Kudos to the Guyana Police Force in the ‘carjacking’ spree

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to take this opportunity to highly commend the work of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), particularly on their success in placing a dent (so to speak) in the rampant carjacking spree recently.We saw that a fellow columnist of this newspaper was also a victim of this chronic crime.The prevalence of a growing crime rate in a country can lead to serious adverse economic consequences with respect to investors’ confidence in the economy, and attracting new foreign investors to our country, and even for the tourism industry.I also wish to emphasize the need to commend the Force at a time when there seems to be quite a number of rogue elements within the Force and among former members. This, again, has the potential to deter the workings of the GPF and damage the reputation and confidence of the citizenry in the GPF.It is against this background that I take this opportunity to highlight the positives of the GPF, and to encourage them and the citizens at large to continue to support and co-operate with the GPF to solve more crimes, which have become very worrisome for the country at large.Yours sincerely,Author of the Economy & Finance ColumnGuyana Timeslast_img read more

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first_imgas Norwalk man HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A burned body discovered in Hacienda Heights earlier this week was that of a 47-year-old Norwalk man, sheriff’s detectives said Thursday. Detective Donna Cheek said the victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of his relatives, was last seen by his family on Saturday. Firefighters discovered the body early Sunday after they put out a small fire on the side of Turnbull Canyon Road, south of Blue Sky Road. Firefighters thought it was a mannequin and told county public works workers to remove it along with debris from the fire. A closer look in the morning light Monday revealed that it was a corpse. Tax assistance offered at center LA MIRADA – Trained volunteers are now offering free federal and state income tax assistance through April 11 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Senior income tax assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Low-income tax assistance is available from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. No appointment is necessary. All help is on a first-come, first-served basis. Taxpayers should bring the tax instruction booklets they received in the mail, all records of income and deductions, statements showing interest and dividends, a copy of last year’s tax return, W-2, W-2P and 1099 forms and any other pertinent records. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Blood pressure checks offered LA MIRADA – A physician from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will provide information to seniors on how to deal with high blood pressure at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Participants will learn the proper ways to manage high blood pressure and be able to answer questions of the doctor. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Man sentenced for sexual assault POMONA – A West Covina man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a special-education student at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison. Lloyd Carlton Summerville, 26, was apprehended in October while on parole for federal crimes involving identity theft. A DNA sample was taken from Summerville and it matched evidence from the Dec. 4, 2000, rape of a severely disabled woman attending classes at Mt. SAC. The victim was approached during a break and directed to an isolated staircase, where she was attacked, police said. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A man was hospitalized with wounds to his head Wednesday night after being robbed and beaten by two youths who attacked him with skateboards and a glass bottle, sheriff’s officials said. After grabbing the food the victim was carrying, two males believed to be 16 or 17 years old struck the man with skateboards and hit him on the head with a glass vodka bottle, sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station Lt. Christopher Reed said. The 19-year-old victim’s injuries were “fairly serious,” but not believed to be life-threatening, Reed said. He was taken to a hospital where he received stitches, he added. Burned body ID’d last_img read more

Every Premier League club’s final position predicted by Ray Parlour

first_img Ray Parlour celebrates his goal for Arsenal against Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup final talkSPORT – your home of the Premier LeaguetalkSPORT will be bringing you 64 live Premier League commentaries this season – and Ray Parlour will be right at the heart of the action.The former Arsenal and England midfielder will be a regular co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, and will be providing expert analysis from a Premier League ground every Saturday afternoon.And the Gunners’ favourite is tipping his old club to win their first Premier League title since 2004, beating defending champions Chelsea into second place.Meanwhile, he believes newly-promoted Norwich will beat the drop, but the news is not so good for Leicester, Watford and Bournemouth… 2 2 Do you agree with Ray? Let us know by leaving your comments below…Play talkSPORT’s brilliant free Predictor game and you could win £1million!last_img read more


first_imgThe west Donegal community project ‘Alternative Community Cinema’ will hold its first film night of 2013 at the beginning of March. The date for the event is Saturday 2nd March and it will be held in Annagry Hall.Over the past number of years the project has held numerous such film nights all which have seen large numbers of people attending. The events which are free to attend include not only a film showing, but guest speakers, free food and live music.Speaking of the up-coming event, local community activist and event organiser Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said the evening would be both informative and entertaining. “What we try to achieve with these events is to have an evening when people can not only have a night out where they meet with other members of the community, learn about a particular contemporary issue and listen to and partake in discussion in it, but also eat, socialize and enjoy live music all for little or no expense” he said.“The latest event will be no different. The film to be screened on the night is entitled ‘Inside Job’ and is a multi-award winning documentary film which examines the corruption within the United States financial services industry, a corruption which led to economic calamity. So it is a very current subject and will no doubt lead to some interesting debate.“We will also have guest speakers on the night including film maker Loïc Jourdain, Independent TD Thomas Pringle and Eugene McCartan of the Communist Party. There will be free food available for everyone attending and the evening will be finished off with live music by Ger Dé Róiste and Pól Chonnie Shéila Móra.One of the speakers for the evening, Thomas Pringle TD, also commented on the event saying it was a great community based initiative and he encouraged people to support it. “Events such as these are few and far between and I would encourage people to come along. The subject of the film will resonate with everyone given that we have all been affected by financial corruption, a fact which is widely known but not often examined” Deputy Pringle said.“It is also not only a great social event for the local community providing education, awareness and entertainment but it is all done free of charge for the community and in these difficult economic times it is good that people have an opportunity to get out, get informed and have a good time for little or no cost.”The film night will start at 7.30pm in Annagry Hall, Annagry, County Donegal. Admission is free of charge and people can bring their own drink. DONEGAL’S ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITY CINEMA COMES TO ANNAGRY was last modified: March 1st, 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)last_img read more

Man went berserk when told his social welfare was being cut off

first_imgA Judge has issued a bench warrant for a man who went berserk when he was told his social welfare payment were being cut off.Martin Nichols was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charge with threatening and abusive behaviour. Garda Harvey Maughan told the court that Nicols, aged 38, from Meadowbank, Letterkenny, became irate when told his payments would have to be cut off in the short-term.He picked up a chair at the Community Welfare Office at Oliver Plunkett Road on June 25th last and began waving it around in front of children and then began to abuse Garda Harvey.Garda Harvey said “He shouted ‘You can’t f**ing do that” and “I’m not afraid of the f****ing guards” before he picked up a chair and began waving it.“There were a number of families including children there as well as staff members. I decided to arrest him as the situation may have escalated.”The court heard that Nichols has 47 previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for the court to sentence the accused.Man went berserk when told his social welfare was being cut off was last modified: March 26th, 2019 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:ChaircourtcutdoleletterkennyMartin Nicholssocial welfarelast_img read more

JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world

first_imgJamiiX allows users to manage all theirsocial media accounts from one interface. (Image: JamiiX) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marlon ParkerRLabs+27 21 699 1453RELATED ARTICLES • Low-cost phones for Africa • Fight HIV with your phone • Skills via phones for rural women • Mobile internet booms in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNew social media aggregator JamiiX, which was developed in the Western Cape’s impoverished Cape Flats, is set for a global launch in June 2010.JamiiX works by bringing social media and instant messaging functionality into a single application, allowing users to manage many accounts, and carry on several conversations at the same time, using a computer or mobile phone.JamiiX developer and CEO Marlon Parker describes himself as a social entrepreneur. An avid blogger and tweeter, he holds a masters degree in Information Technology (IT) and is working on with his PhD at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he has lectured in IT since 2000.Parker’s thesis, due for completion in 2010, focuses on the use of technology to facilitate change in communities.The new media specialist and his team have worked for almost three years to develop JamiiX, and their efforts come to fruition on 8 June when the site goes live.The tool gets its name from the Swahili word “jamii”, which means “social” or “community”. The x represents an exchange between users.“[We hope that JamiiX] will prove to be more than just an average aggregator for social networks and instant messengers,” wrote Parker on his blog, “but will come with a little dash of colourfulness that will certainly change communication channels using Web 2.0.”The JamiiX team identified a desperate need in their community for affordable and accessible communications, especially in terms of social services. Many people need support but can’t afford to run up big bills on a landline, likewise small organisations and service providers also have to keep an eye on the phone budget ‒ they turn instead to the cheaper alternatives of social media sites, text messages, and instant messaging.At the same time, the team was aware that mobile phones are the most commonly used piece of technology in communities. Building on this realisation, they designed an application that provides a single interface for all these services.The application is aimed at individuals and organisations alike, and has been tested by NGOs such as the National Aids Helpline and the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.Developing organisations especially, that provide support services such as counselling, information and education, marketing, and call centre operations, will benefit as they need dedicate just one adviser to handle multiple conversations.JamiiX has partnered with South African success story MXit to make its interface available through a special gateway on the popular instant messaging application.The project received funding from the South African Finland Partnership, and consequently has been able to set up operations in the UK, Finland and Malaysia.Passion for community developmentParker is deeply committed to community development and upliftment through the innovative use of technology – this gives direction to his research.Two years ago he pioneered a MXit drug counselling service known as the Advice Support Network. This innovative mobile platform enables South Africans to receive online counselling on substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV/Aids. In April 2010 it surpassed the 50 000-conversation mark.He founded RLabs, or Reconstructed Living Labs, in the Cape Flats community of Athlone with the aim of “reconstructing communities through innovation”. Focusing on the areas of health and social care, the team’s mission is to empower the community through education and training.A living lab is an open innovation environment that is led by a community of users, and development takes place in real-life settings.The RLabs initiative is the first Western Cape-based project, out of 10 around the country. Partners in the venture include the Cape Peninsula’s technology university, the Athlone-based Bridgetown Civic organisation, and faith-based community organisation Impact Direct Ministries, also based in Athlone.Among RLabs’ numerous activities are the Reconstructed project, which rehabilitates former gangsters and drug-users through mentoring and training; Mom 2.0, which teaches women from the community how to use a computer and social tools such as Gmail and Facebook; and the Seniors Mobile Session, which teaches the elderly how to use their mobile phones efficiently.Parker’s PhD thesis is titled Using ICT as a change agent to empower citizens in a community in tension, and one of the initiatives that has arisen out of it is the Advice Support Network.Area of tensionDescribed by Parker in a 2008 technical report as a “community in tension” because of factors such as social inequality and lack of education and economic development, Athlone struggles with numerous social issues, including drugs and gangsterism.The area is situated on the Cape Flats close to Cape Town International Airport and is known for its football stadium, home to the Ajax Cape Town and Santos football clubs, and recently upgraded for its role as the city’s main training venue for 2010 Fifa World Cup teams. Its other distinguishing feature is the two cooling towers of the decommissioned Athlone power station, which loom over the N2 freeway.last_img read more

Zuma calls for more SA, DRC trade

first_img31 October 2013South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must explore ways to increase trade and investment between the two countries, President Jacob Zuma told the South Africa-DRC Business Forum in Kinshasa on Wednesday.Zuma, who wrapped up his two-day state visit to the DRC on Wednesday, told the forum that the prevailing state of the global economy dictated that regional integration be placed at the top of Africa’s economic agenda.“There is no stronger case for intra-African trade than the recent global financial crises, which decreased African export revenues generated from the traditional western markets.“Africa has a potential market of US$2.6-trillion. The DRC and the countries surrounding it have a potential market comprising 200-million consumers. Yet only 10% of global trade takes place between African countries.”Zuma underscored the current view that the time was right for investors to turn to Africa as the next growth frontier.“African growth rates will average 6% in 2014. In comparison, growth in the developed world will average 3.6%. The DRC is estimated to grow at 8.2% in this year alone. Against this backdrop, any investor would be hard pressed to find higher rates of return elsewhere in the world.”South African companies are investing in the DRC in the mining, telecommunications, financial services, road infrastructure, construction and hospitality sectors, among others. Total South African investment in the DRC between 2006 and 2012 is estimated at R12.5-billion, with over 4 000 jobs created.South Africa and the DRC have a bi-national commission (BNC) which has so far overseen the signing of 32 bilateral agreements.Stimulating continental growthVarious African governments have signed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (T-FTA) agreement paving the way for more meaningful intra-African trade.Zuma said one notable initiative already launched under the arrangement was the Tripartite North-South Corridor Investment Programme.With initial funding of $1.2-billion (a large proportion coming from the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa), and strong support from the South African government, actions are being taken to fast-track this project.The programme supports some of Africa’s busiest trade routes, linking the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the copper belt in Zambia and Lubumbashi in the DRC. It then continues down through Zimbabwe and Botswana to Africa’s largest and busiest port, Durban, in South Africa.In all, the North-South Corridor Initiative will service eight countries: Tanzania, the DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.Zuma’s visit to the DRC also saw the signing of a treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project, which could eventually become the largest hydroelectric project in the world, with the potential to power half of the continent.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Manchester United complete Fred signing from Shakhtar Donetsk

first_imgManchester United have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, the English club confirmed through the social media handles.According to British media, the Brazilian cost United around 52 million pounds and has signed a five-year contract with the English club.United had announced that they had reached an agreement with the Ukranian club over a week ago but the deal was held up because of work permit issues. The Brazilian is currently in Russia with the Samba boys and was an unused substitute in their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup versus Switzerland.Speaking about his move to United, Fred said: “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team.””To work with (manager) Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed. I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years,” he added.Fred’s pledge. #BemVindoFred #MUFC pic.twitter.com/oC8GkwavCIManchester United (@ManUtd) June 21, 2018Fred will compete for a midfield place with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic next season as United aim to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title.”Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,” Mourinho said.advertisementFred won three Ukrainian league titles with Shakhtar after joining from Brazil’s Internacional in 2013.United also signed Portuguese full back Diogo Dalot from Porto this month.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Wow! SRK, Kapil Sharma in Delhi to shoot the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show is all set to premiere on April 23 on Sony TV at 9 pm. Kapil Sharma and his gang of comedians–Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Sunil Grover, Sumona Chakravarti and Chandan Prabhakar–will be seen in a brand new avatar. Bigg Boss 9 contestant Rochelle Maria Rao will also play an interesting character on the show.Check out the trailer of the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show King Khan and Comedy King Kapil Sharma are all set to woo the Capital today with their witty one-liners and gags. Delhiites including those who won free passes for the show, can watch Shah Rukh Khan and Kapil Sharma shooting the first episode of the much-awaited The Kapil Sharma Show live 6:30 pm onwards today at K D Jadhav Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in Delhi. Sony TV, on Friday had announced a contest on Twitter for the viewers to come up with the best idea to make Kapil and SRK laugh. The winners of the contest got free passes for today’s live show in Delhi.Kapil Sharma and his gang have expressed their excitement about shooting the first episode, on Twitter. Kiku Sharda and Sunil Grover have even posted video messages from the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show. Sumona Chakravarti and Ali Asgar have re-tweeted Kapil’s tweet.Exclusive glimpse of the stage in Delhi! Are you looking forward to live updates from here? @KapilSharmaK9 @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/qwAUQKYTSqSony TV (@SonyTV) April 11, 2016Today we r performing live in delhi 🙂 need ur best wishes.. Love you all :)) #TheKapilSharmaShow23rdapril only on @SonyTVKAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) April 11, 2016It is K.D. Jadhav Stadium where the 1st episode is going to be shoot !Are u excited ?? pic.twitter.com/SK7My1bWn0Kapil Sharma Show (@TheKapilSShow) April 11, 2016SRK present in Delhi for #TheKapilSharmaShow.K.D.Jadhav Stadium is venue for live shoot of new show of @SonyTV pic.twitter.com/i52bWuhjjTadvertisementThe KapilSharma Show (@ComedyOnSonyTV) April 11, 2016All geared up for the first episode of #TheKapilSharmaShow shoot in Delhi. Starting make up. The King Khan joining the madness ??Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) April 11, 2016last_img read more