L$180K Raised for Boys Town Market

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of Shello Enterprise, Augustine Fayiah and House Speaker, Alex Tyler with many others over the weekend raised over L$180,000 for the construction of a Boys Town Market in lower Margibi County.The Shello Enterprise is in the business of providing health care and education services to the people of District #1 in Lower Margibi County and to the people of Liberia at large. Shello has a school that spans elementary thru junior high, as well as a 15-room clinic in the area. At the fundraiser held at the Salt and Light International Ministry, Mr. Fayiah made a contribution of L$100,000 and at the same time called on Liberians to engage in self-inventiveness, which he said is cardinal to the development of the district #1 and the country at large.He explained that Boys Town market women have been crying for the opportunity to support the building of a market hall in the district but lack of financial support has been the major problem.“I’m personally making a contribution of L$100,000 to ensure that our efforts toward the construction of the market hall remain intact. I have built an eleven classroom school for the people of this district and also a 15-bedroom ‘state of the art health center’ in this district,” Mr. Fayiah disclosed.Mr. Fayiah disclosed that he runs the Shello Memorial Elementary and Junior High School and the Shello Memorial Medical Center providing active services to the people.Mr. Fayiah said he is grateful to House Speaker Alex Tyler for gracing the occasion and making a contribution of L$50,000 to help with the project.“The women who are selling in the market are our mothers, sisters and relatives, who call for our support to ensure that they have a suitable business hall. We need to continue to engage in activities that promote development before calling on our international partners,” he stressed.Mr. Fayiah disclosed that he would be contesting in 2017 in the same district #1 and said he believes in seeking the welfare of the people.In remarks, House Speaker Alex Tyler urged the marketers and residents of the district to engage in positive initiatives that will help in the development of the country.According to Speaker Tyler, Liberians have complained about the lack of development without showing their contribution or engaging in actions that bring development.“Let me encourage everyone that if you take such a journey, others will join you in making or bringing this to reality. How long will we continue to beg, particularly calling on western countries to do all for us as a country?” Tyler wondered.The marketers expressed gratitude to the public for the huge turnout in contributing to the construction of market hall, particularly, Augustine Fayiah and Friends of Fayiah for undertaking the initiative to ensure that the fundraiser was successful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A brighter future for Skeldon Estate

first_imgDear Editor,It is indeed encouraging to see letters like the one by Mr Yusuf in the Stabroek News of 8/8/18, adverting to a bright future for Skeldon Estate, and by extension the Upper Corentyne community.There is no doubt in my mind that there can be a brighter future for sugar production at Skeldon Estate. What is also becoming a source of increasing encouragement is the recent expansion and enhancement of Skeldon Estate Senior Staff Compound as a RECREATION and TOURISM site, being run commercially as another income-generating operation — which is already attracting increasing usage by residents of the community; as well as an increasing number of visitors, including foreigners and Guyanese emigrants who return to the area for various family affairs; and those who are attracted to the upscale facilities, including boarding, lodging and recreational.The rate at which the facilities are increasingly being used points to the possible feasibility of expansion…..perhaps even an additional swimming pool to augment the existing playgrounds and other entertainment activities. Bravo Skeldon Management!!!Those who have not recently visited are encouraged to come and see for themselves!PS: I have just learned that the Estate is being prepared to resume sugar production shortly. This is indeed fabulous news, and credit must go to the management staff and workers in Field, Factory and Administration, as well as the cane farmers for their diligence and responsiveness.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Cubans fined, deported

first_img… one remains on remandFour Cubans and a Guyanese appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on separate charges of forgery and overstaying in Guyana.The charge against Alberto Rodrigues Costas, 52, stated that between April 30 and July 29, 2016, in Georgetown, Costas failed to comply with any conditions of a permit granted to him by overstayed the time granted to him.Costas told the court via a translator that he felt cheated since he only wanted to stay and labour. As such, a guilty plea was entered upon his behalf by the Magistrate.Police Prosecutor Sean Gonsalves stated that the defendant arrived in Guyana via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri; and that the defendant’s passport was stamped by immigration to stay in the country for three months. However, he overstayed his time, without having any extension legally made to his permit.Costas was fined $60,000. Should he fail to pay the fine a 30-day imprisonment will be implemented. He will be escorted to the nearest port of exit upon paying his fine or serving his time.The charge against Yubisley Frank Pecho Quintana, 32, stated that between June 14 and July 13, 2016, in Georgetown, he too failed to comply with any conditions of a permit granted to him.He pleaded guilty and was fined $60,000 or in default spend one months in prison, followed by immediate deportation.Meanwhile, Providencia Esperanza Grullon Guzman faced two charges of forgery and overstaying her time. The charges stated that on April 14, 2016 she entered Guyana and should have left on May 13 but failed to comply with the immigration conditions.Accused Rosario Palanco Deleidy was also charged for overstaying her time. Rosario arrived on August 8, 2016 and was scheduled to leave on September 7 but failed to do so. The defendant was also fined $60,000 or 30 days imprisonment upon failure to pay the fine.The second charge against Guzman, 26, is that between April 14 and October 26, 2016, she conspired with persons to commit forgery. She arrived in Guyana and was granted one month’s stay but forged a passport stamp for an extension of three months, of her Dominican Republic passport #SE3374751f, purporting to show that same was stamped by Guyana immigration officials at CJIA.The woman was represented by Attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, pleaded not guilty to both charges, and was remanded to prison until November 4, 2016.Kenrick Bourne also appeared before Magistrate Latchman on charges of forgery. Bourne allegedly assisted in forging Guzman’s passport, by uttering same to an immigration officer, Constable Errol Charles, on October 26. He pleaded not guilty.According to Fung-a-Fat who also represented this accused, stated that his client’s girlfriend asked him to have her stay in Guyana for an additional three months.The lawyer said Bourne apparently applied for a one-month extension without realising that it had been changed to three months.Despite the lawyer’s attempt to convince the magistrate to grant bail, it was refused. He too will reappear in court on November 4, 2016.last_img read more

Kenya eyes first women’s Rugby WCup slot

first_img“If the girls miss direct qualification, Kenya will have a chance through the repechage world qualifier tournament via a play-off between South America second-placed team,” said Kamau on Friday in Nairobi.According to World Rugby, a win at the continental showpiece set for August will serve as a direct ticket to the World Cup in 2021. The top seven placed teams from Women’s World Cup in 2017 have already secured automatic qualification.“The pathway for teams who have not automatically qualified, offers opportunities for more countries to secure a place at the World Cup 2021 with the addition of a repechage tournament for the first time in the competition’s history. The top seven placed teams from the 2017 World Cup – New Zealand, England, USA, France, Canada, Australia and Wales – have already secured automatic qualification for the competition in 2021,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.The Kenyan girls have not been in action in the 15s version since 2015 when they clinched the Elgon cup title. South Africa, the bigwigs from the continent, has already kicked off preps for World Cup by planning tests against Scotland.Under the pathway, non-qualified teams will compete in new and existing regional tournaments, maximizing international spread and exposure, with the winners of each tournament automatically securing a place at women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.-By Xhinua-0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Lionesses posing for a team Photo/Photo/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Kenya women’s team hopes to weather the storm and qualify for their first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup in the 15s version of the sport in 2021 in New Zealand.Sylvia Kamau, CEO of the Kenya Rugby Union, believes the women’s team has a good chance of winning the Africa World Cup qualifiers in August to secure a direct ticket to the global showpiece.last_img read more

Hooligans put on prosecution alert

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 16- The subject of football hooliganism took to the floor of Parliament on Wednesday with the Government warning troublesome fans of prosecution.Addressing the floor of the august house on Wednesday, Assistant Internal Security Minister, Orwa Ojode assured the State would continue deploying more police officers to man sporting venues to deter such incidents.“It is important for soccer fans to embrace peace. In every match there must be a winner and a loser. “The unruly behaviour of fans will not be tolerated and anybody found damaging property or causing injury to another will be dealt with according to the law,” Ojode said in an answer to a private member’s question.The domestic football season has been marred by four crowd trouble incidents involving Gor Mahia FC in their league matches against Rangers, KCB and Congo United and their Cup tie against Ulinzi Stars in September.An AFC Leopards supporter was also accused of attacking a match official in Mumias during their premiership match against Thika United.Match forfeiture, financial penalties and playing in closed doors are some of the measures taken against both clubs but so far no one has been arrested and prosecuted for the fracas. Speaking on the same subject, nominated MP, Rachel Shebesh urged the State to train football officials on how to deal with hooliganism in the stadiums.“Would the minister consider having a long lasting relationship where his officers are trained specifically with hooliganism? This is because the officers that deal with criminal cases on the streets are the same officers who are sent to deal with football matches and sometimes, they are the cause of tension,” Shebesh added.Migori MP, John Pesa lauded the Government for the security operation that saw Monday’s 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier between Kenya and Seychelles pass off without incident.During the match, regular police took over the duties of frisking fans and manning the entry gates to the Nyayo National Stadium with their Commissioner, Matthew Itere, also in attendance. Last year, seven fans perished at the same venue following a stampede after fans tried to force their way into the stands in a derby involving Gor and AFC Leopards in the worst stadium disaster in Kenya’s history.A Government report into the incident by a task force convened by Prime Minister, Raila Odinga is yet to be released. – BY WAMBUI NDONGA0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Defrizz the Grizz at NPSS

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School Student Body Council, has organized the “Defrizz the Grizz” campaign to raise funds for Alaya McCormick.“DeFrizz The Grizz” was organized to support a student at North Peace Secondary School.   Alaya McCormick was diagnosed with stage three cancer near the start of the school year.“I personally found out through channels related to the boxing I had done years previous with Alaya and made it a goal to fund-raise for her as the first part of my administration”, said Kobe Gallagher-Tulloch.- Advertisement -In addition, the campaign is raising funds to shave the beards of prolific figures in the school community.According to a post on the school’s website, Teacher Brant Churchill has already been confirmed to be shaving both his head and beard. Principal Randy Pauls has agreed to shave his beard should the school reach $1500, and ELC Teacher Phil Hiscock has agreed to shave should the school reach $3000.Donations can go to the “Defrizz the Grizz” bins by the school office or online at  https://ca.gofundme.com/defrizz-the-grizz-for-alayaAdvertisementlast_img read more

Man facing death sentence for murdering two young daughters in Sun Valley

first_imgBut on Jan. 18, Beltran pleaded no contest to first-degree murder involving his ex-girlfriend’s killing in exchange for a life prison term on that count, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrea Thompson. Beltran had lived with Barahona and the couple’s children until November 2001, and the woman and her children had only recently moved to Sun Valley, authorities said. Beltran was arrested in Stanton the day after the killings and has remained jailed without bail. ——————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VAN NUYS – An Anaheim man is facing a death sentence today for fatally stabbing his two young daughters in Sun Valley in January 2002. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor is expected to consider a defense motion for a new trial, along with an automatic motion to reduce the jury’s recommendation of a death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole before formally sentencing Julian Beltran. Beltran, now 37, was convicted last Nov. 13 of two counts of first- degree murder for the Jan. 23, 2002, slayings of Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, who would have turned 2 a few weeks later. Jurors recommended on Dec. 8 that the truck driver be sentenced to death. The panel deadlocked on whether Beltran was guilty of first-degree murder or second-degree murder in the slaying of the children’s mother, Mariana Michelle Barahona. 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

Arnold’s audio open to public, foe claims

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The campaign of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Democratic rival on Tuesday acknowledged it downloaded an embarrassing audio recording of the governor bantering with his staff and leaked it to the Los Angeles Times. But Cathy Calfo, campaign manager for Democrat Phil Angelides, said that although she did not approve of the leak, the campaign staff had done nothing wrong because the file was available publicly on the governor’s Web site. On the day the Times published its story, the governor apologized for saying in the recording that a female legislator had a “very hot” temperament because she had “black blood” and “Latino blood.” Calfo said her staff downloads information daily and used a computer to access the audio clip on Aug. 29. Staff members downloaded at least four hours of audio from the site, she said. The Sacramento Bee first reported that the Angelides campaign acknowledged downloading the audio file in an article Tuesday. The newspaper said Hoch provided what she said was the intruder’s Internet Protocol address. The Bee looked up the address on the Web site IP-lookup.net and found that it was linked to the Angelides campaign. One lawyer questioned whether it was proper for Hoch to release the IP address, since there is a pledge on the governor’s Web site not to distribute “electronically collected personal information,” such as IP addresses, except to improve the content of the Web site or understand how people are using its services. “At least on first glance, it does appear that the release of this IP address did violate the privacy policy,” said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. Adam Mendelsohn, the governor’s communications director, declined to comment.160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“It was provided on the Web site – no hacking, no password, no expertise required,” she said during an afternoon news conference. Schwarzenegger campaign manager Steve Schmidt said the Angelides campaign staff had behaved badly, first in obtaining the audio and then in furnishing it to the newspaper. “It’s wrong, it’s unethical, and it’s a very big deal,” he said. On Monday, Schwarzenegger’s legal-affairs secretary, Andrea Lynn Hoch, said the files were stored “in a password-protected area of the governor’s office network computer system.” Hoch said she forwarded the Internet Protocol address used to download the file to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating how the files became public. last_img read more

56 fatalities may be linked to hot weather

first_img• Photo Galleries: 07/25: Heat wave | Power outage SACRAMENTO – The suspected death toll from more than a week of searing, triple-digit temperatures in California climbed to more than 50, mostly elderly people on Tuesday while dairy farmers dealt with livestock losses numbering in the thousands. The stretch of 10 straight 100-plus degree scorchers marks the first time in 57 years that both Northern and Southern California – an area stretching nearly 900 miles – has experienced simultaneous, extended heat waves, Undersecretary for Energy Affairs Joe Desmond said. “This is a historic heat wave,” he said, calling conditions “extreme.” He also noted the average temperature in Northern California has been 104, higher than Southern California’s 100-degree average. Some communities faced their third day without electricity as power officials renewed calls for consumers to keep air conditioners and other energy grabbers idle. Conservation, they said, was critical Tuesday to relieving strain on energy grids already surging with 40 percent more electricity than during the state’s 2001 energy crisis. The state’s power consumption peaked Tuesday afternoon at 49,762 megawatts, shy of the record 50,270 megawatts set on Monday. Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, said the ISO did not anticipate declaring another power emergency Wednesday, when temperatures were forecast to cool slightly. The National Weather Service recorded slightly cooler temperatures throughout the state Tuesday, but the misery index remained high as the mercury hovered 10 to 15 degrees above normal. In Fresno, where temperatures topped 110 degrees for a fourth straight day, families and workers on their lunch break crowded the shaded, outdoor eating area of Mariscos Colima, a seafood and taco haunt. “It’s too hot to cook,” said Celia Cisneros, 31, who enjoyed shrimp cocktails and iced fruit drinks with her two children. “We wanted something refreshing. Nobody wants hot food on a hot day.” Elsewhere in the Central Valley, temperatures hovered between 100 and 105 degrees on Tuesday, compared to 110 to 115 during previous days. The slow cooling trend was expected to continue through the week. The threat of blackouts, nonetheless, heated up a political debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Angelides said he would build more power plants, appoint an energy czar to improve energy efficiency and maintain a 15 percent power reserve. He also called on Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in California to open more shelters and make other arrangements for those trapped in the heat. A Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman dismissed Angelides’ energy plan as a “push for bigger, more expensive government.” As for an emergency declaration, Press Secretary Margita Thompson said Schwarzenegger had already ordered cooling centers opened on Monday and state emergency workers were coordinating with local governments to get at-risk residents to those sites. In the San Joaquin Valley, a combination of the heat, bigger dairies and fewer plants to properly dispose of dead animals created a backlog of rotting carcasses. “They’re just sitting out there in the sun, drawing flies,” said Fresno County dairy farmer Brian Pacheco. Milk production in California, the nation’s No. 1 dairy state, was down by as much as 15 percent because of the heat, according to the California Farm Bureau.160Want 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 MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesState and local authorities reported at least 56 possible heat-related deaths, most in the smoldering Central Valley and deserts east of Los Angeles where temperatures reached 115 degrees over the weekend and were forecast to remain well above normal for a few more days. In the 14 counties where coroners investigated deaths that might be attributed to the heat, officials said most of the victims appeared to be elderly people who, along with children, are less able to tolerate extreme temperatures. In Fresno County, 11 people may have perished during days of blistering weather; the coroner said eight of the victims were 70 or older. Meanwhile, three elderly residents of non-air-conditioned single-room occupancy hotels within four blocks of the state Capitol were found dead Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon, state officials issued their third Stage 1 power emergency alert since Saturday, calling on individual consumers to curb electricity use to help avoid involuntary rolling blackouts – the periodic shutdowns that plagued the state in 2000 and 2001. The state avoided such blackouts again Tuesday, but the combination of record demand and high temperatures caused more transformers to explode. The total number of California residents who have lost electricity at some point during the heat wave topped 1.5 million as thousands of utility workers grappled with equipment failures. last_img read more

Driver killed when van rolls over

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The driver died at the scene. The westbound lanes were closed for four hours. PEARBLOSSOM – A 63-year-old San Luis Obispo County man died when his van veered out of control on Highway 138, crashing into a sign and rolling over several times, the California Highway Patrol reported Thursday. The fatal incident occurred shortly before 11p.m. Wednesday on Pearblossom Highway, east of 116th Street East. The man’s name has not been released because his family has not been notified. The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was driving a 1995 Ford Aerostar van east on Pearblossom Highway when he lost control and the van entered the westbound lanes, the CHP said. The van collided with a sign before it flipped over several times and came to rest, blocking the westbound lanes. 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