Confrontation held between resident, Police

first_imgInvasion of Waiakabra gold miner’s home… PCA launches probeThe Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has launched an investigation into the alleged invasion by ranks of the Guyana Police Force into the home of a Waiakabra Linden-Soesdyke Highway resident last weekend.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that the aggrieved resident had visited his office to file an official complaint into the matter.He said he subsequently directed the man to the Police Complaints Authority where the ranks were summoned to appear for a confrontation. An Investigation is ongoing.The resident (name withheld) explained that the policeman (name withheld) during the confrontation was made to apologise for his unprofessional actions. He said he was advised that the PCA will contact him upon completion of the investigation.Furious residents contacted Guyana Times on Saturday last when ranks attached to the Timehri Police Station allegedly invaded the home of a miner, claiming that they were searching for stolen items.The actions of the police have left residents to believe that they were planning to rob the man, who returned from the interior one day prior to the raid.Reports were that two of the ranks were dressed in uniform, while a female was dressed in casual attire. They all claimed to be ranks of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Based on reports received, at about 2:15h on Saturday, residents of the village were engaged in a night of worship at the church when they saw a motorcar bearing registration number PVV 2207 passing, heading towards the man’s home.A resident, Devika (only name given), stated that as the car passed, one of the occupants told the others, “people in the church”, but the vehicle continued driving towards the house.The woman explained that the villagers became suspicious after they heard a loud sound, and upon checking, they saw one of the ranks kicking open the door to the miner’s house.She said the owner of the home came out and inquired as to the purpose of the visit. By this time, the congregation had left the church and were headed over to the man’s house, since they feared that their fellow villager was about to be robbed by bandits posing as Police ranks.The woman said the ranks all appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and more so, one of the men was reportedly smoking.“They were shocked because the area is usually very desolate and has very little electricity, and no one would be up at that hour but because we had an all-night prayer service, we were there, and it was obvious they weren’t expecting that,” she added.A sister of the home owner, Oslyn Wilson, related that the police told her brother that they were there to search the premises for stolen articles in relation to a robbery involving his son.However, the young man who is being accused works as an operator at a gold mining company in the interior and was at his place of employment at the time, hence he could not have been involved in a robbery, as was reported by the police.The police, she said, were quite adamant that they had to search the bottom flat of the premises.“We asked for them to produce a search warrant, which they did not have but because my brother was fearful, he allowed them in,” she said.The woman added that as her brother opened the door, the police entered the home as did the other occupants of the car. Upon seeing this, the church members followed.“They went in and opened the wardrobe and cupboards, and immediately walked out back. It was as if they were not even searching for anything,” Wilson stated.Upon questioning the ranks about the stolen items they were searching for, they could not provide a response.It is based on their actions that the residents are of the opinion that had the church not been in session, the occupants of the car would have executed a robbery.When Guyana Times contacted the Timehri Police Station, a corporal related that he was not aware of an operation, and advised that the residents make a report to the station.last_img read more

Fort St. John remembers on 9/11

first_imgThe memorial was put on by the Fort St. John Fire Department Sunday morning.The memorial included speeches from Chief Fred Burrows, Senator Richard Neufeld and Fire Department Chaplain Gord Klassen.  Ten years ago today, 2,974 people lost their lives during the attacks of 9/11.  A total of 411 emergency workers died while trying to save people that day.- Advertisement -Here are just a few photos from the memorial.last_img

Ronaldo’s 11 stunning Champions League records which could end the Messi debate

first_img 11 11 4. Most goals in a single Champions League season – Ronaldo also holds the record for the most Champions League goals in a single season with 17 in the 2013/14 season. 11 5. Most goals in last four Champions League seasons – In the last four Champions League seasons Ronaldo has scored 52 goals – that’s 20 more than Lionel Messi, who has scored the second most. 10. Second most Champions League hat-tricks – On the theme of hat-tricks, only Lionel Messi (five) has more than hat-tricks in the competition than Ronaldo, who has four to his name. No one has scored more braces than Ronaldo’s 23, however. 11 11 9. Third-fastest ever Champions League hat-trick – Ronaldo scored the third-fastest Champions League hat-trick against Malmo this season, taking a mere 11 minutes. Only Blackburn’s Mike Newell (nine minutes) and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomes (seven minutes) were quicker. 2. Most goals in a Champions League group stage – He has scored 11 goals in the Champions League group stages this season to break his own record of nine (which he jointly held with Luiz Adriano). 11 11 11 11 11 7. Champions League semi-final top goalscorer – To silence the suggestion that Ronaldo is just a bully who punishes the smaller teams, the 31-year-old has TEN semi-final goals – more than anyone else. 8. Most goals in consecutive Champions League games – Ronaldo is the only player to score in eight consecutive Champions League games, achieved in 2013/14. 11. Second most Champions League assists – Many think the Portuguese is just a selfish goalscorer, but only Ryan Giggs (30) has contributed more assists in the competition than Ronaldo, who has 26. 6. Champions League knockout stage top scorer – No player has scored more goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League than Ronaldo, who has 41 (and counting). 3. All-time Champions League top goalscorer – Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League history with 90 goals – seven more than Lionel Messi and 19 more than Real Madrid legend Raul. 44 of Ronaldo’s goals came away from home (another competition record). 1. Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer this season – see 10 more Ronaldo stats, just click the arrow above, right – So far this season Ronaldo already has a remarkable 13 goals in eight appearances. That puts him five ahead of second-placed Robert Lewandowski. 11 Cristiano Ronaldo has sent records tumbling his whole career and most notably becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer earlier in the season.The Portuguese is a goalscoring machine, emphasised by his record of being the only player in history to score 60+ goals in four consecutive seasons from 2010/11 to 2013/14.However, many still see the former Manchester United forward as inferior to not just rival Lionel Messi, but also the likes of Neymar and Andres Iniesta.Messi-inspired Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga means the two are always vying for supremacy, but his Champions League superiority is unrivaled.Click the arrow above, right, to marvel at Ronaldo’s stunning European records!Stats correct up to 5 April 2016last_img read more

Abuse of OT plagues county

first_imgBefore undercover surveillance investigators caught up with her, Probation Department secretary Debra Brown-Patton claimed 762 hours of overtime she never worked. She also falsely claimed 52 hours of compensatory time, cheating taxpayers out of a total of $20,640, Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller records show. “She was regularly modifying her time card after approval by her supervisor to add overtime hours,” said Robert Campbell, supervising investigator in the auditor’s Office of Investigations. Patton, 49, pleaded no contest in July to a felony count of grand theft and was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and repay the money to the county, prosecutors said. She was fired from her job. The case of Patton – one of a rapidly growing number of county employees fired and disciplined for overtime abuses – comes more than a year after the Board of Supervisors directed officials to rein in excessive overtime. And officials have again begun to question time card abuse as county overtime costs have continued to soar. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the county overspent its overtime budget by $48 million, with total overtime costs shooting up 14 percent from the previous year to $354 million. In January – a month that saw record flooding ravage the county – about 3,000 employees racked up overtime equal to 50 percent or more of their salaries, about 350 employees doubled their salaries and 16 tripled their pay. So far this fiscal year, in October alone nearly 5,600 employees earned overtime equal to half or more of their pay, 520 more than doubled their income, and 50 more than tripled their salaries, according to a new overtime report. Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the main reason the county overspent its overtime budget last fiscal year is because the understaffed Sheriff’s Department has had to ask deputies to work double shifts while reopening jails and trying to increase the amount of time inmates serve. The sheriff’s OT budget rose from $75 million in 2003-04 to $123 million last year. Meanwhile, the Probation Department’s overtime budget more than doubled from $6 million in 2003-04 to $13 million last year, primarily due to federal requirements the department increase its ratio of staff to youths in juvenile halls. In addition, however, more than a quarter of Probation Department staff also are off work on long-term disability claims, requiring employees to work more overtime. “Primarily, it’s an increase in workers’ compensation claims driven by a change in the state labor code, which provides more generous benefits to staff who are off work,” said Robert Smythe, chief of administrative services. But some officials also have begun to question whether even more needs to be done to curb time card fraud and rising overtime costs. “There is no question we have to get a handle on it,” said Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, whose district encompasses the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center, where numerous workers have been disciplined or fired for time card abuses. “I think overtime is often utilized on a friendship basis to give to some people as a perk. I think there is a lot of abuse in that way,” she said. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the soaring numbers of employees doubling and tripling their incomes with overtime makes it clear “extraordinary abuse” is occurring. “Perhaps at this point, a policy of no overtime whatsoever unless it’s specifically approved by managers is the policy they need to pursue,” Coupal said. The supervisors began cracking down on excessive overtime after the Los Angeles Daily News, a sister publication to this newspaper, revealed in June 2004 that 390 employees in the sheriff’s, health and probation departments boosted their salaries more than 50 percent with overtime and eight more than doubled their pay. In August 2004, supervisors directed officials to generate monthly reports tracking employees paid overtime in excess of 50 percent of their regular salaries. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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

EXPERIMENTAL HARPS LACK WINNING FORMULA AGAINST MERVUE

first_imgWith the ghost given up on league honours or promotion hopes, Peter Hutton experimented with his starting line-up against Mervue Utd at Finn Park.With four games left and no chance of a play-off place, the Finn Harps boss gave a number of players a chance.But only the former Derry City player will know what insight he got from tonight’s non-eventful encounter as Mervue ground out a 2-0 win. A number of players including Jordan Duffy and Marty Owens, who wouldn’t normally be in the shake-down for a starting eleven, got the nod.The game was only five minutes old when the Galway side went away in fortunate circumstances.Jason Molloy cut on from the left wing and his deflected shot deceived Ciaran Gallagher to make it 1-0 for the visitors.The lively Paul McVeigh almost got Harps back on level terms on 12 minutes when his curler brought a fine save from Conor O’Malley. What started off as a lively enough counter soon fizzled off for the remainder of the half.In the second half Michael Funston had a 20 yard effort easily saved while Michael Duffy should have doubled his side’s advantage but blazed over from close range.Ryan Manning did manage to grab that second goal for Mervue when he drilled home from Molloy’s cross in the 74th minute.It was the last real action of a game which lived up to the bill of it being a non-event for ether side. EXPERIMENTAL HARPS LACK WINNING FORMULA AGAINST MERVUE was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:finn harpsMERVUE UTDlast_img read more

DDTV: AMAZING GUITARIST CALE’S SHOW-STOPPING PERFORMANCE AT ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CONCERT

first_imgDDTV: This amazing 3rd year student from St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny is just 15 years old.Cale O’Donnell silenced the audience at the St Eunan’s annual school concert in An Grianán Theatre on Friday night 1st May 2014.Click play to watch and enjoy   DDTV: AMAZING GUITARIST CALE’S SHOW-STOPPING PERFORMANCE AT ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CONCERT was last modified: May 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cale O’Donnellguitaristlast_img read more

Big East Coast floods leave 10 people dead

first_img In Alstead, north of Keene, several residents were unaccounted-for, and firefighters safely retrieved three people from a home that appeared ready to be washed away. Capt. Don Martin had to make the trip through the rising and rushing water three times, each time lending his rescue belt to one of the residents. He held onto a rope loop and signaled his fellow firefighters 200 feet away to start pulling. “I fell into one ditch that had to be at least 4 feet deep,” Martin said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALSTEAD, N.H. – Prolonged, heavy rain caused flooding from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate, knocking out electricity, weakening dams and making roads impassable. At least 10 people died in flooding or in rain-related crashes, including two young people killed in New Hampshire when a car apparently drove off a washed-out bridge into flood waters, officials said. At least one other person was seen being swept away in a swift-flowing river. Gov. John Lynch returned from Europe to take charge of relief efforts in New Hampshire. He declared a state of emergency and called in 500 National Guard members for assistance. “This is the worst damage they’ve seen from flooding in 25 years in New Hampshire,” the governor said Sunday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week By Monday, the floodwaters were receding in some areas. But with rain in the forecast for the next several days, the National Weather Service warned that dams could fail or overflow. A surge over Warren Lake dam in Alstead, N.H., sent a 4- or 5-foot wall of water downstream during the weekend, damaging at least a half dozen bridges and washing away several homes. The most severe flooding in New Hampshire was in and around Keene, where some major roads were under as much as 4 feet to 6 feet of water, fire officials said. The city had no electricity and was awash in the sounds of generators and pumps Monday when the governor visited. “It’s nice to see the support and all the help,” said Darcey Zecha, whom Lynch met outside her mother’s home. About 500 people were evacuated, and about 150 were staying at a shelter in a recreation center Sunday. In Hinsdale, southwest of Keene, 19-year-old Sean Weeks was awakened by firefighters early Sunday and warned to leave. Shortly afterward, a house across the street collapsed into the raging water, but no one was in it at the time. “I looked out my window and all I could see – straight down – was water, right up against the building,” Weeks said. “I saw all this New Orleans stuff happening and I was thinking, ‘This can’t happen to me,’ then bada-bing, bada-boom, it just happened.” last_img read more

Guess where Star Wars director says is the best place he filmed in world?

first_imgLast week its star Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker said he never wanted to leave Donegal after filming here.And now the director of the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, has given local tourism another huge boost.Rian Johnson was asked where in the world was his favourite place to touch down in the Millenium Falcon. And Malin Head and Kerry topped his list.He said “We shot in some amazing places. We shot in Croatia, in Iceland but I think my favourite spot to be was in Ireland.“We had such a good time there and all the folks who lived where we were shooting welcomed us with open arms and all the local crews were so cool. So I love Ireland.”The latest Star Wars instalment, Episode VIII The Last Jedi, opens on December 15th. Guess where Star Wars director says is the best place he filmed in world? was last modified: November 29th, 2017 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:DirectordonegalfavouriteRian JohnsonStar Warslast_img read more

Worn clothes can make a difference

first_imgLightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycled and resold will benefit girls from disadvantaged backgrounds as the proceeds from the sales will go to an educational fund.The founders of For Black Girls Fashion Trade, Hlumisa Mbanga, Nasiphi Fazi and Kuhle Dumeduze at the launch, with the co-founders of Black Creatives Forum, Jamiel Soeker and Rashied Rahbeeni.Ray MaotaAn education fund will be set up from the proceeds of the sales of lightly worn clothing donated by the public. A non-profit organisation that trades fashion for education, For Black Girls Fashion Trade, is behind the initiative.Launched at the end of 2016, For Black Girls Fashion Trade collects lightly worn clothing donated by the public, up-cycles the items with the input of up-and-coming fashion designers, and resells the clothing for a profit. This profit is then invested in an education fund that is used to help black girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with school fees, school books, school uniforms, school shoes, sanitary products, mentorship, and career and life guidance.For Black Girls Fashion Trade is a coming together of young, black women who want to give back to black communities, especially young girls.These women are: founder, marketing and communications director Nasiphi Fazi, digital marketing director Hlumisa Mbanga, and financial director Kuhle Dumeduze.Their initiative was well received by the media; so much so in fact, that before the trio had even launched the organisation, Fazi was being interviewed on national TV.“I polished up a press release that had sat on my desktop and mailed it to TV shows and radio stations and then a national TV breakfast show called that same day,” she said.She added: “We had to buckle up. So we started Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We bought a domain and launched the website.”The public can arrange a donation by visiting For Black Girls Fashion Trade or emailing info@forblackgirlsfashion.comLaunching the organisationGiven the flurry of interviews and interest, the partners had to launch the organisation quickly.The launch took place on 4 November 2016 at the GSB MTN Solution Space in Philippi, in Western Cape.Fazi said: “We just had to hustle. We got Shoprite Checkers to cater for the event and Cape Town College of Fashion Design came on board for the upcycling of the clothes. A friend who works with fibreglass brought us mannequins, and we got GSB MTN Solutions Space to let us use their venue in Philippi.”At the intimate evening, attended by close friends and family, as well as business partners and sponsors, the 50 guests could make their first donation, learn more about the organisation and bid for an item of clothing. The proceeds were donated to the cause.The reception the initiative received means the team now has to juggle their careers as well as the organisation, while trying to make sense of their own lives.“The publicity got us to a place where we had to pull our socks up because we’re in the public eye, and that’s what I like – it motivates me and gets me going,” said Fazi.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

[WATCH] Nike celebrates SA’s golden girl, Caster Semenya in cutting-edge ad

first_img“Too fast? Too bad. I was born to do this.” This is the message gold medallist Caster Semenya conveys in her latest ad.This year has been nothing short of amazing for the South African 800m runner, who has just wrapped up another phenomenal season. She reached an 800m personal best of 1:54.25 in the Paris Diamond League that took place in June this year, followed by another seven Diamond League wins, and her most recent wins at the IAAF Continental Cup, claiming the 800m title and the silver medal in the 400m, where she set a new South African record of 49.62.On Monday, Semenya trended on social media yet again, this time after posting a powerful Nike commercial she features in. In the ad, she utters the words: “Would it be simpler if I stopped winning? Would you be more comfortable if I was less proud?”The ad responds to on-going criticism directed to Semenya around her hyperandrogenism and the recent IAAF ruling of the female category in track and field that states: “women racing distances between 400m and the mile must adhere to a new upper limit for testosterone of five nanomoles per litre.”Nike has, in celebration of the 30th birthday of their ‘Just Do It’ pay offline, released a series of ads starring powerful athletes from around the world. The first ad features former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Other global sporting stars also included in the Kaepernick ad are Serena Williams and LeBron James.As the Nation Brand, we will continue to stand behind Caster. We applaud her for being an inspiration to the nation with every new stride and achievement.last_img read more