Cartilage protects bones and stops them from knocking together. It forms a gristly cushion between the bones at slightly movable joints. It forms a smooth, slippery coat on the ends of bones at synovial joints. Ligaments are the strong cords and straps that lash bones together and hold a joint in place. They are a bit elastic, enough to let the bones move. Tendons are the cords and straps that connect muscle to bone. The best known tendon joins our calf muscle to our heel and is called the Achilles tendon. Cartilage, ligaments and tendons Synovial joints have different structures, depending on how they work. They allow different kinds of movement depending on the shape of the bones at the joint and the ligaments that hold them together. The shoulder, hip and ankle are very susceptible to injury because of the amount of movement possible at these joints. Sudden impact or over extension, etc., could cause dislocation or the tearing of tendons and ligaments. Joints are placed into groups based on their structures. There are six (6) basic types of synovial joints: – Ball and socket:- This is the most movable joint in the body. One bone has a bulge like a ball at the end that fits into a socket in the other bone. It can turn in many directions. Ligaments are often used to keep the joint stable. Examples of this type of joint are the shoulder and hip joints. – Hinge:- These types of joint works like a hinge on a door. It moves in one plane only and will open until it is straight and no further. The movement is limited because of the shape of the bones and the position of the ligaments. Examples of this type of joint are the elbow and knee joints. – Pivot:- This joint has a ring on a peg structure. One bone has a bit that juts out, like a peg or a ridge. This fits into a ring or notch on the other bone. Only rotation is possible at this joint. An example of this type of joint is between the atlas and the axis vertebrae in the neck. – Saddle:- This type of joint allows movement in two planes at right angles to each other. Bones are shaped like saddles and fit neatly together. Movement allowed is side to side and back and forward. Movement is limited because of the shape of the bones. Example of this joint is at the thumb. -Condyloid:- This type of joint allows movement in two planes. The rounded end of one bone fits into the hollow of another. Movements are back and forward and side to side. Ligaments prevent rotation. Example of this type of joint is the wrist. – Gliding:- Here the ends of the bones are flat enough to glide over each other. There is little movement in all directions, which is limited by the ligaments. Of all the synovial joints, this one allows the least movement. Examples of this type of joint are located between the carpals bones of the hand, the tarsals of the foot and vertebrae. Our joints and sport Our different joints work smoothly together when we make skilled sporting movements. They are capable of a full range of movement in order to work well. The muscle and ligament surrounding each joint must be strong enough to give stability to the joint. The demands of sport put severe stress on the joint; therefore, we must warm up thoroughly before activity and should warm down afterwards. Joints can be injured as a result of impact, internal forces or a mixture of both. Common examples include sprained ankle, torn knee ligament and dislocated shoulders. Types of joint and movements allowed Ball and socketflexion and extension, abduction and adduction. Rotation and circumduction Hinge – flexion and extension Pivot – rotation only Saddle – flexion and extension, abduction and adduction Condyloid – flexion and extension, abduction and adduction Gliding – some gliding in all directions
Tivoli Gardens star frontman, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, is hoping to be ready for the Red Stripe Premier League play-offs after being sidelined by a hamstring strain he picked up in the team’s Jackie Bell KO semi-final on Sunday. Johnson has been told by doctors that he needs at least two weeks rest before he can resume training but the veteran striker says he could be back on the field as early as next Wednesday. “The doctors say it’s two weeks minimum but I am still watching it. Hopefully by next Sunday I can be back and I hope that by Wednesday I can start running,” he said. “You always want to go out and play for your team and play for yourself. You are leading in goals so you miss the goals and the team will miss your goals … and seeing the players out there makes you kind of sad but you just have to motivate them off the field,” he added. Tivoli are third in the table with 55 points behind UWI (59) and Humble Lion (58) and although finishing second is a bit far-fetched at the moment he hopes other results can go their way. “We are trying to get the second place but it’s hard at the moment. We just need to win and hope the other games go our way so we get the second place so that we can get the rest,” he reasoned. He also commended coach Damion Gordon for the job he has done in Omar Edwards’ absence. “It’s a killer not having your first team coach. But Damion is doing really well and he’s learning a lot, and the players want to play for him, He is a Tivoli man (former player) so everyone listens to him and play for him,” he added..
Dear Editor,Since the announcement and publication of Order No 19 of 2018 which, among other things, listed the name and composition of the 80 Councils participating in this year’s historic Local Government Elections (LGEs), there has been much noise from the political Opposition with baseless allegations of “gerrymandering, tinkering, plot to undermine the PPP [People’s Progressive Party] stakes at LGE, no consultation and even to damage local democracy”. The hollowness of the latter allegation, made by Dr Frank Anthony and others, is exposed by the reality that it was this Administration that restored local democracy after a hiatus of two decades and aims to fortify the gains with the first holding of consecutive LGEs as legally due in Guyana’s post-independent history. Dr Anthony and his colleagues should be reminded that the PPP, by their every action, does not believe in or subscribe to the concept of local democracy, so no one should be fooled by theirRonald Bulkanpious bleating.PPP representatives Zamal Hussain and Denis De Roop joined in the chorus of advancing untrue and unsubstantiated claims (August 9, 2018, Stabroek News) which continues to be parroted by members of the parliamentary Opposition, such as the Leader, Zulfikar Mustapha and Gail Teixeira to which, with your permission, I wish to offer some clarity.It is instructive to note that the exercise of rebalancing the size of some councils was done pursuant to Sections 5 and 12 of the Local Democratic Organs Act Chapter 28:09, which specifically states that the Minister may by Order provide for, among other things, the composition and constitution of each local democratic organ.Editor, this exercise and the legal provision enabling might have come as a surprise to these members of the Opposition which may be attributable to the fact that their party did not see the importance of Local Government and through deliberate acts and omissions relegated the system to irrelevance. This system has been exhumed by the David Granger-led Administration and we are injecting life into it.Notwithstanding the soundness of this exercise in law, it was not done capriciously. This was a decision aimed at rationalising the size of councils vis a vis their responsibilities and was duly guided by relevant considerations such as the demographics of these areas.There existed an anomaly where the size of some Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) are larger than some municipalities. For instance, the total seats on the Aberdeen/Zorg-en-Vlygt NDC (18) is more than that of the second most populous and one of the larger geographical municipality in the country – Linden – which has 16 seats. It should also be noted the size of the Linden Municipality was also reduced for the 2016 elections from 18 to where it is presently. Hence, the rebalancing of the size of council is clearly not novel.Moreover, the composition of the established 129 NDCs were done by Ministerial Order No 51 of 1990. This order which delineated Guyana entirely was done on a conceptual basis and is now being refined. A number of circumstances; not least among them demographics, have changed in the past 28 years that logically necessitates on the basis of current realities these adjustments.In Moruka/Phoenix Park, a recently activated NDC, there are approximately 524 electors. Order No 51 of 1990 prescribed that this NDC have a total of 15 seats. Had the prescriptions of this Order been adhered to, there would have been 35 electors to one Councillor ratio. How logical? Order 19 of 2018 as issued by me took this into consideration and prescribed a total of six seats (3 PR and 3 FPP). The point is that we are learning from experience.Moreover, the enactment of the Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Act No 26 of 2009 introduced a mixed electoral system in which 50 per cent of LDO Councillors are directly elected by their constituents (First-Past-the-Post) and the remainder through Proportional Representation (PR). The number of constituencies as prescribed by Order No 51 of 1990 was purely created under the PR system and with the enactment of the aforementioned legislation, the size of councils were split in half to facilitate the amendment. This change should have been informed and buttressed by a process of identifying constituencies based on demographics but this was not done. This work has started with the 15 organs in question but is certainly not complete.De Roop in his media conference suggested that residents should have been “ask(ed) if they are willing to go into local authorities” but Article 12 of our Supreme Law clearly underscores not only the importance of Local Government to the organisation of the State but the entitlement of each Guyanese to participate in the management and development of their community.Editor, the determination of whether residents in these new LAAs would be required to pay rates and taxes is not a decision of Central Government but one that resides within each LDO. Once lawfully constituted, those organs enjoy autonomy under the Constitution. De Roop, please take note.In one instance, De Roop claims that the Government is ‘imposing’ Local Government on residents by activating NDCs and later claimed that the Government should be “increasing representation” in No 52-74 where the size of the council was rebalanced. De Roop’s double standard, which is not dissimilar from the party he represents, is very unhelpful in encouraging citizens’ participation and taking hold of this constitutional right, which was whimsically denied for two decades by the past Administration, to manage their community affairs. It begs the question of their sincerity to Local Government development.The Kaieteur News, Tuesday, August 21 headline based on the allegations made by Mustapha, captioned “Government resorts to violating Constitution to secure win at upcoming LGE” is not only far from the truth but is very unfair, especially given the efforts of this Administration in restoring local democracy. Ironically, Mustapha alleges that I failed to consult with residents and in so doing contravened Article 13 of the Constitution.It was through meaningful consultation that the new township of Mahdia, though the external boundaries encompasses the titled Amerindian villages of Campbelltown and Micobie, excludes these villages as is the expressed desire of their respective Village Councils.In fact, Editor, the activation of the eight new NDCs (being among the aforementioned 129 NDCs) is as a direct result of the pleas of residents in those areas for greater representation. Residents bemoaned the lack of representation by their Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on issues that affect their communities. For instance, the communities in the lower Pomeroon (from Charity to its mouth) have been complaining of perennial flooding as a result of poor maintenance of drainage infrastructure and consequent deleterious impact on their livelihood but receive inadequate assistance from the RDC. Residents in these communities will now have an LDO to represent their interest. The same applies to residents on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and on the East Bank of Berbice.Teixeira’s accusation, therefore, that Government is increasing the Local Authority Areas to “improve the number of votes they collect” exemplifies not only the PPP/C misguided fixation on “winning” but its unrelenting ethos of control and dominance. It was this same attitude that fuelled this party, when in Government, to replace democratically elected councils with handpicked individuals by imposing odious Interim Management Committees (IMCs).De Roop, in ignorance, claims that the Government “want to go down the same line again” in terms of resolution of ties. It is surprising that his colleagues in Parliament failed to inform him of the recent passage of the Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2018 which deprives the Minister of the power previously exercised in the resolution of ties in the election of Mayors, Chairmen, and Vice Chairmen. This amendment provides for the resolution of ties by the use of the democratic (plurality) principle.Again, another baseless and misplaced aspersion of mal-intent. Clearly, no opportunity for any exercise of ministerial authority in this regard.As it relates to the issue of demarcation of boundaries, this falls within the remit of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to give effect to the ministerial order which has not breached any law.Latest to join the fray is former Local Government Minister Ganga Persaud, who in the <<<<
Four months after firing Khurshid Sattaur from his post as Commissioner General of the Guyana RevenueFormer GRA Commissioner General Khurshid SattaurAuthority (GRA), the agency is looking for suitable applicants to fill the vacancy.The GRA is also advertising for a new Deputy Commissioner General.The applicants are required to have a comprehensive knowledge of the country’s tax system and familiarity with the Tax Laws, Regulations and Tax Treaties administered by the Revenue Authority, as well as the relationship of these legislative instruments with the various programmes governed by the GRA.In an advertisement published in one of the daily newspapers, it was stated that applicants must possess a professional accounting/auditing designation and a Master’s Degree in Taxation, Business Administration, Economics, Information Technology or Law.The GRA requires that applicants for the post of Commissioner General possess a minimum of 15 years’ experience in Tax and Customs Administration with a minimum of eight years at the executive level.The closing date for submission of applications is May 3, 2016.In January, Sattaur was given an unceremonious send-off from his post as Commissioner General of the GRA.Sattaur was initially ordered on 200 days’ leave to facilitate an international forensic audit of the firm.Reports indicate that the Commissioner General was expected to retire before the 200-day period was over.Following his departure he was visited by junior members of the Revenue Authority, who took away his firearm and other items belonging to the State entity.This move evoked public outcry, after which the Board clarified that it was only doing what was required by law.In response to the decision to fire him, Sattaur said it was obvious through the many public pronouncements by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that it would be uncomfortable for him to continue as the Head of the GRA under the new A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration.
It was Prince Johnson shouting, and his voice could be heard rumbling throughout the Freeport of Monrovia: “Commando!”“Brave, strong, intelligent!” chorused his men. “Prepare for war!”With the directive from Johnson, the two hundred or so INPFL fighters surrounded Samuel Doe’s bodyguards. Upon entering the Freeport, Prince Johnson had inquired from a few ECOMOG soldiers about Doe and his entourage. But the ECOMOG soldiers had pretended to have no knowledge of the president and his attendants. The rebels had then gone to Quainoo’s office and met the president’s security operatives, who could be distinguished by their red berets, in front of the building. Now Doe’s bodyguards, encircled, turned to look round at the rebels in shock and disbelief. A heavy silence, as of death, descended. For a moment nobody spoke.Then one of Doe’s bodyguards named Colonel Harrison Pennue accosted Prince Johnson. Pennue was a relative of Doe’s and the commander of a notorious AFL death-squad. He had also participated in the 1980 coup which brought Doe to power. “There’s nothing to fear from us,” he said, smiling as though to thaw the immediacy of a scuffle. “As you can see,” he added, “we are unarmed and have left our weapons with ECOMOG.”“Pennue,” Johnson said, “who invited you into the whole show?”“You’re trying to provoke a confrontation,” Pennue said.“Shut up,” Johnson said.“But you rebels,” said another soldier standing in the group of AFL soldiers just behind Pennue, “shouldn’t have been here in the first place.”“Okay, I’ll show you,” Johnson said.Prince Johnson turned to two of his fighters and ordered Harrison Pennue put under arrest. As the fighters walked towards him, cocking their rifles, Pennue took two steps back, as if anticipating his AFL colleagues behind him would come to his aid. But no one stirred. One of the INPFL fighters approachedand kicked Pennue’s legs from under him. The AFL man fell to the pavement and grunted. The other fighter raised the butt-end of his rifle and brought it down on Pennue’s head. Pennue screamed; blood streamed down his forehead. The fighters twisted his arms behind him, bound them with nylon ropes, and left him kneeling on the pavement. The rest of Doe’s bodyguards, among them not one man armed with a pistol, stood as if possessed. Pennue started to beg for his life.Prince Johnson drew his pistol, walked towards Harrison Pennue, and fired two shots at close range. Pennue’s head burst, like a deflated balloon. The other AFL soldiers scattered, like insects. The rebels open fire. While the shooting was going on, about fifteen AFL soldiers, who had gone with Doe to meet ECOMOG force commander General Quianoo, burst into the room and surrounded the president. There were no more than a few pistols among them. But they were determined to protect Doe, if need be, with their bodies. General Quianoo turned to Doe and his men. “Excuse me, there seems to be some trouble outside. You heard the shooting.”Doe seemed suspicious. He looked at Quainoo. But the Ghanaian avoided his gaze and seemed uneasy. He’s guilty of something, Doe thought but said nothing. He had heard Johnson and his men shouting outside, followed by two shots and a barrage that seemed as if an ammunition dump had exploded.Even though he couldn’t distinguish the voices of the rebels, the fact that they had spoken in Liberian parlance was enough reason to believe that they were not ECOMOG soldiers. Besides, the initial directive, “Commando,” seemed, to him, strange and unlike typical orders given by one of his army commanders. Could it be the rebels? He didn’t know. But already he knew that something had gone terribly wrong and that perhaps he had been deceived. “Let me check to find out what the trouble is,” Quianoo said, and took a step towards the door.Doe held up his palm. “My men have no weapons. You ought to send some of your troops to get us out of here or order them to bring the weapons they took from us.” “Okay, I’m coming, wait here,” said the Ghanaian, and promptly disappeared.But once he was out of the office, ECOMOG force commander General Arnold Quainoo, guarded by a large number of Ghanaian peacekeeping troops who would deploy along the harbor, headed towards one of the ECOMOG warships and vanished inside.By then the shooting had deteriorated. Of course every time you thought it had stopped, it started again, like rain in September. The BBC journalist Elizabeth Blunt, who had called on General Quianoo that afternoon, would remember hearing the gunfire for about an hour as the rebels shot and lobbed hand grenades at Doe’s unarmed security operatives — and the so-called ECOMOG force looked on. Luckily, a few of the president’s bodyguards were able to escape and hide in shipping containers. Having killed almost all of Doe’s security operatives, the rebels then advanced to the administrative house in which the cabinet officials, along with Doe’s relations, were hiding. The moment the rebels entered the building, the people screamed in terror. But their voices were snuffed out by the gunfire that followed. It was a massacre; and yet also a repeat of history. Except that now it was Doe, his relations and a few of his cabinet executives, and not Tolbert and the thirteen Liberian officials shot and killed following the repercussions of the 1980 coup d’état. It was also a chilling reminder of the innocent lives lost on July 29, 1990, after Doe had sent his death-squad to kill alleged rebels hiding in the St. Peter’s Lutheran church.Inside Quianoo’s office, President Doe and his bodyguards, paralyzed, made no effort to leave the building. For when ECOMOG force commander General Arnold Quianoo disappeared, they knew their fate was sealed. But they hoped that the rebels wouldn’t find out that they were in Quianoo’s office; that perhaps when ECOMOG had intervened and calmed the situation, they would be able to return to the Executive Mansion. But it was an unlikely supposition. For as they looked through the window of Quianoo’s office, they saw the rebels, untidy and hungry as death, going from house to house clearly in search of the president.Then they saw one of the fighters, a dark-complexioned boy of thirteen, shouting and gesticulating at the window of Quianoo’s office. “He inside the office,” the boy said. “President Doe inside the office.” The boy must have had a remarkable hunch. Doe and his bodyguards, standing just next to the office window, slunk away. The next moment, footsteps were heard running up the steps to the office. Then the door burst open. Led by two ECOMOG soldiers (they could have been from one of the contingents), who punctually disappeared, a group of rebels, Prince Johnson among them, entered the office. Doe’s bodyguards had formed a tight, almost impenetrable ring around him. Breeze couldn’t have passed them to reach the president, even. Doe barely got a glimpse of the rebels. He heard only their footsteps as they burst into the room, followed soon after by a deafening burst of automatic fire.Just as Prince Johnson and his men open fire, so too the president’s bodyguards made a final and desperate attempt to save him. They all fell on top of Doe — right there in the office. But even after it was clear that all Doe’s security operatives had been killed, Prince Johnson and his men wouldn’t stop the barrage.Then suddenly the gunfire stopped. The rebels began to drag one or another corpse from the pile and into the middle of the office, cross-checking to see if all Doe’s bodyguards had been killed. It was in this process that they discovered the president lying under the carcasses. Doe was trembling, covered with blood and terrified but quite unharmed. At a closer inspection, the rebels noticed that the blood on him was actually that of his bodyguards. It was impossible. But there Doe was, alive and well.Among rebel fighters, the notion that someone might carry charms to render themselves impervious to bullets is never misjudged. Yet there are certain methods thought to outsmart any zekie, be it from Zeus himself and no matter how powerful. One of these is that you shoot first for the kneecaps of the person suspected to have an amulet. For anything other than that and your bullets against his or her body would be as indifferent as pipe to water. And so Prince Johnson shot at Doe’s kneecaps. Wounded, Doe cried out and fell to the floor. The rebels dragged him out of the office, down the steps into the yard. Next they threw him into the back of one of the military jeeps that came with his convoy. Then Johnson and his men, firing into the air, drove towards the gates of the Freeport and broke into song:You can’t go eh-no!You kill my motherYou can’t go like thatZolo wa, zola wapi zoloYou can’t go eh-eh!You kill my fatherYou can’t go like thatZolo wa, zolo wapi zoloYou can’t go eh-no!You kill my pekinYou can’t go like thatZolo wa, zolo wapi zoloYou can’t go eh-eh!You kill my peopleYou can’t go like thatZolo wa, zolo wapi zoloAt the entrance they met the ECOMOG soldiers on guard. But the peacekeeping troops trembled and beads of perspiration broke out over their foreheads. Some bowed to the rebels. Others smiled obsequiously. The rebels drove their convoy out of the gates and headed towards the direction of Bushrod Island.A few moments later, Ghanaian ECOMOG force commander General Quianoo emerged out of the warship in which he had sought refuge. Carrying a Nikon camera and with heavily armed Ghanaian peacekeeping troops on his flanks, he began to take pictures of the corpses that littered the pavement. Then he went up to his office and took some pictures also. Next he went to the administrative building in which all the cabinet officials, along with a few of Doe’s relatives, had been killed. The bodies were all piled in a corner of the office, as if the people had huddled together while the rebels shot and killed them all together. The walls and ceiling were covered with bullet holes. There were bullet casings, brain and stomach contents all over the floor.Next General Quainoo returned to the harbor. He ordered two shipping containers, which Prince Johnson had given him earlier and which contained a number of brand new cars, carried into one of the Ghanaian warships.As he was returning to the warship, the Nigerian deputy Chief of Staff said to him, “But, sir, where are you going?”“To Ghana immediately,” Quianoo retorted, turning to look over his shoulder as the Nigerian, panting, ran to catch him up.“To Ghana!” exclaimed the Nigerian, hardly able to believe his own ears. “The peacekeeping mission to Liberia is hardly over and you’re leaving the country already! What then I am to do with the troops?”“If I were you,” Quianoo said, “I would send ECOMOG back home. Any fool can see that the Liberian Civil War is to become yet another Vietnam.” With that, he entered the warship, leaving the Nigerian deputy Chief of Staff in charge of the ECOMOG force.To be cont’d.Copyright © Saah Millimono 2016Read the September 1, 2016, edition for the next piece of this article.About the author: Saah Millimono is the author of Broken Dreams, which was awarded the Short Fiction Prize of the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings. His first novel Boy Interrupted was awarded 2nd Place for the Kwani Manuscript Project, a one-off writing prize for African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora. He is currently at work on his second novel and pursuing a BA degree in Mass Communication at the African Methodist Episcopal University. He has written for the Daily Observer and The Guardian (UK).Let’s look up a few words used in this piece:1.chorus: n. (of a group of people) say the same thing at the same time.2.directive: n. an order or instruction issued by an authority.3.entourage: n. a group of attendants or associates.4.operative: n. a person engaged, employed or skilled in some branch of work.5.immediacy: n. the state, condition, or quality of being at the shortest possible time.6.poleax: n. another term for battle-ax; n.; v. hit, kill, or knock down with a poleax.9.deflate: v. to release the air or gas from.10.prompt: v. done or performed without delay.11.deteriorate: v. to make or become worse.12.lob: v. to hit or throw something.13.supposition: n. a guess or hypothesis.14.impenetrable: adj. the quality of bringing one into direct involvement with something.15.carcass: n. dead body; corpse.16.perspire: v. to sweat.17.obsequious: adj. obedient or attentive to an excessive degree.18. thaw: v. to cause to change from a solid, frozen state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The accused in the Philippi Village, Corentyne, Berbice murder of a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lieutenant was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Mark BagotKamal Matthews, also called “Son”, 26, of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 23, 2018 at Philippi, Corentyne, he unlawfully killed Mark Bagot.Matthews is being represented by Attorney Chandra Sohan. Magistrate Renita Singh adjourned the case to January 21, 2019.In court on Monday, a large number of persons from Black Bush Polder and also from Philippi were present during the proceedings.Kamal Matthews, also called “Son”Bagot, a first lieutenant of the GDF, was stabbed during a confrontation over the paying for drinks. The injured man was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital, but was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he succumbed to his injury. Following the stabbing, Matthews had gone into hiding. However, on Wednesday, he turned himself in accompanied by his attorney to the Whim Police Station.At the time of the incident, Bagot was reportedly sharing a drink with a friend at the bar when an argument ensued between the soldier and the suspect over the purchasing of Guinness.It had been reported that the Lieutenant; his friend, popularly known as “100”; and the accused were at Chunku’s Grocery and off-licensed bar located at Philippi when an argument ensured. The incident escalated, and the suspect and the deceased reportedly began throwing bottles.Despite attempts by persons in the bar to temper the situation, Bagot allegedly attacked Matthews who reportedly stabbed him with a knife.
A Sheildstown, West Coast Berbice (WCB) welder is yet to regain consciousness after he was struck by a motorcar while journeying home on Wednesday last.The bicycle involved in the accidentThe car which struck the victimIrfaan AhmadTwenty-six-year-old Irfaan Ahmad, a father of one, is presently nursing injuries about his body in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The man was making his way home at about 22:00h following his shift at the Blairmont Sugar Estate when the accident occurred.Guyana Times understands that Ahmad was in Sheildstown, WCB, when he was struck from behind by a white motorcar.As a result of the impact, the man was thrown from his bicycle into the corner of the road. He was discovered when an acquaintance stopped to made inspections.At this time, the driver of the car which struck the young father and who was still at the scene attempted to escape but was caught.He was instructed to take Ahmad to the hospital, to which he complied, rushing the man to the Fort Wellington Hospital.Ahmad is nursing two broken arms and legs, a disconnected hip, spinal injuries and swelling to his brain.However, since the accident on Wednesday last, traffic ranks only visited the scene on Sunday when they took measurements on the road.The driver of the car which struck Ahmad was taken into Police custody but was subsequently released on station bail.The family is calling for a swift investigation into the matter. Ahmad’s only child is only 21 months old.
If ratified, the trade deal would eliminate tariffs on more than 90 percent of the product categories traded between the countries. The agreement is a significant victory for the Bush administration, which needed a prominent deal with clear benefits for American producers to shore up support for bilateral trade pacts with Panama, Peru and Colombia, which have thus far received a cool reception from a skeptical Congress. Free trade between the United States and South Korea – the world’s largest and 11th-largest economies, respectively – could give American companies an important stronghold in Asia, where they have steadily ceded market share to European, Japanese and Chinese competitors. The deal might also prompt a wave of bilateral trade pacts as an alternative to stalled multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization, economists said Monday. The breakthrough came when Washington dropped its demand that the South Korean government stop protecting its politically powerful rice farmers, and Seoul agreed to resume imports of American beef, halted three years ago over fears of mad cow disease, if, as expected, the World Organization on Animal Health declares U.S. meat safe in a ruling next month. SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. and South Korean negotiators struck the world’s largest bilateral free-trade agreement Monday, giving the United States a badly needed lift to its trade policy at home and South Korea a chance to reinvigorate its export economy. Negotiators announced the agreement, the culmination of a 10-month effort. “This is a strong deal for America’s farmers and ranchers, who will gain substantial new access to Korea’s large and prosperous market of 48 million people,” Karan K. Bhatia, the deputy U.S. trade representative, said in Seoul on Monday. “Neither side obtained everything it sought,” he added. South Korea also agreed to phase out the 40 percent tariff on American beef over 15 years. It will remove an 8 percent duty on cars and revise a domestic vehicle tax system that U.S. officials say discriminates against American cars with bigger engines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Killybegs Coast Guard will host the 2014 JSAR (Joint Search and Rescue) Games this weekend in what promises to be a spectacular event for spectators.Teams from the three divisional sectors of Irish Coast Guard (Malin,Valencia, Dublin) along with HM Coastguard from the North will be competing.Two teams from each sector will be taking part along with 4 mixed teams made up of one member from each division. Games are designed to test all the skills used by the Coast Guards members while on call outs.Killybegs Coast Guard volunteers have spent many months designing, preparing and testing the various games but in the interest of fairness they are not allowed to take part!!!The competition will take place at Fintra on Saturday and prize giving will take place on Saturday night in the Bay View Hotel. KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD HOSTING ‘SEARCH & RESCUE’ ALL-IRELAND GAMES THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 15th, 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:all-irelandFintraKillybegsSearch and Rescue Games
Kevin with his uncle Tomm.“Song of the Sea” will be making waves in Letterkenny this week as young local actor Kevin Swierszcz takes to the silver screen.Kevin is a student of Educate Together and drama student of Karen Murphy Speech Drama & Communications.His voice is the character of “Little Ben” age 4 in the film which will run each afternoon at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny until Thursday.Kevin recorded this work at the age of 3 and half years old.Kevin’s Mum Helen explained how her brother Tomm Moore, a Director with Cartoon Saloon based in Kilkenny, couldn’t find anyone to fit the part at the first auditions.But, while playing with Kevin asked him to play pretend and fed him the lines and recorded his voice on his iPhone.Kevin’s sister was only just born at the time and when Tomm played it back, everyone was very impressed.Tomm brought it to the Cartoon Saloon and Kevin was called back to do a proper audition. It was all very exciting and Kevin just loves acting ever since.Normally he’s quite a shy boy but he has caught the bug – and everyone is so proud of him.Song of the Sea, the latest work of art from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, opens on a scene between a pregnant mother and her young son (voice of Kevin Swierzcsc at age 3 now age 6) They’re preparing a room for the baby, painting its walls with elaborate imagery depicting the ancient Celtic myth of the selkie, a magical creature that’s something of a cross between a human and a seal. Little does the son, Ben know that his mother and soon-to-be sister are both selkies themselves.Fortunately, the story itself is simple enough without sacrificing narrative depth. Ben’s mother dies within moments of that opening scene, plunging herself into the ocean for reasons not yet made clear. We fast-forward six years and see that Ben has morphed into a grumpy preteen who continues to blame his sister, Saoirse, for their mother’s death. Like many an older brother, he’s irritated by practically everything she does — including the things she doesn’t do.See, Saoirse has yet to speak or sing a word; in order to do so, she needs a special coat that her father, Conor (voiced by Brendan Gleeson), has locked away in a closet.On the night of her sixth birthday, she finds the coat and finally transforms into her true seal self, diving into the ocean to commence one of the film’s most beautifully stylized scenes.But no sooner does Saoirse finally become comfortable in her slippery skin than her father takes away her mystical coat, throws it into the sea, and sends her and Ben off to live with their Granny in the Dublin City. The rest of the film chronicles their escape and adventure back home to Donegal and it’s filled with all the touchstones of a children’s fantasy: fairies, magical flutes, even an owl witch. An adventure for all the family to enjoy.Don’t miss your opportunity to see the magical movie.LETTERKENNY DRAMA STUDENT KEVIN LIGHTS UP THE SILVER SCREEN was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)