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The Government has launched an investigation into the circumstances which led to the boat accident last Wednesday in the vicinity of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), in which four persons sustained injuries.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon revealed on Monday that a Board of Inquiry (BoI) has commenced after Colonel (Retired) Windee Algernon was sworn in as Chairman.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the swearing-in ceremony with Retired Colonel Windee AlgernonIn brief remarks following the swearing-in of Algernon, Minister Harmon noted that President David Granger had mandated that an inquiry be conducted to probe the circumstances which led to the accident.“It is required that you will look into the systems that were in place and whether in fact, there had been any breaches of those systems. [You would also] have to look at whether there is a need for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the David G vessels,” he stated.Colonel Algernon, in her address, has pledged to do her best, noting that inquiries should be conducted so as to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents in the future.Reports are the three children injured in the accident – Sheniele Machette, Cleaveloyd Edmonds and Iola Thornhill – are students of the Bartica Secondary School, who would cross the river to attend school on a daily basis.However, they were returning home in the David G boat, captained by 21-year-old Kevin Adonis, when some mechanical difficulties were encountered which led to the accident. The four injured persons were air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they received treatment and were reported as stable. President Granger had later visited the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit where he instructed that an investigation be launched into the matter.Meanwhile, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Chairman Gordon Bradford had indicated earlier last week that the vessel was inspected by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).The Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the inquiry state that the Board is expected to investigate, examine, report and make recommendations on the causes, circumstances and conditions under which the accident took place and to determine whether any systematic or regulatory arrangements contributed to the accident and the extent to which, if at all, the Captain and the crew are liable.A report is expected to be presented to the Minister of State on March 27, 2018.
CS LEWIS – SAID NORTH DONEGAL WAS LOVELY AND SOUTH DONEGAL WAS SINISTER!Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis wrote about a tale of two counties on a visit to Co Donegal, it has emerged.A lost collection of 11 letters found in an attic in England by the son of one of Lewis’s friends Captain Bernard Acworth have been given to Queen’s University in his native Belfast.“The letters were written to my father between the years 1944 and 1960 and he kept them and when he died they were just left in the loft really and I went through his letters much later and found them there,” said his son Rev Richard Acworth. “They contain insights into various aspects of Lewis’ private life, including when he married his wife at her bedside in hospital as she was dying of cancer and she seemed to make a miraculous recovery,” he said.“He also talks of visiting Donegal, describing the scenery in North Donegal as ’lovely’ and South Donegal as having a ’sinister character’.”Rev Acworth said his father, who founded the Evolution Protest Movement in the 1930s, and Lewis became quite close after he originally wrote to the author on the issue of creation.“I don’t know how they first met,” he said. “They began by discussing the subject of evolution and they became quite close friends. My father quite often stayed with him in Oxford and the later letters are more sort of chatty than the earlier ones.”He said the letters suggest that Lewis’s view that evolution and Christianity were compatible began to change later in his life.“My father was a convinced Christian, as was CS Lewis,” said Rev Acworth.“My father had a particular view: he was strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution of being certainly true and the full explanation of things and he got in touch with CS Lewis about this.“Originally Lewis was more or less agnostic on that subject but it seems in the course of the correspondence he gradually became much more of my father’s way of thinking.” Rev Acworth said Queen’s seemed a natural home for the letters, especially as his daughter Phyllida studied English there in the 1990s.She accompanied her father to Belfast for the handover.THE CHRONICLES OF LEWIS: AUTHOR SAID NORTH DONEGAL ‘LOVELY’ – AND SOUTH DONEGAL ‘SINISTER’ was last modified: August 21st, 2012 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)
Col. Chris Hadfield is certainly earning his keep as tourism ambassador with this beautiful picture posted from Malin Head today.Picture posted by @Cmdr_Hadfield – The Wild Atlantic Way“A sunset like no other, unbeaten January beauty on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Like standing in a painting.”The retired Canadian astronaut was astronomically impressed with the Malin Head view commenting, “You don’t even see light this beautiful in space”. With more than a thousand retweets and favourites, Chris’ picture is promoting Donegal’s natural beauty as it rockets throughout the Twittersphere.Chris seems to have taken a shine to the Inishowen locals where he is now enjoying a traditional music session in McGrory’s, Culdaff.Col. Hadfield with Inishowen musiciansPhoto: @McGrorysCuldaffBefore the space jam, Chris had lunch in Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend and visited a Buncrana school to learn some Irish, as he famously tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space last year. STUNNING – COL. CHRIS POSTS STELLAR MALIN PIC was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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:astronautchrisHadfieldInishowen
A red flare spotted over Donegal Bay last night sparked a launch of the emergency services.Bundoran RNLI responded to the callThe flare was spotted by a member of the public between St John’s Point and Ballyshannon.Malin Head Radio coastguard were alerted and they contacted Bundoran RNLI. A major coastline search was carried out along the coastline to determine if any vessels were in trouble just after 10pm.However, information was then received that fireworks had ben let off in the area earlier.The search continued for a short while before it was stood down when all searches proved negative. FIREWORK SUSPECTED OF SPARKING SEA SEARCH ALONG DONEGAL COASTLINE was last modified: September 7th, 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)
An eight-member team of mountaineers, including seven foreign nationals, has gone missing on its way to Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, prompting the administration to launch a massive search-and-rescue operation.The team, which includes seven mountaineers from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia besides a liaison officer from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering, left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the 7,434-metre peak.The team is said to have been missing since May 25 when it was supposed to return to the base camp, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V.K. Jogdande told reporters on June 1.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari, about 132 km from the district headquarters. From Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp, mountaineers have to traverse a distance of about 90km on foot.“Besides the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) search teams, we have sent a 14-member search-and-rescue team from Munsiyari to the spot this morning. The team comprises State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), medical personnel, revenue police and local villagers,” the district magistrate (DM) said.A SDRF team also left Dehradun in a helicopter on Saturday morning to conduct an aerial survey of the area but inclement weather hampered the operation, Mr. Jogdande said.“The team will make another attempt to carry out an aerial survey to trace the missing mountaineers as the weather improves,” the DM said.“An ITBP search team has reached Martoli village about 21km from Nanda Devi base camp. It will soon reach the base camp,” he said.“We have also sought helicopter sorties from neighbouring districts of Chamoli and Rudraprayag to trace the exact location of the mountaineers,” he said.The team leader, Martin Mortain, is a well-known mountaineer from Britain.
With moderate to heavy rains expected to lash various parts of Goa over the next few days, Drishti Marine, the State-appointed lifeguard agency has issued a monsoon advisory instructing visitors to the beach not to venture into the sea during the monsoon months extending from June till the end of September.The Goa government shuts the beaches in the coastal tourist State for swimming and all water sports activities during the monsoon months from June to August each year as the sea during this season tends to be extremely rough and choppy. Goa is also observing a 61-day fishing ban from June 1 to July 31 where nearly 1,500 trawlers pull their nets off the territorial waters for the entire period of the ban.According to the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), heavy rainfall with high-speed winds is likely to occur at isolated places over north and south Goa. Pre-monsoon showers commenced in the State earlier this week with light showers witnessed across the State. With the onset of the monsoon, the State will witness strong winds and thundershowers.Drishti’s nearly 600-strong lifeguard force man the Goa’s beaches through the year. Owing to the oncoming monsoons and the present weather conditions, red flags have been posted across all beaches under Drishti’s surveillance indicating that these are strictly non-swim zones.Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said on Monday, “Even wading into the waters is not advisable during monsoons. Our team of lifeguards present along the coast is monitoring the weather conditions. The team is trained to carry out rescues even in rough weather.”Drishti advises visitors to avoid rocky areas, cliffs, and hills on the shoreline. These are very slippery during monsoon season and also wave height, intensity and frequencies are very high and one can easily get washed out. All rocky areas around the fort areas in Anjuna, Vagator in North coastal belt and Tiracol in South coastal belt are out of bounds during monsoons.River bathing including water sports activities is restricted and can only be done under the supervision of trained and certified operators.In case of a dry spell over the next few months and depending on weather conditions, Drishti may open up a few beach stretches so that visitors can wade into the waters.“Goa’s coastline is quite complex and requires mapping every morning. If weather conditions are favourable, we may open up the zones on some of the beaches for visitors who want to wade into the water. These zones can be identified by the red and yellow flags and will be decided on a daily basis depending on the day’s weather. However, even in such conditions, swimming is not advisable due to the presence of underwater currents and rip tides,” cautions Mr. Ravi Shankar.Drishti especially cautioned adults to keep a very close eye on children while on the beach and to not allow children to venture into the waters unattended, no matter how shallow it may be.
Mirpur, Feb 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Asia Cup match Mirpur, Feb 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, here today.Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez c Dhoni b Nehra 4 Sharjeel Khan c Rahane b Bumrah 7 Khurram Manzoor run out 10 Shoaib Malik c Dhoni b Pandya 4 Umar Akmal lbw b Y Singh 3 Sarfraz Ahmed b Jadeja 25Shahid Afridi run out 2 Wahab Riazlbw b Jadeja 4Mohammad Sami c Raina b Pandya 8 Mohammad Amir b Pandya 1 Mohammad Irfan not out 0 Extras (LB-4, WD-11) 15Total (all out in 17.3 overs) 83 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-22, 3-32, 4-35, 5-35, 6-42, 7-52, 8-70, 9-83.Bowling: A Nehra 3-0-20-1, J Bumrah 3-2-8-1, H Pandya 3.3-0-8-3, Yuvraj Singh 2-0-11-1, R Jadeja 3-0-11-2, R Ashwin 3-0-21-0. More PTI AT AT
BCCI president Shashank Manohar congratulated the members of Indian team after they defeated Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday evening.India rode on a 94-run stand between Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to overhaul the 121-run target in 13.5 overs.Dhawan scored 60 while Kohli remained unbeaten on 41. (Also read: India on track for World T20, says MS Dhoni after Asia Cup win) “With the Asia Cup triumph, Team India have proved their dominance in the shortest format of the game and emerged as the best T20 side in Asia. I extend my hearty congratulations to the team on their convincing win over Bangladesh in the final,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Manohar said in a statement.”With India set to host the ICC World T20, this win is a step in the right direction,” he added.BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur also praised the team.”I congratulate Team India on winning the Asia Cup title for the sixth time. India have performed brilliantly in the tournament that saw a change in the format for the first time. India’s remarkable run in the T20Is that started from the 3-0 series win on Australian soil, followed by the 2-1 win over Sri Lanka at home puts India in just the right space ahead of the ICC World T20,” he said.
Ecuador’s exit from the 2019 Copa America first round is the most recent episode of the team’s failure at the tournament.This, however, contradicts with other bright points, such as qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in 2002, 2006 and 2014 and the side’s historic third place spot at the U-20 World Cup held in Poland, reports Efe news.In its 2019 Copa America opener, Ecuador was defeated 0-4 by Uruguay and then it was handed a 1-2 loss by Chile and a 1-1 draw against Japan rounded off the disappointing campaign.Coach Hernan Dario Gomez of Colombia holds the lion share of the responsibility for the early exit.Others, meanwhile, blame the low level the national team has struggled with since the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Gomez led Ecuador to make its World Cup debut in 2002, but in this edition of the Copa America he failed for a third time, after 2001 and 2004.Under him, Ecuador kicked off its 2004 Copa America campaign with a 6-1 defeat to Argentina, a loss so bad the coach said that “it sacks coaches,” and then he proceeded to lose to Uruguay and Mexico by 2-1 on both occasions which resulted in his resignation.Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez led the team to the 2006 World Cup, but he left due to the bad results at the 2007 Copa America.Reinaldo Rueda, also from Colombia, steered the team to its third World Cup appearance in Brazil, but things did not work out well at the 2011 Copa America, held in Argentina, where he earned just one point.advertisementThen, Gomez gained momentum as he led Panama to make its World Cup debut in 2016 and was appointed as Ecuador national team coach with six months to go in Villacis’ mandate.The current Ecuador soccer federation’s administration presided over by Francisco Egas who took the helm in Jan, inherited the contract of Gomez, which was signed in July 2018.Some pundits consider that the current administration is unhappy with him.Egas, however, confirmed to Efe once he was in charge that he would respect Gomez’s contract, which expires after the 2022 World Cup.The official even said that talking about firing the coach in the middle of the Copa America was irresponsible, adding that these decisions are usually taken after the tournament.Across 28 Copa America appearances, Ecuador has collected as little as 16 wins, 23 draws and 82 defeats with a negative balance of 129 goals scored and 318 conceded.History books show that Ecuador on home turf clinched the fourth place at the 1993 Copa America under coach Dusan Draskovic of Montenegro.The current soccer scene indicates that several figures have started to lose their edge, such as Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Achilier and Christian Noboa.Bringing in new blood can be the solution by calling up some of the U-20 national team players with an eye on the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches which will get underway in March.Also Read | Argentina seal win against Qatar to advance to quarterfinals in Copa AmericaAlso Read | Copa America: Alexis Sanchez strikes again to take Chile into quartersAlso See