Trainers, agents back disconnection operations

first_img SKYROCKETING BILLS “It cannot be acceptable that the industry is subsidising the consumption of electricity of residents in the surrounding communities,” Wilson’s statement read. The racetrack has been plagued by illegal connections to its utility systems, including water, over the years, sending its monthly bills skyrocketing. However, similar disconnection operations, conducted in 2011, ’12 and ’14, followed by arrests in 2015, had led to dramatic decreases in utilities cost, especially light, causing the racetrack’s monthly bill to peaked at $8.3m in April 2014. Vincent Edwards, president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association (JRTA), whose organisation yesterday staged its annual race meet at Caymanas Park, has come out strongly against alleged threats being made against grooms by persons caught abstracting electricity from the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack. Grooms are employed by trainers to care for horses at stables spread across the 196-acre property and spend most of their time on the Caymanas compound. Edwards said his association condemned the reported threats against grooms and praised ongoing operations for clamping down on breaches to the racetrack’s electricity and water supplies by residents from informal communities, especially to the north of the property. “The leadership and members of the JRTA fully support the actions taken by the police and the racetrack’s security detail, McKay Security Limited, relating to the disconnection of electricity illegally connected by the adjoining informal settlement,” the JRTA president stated. Meanwhile, another group, the Jockeys’ Agents association, headed by Donovan Wilson, also issued a release supporting the operation which led to the apprehension of two persons.last_img read more

Mental health workshop opens

first_imgAs the Public Health Ministry continues its efforts to place emphasis on mental health, some 25 stakeholders from across the country are meeting for a four-day trainers’ workshop which concentrates on the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP).The workshop, which began on Tuesday, is the fruit of the collaboration of the Public Health Ministry and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).Participants are a mixture of stakeholders from regional hospitals, as well as those from areas where there are more cases of suicide.Shedding light on the purpose of the World Health Organisation’s mhGAP, the Public Health Ministry in a statement explained that the programme aims to improve services for health disorders such as mental, neurological and substance, with special attention paid to low and middle-income countries.The programme preaches that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.One primary objective of the workshop is the training of mental health and primary care professionals so that once the mhGAP is introduced, they themselves may serve as trainers to frontline health providers.Before the programme takes off at the community level, some 300 persons are hoped to be trained.The workshop also aims to review the mhGAP interventional guide training manual, adapting it to be more suitable for the Guyanese environment, while simultaneously familiarising participants with the use of said guide.Some of the topics being examined are general principles of care, issues of support and supervision, depression, suicide, psychosis, drugs, behavioural disorders and the general framework for working with children and adolescents.Guyana has consistently recorded staggeringly high figures of suicide and suicide attempts, which coupled its less than one million population, earned the country the title of having the world’s highest suicide rate. The Public Health Ministry reports that between 2010 and 2012, there were 667 suicides, resulting in an average of 200 deaths per year.The Ministry continued that the National Mental Health Action Plan for 2015-2020 and the National Suicide Prevention plan is being implemented.Additionally, there has been the formation of a National Task Force which is intended to focus on risk factor reduction, health promotion and prevention; reducing the access to the means of suicide, health systems response to suicidal behaviour and surveillance and research.There are 16 satellite clinics available in all but Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), where mental health services are available. In terms of staff, there are five psychiatrists, seven psychologists, five general doctors, 11 social workers, 153 nurses and one occupational therapist.The Public Health Ministry launched its Suicide Hotline Numbers in August 2015. The numbers are 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, 623-4444.last_img read more

Cocaine in gas cyclinder suspects granted bail

first_imgThe two men who implicated each other in the more-than-65 kilograms of cocaine that were found in a gas cylinder stashed in a car at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) were on Friday granted bail when they were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Juan Anderson, 30, and Damion William, 33, both of Parika, denied the allegation against them.The charge read to them allege that on December 24, 2017, at Parika, they had 65.027 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The two men were granted $300,000 bail each after their lawyers, Mark Waldron and George Thomas, made a successful application for same.They are both expected to attend the Leonora Magistrate Court on January 24, 2018, and are ordered to report weekly to the Leonora Police Station.On the day of the cocaine discovery, ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), acting on information received, swooped down on Anderson’s house at Parika and searched same. As they came up empty-handed, the ranks decided to search his motorcar, and the drugs were found concealed in a gas cylinder.Anderson was arrested, and he reportedly told ranks that Williams is the person who gave him the illicit substance. Williams was later arrested, and has reportedly confessed to giving Anderson the drugs.last_img read more

Son-in-law a no-show for trial

first_imgFather-in-law’s attempted murderSudesh Rambhajue, who says he cannot afford an attorney to represent him in court, was granted a third adjournment by Justice Brassington Reynolds, who gave him no later than today to secure legal counsel.When the matter came up for trial on Wednesday morning, the judge, jury and prosecutors were all present in court, but the accused and his relatives who have been accompanying him to court were not seen.Justice Reynolds did not issue a summons for the defendant to appear, but rather gave him up to today to make an appearance and secure counsel.Rambhajue has been indicted for the attempted murder of his father-in-law, Latchman Narine Persaud, which occurred on September 18, 2015 at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo. On Monday, Rambhajue was given two daysSudesh Rambhajue is accused of attempting to kill his father-in-lawto secure an attorney, and he was even advised to seek the assistance of the Legal Aid Clinic.He has also been alternatively charged with felonious wounding, but he denied both of the counts as presented by State Prosecutors Seeta Bihsundial, Tiffini Lyken and Narissa Leander last week.“We ain’t got enough money; we a little short,” the defendant informed the court on Tuesday.Justice Brassington Reynolds had informed the accused that the court is working according to time via the schedule of the assizes. Justice Reynolds had observed that the State is not required to assign a publicly-funded attorney to defend such charges.The judge had told Rambhajue that he would be guided by the court on the inadmissibly of evidence if he was unable to garner legal counsel.According to reports surrounding the matter, Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out of his house. Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question.Narine Persaud reported that the man became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.last_img read more

Sympathy for the she-devil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I know you’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even uttered them, quietly to another sympathetic liberal, after Coulter so thoroughly set you off. Bitch, bimbo, slut, blond bubble-head, fembot, bulimic and many others so offensive they can’t be printed in the newspaper. I can’t say I agree with any view espoused by Coulter, being one of those very liberals about whom she makes buckets of money talking baseless smack. And I would never defend any of her positions. She’s a big meanie pants who seems to delight in making people feel bad. And she probably got years of practice perfecting that skill in the strict caste society that is grade school. Worse still, she is one of the people I hold personally responsible for bringing the principles of professional wrestling to public discourse. Can it be too much longer before we have political commentators with gaudy costumes and monikers like “The Liberalator” or “Dr. GOP” whose success in a debate is measured in loudest voice and meanest snarl? But as a woman in the mostly male world of opinion, I can’t help but cringe every time I hear or read someone gleefully insulting Coulter’s looks, her age, her body shape, her supposed frigidity. “That’s not her worst feature,” I want to yell. It’s her words, stupid. Coulter would probably hate that I have empathy. But I have been there, and it’s hard not to feel the injustice that as a woman opinion-maker an assessment of our attractiveness often accompanies the rebuke of our ideas. This is on purpose, no doubt. From a very young age, girls learn that the most potent measure of their worth as a person is based on what they look like, or rather what other people think they look like. For men, their sense of self-worth and the value judgments of others have little to do with how good they look and stems from their intellect or business acumen. That’s why you see beautiful women with squirrelly men like Woody Allen, but rarely see gorgeous men with brilliant but homely women. As a man, you have to be obese like filmmaker Michael Moore to get the fat jokes. But Britney Spears, one of the fittest young moms in the history of all time, was mercilessly mocked for her embarrassing performance at the MTV Video Awards for being fat because she actually filled out her glittery bikini. It’s not just Coulter and Spears who are hit with inappropriately personal and often sexual comments. In March, Joan Walsh, editor in chief of the online magazine Salon, wrote about the culture of abuse against women in the blogosphere, specifically one that erupted in the Bay Area when a female software programmer had to shut down her blog after an avalanche of verbally abusive, sexually explicit and outright threatening comments. In the article, Walsh said that the controversy caused her to face something she didn’t want to think about: the level of online abuse toward women writers. “Ever since Salon automated its letters, it’s been hard to ignore that the criticisms of women writers are much more brutal and vicious than those about men – sometimes nakedly sexist, sometimes less obviously so; sometimes sexually and/or personally degrading,” she wrote. I’ve known that for years, ever since I moved from being a reporter to the editorial side and the readers’ comments became much more personal and graphic, both from fans and foes. I was shocked; how does my appearance have anything to do with the validity of my argument? Does New York Times columnist Tom Friedman have to deal with reader letters making fun of his mustache? What set me off this time was a graphic of Coulter done up with insulting comments about her body parts set on top of a photo of her on (the online home of the skanky men’s magazine). I found it through the meaner-than-ever, which added its own nasty comments. Instead of feeling self-righteous, I felt something terrible: a kinship with the most odious woman in America. It’s easy for those of us targeted by Coulter’s hateful polemics to ignore (and, lets be honest here, maybe enjoy) the personal insults against her. And many will say that Coulter is actually asking for it, what with her deliberately repugnant words and her provocative dress. Yeah, asking for it. Where have we heard that before? Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at Write to her by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I feel bad for Ann Coulter. No, really. The conservative commentator known for her outrageous quips about all things liberal is back in the news with her anti-Jewish remarks, surely calculated to stir up interest in her new book “Why Liberals Are Stupid. Plus Evil,” or something like that. And with the new round of Coulterish rantings (why do people continue to take this woman seriously?) came something worse – at least to me. The ugly, ugly names. last_img read more


first_imgAn Inishowen family have been hit with a third drowning tragedy in just three years following the death of a 37 year old fisherman off the coast of Co Mayo.The victim, Cathal McDaid, is the nephew of two elderly brothers who drowned off Lough Foyle in another fishing tragedy in March 2008.Cathal was washed overboard from the fishing vessel the Mark Amy II off Achill Island this morning. Mr McDaid, a single man from St.Boden’s Terrace, Culdaff was recovered from the sea just after 10am and rushed to Sligo General Hospital by the Air Corps rescue helicopter based at Sligo.They were also assisted by the Malin Head Coast Guard service.It is believed Mr McDaid was dead when he was recovered and was officially pronounced dead on arrival at Sligo General Hospital.Three years ago the dead man’s uncles Danny, 70, and Frances, 68, McDaid from Culkeeny, Malin, drowned in Lough Foyle when their boat the Strath Marie capsized while they were lobster fishing. They were recovered and rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry but did not survive.The brother’s death sparked an investigation by Derry Coroner’s Court after the men’s relatives claimed they were hit by another vessel.Coroner Brian Sherrard told an inquest into the men’s deaths that he agreed to a request from the victims’ solicitors to carry out a full investigationLast July the Marine and Casualty Investigation Board found the brothers drowned when their boat encountered difficulties that were “sudden and without warning.”However the MCIB rejected the families’ claims that a speed boat or cargo ship may have been involved in the drowning with the brothers’ 9 metre vessel. The sudden death of the brothers’ nephew Cathal has shocked the local community on the Inishowen Peninsula.His distraught parents rushed to Sligo General Hospital from their home in Culdaff yesterday (TUES).Local county councillor Bernard McGuinness said the village of Culdaff is in disbelief at the latest tragedy to strike the McDaid family.“People are just going around in a daze and can’t believe that this family has been struck by another tragedy. “Cathal is the same age as my own son and he was a very nice lad. He spent some time in America but he was very well-known and liked in the town.“We haven’t got the full details as to what exactly happened yet but people are just in shock,” he said.EndsFAMILY HIT BY THIRD DROWNING TRAGEDY AS FISHERMAN DIES OFF MAYO was last modified: May 11th, 2011 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


first_imgFRANK DERVAN, BALLYBOFEY, RIPThe death has occurred of Frank Dervan, 7 Blue Cedars, Ballybofey. Peacefully at the General Hospital, Letterkenny. Sadly missed by his loving wife Sarah, sons, daughters, sisters, brother, nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Removal from Mc Cool’s Chapel of Rest, Navenny Car Park, Ballybofey, this Monday evening at 6.30pm to St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am, followed by interment in Drumboe Cemetery. House is strictly private, at the request of the deceased.  DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012 was last modified: March 12th, 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYMARCH 12last_img read more


first_imgShaun Mc Shane earned a draw in a cracking encounter with Newcastle boxer John Green at the Ravenscraig Sport Facility in Glasgow last night. Shaun Mc Shane was involved in a titanic struggle with English fighter John Green.In what was a cracking fight from start to finish, neither boxer took control of the fight, and instead both fighters traded punches throughout the contest.Mc Shane was cheered on by a large and boisterous number of fans who were out in force to support the popular Rosses pugilist. The large crowd in attendance got full value for their money, in what was an utterly absorbing contest.In the end up there was nothing to choose between the two fighters and the final decision was a draw.Although many in the crowd felt Mc Shane had narrowly shaded the contest.Mc Shane posted on his Facebook timeline, “Well people that was a great war, 4×3 toe to toe. “Ref scored it 38/38 a draw, I did knick it by a round, but you know what no one lost in that fight because we fought our hearts out.“Fair play to my opponent John Green, a tough cookie.“Wee break now thank god, and thanks to all who came and supported me, very much appreciated.ROSSES BOXER MC SHANE EARNS A DRAW IN TITANIC TUSSLE WITH ENGLISH OPPONENT was last modified: June 7th, 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:boxingnewsrossesShaun Mc ShaneSportlast_img read more


first_imgSeamus ColemanKILLYBEGS man Seamus Coleman has spoken of his pride in captaining his country against Germany last night.The Everton player and his team were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat in Cologne.But he says the side is determined to win against Kazakhstan on Tuesday – for interim boss Noel King. “It was very special (to be captain), it came as a shock really. Obviously Robbie Keane wasn’t playing so it was up for grabs I suppose. But I was delighted to get the honour and my family back home will be delighted. It’s what you want as a kid,” said Seamus.“It’s a massive honour to lead your country. Robbie spoke to me before the game and just said, ‘Play your normal game.’ That’s what I did and I really enjoyed it.”He’s hoping he might get to keep the captaincy when a new permanent manager is appointed.“We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of leaders in the team and I’m sure you know Robbie will be about for a while yet. But if the opportunity came up and I was offered it, obviously I’d be delighted to take it,” he said. On the match itself, the Donegal man said: “It was a tough night. Brilliant team, Germany, with world-class players. Obviously a disappointing scoreline but there was some positives. We had a couple of chances that we could have taken, but we didn’t tonight. Hopefully on Tuesday night we can take some of those chances.”Looking forward to Tuesday he added: “For Noel, who’s come in for the two games, it would be nice to get a victory for him. As players as well, you want to win every game you take part in and hopefully we can on Tuesday night. CAPTAIN COLEMAN: ‘WE WANT TO WIN NEXT GAME FOR KING’ was last modified: October 12th, 2013 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:CaptainCologneGermanyIrelandseamus colemanlast_img read more

2010 tour packages finalised

first_img7 March 2008Global football authority Fifa has selected a joint venture between South African events companies Circa Hospitality and Warwick Hospitality and Events as the exclusive sales agent in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa for official hospitality packages during the 2010 World Cup.“We are convinced that our sales and marketing alliances represent the best options to Match Hospitality in terms of their existing market knowledge and networks within the market of the host nation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Match Hospitality CEO Pascal Portes said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Match Hospitality has been appointed by Fifa to be responsible for accommodation, ticketing and computer and information technology solutions during the 2010 World Cup. Circa Hospitality forms part of the SAIL Group, while Warwick Hospitality and Events is part of the Primedia Group.Match has designed a variety of hospitality packages for local and international guests centred around the duration of the World Cup, which includes match tickets, exclusive hospitality services in stadiums, catering, parking, special access, entertainment, accommodation, transport and other tourism related activities.Hospitality package content has been divided into two sections: the On-site Hospitality Package includes match tickets coupled with catering, parking, special access, entertainment and guest services, while the Full Hospitality Package includes added accommodation, transportation and tourism activities.Hospitality categories have been divided into three and include Private Suites, Shared Suites and Executive Hospitality.Ensuring competitive pricingPortes said Match had tried to structure the packages in such a way to ensure prices were competitive, with the average price per person and per package across the spectrum of various packages offered being US$1 450 (about R11 645).Match has been allocated 3 000 hotel rooms for the duration of the event and will be working in close proximity with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to maximise tourism benefit for South Africa and neighbouring countries.Furthermore, the five hospitality series have been packaged to include the “Big Six” Series, Gauteng Series, Venue Series, Follow Your Team Series and Final Round Series.Price ranges for the various packages range from $1 750 per person for the “Big Six” Series, which covers 44 matches in total, to between $380 to $1 400 per person for the Venue Series.The most expensive package is the Final Round Series, pricing in at between $3 500 and $6 000 per person for between two to four matches.Tickets go on sale locally in June 2008, with South Africans being given a three-month period ahead of the international market in order to give priority to the host nation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more