Night out turns deadly

first_img…pork-knocker gunned down after nightclub feudXavier “Javie” Boyal is now dead and investigations are underway after a feud that started at a nightclub reportedly followed him, resulting in him being gunned down along a Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) road.Boyal, 24, of Waramuri Mission, Moruca River, was a pork-knocker attached to a dredge that operate at Rock Creek, Puruni. According to reports, the incident occurred on November 11 at the Puruni Landing between the hours of 03:00 and 03:45h.Reports are Boyal was in the company of a co-worker, who earlier had an altercation with an unknown male outside the Junior nightclub. Boyal is said to have intervened in a bid to make peace, pushing the male in the process. Afterwards, the two colleagues left on foot.Reports reaching this publication indicated that the matter was not done, as the suspect jumped into a car, PGG 9485, which was parked out front and belonged to food vendor Steve Underwood, who was then ordered to follow the two.Underwood is said to have complied and while driving the suspect reportedly drew a hand gun and discharged a round through the windshield at Boyal, who was still walking alongside his co-worker.Underwood’s windscreen shattered in the process and as Boyal lay wounded on the ground, the suspect reportedly exited the vehicle and discharged another round at the pork-knocker before making good his escape.Police subsequently photographed the vehicle and a 9mm shell was recovered. The scene was photographed and processed by police and the body examined. It is understood that the victim bore three bullet wounds on his body… one above the abdomen, one under the right arm and another to the right upper back.A war head was found about 15 feet from where the body was found. Statements have been obtained and investigations are in progress. However, the suspect has not yet been arrested.last_img read more

GAWU warns of ‘sweetheart’ deal for Skeldon Factory

first_img… says maybe there is more in the mortar than the pestleThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) says it has been kept in the dark with regard the purported sale of the US$200 million modern Skeldon Sugar Factory and has in fact warned of a possible untoward deal at a giveaway price to a preferred buyer.Skeldon Sugar FactoryThe Union sounded the alarm on Tuesday saying based on information available to it, “the ground is being fertilised to make a case for the sale of Skeldon at, quite possibly, a giveaway price and the workers and the public are not being adequately informed by the Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman and/or the relevant Government official(s).”GAWU has since publicly voiced its objection to such a move. According to the Union, it “does not support the divestment of the Skeldon Factory and its rich and arable land – a part of our patrimony. Indeed, such an approach, we believe, most entail knowledgeable and responsible evaluators, consultations with the workers and their unions and, indeed, discussions involving the relevant agencies of the country.”According to the Union representing sugar workers, “We see the move place the Skeldon factory on the chopping block will have negative repercussions for the industry and the country as a whole.”It has since surmised that for the workers, the communities, the cane farmers and others who are directly and indirectly linked to Skeldon Estate, such a decision would certainly place their employment and welfare grave risk.“At this time, we emphasise our strong disagreement with the position mooted and strongly urge the Government and GuySuCo to desist from such a course and instead to heed the credible and sincere views of the many Guyanese who have grave difficulties to support the selling out of the Estate.”GAWU on Tuesday suggested that sugar workers and, no doubt, an alert public must have been taken aback and surprised to learn, from media reports, that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Government are preparing the ground for the imminent sale of Skeldon Estate.“The pattern we have been witnessing over the last year or so regarding the sugar industry is clearly continuing… The authorities seem bent on doing things and considering measures that are certainly not suitable for the well-being of the industry, the workers and the country. Alternative and worthy proposals and ideas expressed by the Sugar Commission of Inquiry (CoI), trade unions, and other credible voices are simply shunned.”The Union observed from news reports that the Corporation’s Board is advancing the sale, among other, “options” in addressing the sugar industry’s future.GAWU said it wishes to point out that its representative on the Board is not aware of such a proposal being raised in at recent meetings, “neither has he been requested to express his view on these options… Apparently, the Board’s name is being used to illustrate that consultation is taking place and a democratic procedure is followed.”GAWU said the move also raises the question whether other Board members are aware of what is being proposed in their name saying “most certainly, the workers of Skeldon and their Unions are left in the dark.”GAWU also used the opportunity to decry purported moves made by the Corporation to engage the Wärtsilä group purportedly in relation to the factory’s cogeneration plant.According to the GAWU missive, “it is bewildering as to why GuySuCo would engage Wärtsilä especially since its known area is power generation and we are unaware of any track record of its credible knowledge with respect to sugar factories and thus its conclusion are open to be questioned.”The Union observed too that the public is now being told that as much as $12 billion is required to bring the estate up to speed and suggested “clearly this is an astronomically overstated sum… It would be interesting to learn of the breakdown of this big sum.”Responding to media reports that the GuySuCo Board has already begun talks with prospective buyers, GAWU sought to query, “Is it a case that there are buyers or just a buyer.”The Union contends that “it is also puzzling that the Skeldon factory now described as a ticking time bomb and requiring an astounding sum to be put right, yet is attracting interested purchaser/s so eager to talk… Maybe there is more in the mortar than the pestle.”The Union believes that transparency is certainly lacking even in this case involving the newest and costliest sugar factory.last_img read more

BC Government sets up new Illegal Firearms Task Force

first_imgMike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General says this is an important step to combat illegal gun possession.“The use of illegal firearms to commit murders, attempted murders, home invasions and other violent acts is a serious public safety issue in British Columbia and one this government has been working to address through the provincial Guns and Gangs Strategy and through events like the upcoming firearms amnesty scheduled for the month of October. I look forward to reviewing the report and recommendations from the task force this spring and for their contribution in the fight to keep illegal firearms off our streets.”In 2015, there were over 2,000 incidents involving the criminal use of firearms in British Columbia.These incidents included such offences as homicide, attempted homicide, robbery, assault, uttering threats, break and enters and careless use.During the investigation of these incidents over 3,000 illegal firearms were seized by law enforcement personnel. VICTORIA, B.C. – With a new drug overdose Task Force already in place, the Government has created another one to combat illegal gun possession.It was announced today that the Task Force is a part of a $23-million expanded Guns and Gangs Strategy. The new Task Force has a budget of $200,000 and will consist of key stakeholders and subject matter experts.They will make up a series of recommendations to help identify, address and combat illegal firearms in BC.- Advertisement -The main goals of the task force’s study are is to:Examine current provincial and federal legislation, interdiction and enforcement policies.Identify gaps and needs to combat illegal possession and illegal use of firearms within British Columbia.Develop a report with key findings and recommendations to be presented to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.The task force will host their first meeting on Wednesday, September 28th 2016, and their final report and recommendations are expected in early spring 2017.The creation of the task force is one of the steps outlined in the expanded Guns and Gangs Strategy announced on April 15, 2016.Advertisementlast_img read more

L.A. isn’t singing inner-city job blues

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Among the nation’s 82 largest cities, Los Angeles was one of 42 in which jobs increased between 1995 and 2003. The release of the study came Monday, the same day President George W. Bush outlined his strategy to enhance America’s homeland security by securing the borders, preventing illegal crossings and strengthening enforcement of immigration laws. “This study puts a reality into the political debate,” said John Trasvina, senior vice president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles. “And our view is that we need comprehensive immigration reform, and the people already here contributing to their communities ought to be able to stay as long as they have fulfilled their responsibilities by keeping out of trouble and paying their taxes.” Jack Keyser, chief economist for the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County, said the study validates what he sees occurring in the Los Angeles area. Immigrants tend to be entrepreneurial and hard-working, especially at small manufacturing firms with predominantly Latino work forces and high levels of productivity in construction, the hospitality industry, landscaping and gardening, and transportation. “You have to put this into the context with the debate coming out of Washington, D.C., where President Bush wants to revisit the immigration issue,” Keyser said. “You have a lot of people upset along the border states. While nearly half of the nation’s inner cities have steadily lost jobs over much of the past decade, Los Angeles added jobs, thanks to a thriving entrepreneurial culture among the growing immigrant community, a new Harvard University study found. Researchers in the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City said the nation’s immigrant population was driving job growth in inner cities. They said immigrants are nearly one-third of the population of inner cities with the greatest employment growth. On average, immigrants are just 12 percent of the residents of inner cities that lost jobs, they said. “There is a direct correlation between immigrant populations and job growth in inner cities,” said Michael E. Porter, a Harvard Business School professor who founded the initiative in 1994 to help eliminate economic inequality through private-sector engagement that leads to jobs, income and new wealth for residents of inner cities. “This is a very emotional issue. Why do these people come here? They came because they are seeking opportunity, and they don’t see it available in their homelands.” In 40 of the nation’s largest cities, the Harvard group found low-income tracts lost jobs in the 1995-2003 period despite years of federal programs designed to improve their economies. Four of the top-10 inner cities that outperformed their greater metropolitan areas were in California: Anaheim, Long Beach, Oakland and San Jose, said Deirdre M. Coyle, senior vice president of the initiative. Los Angeles and San Bernardino gained jobs but neither outperformed its greater metropolitan area. Initiative founder Porter said immigrants more readily identify and capitalize on the unique business conditions and opportunities that inner cities offer. Inner cities also attract small and large businesses seeking willing and available labor, he said. The research group defines inner cities as concentrations of U.S. census tracts in which the official poverty rate is at least 20 percent or else the poverty or unemployment rate is 1 times higher, and the median household income is at least 50 percent lower, than in the surrounding metropolitan area. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, questioned the value of the study. Just any type of job growth “doesn’t mean all that much,” he said. “First of all, what kind of jobs?” Mehlman asked. “Not all jobs are equal. And in many cases you have people doing jobs where what they produce and the value they add doesn’t really cover the societal costs of having them there. “These are essentially subsidized jobs,” he said. “It allows the employer to hire somebody at a low wage and shifts the costs to taxpayers.” Los Angeles is a prime example of that, he said. “We have a school system that is collapsing, a public health care system that is collapsing, and infrastructure that is collapsing.” Still, the study found one common characteristic of successful inner cities – clusters of businesses that support one another to ensure a vibrant local economy. The study found that job growth is being driven by several key local clusters of real estate, construction and development businesses, business services, hospitality establishments, community and civic organizations and educational opportunities. “I think what is true in this area is true in areas throughout the West Coast and across the country as immigrants are affecting every family, community and business in this country,” Trasvina said. “Immigrants are forming businesses at high rates, and particularly small businesses are using immigrant labor to a great extent. So it demonstrates that once again immigrants are contributing to the economy.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 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

Flooding fall-out: Army to arrive to help clean up Inishowen tomorrow

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced that a Defence Forces platoon will arrive in Donegal tomorrow morning to help with the clean-up after the flood disaster.Minister McHugh had been in discussions with Cabinet colleague Paul Kehoe, Minister for Defence, about assistance after the devastation caused by Tuesday night’s disaster.An initial platoon – 30 Defence Forces personnel – will be deployed in Inishowen from 9am tomorrow (Friday). “I want to thank my colleague the Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe who has been ready to assist wherever he can,” said Minister McHugh.“I also want to thank the Defence Forces who once again remain ready to help citizens when they are in need.“It became increasingly clear on Wednesday that as Donegal County Council tried to estimate the damage done that the picture was getting progressively worse and earlier today – having seen the devastation first hand – I asked for help from the Defence Forces and contacted Minister Kehoe.“Many assessments of damage remain to be done. However, it was also clear more help is needed on the ground. “I’m conscious that local people in local communities are helping each other and I want to pay tribute to all those involved.“I’ve been assured that more Defence Forces personnel will be deployed should they be needed.”Flooding fall-out: Army to arrive to help clean up Inishowen tomorrow was last modified: August 25th, 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:ArmyfloodInishowenlast_img read more

Hollywood star Jamie Dornan swings into Donegal

first_imgThe World’s Hottest Man has been spotted in the World’s Coolest Place today, as actor Jamie Dornan visited Donegal for a few rounds of golf.The Hollywood heartthrob is enjoying a golfing holiday in the county this weekend and has been ‘putting’ a smile on many faces as he meets with locals.Portsalon Captain Martin Blaney with Jamie Dornan. Image via Portsalon Golf Club Facebook The Northern Irish actor made an appearance at Portsalon Golf Club with his golfing buddies and added a touch of star quality to the beachside course. He was joined by Ryder Cup winning Captain Paul McGinley at Portsalon’s Mini Open Weekend.Jamie Dornan, Portsalon Captain Martin Blaney and Ryder Cup-winning Captain Paul McGinley. Image via Portsalon Golf Club FacebookThe Fifty Shades star is no stranger to Donegal. He is a talented golfer and is known to enjoy the best of our golf courses and bars. He often talks of his love of one particular place – The Olde Glen Bar and Restaurant in the village of Glen.As expected, the star visited his favourite haunt this evening again for dinner after the golf, much to the staff and locals’ excitement. Portsalon Captain Martin Blaney with Jamie Dornan. Image via Portsalon Golf Club FacebookDornan has said before that the Glen Bar is ‘maybe the best bar in the world’, so it’s no surprise he’d revisit it on this Bank Holiday weekend in Northern Ireland.The 35-year-old, who has been named World’s Sexiest Man, set hearts aflutter today again in Donegal, and is said to be sticking around for more golfing for a few more days.Ronan Curran, Jamie Dornan and Joe Coyle at Portsalon Golf ClubLocal golfers Ronan Curran and Joe Coyle met Jamie at Portsalon today and took the opportunity to have a photo with the celebrity as he enjoyed a pint.Ronan tells Donegal Woman that Jamie chatted about all things golf and heaped praise on Donegal, saying how much he loves to come to the county for the sport.Jamie also had photos taken with staff at the golf club, who were more than happy to meet the world-famous screen star.Glen Bar and RestaurantNo doubt fans will be keeping a close eye out for Dornan across the county over the next few days.Jamie was last spotted in Portstewart, Northern Ireland in July at the Golf Pro-Am at the Irish Open. Donegal will be hosting the next Irish Open at Ballyliffin in 2018, so perhaps he’s practicing on local ground for the next big competition. Hollywood star Jamie Dornan swings into Donegal was last modified: August 27th, 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:ACTORcelebritygolfJamie DornanOlde Glen BarPortsalonlast_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: Don’t sweat it – Keeping excessive sweating in check

first_imgWhat started out as a bit of craic over Christmas with the sweat patches, has turned into a bit of a hot topic in Mavericks after the column that we wrote last week. It turns out it has opened to doors to guys asking us all sorts of questions about a problem that they thought it was only themselves whom had it! In particular what was brought up was something along the lines of “I’ve tried Lynx, Sure and Dove and all the rest but nothing seems to work!”Fortunately, we have guys who are in the same boat, it’s not uncommon, and they have been around the house and checked out most of the answers that are out there.Beyond deodorant what is there for heavy or excessive sweating?First of all, why is it that we sweat? It is completely natural and the body sweats to cool itself down. When someone has excessive sweating, it may be a byproduct of some part of their lifestyle, it may be diet, medication, lack of fitness, exerting our self, stress (or other emotional states) or a combination of above.Before we go to alternative solutions, we must mention Mitchum deodorants, which pops up time and time again for a market leader in combating excessive sweating. If you haven’t tried this brand, then it is a must.Some antiperspirants can be better than others intended to stop the production of sweat or at least make it less severe, sometimes it’s about preference more than anything when it comes to brands.It is important to note the difference in deodorants and antiperspirants. In fact, deodorant is just cosmetic, it is designed to mask and cover up unpleasant smells all over the body, not just the armpits.So this will not help getting rid of these unsightly sweat-stained armpits!What about shaving the arm pits? There is circumstantial and somewhat vague evidence that suggests that shaving the armpit will reduce sweating. While it may not make you cooler or sweat less it is believed it will reduce the sweat stains on your clothes. Drastic measures. If you have come to the point where nothing has worked, and you cannot stick it anymore, Botox has been suggested as a solution! Yes Botox.Hyperhidrosis treatment is the clinical name for Botox injection in the armpit. This treatment is non surgical and will stop sweating for months at a time. It works in a way that it blocks receptors from acetylcholine, the chemical which forces the muscle to contract, in turn stops the production of sweat.However new receptors grow over time and the sweat will return. As for side effects, the Mavericks don’t know if there is any or what the small print is!However, those who promote it claims that it is extremely safe but like all injections it comes with a small risk of swelling and bleeding. If you are considering this as an option, just make sure you go to a professional… Why not call into the shop today at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny and enjoy unrivalled 5-star male grooming the way it should be.Also follow us on Facebook at: Traditional BarbershopMavericks Barbers: Don’t sweat it – Keeping excessive sweating in check was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:antiperspirantcolumndeodorantexcessive sweatingmavericks traditional barber shoplast_img read more

2010 Fan Fests go global

first_img24 November 2009Nine South African cities and seven other cities spread over five continents will play host to Fifa’s official public viewing events for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.From Table Mountain to the Copacabana, from Durban Beach to the Eiffel Tower, from Soweto to Sydney Harbour, Fifa’s Fan Fests will enable football fans worldwide to watch 2010 World Cup matches in some of the most iconic locations in South Africa and around the world.All nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney were on Monday unveiled as locations for the official public viewing events of football’s flagship tournament.Millions of fans are expected to watch the matches live and experience the unique World Cup ambience in these outdoor areas. Entrance to the Fifa Fan Fest™ is free, with all 64 matches to be broadcast on giant screens in a safe and secure environment.Official public viewings events were first launched by Fifa at the 2006 World Cup, when more than 18-million fans gathered at the 12 official events, transforming Germany into one of the greatest fan parties of all time.“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, and we believe that the 2010 Fifa Fan Fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” Fifa president Sepp Blatter said in a statement on Monday.“The first international Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the Fifa World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa, the Fan Fests will be organised by the host cities together with Fifa and the Local Organising Committee, with the international Fan Fest cities and Fifa taking responsibility for the international events.“We have always wanted the 2010 Fifa World Cup to touch the lives of as many South Africans as possible,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee. “The Fifa Fan Fest will provide an opportunity for millions of our people to watch the matches in a festival environment for free, and will also provide an opportunity for small businesses and our musical talents to benefit from this event.”Besides football, all cities will provide tastes and sounds of each of the countries through an all-day entertainment programme outside the actual broadcast of the matches. In South Africa, in particular, this will offer opportunities for small local businesses to provide services and sell local arts and crafts.On 4 December 2009, visitors and South Africans will be able to get a taste of what’s in store in 2010 when Cape Town hosts the Long Street Festival for the 2010 Final Draw, which will feature an official Fifa Fan Fest™ showcase event.A significant contribution to the South African Fan Fests will be made by presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, joined by Fifa Fan Fest South Africa™ sponsors MTN and Neo Africa. The official broadcaster of the event, the SABC, will also be playing a vital role across all venues in South Africa.The International Fifa Fan Fest™ will be supported by Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai/Kia and Sony.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

West Nile Virus confirmed in Ohio horses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late August, the Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ohio horses for 2018. Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed and the animals had not been vaccinated. The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal’s vaccine and boosters are up to date.West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30 to 40% in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported positive cases in horses each of the last few years. There were 14 confirmed cases of WNV in Ohio in 2017.“My message to horse owners is simple: vaccinate your animals and you can protect against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their veterinarian to learn how they can easily keep their animals healthy.”In addition to vaccinations, horse owners should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.last_img read more

Go Beyond the Webinar| SS4MF Kids Serve Too! Series| Safe and Sound: Caring in Our Community

first_imgSafe and Sound Go Beyond the Webinar Return to article. Long DescriptionOn January 17, 2019, our second webinar in the five-part Kids Serve Too! Series, was brought to you by the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) and Sesame Street for Military Families (SS4MF). MFLN’s Family Development concentration area took the helm to host this particular webinar on the impact of childhood trauma and community violence.Sabrina Huda and Antonio Freitas of Sesame Workshop facilitated part two of this series and provided tons of great resources focused on preventing trauma and violence in communities, as well as shared strategies and activities to help children cope.Here are some of the highlights of this latest Kids Serve Too! Series webinar:A brief overview of Sesame Street for Military Families including the topics they cover they cover on their website.The introduction of Sesame Street in Communities, the sister site of SS4MF. Talked over the site features and topic content that they specifically focus on.Antonio and Sabrina talked about the history of Sesame Street in Communities and their mission to address childhood trauma and community violence.They went over the common signs of stress that children might exhibit after a traumatic event and ways for adults to help.They shared six strategies that families can implement to help kids cope after a traumatic event and provided resources they have on their site.Several resources and ideas on how to help children cope with trauma were included in the chat pod during our live webinar. These ideas included:Using stuffed animals and children’s books to help relay messages of understanding and comfort.Sabrina Huda shared some great activities. One of those is a video called “Give yourself a Hug.” Another is simply called “Breathe” and teaches kids how to do deep belly breathing!A final activity was shared that stressed the importance of parents taking care of themselves called “Self-Care: Digging Deep.”In case you missed it, be sure to watch our archived version of this fantastic webinar here: “Safe and Sound: Caring in Our Community.” This is part 2 in our Kids Serve Too! Series, with part 3-5 still to come! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for this series on the homepage here. Finally, to get caught up, here is the link to part one of the series, “Sesame Street Overview on Military Resources.”last_img read more