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Woman charged with assault

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first_imgA woman was called to answer a charge of assault on Friday when she appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.Shontel Cummings, 29, of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, (WCD) pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on 25 May, 2016 at Blankenburg, WCD, she assaulted Marissa Harding with intent to maim, disfigure and cause grievous bodily harm.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, the defendant approached the virtual complainant (VC), Harding, with a dangerous weapon, that is, a knife, and proceeded to assault her. The VC was stabbed several times about her body and had to be rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.The matter was reported to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, where the defendant was arrested, cautioned and charged with the offence.In court the defendant said that she and the VC have an ongoing vendetta for a number of years now and on the day in question, the VC spread defaming rumours about her which angered her and caused her to take the course of action outlined.Cummings said that the VC was the first person to attack her and she had to defend herself.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the gravity of the offence but was unsuccessfully.The defendant was granted bail at the sum of $50,000 and will next have to appear in court on 9 June 2016.last_img read more

PPP claims Govt trying to thwart no-confidence vote

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first_img– as MP summoned to court to face assault chargeThe political Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has accused the coalition Government of attempting to tamper with the process leading up to the vote on the No-Confidence Motion that is scheduled to be debated in the National Assembly on Friday.A Member of Parliament (MP) for the Opposition, Harry Gill, was summoned to appear before a Magistrate at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of assault allegedly committed against former Region Five Councillor and People’s National Congress (PNC) activist Carol Smith Joseph.“We believe this may be a deliberate act to detain one of our MPs as an attempt to reduce our numbers in Parliament on Friday to ensure the failure of the no-confidence vote,” the Party said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that this could be a strategic political move.According to the PPP, Gill was allegedly viciously assaulted with a chain by Joseph in the presence of a Police Inspector and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Supervisor, Clearmont Mingo, while he (Gill) was recording Joseph’s tantrum behaviour, which was hostile.The Party said although this alleged assault was witnessed by a senior Police Officer who admitted on video that he “observed” the assault, Joseph was neither arrested nor charged.“It is instructive to note that it is Harry Gill who, a few minutes after, made a report of this assault to the Fort Wellington Police Station upon the advice of the senior Police Officer, Inspector Rose and requested that the matter be investigated. It now turns out that the Complainant, MP Harry Gill, is the one being charged,” the Opposition party observed.While maintaining that the charge is completely without any basis, the PPP has since called upon the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to immediately intervene and terminate what they described as a “baseless charge” against Gill. “…lest that office continues to bear the public perception that it is infected by politics and politicians,” it added.It was only Monday that Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the PPP, Bharrat Jagdeo calling for the authorities and the National Assembly to implement measures that will protect MPs and ensure that Friday’s no-confidence vote can go forward unhindered.The Opposition Leader expressed fears that there may be attempts to disrupt the vote by persons in the gallery. According to him, it only takes one crossover vote or two abstentions from the Government side for them to win. He said that because of this precarious margin and certain information his party has received, they were apprehensive.Jagdeo theorised that they may be hoping that should the vote be disrupted, the vote will be invalidated. He made it clear that his party would notify Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland. “We will bring this to the attention of the Speaker,” he stated.“When the Clerk of the National Assembly calls the names of the Members of Parliament and should one of their members vote (in favour), no matter what happens afterwards, the vote is passed … because if you allow disruptions, you can never have (a non-contentious vote). So, if the Speaker allows (the vote to be invalidated), we will deem that an act of collusion.”Jagdeo expressed hope that the diplomatic community would bear witness to the proceedings, whichever way the vote turned out. Noting that the proceedings were being recorded, he warned that attempts to disrupt the vote would be publicised around the world. Jagdeo also spoke of threats and related that they would write to the Police Commissioner.Jagdeo had first announced the No-Confidence Motion on November 15, 2018, on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government.The next day, the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly was abruptly cancelled at Government’s request and the Opposition turned up to an empty chamber. At the half-empty Parliament Chambers, Jagdeo reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion.In a subsequent advertisement, the PPP went into further detail on its reasons for filing the motion, and the concrete reasons for the people’s rejection of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition. It pointed to the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result of the closure of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates.In addition, the Party referred to the many scandals that have erupted under the (PNC)-led Administration. They include the single sourcing of the feasibility contract for the new Demerara River crossing, the single sourcing of a drug bond and the single sourcing of drug procurement contracts.The Party noted the numerous breaches of fiscal laws flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana in its reports, as well as the lack of accountability in the D’Urban Park Project; something even the Auditor General had to launch a special probe into. The depletion of Guyana’s gold and foreign reserves was also highlighted, among other pressing issues facing the nation.last_img read more

Hunter: Atletico Madrid can restore Torres to his former glory

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first_imgSpanish football aficionado Graham Hunter has told talkSPORT he believes Fernando Torres can get back to his best at Atletico Madrid.The former Liverpool and Chelsea star has found goals tough to come by since a 2011 move to the Blues for a huge £50million fee.But his two-goal performance as Los Rojiblancos drew Real Madrid 2-2 in the Copa del Rey, knocking out their rivals 4-2 on aggregate, showed glimpses of what the 30-year-old can do.And Hunter feels his impressive display, made possible by the team moulded by Diego Simeone, can kick-start his ailing career.last_img read more

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN IN LETTERKENNY TODAY

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first_imgThe Donegal v Monaghan Allianz Football League match takes place this coming Sunday 8th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 2pm.Patrons are advised to use Town Centre Car Parks on the day as there will be traffic restrictions in the area from 12.30pm.There will be a Park & Ride system operating from The Station House Hotel to O’Donnell Park. The Ballymacool Road will be closed at Black’s Shop at 12.30pm. Access will be granted ONLY to local residents and Aura Leisure Centre users.When St Eunan’s car park is full, match traffic approaching from Glenties Road will be turned and vehicles will be parked on left hand side of road, facing countrywards.Non-match traffic from Glenties Road will be diverted into town via New Mills bridge.A Garda-approved bucket collection will take place outside the venue today, all proceeds going to the Donegal Girls U14 footballers.  TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS FOR DONEGAL V MONAGHAN IN LETTERKENNY TODAY was last modified: March 8th, 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:donegalMonaghanO’Donnell Parktraffic restrictionslast_img read more

‘WE WANT ANSWERS TOO’ SAYS HOSPITAL MANAGER MURPHY

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first_imgMr Murphy, rightAn investigation has started into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last night following torrential rain with the hospital manager Sean Murphy insisting: “I want to know what happened.”The road and hospital car park adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED) became flooded and a low level of water leaked into the ED’s reception and administrative areas. The hospital’s ED went off call for three hours from 8pm to 11pm to expedite the clean up after which services returned to normal.Clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected. “The investigation is obviously at a very early stage but the culvert was not blocked,” said SeanMurphy.“Last year (on July 26) the main cause of the flooding incident was the fact that the screens became blocked and prevented water from entering the culvert causing the Sprackburn Tributary to overflow, wiping out 40% of the floor space of LGH and eliminating more than 70% of the hospital’s capacity at that time. Last night’s damage was considerably less that last year’s and the ED was re-opened after three hours with no other hospital services affected.“There are already improved interim flood management arrangements in place at Letterkenny General Hospital with additional CCTV monitoring and regular inspection of flows and levels in the stream. This also includes the location of a digger onsite and access on a 24-hour basis to a roster of drivers to provide rapid emergency response, as required by the hospital’s insurers.“The West / North West Hospitals Group has been granted planning permission from Donegal County Council for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH). “Site works have commenced and are scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €1m.“As stated, our investigation is at an early stage. It appears that the interim flood management measures worked well as the culvert was kept clear and other steps such as sandbagging of vulnerable areas were put into place.“We will publish the conclusions of our investigation – as we did with the flood management strategy and two engineering reports from the previous incident – and we will review the flood management strategy in light of the new findings.“We are not going to speculate as to what these findings will be. We will publish the result of the investigation as soon as is feasible. More than anyone else in Donegal, we want answers.“I want to acknowledge the hospital staff, the ambulance service, the staff at Sligo Regional and Altagelvin Hospitals, our local GPs, the fire service, the council and the Gardaí for their cooperation. “We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and their families.”‘WE WANT ANSWERS TOO’ SAYS HOSPITAL MANAGER MURPHY was last modified: August 6th, 2014 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:answersfloodletterkenny hospitalSean Murphylast_img read more

Florida playing waiting game

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first_imgCANCUN, Mexico (AP) – Tourists packed Cancun’s airport and shuttled from luxury hotels to spartan emergency shelters Thursday, desperately trying to escape Hurricane Wilma as its outer bands battered the resort’s white-sand beaches. Cuba evacuated more than 200,000 people. Wilma, a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph, churned toward the Yucatan peninsula and south Florida after brushing by Haiti and Jamaica, where its winds and rains killed at least 13 people. Forecasters said late Thursday that the storm was expected to make a direct hit on the vacation isle of Cozumel Friday, then slam Cancun and sideswipe Cuba. “As it hits the Yucatan peninsula, it has the potential to do catastrophic damage,” said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Forecasters predicted it would swing northeast around Cuba and charge Sunday at hurricane-weary Florida. Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency, after the state got caught in the westerlies, the strong wind current that generally blows toward the east. Briefly the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, Wilma was a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm before weakening. Its 150 mph winds made it more powerful than Hurricane Katrina when it plowed into the Gulf coast of the United States on Aug. 29, killing more than 1,200 people. At 8 p.m. EDT, Wilma was about 120 miles southeast of Cozumel and about 460 miles southwest of Key West. It was heading northwest toward the Yucatan at near 5 mph with winds at about 150 mph. Tropical storm-force winds and rains were already hitting Cozumel by Thursday night. Hundreds of schools in the Yucatan were ordered closed and many were turned into shelters. Airlines started canceling flights. While hundreds were evacuated from Cozumel, Mexican officials said about a thousand tourists stayed on the island, mainly at hotel ballrooms being used as storm shelters. About 20,000 tourists remained at shelters and hotels on the mainland south of Cancun, and an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 in the city itself. “The most important thing now is to protect lives, protect the lives of our children, of our grandparents,” President Vicente Fox said in a broadcast address to the nation. After the Cancun airport closed, desperate tourists shuttled from luxury hotels to emergency shelters ahead of Wilma, which forecasters said was growing stronger. Cuba evacuated more than 200,000 people as the storm approached. Matt Williams and Jeff Davidson of Westfield, N.J., were going back to their hotel in Playa del Carmen south of Cancun after their flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was canceled. At the hotel, they faced a night in a ballroom-turned-emergency shelter. “You see the lines. I don’t want to stand there for two hours and then decide what to do,” said Williams, 26. Asked if Katrina was on his mind, he said: “You see that on TV, all that destruction. All you can do is hope that it doesn’t happen here.” Increasingly high winds bent palm trees and strong waves pounded Cancun’s beaches. Officials loaded tourists onto buses after rousting them from luxury hotels lining the strip between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte Lagoon. Some, like 30-year-old Carlos Porta of Barcelona, Spain, were handed plastic bags with a pillow and blanket. “From a luxury hotel to a shelter. It makes you angry, but what can you do?” he said. “It’s just bad luck.” Early Wednesday, Wilma became the most intense hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. The storm’s 882 millibars of pressure broke the record low of 888 set by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. Lower pressure brings faster winds. Quintana Roo state officials urged the evacuation of nearby islands, and ferries carried throngs to the mainland, but not all agreed to flee. Asked by telephone if she was leaving Cozumel’s Hotel Aguilar where she works, Maite Soberanis replied: “Not for anything. We’re in the center of the island. We’re protected. We are very secure. We’ve lived through Gilbert here. We know what to do.” In Cuba, whose tip is 130 miles east of Cancun, civil defense officials said 220,000 people were evacuated by midday, most from low-lying areas in the island’s west. An additional 14,500 students at boarding schools outside Havana were sent home until after the storm. “We do what is necessary to prevent any problems,” said Yahany Canoua, who is six months pregnant and waited for a bus as part of a mandatory evacuation of La Coloma, a fishing village on the southwestern coast of Cuba. Evacuees crowded the buses with children, dogs and bags of food. Some people moved televisions and refrigerators to safer ground. In Florida, officials began clearing tourists out of the Keys but postponed the evacuation of residents. Across the state’s southwest coast, people hammered in window shutters, bought canned goods and bottled water and waited in lines for gas. Mayfield said Wilma’s slowing pace could push the storm back to a Category 3 or less before hitting Florida on Sunday. He said the storm also was expanding in size, with tropical storm-force winds extending 260 miles. “This has become a larger hurricane,” he said. Honduras, raked by the storm’s outer bands Wednesday, escaped with no reports of significant damage, said national emergency committee spokesman Juan Jose Reyes. Curt Anderson in Naples, Fla.; Vanessa Arrington in La Coloma, Cuba; Lisa J. Adams in Mexico City; and Fritz Faerber in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Four Bulldogs Earn All-MVC Academic Awards

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first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University women’s soccer team had four student-athletes earn Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete awards, the league office announced on Tuesday Nov. 13. Seniors Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) and Linda Fiorito, (Overland Park, Kan.) along with redshirt junior Vanessa Kavan (Lincoln, Neb.) were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. Sophomore Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) rounds out the group garnering MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors. Fiorito and Kavan both have perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point averages.Brand, who missed most of the season due to injury, returned to the lineup at Loyola on Oct. 6. She made an immediate impact in league play with two game-winning goals and handed out one assist in just five matches. Brand earned All-MVC honors each of her four seasons at Drake and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention in 2017. Brand owns a 3.71 GPA in Finance and Marketing.Fiorito appeared in 19 matches with 18 starts and logged over 1500 minutes this season. She was named to the 2018 MVC All-Tournament team and was the MVC Elite 17 award winner which is given to the student-athlete with highest cumulative grade point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s 17 team championships. Fiorito was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team this season. She has a 4.00 GPA in Marketing and was named to the MVC Scholar Athlete team in 2017 and the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team in 2016.Kavan returned to the field after playing in just three matches last season due to injury. She earned a spot on the All-MVC Second Team, scoring one goal, registering two assists and playing in all 19 matches. She logged 1665 minutes, which was good for fourth on the team. Kavan owns a 4.00 GPA in Marketing.Bruce is one of only four sophomores to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams with a 3.63 GPA in Magazine Media and News. She lead the team with six goals this season, including two in the MVC Tournament Championship match against Loyola. She was also named to the MVC All-Tournament team. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ex-Warrior Swaggy P is a mile high after signing with an NBA team

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first_img— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 10, 2018An 11-year pro, Young, 33, has been desperate to return to the NBA, going so far as to post a plaintive … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSwaggy P is back in the game.Nick Young, who earned a championship ring with the Warriors last season, was signed by the Denver Nuggets on Monday, according to ESPN.Nick Young has officially joined the squad.#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/udxmXSiu9nlast_img

Marco Estrada’s MLB journey from Mexico to Oakland

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first_imgOAKLAND — This whole baseball thing wasn’t exactly Marco Estrada’s cup of tea.Estrada immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of five along with his mother, Mariza. Not too long after arriving in Southern California, she immediately encouraged him to try out the sport.It was ultimately the right decision as Estrada has carved out a nice career over 12 big league seasons that includes an All-Star selection in 2016. But Estrada hated baseball so much at first that he almost quit. …last_img read more

Should Warriors be concerned about Stephen Curry’s ankle again?

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first_imgStephen Curry’s awkward slip in New Orleans reminded us all that the fears of the Golden State Warriors and their fans still run ankle deep.In a hauntingly familiar sight, Curry’s right ankle gave way and he fell to the floor with 3:21 left in the first quarter Tuesday night. Although Curry was able to get up and play for a few more seconds, he then took himself out of the game and walked to the locker room.Who didn’t think, ‘Here we go again’?By our count, it was the 15th time Curry has …last_img read more