Fire destroys Sophia home

first_imgA family of four is now counting their losses after an afternoon fire destroyed the front building of a Lot 5 BlockThe gutted Lot 5 Block R North Sophia homeR North Sophia, Greater Georgetown property.The fire began at about 18:15h. It is suspected to have originated in the bottom flat of the building and quickly caught onto a mattress before reaching a wooded beam and engulfing the rest of the house. At the time of the fire, no one was at home.Mahadeo Mansaram, who lives next door, related that his daughter was the one who noticed the smoke emanating from the building and raised an alarm.He explained that he, along with neighbours formed a bucket brigade and contained the fire until the Guyana Fire Service arrived on the scene.A speedy response by the Fire Service ensured that the blaze was contained to one building and minor scorches to the neighbouring properties, despite having limited water in the truck.One of the occupants of the building, Daniel Beckles related to Guyana Times that the property is uninsured and had it recently valued at $17 million.Up to press time, the origins of the fire remains unknown as Fire Service officials are still investigating the incident.last_img read more

25 extra places announced for Donegal Rural Social Scheme

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands Joe McHugh TD, announced that 25 extra places will be allocated on the Rural Social Scheme in County Donegal.The new places will provide support to more low-income farmers and fishermen, enabling them to carry out valuable community-based work and thereby helping to deliver on a Programme for Government commitment to rural Ireland.Minister McHugh said: “At the outset, I would first like to reiterate my support, and that of the Government, for the Rural Social Scheme. “In recognition of the valuable work undertaken in rural communities under the RSS, I am very pleased to announce that an additional 25 places will be made available in Donegal under the Scheme.“It will be delivered at local level here by both Donegal Local Development Co. Ltd and Údarás na Gaeltachta.“This is part of a national allocation of 250 extra places as announced by my Fine Gael Colleague, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty.“Overall this represents an increase of over 28% in the places available under the RSS in the past two years – from 2,600 to 3,350. “Since the RSS was launched in 2004, it has delivered a range of positive benefits for both participants and their local communities.“The RSS has become a key aspect of community action in many rural areas and is popular with both participants and local sponsors as well as community groups here in Donegal.“While communities benefit from the skills and talents of local farmers and fishermen, participants also have the opportunity to improve existing skills, or develop new skills, while performing valuable work in here in our local communities.”The Minister added: “The RSS has established itself at the centre of rural life here in our county. Significantly, it also supports participants to remain involved in farming or fishing in their local areas. It shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting and sustaining rural Ireland.”The work carried out under the Scheme helps to support countless sports clubs, community services and rural facilities. It is also an important source of extra income to farmers and fishermen who may be working in agriculture or fishing on a part-time basis and who have a low income. It also gives them an opportunity to develop new skills. Participants provide 19.5 hours a week on a local rural or community project in a return for a top-up on their social welfare payments.The Scheme is especially important in the west, north-west and south of Ireland where there are a higher representation of farm assist recipients.Participants work locally on projects such as caretaking at community and sporting facilities; energy conservation work for the elderly and the less well off; Village and countryside enhancement projects; Social care and care of the elderly such as meals on wheels; Community care for pre-school and after-school groups; Environmental maintenance work such as Tidy Towns project and helping non-profit cultural and heritage centres.25 extra places announced for Donegal Rural Social Scheme was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 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:donegalrural social schemelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Denver Broncos offensive lineman Evan Mathis during an NFL football scrimmage at the Broncos’ headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Mathis was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014, and Monday morning the analytics site ProFootballFocus.com ranked him as the third-best free agent still available. Highest PFF Run Block Rating for Gs over past 5 years: 1.Evan Mathis +148.5 2.Marshal Yanda +111.3 3.Mike Iupati +87.5 4.Logan Mankins +56.9— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) March 16, 2016Mathis entered the league as a third-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He has played in 130 career games, with 90 starts. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their offensive line Wednesday with the signing of guard Evan Mathis.The deal, which NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported is for one year and $6 million, fills a hole the team had at right guard.It was reported Tuesday the Cardinals had offered the 34-year-old a two-year contract.Mathis spent last season with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, for whom he started 12 games at left guard. Before that, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more