Guyana to seek Denmark’s assistance for local energy development – Granger

first_imgWith Guyana embarking on developing its energy sector, the country is looking to tap into the experience ofPresident David Granger and the Kingdom of Denmark’s Ambassador to Guyana Kim Hojlund Christensen shortly after the accreditation ceremony on Wednesdaythe Kingdom of Denmark as it accredits a new non-resident Ambassador.Denmark’s Ambassador to Guyana, Kim Hojlund Christensen, handed over his Letters of Credence to President David Granger on Wednesday at the Ministry of the Presidency.Upon accepting the accreditation documents, the Head of State noted that with the appointment of Ambassador Christensen, the existing relations between Guyana and Denmark will be further strengthened.On this note, he pointed out that Guyana is particularly looking forward to working closely with Denmark to advance cooperation for the development of the renewable energy sector in order to build a green and sustainable society.“Denmark is an international bellwether in development of sustainable energy… Guyana, like Denmark, is a small low lying coastal state; in fact, we are one of the smallest states on the continent of South America. So we are keen to learn from Denmark’s experience with community energy models which can guide our own path towards implementation of our national green agenda,” he stated.The President went on to say that relation between Guyana and Denmark over the years has been characterised by principles of mutual respect, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and cooperation for mutual benefit. He specifically recalled the agreement signed in 2004, cancelling Guyana’s commercial debt to Denmark.Moreover, Granger noted that Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation with Denmark in addressing common global challenges. “Guyana is committed to continuing to be active in global issues such as mitigation, adverse effects of climate change with the aim of finalising sustainable solutions,” he remarked.On this note, the Guyanese Head of State ratified the May 2016 Paris Agreement as well as committed to realising, through international co-operation and national developmental initiatives, the ambitious objectives that were set as part of the United Nations 20-30 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Meanwhile, in brief remarks, Ambassador Christensen, who is based in Brazil, expressed his commitment to promoting cooperation and developing the good relations between Guyana and Denmark.“The relationship between Denmark and Guyana is both longstanding and marked by mutual respect and friendship,” he stated.The Diplomat noted that Denmark and Guyana are committed to showing that the world can come together on important decisions, as was demonstrated at induction of the new Sustainable Development Goals in New York last September and by the Climate Agreement in Paris in December.Furthermore, Christensen pointed out that efforts to combat climate change and its impacts is of particular importance for low lying coastal countries, such as Guyana and Denmark.“Our countries geo-interest in ensuring strong and effective multilateral organisations is the framework for dealing with challenges of globalisation,” he stated.The Ambassador went on to outline that with Denmark having strong historic ties with North European countries and its membership within the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), it creates a background of common policies and democracies between itself and Guyana.Diplomatic relations between Guyana and the Kingdom of Denmark dates back to November 16, 1979. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

Four people hit after a collision Wednesday

first_imgPhoto:  The RCMP and paramedics were on scene to help after four people were hit Wednesday morning – Adam Reaburn/ – Advertisement -Four people escaped unharmed after a collision at 100 avenue and 96 street shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.The RCMP believe a truck as traveling north bound on 96 street and was making a turn onto 100 avenue when the truck hit two women with children in strollers.The two children and their mothers were not injured in the collision and were taken to the Fort St. John Hospital as a precaution.The driver of the truck will face charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.last_img read more

Mueller apologises for horror kick on Ajax defender

first_imgMueller said he went to the hosts’ changing room to apologise to Tagliafico after the match, but the defender, who scored the home side’s 95th-minute equaliser, had already left.Instead, Mueller wrote “@tagliafico3 – I am very sorry for that what happened yesterday! Was not intentionally (sic). Get well soon” on his Instagram account.Mueller was sent off 15 minutes from time after trying to control the ball with his out-stretched boot, but succeeded only in kicking the head of Tagliafico, who needed treatment, in a bad-tempered game.Both Mueller’s team-mates and coach said the foul warranted a straight red card.“Thomas didn’t see him,” said Bayern boss Niko Kovac, “but it was a clear red – he should have been aware of the opponent.”Earlier in the fixture Ajax had Maximilian Woeber sent off for horror foul on Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka, who witnessed Mueller’s head-high tackle on Tagliafico at close quarters.“I saw the scene as it happened. You only have to see how the lad looked afterwards – it wasn’t good,” said Goretzka.“As I saw it, it was a clear red card.”It was a bitter end to the night for Mueller, who made his 105th Champions League appearance, putting him level with ex-Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, who skippered Germany to the 2014 World Cup title.Mueller will be banned for the first leg of Bayern’s last 16 tie in the new year with the draw to be made in Nyon on Monday (1100 GMT).The Bavarians claimed the point they needed to finish as Group E winners in an action packed second-half which saw five goals, two penalties and a pair of red cards with Ajax also through to the last 16 as runners-up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s German forward Thomas Mueller (L) was shown a straight red for this kick on Ajax’s Aregntine defender Nicolas Tagliafico during the 3-3 draw in Amsterdam on Wednesday in the Champions League. © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 13 – Thomas Mueller has apologised for his kung fu-style kick to the head of Ajax defender Nicholas Tagliafico which saw the Germany star being sent off in Wednesday’s six-goal thriller in Amsterdam.“No, no – of course I didn’t mean to do it,” the 29-year-old told reporters over the first straight red card of his career in 462 appearances for Bayern in the thrilling 3-3 draw as both teams progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League.last_img read more

Governor signs sex-abuse protection bills

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Governor Schwarzenegger has signed four bills aimed at increasing protections for victims of sexual abuse, incest and child abuse. One bill prohibits convicted child abusers from going within 35 miles of the child’s residence. Another increases from 45 days to 60 days the notice a sexual abuse victim must be given before the abuser is released from prison. The other bills tighten loopholes and expand the list of sex offenses for which victims can request their names to be withheld. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Schwarzenegger has until midnight Sunday to sign more than 300 bills still pending on his desk. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cougars win three events as Mt. SAC Relays begin

first_imgDeKok was fourth in the discus (148-10), and Brian Belue (Saugus) finished sixth in the 400 meters (48.99). Hampton (Valencia) won the high jump (5-2), and sophomore Linda Cohn was third in the javelin (116-21/2). “(Cohn’s) throw was a foot less than her personal best,” Kane said. “That’s very good.” Head start: DeKok and Cohn got a feel for the atmosphere they’ll be competing in when they return to Mt. SAC for the SoCal Prelims on April 29. “It’s yet another reason for bringing them to Mt. SAC,” Kane said. “If you’re not familiar with that mentally, it could pose a problem.” (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College of the Canyons’ track and field team took its top athletes to last weekend’s junior college portion of the Mt. San Antonio College Relays and came away with some outstanding performances. Three COC freshmen won events, with Salim Benmohammed capturing the men’s 1,500 meters, Alex DeKok the men’s hammer throw and Melissa Hampton the women’s high jump. Benmohammed (Canyon High) dominated in the 1,500, winning in 4 minutes, 0.66 seconds, five seconds better than his previous best. Second-place Dan Villanueva of El Camino of Torrance was well behind, in 4:02.17. “It’s the best race he’s run all year,” coach Belinda Kane said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt followed a grueling 800-meter battle in which Benmohammed finished third in 1:56.40. “If he’s going to compete at both levels (junior college and college), he’s going to have to go back to back like that,” Kane said. “That was our goal, and he accomplished that.” DeKok (Saugus) won the hammer throw with a toss of 164 feet, 7 inches – far beyond the 138-4 by runner-up Herbie Aceves of Mt. San Antonio of Walnut. DeKok, who battled back and hamstring injuries earlier this year, qualified for the SoCal Regionals with the throw, the third-best mark in California. “He’s starting to put it together,” Kane said. “We talked a little bit and decided that it’s time to get serious.” last_img read more

Donegal fiddlers’ ‘close shave’ for SVDP!

first_imgTwo Donegal female fiddlers have decided to put their heads together for a local charity this New Year’s Eve. Well respected fiddle player Bríd Harper from Castlefinn and Glenties fiddler, Tara Connaghan, will shave their heads for charity during the traditional music festival Scoil Gheimhridh Gaoth Dobhair. The head shave event takes place at the start of the big session at Hudai Beag’s pub in Gaoth Dobhair at 2pm on New Year’s Eve.“The plan is for Bríd and I to play a few tunes first with hair, then take a break to shave our heads, get back up to play another few sets without hair and then get everyone to join in the music…” said Tara. Tara“We really wanted to donate to a local charity and St. Colmcille’s hostel in Letterkenny has always done a huge amount of work for homeless people in Donegal so we thought it would be a very worthy charity” Bríd responds.“My aunt Eileen Hegarty from Ardara is also doing the head shave with us and we might be able to rope another few people into it on the day too! It will be a good day’s craic of tunes and shaves!” continues Tara.Donations can be done online in advance and a bucket will be available on the day also. Advance donations can be made online at“It has been set up that all money raised will go directly to St. Colmcille’s Hostel and over €1,400 has been raised through the online campaign already. We’re so amazed at the support” says Bríd. “Come along on the day to support a good cause and the festival”. Donegal fiddlers’ ‘close shave’ for SVDP! was last modified: December 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:brid harpercharityheadshaveMusicianssvdpTara Connaghanlast_img read more


first_imgCYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE: It’s that time of year again, when thousands of cyclists all over Ireland join together to help raise awareness of the supports available to anyone battling with depression, self harming, at risk of suicide or anyone bereaved by suicide. The amazing initiative was founded by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, and it continues to go from strength-to-strength. The cyclists came to Donegal yesterday evening, and stayed overnight in Ballybofey.Their route towards Donegal Town today will see them pass through Glenfin, Fintown, Glenties, Frosses, Mountcharles and Donegal Town.If you can get out and show your support to all the cyclists participating in the Cycle Against Suicide campaign.CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE PARTICIPANTS TAKE ON THE HILLS OF DONEGAL was last modified: April 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cycle Against SuicideEventhealthInitativenewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgA PET snake belonging to a woman from Ballintra sneaked its way to Donegal from her apartment in England…inside the tool box of her dad!Corn snake Zinga is a pet belonging to Eimear Conroy.And when her dad went to England to help her to move apartment, he didn’t realise the slippy creature had sneaked into his toolbox…and made the long journey all the way back to Ballintra. Tearful Eimear thought he had escaped – never to be seen again.But Zinga was discovered two weeks later when dad Joe put his hand into his toolbox back home in Donegal…and got the fright of his life!Zinga is now being looked after at Ulrike Vaughan’s vet clinic in Ballyshannon.SNEAKY SNAKE ZINGA SLIPS INTO DONEGAL! was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BallintraBallyshannoncorn snakelast_img read more

Drilling operations suspended on Lough Foyle following concern

first_imgDrilling operations on Lough Foyle have been suspended by Irish Water following concern from the Loughs Agency’s Director of Conservation and Protection.The move follows pressure on the Irish Utility from politicians, fishermen and local protest in the area last week. Local protests were staged last week against planned Irish Water operations in the area.The Campaign for a Clean Estuary received confirmation from John Mc Cartney, Director of Conservation and Protection,  that operations had been halted following concern about Oyster breeding in July/August on the Lough Foyle. Operations will not resume until an opportunity to evaluate concerns raised.Reacting to the news, Enda Craig said: “Not alone is Irish Water’s proposed Sewage Discharge Pipe threatening the Shorewalk, Bathing Waters and Beaches between Moville and Greencastle but also threatens the important local fishery that exists in the vicinity of the discharge pipe as can be seen in this schematic graphic.“Let there be no doubt about it, Irish Water suspended drilling operations because the local fishermen told them straight up that they would not stand idly by and watch their valuable fishery at Carnagarve on Lough Foyle being destroyed,” he added.“They were told the drilling rig would be blocked if they attempted to tow it to the proposed pipe site. The drilling crew were told that they were being used as a battering ram by Irish Water.“They stated that they were unaware of the fishermen’s concerns,” Craig continued. Advertisement “The total lack of manners and consultation by Irish Water with the fishermen highlighted the complete arrogance of an organisation that feels they can ride rough-shod with impunity over anyone and anything.”    Drilling operations suspended on Lough Foyle following concern was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

National Geographic Waffles on Gospel of Judas

first_imgLast year, National Geographic published, in its magazine and on a TV special, a translation of the Gnostic “Gospel of Judas” that suggested Judas was a noble character who was only obeying orders from Jesus (see 04/09/2006).  The interpretation hinged on certain words and phrases in the text: for example, whether the Greek word daimon should be translated “demon” or “spirit.”  Recently, April DeConick (professor of Biblical studies at Rice University) re-translated the Coptic text and criticized National Geographic for botching the interpretation.  Her translation suggests a completely different interpretation – that Judas was, as most accounts of him allege, a villain.  “He emerged as a much more negative Judas,” she found, “a demon Judas as evil as ever.”    National Geographic News has acknowledged the criticisms and offered some points in defense of its translation.  The verdict is not clear.  Some scholars view words and phrases one way, some another.    Two points in the article seem salient to the question of whether it was expedient for NG to rush the Judas-as-hero interpretation to the public: (1) The producers took a risk to get the story before the public without a sufficient analysis by multiple scholars: “Our only agenda was to interpret the text, make sense of it, and get it out as quickly as possible.”  (2) The article undermines the usefulness of the Gospel of Judas as historical evidence by admitting, “No scholar of early Christianity seems to believe that the Gospel of Judas provides a historically reliable account of the relationship between Jesus and Judas,” it states.  “Instead, it is seen as the Gnostic interpretation of that relationship.”    An article in Christian Century gives an inside look at a meeting last month of the Society of Biblical Literature.  “Emotions were taut” as scholars debated the meaning of parts of the Gospel of Judas.  It appears that Elaine Pagels, who had supported the National Geographic interpretation, was on the defensive against colleagues who argued Judas was presented as a negative figure in the apocryphal gospel.  Penned by Sethian Gnostics, The Gospel of Judas probably dates from the 2nd century, long after the canonical gospels were in circulation.Update  The May-June 2008 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has an article about the Gospel of Judas.  It alleges that the translators for the show, some of them reputable, did a shoddy job – and they admit it.  National Geographic has announced the publication of a revised translation in response to the scholarly criticism of their 2006 translation.NG claims they acknowledged many of the alternate readings in the footnotes of their published edition.  How many in the public saw those, compared to the millions who watched the TV special?  The fine-print excuse is no excuse.  They dramatized their Judas-hero fictional drama with seductive ads to make people think they were watching a historical documentary instead of a Gnostic sermon.  Remember?  It was presented as big news that could undermine historic Christianity.  As is so often the case, the truth comes out in the back pages later, long after the headlines have done their damage.    In short, the article reveals that NG abandoned academic integrity in their rush to get a lurid anti-Christian message to the public, as if the late document had some historical credibility.  Hope you weren’t fooled.  Watch instead the 2007 documentary featuring former atheist skeptic Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ.  In this film, Bible scholars explain why the Gnostic gospels are much later than the canonical gospels.  Because of their late dates and roots in Gnostic cults, they cannot be trusted as reliable historical sources.    The canonical gospels, by contrast, were written within the generation of the events described, by eyewitnesses or companions of eyewitnesses.  John was written by one of the three “inner circle” disciples of Jesus Christ; it contains lengthy discourses by Jesus, and an eyewitness account of Judas’s betrayal.  Mark, a companion of Peter, wrote the shortest, most action-packed account; it is also the earliest gospel, and apparently was used as a source by Matthew and Luke.  Matthew was written by another of the 12 disciples who traveled with Jesus for three years and knew Judas personally.  Luke, written by a companion of Paul, is highly regarded as a reliable account by a careful researcher, who continued his work in the Acts of the Apostles.  Have you read them?  What better time than right now, between the holidays?  They’re right there online, a click away.  Find out why the word gospel means good news.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more