UG on lockdown until Monday

first_img…Police say threats made by mischievous personsThe University of Guyana has postponed all classes for this week after a second bomb threat was directed at the institution on Thursday morning, thus resulting in the administration’s call to protect the lives of students and implement responsive measures.This is the second consecutive day in which anonymous persons issued a threat, resulting in a visit from both the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force to conduct a thorough search of the compound.The University on Thursday said that time was needed for response mechanisms to be put in place in case of any emergency and as such, all classes were suspended. On February 11, all activities are scheduled to resume as per normal, the institution in a statement said, adding that the suspension of classes would also enable the institution to assess situations which occurred over the recent days.After Police ranks completed their search, it was noted that there were “no significant threats” and further, that mischievous persons were behind these acts to disrupt the campus.“From our investigations, there is no significant threat; our investigations have revealed so far that students either by themselves or with other persons decided to be mischievous and endeavour to disrupt the existing peace and calm in society and specifically in the education sectors,” the Police stated.They maintained that action has been taken on the part of the Force so far, to respond to the threats and assess the circumstances in which they were made. A meeting was convened on Wednesday evening with Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith and other senior officials whereby “the situation was assessed and they were advised that the situation arose from mischievous students, either by themselves or other persons”.The public and, most importantly, students were advised that there is no need for “panic or undue concern”.Assurance was given by the Guyana Police Force that the investigation will continue until the suspected individuals are apprehended.Fraudsters warningMeanwhile, with reports that fraudsters have already begun capitalising on the situation, the Education Ministry sent out a firm warning to the public, cautioning them during this time to be alert.Reports are that persons are visiting homes under the pretext of investigating the school threats. Homeowners are advised to make immediate contract with the nearest Police Station and to not allow anyone onto their property.The threats started less than two weeks ago at the School of the Nations and escalated quickly when the Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot twice to the arms at his Bel Air Promenade, Georgetown home.Subsequently, students at Queen’s College and The Bishops’ High School began receiving similar threats.The first bomb threat emerged earlier on Wednesday indicating that other persons will be planting explosives at various institutions. The posts were prevalent on Facebook in the name of an unknown individual going by the name of “Ki Ra” saying, “This is not the end.”Parents of students who attend School of the Nations staged a picketing exercise, calling for a swift investigation despite efforts by the institution to beef up security at the entrance with added Police presence.They have even offered a $1 million award for anyone who can provide credible information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.last_img read more

Did you hear about the Donegal donkey who turned up a wedding?

first_imgThis day last week was a big day for Quiney the donkey from the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary as he attended a very special occasion.On Monday, June 26th, Quiney was invited to a luxurious castle hotel in Dublin to greet guests at the wedding of Meath-based couple Maegan Wallace and Brian Connolly.Bride Maegan has a huge love of donkeys and is a proud supporter of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe, so it was fitting for her love Brian to arrange this special gift for her. Maegan Wallace and Brian Connolly, with Quiney the donkey on their wedding dayQuiney’s guide Danny Curran helped him get suited for the occasion in pastel pink and purple – to match the wedding colour theme, of course.They stopped off at The Happy Camper Cafe in Glenveagh for breakfast before the long journey to the capital. On arrival, Quiney happily posed for photos with the newlyweds after their wedding ceremony at Finnstown Castle Hotel near Lucan in Dublin.Guests were not expecting the four-legged visitor, but Maegan knew he would be arriving and his visit was a clear highlight for her on her big day.Maegan Wallace, Brian Connolly, Quiney the DonkeyMaegan tells Donegal Woman: “I was too excited about the donkey to be thinking about what anyone else thought of it!“The flower girls were over rubbing the donkey, the children, myself and Brian and my Nana all got a chance to pet him,” she said.Quiney was a big talking point among the guests, Maegan said.“It was a good icebreaker for everyone who didn’t know each other.”Quiney was not phased by all the attention and quietly grazed while Maegan walked him around the grounds. Maegan said he was so good and gentle that she had no fears about getting her beautiful white dress dirty. Having a donkey at their wedding was always the dream for Maegan, her husband, Dublin man Brian told Donegal Woman.“Maegan is mad about donkeys, she absolutely adores them. She always said when we were looking at venues – ‘I’d love if a donkey could come.’“When we were shown around hotels and grounds we always asked – ‘On the off chance, if we were able to bring donkeys, could you allow it?,” Brian said.Brian rang Donegal Donkey Sanctuary owner Danny Curran about his fiancee’s wishes and Danny was only too happy to oblige. “The only place I wanted to give any money to is the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, so I rang to see if we could work out how much it would cost to bring one down to Dublin.”“Danny said to me: ‘It sounds a bit mad but I love mad things.’” Brian recalls, “it couldn’t have worked out better and they couldn’t have been nicer. We were able to drum up some fundraising from our kind guests.”Groom Brian Connolly announcing to guests that there was a donkey outside.Limerick native Maegan said she had grown up with a love of donkeys.“I used to go to Thurles to visit my grandparents and I’d visit a donkey named Nedya with my grandpa Eddie. Since then I’ve always loved them,” Maegan said.Maegan learned about the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary after seeing an appeal on the news at Christmas time years ago. She adopted one donkey then, and thus began her desire to support the charity further.Maegan now supports the care of four donkeys in Donegal, having adopted two for herself, one for her father on Father’s Day and another for her grandmother’s birthday.“I always feel with presents, unless you really want something you’re better off giving them to a charity,” she said.Maegan’s husband Brian’s family are from Donegal, so she has had several chances to visit the sanctuary and meet owners Danny and Sandra Curran. The newlyweds credit the couple as being ever accommodating to their visits.“Danny showed us around the Donkey Sanctuary on St. Stephen’s Day last year, taking time out of his day to meet us,” Brian said.After a most memorable wedding day with a donkey, Maegan and Brian are planning to continue supporting the sanctuary, which has faced several funding crises in the past.The centre, which opened in 2006, has helped rehabilitate and rehome more than 600 donkeys. It currently cares for 73 donkeys and relies on animal lovers to donate and adopt donkeys to keep it open.Maegan is just one of many people who have experienced the happiness that the good-natured owners have brought to others by caring for the creatures.“I’m so pleased, it was such lovely thing for them to do because Donegal is a long way from Dublin. It was a really lovely day. I think more people should have donkeys at their weddings!”, she said.For more information or to donate to the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, click here: or visit them on Facebook at you hear about the Donegal donkey who turned up a wedding? was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 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:donegal donkey sanctuaryweddinglast_img read more