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first_imgꟷ says he identifies with PPP/C’s vision for GuyanaNewly-selected Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) retired Brigadier Mark Phillips is counting his selection as a great honour, as he promises dedicated service to the people.PPP Prime Ministerial candidate, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark PhillipsIn a statement after the PPP Central Committee would have endorsed him, Phillips noted that his selection was both an honour and a privilege. He also made it clear that he is in support of the PPP’s vision for the development of Guyana.When it comes to PPP Presidential Candidate and former Housing Minister Dr Irfaan Ali, Phillips emphasised that he wholeheartedly supports him. And he urged everyone to remain focused on the big picture.“I identify with the party’s vision for Guyana and I wholeheartedly support our Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali. As we embark on this journey together, be assured of my continued service to all the people of Guyana. Let us be steadfast and let us always remain focused,” Phillips said in his statement.Phillips emerged as the consensus candidate on Friday after the withdrawal of another contender, Bishop Juan Edghill. It is understood that Edghill wrote the party to withdraw his nomination, after which the Central Committee endorsed Phillips.In his letter, Edghill had described his withdrawal from consideration as a move of strategic value. He had said in his letter that he remained committed to the party, a point the PPP itself reinforced in a statement it put out afterwards.In the statement, the PPP lauded the Bishop and his contributions and made it clear that Edghill, who served as a Junior Finance Minister under former President Donald Ramotar’s administration, would play a key role should the party win power in the March 2 General and Regional Elections.Hugh Todd, a University of Guyana lecturer who had also been cited as a possible Prime Ministerial candidate, threw his support behind Phillips. In a Facebook post, Todd congratulated Phillips and urged supporters to back the Ali-Phillips ticket.“Brigadier Phillips has my full support as we work towards restoring democracy and putting Guyana back on a pathway towards prosperity. March 2 is another critical juncture in our political history. Let us support the Ali-Phillips ticket as they lead us to a March 2 PPP/C victory,” Todd said in his post.Phillips served as Chief of Staff of the GDF from 2013 to 2016. He previously attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Guyana’s non-resident Military attaché to Venezuela. Phillips is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.Elections are due March 2, 2020… one year and two months after the No Confidence Motion was passed against the Government. Nomination day is meanwhile scheduled for January 12 and will potentially see as many as 19 parties participating.last_img read more

first_img“We have nothing to hide in the sense of our investigation,” he said. “The events on May 1 are very unfortunate for this department and for the potential impact it has on the relationship with a community that’s very important to us – the immigrant community.” The LAPD will conduct a top-down investigation of the use of force by its officers and also will look at whether they were properly trained, Bratton said. One of the key questions is: Who ordered the 600 officers to use force against the demonstrators? The civilian Police Commission that oversees the LAPD is conducting its own investigation. “It’s important the public know(s) there is effective civilian oversight of the LAPD,” said Inspector General Andre Birotte, who has assigned two staff members to the probe he is conducting for the Police Commission. “They have made it clear that I have to go through these facts with a fine-toothed comb and call it like I see it.” The chief is seeking a second five-year term, and earlier this week touted his success in building relationships with minority communities during his first five years on the job. 15 years after riots At the same time, he is trying to lead the LAPD out from the constraints of a federal consent decree imposed after a corruption scandal at the department’s Rampart Division. And, coincidentally, the confrontation came 15 years after the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked by the acquittals of four white officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. It was that incident that crystalized the concern about brutality within the LAPD and raised questions about its relationships with the city’s growing minority communities. “The culture of violence within the LAPD and the culture of racial animus is being questioned again,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, who has backed Bratton’s reappointment as chief. “Now all of those doubts are coming back to the surface. The logical question is, how much has changed despite the good-faith efforts that are brought to bear.” But Bratton maintains that the good will he’s been carefully building over the past five years will help the department weather this latest crisis. He also said the provisions of the consent decree actually provide the framework for investigating the incident. But Bratton’s assurances did little to calm the ire of immigrant-rights groups, as well as media organizations whose members were injured by police. “We want a public apology from the chief,” said Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “To receive this kind of treatment has a chilling effect on our community to gather and march and do the things that we do. There needs to be public assurances from the chief to our community.” Organizers said they were given no clear warning before LAPD officers moved in about 6 p.m. to clear demonstrators from MacArthur Park. When tensions escalated, police wielded batons and fired rubber bullets into a crowd that included women and children. Birotte said LAPD policy allows police to disperse an unlawful assembly – one where there is the appearance of violence. Policy also say they can use force only if they are facing an aggressive and combative environment, he said. Bratton said he had reviewed aerial footage of the melee and determined that there were three lines of 75 to 100 agitators who injured seven officers, knocking one of them off his motorcycle. The first line taunted officers, the second line videotaped police and the third threw rocks and bottles, Bratton said. But some civil-rights attorneys said the department’s reaction was disproportionate to what took place. “They haven’t used this force since 2000, but they chose to use it at an immigrants-rights demonstration,” said Cynthia Anderson-Barker, who represented a group of protesters who filed a class-action suit against the department after it broke up demonstrations at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Police overreaction Colleen Flynn, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, said she has worked as an observer at every major immigration and peace march since 2002, but had never before seen the LAPD respond so aggressively. “I saw the police not give dispersal orders and not give any warning that they would fire,” Flynn said. “I saw a couple of plastic bottles hurled at the police, but their response has to be in proportion. They can’t be using indiscriminate force – and that’s what was happening.” City Councilman Bernard Parks had harsh words for the department he commanded until Bratton replaced him as chief five years ago. “All of the training and the discipline and the variety of things that have been in place and expected seems to have all dissipated,” Parks said. “We have only been planning May 1 demonstrations now for 30 years. How did our department get to be so undisciplined in how they approached the event?” Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The FBI announced Thursday that it will open a civil-rights inquiry into the May Day melee at MacArthur Park, one of a growing number of investigations into the LAPD’s actions at the pro-immigration rally. The FBI’s statement came amid mounting criticism of the officers, who wielded batons and sprayed 240 rounds of rubber pellets as they tried to disperse participants to end the second of two peaceful rallies on behalf of the nation’s illegal immigrants. Police Chief William Bratton had sought the FBI inquiry, saying he hoped a federal review would restore the public’s confidence in the Los Angeles Police Department and dispel concerns that officers had targeted immigrants or their advocates. “There were mistakes made here, up and down the line,” Bratton said at a morning news conference. “But I am looking at the totality of what happened at that day, starting with me. last_img read more

first_imgPsssst. Reggie. Better rest up. The Australians are coming. With details now almost finalized, the crew of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin will come to Harbor City this summer to try to catch the maverick alligator that has taken up residence in a city lake, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. Qantas Airways has agreed to provide cargo space and airline seats, she said, with the crew tentatively set to come out sometime around July10. Until then, a member of the crew will be working with city parks groundskeeper Fred Dowell to try to establish a pattern of the alligator’s whereabouts and movements. “Fred’s the alligator whisperer,” Hahn said of the man who has probably seen the alligator more often than anyone since he was dumped in Lake Machado in 2005. “Fred will be recording times and dates for them. I trust these guys. I think they have a system.” “Although,” she added after a pause, “I also know that Reggie can be very elusive.” The reptile has been especially active during the past week, cruising through the lake and sunbathing as spectators watch from the dock near the boathouse in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. The alligator, now estimated to be about 7feet long, had not been seen for 18 months when he suddenly reappeared April30. There is some speculation it may be a different animal. “I don’t know how we’ll ever know,” Hahn said. “But Fred is absolutely sure it’s Reggie.” 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

first_imgNames of long-ago club members grace public locales, including the Anna Davis Room at the Lancaster library, the Myrtle Webber Pool and the Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the poppy reserve. Club members now raise money for student scholarships, to help abused women and children and to support places like Saddle Up, where disabled children learn to ride horses, and The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, part of a series of camps started by actor Paul Newman to serve children with medical problems. “They have been very instrumental,” said Norma Gurba, curator of the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery. “They have done lots of things with children and the arts. They had a water fountain for dogs in downtown for dogs to drink out of during the 1920s. The water troughs for horses were too high up. They have provided funding for different activities, helping families that needed it.” The club celebrated its anniversary at a luncheon last week at the Antelope Valley Inn. Guests included representatives from the city and from the offices of state and county officials. The club formed in 1922, when Lancaster’s population numbered only several thousand, and downtown Lancaster stretched from Sierra Highway, which then was called Antelope Avenue, to Date Avenue. LANCASTER – They thought Lancaster needed a little class back in the early part of the 20th century and went about bringing arts to the High Desert, and water to the town’s dogs – too short to reach the horse troughs. The Lancaster Woman’s Club, the oldest of its type in the Antelope Valley, is celebrating 85 years and a tradition of community service, and of bringing some gentility. “They would dress up in hats and gloves and had purses and would go to these meetings,” club historian Beverly Cornell said. “It was really quite a thing. It was the biggest social activity.” The group sold small bricks painted gold on street corners to raise money to buy land for the city’s first library and helped raise money to buy land for what is now the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. “Our club started in the Western Hotel. The reason why it started there was Myrtle Webber was a clerk in the hotel and she couldn’t leave. It was a group of teachers,” Cornell said. “They decided Lancaster needed a little social class and activities social-wise. They felt a need for social good works.” In 1946, the club was asked by the Antelope Valley Fair to start the home economics department; two years later they started the fair’s art department, which led to the start of the Allied Arts Association. Membership peaked in the mid-1950s when the club had about 350 members. The club built its own building at the corner of Avenue J and 10th Street West, now a doctor’s office. One of the club’s notable members was Pinheiro, a local self-taught artist, activist and conservationist, who served as club president in 1958-59. In the early 1960s she began showing her paintings of desert wildflowers and providing information on where wildflowers were blooming each spring at a Lancaster storefront. She was joined by other club members, which led to the creation of a committee that raised money toward buying land for the poppy reserve, which was dedicated in 1976. The club’s Wildflower Preservation Committee raised money to purchase 163 Pinheiro paintings now housed at the reserve’s visitor center that bears her name. “She was a character. Everybody loved her. She always wore a shawl, a real colorful shawl, and funny-looking hat on her head,” Cornell said. The city’s annual California Poppy Festival grew out of the city’s co-sponsorship with the club of an annual Wildflower Information Center, which provided information on wildflowers and gave visitors maps to areas with the best blooms. The club now has 80 members, and they are getting older. Like other women’s groups, the club rolls have declined because of more women joining the workforce. “The days of the lady of the house staying at home and enjoying something like a woman’s club, they are kind of going away,” Cornell said. “Now the housewives are getting on the freeway and driving down below to work. Times are just different.” Two-time club president Dorothy Bolt, 93, of Quartz Hill, is the club’s longest-serving member having joined in 1949. She is the only one left of the club’s 17 life members who paid $100 to pay for constructing the club’s building, which was later sold. “It’s real sad because you can’t expect people to accomplish too much and most are getting too old, but we do have some new members and it’s looks promising,” said Bolt, who when introducing herself says her name is “just like lightning.” “We don’t do things as in grand a scale as we use to. Frankly our members are too old, but considering the ages of our members we do pretty darn good,” Cornell said. The club’s clubhouse is now rented space on Beech Street. . Current activities include operating a boutique to raise scholarship money, helping the Lancaster library and tutoring schoolchildren about conservation. Despite the declining numbers, members are coming up with new projects to keep the club interesting and vital and to draw in new members. The club has bunco parties, creative writing sessions and a reading club called the “Racy Readers.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

first_imgArsenal had a bid in excess of Sh7.2bn (£50mn) rejected, with Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc saying they would only let the 28-year-old go if their demands were met.It is understood they are holding out for Sh8.7bn (£60mn).One source told Sky on Sunday night that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud may yet be involved in a deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates.Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Giroud would not leave unless another player came in.“Arsenal have made several attempts so far [to sign Aubameyang] and they have all been rejected,” Zorc told Sky in Germany on Saturday.“Either our demands are fulfilled, then there can be another transfer, or they will not be fulfilled and Aubameyang will play in Dortmund until the summer.”Aubameyang was booed by a section of Dortmund fans at the Westfalenstadion during their 2-2 draw with Freiburg on Saturday and a banner in the crowd read: ‘No player is bigger than our club’.Sky understands Chelsea have also been monitoring Giroud’s situation as they continue their hunt for a target man.-By Sky News0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring during the German First division Bundesliga football match against Borussia Moenchengladbach September 23, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 29- Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee of around Sh8.7bn (£60mn) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Borussia Dortmund, according to Sky sources.It is understood that talks are ongoing between the clubs, but a deal has not yet been reached for the striker.last_img read more

first_imgCounty Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh enjoys having a cuppa with Fiona Boyle, HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Advisor, who helped him quit smoking 10 years ago.This means, for him, that he has not smoked around 200,000 cigarettes in that time.And, on top of that, Jimmy estimates that he has saved more than €100,000 in the process! Jimmy’s advice to others:The following are his tips for others when thinking about quitting:· Relapse is normal and you can learn from it – if at first you don’t succeed try again.· It helps if you can get yourself mentally ready. · It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be –the hardest part was getting the thinking right.· Try not to think of it as a sacrifice and that you are giving something up – it’s more about taking something back as it’s the biggest favour you’ll ever do for yourself.· Seeing Fiona every few weeks helped because you knew there was someone else rooting for you and you didn’t want to let them down. Having the Carbon Monoxide test each visit also helped to keep you going.Jimmy first told his story to Donegal Daily last month and as a result several people have contacted Jimmy to say that they have been inspired by it.It goes to show that even though quitting smoking can be difficult, the more support that a person can get from the people around them and along with trained professionals, the more likely they are to quit. Thanks again to Jimmy for allowing his story to be told.If you are interested in joining the free HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service please contact Fiona on Tel: 0872514790 or Health Promotion on Tel: 0749104693.More than 200,000 cigarettes later and Jimmy can taste his tea! was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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:cigarettesdonegalJimmy KavanaghSMOKINGlast_img read more

first_imgA 29-year-old Monaghan man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted of dangerous driving causing the deaths of a Donegal woman, her unborn baby and two other people.Kevin McArdle was more than three times over the drink-driving limit when he caused a three-car pile-up on a straight stretch of road near Carrickmacross last Christmas.McArdle had drunk nine pints of beer and five glasses of brandy as he and his friends drove from pub to pub around Meath and Monaghan on 27 December. At approximately 6.40pm, he was driving at speed on the incorrect side of the stretch of road near Carrickmacross.One oncoming car managed to swerve to avoid his car, but those in the car behind did not have the opportunity to do so.A 38-year-old pregnant woman was among those killed.Roisin Connolly of Fanad and Grace Park, Drumcondra, Dublin, was driving on the Carrickmacross by-pass with her husband Stephen when their Seat car was struck in heavy rain by the BMW being driven by McArdle.Mrs Connolly, who was five months pregnant, was killed. Doctors delivered her baby, Catherine, but she also died. Mrs Connolly’s husband survived with injuries.The couple had just returned from spending Christmas in Fanad with Roisin’s mother Kathleen and her extended family.Two passengers in the BMW, Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, were also killed, while another man in that car was seriously injured but survived.Supt Noel Cunningham told the Court McArdle was three and a half times over the legal drink driving limit.EndsMAN WHO KILLED DONEGAL WOMAN AND UNBORN BABY IS JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: October 19th, 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) Tags:Fanadkilledroisin connollylast_img read more

first_imgEverton could face a summer of upheaval with several transfers in and out of the club being speculated about.The futures of stars like Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku are uncertain, while manager Koeman is already eyeing a number of players.Reports of a £75million splurge on transfer targets, is being reported the Telegraph, which would see the Toffees seriously overhaul their playing staff.But how will Everton line up when everyone is fit next season? Click the right arrow above to see… Centre-back: Ashley Williams – Experienced Wales international Williams is likely to continue at centre-back as Koeman seeks some consistency in the centre of defence. 11 Striker: Andre Gray (Burnley) – The Clarets striker has adapted to the Premier League fairly well, grabbing nine Premier League goals so far, leading to interest from Tottenham and Everton, according to some outlets. The Toffees could well land him to replace Romelu Lukaku, who seems set to leave. Right-back: Seamus Coleman – The Irishman will be out of action for the start of the campaign but should return from a double leg fracture and will undoubtedly be Koeman’s starting full-back. Until Coleman returns, Mason Holgate is likely to replace him. Right-wing: Yannick Bolasie – Once the skilful winger returns from his knee injury, he should be a starter at Goodison Park once again. Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – Click the right arrow above to see how Everton’s side could look in 2017/18… – The Black Cats star has been a breakout performer and, had it not been for his saves, the club would have been relegated sooner without him. He deserves top-flight football as he shows international ambition and the Toffees are a likely destination given he would be a big upgrade on both Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas) – Ronald Koeman, according to the Telegraph, is very keen on the Uruguayan defender, who has been courted by Barcelona previously. There may be work permit issues, but the club are reportedly looking into the signing and if they can get around the complications. If the deal is a no go, they may well turn to Burnley centre-back Michael Keane. 11 Defensive midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – A hit since his January move from Manchester United, he should be fully fit and adapted to life at Goodison Park. 11 Left-back: Leighton Baines – The English full-back is getting on and not as dynamic as he once was down the flank but he’s still a trusty performer for the Toffees; he could get competition from Brendan Galloway, though. 11 11 Central midfield: Idrissa Gueye – Since the arrival of Schneiderlin, Gueye’s moved increasingly into a freer box-to-box role, where he can intercept and charge forward on the counter – expect more of the same next season. 11 Central midfield: Tom Davies – Home-grown starlet Davies is still a little raw but is coming on leaps and bounds and should continue in his current starting role next year. 11 Left-wing: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Whether the Toffees keep hold of Ross Barkley, or not, it is being reported they will do all they can to land the Swansea star in the summer. He’s likely to cost over £20m. 11last_img read more

first_imgThe most relevant team in this year’s NFL Draft resides right here in Oakland, owners of three first-round picks, four in the top 35 and boasting a new general manager who’s flaunted his knowledge during this week for the last 15 years.Whether that expertise will turn a franchise around stands as one of the most intriguing questions ahead of Thursday night, when the Raiders will (as of now) pick fourth, 24th and 27th, in addition to selecting five times on Friday and Saturday.Will they pluck …last_img read more

first_img20 September 2012 South Africa’s murder rate continued to drop in 2011/12, with a 3.1% decrease following on the previous year’s 6.5% decrease, the country’s annual crime statistics reveal. Releasing the national statistics in Cape Town on Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said murder in the country had fallen by 27.6% over the last eight years. Mthethwa said research by the police’s crime research and statistics unit revealed that about 65% of murders began as assaults resulting from interpersonal, often alcohol or drug-fuelled, arguments. Of the remainder, 16% of murders were committed in the commission of other crimes and one percent were gang-related.‘Contact’ crimes on the decrease Mthethwa said the police were encouraged by the continuing decrease in attempted murder (down by 5.2%), assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (4.2%), and common assault (3.4%). He said “contact crimes”, or “crimes against the person”, had decreased by 3.5% overall between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012. This followed a 7% decline in contact crimes in 2010/11 and a 35% drop in contact crimes over the last eight years. Seven categories of serious crime – murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery – are grouped together as contact crimes.Sexual offences ‘still unacceptably high’ While sexual offences fell by 3.7% in 2011/12, rape only decreased by 1.9%. Mthethwa said rape and sexual assault was a challenging category for the police, and more resources and mechanisms were being put in place to combat them. “It is also influenced by a reporting behavior. If victims trust the police, then you will get more reporting. So the issue of under-reporting remains a challenge, and not just in South Africa but internationally,” Mthethwa said. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit had been re-established in 2009, and had helped secure convictions, in cases involving victims over the age of 18, totaling 10 854 years and 131 life sentences, and for victims under the age of 18, totaling 10 345 years.Organised crime, business robberies Car hijackings, meanwhile, had decreased by 11.9% over the last financial year, after falling by 23.6% in the previous financial year. Cash-in-transit heists fell by a massive 37.5%, while bank robberies decreased by 10.3%. ATM bombings also fell, by almost 35% – from 399 cases in 2010/11 to 251 cases in 2011/12 – after increasing by 62% in 2010/11. While house robberies fell by almost 2%, business robberies continue to increase and were up by 7.5% – most of these against small businesses. Mthethwa said the police had finalised a strategy to combat and reduce robberies on small businesses, adding that the Civilian Secretariat of Police would be engaging with relevant parties in the coming weeks to ensure that the policy was implemented. He said that while house robberies had fallen by just under 2%, these robberies had fallen by almost 25% over the last seven years.‘Citizen, play your part’ He urged the public to report any information relating to crimes committed in communities, and called on community members to desist from buying and selling stolen goods – including CDs and DVDs – and to take part in neighbourhood safety forums. Crimes that increased during 2011/12 included stock theft (up by 1.5%), theft out of motor vehicles (4.8%), drug-related crimes (15.6%), and driving under the influence of alcohol (4.5%). Mthethwa said the increase in driving under the influence was worrying, as it followed a 2.9% increase in 2010/11. He welcomed the National Prosecuting Agency’s decision to charge people with murder instead of culpable homicide when death resulted from car accidents in which the driver was under the influence. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more