Classes suspended as bomb threat hits UG

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairOn the heels of security threats at three top high schools, the country’s premier tertiary institution, the University of Guyana has become the latest target of bomb threats with tense moments unfolding at the Turkeyen Campus on Tuesday when students and staff fled to the sports field in a bid to preserve their safety.The suspected terror threat, which is believed to be domestic in its nature, forced the suspension of all classes with Police ranks, sniffer dogs, Guyana Fire Service operatives and other security operatives swopping down on the campus.Guyana Times understands that students received messages on their mobileA desolate University Campus on Tuesday afternoondevices just after 13:00h which purported that there were two bombs planted and which would soon explode. The bombs, the text claimed, were hidden in haversacks that were strategically placed, which caused some to panic and flee classrooms and buildings with some even leaving belongings behind. After security agents were summoned to the scene, no explosive device was uncovered up to the time this publication visited the area as the authorities continue investigations into the anonymous text message. Guyana Times met briefly with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith, who explained that a building-by-building assessment was being conducted to determine the safety of the staff and students. He said this was geared to ensure that classes would return to normal today as he sought to assure students that the institution will be a safe place. “The experience at other institutions in recent time has allowed people to appreciate where uncertainty of this kind is part of the reality; we are doing everything that is humanly possible to ensure the safety and security of the buildings and it would be wonderful for us all to return to work and study tomorrow (Wednesday),” the University’s principal told this publication.He went on to explain that there will be a general review of the protocol procedures that govern the institution. Griffith added that they did not want to take for granted that the threat was not credible.Just after 14:00h, the Campus became a silent zone which was unlike its usual atmosphere where students can be seen traversing the roads and buildings engaging in debates, intense conversations, laughter or hurrying to attend classes. It was a scene of worry for some who told Guyana Times they will await official word from senior academic staff before they can comment on the situation. Nevertheless, others took it with less fear, saying they did not panic when they were led to assemble on the field.This latest incident follows threats carried out to School of the Nations, Queens College and the Bishops’ High. The threats were given added attention after Nations’ Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home; the Briton is now recovering. This led to the private institution halting operations for several days.Meanwhile, Police ranks were placed at Queen’s College and other city schools. However, as this newspaper reported, only 100 out of some 700 students turned up for classes on Monday as parents became hesitant in allowing their children to attend school. Parents at QC had not been allowed to enter the premises but were asked to wait outside until classes were dismissed.last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEBrian Mc Cormick Cup Area Shield FinalsCranford United 1 Glenea United 0Cranford got the better of Glenea in a tight affair in Cranford Park to win the Gweedore Area final. It was a tight game throughout with both defences cutting out any trouble from both forward lines. Keelan Mc Elwaine for Cranford and Darren Mc Geever for Glenea came closest in the first half. The second half was another close contest with both teams struggling to create chances. With the game looking like it was heading to extra time in the 93rd minute Brian mc Veigh turned brilliantly on the edge of the box and fired home to the bottom corner. Mc Veigh and Seamus Mc Laughlin were best for Cranford with Ryan Mc Fadden and Padraig Mc Gee doing well for Glenea.  St. Catherines 3 Donegal Town 0St. Catherine’s played Donegal Town in the Area Final in Emerald Park on Sunday. After both sides had created chances the game opened up on thirty six minutes. Brandon Mc Ginley got the ball and ran at the Donegal defence and he got inside where he was fouled. Jason Noctor stepped up and he cooly put the penalty into the back of the Donegal net to put the Saints one nil up. The Saints could have gone two nil up when David Conwell had a chance but it went wide of the Donegal goals and that’s how it stayed till half time. The second half started with the Saints quickest off the mark when on forty seven minutes Brandon Mc Ginley got the ball outside the Donegal town box and he hit a shot into the bottom corner of the Donegal Town net to increase the Saints lead. Donegal then had to take risks to try to get back into the game. They created some chances but they could not find the net. Gary Cunningham had a chance for the Saints but his effort went wide. Donegal had a chance to get on the score sheet when Ted Bustard had a chance but it went wide also. David Conwell got on the score sheet for the Saints in the last minute when he hit an unstoppable shot from outside the box. Best for the Saints were Brandan Mc Ginley and Jason Noctor. Best for Donegal Town were John Paul Byrne, Ted Bustard.  Castlefin Celtic 1 Ballybofey United 0In good playing conditions it was a scrappy Area Final at Park View. Both teams found it hard to settle in the first half. The first chance fell to PJ Mc Menamin. JP Malley squared across the box but PJ Browne got down well to save in the Ballybofey net. Chris Darby had Ballybofey’s best chances when he forced Castlefin keeper Anthony O’ Hagan into two great chances to deny him. Chris Darby should have given Ballybofey the lead before half time but his brilliant strike from the right wing was excellently saved by Anthony O’Hagan. Castlefin started the brighter of the second half when a Dominic Mc Glinchey free kick from 25 yards hit of the crossbar. Darby had the best chance of the game in the 70th minute only for Anthony O’Hagan to save when one on one. With 10 minutes remaining Castlefin found a breakthrough and the winner PJ Mc Menamin’s long ball from the back line found Barry Tourish. Tourish went on himself to finish low in the bottom corner giving PJ Browne no chance. Ballybofey searched for an equaliser, but Ryan Kelly’s excellent strike from the edge of the box curled slightly wide. JP Malley had the final chance of the game as he tried to round PJ Browne in the Ballybofey net only for Browne to do well and gather the ball. Referee: Kevin Logue Best for Castlefin: Michael Dunnion. Best for Ballybofey: Chris Darby and Shaun McGowan Bonagee United 5 Rathmullan Celtic 1Bonagee were one up in the first minute when Aiden Mc Laughlin put Darren Ashmore through and the striker hammered home from the edge of the box. Rathmullan came close on fifteen minutes when a David Miller cross from the right was headed wide by Dara Patton from six yards. Bonagee got their second on twenty minutes when Frank Mc Brearty played a great ball wide to Lee Mc Monagle and his cross into the box was headed home by Ashmore. Rathmullan came close on twenty five when Dara Patton saw his strike come of the post from just inside the box. Both Patton and Coyle for the visitors came close on forty nine and fifty minutes only to see their strikes on goal go over the bar from close range. Frank Mc Breathy made it three on fifty three minutes after good work from Paddy Mc Gowan who found him on the edge of the box and after beating the defender he hammered home from just inside the box. Rathmullan brought on Ryan Connelly and Caolan Kelly and Carr in the home goal made two great save from Connelly on sixty minutes and again three minutes later. Ashmore got his third on seventy four minutes. After a great through ball from Lee Mc Monagle he hammered the ball to the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box. Ashmore got his fourth on eighty minutes when again he was put through by Mc Monagle and he rounded the keeper and shot home from ten yards. Ryan Connelly came close on eighty three minutes only to see Carr in the home goal turn his strike round the post. Rathmullan’s goal came from the penalty spot on eighty eight minutes. Dara Patton made no mistake from the spot kick. Team effort by both sides with Darren Ashmore man of the match. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin. DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: August 24th, 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) Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more