Weekend of mourning declared for victims of St Lucia tragedy

first_imgLocalNews Weekend of mourning declared for victims of St Lucia tragedy by: – November 14, 2011 32 Views   one comment Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Scene of accident. Image via: St Lucia StarCASTRIES, St Lucia — On Thursday evening, a minibus carrying mourners from a funeral went over a cliff and plunged into the sea at Morne Sion in Choiseul, St Lucia. This resulted in 17 confirmed deaths, mainly from the community of Dugard in Micoud.According to reports, the dead include an infant, a pregnant woman and the bus driver, 47-year-old Michael Alexander, who apparently missed a turn in the road and plunged 50 feet down a cliff.Prime Minister Stephenson King visited the site of the tragedy on Thursday night and remained on site until 3:00 am Friday morning. The Cabinet met in emergency session later on Friday to discuss this major national tragedy and to determine the government’s response.The Cabinet has declared Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2011 to be a weekend of national mourning in order to pay respects to those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accident. All flags on government buildings and business places must be flown at half mast during the entire weekend (over the three day period).Sunday, November 13, 2011, has been declared a National Day of Remembrance. During that day there will be an Ecumenical Service held at the Desruisseux Roman Catholic Church from 5:00 pm.During this weekend all political and public social events will be suspended. The government called on all Saint Lucians to observe fully the weekend of mourning as a mark of respect for the victims of this painful tragedy.“The Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the entire government extend heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all those who lost their lives as a result of this most tragic occurrence. This is indeed a dark day in our history,” a government statement said.The government has begun putting measures in place to support and to comfort the bereaved. The Ministry of Education has taken steps to make counseling services available to the students of the affected schools. Through the Division of Human Services, arrangements are also being made to make such services available to the affected households, families and communities.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Double-header on today in Hamilton Green football tournament

first_imgTHE Guyana Police Force’s football team will face Riddim Squad while Uitvlugt will tackle Santos today, when action in the Hamilton Green Cup Knock-Out football tournament continues at the Den Amstel Ground, West Coast Demerara.In the opening match from 14:00hrs, the lawmen, just a winning streak in the just-concluded Corona tournament which they won, will be seeking a place in the quarter-final round of this tournament with the aim of carting off the $500,000 fir st prize money and trophy.However, they will have to be wary of Riddim Squad whose attack will be led by Kevin Agard and Teon Jones, while Seon Hope, Kevin Gordon and Lyliton Ramsay will lead the support from midfield.The team’s defence will be marshalled by Mark Gilkes, Dorville Stewart and Orville Stewart.In the feature game from 16:00hrs, both Uitvlugt of West Coast Demerara and Santos of Georgetown will also be seeking to book their places in the quarter-final round, but only one team (the winner) will be able to advance and this makes this game, like the opening fixture, a must see as it promises much excitement.Meanwhile, Den Amstel, Soesdyke Falcons and Ann’s Grove booked their quarter-final spots last Sunday with victories over Golden Grove, Mahaica Determinators and Buxton Bakewell, respectively at the Victoria ground, East Coast Demerara.Den Amstel of West Coast Demerara beat ECD’s Golden Grove 2-0, while Soesdyke Falcons of East Bank Demerara (EBD) defeated Mahaica Determinators 4-2 and Ann’s Grove (ECD) edged their ECD counterparts Buxton Bakewell 1-0 in the feature game.The winners of the Santos versus Uitvlugt game will meet Soesdyke Falcons in the quarter-final round and Den Amstel will face Ann’s Grove next Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club.Also on that date, Western Tigers will meet Milerock and the home side GFC will oppose Eagles United.The tournament is being coordinated by former national player/coach Lennox Arthur.last_img read more

Expect travel delays near Second Ave. Bridge

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRemember that there will be 10-15 minute travel delays at the Second Avenue Bridge beginning 9 AM Thursday and Friday mornings for spring maintenance. Plan ahead for the day’s commute.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious TBAC Dedicates ‘Springsong’ to the beloved Jim HartNext Guess who’s dead? Rosencrantz and Guildensternlast_img

Liverpool’s Salah is the idol of his Egyptian village

first_imgWhile the house of the player’s father, Salah Ghali, resembles others in the village, it was quieter: no-one was looking out of an open window, and no clothes hung from the house.The village has been the focus of huge media interest as Salah has risen to stardom, but family members at his house in Nagrig refused to talk to reporters “out of respect for his wishes”.– Gruelling daily journey –Salah’s journey, figuratively as well as literally, was anything but easy.“His talent clearly showed from the beginning,” said Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani, who was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre, where Salah started training at the age of eight.Still, Salah’s success is not just due to his talent, “it’s also a product of a will of steel, effort, and determination”, said Saadani.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 On Wednesday his talent will be on show in the Champions League as Liverpool tackle Porto.Mohamed Abdel-Gawad, 12, gazes in admiration at the three-storey house where Salah was born and raised, which overlooks a narrow dirt road like most of the houses in the village, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Cairo.“I hope to be like Mohamed Salah when I grow up,” Abdel-Gawad told AFP.“Mohamed Salah has become a professional player because of his ethics and humbleness.”In Nagrig as well as in Basyoun, the closest town, the youth centres were renamed after the Egyptian star.Fully aware that his success has become an inspiration for children in Egypt and Africa more widely, Salah addressed them in his acceptance speech when he won the African player of the year accolade in January, telling them: “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing.” Mohamed SalahCairo, Egypt | AFP | Deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player.Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool — his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season.Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key role in leading Egypt to the World Cup finals in Russia later this year.last_img read more