Junior Communities Minister visits Lindeners in Cuban hospital

first_imgMinister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood last week visited a Guyanese patient, Crystal John at the Oncology Hospital in Havana, Cuba.John is from the mining town of Linden. She is in high spirits and her father, who is there with her, is very optimistic that she will be able to regain sight in one eye.The Minister also visited Milton Gilkes of Silvertown, Linden, who is also a patient at the same hospital. He has shown positive signs of recovery.Meanwhile, at the Guyana Embassy, Minister Patterson-Yearwood met with a group of overseas-based Guyanese who are members of the Guyana/America Chamber of Commerce. The group is visiting Cuba.The Minister held a brief discussion with the group on the Government housing programme, particularly with regard to the Providence Garden housing drive.Much interest was expressed by the group in this initiative.last_img read more

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Wanted man caught

first_img– remanded for armed robberiesA 39-year-old North Ruimveldt, Georgetown resident, who was wanted for robbery under arms, landed himself in court before Magistrate Leron Daly, who remanded him on Friday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Shawn Woodluck was slapped with a charge which stated that he robbed Revon Thorn on January 9, 2019, of a gold chain worth $75,000 while being armed with a gun and in the company of another.Another charge stated that on the same day at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun he also robbed Nash Moore of items worth $150,000; including a cellphone and cash, which were the property of both the victim and his employer Massy Distributions.Additionally, Woodluck was charged for robbing Shazeer Latiff on January 5, 2019 of two gold chains valued $600,000 at Broad Street, Charlestown, while he was armed with a gun and in the company of another.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that the defendant was wanted for a similar charge, after which he stated that Woodluck was positively identified at an Identification Parade following the robbery on Massy Distribution truck.He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on January 25.last_img read more

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Lowell Joint teachers rally for pay raise

first_img“It’s an insult,” Palmer said. Superintendent Patricia Howell said the current offer gives teachers a 4 percent increase in total compensation. That includes – for most teachers – a 2 percent pay hike already rolled into the salary schedule, and a 1 percent increase in the cost of health and welfare benefits. Coupled with the one-time 1percent bonus, the district is offering a 4 percent bump in pay, Howell said. But Palmer said there is a “freeze” in the pay schedule that occurs in the 11th year, and some teachers “don’t move for five years.” “Plus, the district eliminated 13 teaching positions this year from last year, and when you take both of those things into account, the district actually broke even on the pay schedule,” Palmer said. “It didn’t cost them anything.” The 3,220-student district hit financially rough waters in the fall of 2005, when county education officials failed to approve Lowell Joint’s budget because it overestimated revenues, among other issues. Initially, the district said it was selling its Grovedale Elementary site to shore up a $710,000 gap in the 2005-06 budget. But, in order to avoid about $650,000 in state penalties for using the proceeds of the school sale, Howell said the district just ended up using extra state money they received this year to backfill last year’s negative balance. And that’s a problem for teachers, who say the Grovedale sale was intended to shore up last year’s budget – and if it wasn’t used for that purpose, then it shouldn’t have been sold. “We are teachers. We are in the business of teaching children, not vouching for the district or taking more than what we feel is fair,” Palmer said. “They are lessening the allure of staying in Lowell Joint by not offering a fair and competitive salary.” The next bargaining session is scheduled March 28. “We’ll see where we go from there,” Howell said. “It’s really important to remember we care about all of our staff. But at the same time, we are responsible for making sure the district is fiscally responsible.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Teachers in the Lowell Joint School District turned up the heat on contract negotiations Monday, taking their demands for a 5.92 percent pay raise to the streets in protest of the district’s current offer. Waving signs that read, “We want what’s right, not what’s left over,” dozens of teachers walked back and forth Monday evening from the front of the district office to Leffingwell Road before the regular school board meeting, urging passing motorists to honk in their support. Teachers and administrators have been to the bargaining table nine times since talks began in November – “but once the money was brought up, \ have not been amicable since,” said Margaret Palmer, co-president of the Lowell Joint Education Association that represents the teachers. The main point of contention is a teacher pay hike. Teachers want a 5.92 percent raise, while the district has offered a one-time, 1 percent bonus only through the end of this school year. last_img read more

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Driver in crash admitted drinking

first_imgWHITTIER – An El Monte man accused of causing a fatal crash while fleeing from Whittier police last year tested positive for drugs and admitted drinking three beers, according to court testimony Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said William Brooker’s blood tested positive for cannabinoids and amphetamines – marijuana and methamphetamine. California Highway Patrol Officer Destiny Tafoya testified during Brooker’s preliminary hearing at Whittier Superior Court that she was told at the scene that another officer found a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. She also discovered a small plastic bag containing what looked like marijuana in Brooker’s Nissan pickup the day after the Nov. 25 crash, Tafoya said. Brooker, 27, is accused of killing Rosanna Garcia of South Whittier when his pickup truck slammed into the driver’s side of her Honda Accord at Bloomfield and Florence avenues in Santa Fe Springs. Garcia, 20, later died at a hospital. She was a graduate of California High School. Brooker is also charged with driving under the influence causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving with great bodily injury and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He told Tafoya and a CHP sergeant that he was driving because his friend had too much to drink. Tafoya said Brooker told officers he had three beers, but he denied taking drugs. However, she concluded he was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and marijuana. Tafoya said Brooker’s pulse was high, his eyes dilated and he seemed fidgety. Brooker was asked why he fled from police. “He stated Whittier police … were coming for him and he had to get away,” Tafoya said. She said Brooker said he was on parole and shouldn’t be driving. According to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Brooker has a prior conviction for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and for carrying a concealed weapon. He was placed on parole Aug. 21, 2005. Former Whittier Officer Dean Montgomery testified that he was following the pickup, which he estimated was traveling 90 mph when it ran a red light at Santa Fe Springs and Telegraph roads. He turned on his lights and siren, said Montgomery, who now works for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. But the said the pickup was far ahead of him, so he decided not to initiate a pursuit. He slowed down and turned off his lights and siren, the officer said. “I knew I wasn’t going to catch him,” Montgomery said. He saw the pickup run another red light at Florence and Bloomfield – Santa Fe Springs Road becomes Bloomfield Avenue – and saw it collide with the Accord. He said the Nissan ended up on its passenger side. Two occupants climbed out of the driver’s side window and ran. The Accord had major damage to the driver’s side, the officer testified. “The female, the single occupant, was still inside the car. The female was unresponsive,” Montgomery said. Brooker’s lawyer, Stephen Rodriguez Jr., asked Whittier Court Commissioner Gerald Mansfield to dismiss the case for insufficient evidence, arguing that Montgomery did not know who was driving the pickup because the officer was 400 to 600 feet away. Rodriguez also said that Tafoya never identified his client as the driver. She learned from Montgomery that Brooker was driving the Nissan, the attorney said. Rodriguez asked how many people had access to the pickup prior to her finding the baggie. Tafoya said about 25. But Mansfield found there was sufficient evidence to order Brooker to return to court on May 16 for arraignment at Norwalk Superior Court. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 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

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GOtv unveils Serie A, La Liga package

first_img0Shares0000Gotv Kenya General Manager, Simon Kariithi (left) addressing the media during the Gotv NFS press launchNAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 – With the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, GOtv customers are in for an enormous viewing of over 760 matches set to commence mid-August.GOtv Kenya fans are in for a treat this football season with a serving of the full Italian Serie A and Spain’s La Liga on the GOtv Max Package. “SuperSport is the home of football and we are equally happy that we can now offer our subscribers both the Italian Serie A and Spain’s La Liga, enabling them to follow all 760 matches of the league. This is part of our ongoing commitment to bring more value to our customers,” said GOtv Kenya GM Simon Kariithi.The Italian Serie A is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world and it is often clouted as the most tactical national league.With the new signing of one of the world’s best football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, to last season’s champions, Juventus, the league is about to become even more exhilarating.Ronaldo is regarded as one of the world’s most popular and expensive players, and he will be looking to make his mark on the Italian competition and further build his claim as one of the greatest players of all time.Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled on Monday evening as a Juventus FC player. PHOTO/JuventusKenyan football fans will be able to follow all 760 games of Serie A and La Liga on GOtv, with SuperSport. Available on GOtv platforms, the SuperSport channels are the only place to watch comprehensive coverage of the most loved football leagues with hundreds of games from the La Liga, Serie A, select UEFA Champions League and this seasons debut of the UEFA Nations League.“We always strive to give our customers value for their money by having exciting content on their screens. This is only the beginning,” Kariithi concluded.Package Offerings:LaLigaOn GOtv, Max is the home of the Spanish league and all the best games will be available on the package, while Plus customers can tune in twice a week for selected matches.UEFAFrom this season, GOtv Max viewers can catch up to two UEFA Champions League games per week.Serie AGOtv Max can comfortably embrace the Italian league’s introduction to the platform as they can also view all the best matches. GOtv Plus customers can enjoy two games a week.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Lopetegui ‘calm’ over his Real Madrid future

first_imgReal are fourth in La Liga and have not scored in six hours and 49 minutes, their worst drought since 1985. Spanish media have been speculating that Italian coach Antonio Conte, who left Chelsea in the summer, could replace Lopetegui if form does not improve.Asked if he feels he has the support of the club, Lopetegui said he was “absolutely calm” and added: “You have to live with all these ups and downs in a season knowing that we are where a team can reach any heights and the only recipe is to work, to keep going and to believe.“We are focused only on the game tomorrow,” he said. “We know that this season there are questions for all teams. How the season will play out, nobody knows. We need to win on the pitch.”Real open the weekend’s Spanish schedule. Atletico, who are third, play later in the afternoon. Leaders Sevilla, two points ahead of Real, visit second-place Barcelona in the evening.“There are three points to play for,” Lopetegui said. “Three important points that could lift is to the top of the table.”The Real coach said he had almost all his squad fit with the recovery of the injured Isco, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Gareth Bale, without indicating if any would play against Levante.“Today we will see, it is the last training session before the game,” he said. “We will make decisions tomorrow.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui told the press on Friday that he felt ‘calm’ © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 19 – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said on Friday that he feels “good” and “calm” over his future at the club despite four winless matches.“I feel good, I’m Real Madrid coach, the pressure is at the maximum,” Lopetegui said at the press conference prior to the Liga match against Levante on Saturday.last_img read more

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Damning Man United verdict: ‘Playing weak Blind at centre-back is football suicide’

first_imgLouis van Gaal has been warned he is making a big mistake pinning his hopes on Daley Blind to solve Manchester United’s central defensive problems.Having failed to lure Sergio Ramos away from Real Madrid, Van Gaal is planning to use the Dutchman, who operated in midfield last season, as a centre-back this season.But former Chelsea and Scotland star Craig Burley has told talkSPORT that the 25-year-old is simply not good enough to play in that role for United.Speaking on The Sports Bar, Burley said: “Blind as a left-sided centre-back is just football suicide.“He’s too weak, he’s got no positional sense, he’s not very strong in the air and he will be outmuscled.”Van Gaal also has Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans as centre-back options.But Burley has little confidence in any of them and claims United must sign at least one more defender this summer if they are to stand any chance of winning the Premier League.“It is one big gaping hole and they badly need to strengthen,” he continued.“They need to fill it and I don’t think it will see them through. There is not a pairing there that will fill me with confidence.“They have got to make something happen before the transfer window closes. The Ramos thing is looking more dead by the day but it is of paramount importance to get one, if not two, centre-backs in.“The business they have done so far looks good. They have not spent ridiculous money, they have refreshed some areas of the squad, but it will all go do down the drain if they don’t plug this hole at the back.”last_img read more

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ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEK OF WEATHER AHEAD FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgGreat day for the Outdoors today across Donegal. Picture by Annemarie McGowanIT’S the weather we’d loved to have had in August – but we won’t complain after forecasters said Donegal will have another glorious week of warm, dry and often sunny weather.In fact West is Best over the next week, says Met Eireann.Over the coming week, high pressure will continue to dominate the weather over Ireland and it will continue mainly dry and settled, said the forecaster. Sunday night will be dry with mist and fog developing in many areas overnight. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.Said a spokesman: “From Monday to Friday inclusive, the weather will continue mainly dry with just the risk of a few isolated showers at times. The days will start off with patches of mist and fog in many areas.“These will clear and bright or sunny spells will develop. Light to moderate east to southeast breezes will persist and it will be hazy at times. Day time temperatures will range form 17 to 20 degrees on Monday and Tuesday and they’ll range from 18 to 22 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will be coolest along the east coast and warmest in the west.“Mist and fog will form at night and will become dense in some inland areas. Night time temperatures will mostly range from 9 to 13 degrees.” Current indications suggest a greater risk of some rain at times next weekend….Enjoy it whilst it lasts. ANOTHER GLORIOUS WEEK OF WEATHER AHEAD FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: September 14th, 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:beachdonegalsunshineweatherlast_img read more

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DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL WINS PRESTIGIOUS 3D MAP AWARD IN AMERICA

first_imgA screenshot from The Hills of Donegal Story MapDonegal County Council has won the Esri Storymaps accolade for the “The Hills of Donegal” 3D Map at the International User Conference, San Diego.Esri revealed the winners of its Storytelling with Maps Contest yesterday at the Esri User Conference, highlighting Donegal County Council’s Story Map – “The Hills of Donegal” by Daragh McDonagh as third place in the Best Travel, Destinations, and Recreation section.From the iconic quartzite peak of Errigal to the spectacular sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag, Donegal has a wealth of upland areas to explore on foot. Daragh’s map takes the viewer on a 3D tour of the main mountains, with pre-set views from different angles. He even included weather forecast data to add some interactivity to the 3D landscape.The Story Map encourages you to “pack your bags and lace up your boots after you see the hills of Donegal, Ireland from a whole new 3D perspective” says Esri in their assessment of this entry. Storytellers from around the world submitted more than 400 entries that covered the full gamut of Esri Story Map templates. Contest judges selected 18 story maps as winners from across the five contest categories.Submissions were judged on a range of factors. Each selected story map combined design, user experience, impact, and overall creativity with an interesting and engaging story.All winners will receive a plaque and a certificate in honour of their award-winning story maps.Brian Boyle, Head of Information Systems with Donegal County Council is delighted with this recognition for the Councils GIS function and in particular for the accolade bestowed on Daragh McDonough saying “Donegal County Council has been to the fore in exploring the potential of GIS as a tool for delivering more effective and efficient public services. Using GIS and story maps to promote and provide useful information on the county’s unique uplands and mountainous regions gives potential visitors an opportunity to sample the wonderful and exhilarating experience that awaits them on their visit to Donegal”. Visit www.donegalcoco.ie to find out more about The Hills of Donegal story map.DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL WINS PRESTIGIOUS 3D MAP AWARD IN AMERICA was last modified: July 23rd, 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:Donegal County CouncilmapThe Hills Of Donegallast_img read more

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A’s shortstop Marcus Semien a runner-up in AL MVP voting

first_imgThe odds weren’t in Marcus Semien’s favor.The first Oakland A’s American League MVP finalist since Miguel Tejada won back in 2002 was up against some tough competition, and he knew it.“It’s going to be tough to win it, but just to be top three and see your name in between those guys. It’s really cool,” Semien said when he found out he’d be one of three finalists.Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout was named the 2019 American League MVP —  a generational talent, perennial finalist and now …last_img read more

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