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Housewife dies in Essequibo Coast accident

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first_imgA mother of five was on Tuesday evening killed by a speeding car as she attempted to cross the Affiance Public Road, Essequibo Coast.Dead is 55-year-old Nandranie Singh, a housewife, of Lot 74 Queenstown, Essequibo Coast.Dead: Nandranie SinghBased on reports received, the 23-year-old driver of the motor car, HB 5965, was reportedly on his mobile phone when the accident occurred. The pedestrian was about to cross that road when she was struck by the young man, who was also speeding at the time.The injured woman was rushed to the Suddie Regional Hospital in an unconscious state and succumbed while receiving medical attention. The driver, who cleared a breathalyser test, was arrested and was now assisting traffic ranks with their investigations.One of Singh’s sisters, Tara, Guyana Times that on the night of the accident, her sister and one of her daughters went to purchase some items at the supermarket while her grandchildren were left at a play park, which is a stone’s throw away.After purchasing the items, the grieving sister explained, her niece was left in the supermarket while her sister made her way back to the play park. “She was on the pedestrian crossing going to the park when the car with loud music hit her down… he was also on his phone,” she noted.The woman further stated that she received the news about 20:30h and immediately went to her sister’s home. She noted that her sister received severe head injuries and from all indications, her arms and legs might have been broken as a result of the impact.“After she was taken to the hospital, the doctors tried with her, but she couldn’t make it,” the sister cried. Singh leaves to mourn her five children, grandchildren, and siblings.A post-mortem is expected to be performed on Friday.last_img read more

LAUSD may pay for once free land

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I think it’s greatly unfortunate for the taxpayers,” said Bisno, chairman and CEO of Bisno Development Co., which proposes a 2,300-unit multifamily development called Ponte Vista for the site. “I think it is a clear demonstration … of the degradation of responsible fiscal management to put themselves in a position where they’re paying hundreds of millions of dollars for an asset they could have had, if they’d planned ahead, for free. “I think it’s a slap in the face for the taxpayer.” The project has divided elected officials and members of the community who are concerned about the traffic and other problems the large campus would generate and whether a smaller school could be built elsewhere, such as near Los Angeles Harbor College. At a news conference Monday, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn asked the school board to postpone a decision. And in an interview, Hahn said the LAUSD has rushed the process without addressing community concerns and thoroughly exploring the alternatives. “It’s unfortunate they missed an opportunity to have land free of charge,” Hahn said, adding that the proposed Ponte Vista project also is too large for the community. “But we were told their demographers indicated they did not need to build a high school in this area less than five years ago. Now, it’s problematic to put a high school there … a 2,000-seat high school will bring a lot of traffic. They should build smaller learning academies.” Board member Mike Lansing, who represents the area, defended the district’s choice of a site for the school, which would serve communities in San Pedro and Harbor City. He also accused Hahn of being “squeezed” by a developer who is lobbying aggressively for a zone change that would allow his multifamily project. Hahn responded that she hasn’t decided whether to back a change in zoning, adding that the community has issues over both the proposed housing development and the high school. “It’s a perfect location for the two communities it serves,” Lansing said, adding that the district has looked at 10 alternate sites, including several suggested by city officials. Lansing also defended the district’s actions in August 1999, saying there was no money or designated school project at that time to justify competing with the city’s master plan – which included the two private schools – for the free land. “The story is, that was then, this is now,” he said. “Public school seats are needed.” He also said building a 2,000-seat high school would be more cost-effective than building several 500-seat campuses in separate locations, and that the large campus could be configured into smaller learning communities. School board member David Tokofsky said it was shocking that public entities throughout the region weren’t able to capitalize on all the free federal land. “It’s truly an amazing drop of the ball by every public entity,” Tokofsky said. The LAUSD staff defended its efforts to acquire the site, saying student demographics have shifted and that the district now must work to ease overcrowding at San Pedro High School and at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. Roderick Hamilton, LAUSD consultant and south region development manager, said the LAUSD approached the U.S. Department of Education again in 2003 and asked to reopen its application for the free land. Barbara Shawyer, U.S. Department of Education project manager in the federal real property assistance program, said agencies cannot reapply under General Services Administration distribution rules. “The door is pretty much closed” once applicants say they’re no longer interested, Shawyer said. Hamilton said the district monitored the March auction, but couldn’t afford the entire parcel. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Six years after rejecting surplus federal property in San Pedro, Los Angeles Unified is now prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars to purchase the same parcel for a 2,025-student high school, the Daily News has learned. The district applied for a portion of the former San Pedro naval housing site in January 1999, but withdrew the application seven months later rather than compete with the city of Los Angeles’ plan for the property. Part of the surplus land was given away for two private high schools, which are now being built, while residential developer Bob Bisno bought some 62 acres for $121 million during an on-line auction held last March. Tonight, the school board is set to consider designating about one-quarter of the land at Western Avenue and Westmont Drive as a “preferred site” for a $165 million high school, indicating it might try to acquire the land through condemnation proceedings after conducting a yearlong environmental review. District officials estimate the cost of the 15-acre school site at roughly $30 million, based on the developer’s purchase price. But Bisno said it could run as high as $150 million to $200 million once the adverse impact on the project is factored in. last_img read more

Rep Bellino announces local office hours

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first_img State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Jan. 22 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties.“I appreciate all of the feedback from our community throughout my first year in office,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to your ideas and having these conversations helps me effectively represent the people in our community. I look forward to continuing them in 2018.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:8 to 9 a.m. at Senor Cactus, 128 E. Front St. in Monroe;9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock; and11 a.m. to noon at Sumpter Township Senior Center, 23501 Sumpter Road in Sumpter Township.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email JosephBellino@house.mi.gov or visit www.RepBellino.com. Categories: Bellino News 11Jan Rep. Bellino announces local office hourslast_img read more

Sorin Alexandrescu Two of the most powerful figure

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first_imgSorin AlexandrescuTwo of the most powerful figures in Romanian media have been sentenced after guilty verdicts were delivered in a blackmail case involving the pair and a local cable operator.Intact Media Group founder Dan Voiculescu and Antena TV Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu were sentenced to two years and three years and six months respectively yesterday.Voiculescu’s daughter, and Intact Media president, Camelia Voiculescu, received a two-year suspended sentence.The charges included extortion and and conspiracy to blackmail. A RON350,000 (€78,000) fine was levied on the Antena Group. The former tax authority (ANAF) boss, Serban Pop, was sentenced to two years, on associated charges.Dan Matiescu, the former director of Intact Publishing, was acquitted. Charges relating to the Antena 3 news channel also resulted in an acquittal.Voiculescu is businessman, politician and founder of Intact. He will serve his time concurrently with a 10-year sentence handed down in 2014 in a case related to the privatisation of Romania’s Food Research Institute.Antena TV is Intact’s broadcast operation and with Alexandrescu at the helm, operates a raft of channels including the Antena services as well as the Euforia, Zu TV and recently launched Happy TV channels. Antena 1 is its flagship channel, claiming a year-on-year increase of 18% in primetime viewing share through April.Antena told TBI it planned to appeal the verdicts in ten days, the soonest local law allows, and while the legal situation plays out it will continue operating as usual.“Intact Media Group will appeal against the Court’s decision of today, May 12 2016, with regards to the case involving the group’s representatives and the main local cable company,” said Intact.“With a history of 25 years on the Romanian media market, Intact Media Group is fully capable to manage all its ongoing projects as well as to develop new undertakings,” it added. “The group thanks its public and its partners for their support and loyalty.”The court case dates back several years, and centres on dealing between Antena and Intact and cable company RCS&RDS.Alexandrescu was arrested in 2013, accused of blackmailing an RCS&RDS executive amid a politically-charged dispute concerning carriage of Antena channels in 2012, an election year in Romania.The charges were brought following an investigation by Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate.As the case was unfolding Alexandrescu, speaking to DTVE sister title TBI, was critical of local regulators and competition authorities.“I would say, quite strongly, that the difficulties we see in this market are due to the weakness of the authorities,” he said. “We have a Competition Council Authority which is, I would say, quite favourable [in its decisions] when it comes to all the problems that are created by one big Romanian operator – the biggest one.”last_img read more