17 01 20

first_imgOfficer in Charge of Operation at the Guyana Fire Service, Compton Sparman taking the stand on MondayDeadly prison riotBy Shemuel FanfairThe night before the deadly prison blaze which claimed the lives of 17 inmates, firemen were the recipients of insults and “missiles” while they attempted to battle fires set by inmates. These were the words of Officer in Charge of Operations at the Guyana Fire Service, Compton Sparman who described the March 3 events as “traumatic”.In relating his account of events to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Camp Street Prison riot, Sparman explained that his team was observing all Standard Operating Procedures to contain the blazes even as bricks were hurled at many of his firemen. He also posited that for the first time he felt scared in his near 34 years of experience.“They were throwing bricks at us and threatening us … being a resident of Albouystown they were saying I know you…and when I get out, I will deal with you,” he stressed.“[We] felt threatened, but were given assurances by the prison authorities that they would ensure that security be maintained,” he further noted.“If the cells were breached, we would have been the targets simply because we were the ones extinguishing the fires,” Sparman told the CoI when questioned about threats to personal security.The Fire Officer also rejected previous claims that the water supply went out for a short time. Sparman revealed that at one point prisoners were using mattresses to prevent water from entering the facility. When questioned further over the Fire Service’s operations on the night, the Fire Officer emphasised that firemen could not barge in to rescue inmates as the Prison Service gave orders on the movement of prisoners.Sparman related to the Commission that Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels stated that the prisoners “didn’t want to come out” as they started the deadly blaze the next morning. When questioned further by the Attorney representing the Joint Services, Eusi Anderson, the Fire Officer admitted that he didn’t actually see the prisoners who were “screaming”, but he had repeatedly heard “a banging on the door”.In somewhat of a contrast to some of the accounts supplied by inmates who testified, the Fire Officer suggested that it would have been difficult for prison officers to free the inmates, since the metal bars of the prison cells would’ve expanded with the heat from the fire, thereby inhibiting entry.Commissioners also heard that many of the responding officers who witnessed the dead bodies have been undergoing counselling to overcome the problems associated with their consequent disturbed sleeping patterns. At this point, Sparman recalled what he saw in a much lowered tone.He explained that the scenes of the riot were filled with “confusion and chaos” and noted the discoloured skin of many of the dead inmates.The Fire Officer surmised the cause of the fires and its associated causalities.“The fires were no doubt maliciously set, all three days because of the grievances [of the inmates],” he noted.As the CoI continues, Joint Service officers will testify throughout the week.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgMayor of Mabaruma, in Barima-Waini (Region One), Henry Smith, has said the slated landfill which aims to provide a sustainable approach to sanitation management for the region is being delayed as the municipality looks for a suitable site for its establishment.Mayor of Mabaruma, Henry SmithDuring a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), the mayor said the administration had encountered “some problems, where residents were objecting to it (landfill) being stationed at its set location”.The mayor stressed that, at this moment, there are talks about acquiring alternative sites which would not only be approved by the administration, but the residents for their benefit.According to the mayor, for health purposes, the administration would be looking for locations away from persons’ homes.Last year, the Communities Ministry signed a $6.5million contract for hydrogeological and geotechnical investigations at proposed landfills in Region One (Mabaruma and Port Kaituma). The work is to be undertaken by E&A Consultants Limited.Mayor Smith has said that these efforts to establish the landfill sites are in keeping with the Government’s ‘Green Economy’ agenda. He also highlighted that despite the pause on the landfill, there was tremendous improvement regarding the region’s healthcare services, teachers being trained, and educational opportunities being available. He also noted the ongoing lessons being provided to secondary school students at the Mabaruma Settlement, to improve students’ knowledge now that more qualified teachers are resident in the region.“Things are looking up for us, really looking up for us; and you can see in the surroundings (that) people are more conscious about their environment. Even all of the lands are being taken up, as everyone wants to be in this development,” Mayor Smith has said.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgA 30-year-old Venezuelan was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on an armed robbery charge.It is alleged that Asdrodel González Berio on December 14, 2018, at Maka Point, North West District, Region One(Barima-Waini), while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, robbed Elroy Bhisnaught of a Yamaha outboard engine and a Nokia Cellphone valued at a total of $250,000.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield in his submissions informed the court that Berio is not a Guyanese and he does not have a fixed place of abode locally.Berio was remanded to prison. The case will continue on February 19, 2019 at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.last_img

12 01 20

first_imgA dreadlocked man whose identity has not yet been established is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), nursing two gunshot injuries he sustained to one of his feet after reportedly snatching a wallet from another man in the vicinity of Robb Street and Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown. Based on information received, police are seeking this man’s accomplice.At the scene of the incident, an eyewitness detailed to this publication that the victim had parked his car in the vicinity of Church’s Chicken and had gone about conducting his business. Upon returning to his motor car, which he was about to enter, the dreadlocked man reportedly grabbed his wallet, and the man whipped out a firearm and discharged two rounds, hitting the suspect to his knee.Police arrived at the scene and took the injured man to the hospital, where he has been admitted a patient. They were, however, seen circling the area, looking for the dreadlock’s accomplice.last_img read more

10 01 20

first_img“We don’t want to repeat the same mistakes we did last season. I think we did not have that drive to gain promotion and we were not so keen. This time, we can’t take things lightly again. We have to improve collectively as a team,” the tactician told Capital Sport.Ushuru will take on Nakumatt FC in the first leg of the play-off on Friday afternoon at the Camp Toyoyo and will be looking to earn an early advantage and mark a grand return to top flight.Kenyatta’s charges only managed to sneak into the play-off slot by two points after playing to a 1-1 draw with Bidco United in their final match of the season while their competitors Nairobi Stima lost 4-1 to promoted KCB.Ushuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta issues instructions during a training session at the City Stadium on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe side had started the season positively and were runaway leaders at some point in the season, but soon complacency streamed in and they dropped off the top two automatic promotion slots.“This is football and sometimes things happen and we have to go on with life. The most important thing is that we are here now. Pressure is always there but the good thing is that we have learnt how to deal with it. We will be ready for the game,” the tactician further stated.Kenyatta added that the allure of playing in the country’s top league is pushing his players to perform well and win the two-legged tie, noting that having players who have had prior Premier League experience will strengthen his side.“They know how important it is because everybody wants to play in the top league. This is their chance and they know they can’t blow it. What matters most is the character of the players and what they want. This is their match to make their names,” further stated the tactician.They come up against a Nakumatt side wallowing in financial difficulty and the side despite having experienced a small rise in mid-season following the arrival of a new owner, saw their fortunes drop after the owner’s financial problems.Ushuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta speaks to his players before a training session at the City Stadium on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNonetheless, Kenyatta expects a very tough match from Nakumatt who he says will be motivated enough to remain in the league and has called on his players not to underrate the side.‘It will be a very tough match because everyone wants to play in the Premier League. Nakumatt want to remain, we want to play as well. This is a very crucial game for both of us and we hope for victory at the end of it,” the tactician noted.Kenyatta will have a full-strength squad to select his best 18 for the match and with a healthy Premier League experience laden in his squad, he look set to grind a first leg advantage.Among the players expected to play a crucial role for the tactician in the play-off include 2014 KPL player of the year Anthony Ndolo, former City Stars man Luis Masika and his former skipper Oscar Mbugua.Others include former Posta Rangers man Edwin Mwaura and striker Bill Oporia who has been banging in the goals for them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ushuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta issues instructions during a training session at the City Stadium on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Ken Kenyatta returns to the Kenyan Premier League promotion play-off for the second consecutive season this year having missed the ultimate target in 2017 with a loss to Thika United, and the experienced tactician wants to make the most of his second chance.The taxmen were relegated from the top tier at the close of the 2016 season and they came close to a return last year but couldn’t go past Thika in the play-off having finished third in the regular National Super League season.last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgAuthorities said the baton was a dangerous weapon. Snoop Dogg said it was a prop for a video he was filming in New York. Etra said the felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if Snoop Dogg does not violate the law. “He wants to get on with his life,” Etra said. “He will continue his music and his filming and performing.” The case is Snoop Dogg’s second in the past year. He was arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank Oct. 26 on suspicion of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home. The rapper pleaded no contest April 11 to felony gun and marijuana charges and agreed to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service. The cases marked the end of a relatively long trouble-free stretch for Snoop Dogg. He had burnished his image in recent years with appearances in mainstream movies and by starting a youth football league. Snoop Dogg was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession and charged with gun possession after a 1993 traffic stop. In 1997, he pleaded guilty in exchange for three years’ probation and a promise to make public service announcements against violence. He was acquitted of a murder charge in 1996 after the death of an alleged street-gang member killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which Snoop Dogg was traveling.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – Snoop Dogg pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon, his attorney said. In a plea deal, the 35-year-old rapper was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years probation. He was also ordered to make a $10,000 charitable donation, attorney Donald Etra said. “We are very pleased with the outcome,” Etra said. “Snoop’s goal is to make music, not make court appearances.” Snoop Dogg, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., was arrested Sept. 27, 2006, after the discovery of a collapsible baton in his computer bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. last_img read more

28 12 19

first_imgA pervert who sexually abused two young girls at a caravan park in Portsalon has been jailed for four years.Letterkenny Court.The man committed the crimes on the two young girls, who were aged just 11 and 12 at the time. The man was sentenced at Letterkenny Circuit Court today where he pleaded guilty to all four charges of sexual assault.Judge Keenan Johnston said the assaults were a fundamental and fatal breach of trust by the man.But he said the sentence must be proportionate to the crimes committed.Of the young girls trauma, Judge Johnson said the victims should not blame themselves as they had ben.“They have been robbed in the most serious way of their childhood,” he said.He also ordered the man to be observed for five years after he is released and to be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.The four incidents, which he pleaded guilty to, happened between January and May 2010 while the girls were visiting their relatives’ mobile home.Letterkenny Circuit Court was given graphic details of the incidents.The court heard the victim impact statements form both young girls who were aged around 11 or 12 when the attacks happened.One of the girls had tried to kill herself and the other blamed herself for the assaults.The court heard how three of the assaults took place in the caravan park and another while on a walk.The accused, who is originally from Derry, was arrested by Gardai after one of the girls complained to her teacher about an assault.After he was arrested and released, the man and his wife moved to Spain.Garda Sgt Bridget McGowan said Interpol then acted on a European Arrest Warrant for the accused and he was deported to Ireland in July 2013.He has been in custody since.The court heard the man has one previous conviction for indecent exposure.Relatives of the two girls who were abused sobbed at the back of the court as the man was sentenced.PERVERT WHO ABUSED TWO GIRLS AT CARAVAN PARK JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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:abuseDerryGirlsPortsalonlast_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgRetailer Declan Irwin shows no signs of stopping after completing the largest marathon in the world.Declan, of Irwin Expert Electrical, was inspired to take part in The New York City Marathon when he discovered one of his suppliers “Fitbit”, was the first-ever official fitness tracker partner of this year’s race. He successfully completed the race on November 6th in New York.Declan’s motivation to take on the challenge came from his experience selling Fitbit and Garmin Watches, this year’s most sought after Christmas gift, amongst the largest range of home electrical appliances at Irwin Expert Electrical’s showrooms in Letterkenny and Buncrana. Irwin Expert Electrical’s stock a range of fitness watches to suit all ages and active lifestyles. Declan started training for his first marathon just over two years ago and has since gained a love for all things to do with keeping fit. Declan can regularly be spotted running from Letterkenny to his home in Buncrana after a day’s work at Irwin Expert Electrical’s showroom in Letterkenny. This is his third marathon this year, which also included the Derry and Dublin marathons. All in the last 12 months he has walked The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), nearly 125 miles and has climbed Beenkeragh Ridge and down Carrauntoohil.“Running two busy electrical and home appliance showrooms can be stressful, and running and taking part in healthy activities like training for marathons gives me a release from work, helps me concentrate and think of new and innovative ways to promote and introduce new fitness watches, activity trackers and a range of healthy cooking appliances such as steam ovens, air fryers and nutribullets of to our showrooms, and it seems to be a winning combination. I am planning my next trip now and hope to take part in the Amsterdam Marathon next”, says Declan.The New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world. Held annually on the first Sunday of November, the race features 50,000 runners including the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. Participants from more than 125 countries tour the city, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and running through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan. More than one million spectators and thousands of volunteers line the city streets in support of the runners. The race is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year.How many steps does it take to do a marathon? was last modified: November 16th, 2016 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:declan irwinfitnessIrwin ElectricalSportlast_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgSinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has said that the future of the fishing industry depends on having strong representatives in Europe and there needs to be a review of how Irish boats get just 7 per cent of fish in Irish waters.The Midlands Northwest candidate said tonight: “The fishing industry has been decimated by decades of underinvestment and European bureaucracy.“EU regulations governing Irish fishing have brought the industry to its knees. It has been estimated that the commercial value of Ireland’s fisheries between 1975 and 2010 was €210 billion. Over this period Ireland’s share of this was €17 billion while our net loss was €184 billion. “Ireland has roughly 20% of the EU’s waters but one of the smallest fishing quotas. Even in our own waters Irish fishermen have only a 7% quota. Spain has a 34% quota and can regularly land abundant catches of monkfish and other varieties long after the quota has been reached for Irish fishing vessels.“Ireland’s fishing industry and ports like Killybegs and Ros a Mhíl need a strong voice in Europe arguing for their rights. In 2013 Sinn Féin’s sitting MEP Martina Anderson successfully amended the CFP report to include the 1976 Hague Preferences which will now seek to ensure special recognition for Irish fishing communities and their quotas.“Sinn Féin has shown what we can do. By voting for Sinn Féin MEP candidates, people would be electing a strong team who have and will continue to stand up for Ireland’s fishing communities.”  ELECTION 2014: WE NEED TO ASK WHY SPANISH FISHERMEN GET A THIRD OF OUR FISH – CARTHY was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Euro electionfishing industryMatt Carthylast_img read more

25 12 19

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The game matched the Bruins, the No. 1 ranked team in Division I, against the third-ranked team. “This is definitely a big starting point for us,” Jorth said. “This is always our big season opener. It tells us how we are doing. It shows how our hard work has paid off. We played tough team defense from the beginning. We knew they are a fast countering team and that defense would win the game. “We shut them down in the first period and limited them to five goals. That’s going to win games. Team play led us all the way.” Jorth scored the Sailors’ final goal with about a second left on the clock to punctuate the win. A little over a minute prior to the punctuation, Sagehorn scored the Bruins’ final goal. Senior driver Clay Jorth scorched the Bruins for four goals to lead Newport Harbor to a 9-5 victory over the defending CIF Southern Section Division I champs. Newport’s swarming defense contained Wilson’s USA National Age Group All-Americans, Matt Sagehorn (two goals) and Anthony Artukovich (one) and neutralized Wilson’s counterattack offense. For the past four years that Newport Harbor High boys water polo coach Jason Lynch has been at the helm of the Sailors program, the team has never beaten Wilson. Well, that was until Tuesday evening at home. center_img “For us, it’s a great way to start the season. We have lost to these guys for the last four years that I have been here. So, obviously, we have a lot of respect for Long Beach Wilson,” Lynch said. “We didn’t give them a lot of breakaway opportunities. I think that was the key.” The 6-on-5 man-up advantages were pretty even. The Sailors capitalized on 2 of 8 of their opportunities, while the Bruins converted 2 of 7. Kyle Wooten and Scott La Bounty each scored a goal for the Bruins, while five Sailors other than Jorth scored. Jacob McIntosh, who has been waiting for two seasons to start, recorded five saves for Wilson, and Evan McLain had seven for Newport. “Well, it’s pretty early in the season,” Wilson senior 2-meter offense Charles Wright said “They just came out strong, played a really good game, and we kind of fell apart as a team. We are in great physical shape, so we should have been able to play with them. … We played pretty good defense, but we let in a few goals here and there. Our offensive wasn’t really clicking. We just didn’t play really well as a team.” WATER POLO Servite 6, Los Alamitos 4 Jeff Tsim scored the Griffins’ first goal on a penalty shot, and Clayton Snyder added three more but their efforts weren’t enough in the nonleague showdown at the Joint Forces Air Base. Freshman goalie Michael Delaney recorded 18 saves for the Griffins. Lakewood 13, Warren 5 Junior driver Josh Fisher scored four goals, and senior utility player Jacob Schuster added three as the Lancers (4-2) won in nonleague play. Senior utility Justin Palmer had two goals, and senior goalie Kyle Grieving recorded seven saves for Lakewood. Scott Slovyan led Warren with three goals. Millikan 14, Peninsula 9 Senior driver Brian Mattingly had six goals and five steals, and senior driver Brendan Larson added four goals to lead Millikan (3-0). Sophomore goaltender Dylan Wood had nine saves for the Rams. Downey 14, Rancho Alamitos 8 Senior utility Sean Feliciano scored five gaols, senior utility Jarrett Powers added three and senior goalie Alan Nevarez grabbed 10 saves before entering the field to score twice as the Vikings won their season opener at home. GOLF Mayfair 232, Warren 320 Kristin Osterhout shot an even-par 37 at Lakewood Country Club on Monday to lead the Monsoons (1-0) to a nonleague victory. Maddie Fletcher shot a 39 for Mayfair. Cerritos 214, Downey 272 Stephanie Hu shot a 2-over-par 38, and Brenda Chhour and Kelly Yoo each shot 42s as the Dons won in nonleague play at La Mirada Golf Course. Cerritos takes on Valley Christian today 2:30 p.m. at Los Amigo Golf Course. TENNIS Carson 5, North Hollywood 2 Singles players Eleanor Fernandez and Teresa Macias and the doubles teams of Sheila Pacleb/J’Aimee Mission, Samantha Pacleb/Ann Esguerra and Leslie Tanaka/Vivian Del Mar all posted victories in a nonleague victory for the Colts on Monday. Poly 14, Fountain Valley 4 Freshman Monica Rodriguez swept her singles sets to lead the Jackrabbits in a nonleague victory. Poly travels to Lynwood on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. St. Joseph 9, Paramount 9 (Jesters win 79-75 on games) Junior Linda Moore and sophomore Nicole Bablot swept their doubles sets to lead the Jesters to a nonleague victory. Singles players Justine Abella and Cynthia Manuel each won their games for St. Joseph, which travels to Millikan Thursday at 3:15 p.m. Lakewood 15, Downey 3 Freshman Summer Beird swept her singles match to lead the Lancers to their second win of the year in a nonleague match versus host Downey High. The doubles team of sophomores Amy Chen and Bree Acosta kept the Lakewood domination as the duo swept its match past the Vikings (0-1). Gahr 13, Whitney 5 Junior Ellen Chiu went 3-0 in singles, and the doubles teams of Karla Vega/Ny Hoang and Karina Vega/Susan Lin also went undefeated to lead the Gladiators in nonleague play. 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