Driver in Police custody after New Hope fatal accident

first_imgThe mangled Route 42 busThe driver of motor pickup GRR 1909, which was involved in the two-vehicle smash-up at New Hope, East Bank Demerara (EBD) last Friday, was taken into Police custody shortly after he was discharged from the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.This was confirmed by a Police source close to the ongoing investigation. This newspaper was told that statements are still being taken on the matter.Meanwhile, a Post-Mortem Examination (PME) conducted on the body of 59-year-old Oswald Roberts, also known as “04”, on Monday had given his cause of death as multiple injuries.Roberts, of Lot 489 Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, was the driver of the Route 42 minibus.According to reports, the Nissan Titan pickup bearing registration GRR 1909 was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the East Bank Highway at a fast rate, when the driver lost control and started to swerve dangerously along the road. As a result, the vehicle ended up in the lane of the minibus, BWW 2940, which was proceeding in the opposite direction (heading to Georgetown), causing a head-on collision.A total of 11 passengers were injured following the crash, and were all transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for further treatment— having been taken to the Diamond Hospital where Roberts was pronounced dead on arrival.The 45-year-old motor pickup driver, who is a resident of North East Lusignan, East Coast of Demerara (ECD), and his front seat passenger identified as Ashley Persaud, were also among those rushed to the hospital.Oswald Roberts, called “04”last_img read more

Suarez, Messi maintain Barcelona’s La Liga lead

first_imgAnd their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo.“In the second half after the sending-off we had more chances to win the game,” Suarez told Movistar TV.“They played a very good game tactically and we weren’t precise enough, but in the second half we came out with a different mentality to take the three points.”Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top.Real Madrid are eight points behind in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks’ time with an 11-point lead over their rivals.Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.“I will be calm when the season is over and we have won everything,” said coach Ernesto Valverde of Barca’s commanding lead.“There is a long way to go, but winning at places like this is important.”Indeed, Barca had drawn on their previous two La Liga visits to the Ceramic Stadium, but nearly had the perfect start when Gerard Pique’s header came off the bar just four minutes in.However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack.Nicola Sansone had the hosts’ best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left.Messi orchestrated the visitors’ attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca’s left.Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba’s low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide.Villarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets’ ankle as the Spanish international cleared.Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch.However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal’s resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season.And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo.– Atletico bounce back –Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis.The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak.Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis December 10, 2017 © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERBy contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark.“They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had,” Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain.Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello’s sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner.“One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears.Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad.Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Villarreal’s midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez (L) vies with Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match December 10, 2017 © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Dec 10 – Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative.last_img read more

Out of the ashes, Southland recovers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It sparks one house. That’s gutted. It skips a few houses and another is a total loss. For whatever reason, one house will go up in flames and the one next door is standing fine,” said Capt. Michael Morales of the Alhambra Fire Department. “Every so often those conditions are going to line up just right. This was one of those fires.” Experts say it’s part luck, part preparedness and part Mother Nature that determines who might be spared in such natural disasters. “It can very well be the luck of the draw because of those burning embers,” said Greg Sherlock, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance, which is still tallying its claims. “You don’t know where they’re going to land. The winds are unpredictable, which makes the fire unpredictable.” They can’t live in their house for a while – some windows are shattered and the eaves are singed. The stench of smoke is overpowering and there’s no gas or electricity. But the Ross family is among the lucky ones in Canyon Country, where flying embers from last week’s wildfires made hopscotch jumps through neighborhoods and sent some homes up in flames while leaving others unscathed just feet away. “Their house was gutted. Ours is going to be fine,” Melissa Ross said, gazing in disbelief at the blackened rubble that is all that remains of her next-door neighbor’s house on Camp Plenty Road. And the Ross family is not alone. Across Southern California, the region’s voracious wildfires claimed more than 1,000 homes, of the wealthy and poor alike, often with violent randomness. In Canyon Country, it was the 38,356-acre Buckweed Fire – propelled by 70mph winds – that raced for miles to the Rosses’ neighborhood and claimed dozens of homes in the region. Forty miles from Canyon Country, in coastal Malibu, the phenomenon is the same. The landmark Malibu Presbyterian Church was gutted last Sunday but, across the street, Pepperdine University remains an unscathed green island with a sweeping view of the destruction. “When a fire burns, how it jumps from one location to another is by the embers from the burning leaves and little bits of wood and sparks off burning trees,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mark Whaling. “Those embers could be carried in some conditions up to a mile or more away. “The properties that are unscathed might have had better protection, better clearance. It can also depend physically on how houses are designed – some are impacted more by wind currents, just by their location.” While it was a seemingly safe distance from the multiple faces of last week’s Canyon Fire, one end of the Malibu Colony Shopping Center unexpectedly went up in flames. Chaotic winds tossed burning embers into the crown of a palm tree in the parking lot. “That palm tree, it literally exploded,” said Sammy Duran, who worked in a gas station next door. And while six homes in the area were destroyed and the still-smoldering fire charred 4,565 acres, the only scars on the Pepperdine campus were the two burned vehicles belonging to its janitorial service. “It’s known as fire-resistive construction,” Rick Leach, part of the facilities management team, said of the campus’s design. “We think about the shape of our buildings – the exterior surfaces are stucco or metal or terra-cotta tile. They’re built without nooks, crannies and places where embers can get wedged.” Such architectural features as open eaves or decorative exterior window shutters can harbor smoldering materials for hours until they finally ignite, Leach said. “Even a tile roof – the roof itself is fireproof, but if something gets under it, the building can burn,” he said. Campus crews also incorporate landscaping that resists fires and diligently clear surrounding native brush at least 200 feet, he said. In the Santa Clarita area, the 20-year-old community of Stevenson Ranch sits in the shadow of the Santa Susana Mountains in the western Santa Clarita Valley. As at Pepperdine, the developers built with nonflammable materials and landscaped with foliage that resists fire. And the community easily survived its latest threat, last week’s 2,824-acre Magic Fire. Blackened slopes now stand beyond Stevenson Ranch, but not a single home was damaged. “Part of it is luck, the other part involves taking precautions,” Whaling said. “Usually the homes that survive, they have proper clearance, they don’t have piles of wood by their house or beds of fuel like little clumps of leaves on their roofs.” A pine tree that’s dropped piles of brown needles on a wood-shake roof is a welcome mat to a fire sweeping through. In fact, anything flammable close to a house will help flames gobble a home, Whaling said. A less obvious hazard might be an open living-room window that allows a flying spark to hit draperies, or a vent below the eaves of a house that exposes a wood-frame attic filled with flammable insulation, the Alhambra Fire Department’s Morales said. On one side of the Ross family, the neighbor’s house was leveled to a grotesque pile of scorched memories; on the other side, the walls of a home stand but the interior is gutted. It’s much the same along a two-block stretch of Camp Plenty and some surrounding streets marked by a bizarre checkerboard of charred lots next to homes where the only damage is singed trees and shrubs. Jay Bowman lives around the corner from the Rosses in Canyon Country, where neighbors have thanked him for staying behind and saving their homes. He had watered his roof all day long and when flames came close he hosed down his yard and doused embers at his neighbors’ homes, too. Melissa Ross’ husband did the same, staying to save the family home. “I was screaming at him to leave, but he wouldn’t,” she said. Still, while their efforts apparently paid off, residents who refuse to evacuate are a source of frustration for firefighters. “Human life is the most important thing to save,” said Whaling, the county fire captain. “A home – especially if it’s insured – can be replaced. Mementos can be remembered. It beats being in the burn ward or being dead.” Civilians also don’t have the proper training or clothing to be safe in a fire area, he said. And they often also can panic. “I have been in situations where people say, `I’m going to stay.’ Then when the fire hits, they don’t have any idea how intense it is. They’re scared, they’re frightened. They drive over our hoses, they run into us, they bump into the engines,” Whaling said. “They can get in the way of us doing our job in the most effective way. That means there can be more damage.” Vanessa Andrews, her husband and two sons have lived at the end of their cul-de-sac overlooking Camp Plenty for 10 months. The day before the fire, they finally held a housewarming. Their hilltop site was the only one on the street hit by the fast-moving flames, which destroyed their motor home and damaged two sheds and a free-standing garage. Some of the plastic chairs they rented for the housewarming party melted in the heat of the fire. Neighbors helped with garden hoses before Andrews’ husband finally directed a fire engine nearby to their street. The house was saved, but the damage estimate is about $50,000. “You don’t look at damage like this and say `Why me?’ You say, `Thank God,”‘ Andrews said. “Even if you lose it all, if your family’s OK, you’ll be OK.” (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Justice served

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 SEEING that Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling used devious business tricks to defraud investors, employees, retirees and the California energy market, we can all take some satisfaction in their conviction on federal fraud and conspiracy charges. This time, money wasn’t enough to buy an acquittal or a slap on the wrist for rich and powerful defendants. The two former Enron executives are likely to spend the rest of their lives behind bars. But the good news here is more than just that justice has been served. Enron’s spectacular rise and fall brought some much-needed public scrutiny to corporate America, with big companies now forced – by market pressures and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act- to pay more attention to matters of ethics. This is a good and necessary correction, one that reaffirms the country’s sense of the judicial system, as well as its faith in its economic institutions.last_img read more


first_imgAlmost 2,000 fans gathered in Ballyshannon to watch Donegal beat Mayo to take the Sam Maguire back home after 20 years.A large screen was erected in the town’s square and fans cheered every score as JIm McGuinness and the boys claimed a second All Ireland. Many thanks to our friends in Wallace Media for the video footage.Simply CLICK to play for all of today’s events. DDTV – BACK IN DONEGAL THE FANS ARE GOING NUTS! was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 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


first_imgNot very Christian….Jens Christiansen going into custodyTHIS is the Danish tourist caught after stealing a poor box from a Co Donegal church.He is Jens Christiansen, from Ledegardskov, Graasten – and he was nabbed with hundreds of euros of other coins – when he was spotted at Grainne’s Gap on October 9. Garda Paul Lynch told Carndonagh Court that the 61-year-old was very nervous when he asked him what he was doing there.There were bags and bags of coins in the hire car which Christiansen had hired at Dublin airport.“He said he had brought the coins into Ireland in his hand luggage which wasn’t credible because there was so much of it. It had been bagged and marked,” said Garda Lynch.During the search of the car, Gardaí found a collection box which had been stolen from Linsfort chapel in Buncrana.They also found three screw drivers, gloves, a hacksaw and a torch.“At that stage the accused admitted stealing the box from the church and that he was about to use the hacksaw to break it open,” said Detective Lynch.The stolen box contained €379.71 and Stg£60.08 while Det Gda Lynch said they also recovered a further Stg£1,374 and €579, all in coins.Judge Paul Kelly asked the accused what he was doing in Ireland and stealing church collection boxes to which Christiansen replied: “It was a bad idea. I am a tourist.”Judge Kelly ordered that the church collection box and its contents be returned to the church and ordered that all the other coins be forfeited to the State, but allowed the thief to keep €355 in cash to allow him to return to Denmark on his Norwegian Airlines flight on October 27.He jailed Christansen for three months but back-dated the sentence to October 9.However, he suspended the rest of the sentence from October 26 for a period of two years on condition he does not return to Ireland.TOURIST BANNED FROM IRELAND AFTER STEALING CHURCH POOR BOX was last modified: October 21st, 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:CarndonaghcrookDENMARKdonegalInishowenJens Christiansenthieflast_img read more


first_imgThe staff, Directors & Oversight Committee past and present of Letterkenny Credit Union Ltd have today paid tribute to popular staff member Donna Toye who has passed away.Donna was just 46, was originally from Ramelton but had been residing at Glentain Manor, Mountain Top Letterkenny. She died after a short illness.“We are greatly saddened at the loss of our dear colleague and friend Donna Toye,” said the organisation in a statement to Donegal Daily today. “Donna was an outstanding and dedicated employee for 22 years and was well known and loved by all staff and members who came in contact with her. Donna will be sadly missed by all. May she rest in peace.”As a mark of respect the office will remain closed on Tuesday 20th October 2015. Normal business will resume on Wednesday.Her remains are reposing at the home of her Sister Tara Wilkie, 1 Radharc  an Chuain, Coylin Court, Ramelton.Requiem Mass in tomorrow Tuesday October 20 at 11am in St Mary’s Church Ramelton. Burial afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryFamily flowers only.  Donations if desired to Donegal Hospice c/o of Sweeney Funeral Directors. LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION MEMBERS IN MOURNING AFTER DEATH OF POPULAR COLLEAGUE DONNA TOYE was last modified: October 19th, 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:credit uniondeathDonna ToyeletterkennyRameltonRIPlast_img read more

Busoga United, SC Villa share spoils at Mighty Arena

first_imgAction between Busoga United and SC Villa on Saturday. (PHOTO/SC Villa)Uganda Premier League Busoga United 1-1SC Villa Mighty ArenaSCVilla drew with Jinja based Busoga United 1-1 in the Uganda premier League on Saturday at the Mighty Arena.The hosts saw the back of the net early enough in the 18th minute through Boban Zirintusa who converted from the spot after Joel Madondo was bought down in the area.With ten minutes to the final whistle, SC Villa drew level through substitute Emmanuel Wasswa.Wasswa who is a former Ndejje University FC captain capitalized on a poor clearance by the hosts’ defence to bundle into the back of the net.Earlier, Madondo could have doubled the home side’s lead but his effort rattled the cross bar.It should be noted that Busoga United now has no win in its three last matches.SC Villa is now third on the table with 12 points while Busoga United are 9th with 7 points.Comments Tags: Boban ZirintusaBusoga UnitedEmmanuel WasswaSC VillaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Liverpool 1 – Reds within sight of victory at Loftus Road

first_imgRichard Dunne’s 67th-minute own goal left bottom-of-the-table QPR staring at another defeat despite a much improved display.They have dominated large parts of the game at Loftus Road, with Leroy Fer hitting the Liverpool bar twice in the first half.With his position under scrutiny after a dismal start to the season, Rangers manager Harry Redknapp made major changes.He switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Fer playing from the left, while Dunne replaced Rio Ferdinand, Mauricio Isla was deployed on the right flank, Yun Suk-Young was given a Premier League debut and Bobby Zamora started up front alongside Charlie Austin.There was also a debut for summer signing Alex McCarthy, with the goalkeeper coming in for Rob Green, who has tonsillitis.Redknapp called for more energy from his side and they responded early on, pressing Liverpool with an intensity that was sorely lacking in previous matches this season.They came close to scoring when Austin bundled his way past two challenges and was denied by keeper Simon Mignolet before shooting into the side netting from an awkward angle as he tried to bury the resulting loose ball.And an unmarked Fer missed a glorious chance when he fired against the top of the bar from 10 yards out after Zamora had pulled the ball back from the right.Fer almost atoned when found by Zamora’s right-wing cross but after the Dutchman’s header bounced off the woodwork, Austin could not force the ball past Glen Johnson on the line and Martin Skrtel was eventually able to clear.QPR kept up the pressure after the interval and Sandro had an effort saved by Mignolet but the Brazilian midfielder suffered another injury setback on the hour mark and limped off.Rangers suddenly lost their way and were rescued by a fine save by McCarthy and Mario Balotelli’s poor finishing.With the home defence under pressure, Isla inadvertently nudged the ball into Adam Lallana’s path and after McCarthy did superbly to get a hand to the midfielder’s shot, Balotelli wastefully fired over from the rebound.But there was nothing McCarthy could do when Dunne sliced Johnson’s low cross into his own net following a quickly taken free-kick after substitute Armand Traore had been harshly adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling.It was Dunne’s 10th own goal in the Premier League. QPR (4-4-2): McCarthy; Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Isla (Phillips 45), Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Vargas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Shooter Bindra included elite ISSF panel

first_imgBeijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has been included in the Athletes Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).The ace rifle shooter was nominated to the committee by the Nation Rifle Association of India (NRAI) with an aim of making a contribution towards the development of the sport.The former world champion was chosen by shooters from across the world who voted for him in the elections held during the World Championships at Munich earlier this year, a statement issued by Bindra’s media manager said on Monday.”Bindra with his vast experience will definitely be an asset to this committee and will positively contribute towards the betterment of the shooting sport,” the statement said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more