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2 am curfew temporarily adjusted for Jubilee

By on January 17, 2020

first_imggiven the many events planned for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, over the coming celebratory days, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan has announced that, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the 2:00 am curfew will be temporarily adjusted until May 30, 2016.According to a release from the Ministry, the curfew is now 4:00 am effective Friday, May 20, 2016.“(The Ministry) will temporarily relax the enforcement of the 2 am business deadline to 4 am for bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment. It is a time for celebration and knowing the Guyanese spirit, the Ministry has seen the need for this relaxation,” the release stated.Nevertheless, the ministry has cautioned businesses and individuals that the Police Force will continue to investigate and prosecute noise nuisance reports, drinking and driving, and other offences during this period.A similar adjusted was done during the Christmas season.Ever since the coalition APNU/AFC took office in May 2015, it enforced the curfew, which has faced a barrage of criticisms, with many persons describing it as antibusiness.However, Minister Ramjattan argued that the curfew was part of his crime fighting strategy.last_img read more

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‘Reformed’ gangster pleads out

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgAfter a startling turnaround from gang member to gang interventionist, Mario Corona’s life took a darker twist Friday when he pleaded no contest to narcotics and firearm charges. The one-time gang leader from Pacoima had gone back to school and worked his way through Pierce College and California State University, Northridge, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Lauded by the community for his work diverting kids from gangs, he appeared to be the picture of success – until he was arrested Feb. 28 with nearly a pound of methamphetamine in his car. On Friday, he pleaded no contest to transportation of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm, a 9 mm handgun found in his house. “Unfortunately, the image Mario Corona was portraying of assisting troubled youth and gang members was not accurate,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jack Garden said in a statement. “This plea today demonstrates he continued his criminal activity, including dealing in a significant amount of methamphetamine and possessing a gun.” Under terms of the plea, Corona, 30, of Panorama City will serve 32 months in prison when sentenced May 25. He’s also facing deportation to Mexico upon his release. Prosecutors characterized him as an illegal immigrant, which his family and attorney disputed. Prior to his arrest, Corona had been a popular and respected presence at Communities in Schools, a North Hills-based job services and gang intervention agency. Where they once hailed him for his work ethic, co-workers decried him for what they described as greed and selfishness. “He chose to lead a double life at the expense of our credibility,” CIS President Bobby Arias said. “I told him that this is a selfish act. We hope he can bounce back, but he’s not going to do it with our organization.” Corona had hoped to attend law school or earn a doctorate in sociology or criminal justice. He said he planned to write books and work with gang members looking for ways to reform their lives. “Before this moment, Mario had done a lot of good work helping people,” said his attorney, Aron Laub. “In the future, Mario will again be doing a lot of good work helping people. I guarantee that today’s events will not be the defining moment in his life.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ranieri rues Mahrez missed penalty as Leicester fail to win at Aston Villa

By on December 30, 2019

first_imgClaudio Ranieri was disappointed after Leicester drew with Aston Villa and blew their chance to go further clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.The Foxes lead the table by a point following Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Birmingham, where Shinji Okazaki’s fifth goal of the season put the visitors ahead.Mark Bunn kept Villa within touching distance by saving Riyad Mahrez’s first-half penalty, allowing Rudy Gestede to cash in with 15 minutes left.The substitute’s deflected effort beat Kasper Schmeichel and left Ranieri frustrated after missing the chance to move three points clear.“Yes, we lost two points,” he said. “We started very well and scored a goal but after the missed penalty the Aston Villa players took a new energy. If we score a second goal, we close the match.“We are very sad but also I say to the players ‘if we make the performance the result is not important’. The performance was good because we played well in the first half. “It’s one point, it’s okay, it’s a derby – but we are disappointed.”Things could have been so different had Mahrez not missed a second successive penalty, but Ranieri refused to say whether the winger would lose spot-kick duties.“Now is not important if I change the penalty man,” the Italian said. “I’ll speak with him and then I’ll choose.“From the bench it was difficult to see if it was handball but if it’s a penalty it’s a red card.” 1 Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty last_img read more

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Anti-terror funds wasted

By on December 27, 2019
first_imgLos Angeles County’s bioterrorism preparedness program has made considerable progress since 2001, but bureaucratic and political obstacles and wasteful spending remain, a national panel of experts said in a report released Monday. One recent audit found that of more than $100 million in bioterrorism grants since 2002, more than $200,000 was spent on promotional flashlights, magnets and notepads and the hiring of 800 extras from a casting agency to conduct a smallpox exercise. The actors were given gift certificates and some of the promotional items. Auditors also questioned why the county purchased 70 chairs costing $600 each and 800 computers for 171 bioterrorism employees. “We want to ensure that taxpayer dollars allocated for disaster preparations are used for disaster preparations and not for trinkets,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who requested the audit. As the county prepares to open its $15 million state-of- the-art public health laboratory in Downey this summer, Public Health Chief of Operations Fred Schunhoff said he’s having a very difficult time filling about 50 bioterrorism vacancies. The audit found the cost of the lab is $6.1 million over what was originally budgeted and 22 months behind schedule. The national panel also found that although the county’s political leadership supports bioterrorism preparedness, the Board of Supervisors have not always ensured that adequate resources are available and there are no “clear lines of authority and oversight of preparedness-supported staff.” Bob Stern, director of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said the county’s bioterrorism program faces difficult political obstacles because no one is in charge of ensuring the county is prepared. “Part of the problem is Los Angeles County has no strong, one leader,” Stern said. “It has five supervisors, each of whom are equal. So it’s hard to blame anybody.” Supervisor Don Knabe, a member of the White House State and Local Officials Commission on Homeland Security, said he would like to give Fielding more power to oversee bioterrorism and other public health preparations by separating his office from the Department of Health Services. The supervisors expect to get a comprehensive report on the issue in a few weeks and decide whether to break the two agencies up. “Dr. Fielding would become the point person for bioterrorism preparations or any pandemic outbreaks of any kind,” Knabe said. “Funds wouldn’t get commingled. It’s not only an accountability issue, but now it’s a preparedness issue for all of the county.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn the report by the national panel, the authors said the county’s public health system has a longstanding reputation as one of the top local public health agencies in the nation, due in great part to the leadership of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding. “Unlike many other jurisdictions that have suffered from high turnover and `burnout,’ LACPH’s senior management team was a cohesive group that understood the challenges posed by a natural or man-made infectious disease incident and was forthright with the shortcomings of their current program,” the authors wrote. The authors, including terrorism experts from the RAND Corp., the Trust for America’s Health and the Hauer Group, also said they were disappointed about the progress in developing communication plans for the county’s minority and non-English-speaking populations. “There are areas we need to improve upon and I think everybody is aware of those issues,” said Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security Maurice Suh, who has been working with the county on bioterrorism preparations. “We wholeheartedly embrace developing communication plans for non-English-speaking populations.” The authors were also critical of the county’s bureaucratic hiring process, which has slowed the hiring of bioterrorism experts. last_img

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He’s staying! Arsene Wenger has agreed a new two-year deal

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first_img Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to FA Cup glory Arsene Wenger has agreed a two-year contract to continue as Arsenal manager.The Frenchman, who has faced protests from fans calling for him to go, has been keeping everyone guessing about his future.But it is understood that Wenger accepted the offer of a new deal at a board meeting on Tuesday morning.The contract, which will run until 2019, will extend his reign at the north London club to 23 years.Arsenal are expected to confirm the 67-year-old is staying on at a press conference on Wednesday.Wenger’s future has been the subject of intense debate all season.The Gunners again failed to mount a Premier League title challenge, finishing fifth to miss out on a Champions League spot.But they ended the campaign on a high by beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup for a seventh time under Wenger.Wenger, unknown when he was appointed Arsenal manager in 1996, enjoyed huge success at the start of his reign.He led the north Londoners to three league titles and four FA Cups in his first nine years at the helm.However, after their 2005 FA Cup triumph, it was another nine years before the club won any further silverware.The drought ended in the same competition in 2014 and Arsenal have gone on to win the trophy another two times since then.That has not been enough to appease all Arsenal fans, though, and there have been protests demanding a managerial change.But Wenger is not ready to walk away – and he has the backing of owner Stan Kroenke. 1last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 18s

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first_imgTHERE was a record turn-out for the even ages categories of the county cross country championships in Castlefinn.Here are the results from the Under 18s.  ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 18s was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 18slast_img read more

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POLL SUGGESTS NO WOMEN WILL BE REPRESENTING THE MILFORD-LETTERKENNY AREA – BOYLE

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgAccording to the recent poll by the Tirconnail Tribune, there might be no women representing the Milford-Letterkenny area on Donegal County Council.Grace Boyle with her husband James at the Town Hall in Ramelton for the launch of her campaign.Speaking at the weekend, Grace Boyle called on the electorate to support women who put themselves forward.“According to the poll carried out by the Tirconnail Tribune, I have a chance of causing an upset and taking a seat on Donegal County Council. “But if the electorate don’t get behind me and the other female candidate, Siobhan McLaughlin of Labour, then we could be left with a situation where 10 seats are filled by 10 men.“As far as I am aware, not one woman has been elected to represent this area – although women have been co-opted onto the Council over the years. Women bring a different perspective to life, community and business and a good mix of male and female representation is essential for a well balanced Council”.Boyle said that many of the male candidates that have put themselves forward are businessmen of some type or another.“While a good business head will be of great benefit in the Council – do we want a room full of businessmen representing our area? Whereas, if you look at the female candidates, we are community focused. “I have been involved with community initiatives such as the Donegal Hospice, the North West 10k and the Donegal GAA for many years. I will need as many Number 1 votes as possible if I am going to have any chance of taking a seat”.The well-known local community activist said you only have to look at what Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has achieved to see what a woman can bring to politics.“She is currently topping the poll in the Midlands North-West constituency for the European election. I would call on the electorate to get behind your female candidates. It takes a lot of courage and determination to put yourself forward and it is only by electing female candidates that we will encourage more to come forward in future.”POLL SUGGESTS NO WOMEN WILL BE REPRESENTING THE MILFORD-LETTERKENNY AREA – BOYLE was last modified: May 19th, 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:donegalElectionsGrace BoyleWomenlast_img read more

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UNBEATEN HARPS HOPING THEY DON’T SUFFER ANY ‘CABIN’ FEVER

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first_imgFinn Harps make their first trip to Stradbrook on Friday evening as they face league newboys Cabinteely who will be looking to bounce back after a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Wexford Youths last.While Harps were cementing their place at the top of the First Division table against Shelbourne at Finn Park, Cabinteely were on the wrong end of Wexford Youths’ record league victory.However, Harps boss Ollie Horgan has warned that Cabinteely will be looking to make amends against his side on Friday evening. “Cabinteely was always a very difficult game and even more so after a defeat,” said Horgan. “Eddie Gormely and Dave Mackey will have them as always excellently organised and prepared and will have their homework done on us also.“I think Kevin Knight missed last week for them and he will be a big addition to have back,” said Horgan of Friday’s opponents. “They have also players of the quality of Shane O’Neill, Ger Pender, Rob Maloney and Jamie McGlynn. It should be remembered that Cabinteely have already beaten Wexford and Waterford at home,” warned the Harps boss.Last weekend, Harps were victors over Shelbourne at Finn Park which extended their unbeaten start to the season. However, despite again keeping a clean sheet – their seventh in eight games – Horgan said there is still room for improvement.“We were decent enough in the first half on Friday and possibly shaded it up to half time but Shelbourne were the better team in the second half and deserved something out of the game,” said Horgan. “They had a number of free-kicks and corners including one that Gareth Harkin cleared off the line. I was happy enough at half time in the way we played and although we went on to win it in the second half, we stopped playing for most of it and Shelbourne took over.“I have no doubt that Shelbourne will be up there at the end of the season, its just past the quarter stage of the season with plenty still be play for.”Kevin McHugh’s 179th goal for the club – courtesy of an 80th minute penalty – was enough to give Harps the 1-0 victory over Shelbourne last Friday night.The result brought Harps’ unbeaten opening to the season to eight games and it means their second best start to a league campaign after eight games.The only time Harps have had a better record at this stage of a league campaign was in the 1972/73 season when they had seven wins and a draw to show from their opening eight league games. On three other occasions – in 1975/76, 1983/84 and 2003 – Harps have also been unbeaten after eight games, but with more draws on the board than in this season or in 1972/73. Each of those four previous seasons has also seen the unbeaten run extend beyond eight games – it remains to be seen if the current squad can extend the run a little further.The earlier season meeting of Harps and Cabinteely at Finn Park saw the home side run out 2-0 winners thanks to goals in each half from Ruairi Keating.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None. Doubtful: Damien McNulty.Injured: Packie Mailey, Brian McGrory.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-W-D-W-W-W (16 pts)Cabinteely: L-W-L-L-D-L (4 pts)UNBEATEN HARPS HOPING THEY DON’T SUFFER ANY ‘CABIN’ FEVER was last modified: April 29th, 2015 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:Cabinteelydonegalfinn harpslast_img read more

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Apprenticeship shortages could threaten housing delivery – McConalogue

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says major gaps in apprenticeship trades could cause major issues for house delivery.New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveal shocking skills gaps across a range of apprenticeship courses.Deputy McConalogue says this new information exposes a worrying trend in the apprenticeship sector – there simply aren’t enough people training in trades – and this could have a major knock on effect on our ability to build the number of homes we need to meet demand. “These figures reveal that at the end of Q1 2018 there were only 122 apprentices in brick and stone laying, 69 in plastering and zero in floor and wall tiling. This is nowhere near the number of apprentices we need to sustain a viable construction industry. The Construction Industry Federation is forecasting demand for 112,000 workers by 2020 to meet the demand for housing and infrastructure projects. Based on the figures from the Minister, we are nowhere near that.“Unless the government changes its approach and policy towards apprenticeships we are heading for a serious skills shortage. Ministers appear to be failing to grasp the reality that tradespeople are an integral part of the construction sector. We need tradespeople to build homes.“This skills shortage needs to be tackled, and quickly. There is no point in having five year plans or policy documents if there are not enough skilled workers to ensure that the works can be undertaken and completed”.Apprenticeship shortages could threaten housing delivery – McConalogue was last modified: May 1st, 2018 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

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Cubs close out in style

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgAs the final score would suggest, the South Fork girls got plenty of offense on their way to the school’s first-ever North Coast Section championship in softball on Tuesday evening.The Cubs traveled to Geyserville and knocked off the home team 22-5 for the Division-VI crown, putting together what could have been their most impressive performance of the year.“They played really well as a team,” South Fork head coach Lisa Todd said after the win.The Cubs got multiple hits from multiple …last_img read more

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