Gunmen rob welfare officer of motorcycle

first_imgWelfare Officer Alvin Leitch of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was on Sunday night sitting on his motorcycle at the Conquerors Ground at Tucville when two armed bandits pounced on him as he was conversing with two friends.The bandits reportedly approached the 27-year-old Leitch and his friends from inside the ground, and one of them whipped out a pistol, pointed it at Leitch, and demanded that he hand over the motorcycle key.Leith refused, but the bandit discharged two rounds into the air, and this prompted Leitch to hand over the key. The duo then escaped with the motorcycle.The matter was reported, and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Corruption, extra-judicial killings leading human rights problems in Guyana – US State Dept

first_img… criticises Nagamootoo’s attempts to censor media BY EDWARD LAYNEThe United States Department of State says corruption continues to be among the leading human rights problems facing Guyana.The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015, released by the department recently, also chronicled other human rights violations.“There remained a widespread public perception of corruption involving officials at all levels, including the police and the judiciary,” the report said.It noted however that the government responded to these reports, but did not elaborate.The report also stated that while the law requires public officials to declare their assets to an Integrity Commission, the commission has not been constituted.It added that the law sets out both criminal and administrative sanctions for nondisclosure to the commission by public officials, but, no such publication or convictions occurred during the year.Extra-judicial killingThe report cited as another significant human rights violation in Guyana is extra-judicial killings.“The most significant human rights problems were arbitrary killings by the government or its agents… there were several reports the government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings during the year,” it stated.It added that other human rights problems included lengthy pretrial detention, an age old problem in Guyana.Police abuseAddressing the issue of police excesses, the report stated that there was a lack of independent and transparent procedures for handling allegations of abuses by security force members.“Prosecutions when pursued were extremely lengthy, and convictions rare, leading to a widespread perception that security force members and government officials enjoyed impunity,” it notedThe document pointed to the July 2015 shooting to death of alleged smuggler Charles Caesar by a member of the now disbanded Berbice Anti-Smuggling Squad (BASS) while attempting to arrest him.Police reported that Caesar was suspected to have smuggled illegal goods into the country and attempted to run away to avoid arrest.On the issue of torture, the report stated that while the laws in Guyana continue to prohibit such acts there were reports alleging mistreatment of inmates by prison officials as well as allegations of police abuse of suspects and detainees.Prison conditionsThe report said that prison and jail conditions, particularly in police holding cells, were “harsh and potentially life threatening due to gross overcrowding, physical abuse, and inadequate sanitary conditions and medical care.”The Prison Service reported that, as of October 2015, there were 1944 prisoners in five facilities with a combined design capacity of 1640.“Overcrowding was in large part due to a backlog of pretrial detainees, who constituted approximately 11.3 per cent of the total prison population,” the report stated.Police and security apparatusThe report also pointed to the lack of adequate training, poor equipment, and acute budgetary constraints severely limiting the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) effectiveness as well as corruption within the force.“There were reports of corruption in the police force. Authorities charged and brought to court 23 GPF members for various crimes, including robbery, simple larceny, bribery, and indecent assault.According to the Caribbean Development Report commissioned by the UN Development Programme, public confidence in the police force was very low.It however noted that efforts were being made to address some of these issues. Same-sex unionThe report highlighted archaic laws which make consensual same-sex activity between adult men illegal and punishable by up to two years in prison.It stated that anal intercourse is punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison, regardless of whether the intercourse is between persons of the same sex. “Activists reported that it was more common for police to use the law to intimidate men who were gay or perceived to be gay than to make arrests,” the report cited.The law also criminalises cross-dressing. In October a male domestic worker was convicted for cross-dressing.Freedom of speech and pressOn the issue of freedom of speech and press, the US State Department said that while the government generally respects the laws which provide for Freedom of Speech in Guyana, there were attempts at state censorship during 2015.“In August the prime minister issued a directive that all headlines in the state-owned print media (Guyana Chronicle) be first scrutinised and approved by his office before they are published. The directive was a response to a headline criticising the government,” it notedPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has oversight responsibility for the state media, was harshly criticised for this action.He had also attempted to intimidate the young Journalists who wrote the article headlined: “Gov’t blunders on Budget Estimates …violates laws assented to by President Granger” in which the government was criticised.It meanwhile highlighted that government did not restrict or disrupt access to the internet or censor online content, and there were no credible reports that the government monitored private online communications without appropriate legal authority.last_img read more

Compton wins on the road, advances

first_imgBut the loud, snug confines of La Mirada gave the Matadores a decided home-court advantage. So perhaps it was even more impressive that Compton was on the road when it overcame an 11-point deficit to advance to the CIF Southern Section’s Division I-AA semifinals with a 75-68 victory. “They had the crowd into it, and we had to fight through it,” Compton junior sensation Demar Derozan said. “But we’re used to it by now.” LA MIRADA – Compton High’s fans tried to claim La Mirada’s gymnasium before Friday night’s game by cheering, “Who’s house? C’s house. “Who’s house? C’s house.” “We’ve been in a lot of close games like this,” Compton’s first-year coach Tony Thomas said. “We don’t panic. We’ve been in several dogfights like this, and we haven’t lost one. We execute down the stretch, and that’s the main thing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Derozan scored 27 points and was key in the win. But the biggest key was Compton’s poise in the final 3 minutes. La Mirada (21-8) took its only lead of the fourth quarter 62-61 with 3:32 left when sophomore center Derrick Williams made two free throws after Compton’s 6-foot-10 junior center Edgar Garibay fouled out. With Garibay out and La Mirada’s faithful in frenzy, the Matadores appeared to have momentum. But Derozan answered with two dunks, and senior point guard Tony Sandoval stole an inbounds pass and scored a layup to put Compton up 67-62 with 1:19 left. La Mirada’s Taylor Siemens answered with a 3-point shot that he banked in with 1:07 left to pull the Matadores within two points, but Compton again showed poise as Mitch Barnett-Burrell responded with a jump shot with 42.6 seconds left. The Tarbabes improved to 25-5. last_img read more

Russian WCup star Cheryshev in doping probe

first_img“They will inform WADA about the results of their investigation.”The 27-year-old came under suspicion after his father said in an interview that the footballer had received growth hormone treatment before the World Cup.The taking of a growth hormone without a therapeutic use exemption can result in a four-year ban.Cheryshev’s father later said he was misquoted by the journalist.The Villarreal midfielder, on-loan to Valencia this season, meanwhile denied any wrongdoing.“I think we’d better leave this case in the hands of medics, who have done everything right,” he told Sport Express.“For my part everything was honest and I think there will be no problems.”Cheryshev scored four goals as hosts Russia reached the World Cup quarter-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian World Cup star Denis Cheryshev © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 12 – Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, one of the standout performers at the World Cup, is under investigation for an alleged doping violation, local media reported Wednesday.“This case is currently being investigated by the Spanish Anti-Doping agency,” the Russian daily Sport Express quoted a World Anti-Doping Agency press spokesperson as saying.last_img read more

LAPD hopes its blog is an arresting read

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLike other blogs, visitors will be notified when it is updated and they can post their own comments, as long as there is no profanity. It will be updated weekdays, and the chief is expected to comment on it. The $380,000 redesign of the Web site, which included adding crime maps and an e-policing feature, was funded by the nonprofit Los Angeles Police Foundation, which also pays for the monthly server fees to run the site, Grady said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to boost the number of visitors to its Web site, the Los Angeles Police Department is adding a blog today to, officials said. The blog is part of a redesigned Web site, which has seen its traffic increase recently from 13 million to more than 30 million hits a month, spokeswoman Mary Grady said. She said Chief William Bratton proposed the LAPD blog after seeing the success of one posted by the city Fire Department. The site will provide visitors with more photos and details on police events in a more conversational tone. “What the blog does is allow people to take a look inside the LAPD,” said Lt. Ruben De La Torre, who will write the blog. “What I’ve found out from a lot of people is they want to know a little more about certain things in the field.” last_img read more

Library, Reiner issues failing

first_imgA $2.4 billion measure to tax the wealthy to pay for preschool for all California 4-year-olds was trailing in early returns Tuesday night. With less than a quarter of statewide precincts reporting, a majority of voters were opposing Proposition 82. Meanwhile, a $600 million library bond measure was opposed by more than half of voters. The propositions largely failed to capture voters’ attention in a campaign season dominated by the Democratic primary for governor. The “Preschool for All” measure, best known for its star backer, liberal Hollywood director Rob Reiner, would impose a 1.7 percent tax on individual incomes exceeding $400,000 and couples’ incomes over $800,000. At a downtown Los Angeles hotel, Reiner thanked supporters and volunteers, telling them the campaign succeeded in raising awareness about the need for preschool, even if it fails at the polls. “We will not be able to fix our educational system without quality preschools as a part of it,” Reiner said. He also extended an invitation to opponents of the initiative. “I’m here to ask them to help us, help us find another way,” Reiner said. Prominent state education leaders have promoted the initiative, citing studies that show children who attend preschool are less likely to quit school or be held back. The initiative also had support from the state’s two main teachers unions. Opponents, including the California Chamber of Commerce and venture capitalists, said the initiative would subsidize parents who already pay for private preschool and create another costly state mandate in a school system that needs other reforms. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

Job Vacancies: Green Vehicle Recycling seek mechanic and HGV lorry driver

first_imgTwo job opportunities exist at Green Vehicle Recycling Ltd.Mechanic / Apprentice:• Good knowledge of all vehicles and parts• Must be able to work on own initiative & work as part of a team HGV Lorry Driver:• To drive rigid and artic trucks, from 7 and half ton recovery to artic low loader & tippers• A full clean driver’s licence and a up to date CPCYard Person / Forklift Driver• Forklift licence would be an advantage • Stripping parts and loading trucks• Keeping the yard & work shop tidy• Training will be providedPlease send CV via email to or call +353 (0) 749.120.300Job Vacancies: Green Vehicle Recycling seek mechanic and HGV lorry driver was last modified: April 30th, 2018 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

Villagers hold protest against speeding

first_imgMuff residents and local representatives have taken to the streets to highlight the treacherous speeding problems in the village. A protest was held in the border village last Friday to call on Gardaí and Donegal County Council to take action before disaster strikes.The short protest was organised by Sinn Féin Cllr Jack Murray and local election candidate Terry Crossan in conjunction with members of the Muff Residents Group. Speaking afterwards, Terry Crossan said: “In light of some recent near misses it had been decided at a meeting with residents that something needed to be done to bring this issue to the attention of the relevant authorities.“We believe that the Gardaí need to be more proactive in enforcing speed limits and that random speed prevention measures should be introduced by way of a deterrent”.Mr Crossan continued: “Donegal County Council also need to fast track the current plans to their road design team to review speed limits and traffic calming in the village and at other dangerous locations across South Inishowen.” He added that the group intends to carry out further protests at Quigley’s Point, Killea and Carrigans in the coming weeks.“We would ask that all concerned residents would join us in these protests before someone is seriously injured or even killed,” Mr Crossan concluded.Villagers hold protest against speeding was last modified: April 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Oakland A’s projected to come back down to earth in 2019

first_imgThe A’s reached the postseason last year for the first time since 2014, but projections for this upcoming season have them crashing back down to earth.Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA projections for all 30 Major League Baseball teams Thursday morning. A 2019 finish of 80-82 is what the A’s are estimated to finish with, which is a downgrade of 17 wins from their 97-65 record from last season. The 80 wins would qualify for third in the American League West, according to the …last_img read more

Albers family tradition builds on rich German and agricultural heritage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While small towns and villages were forming in the wilderness of what is now western Ohio there was a steady stream of German immigrants coming to the area, regularly noted at the time for their hard work ethic and ingenuity. Part of that rich German tradition continues on the many farms in the region, including the Albers Ohio Century Farm in Shelby County, near McCartyville.The family founder, Henry Albers, left his farm in the Minster area and settled on the farm in 1884 where his eight children grew up. The farm had a home and barns when he moved there. Henry raised hogs, dairy cattle, chickens and crops.Henry died of a heart attack during planting season when his son, John, was 16. John eventually took over the farm and his son, Leonard Albers, grew up in the same house and has farmed the same ground. Leonard was the youngest of 13 children, and with his parents (John and Caroline) and two of his uncles (Herman and Ben, both Henry’s sons), there were 17 Albers living in the house for a few years during his youth.“The only heat we had upstairs was a hole in the floor and we heated the house with a coal stove. WeAll 13 of the Albers children were all together for this picture in 2012. Leonard is the second from the left in the back row.had big feather blankets to crawl under to keep warm,” Leonard said. “I think it was a blessing to grow up with that many people. You learned how to get along with people. We played a lot of monopoly and checkers. I remember the outhouse and I was in high school when we finally got a telephone. We were one of the last ones in the county to get a telephone. In the summer they would always prepare the meals in the summer kitchen.”With his father and two uncles on hand, the children still had plenty to do around the farm growing up.“We always went out to the barn but I don’t know that we really helped out a lot. We had two uncles living here and they did most of the work and I think my dad even had a hired hand,” Leonard said. “We had hogs and chickens — we would sell cartons of eggs.  We grew a few beans, corn, and sugar cane — we’d strip it and take it to the press at Maria Stein. Dad cleared a lot of the woods off too. I remember getting the eggs one time and the rooster came after me. I still don’t like roosters to this day. I didn’t do much with the milking or the hogs, but we had to clean out the farrowing stalls every Saturday. No matter what the weather we had to do that.”Leonard remembers the bread dipped in lard with molasses as one of the favorite treats of his childhoodLeonard Albers got his American FFA Degree in 1973 and then returned to the farm full time.that always followed a visit from the butchering crew that would travel the community and process the hogs in the winter. He also remembers the close adherence to German traditions and customs.“When my older sister went to school, she couldn’t talk in English at all,” he said.Most of his siblings settled nearby. Leonard and his brother, Vernon, took over the home farm with the original acreage.“Now it is a pretty large tract of Albers here around McCartyville,” Leonard said.Leonard came back to the farm after high school, earning his American FFA Degree in 1973.“I was never much of a hunter or anything but I always loved the outdoors. All I knew was farming. I had that in my mind when I started high school to come back and farm,” Leonard said. “When I finished high school, I took over the dairy and my brother put beef cattle and hogs across the road. The dairy hadAlbers farm photograph in 2016 — the farm has changed quite a bit but the dedication to agriculture has not. Albers farm photographs in 1953been here as long as I can remember. When I started in ‘73 we were milking 45 or 50 and we got up to 55 or 60. We fed out a few of our own for beef. We got up to 30 or 40 sows farrow to finish.”There were several opportunities during that time to expand the farm.“The neighbor’s farm went for sale and we bought that 160 acres in 1973. I bought it with my brothers,” Leonard said. “We tiled it and tore the fence rows out. We started growing beans a couple years before I got out of high school. We grew corn, beans and wheat and we grew a lot of alfalfa because we had cows.“Then we bought the next 80-acre farm on down from that. It was originally one of my uncle’s farms and we were able to buy it back. By buying that ground, the farm had just about doubled in size since I came back. It evolved quite nicely. We had local properties come up for sale and we had the good fortune that we could buy them and we kept expanding the crop ground. Later I had two back surgeries and got out of the dairy business after the second surgery in the early 1990s. We got out of hogs too and I started buying Holstein feeder steers. I can usually run about 200 head here. We get them at 500 or 600 pounds and finish them out. Now we farm around 1,150 acres of corn beans and wheat with the cattle and a few chickens.”The farm has a long history of conservation.“The first time we tried no-till it didn’t look very good. Dad said, ‘You’re better off to farm half as much and do it right.’ It was harder in those earlier days without Roundup or any of today’s equipment. We got the first no-till drill that John Deere sold. It took dad a couple of years to think it was OK. Some of that first stuff was pretty bad. You’d do it way back on the back 40 where only one neighbor could see it,” Leonard said. “My dad was a pretty progressive farmer. We hosted the Ohio No-Till Field Day in the 80s and I’m pretty engrained in no-till. We have everything systematically tiled. We bought a ditching machine in ‘73. We’ve done some work with cover crops — clover and radishes. This year we are going to try barley. We put it out so we can put on manure. We’ve also added filter strips and quail habitat and more manure storage for the cattle. And I have served for more than 25 years on the Soil and Water Board.”The equipment on the farm has changed drastically in Leonard’s time there.“I remember the first self-propelled combine we had. It didn’t have a cab on it. My dad had one of the first grain dryers too. It was very inefficient, but at the time it was better than anything else,” he said. “We thought it was really great when we got a corn planter with a monitor on it and now the auto steer equipment and yield mapping has changed a lot. When we put the light bar on the sprayer it was one of the first ones around.”Leonard still lives in the same (though renovated) house of his forefathers and farms with his brother Vernon. His son-in-law now also works full time on the farm. He never gave the history of the farm all that much thought, but his wife, Lou Ann, encouraged him to really appreciate his family’s farming tradition.“I grew up in Cincinnati and I am a public health nurse. I think we’re spoiled these days. There was no heat, no bathroom and they had an outhouse here when they grew up. They had the boys in one room and girls had to share another room — there were six boys and seven girls. They had to learn to get along well and they still do,” Lou Ann said. “It took that whole family to make this farm last this long. They were all very hard workers. I am a city girl looking in and I always appreciated farming. When I met Lenny I just appreciated a family that has had a farm for this long. How awesome to have a family to support this farm for four generations. He and his siblings don’t even think about that.”Leonard never knew his grandpa, who died when his father was only 16, but he does understand the love of farming shared by the founder of the Albers generations on the land.“You want it to always be a farm. You have to have it in your heart to even know what I am talking about,” he said. “It is something that is instilled in you.”last_img read more