Pensioner drowns after allegedly jumping into Berbice River

first_imgThe body of a pensioner was reportedly found floating in the Upper Berbice River in the vicinity of the Kwakwani waterfront in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Monday morning.A resident, who was travelling in a canoe, made the discovery and notified Police who were summoned to the scene.Suspected to have drowned is Leon Williams of Kwakwani Waterfront, Upper Berbice River. He is suspected to have met his demise sometime between Sunday evening and Monday.Based on reports received, at about 21:00h on Sunday, a report was made to the Kwakwani Police Station by an unknown caller, informing ranks about the disorderly behaviour of the pensioner.The now deceased was reportedly armed with a cutlass and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the Waterfront. However, upon seeing the ranks, Williams allegedly ran and jumped overboard and never resurfaced.A search was conducted but there were no signs of the man.It was not until Monday morning that a cousin of the deceased reportedly called the Kwakwani Police Station and reported that his body was found motionless approximately 50 feet away from her house in the Upper Berbice River.The police responded to the scene and Williams’ body was pulled from the river.It was transported to the Kwakwani Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem. An investigation was launched into the man’s demise.last_img read more

Ducks lose out in trades, OT

first_img• Photo Gallery: Ducks vs. Canucks ANAHEIM – Conventional wisdom suggests the Ducks must add a fresh face before the trade deadline next Tuesday. Acquiring a rent-a-veteran such as Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk or Owen Nolan is the only way they can recapture their early-season magic. Or so the theory goes. Ducks general manager Brian Burke lost out on the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes and decided the Philadelphia Flyers’ asking price was too steep. Burke wasn’t about to give up Corey Perry and Forsberg was dealt to the Nashville Predators last week. The Ducks showed they could match goals and blows with the Vancouver Canucks for 60 minutes before falling, 3-2, in overtime Tuesday night at the Honda Center. There was something missing, however. Despite 40 shots on net, the Ducks managed only two goals in managing to give Vancouver goaltender Dany Sabourin his first NHL victory in his 12th game over three seasons. The Ducks fired shots from all manner of angles at Roberto Luongo’s backup. But Vancouver won it on Daniel Sedin’s power-play goal 2:19 into overtime after a debatable hooking call against Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer moments earlier. Sami Salo’s perimeter shot sailed high and wide of Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s net, caromed off the glass and fell on Sedin’s stick. He directed the puck to the back of the net. center_img “I didn’t know where the puck was going to be,” Giguere said. “I wasn’t sure where the puck was going to go. It was a bit of a lucky bounce.” Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal in the closing seconds of the second period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Vancouver’s Markus Naslund countered with an even-strength goal early in the third period to tie the score at 2-2. The Ducks earned a point by making it to overtime and moved eight points ahead of the second-place San Jose Sharks, who were idle Tuesday night. The Ducks have earned at least one point in four consecutive games (2-0-2). “We look at the standings occasionally,” center Andy McDonald said. “For us, the goal is to be back to having that effort we had at the beginning of the season. We’re just starting to get our game back. It hasn’t been all bad. We’ve taken some steps lately.” Apart from a raspy voice, defenseman Chris Pronger suffered no serious damage to his throat after he was struck by a slap shot in Sunday’s loss. (310) 540-4201 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

Zidane praises ‘fantastic’ Hazard

first_img0Shares0000Eden Hazard is yet to sign a new contract at Chelsea © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Apr 5 – Zinedine Zidane expressed his admiration for Eden Hazard on Friday ahead of an expected move for the Chelsea forward from Real Madrid this summer.Hazard’s contract expires in June 2020 and he is yet to sign a new deal, leaving Chelsea in a difficult position if they want to avoid losing the Belgian for free. After last year’s World Cup, he admitted “it might be time for something different” while in October, he said it would be a “dream” to play for Real Madrid, “the best club in the world”.Asked about Hazard at a press conference before Madrid’s La Liga game against Eibar on Saturday, Zidane said: “He is a player I have always rated, as everyone knows.“He is a player that has played in France, that I have watched a lot and that I know personally. There’s nothing new about what I think of him as a player. He’s a fantastic player.”Real Madrid have certainly struggled for goals this season.They have scored 26 fewer than Barcelona in the league and rarely threatened Valencia on Tuesday, when they were beaten 2-1 at Mestalla.“I know the numbers and it has cost us,” Zidane said. “This year we have had difficulty scoring. Will we change things? Yes.”Barcelona play at home to second-placed Atletico Madrid on Saturday, meaning Real can close the gap on the top two if they overcome Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu.But they are five points behind Atleti and 13 adrift of Barca while the loss to Valencia in midweek exposed their weaknesses both in attack and defence.“I’m not worried,” Zidane said. “This season has been difficult and I cannot say in two minutes what has happened but there are things that you have to accept.“We know what all these players have won, not just in my time, but in the last five, six, seven years. We are going to try to turn it around, the club needs change, to win again, to do great things and that’s what I’m here for.“Our problems on the pitch? We accept them. Fewer people in the stadium? We accept it. But we must not forget what these players have done either. I’m not worried at all.”Dani Carvajal returned to training on Friday after recovering from a thigh injury but Thibaut Courtois is unlikely to be available after missing the session, along with Vinicius Junior and Marcos Llorente.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Galaxy rides away with Sturgis

first_imgThe highly rated defender is Clemson’s Nathan Sturgis, who according to some reports was the second-best defender behind only UCLA’s Marvell Wynne in last weekend’s player combine at Home Depot Center. Cal State Northridge forward Willie Sims, who went to New England at No. 23, was among the possibilities for the Galaxy with the last pick (12th overall) in the first round, but the nod went to Sturgis. He stands 5-foot-10 and weighs only 150 pounds, but Galaxy coach Steve Sampson and president and general manager Doug Hamilton said the slender physique is misleading. Galaxy officials were more than pleasantly surprised at how Friday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft panned out in Philadelphia. They not only selected one of the top defenders in last week’s player combine, but they also chose a player they felt was the best left-sided midfielder in the talent pool. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“He plays a lot bigger than that,” Sampson said of Sturgis, who was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. “There wasn’t one player who was able to get behind him in the combine. “We expected him to go much earlier. In the case of him and Burch, we were very, very pleased they were around.” Sampson was referring to midfielder Marc Burch, their No. 2 pick (24th overall), who scored the game-winning goal for Maryland in last season’s NCAA Division I soccer final against New Mexico. Hamilton said the Galaxy rated the 6-2, 190-pounder, who was not invited to participate in the combine, as the best left-sided player in the draft. “Period,” Hamilton said. “We were surprised he was there. That was a pretty good surprise.” “We felt he was one of the best players in the Final Four and the best player for Maryland in the final,” Sampson said. “We believe he’s the biggest surprise of the draft. The fact he wasn’t at the combine, I think we were able to hide him a little bit.” center_img The Galaxy had two third-round picks and spent them on Ohio State defender Kyle Veris – a 6-3, 170-pound converted striker – and Bradley goalkeeper Chris Dunsheath, who likely will stay in school. Their fourth-round choice – the 48th and final pick in Friday’s draft – was used on North Carolina State forward Aaron King, who scored 44 goals in 75 career games with the Wolfpack. He was a first-team, All-ACC choice in 2003-2005. “He has incredible speed and was one of the best athletes in the combine and draft,” Sampson said. “I believe we found a great athlete with our last pick.” Hamilton said it was a good day all around. “Overall, we feel good about the guys we were able to acquire,” he said. “We were surprised some of them were available when it came time for us to be picking. We’re hoping to find guys like Joe (Ngwenya), Ugo (Ihemelu) and Troy (Roberts) to come in pretty early and contribute and get minutes.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 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

Judgement reserved in case of John Downey over soldiers’ murders

first_imgJudgement has been reserved in the case of Donegal man John Downey who is wanted in Northern Ireland on suspicion of involvement in the murder of two soldiers.The Creeslough man is appealing against an order by the High Court in the Republic of Ireland to extradite him to Belfast. Police in Northern Ireland sought his extradition over the murder of two UDR soldiers in 1972.Alfred Johnston and James Eames died in a bomb in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.Mr Downey was previously accused of the murders of four soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing.He had been due to stand trial for those murders in 2014, but the trial collapsed when it emerged that he received a so-called on-the-runs letter – a clear written assurance from the government that he would not be tried unless new evidence came to light.At the appeal hearing in Dublin yesterday, his lawyer argued that the proposed trial in Belfast was “doomed to failure”.However, counsel for the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said that there was a degree of “unreality” to the idea that such “on-the-run” letters could be relied upon.Judgement reserved in case of John Downey over soldiers’ murders was last modified: May 29th, 2019 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:CreesloughHIGH COURTJohn Downeyjudgementlast_img read more


first_imgA NUMBER of people in the county who paid their household tax have received warning letters from Donegal County Council – accusing them of failing to pay!Several homeowners in the county have told that they received letters saying they hadn’t paid to €100 tax – even though they did.Campaign groups also claim to have spoken to other people who have been hit with the charge plus penalties even though they paid before the deadline. They are now planning more public meetings in opposition to the charge.As the first reminder letters on the Household Charge arrive through post-boxes in the county, the Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign has today derided Donegal County Council’s attempt to pursue non-payers as ‘chaotic’ and ‘error-strewn’.“After much fanfare about these letters and how there was no hiding place, the main question people have been asking is ‘Where are these letters?’ as only a small minority have received them so far.” said spokesperson Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.“And now we are hearing reports of people who paid the charge but still got letters. Independent County Councillor John Campbell  has confirmed that one woman who had paid was very upset when she contacted him having received a warning letter about not paying. “This charge has been a disaster from start to finish. Just like the fiasco with the information leaflet earlier in the year, this letter campaign looks like it will be chaotic and error-strewn. This is a badly-conceived, unfair charge which has been poorly implemented. The only thing left for the government to do is to kill it off as so many have not and will not pay it anyway.“Our advice to anyone who gets one of the letters, is not to panic – ‘Ignore it. Bin it’. Under no circumstances contact the council. Instead contact our campaign and join us. Remember you are one of 50,000 homeowners in Donegal who have not paid. Together we will defeat the Household Charge.”The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign is now stepping up it’s activity in the coming weeks with information stalls outside post offices and in the centre of towns across the county to reassure those that have received reminders and inform the public of what is happening with the campaign.A public meeting is planned for Donegal Town on Tuesday 24th and will be the first of a series across the county. REVEALED: DONEGAL PEOPLE WHO PAID HOUSEHOLD CHARGE GET NON-PAYMENT WARNINGS was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: DONEGAL PEOPLE WHO PAID HOUSEHOLD CHARGE GET NON-PAYMENT WARNINGSlast_img read more


first_imgCllr Jack Murray has accused Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of political ineptitude.Sinn Féin Cllr Jack Murray has criticized Independent Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig for demanding fellow County Councillors boycott a briefing by Irish Water in Carrick-On-Shannon next week.Murray believes a boycott of the meeting would let Irish Water off the hook, and said that his party will seize every opportunity to meet Irish Water and raise their objection to water charges.Cllr Murray believes the call for councillors not to attend a meeting with Irish Water in Carrick-on-Shannon is a display of political ineptitude. Cllr Murray said, “Sinn Féin is fighting water taxation at every opportunity. We have proven that we can abolish the charges through our alternative budget.“We consistently raised our opposition to the charges in the Dáil, Donegal County Council and at every forum possible.“We have repeatedly demanded that Irish Water representatives meet Donegal County Council in Lifford but disappointingly they have refused to do so.“Now a meeting between Irish Water and local representatives has been organised to take place in Carrick-on-Shannon. “While we would rather meet them in Donegal, we will seize every opportunity to raise our objections with them.Cllr Murray said he disagreed with calls to ignore the meeting.“A call from Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig for councillors not to meet Irish Water will be met with delight by government party representatives and Irish Water executives.“If we didn’t attend it would let them off the hook.“The councillor who is making this call also chose to boycott a vote in Donegal which could have reduced the property tax for struggling people here. “He also failed to attend an important vote on wind farms in the county.“This ‘bury your head in the sand’ style of politics helps no one. Thousands of people in Donegal voted for Sinn Féin to fight austerity.“That is exactly what we will do. We won’t be strayed by the warped and misguided calls of another councillor.JACK MURRAY – “WE WON’T BE STRAYED BY THE WARPED AND MISGUIDED CALLS OF ANOTHER COUNCILLOR” was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Jack MurrayMicheál Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuignewsPoliticsSinn Feinlast_img read more

Hershiser will be last L.A. candidate

first_imgLOS ANGELES — As expected, the Dodgers will interview Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser for their vacant managerial position early next week. Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said Friday he wasn’t sure what day that interview will take place. DePodesta also said Hershiser will be the final candidate interviewed, meaning the Dodgers’ next manager will be either Hershiser, Terry Collins, Jerry Royster, Alan Trammell, Ron Wotus or Torey Luvullo. It also means former Detroit bench coach Kirk Gibson, who like Hershiser was a 1988 World Series hero for the Dodgers, isn’t a candidate for the job. Hershiser is the only candidate with no previous managerial experience in either the major or minor leagues. But he has made no secret of his desire to manage and more specifically his desire to manage the Dodgers and DePodesta seems reasonably convinced Hershiser is ready. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “There is no question he is very bright,’ DePodesta said. “He is a leader, and he certainly understands what it takes to win. He was a 17th-round draft pick and not originally thought of as much of a prospect, and he made himself into … possibly a Hall of Famer. It’s hard not to like a guy like that, especially given his intelligence and history here with this organization. “There is no doubt in my mind he has the capability, or we wouldn’t be bringing him in. The fact he’s the only (candidate) without managerial experience, I think that speaks to what we think of him and his capabilities.’ After saying early on in the search process that the club would have a manager in place by the end of October, DePodesta is now allowing for the possibility that it won’t. Major League Baseball embargoes all major announcements during the World Series, which begins tonight, runs at least through Wednesday and could go through Oct. 30. “Obviously, if it goes seven games, that would make it tough,’ DePodesta said. center_img Dodgers third base coach Glenn Hoffman is believed to have received an offer from former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy to join Tracy’s staff in Pittsburgh, but one source expressed doubt that Hoffman, who lives in Anaheim Hills, will accept. Pitching coach Jim Colborn and bench coach Jim Lett already have signed with the Pirates. @Dateline/justified:BALTIMORE @Body copy/justified: Forced to choose between friendship and pinstripes, Leo Mazzone went with his heart. After being wooed by the New York Yankees, the esteemed pitching coach agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, the team managed by his best friend, Sam Perlozzo. 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

Fowl killed after bird flu reported

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The emergency order bars people from entering or leaving the quarantined area, and experts will visit every home to inform residents and to count flocks. All birds – even if healthy – will be slaughtered and their carcasses burned over the next four days. No human infections have been reported, he said. Bird flu was detected in neighboring Romania nearly two months ago, and Ukrainian officials scrambled to reassure this nation of 47 million that they were well-prepared. Worldwide attention is focused on the H5N1 strain. That outbreak began in 2003 in Asia, where it has killed at least 69 people. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KIEV, Ukraine – Authorities were culling and burning fowl Sunday in three Crimean regions where Ukraine’s first bird flu outbreak was recorded, an emergency official said. Ihor Krol, spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry, said more than 2,500 birds had already died of the virus, and authorities were killing fowl in an attempt to stop the disease’s spread. “People understand all our measures and are doing their utmost to help emergency workers,” he said. Samples were sent to laboratories in Italy and Britain to determine whether the disease could be the deadly H5N1 strain, which is being monitored for fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transferable among humans. last_img read more

Warriors, Shaun Livingston push back guarantee date on contract

first_imgAfter trusting his presence with his steady play and calming locker room presence for the past fours year, the Warriors have agreed with Shaun Livingston to delay when to reach a decision on his future on July 10. By doing this, the Warriors have more flexibility with assembling their roster in free-agency, while Livingston has more time to contemplate his future. ESPN first reported the news.The Warriors originally had until Sunday to decide whether to keep Livingston, or else all of his …last_img