A mother of a teenage boy accused of being part of a group of students that burnt the Apostolic Foundation School on May 12, has expressed frustration over her son’s prolonged detention without appearing in court.Lemuel Elijah Reeves, also a student of the school, has not undergone trial since he was arrested and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison on May16.Reeves’ mother, Vera Gaye, who on Saturday, July 19 walked into the McDonald Street offices of the Daily Observer in tears, said she does not know why her son has not been sent to court for prosecution.“I don’t know what is happening because he is the only person to have been arrested in connection with the school burning allegation,” Madam Gaye further explained while weeping.Immediately after the arson attack, Darkpay Johnson, who is the principal of the school, in an interview with this newspaper said that “those students that were involved in the act were children who because of their behavior were suspended or expelled by the school’s administration.”But, Madam Gaye maintained that her son was not part of the suspended or expelled students Mr. Johnson believed to have burnt down his institution. “I challenged them to show me a document that Lemuel was expelled or suspended for exhibiting rude behavior before the school burning,” Reeves’ mother vehemently challenged school’s administration.“I am confused and I don’t know what to do for my son to go to court. I don’t even have the money to hire a lawyer that would plead our case or engage government to have him sent to court,” Madam Gaye lamented.“Look, how in the world would a person be held in detention for three months without being tried? Give me the answer. Is that the right thing our law says? Please let someone explain to me the right things our law is saying. I want justice to be done in this case so my son can be freed from that kind of inhumane condition he is in right now,” Madam Gaye pled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…one shot during arrestTwo men gun-butted and robbed a female vendor outside the Stabroek Market at about 05:50h on Saturday; but swift action by an off-duty Policeman who was in a Route 42 minibus resulted in one of the perpetrators eventually being apprehended, and even sustaining gunshot injury after a scuffle with one member of a party of Policemen who effected his arrest.The off-duty Policeman reportedly heard screams of “Thief!” while he was in the bus which was still at the Route 42 Park in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market, and he sprang into action.The cop saw one of the suspects, whom he described as a known character, entering a motorcar which was parked a short distance away; and when the known character was being whisked away from the scene, the Policeman followed the vehicle to its destination in Leopold Street, Georgetown, where the two characters reportedly exited the car and proceeded inside a house.The Policeman then went to the Brickdam Police Station and filed a report. He was later accompanied by other ranks to the Leopold Street house, but only the known character was there. In the process of being arrested, that suspect grabbed a Policeman’s firearm, and in his efforts to disarm the cop, a round was discharged and he was struck to his upper right thigh.The suspect was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and admitted. He is presently under Police guard at the medical facility.
US$50M wind farm– questions power purchase agreement; merits of project versus AmailaBy Jarryl BryanMonths after it took office in 2015, the coalition Government had announced that it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach on the East Coast of Demerara. But with intense criticism about a party-affiliated investor being behind the project, such talk eventually died down.IPA Proprietor Lloyd SinghAccording to well-placed sources, however, negotiations to bring the wind farm to fruition are going strong. In an interview with Guyana Times, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Juan Edghill made it clear the Party remained concerned about the transparency and accountability of the project.“The issue with the wind farm is that they must be able to come clean and show what price GPL will be buying. Is it cheaper than hydro? Would it be driving down the present bill for GPL, that will positively impact the rate the consumers are paying? Or would it be a cash cow for an [Alliance For Change] AFC financier.“Because with the hydro, we were bringing down the cost of electricity to 10 to 12 cents (US) per kilowatt for power,” Edghill explained. “If we are buying from the wind farm for higher than that, (then they are using it) to pass off money to an AFC financier as against bringing cheaper, renewable energy to the Guyanese consumer,” he posited.Pointing to the success of the pressure it, as well as civil society, put on the Government to disclose the contract it made with ExxonMobil, Edghill vowed that the Opposition would do whatever it takes to get answers. The former Minister within the Finance Ministry also expressed concern over the overall direction Guyana’s energy sector was headed in.“The A Partnership for National Unity [APNU]/AFC Government has not produced a comprehensive document to show how Guyana’s energy needs will be satisfied. While they have been talking about wind farms and solar farms, these are only three megawatt and five megawatt facilities when we need 170, 175 megawatts,” he said.It was the AFC itself that identified International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh, an investor in the wind farm, as responsible for the party’s acquisition of its multimillion-dollar headquarters in February of 2016. AFC co-founder Khemraj Ramjattan had identified Singh as the one who provided the party with the advance sums for the property.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been vociferously against the project, noting last year that if the Government persisted with it, the Party would vigorously challenge it in the court if needs be. Jagdeo had also pointed out that Singh was a known financier of the AFC.“Imagine a man who built the AFC headquarters is now negotiating with (then) General Secretary of the AFC (Minister David Patterson) for a Power Purchase Agreement that was never tendered and announced long before the power mix study…This smacks of corruption.”As such, the former President said even if Government were to go ahead with the project, the “PPP is not bound to respect anything that is done in this manner”. He said his party would vigorously oppose any Power Purchase Agreement negotiated in secret by related parties.Jagdeo was also adamant that Government’s proposed solution in the form of a wind farm would not bring an end to the spate of blackouts and other woes, as he maintained that “this thing is a corrupt deal and we will scrutinise this… will press them hard to get the details of this contract”. According to Jagdeo, “we have to look at it; if we find that it is particularly egregious, then we will challenge it as we have done in the courts and use every means that is available to us to expose it.”Regarding the capacity of the wind farm itself, Jagdeo has also raised questions on what would happen if the wind speed for any given day were to drop below what was required and as a result, generation fell to nil.“What will be the back-up power that will kick in?” Jagdeo questioned, even as he sought to explain that with a wind farm, what is being purchased is energy and not necessarily capacity. Jagdeo had pointed out that hydropower offered both capacity and energy.While not as stable as hydro, the use of wind turbines is a form of renewable energy. But the Hope Beach Wind Farm project is certainly no match for the proposed 165 MW Amaila Falls Hydro Project, a brainchild of Jagdeo that the coalition Government has since turned its back on despite a favourable review from Norwegian firm Norconsult.
Epic Fail! Skateboarding Spurs fan breaks arm outside Arsenal ground 1 Thanks to our mates at epictv for the clip “I know,” he said. “We’ll go to the Emirates and I’ll skateboard down the giant ‘A’. What could possibly go wrong?”Well, this… (Warning: contains mild swearing)
With Vichai’s funeral underway on Saturday in Bangkok, Leicester headed to Cardiff for a match that served as a chance to honour him and begin the healing process.It was fitting Leicester took the points in their first match since Vichai’s death thanks to Demarai Gray’s second-half winner.Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel has felt the tragedy more than most as one of the only players to witness the immediate aftermath of the crash moments after the helicopter went down.And the Denmark international was in tears as Leicester’s players and staff locked arms in the centre circle during a poignant minute’s silence before kick-off.“I feel proud. It’s been a really tough week for everyone. The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built,” Schmeichel said.“You come across very few people that impact you. He had a really big impact on my life.“You can see from the reaction that he had an impact on so many lives. I’m immensely proud to have known him.“I can’t imagine what his family are going through, we did it for him and his family.”The majority of Leicester’s players, manager Claude Puel and senior staff were due to fly to Thailand immediately after the Cardiff match to join what is likely to be a week-long funeral for Vichai.Schmeichel admitted he was relieved Leicester were able to mark the sombre occasion in the only way they could — by playing at their best in memory of Vichai.“That took a lot. It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him,” he said.“Every single player wanted to get out there to be at the funeral.“We are glad we’ve come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel applauds fans after his side’s emotional win at Cardiff © AFP / Oli SCARFFCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Nov 3 – Kasper Schmeichel dedicated Leicester’s emotional 1-0 win at Cardiff to the club’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his grieving family.Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium following last Saturday’s match against West Ham.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Twenty-five years ago, a quarter-million people trekked to a desolate desert lakebed to watch a historic first. Space shuttle Columbia on April 14, 1981, became the first spacecraft to fly out of orbit and land on Earth, to the cheers and waving American flags of a vast crowd watching from the edge of Rogers Dry Lake. “You were looking around in the sky trying to figure out where it was. … All of a sudden it was, ‘There it is!’ and people pointed up into the sky and then the double booms. … It was just gorgeous. It looked like it was coming right at you. I still get chills,” said Jenny Baer-Riedhart, then a NASA engineer. At the 25th anniversary of that first flight, after two deadly accidents, the three surviving Palmdale-built shuttles are nearing retirement and it’s plain they never lived up to the original promise of being reliable, cheaply-operated “space trucks.” But that first flight captured Americans’ imagination like few other events. The crowd variously estimated at 200,000 to 300,000 had started moving toward Edwards as soon as Columbia rocketed from Kennedy Space Center on its maiden flight on April 12, 1981, 25 years ago today. “The minute they heard it had launched and would land there were people driving overnight to get here,” said retired NASA engineer Roger Barnicki, who for the first landing was in charge of swarms of VIPs, including congressmen and then California Gov. Jerry Brown. The first non-VIP arrivals were already waiting in line outside Edwards’ gates the day before the landing. The Air Force opened the gates at midnight to let them onto the primitive public viewing area created for them on the eastern lakebed shore, surrounded by miles of desert. People arrived in motorhomes and truck campers, which were parked in orderly double rows on the lakebed’s smooth, hard clay. Families with children came in cars with no food or water. Their better-equipped neighbors helped them out. “They started building bonfires. We had bonfires on the hill. We had bonfires along the east shore,” recalled Joe D’Agostino, who still works at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. As Columbia fired its retrorockets at midmorning to pull itself out of orbit and re-enter the atmosphere, traffic was halted on the base. Spectators crowded at the ropes that marked off the viewing area, even though you could see the shuttle from any place on the lakebed. Almost the size of a 727 jetliner, Columbia appeared in the sky as a tiny white dot. It turned high overhead to line up with the five-mile-long runway marked out on the lakebed, which the Air Force had used for decades as a giant landing field. The distinctive double sonic boom drew a collective gasp from the crowd. Once the craft flicked out its landing gear and touched down, somebody working for NASA flipped on a recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” through the loudspeakers. People cheered and hugged. One spectator decided he needed a better view so he climbed up on his car to look through the telescopic sight of a rifle, recalled Air Force engineer Johnny Armstrong. “He ended up in the hoosegow in Bakersfield,” Armstrong said. Somebody else decided to drive across the lakebed toward the parked Columbia. A string of vehicles followed, until government helicopters herded them back. People generally don’t recognize the risks faced by Columbia’s pilots John Young and Robert Crippen in going into space and back in the first flight of a craft that was attempting something never done before, said astronaut Gordon Fullerton, who flew preliminary landing tests and who later went into space on Challenger and Columbia. “No crew on any endeavor I know about has faced a greater risk or a greater unknown,” said Fullerton. Now Burt Rutan and British airline mogul Sir Richard Branson, in a totally nongovernment venture, are building rocket planes in Mojave to fly paying passengers into space, though not into orbit. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5742 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
More than €2 million of exchequer funding is to be given to Ireland’s regional airports, including Donegal.Donegal Airport at CarrickfinNews of the funding for Carrickfin has been welcomed by Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.“This allocation of €2 million of exchequer funding to regional airports is welcome news for Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn, which should receive a significant percentage. The funding is to be made available under the current Regional Airports Programme. “This money is crucial for Donegal Airport to develop its business, marketing and promotion potential and enhance the contribution it makes to the regional and local economy.”H added that an airport in Donegal is important for the development of business, employment and tourism in the county.“I very much welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of regional airports.“Today’s approved funding will bring the total financial supports paid by the Exchequer under the Regional Airports Programme to nearly €13 million in 2014.” DONEGAL AIRPORT TO GET SLICE OF €2M FUNDING PACKAGE was last modified: December 10th, 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:carrickfinDinny McGinleyDonegal Airportfunding
Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED Obiang set for £10 million move LATEST moving on IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland However, a knee injury picked up in an FA Cup tie against Wigan Athletic effectively ended his season and he is now set for a move back to Italy.Fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has also been linked with a move away, with Crystal Palace reportedly interested. Pedro Obiang is close to leaving West Ham United in a £10 million deal which would see him return to Sampdoria.The Hammers have been extremely active in the transfer market thus far in the window, reinforcing their midfield by signing Jack Wilshere. As a result, it is widely expected they will now need to sell after splashing more than £90 million in revamping their squad.According to Sky Sports News, Obiang will be the first to leave the London Stadium.The Spaniard joined the club in 2015 and established himself as a solid, if not spectacular defensive midfielder.Under David Moyes last campaign, the 26-year-old was a regular starter and even scored one of the goals of the season against Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED targets
If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t already know how deep and wide his political problems are, he certainly will on Tuesday night – if California’s three major public-opinion polls are correct. No California governor has ever identified more closely with a series of ballot initiatives than Schwarzenegger did this fall with Propositions 74, 75, 76 and 77. All four trailed in every significant survey during the week before the special election that Schwarzenegger called, and the likely margin appears close for only one, Proposition 74, the attempt to extend the time teachers must work before acquiring tenure. Even more significant for Schwarzenegger was one finding of the Field Poll: that only 4 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of independents likely to vote said the governor’s support for a measure made them more inclined to vote for it. Together, Democrats and independents make up more than 60 percent of the state’s registered voters. “(They) have clearly tuned him out,” Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo told a reporter. “When he endorses something, they are very cynical of that initiative.” If these poll results prove accurate, the first big consequence would be a dramatic change in the state’s political dynamic, completely defusing the major weapon Schwarzenegger has held over the state Legislature since his election. For much of the last two years, he lashed legislators with threats to “take the case for reform to the people” unless they kowtowed. In the closing days of the special election campaign, he’s still talking about floating new initiatives next year. But now he has actually taken his case to the voters. He called this election despite polls that indicated the vast majority of Californians considered it a waste of time and tens of millions of dollars. If the current surveys are right, the very legislators the governor called “girlie men” and “losers” will have whipped him soundly. Any future threats to bypass them would become impotent. Some Democrats say this would also leave Schwarzenegger little hope for re-election next year. “The voters have made up their minds about him, just like they did with (ex-Gov.) Gray Davis in 2003,” said Garry South, once the senior adviser to Davis and now running state Controller Steve Westly’s campaign for governor. “When they do that, there’s nothing you can do. Everything you do just reinforces what they already think. Davis spent $20 million fighting the recall, but his numbers were exactly the same on election day as they were the day the recall started collecting signatures.” Plenty of others, though, contend that even if all his pet measures go down, Schwarzenegger still might be able to recover the massive popularity he once enjoyed. But he would have to change – and soon. “The jury is still out on whether he can resurrect himself,” said Bill Carrick, the longtime Democratic consultant who will run U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s re-election campaign next year. Said South: “He has to come up with something completely bipartisan, something much more than the phony media events he likes so much. But he’ll be constrained because it’s his re-election year, and that campaign will engage on Wednesday, the day after this election. He’ll have at least two Democrats swinging at him all year.” One thing Schwarzenegger could do: Renew some of the promises he made as he began running to replace Davis, especially the one about not taking large campaign donations from special interests. At several television-studio “town halls” this fall, Schwarzenegger hinted he might do something like that, promising to back an initiative proposal, now circulating, to force corporations to seek shareholder permission before making political donations, much as Proposition 75 would require annual checkoffs before unions can make similar use of dues they collect. If Proposition 75 loses, as the polls suggest it will, Schwarzenegger could craft a new initiative requiring political spending checkoffs from both corporate stockholders and union members. That could eliminate the charge of unfairness that has bedeviled Proposition 75 and go far toward re-establishing Schwarzenegger’s credentials as a sincere reformer, rather than a mere mouthpiece for his big-business contributors. It also wouldn’t hurt if he began by starting immediately to reject all corporate donations to all his committees. (He gets none from unions.) This would force him to depend on individual donors and his own cash – the very thing he promised from the start and a condition all federal candidates live with. Two moves seem certain if most or all Schwarzenegger’s proposals lose Tuesday: One must-do item would be to take a long and critical look at his staff, largely inherited from Republican ex-Gov. Pete Wilson. “Nobody there now looks after Schwarzenegger’s interests first,” said Republican consultant Arnold Steinberg. “It’s been a consultant-driven operation for the benefit of consultants. For sure, consultants have banked millions of dollars during the special-election season. The second item would be to reposition himself back to where he started, as a nonpolitical bipartisan figure. He could do that by making strong and visible efforts to work on hard issues, like health care and highway building, with the Democrats who lead the Legislature – no longer calling them names whenever they refuse to roll over for him. But would they cooperate after all the insults the governor has hurled their way? Or he could throw up his hands in disgust and dismay and say that since the voters don’t like his concept of reform, he’s going back to movie-making. Which would leave the Republican Party without a viable candidate for governor next year. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Peruth Chemutai (left) finished second in the 3000 meter steeple chase at the U20 World Championships in FinlandUgandan female middle distance runner Peruth Chemutai won Silver in the 3000m Steeplechase as Kenyan, Celliphine Chepteek Chespol defended her title at the ongoing IAAF U20 World Championships.Chemutai could not match Chepsol’s time of 9:12:78 and had to settle for second spot.A large group passed 1000m in a pedestrian 3:16.90, with Ugandan challenger Peruth Chemutai on the outside of the pack and Chespol on her shoulder.Chespol surged to the front with three laps to go and cranked the pace up further as she clicked through 2000m in 6:15.04 and Chemutai along with Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi who were behind her could only settle for silver and bronze respectively.Chemutai crossed in 9:18.87, while Yavi crossed in 9:23.47.“This means a lot to me and for my country,” said Chemutai as quoted by iaaf.org. “I didn’t have any tactics going into the race but it was a very tough race. It feels great to win silver.”Kenya’s Mercy Chepkirui was a distant fourth in 9:43.65, with Agrie Belachew leading the Ethiopian duo home in fifth.With that feat, the Chepsol became the first athlete to successfully defend her world U20 title having won it last year in USA.Comments Tags: Peruth ChemutaiU20 World Championships