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first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFrank Maida has been desperately trying to replace sniper Patrick Martens since the sophomore center left the Leafs for the greener pastures of the B.C. Hockey League in November.Maida needs to search no longer for a player to replace Martens.Because just when it appeared a deal could not found Martens became available and has agreed to return to the Green and White starting Saturday against the Fernie Ghostriders.“It’s a great boost to our team,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Wednesday after his star sniper was released by the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL at the roster deadline.“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out for Patrick in the BCHL but we’re happy to have him back.”“We’ve added an real depth player and a great team leader and we’re all looking forward to having him back in the lineup,” added Maida, receiving the news Tuesday.Martens, recording three goals for 10 points in 21 games for the Langley Rivermen, appeared to be a mainstay with the BCHL club during the first 12 games. But during the past nine contests the native of Moncton registered one assist.“I think having Patrick back is going to be a huge confidence booster in the dressing room,” Maida confessed. “Patrick is a hard working player now with Junior A experience and will really help our young team.”The 6-foot, 180-pound speedster left Nelson as the scoring leader with 22 goals and 17 assists in 21 games. Martens also had a 14-game scoring streak during his 21-game stint in Nelson.Maida also added defenceman Andy Miller to the roster. Miller, who started the season off with the Leafs, was released but remained as an affiliate player with the Trail Midget Reps.Miller is expected to return to Nelson after he completes high school mid-term exams.The Leafs, 21-14-0-3, are currently locked into third place in the Murdoch Division, trailing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by 16 points and second-place Castlegar by 12.The margin increased during the past month of the season due to the Leafs inability to keep pace with the front runners — Nelson is 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games while both Beaver Valley and Castlegar are 8-1-0-1.“We need to focus on the little things in our game,” Maida explained. “I know we have the players who can score but we’ve got to work on our zone and prevent more goals which will turn into scoring opportunities at the other end.”Saturday’s game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: After Fernie, Nelson has 13 games remaining in the season before the start of post season. . . . Martens is expected to be on the ice for Wednesday night practice with the Leafs.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

first_imgAuthorities at the Ganta Port of Entry in Nimba County say that the news of the Ebola Virus has drastically slowed activity (business and trade) between Liberia and Guinea, causing low revenue intake at the usually-busy border.The Chief Assessor at the Custom Collectorate, Josiah Washington, told the Daily Observer recently that prior to the spread of the Ebola news, people were moving in and out of the two neighboring countries doing a lot of business. However, upon hearing that the disease was contagious and had been ‘killing people in Guinea,’ people of both countries slowed down their activities.“The news is creating fear in people; they are hardly moving about as in the past.  As we speak, only one vehicle has crossed from Guinea to Liberia today, and this has a serious negative consequence on revenue intake at this border,” Mr. Washington said.Though he did not say how much the intake per day or month at this port of entry usually is, Mr. Washington indicated that the amount recently realized, is far below what came in before the Ebola outbreak.He had no suggestion as to what could be done to restore the generation of revenue at the border; he did say that Ebola issue is health-related and only Ministry of Health & Social Welfare can give assurance to people to do away with the fear associated with news of the deadly Virus.The spread of the news of Ebola has not only caused low revenue intake for the Custom Collectorate at the Ganta border; it has stirred fear amongst those working at the border.Speaking to reporters, the head of joint security at the port of entry, Maj. Betty Benson, said fear has gripped them as the news continues to hit them.According to Maj. Benson, they have been cautioned to use masks over their noses and wear gloves to avoid contacting the skin of others; that, she added, increases fear amongst them as their work requires interacting with people.“Our fear reduced a bit when Francis Ketteh (MD) told us not to avoid people but take preventive measures by observing hygienic methods.  But the news is so scary; we are afraid and skeptical about dealing with the few people that use this route to go in and out of Liberia,” Maj. Benson said.Also speaking, the Port Health Officer at the border, Milton Suah said they are only at the border because it is a duty area where they are assigned, but not much work is going on because people are not moving in and out as compared to the past.Mr. Suah intoned that movement of people has come to a standstill as a result of the news of Ebola outbreak.A source told the Daily Observer that workers no longer use the latrine built at the border, but use the bush to defecate because they do not want to contract the Ebola Virus.News about Ebola began spreading in Liberia in March this year when suspected cases were discovered in Guinea.After a few days it was reported in Liberia that suspected cases had been reported from Lofa County. Specimens of about seven persons had been taken to France, and out of the seven, two had proved positive.Since then, spread of the news of the dreaded disease has increased, with the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare cautioning people to avoid eating Bats and bush-meat, which are presumed to have the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Full Bench of the Supreme Court last Friday  unanimously agreed that  Upjit Singh Sachdeva, an Indian  businessman commonly known as Jeety, was innocent of a fraudulent lease agreement allegation.The court also declared that another Indian businessman, Paul Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers Incorporated, was also innocent of a similar allegation.The claims were brought against the two men by Madam Bindu Fatumata Dukuly, a Liberian woman residing in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.Her lawyers were pushing for the court to cancel a 20-year Lease agreement between Madam Dukuly, Raspal and Jeety because of alleged fraud, though she had received US$62,500, as part payment for the first five years.The property at the center of the dispute is a storied building and a lot situated in Mamba Point in Monrovia.The Supreme Court’s action came after it upheld a 2013 ruling of a lower court, the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice, which Madam Dukuly’s lawyers rejected and announced an appeal before the Full Bench.However, after announcing her appeal, Madam Dukuly’s lawyers failed to follow the process, meaning they did not file her appeal bond and a notice of completion of the appeal.It was based on this failure that the court, in upholding the lower court’s judgment, declared that “Dukuly’s lawyers, having failed to perfect the appeal within 60 days as required by law, and the reason advanced by them for its failure to perfect the appeal not being tenable in law, deprived this court of jurisdiction over the case.”The Supreme Court declared that “ the motion to dismiss the appeal is hereby granted and Dukuly’s appeal is dismissed.”They went on to instruct their clerk by saying, “the Clerk of this Court is hereby ordered to send a mandate to the judge presiding in the court below to resume jurisdiction over the case and enforce its judgment costs . . . ruled against Madam Dukuly.”Cleverly, after noticing that Dukuly’s lawyers did not complete the appeal process within the 60 days as provided under the law, the Indian businessmen’s lawyers then pleaded with the Full Bench to dismiss the matter, which it did.Before the Supreme Court could come out with their decision, Judge Yussif D. Kaba, who presided over the case at the Civil Law Court, in his judgment said, “Madam Dukuly and all of her witnesses failed to provide evidences to link the defendants, Upjit Singh Sachdeva known as Jeety and Paul Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers Incorporated to fraud.”In that judgment, Judge Kaba further clarified that “during the preparation of the agreement it was established that the parties agreed for him, Raspal, to sub-lease the property at the center of the lawsuit to anyone of his relatives.”He emphasized that “She, Dukuly did not say [that] Paul should not sub-lease it to Jeety either so, since it was not part of the agreement, in the minds of the court, there is no fraud.”The case started on September 21, 2012 when Madam Dukuly filed before the Civil Law Court, a petition for “Cancellation of Lease Agreement for Fraud” against  the two Indian businessmen Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers Incorporated, and Upjit Singh Sachdeve also known as “Jeety.” In her complaints, Madam Dukuly   alleged that in early 2012, she became very ill and needed to undergo a surgical operation abroad and in an attempt to raise funds, decided to lease her property for the first five years out of twenty years to cover travelling, hotel and medical expenses.After leasing the property, she alleged that she later realized that Raspal had sub-leased it to another Indian businessman, Jeety, to whom she claimed she had refused to lease her property, contending that the Sethi Brothers general manager deceived her.However, defense lawyers argued that there was no deception or fraud on the implementation of the agreement.They contended that Madam Dukuly and Raspal agreed for the Sethi Brothers general manager to sub-lease the property to any of his relatives, and this was exactly what he did.Besides that they argued that Jeety is Raspal’s uncle stressing for the continuation of their agreement since they had paid for five of the twenty years agreed upon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is assessing some 600 health centres and hospitals across the Region, including Guyana, to gain funding for improvement of its health facilities.It is expected that some 50 healthcare facilities in seven Caribbean countries will be improved and retrofitted as part of the SMART Health Care Facilities project, with .3 million in financial support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UK aid).PAHO Health Emergencies Department, in partnership with the Ministries of Health from the various nations, is assessing the health centres, hospitals, and similar facilities in Grenada, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize.The selection of the facilities and the retrofitting works are being guided by a team of regional experts under the supervision of Regional Advisor and Project Manager Dr Dana van Alphen, using the SMART Toolkit developed by PAHO to assess structural, non-structural, functional and environmentally sound elements.last_img read more

first_imgA fire on Monday erupted at Nobel House Seafoods at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara. The blaze began during the refueling of a boat at the entity’s wharf.Fuel tanks at the scene exploded during the fire.Details of this story will follow in the March 28, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

first_imgAs cases of child sexual abuse remain prevalent, another offender, Morris Fernandes, was on Monday found guilty by a majority jury for the offence that was committed between October 1 and October 31, 2016 in the county of Demerara.The girl was just nine years old at the time of the incident, which involved Fernandes rubbing her vagina. For this, he was indicted by the State for sexual activity with a child under age 16.Guilty: Morris FernandesThe offender was out on bail prior to Monday’s verdict, which was returned after more than two hours of deliberations. The jury was split 10-2 in favour of a guilty verdict, and the jury foreman announced the panel’s decision just before sunset.Justice Jo-Ann Barlow presided over the trial. Her sentencing was, however, delayed so as to facilitate a probation report on Fernandes that was requested by his attorney, Lammy Singh.When Fernandes heard the guilty verdict, he did not show much emotion at first, but later on he appeared to be in disbelief and even attempted to walk out of the prisoner’s dock to engage in conversation with a female relative. However, Police ranks swiftly prevented him and he was escorted into custody where he was later allowed to speak with family.The State was represented by Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander. Fernandes was remanded to prison. He will know his fate when the matter concludes on May 15, 2018 at the Sexual Offences Court.last_img read more

first_img• Photo Gallery: 3/30: Homecoming SOUTH EL MONTE – Family and friends of soldiers on Friday welcomed home their fighting men and women from a 13-month deployment in Iraq. More than 120 U.S. Army reservists from or attached to the 250th Transportation Company arrived at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in South El Monte by bus about 5 p.m., greeted by welcoming banners and loved ones holding balloons. Eva Howard anxiously waited for the arrival of her husband, Sgt. Ryan Howard, with their children, Franchesca, 6, Chaonaeene, 9, and 8-month-old twins, Ryan Jr. and Collin. Phariss was especially proud of the service of Sgt. Jose Lazo of Panorama City, who he credited for saving his life. “If it wasn’t for \, me and my driver wouldn’t be here,” said Phariss. “The guy was solid, he did what he had to do. He’s one of the heroes of Iraq.” On Aug. 24, 2006, Phariss’ three-man vehicle was ambushed while escorting civilian trucks, said Phariss. A ferocious 30-minute close-quarter firefight ensued against insurgents who had them greatly outnumbered, he said. While Phariss exited the vehicle under fire and rescued four civilian contractors, Lazo engaged the enemy with his machine gun, holding them at bay until help could arrive. Both Phariss and Lazo have been recommended for the Bronze Star for bravery as a result of that day, Phariss said. Three soldiers are to be presented with Purple Hearts today, and three more are pending, Army officials said. Brigade Cmdr. Wendy McGuire of the 1397th Transportation Terminal Brigade is also pleased with the service of the 250th. “They had a very busy deployment,” she said, “and they really pulled together to get the job done.” Although out of the line of fire, returning soldiers have new challenges to face as they deal with the psychological tolls combat can take, Phariss said. “Everyone’s excited to see their familied right now,” he said, “but in a couple of weeks, people are going to need to check themselves out. Nearly everyone here has seen somebody get killed or a dead body.” The Army has chaplains and other services in place to help recently deployed service members, “make the transition back into civilian life,” said 63rd Regional Readiness Command spokeswoman Patricia Ryan. Phariss, a member of the 211th Transportation Co. who was attached to the 250th during its recent deployment, plans to rejoin his old unit and redeploy to Iraq in six months, he said. “I love being a soldier,” Phariss said, “No one can take what I’ve done in the military away from me.” news.tribune@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Ever since he left, it’s been hard,” said Howard, who had not seen her husband since Christmas, “You’ve just got to take it day by day.” Soldiers also congratulated each other on their safe return as shouts of, “I knew we’d make it,” echoed across the Reserve center. David Phariss, staff sergeant and truck commander of the Night Rider 23 Combat Logistics Patrol, is proud of the work his soldiers did in Iraq. “They did very well,” the Huntington Beach resident said. “We kept the casualties to a minimum. I’m one of the older guys, and to see all these young guys get back uninjured feels good.” last_img read more

first_imgWenger, 68, will leave the Emirates Stadium after a reign lasting almost 22 years when the season ends away to Huddersfield on Sunday.But the Frenchman is predicting a huge overhaul of football in the near future, with Premier League fixtures relegated to midweek slots.“The next evolution? Maybe I will see you in a few years and you will certainly have a European league over the weekends,” he said.“A domestic league will certainly play Tuesday/Wednesday. I think that is the next step we will see.”Wenger said the move was “inevitable” because the big clubs would want a bigger slice of the money that comes into football and would be less willing to share it with their smaller rivals.The idea of a European league has been mooted for years and could be driven by dwindling Champions League attendances and the fact more revenue is demanded for the Premier League television rights than UEFA’s elite club competition.“It will be soon because it is a way for other clubs to fight against the Premier League,” Wenger said.The Arsenal boss predicted matches would take place at weekends to boost crowds.“Look at the audiences of the Champions League,” he said. “There’s a contrast there because if you look at the audiences of the Champions League it is not fantastic.“But if you have Real Madrid v Barcelona, or Real Madrid v Arsenal, or Manchester United v Bayern Munich every week the audiences will be good.”Such a dramatic shift would mean major changes to the Premier League, said Wenger.“If you want to make it more attractive you have to go down to 16 (teams),” he said. “And make a real competition of it. But it will be smaller if it goes to Europe.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal without a European trophy following two-plus decades in chargeLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Arsene Wenger predicts a European super league will be introduced over the next few years, leading to major changes for the Premier League.The outgoing Arsenal boss believes Europe’s elite clubs will fight for the introduction of a continental, weekend league to challenge the success of the English top flight.last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL is set for a major financial boost as 10,000 people descend on Letterkenny last this month for the Oireachtas Rince Uladh / Ulster Irish Dancing Championships 2015.And the good news is it will be back in Donegal next year – in BallybofeyThis year’s event takes place next weekend in Letterkenny from November 18-22. It is estimated that in excess of 10,000 people will attend the championships from all over Ulster and its bordering counties during this four-day major event.Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and this will be a magnificent showcase for those young (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of dancing at national and world level as well as for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global community.It adds a festival dimension to the gateway town as an out-of season event and will benefit Letterkenny and its neighbouring towns economically, socially and culturally. The success of the Ulster Dancing Championships event in County Donegal to date has resulted in the imminent return of Oireachtas Rince Uladh to Ballbofey in 2016.A Céad Míle Fáilte is extended to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. This event is being hosted in the Mount Errigal Hotel for four whole days in the form of high class competitive entertainment. Donegal County Council recognises the value of this annual cultural event and funds it through its Tourism and Strategic Development Fund initaitives. MAJOR BOOST FOR LETTERKENNY AS ULSTER DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ON WAY was last modified: November 9th, 2015 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:2015Irish Dance Championshipslast_img read more

first_imgA child choking is among every parent’s greatest fears and one which was shockingly real for the Donegal mum behind this weekend’s (August 20 and 21) Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny.Witnessing her baby girl choking on a small piece of ice cream wrapper for several minutes was one of the scariest moments of Martina Cullen’s life. The traumatic incident involving her first child, at the age of just 10 months, left her regretting that she’d never learned how to respond to such a life-threatening situation.When she set about organising a two-day baby show featuring the latest products, services and expert advice for parents, top of her list was the provision of expert advice on child choking and first aid. “There were so many things I hadn’t a clue about as a first time parent but in hindsight child first aid is vitally important.“To see your baby choking is a horrific experience. Our little girl was playing on a mat when all of a sudden she went quiet. My husband lifted her up and saw she was in distress – unable to breath, gasping to get air.“In that moment we both realised that we didn’t know what to do. We tried slapping her gently on the back but didn’t want to hurt her, we tried looking in her mouth but nothing was visible. We had no idea what she had swallowed.“She was turning blue. Within 30 seconds we were in the car and on the way to the hospital which was only a few minutes from the house. My husband kept tapping her on the back the whole way. It wasn’t until we were pulling into the hospital grounds that she finally vomited and started to breathe once again. Words can’t describe the relief as we pulled into A&E and she was smiling as though completely unaware of the danger. “We were lucky, sadly it can be a different story for other families. That’s why two of our key talks during the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday and Sunday will be delivered by First Aid Aware on ‘What to do when a child is choking’ and ‘Choking hazards and what to look out for’.”First Aid Aware Paediatric Instructor Niall Clancy said families should be aware of the dangers to infants and young children to be best placed to deal with situations.“Choking is one of the main causes of cardiac arrest in children so it’s very important for parents and anyone responsible for children to know how to react. We’re delighted to be taking part in the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny where we’ll be giving people a chance to learn about what to do when a child is choking and allowing them to practice the techniques on mannequins. We’ll also be advising people on what dangers to look out for and explaining that if an item can fit through the inside of a toilet toll then it may represent a choking hazard,” he said.In establishing Bump and Baby Expo, Martina aimed to give parents “information that really matters” all under one roof.The career mum – who co-founded human resources and employment law consultancy, HR Team while pregnant with her second child and following a successful career as operations manager for a multinational retailer – said the event will be highly informative in everything needed from pregnancy to pre-school.“I have two bouncing baby girls aged one and three and – as anyone with young children will tell you – it can be hard to keep up with the latest information on products, child safety and health matters for mums and babies. “The whole idea behind the Bump and Baby Expo is to provide expert advice, the best products and most beneficial services needed by families with babies and young children.Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny, will include eight expert talks each day including: ‘Signs of labour’ and ‘What to take in your baby bag’ by midwife Aine McDermott; ‘Benefits of breast feeding’ and ‘How to best use your baby sling’ by Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Blooming Gorgeous; ‘How Chiropractic care can help mother and baby’ by Dr Julie Szabo, Chiropractor; ‘How to stay fit during and after pregnancy’ and ‘How to ensure good nutrition during pregnancy’ by Neil Barrett, Fit Hub; ‘Baby nutrition and natural healthcare’ by Patricia Swann, Holistic Health Therapies; ‘Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation’ by Caroline Doherty, Donegal Placenta Encapsulation and ‘Taking care of your skin during and after pregnancy’ by Aoibheann Walsh, G&G.For further information on Bump and Baby Expo log on to www.bumpandbabyexpo.com or Facebook.How a choking child sparked Donegal mum’s idea for Baby Expo was last modified: August 19th, 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)last_img read more