Woman, 43, Robbed in Thinkers Village

first_imgThe home of Mrs. Saturdayma Dwah, 43, of Bassa Town near Thinkers Village on the Robertsfield Highway was reportedly invaded by a man believed to be in his thirties, last Sunday. The suspect robbed her of a Nokia phone valued at US$45 and L$200.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Mrs. Dwah alleged that the criminal whose identity she doesn’t recognize, forcibly opened the front door of her house and made his way into her room with a cutlass said to be her own cutlass which he took from behind the door.“He raised the cutlass,” she said, “and threatened to kill me if I failed to comply with his wishes which included my silence and giving him money and valuables.”As a result, she said she gave him her Nokia cellphone, and her small cash of L$200.Mrs. Dwah said the alleged criminal took her by surprise at 4 p.m., the time she claimed everyone was away from her residence. “I was having an afternoon rest,” Mrs. Dwah explained, “having worked around my house which is still undergoing construction.”She alleged that the suspect hit her with the cutlass before he escaped.Meanwhile, she said the case was reported at the Zone 8 Depot 1 station.She expressed fear for her safety and appealed to the depot officers to ensure that residents live in peace.Neighbors told the Daily Observer that the incident has caused fear in the community because they suspect that there are criminal elements in their midst including the person responsible for what happened to Mrs. Dwah.“As United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) finally turns over its security operations to the Liberian government,” a resident said, “more needs to be done in order to maintain peace and keep the country safe.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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North Ruimveldt man acquitted of teen rape charge

first_imgEsaun Abrahams, of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was on Wednesday freed on one count of sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy, who said that the 38-year-old man had sex with him at the National Park, Georgetown between June 21 and June 22, 2015.Esaun AbrahamsAbrahams, who worked as a liaison officer at the Public Health Ministry at the time he was charged, has always maintained that he was innocent.He was sobbing uncontrollably from the prisoner’s dock when the jury foreman announced the 10-2 verdict in favour of not guilty. However, presiding judge, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow informed the alleged rapist that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would determine if he would face another trial following the jury being unable to decide on a second count.The second charge stated that the defendant engaged in sexual penetration with the teen between July 1 and July 25, 2015 in the county of Demerara. Guyana Times understands that the lad’s testimony was heard by the jury just a few days ago.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes while State Counsel Tiffini Lyken prosecuted the case.last_img read more

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UG Vice Chancellor withdraws request for renewal of contract

first_img– Transitional Management Team identifiedUniversity of Guyana Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith on Friday withdrew his request for the renewal of his contract. This decision came amid pressure from the University of Guyana unions.Based on reports received, the University of Guyana Council convened to make a determination on the matter of the renewal or non-renewal of Griffith’s contract, but during such, a correspondence was received indicating that he no longer wanted his contact to be renewed.As such, the University Council accepted his withdrawal, which means that as of June 14, 2019, Professor Griffith, who is at present on terminal leave, shall cease to be Vice Chancellor of the University.In a release issued by the University of Guyana, it stated that a Transitional Management Team has been duly approved by the University Council.The Team, the missive added, will be chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Engagement, Professor Michael Scott; with Deputy Vice Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Professor Paloma Mohamed serving as the Deputy Chair and Registrar. Dr Nigel Gravesande will serve as Secretary to the Management Committee.Pro Chancellor, Major General (Retired) Joseph Singh stated that the Team has been identified to take control of the management of the University with effect from June 14, 2019, until such time that a new Vice Chancellor was appointed.“The aforementioned notwithstanding, the University Council will continue to pursue its agenda, including the conduct of a Management Audit, the identification of a new Chancellor and the soon-to-commence search for a new Vice Chancellor,” he added.The University Council looks forward to a cessation of the recent exchanges in the media on the University’s internal processes, but in the interest of openness, will keep the University community and the wider society informed of unfolding developments as the University seeks to continue its work and to provide for a seamless transition of leadership in the interest of its students, faculty, and staff members, the release added.UG Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffithlast_img read more

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Lancers win in extra time

first_imgAs if following the script of their first meeting with Santa Fe, the Lancers came from behind and stole a 3-2 road victory during the extra time added because of an injury. “The girls have got a lot of heart and determination,” La Serna coach Amanda Broussard said. “They play the entire 80-plus minutes and don’t let up. I am so proud of them for going 10-0 in league. We played two tough games against Santa Fe and beat them in their house, which is pretty hard to do.” • Photo Gallery: Santa Fe vs. La Serna SANTA FE SPRINGS – La Serna High School’s girls soccer team pulled a stunning repeat performance Thursday in the final game of Del Rio League play. La Serna’s relentless attack paid off. At the 77 minute mark, Nicole Reed sent a free kick to the front of the goal. In the ensuing scramble for control, Stacey Cervantes tipped the ball to a charging Reed, who angled the ball into the net to tie the score at 2. The Lancers () completed the rerun of their earlier game by scoring what proved to be the winning goal in the first minute of added time. Jordan Dolbin’s powerful in-bounds throw deep in Santa Fe territory put the ball at the corner of the penalty box. Charging players shielded the goalkeeper away from the ball and as players fought for control, Cervantes poked it toward the front of the net. Freshman forward Mariah Palmer redirected the ball past the keeper. “I’m not disappointed in the game,” Santa Fe coach Fernie Fernandez said. “It lived up to the hype. It was going to be decided in the final minutes.” The Chiefs took the early lead. In the 27th minute, Katherine Lopez sent a long throw-in toward the near corner of the box. Junior forward Ashley Gibson lofted a shot the keeper knocked down, but could not collect. Yvette Orejel retrieved the ball and scored to give Santa Fe a 1-0 lead at the break. center_img Despite misfiring on several opportunities in the second half, the Lancers showed they deserved the No. 1 ranking they received in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division IV poll. After a flurry of shots, Melanie Luevano took a pass from junior midfielder Emily Lujan and tied the game at 53rd minute mark. The Chiefs fought back to regain the lead 10 minutes after relinquishing it. Beyond the midfield stripe, senior captain Ivana Mendez won the ball off the goalie kick in the air and flicked it past the defense, then outraced the keeper and scored. 21-1-2 (16-5-3, 6-2-2) La Serna finished the game with 18 shot attempts to five for Santa Fe. Chiefs goalkeeper Shelby Magallon had 10 saves. 160Want 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

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Culinary treat for youths

first_img• Photo Gallery: Lesson in Culinary Arts PASADENA – A group of patients from the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles got a literal taste of Paris on a VIP visit to one of Southern California’s most well-known culinary academies. As the young people prepare to embark on a two-week visit to Paris next week, two French chefs from the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena gave them a preview of what to expect, both in terms of food and culture. “When you travel, the first thing that you do is you get to know the customs, and it always involves food somehow,” said Farid Zadi, an associate chef at the school. While enjoying a meal that consisted of authentic French cooking at the school’s 561 Restaurant in Pasadena, the young people viewed pictures of France and heard stories about French lifestyle. “We really appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the community and give back as much as we can,” said the school’s president, Anthony Bondi. The overall purpose of the trip – which is being put on by the hospital through the help of donations – is to give the teens a chance to interact with their peers and lift their spirits as they face their individual medical conditions. “We would like for these teenagers to be able to transcend their conditions and to feel that there is no obstacle that they can’t overcome,” said Beverly Daley, a social worker at the hospital, who is overseeing the trip. As a bonus for the youths, the culinary school – which offers the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking diploma to its students – has teamed up with the Le Cordon Bleu home base in Paris, and arranged a visit for the teens when they arrive in France. Le Cordon Bleu technique consists of a centuries-old French cooking style that is taught around the globe. And the teens can expect quite a change of pace when dealing with food in Paris, says the Pasadena school’s Chief Instructor Fred Jean-Marie, who lived in the famous tourist city as a child. “French cuisine and French culture is very interesting. Food-wise, they don’t like preserved food,” he said. The experience will likely be an eye-opener to the teens on differences in taste and cooking, he said. “I’m pretty excited about having the patients going over there and experiencing French cooking,” he said. “They’re going to experience freshness in a way I can’t explain.” And while the youths ate their multicourse meal Tuesday, Jean- Marie and Zadi told them a little about their home country, adding to the excitement of the adventure that awaits. “I was shocked when I found out I was going,” said Samantha Hernandez, 16, of Los Angeles. “I’ve always wanted to travel.” The trip will focus heavily on the artistic aspects of the country, and the patients will be visiting several museums, as well as the local Disney resort. The patients are also amped up for their visit to the Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris, where they will receive personal cooking lessons. “I would love to learn how to cook foods from a different country,” said patient Corrin Valenzuela, 18, of Apple Valley. “I’ve always loved cooking. My mom and dad like to cook and I grew up around it.” robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want 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

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MASSIVE SUMMER PARTY DISCO THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S

first_imgSISTER SARA’S WEEKEND PREVIEW: It’s almost the weekend and what makes this weekend better than most is it’s a BANK HOLIDAY! As always Sister Sara’s – Letterkenny’s No.1 Super-pub is the perfect venue for you to kickstart the weekend. What a great line-up they’ve got planned for the MAY Bank Holiday weekend.On Saturday night its DJ Marty Temple that will rocking the venue.While the main event will take place on Sunday night with the Massive Summer Party with resident house DJ Marty Curran. At the DRY ARCH INN they’re will also be LIVE music all weekend at the popular venue located just outside Letterkenny. Hugh McMonagle will play all his hits on Saturday night.While there will be plenty of SMALL TALK come Sunday.Enjoy the weekend and let the fun begin. 🙂MASSIVE SUMMER PARTY DISCO THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

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Is driving electric the right way to go? – with Cool Planet Champion Nuala Carr

first_imgLetterkenny woman Nuala Carr is a Cool Planet Champion for Donegal. And with that role, she is sharing tips on how we all can take action to help the environment. This week we’re taking a look at making the climate-conscious switch to Electric Vehicles (EV). According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry there are 10 electric cars on the road in Donegal. But should we all be heading in this direction? Nuala Carr shares the benefits of making the switch:Nuala CarrTransport accounts for one third of Ireland’s energy requirements, (the other two thirds are electricity generation and heat production), making transport one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Petrol and diesel cars also contribute to harmful air pollution, in the form of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter, all of which contribute to premature deaths. In 2015, the number of premature deaths in Ireland due to air pollution was 1,100, that’s 3 premature deaths every day*.Some sceptics refer to the fact that electric vehicles are not ‘zero emissions’. This is true, EVs do have emissions. However, they have zero exhaust or tailpipe emissions, which removes the emissions from the air, saving pedestrians and cyclists from breathing in these dangerous emissions. Comparing emissions per kilometre, driving an EV emits over 50% less CO2 per kilometre than petrol or diesel cars, and this figure includes the emissions from the fossil-fuelled power stations generating the electricity to charge the EVs (EV CO2 60g/km compared to petrol engine CO2 130g/km, source www.seai.ie). When Ireland transforms the electricity generating system to 100% renewable energy technologies, and EVs are charged fully by renewable energy technologies, EV emissions will be negligible. ESB ecarsMaking the change to an electric vehicle has many benefits: EVs are better for the environment, they improve health and well-being, they are cheaper in terms of fuel costs and motor tax (electricity from public charging points is currently free and motor tax is currently €120 per annum) and with grants available from SEAI, savings of up to €10,000 can be made off the cost of a new EV. There are currently 1,100 public charging points in Ireland, locations of which can be found on the ecar charge point map (https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/charge-point-map), the ‘ecar connect’ app can also be downloaded to apple and android devices. Plans to grow the public charging network are in the pipeline. Treat yourself! You are worth it and so is the environment! *(Source: https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/air-quality-in-europe-2018, Table 10.1)Nuala Carr has many years of experience in industry as an environmental consultant, having trained as an ecologist in the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She has worked as a project manager for engineering companies, managing the environmental impact assessment and planning stages for infrastructure projects, such as onshore wind farm developments.Nuala is now carrying out research on the social acceptance of marine renewable energy through Queen’s University Belfast.Is driving electric the right way to go? – with Cool Planet Champion Nuala Carr was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:climate consciousCool Planet championecarselectric vehiclesEnvironmentnuala carrlast_img read more

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Obama: African for White House?

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneHe’s seen as one of the most charismatic and inspirational presidential hopefuls in US history. At the end of 2008 Hawaii-born Barack Hussein Obama could not only make history by becoming the first black president of the US, but also the first to have extremely close ties to Africa, where his grandmother still lives.Obama’s father Barack Obama Sr was born and raised in a small village west of Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, a domestic servant to the British.An intelligent student, Obama Sr was awarded a scholarship to study in the US, where attended the University of Hawaii and later Harvard. In Hawaii he met Ann Dunham. Their marriage was short-lived, and the couple divorced shortly after the birth of Obama Jr. The candidate’s father returned to Kenya, where he became one of the country’s most respected financial advisors. In 1982 he died in a car crash.Harabi, Kenya!In 1988, six years after his father’s death, the young Obama made his first pilgrimage to the east African country in search of his Kenyan roots. Back then he made the long trip from the capital Nairobi to his family’s village by bus. Once there he met he met his grandmother, “Mama Sarah” Onyango, for the first time.Today, 86 year-old Onyango lives in the same village, where she follows her grandson’s presidential race with keen interest. She says despite his busy schedule in the US, Obama still takes time out to make contact with her, more so since the outbreak of post-election political unrest in Kenya over the past few months.Onyango lives just an hour away from Kisumu, the hometown of Raila Odinga, the leader of Kenya’s main opposition party, the Orange Democratic movement. Kenya was plunged into crisis after the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki, which Odinga and his supporters claim was rigged.Obama condemned the violence in a January 2008 radio broadcast. “I have been deeply troubled by the recent news out of Kenya,” he said. “The instability and tragic violence pose an urgent and dangerous threat to the people of Kenya, and to Kenyan democracy …“The Kenyan people have a proud history of supporting the growth of democracy in their country … Despite irregularities in the vote tabulation, now is not the time to throw that strong democracy away. Now is a time for President Kibaki, opposition leader Odinga, and all of Kenya’s leaders to call for calm.“Now is the time for this terrible violence to end.”Obama has always been outspoken about human rights injustices. In the mid-1980s he put his law studies at Harvard on hold and moved to Chicago, where he became a community organiser with a church-based group, seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.On his return to Harvard to finish his law degree Obama became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.On graduation he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. His advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American to be elected to the US Senate.In 2006 Obama returned to Kenya in a markedly different visit: this time he was a high-profile politician travelling on a private jet, protected by bodyguards.The Road to the White HouseIn February 2007 Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, running neck-and-neck with US senator Hillary Clinton. He has run a campaign that has focused on bringing change to Washington and uniting the country, with the motto, “Change we can believe in”.Several high-profile celebrity endorsers have come out in support of Obama, including talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, author Toni Morrison and actors Robert DeNiro, Will Smith and Ben Stiller.The latest statistics on the overall race for the Democratic nomination have Obama earning support from 46% of likely Democratic primary voters while Clinton attracts 42%. The US will go to the polls on 4 November 2008.Useful linksBarack Obamalast_img read more

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West Ham United fined 100,000 pounds for crowd trouble last season

first_imgWest Ham United have been fined 100,000 pounds ($130,000) by the English Football Association for the crowd disturbances that marred their 3-0 home defeat by Burnley in the Premier League last March.Supporters had invaded the pitch, with one brandishing the corner flag and another tussling with West Ham captain Mark Noble in chaotic scenes at the London Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2012 Olympics.Fans also directed their anger at West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, both of whom were forced to leave the directors’ box early for their own safety.West Ham had been fined for “failing to ensure that its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and that no spectators or unauthorised persons encroached onto the pitch,” the FA said in a statement on Tuesday.West Ham banned a number of fans for life after investigating the disturbances and issued an apology on Tuesday.”Following the conclusion of the FA inquiry, we would like to reaffirm our sincere apologies for the scenes witnessed at our home game against Burnley almost a year ago,” West Ham said in a statement on the club website.”In line with our zero-tolerance approach, immediate action was taken against the perpetrators, resulting in 23 banning orders being issued. There is no place for behaviour like that at our club.”last_img read more

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NSWMA Heightens Solid Waste Management Public Education Campaign in Western Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights Customer Relations Officer at Western Parks and Market Waste Management Limited, Sharnon Williams, said the NSWMA has been visiting schools and community groups to educate individuals on how to manage their refuse under the ban. The ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of expanded polystyrene products (Styrofoam), plastic bags -24” x 24” or less in size, and plastic drinking straws came into effect on January 1, 2019. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has heightened its garbage disposal public education campaign in western Jamaica, in the wake of the ban on single use plastic material. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has heightened its garbage disposal public education campaign in western Jamaica, in the wake of the ban on single use plastic material.The ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of expanded polystyrene products (Styrofoam), plastic bags -24” x 24” or less in size, and plastic drinking straws came into effect on January 1, 2019.Customer Relations Officer at Western Parks and Market Waste Management Limited, Sharnon Williams, said the NSWMA has been visiting schools and community groups to educate individuals on how to manage their refuse under the ban.She pointed out that the agency has been utilizing social media to enlighten persons on how to containerize household solid waste, adding that “we continue to support [the National Environment and Planning Agency] NEPA in sensitizing persons on the ban”.Ms. Williams was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) meeting on Friday, January 11.She urged commercial entities which still have the banned material to arrange with the NSWMA for disposal.“We encourage commercial entities… to contact us… if by the end of January they have plastic bags to dispose of. We can make arrangements to collect and dispose of them,” she advised.Meanwhile, Ms. Williams outlined waste management plans being embarked on by the NSWMA in western Jamaica, in a bid to further improve the entity’s waste management capabilities in 2019, and strengthen support for the ban.last_img read more

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