by federal International Trade Minister Stockwell Day and, B-C Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon. This is Mr. Day….. [asset|aid=968|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=17825b8ac89b281f2968a9e5851915a3-Stockwell_2_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Mr. Falcon claims the projects will create more than 1700 jobs and when municipal government contributions are added the total investment will go to the aforementioned 175 million. We’ll find out what’s happening in our community later this morning, when local area MP and Government House Leader Jay Hill, joins Senator Richard Neufeld and Mayor Bruce Lantz for a nine o’clock announcement at City Hall.last_img read more

ExxonMobil announces 15th oil discovery

first_imgJust days after first oil, ExxonMobil said it made an oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Mako-1 well southeast of the Liza field, marking the 15th discovery on the Stabroek Block. The discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of more than 6 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.Mako-1 encountered approximately 164 feet (50 meters) of a high-quality oil bearing sandstone reservoir. Mako-1, drilled in 5,315 feet (1,620 meters) of water, is located approximately six miles (10 kilometers) southeast of the Liza field, which began producing oil in December 2019.More details in the Tuesday, December 24, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

No-boredom zone

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everett Farnham of Northridge takes a picture of his wife, Joan, in the fields along Lancaster Road near the California Poppy Reserve. Photo by Jeff Goldwater / Staff Photographer The Antelope Valley’s attractions range from the desert to the mountains to outer space. The valley has two municipal theaters, a professional baseball team, a state museum specializing in desert American-Indian culture and two auto racing complexes, as well as world-famous Edwards Air Force Base. Outdoor attractions include California’s best wild poppy area, a ski resort, state parks and two sanctuaries for exotic wild animals. Performing arts Antelope Valley has two first-rate municipal theaters. The Lancaster Performing Arts Center opened in 1991 at a cost of $10 million, and the Palmdale Playhouse opened in 1994 for $2.8 million. Both host touring entertainers – often top names – as well as community theater and music groups. The 750-seat Lancaster theater opened with Henry Mancini and has hosted B.B. King and Heart. The 350-seat Palmdale Playhouse has hosted Sergio Mendez and the comedy groups Capitol Steps and Houseful of Honkeys. Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale (661) 267-5685. Antelope Valley Fair A tradition for more than 60 years and still a late-summer focal point, the Antelope Valley Fair features farm animals, carnival rides, craft competitions and top-name entertainment. ZZ Top, Bob Dylan, Vince Gill and Maroon 5 have been past headliners. The fair runs for 11 days every August, concluding on Labor Day. This year’s entertainment lineup is expected to be announced in the spring. This is the third year at a new, larger fairgrounds that replaced the facility first used in 1938. The fairgrounds also hosts teen dances; bridal, computer and gun shows; and dog and cat shows. There is also an off-track betting center for horse-racing fans. Located at 2551 W. Ave. H, Lancaster. Call (661) 948-6060. Clear Channel Stadium Clear Channel Stadium, formerly known as Lancaster Municipal Stadium, is home of the minor-league Lancaster JetHawks baseball team. The stadium was built by the city for $14.3 million and opened in 1996. The JetHawks, who play in the Single-A California League, are a farm team for the world-champion Arizona Diamondbacks. The stadium is also used for high school graduations, college baseball tournaments, auto shows and concerts. Located at 2400 W. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 726-5400. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Nestled around Fairmont and Antelope buttes 15 miles west of Lancaster are 1,745 acres judged to be the most dependable area for California’s state flower, Eschscholzia californica . The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state park, dedicated in 1976 after a statewide search for the best California poppy spot. The park also boasts lupines, coreopsis, goldfields and other flowers, varying year by year according to rainfall. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster. The visitor center is open during wildflower season, usually about mid-March to early May. Parking fees during wildflower season are $2 per vehicle, $1 for seniors age 62 and older. District state park office: (661) 942-0662. Poppy reserve visitors center: (661) 724-1180. Antelope Valley Indian Museum Giant boulders on rocky Piute Butte form part of the floor and walls of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum’s Swiss chalet-style structure, built in 1928 by artist H. Arden Edwards. Inside are exhibits concentrating on native peoples of the western Great Basin east and southeast of the Sierra Nevada range, including the Antelope Valley. State park property since 1979, the museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from mid-September through mid-June. The museum will close in June for $2 million in work to reinforce its fragile building; the reinforcement project will keep it shut for at least a year. Admission is $1 for adults, free for children 16 and younger. Antelope Valley Indian Museum, 15701 E. Ave. M, (661) 946-3055. District state park office: (661) 942-0662. Exotic Feline Breeding Compound The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center houses more than 60 wild cats, ranging from the diminutive margay to jaguars, leopards and tigers. The nonprofit center breeds wild cats for propagating rare species. The center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. It also has periodic special events called Twilight Tours, when visitors can see special breeding areas and see animals unavailable for viewing during public hours. Daily admission is $3.50 for adults, $1.50 for children 3 to 18. Twilight Tours are $15 per person, age 18 and older. Another wild animal sanctuary is Acton’s Shambala Preserve , operated by actress Tippi Hedren’s Roar Foundation. Created in 1972, Shambala has nearly 70 animals, including lions, tigers and elephants. Shambala is open to the public one weekend a month and for special events. Visitors must be at least 18. Minimum donation is $35. Exotic Feline Breeding Compound, off Mojave-Tropico Road north of Rosamond Boulevard, www.cathouse-fcc.org, (661) 256-3332. Shambala Preserve, Acton, shambala.org, (661) 268-0380. Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base tours are offered twice a month for the general public, on the first and third Fridays of each month between 9 a.m. and noon. The daylong tours consist of visit to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in the morning, then a presentation at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum and a “windshield” tour – by bus – of the base flight line in the afternoon. People who want to take the tour must sign up at least a week in advance by calling the community relations section of the 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at (661) 277-3512. Visitors can also get information and register online at edwards.af.mil/trip. Aviation enthusiasts can also inspect retired military jets at the Flight Test Center Museum’s annex, Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, which has SR-71, A-12 and U-2 spy planes on display, and at the adjoining Palmdale Plant 42 Heritage Airpark . Blackbird Airpark is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays at Avenue P at 25th Street East, Palmdale. Air Force Flight Test Center Museum: www.edwards.af.mil/museum, (661) 277-8050. Los Angeles County Raceway and Willow Springs International Motorsports Park These venues offer every kind of motorcycle and auto racing. Los Angeles County Raceway has a National Hot Rod Association championship drag strip for vehicles ranging from junior dragsters powered by lawn mower engines to import sedans to street hot rods to all-out racers. It also has motocross tracks and drag-racing and stunt-driving schools. Willow Springs has road-race and oval tracks, as well as classes for motorcycle and auto racing. Los Angeles County Raceway, 6850 E. Ave. T, Palmdale, (661) 533-2224, lacr.net. Willow Springs International Raceway, 3500 75th St. W., Rosamond, (661) 256-2471, willowspringsraceway.com. Mountain High Resort This ski resort, on Angeles Crest Highway west of Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest, has 47 trails and 12 chairlifts spread over 220 acres of skiable terrain. Originally opened in 1937, the resort now has snow-making equipment to provide snow when Mother Nature doesn’t. Lifts are open until 10 p.m. nightly on lighted runs. Mountain High Resort, 24510 Highway 2, Wrightwood, (760) 249-5808, mthigh.com.last_img read more

Inter Milan to offer Conte huge deal as they refuse to give up on Chelsea boss

first_imgInter Milan are willing to pay Antonio Conte £240,000-a-week to quit Chelsea and join them.The Italian has enjoyed a dream debut season at Stamford Bridge and is on the cusp of securing the Premier League title.Conte also has the chance to lift the FA Cup if his side can defeat Arsenal at Wembley in the final later this month.Despite his success, the former Juventus boss has already been linked with a return to Italy and – according to Corriere dello Sport – Inter are going all out for him.The Serie A side have recently been taken over by wealthy Chinese owners the Suning Group and they want Conte to lead them into a new era.As a result, Inter are prepared to pay the 47-year-old a staggering £240,000-a-week to leave Chelsea and take charge at the San Siro.The Suning Group are also big fans of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and are prepared to pay him a similar wage. Antonio Conte 1last_img read more

MISSING DONEGAL LAD TURNS UP SAFE AND WELL

first_imgA 15 year old Donegal teenager who was reported missing earlier today has turned up safe and well.Gavin Hamilton from Buncrana was last seen around 1pm today (FRI).It was thought he had travelled to Derry and on to Belfast. His family say he has now turned up safe and well and have thanked all those for their help in the search.MISSING DONEGAL LAD TURNS UP SAFE AND WELL was last modified: May 1st, 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:buncranadonegalGAVIN HAMILTONlast_img read more

Sasol to expand Secunda plant

first_img22 October 2007South African petrochemical company Sasol has placed an order with a Japanese manufacturer for a new reactor, which will be used to increase the volume of synthetic fuels manufactured at its plant in Secunda in the Mpumalanga province.In a statement last week, Sasol said the order to construct a Sasol Advanced Synthol reactor, placed with the Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation, will enable the company to increase capacity at its Secunda plant from the current level of 150 000 barrels per day by 20% to 180 000 barrels per day by 2015.The company advanced Synthol reactors use either gas or coal as feedstock to produce synthesis gas, which is converted into a large range of valuable liquid fuels and chemical products.“Sasol supplies about 35% of South Africa’s liquid fuel needs,” Sasol executive director Benny Mokaba said. “The Secunda expansion project will help us meet major growth opportunities in both our domestic and international markets.”The company has long expressed its plans to expand production of synthetic fuels at its Secunda facility, to take advantaged of the increased demand in petroleum products that has accompanied a prolonged economic boom in the country.In addition, the South African government decided against imposing windfall taxes on synthetic fuel producers in August, opting instead to call for increased investment in expanding production capacity.As such, the company has since entered into partnership with the government to conduct a pre-feasibility study into a green-fields coal-to-liquid facility. Known as Project Mafutha, the study is expected to be complete during 2008.The Sasol Advanced Synthol reactors are designed to convert coal and natural gas into high-quality synthetic transportation fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel, as well as a range of chemicals.“We have constructed seven similar reactors for Sasol since 1998, and, as one of the leading reactor fabricators in the world, will continuously strive to supply high quality and effective equipment that enhances the development of clean and environmentally friendly new energy resources,” said Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation president Hisao Matsuwake.The reactor will be about 12 stories (38 metres) tall, eight meters in diameter and will weigh about 867 tons. The company currently uses nine such reactors at its Secunda plant.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Internet IS a Series of Tubes: Real-Time Mapping of the London Underground

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We asked Somerville how real time the page really it, and he explained that while “the API itself appears to be pretty-much real-time” the page itself was put together in a few quick hours and currently requires a user refresh to keep truly up to date. With a bit more coding, he explained, the page could be just as real time as the API itself, which he presumes uses the same information as the platform indicators for telling when trains are arriving.As with many real-time technologies, the map shows a very real future for the merging of the real-time Web with the Internet of Things. Soon enough, the objects we interact with on a daily basis – whether trains, planes or our refrigerators – will interact back with us, in real-time. While Somerville acknowledges a number of faults in the current incarnation, he also notes that the source code for the project is available for download on GitHub. The code for this project is based on his previous mapping of all the trains in the U.K. Two of our favorite topics to geek out over here at ReadWriteWeb are the real-time Web and the Internet of Things. Today, we (like everyone else across the Internet, it seems) ran into a rather nifty looking website that merges those two realms rather successfully using open data from the London and U.K. train systems. The live train map for the London Underground is a nearly real-time Google Maps mashup that shows the various trains of the London Underground as they move about their subterranean travels. The real-time Web, put simply, is a set of technologies that allows the information we see on the Internet to change as quickly (or nearly so) as what it represents in the real world or online. It’s the weather forecast, your friends’ status updates on Facebook and the pitch-by-pitch tracking of an afternoon’s game. As for the Internet of Things, it is the connection of the Internet to everyday objects. In this case, it’s data on every train in the London subway system as provided by the London Data Store, an open-data effort with the Greater London Authority.The train map, created by Matthew Somerville, takes data from the Transport for London API and plots it out on a Google Map. On it, yellow pinpoints represent train stations, and the plethora of slowly moving red pinpoints represent an army of trains. Clicking on a red pin identifies which train you’re looking at, the station it just left and where and when it is expected to arrive. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more