Repeat robbery offender remanded

first_imgRepeat offender Dwayne Hardy was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistratesdwayne hardy’ Courts to answer to a robbery charge.The 29-year-old man appeared before city Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer to two counts of robbery.Hardy denied both charges which stated on June 5, at Mandela Avenue, being in the company of others and armed with a knife, he robbed Devon Singh of one gold chain valued $180,000, property of Ryan Diaz. On the same day, at the same location, he also allegedly robbed Singh of a gold chain valued $400,000 and one gold earring worth $100,000.Hardy, who was not represented by an Attorney, had visible injuries to his left eye which was swollen. Magistrate Azore enquired about his injuries and he told the Court he was involved in a fight with another inmate.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that the case file was still incomplete, and made no objections to bail, but requested a substantial amount.Magistrate Azore refused bail citing the fact that Hardy was charged and incarcerated previously for matters of a similar nature. The case will continue on June 27.last_img read more

JFK Harassed by Thieves

first_imgLiberia’s referral hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Health Center, has expressed serious concern about the recent wave of criminal activities affecting the medical facility, authorities of the institution disclosed.In a conversation with newsmen Tuesday, April 22, in Monrovia, the hospital’s Chief Administrator, Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, said that despite rigid security measures instituted by her administration, stealing still remains an ongoing problem at the compound.She noted that many times, criminals invade the area and in most cases, make away with personal belongings and hospital equipment.Although she did not provide details of said allegations, Madam Scott-McDonald revealed an incident when she came in one day and later realized that a new wall clock recently procured for one of the offices had been stolen.“There are cases of theft at JFK, and this is a problem for which we are greatly concerned,” she said.The JFK boss reiterated her commitment to the modernization of the hospital and its capacity to respond to the growing demand from the general public, adding; “JFK has the ability to address most of the medical needs of the public, and as such, we encourage our people to take interest in their own hospital so that resources will remain here.”Madam Scott-McDonald made the disclosure Tuesday in hospital compound when Montserrado County Representative Edwin M. Snowe made a donation of food items to the hospital.Rep. Snowe, in a show of goodwill, donated several bags of cassava he said were harvested from his farm.According to him, the intent of the donation was to assist in the provision of meals to both in-patients and health workers at the hospital.He applauded the tireless efforts of JFK’s management for their responses to the health concerns of the entire nation, noting; “JFK remains important to all of us.”Responding to the donation, JFK’s Chief Administrator expressed gratitude to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and praised him for his donation to the operations of the medical facility.“I would like to thank Rep. Snowe and recognize that he’s one of the users of this facility. He brings his family here whenever they are sick and he also takes treatment at this hospital,” Dr. Scott-McDonald indicated.She then encouraged other officials of government and other prominent citizens to treat JFK as their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Registration now open for the 2018 Vertical Slam

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Registration is now open for the third annual Vertical Slam which is set to take place on June 9th.This years event will feature a 2.3-, 5-, or 10-kilometre run/walk, along with a Fitness Obstacle Course, identical to last years event.For the run/walk, you can do either 2.3 km ($10), 5 km ($20) or 10 km ($30). If you choose to just the Fitness Obstacle Course, that will be $65. If you combine a 5 or 10 km run/walk with the Obstacle Course, it would be $75 total.- Advertisement -The event will take place at the Big Bam Ski Hill in Taylor. Proceeds from the event will go to School District 60 for the Hot Meal Programs.For more information or to register visit Vertical Slams Facebook page, or their website: www.bigbamverticalslam.ca.last_img

Public pays for blunders

first_imgCriminal charges are still pending against present or former officials in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles, Alhambra, Vernon, Bell Gardens and Maywood. But even before the criminal charges come, official wrongdoing can bleed city coffers dry through secretly approved settlements and attorney fees. Look at West Covina, where taxpayers are paying the attorney fees for a councilman under criminal investigation by the District Attorney. Temple City just announced a monetary settlement with its former city manager and two others fired by the council majority. Each year these disputes – some no more than political spats – cost local taxpayers millions. But worst of all are the sexual abuse cases in public schools. For example, Bonita Unified has settled multiple cases of sexual abuse of students by teachers at a cost of several million dollars. Found negligent in its supervision, the district was also forced to spend $100,000 to retrain its staff on recognizing and preventing sexual abuse. But the extra training hasn’t worked. Just a few months ago, a Bonita math teacher was caught by Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” when he showed up for sex with a 12-year-old. While the teacher pleaded guilty, and some students said his classroom behavior left them unsurprised at his arrest, Bonita officials didn’t appear to have a clue. A Pasadena Unified track coach was convicted of molesting a 15-year-old, yet school administrators denied any prior knowledge until a secret memorandum surfaced showing the district had known of his “problems” for more than a decade. Only a year later, two more PUSD teachers pleaded guilty to engaging in group sex with students. And Claremont Unified paid out $900,000 to a student sexually abused by her teacher after district officials failed to heed a letter six months earlier from another teacher warning of the inappropriate relationship. Good government requires the people’s constant attention and participation. Elected officials must be held accountable, most certainly for the safety of our children, but also for the loss of public funds in unnecessary contract buyouts, avoidable litigation and corruption. Cutting down on such waste would free millions of dollars for our highest priority projects. Richard P. McKee is a La Verne resident and president of Californians Aware.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Malfeasance costs the public dearly. Whenever we go to the polls, be it a federal, state or local election, we cast our votes for the candidates we think will represent us best. But lately, if you’ve noticed, we aren’t always very good at choosing. Almost daily come reports of corruption or indifference among our elected officials, costing us millions of dollars otherwise badly needed for educational reform, infrastructure upgrades and environmental improvements. Fraud, bribery and misappropriation have brought convictions of public officials in Lynwood, Carson and Manhattan Beach. last_img read more

Clippers are again a puzzle

first_imgThe prevailing question for the underachieving Clippers dramatically changed this week from, “What is wrong with these guys?” to “When will he be back?” The second question refers to Shaun Livingston and his horrific knee injury, in which he dislocated his left knee and kneecap and tore three of four ligaments. Understanding the Clippers also is not an exact science, but rather, an art. After coming within one victory of the Western Conference finals last season, the Clippers finally looked to be leaving all of the losing and negativity that had enveloped the franchise for pretty much its entire existence. Now, the Clippers are sliding back to the past, and this seemingly simple one-word question looms: Why? Anybody who has put serious time into following the Clippers has heard about the “Curse of the Clippers.” It’s also been called the “Curse of Elgin Baylor” and the “Curse of Bill Walton.” Usually, that theory is glib. Livingston’s injury was so graphic and heart-wrenching that it even seems inappropriate to bring up the ol’ curse theory. But what else can truly explain why the Clippers have bad things constantly happening to them? Clippers doctor Tony Daly says the 21-year-old Livingston could miss all of next season, but he also offered a six-month possibility as the best-case scenario for a return. “It’s not an exact science,” Daly said about placing a timetable for Livingston’s return. center_img Bad luck seems to be part of the franchise’s history. Go back to 1979, when Walton joined the franchise in his prime at 25. He made the move with the team from San Diego to Los Angeles and didn’t come close to playing to expectations because of a series of foot injuries. When Walton joined the team, no one could have imagined his six-year tenure would be so unfortunate. The Clippers have had two No. 1 overall draft picks, and selected Danny Manning in 1988 and Michael Olowokandi in 1998. A common reaction is to criticize Baylor for choosing them, but at the time each was the consensus top pick among NBA brass. Those drafts also didn’t have any franchise-changing top overall picks, such as Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James. This season, when it was perfectly logical to think the Clippers could at least maintain the level they were at last season, they’ve digressed with Sam Cassell frequently injured and now the Livingston injury. Cassell is 37, and he’s had a variety of injuries. But the Clippers knew that was a possibility because of his age and couldn’t have let him walk after the impact he had last season. Livingston has been injury-prone throughout his three NBA seasons. He dislocated his right kneecap and tore cartilage in his right shoulder in his rookie season. His body certainly is not durable, but no one could have predicted he would suffer such a serious injury. The Clippers have been disappointing and perplexing, which is a shame considering that owner Donald T. Sterling has gone against the grain in recent years and opened up his wallet. Sterling has put serious money into his team: Chris Kaman ($52 million extension), Tim Thomas ($24 million contract), coach Mike Dunleavy ($22 million extension) and Cassell ($13 million contract) all have gotten deals. That’s $111 million put into a team that some fans still might consider to be the same old Clippers. It’s not that Sterling should be exonerated for his previous cheapness, or Baylor should be forgiven for his picks that didn’t work out. It’s just that blaming those two for this current group’s woes doesn’t make sense. But you can’t blame Sterling or Baylor for the current failures. Although Dunleavy has made several blunders during his tenure, you can’t even blame him, because who else was available out there that would do a better job? This time, the blame rests with the players. Kaman has made many glaring mistakes, so he is a favorite to blame. But all of the team’s top seven scorers are averaging fewer points this seasont, so any of them can take a fair share of the blame. Blaming the “Curse of the Clippers,” would be a cop-out, though bad luck – ridiculously bad luck – has always been a part of the franchise. Way back in 1978, the owner of the Boston Celtics, movie producer Irving H. Levin, had dreams of bringing an NBA franchise to California. In an unprecedented and often forgotten move, Levin traded the Celtics franchise to John Y. Brown for the Buffalo Braves. Levin then quickly moved the Braves to San Diego, and the Clippers were born. Trading franchises probably should only happen in fantasy games and video games. But somehow Levin ditched the storied Celtics and then moved the team he got to the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. Is that enough to start a curse? Who knows? But if he could pull off that move, maybe anything is possible. Remembering D.J.: When Dennis Johnson died prematurely last week at 52 due to an apparent heart attack, it was a great loss for the basketball world and those who knew him personally. Most stories about D.J. this past week trumpeted his excellent NBA career. But I saw a different side of Johnson, his human side. I got to know him later in his life when he was an assistant coach with the Clippers, and I will always remember him as warm-hearted man who introduced himself to me on one of my first days on the Clipper beat. Yes, D.J. had a storied career and was one of the best defenders to play the game. But I’ll remember him simply for being an honest and caring man. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. (562) 499-1338 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

Bush visits wounded, gives medals

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThose awarded Purple Hearts were: Army Reserve Sgt. John Wayne Cornell of Lansing, Mich.; Army Pfc. Jeddah Joseph Pama Deloria of Rancho Cucamonga; Army Pfc. Demario “Mike” Hicks of Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Army Spc. John C. Hoxie of Philippi, W.Va. WASHINGTON – President Bush visited wounded U.S. troops Thursday and praised the treatment they’re receiving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where shoddy conditions prompted him to create a presidential panel earlier this year on veterans care. Bush met with 33 servicemen and -women who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and awarded Purple Hearts to four of them. Bush, who also visited wounded troops this week at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., said Walter Reed recorded the lowest number of admissions this past month since 2002. “I’m inspired by the quality of health care,” Bush said. “Americans may wonder whether or not our troops are getting the best possible health care, and they are.” Earlier in the day, Bush attended the swearing-in of his new secretary of Veterans Affairs, Retired Lt. Gen. James Peake. Bush says one of Peake’s first tasks would be to continue to implement recommendations of the presidential commission on veterans care chaired by former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. The recommendations include aggressively treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, streamlining V.A. processes and strengthening support for families. last_img read more

Make banking ‘fairer, more affordable’

first_img29 August 2012 The country’s banks still need to do more to ensure that all South Africans have access to fair and cost-effective banking services, the National Treasury said after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s meeting with the chairpersons and CEOs of the major banks in Pretoria on Monday. The Treasury said in a statement that Gordhan had noted the progress the banks had made in meeting the recommendations of an inquiry established by the Competition Commission in 2006 to examine competition in retail banking in South Africa. However, there was still more that needed to be done, the Treasury said. “The services offered to middle- and low-income South Africans must be guided by simplicity, comparability, transparency, accessibility and competitive costs. “South Africans must increasingly and more significantly experience banks as facilitators to meet their needs at an affordable cost.” Monday’s meeting, which followed a similar meeting held in May 2010, discussed the role the banks could play in meeting the country’s socio-economic challenges. The Treasury said that its “twin peaks approach” to financial regulation was on track, and that legislation to be introduced in Parliament next year would lead to the creation of a dedicated market conduct regulator. “This regulator will take steps to ensure transparency in banking fee structures, competitive banking conditions and work towards a single approach to treating customers fairly that spans across the entire financial sector, including banks.” Both Gordhan and the banks’ representatives voiced concern over the rapid increase in unsecured lending in the country, which was putting poorer households at increasing risk of getting caught in a debt spiral. Although some of this lending was by non-banking financial institutions, including retailers, the banks “could do more to ensure that they lend responsibly and do not contribute to household over-indebtedness,” the Treasury said. While the increase in unsecured lending currently posed no systemic risks to the sector, the meeting supported the close attention that the practice was receiving from the Reserve Bank’s bank supervision department. “There will be further engagement with financial and non-financial institutions on this issue so that South Africans are not over-indebted.” The meeting noted that despite the ongoing European and global financial crisis, South Africa’s banks remained well-capitalized, liquid and solvent. Lending conditions had in fact improved, with credit extension beginning to rise, and the latest banking results pointing to a recovery in banks’ profitability. “In particular, the representatives of banks confirmed the build-up of corporate cash balances and noted that this was a global phenomenon, which was typical of global uncertainty and a lack of investor confidence. This provided opportunities going forward to unlock money for investment in emerging economies.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

No surprise: Millennials have the most trust in self-driving cars

first_imgMillennials have the most trust in self-driving out of all the age demographics, according to a new AAA survey. Only 69 percent would be afraid of driving an autonomous vehicle, compared to 82 percent of Baby Boomers.The younger age group also show more acceptance of semi-autonomous technology, like adaptive cruise control (45 percent to 37 percent of Gen-X), automatic emergency braking, and self-parking (33 percent compared to 22 percent of Gen-X).See Also: Electric vehicle startup NIO unveils self-driving concept car at SXSWMillennials were the most likely not to purchase a self-driving vehicle if it cost extra. Baby Boomers were most likely not to purchase because of safety reasons.The AAA survey also found that women were more concerned with self-driving technology than men. 81 percent of women are afraid of being driven by an autonomous vehicle, compared to 67 percent of men.As other surveys have shown and the AAA backs up, the more a driver uses self-driving or semi-autonomous tech, the more comfortable they are with advancements. 84 percent of drivers that have used semi-autonomous tech are likely to trust adaptive cruise control, compared to 50 percent thatThe more you use it, the more you want toAs other surveys have shown and the AAA backs up, the more a driver uses self-driving or semi-autonomous tech, the more comfortable they are with advancements. 84 percent of drivers that have used semi-autonomous tech are likely to trust adaptive cruise control, compared to 50 percent that haven’t tried the technology.Self-driving cars are still a very new technology, one that a lot of people still don’t know exists. Many more have not had a chance of testing a driverless vehicle or even seeing one on the roads, so it limits their understanding of the capabilities.As more test cars start to roll-out onto public roads and manufacturers call on the public to try them, we are bound to see some increase in the trust and excitement surrounding the new tech. The AAA has already come out in support of self-driving vehicles, but only if fully tested. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#AAA#automotive#autonomous cars#baby boomers#driverless#futurology#generation x#Millennials#Self-Driving center_img Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Goa Minister knocks official’s mobile down, later regrets

first_imgAfter a video showing Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai knocking off a ringing mobile phone from the hands of the Chief Officer of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) went viral on social media, the Minister on Monday expressed regret claiming he had lost his cool due to the disturbance while discussing a serious issue. In the video, Mr. Sardesai, who is Minister for Town and Country Planning, is also seen commenting on Siddhivinayak Naik, Chief Officer, MMC, as an useless officer, in front of other officials.“Throw away the phone,” Mr. Sardesai can be seen shouting the moment the phone in Mr. Naik’s hand started ringing. Later the Minister threw away the officer’s mobile phone to the ground. The incident happened during a field inspection by a team of officials led by the Minister in South Goa. “You do not do any work. You are useless and your chairperson is also useless,” Mr. Sardesai is also heard saying in the video. The Congress criticised Mr. Sardesai calling the video an “ample proof of abuse of power by the minister.” “The legislative wing is trying to subdue the executive by treating them as peons. This action by the Minister smacks of dictatorial attitude,” said Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello.Mr. Sardesai told presspersons: “I was irritated with the ringing phone when a topic of such seriousness being discussed. I regret that I lost my cool and have expressed regrets to the concerned officer.” Meanwhile, Mr. Naik accepted his mistake for not keeping the phone on vibration mode, and claimed that someone getting irritated over it was obvious. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

(REOPENS SPF 13)

first_imgTendulkar also called for wickets in international cricket to be made more bowler-friendly. “Wickets need to change. They need to be more helpful for bowlers,” he said “I see in T20 format the greatest of the fast bowlers are being reverse swept at times. In One-days, a 300 total is no more a competitive total. T”here should be at least one format in cricket where the bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and it becomes more interesting for spectators as well,” he said. The master batsman was asked for his thoughts on former Australian captain Ricky Ponting?s call for greater regulation of bat sizes, something he said he wanted to put “more brains behind” as he announced a new partnership with sporting gear firm Spartan International. He explained: “I personally played with a heavy bat. That was because me and my elder brother shared one bat and it was his bat. I had to hold the handle right at the bottom so the weight was not out of control to manage. Players make their own adjustments. “The size of the bats that I played with and those I see today are different. It is all about developing equipment and the bats have certainly developed a lot. PTI AK BS BSlast_img read more