Fire ravages abandoned Ogle house

first_imgAn uncontrolled fire on Sunday evening destroyed an uninhabited house along the Ogle Airstrip Road, East Bank Demerara, after firefighters were unsuccessful in containing the blaze.The property after the fire was dousedBased on information received, flames started emanating from the property at about 21:30h.Residents in the area would have been alerted by thick smoke and the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was immediately summoned to the scene.However, the tenders arrived at the said location without any water to douse the flames and then frantically began their search for a water source. By then, the two-storied building, constructed from wood, was completely damaged.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, neighbours indicated that vagrants would usually take shelter in the bottom flat of the house, which was unenclosed. The property stood without any fence and this allowed anyone to enter the yard.Only a shell remains intact as the upper flat was severely burnt. Apart from this structure, there weren’t any other buildings in close proximity that were threatened at the time of the fire.last_img read more

President instructs AG not to apologise

first_imgExecutive v JudiciaryMoments after highlighting the importance of judicial independence at State House on Wednesday, President David Granger told media operatives that he sees no need for Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams to apologise to a High Court Judge as he was not found to be contemptuous. The President was questioned on the possibility of asking the AG to apologise to Justice Franklin Holder over an outburst in the High Court during a hearing in March. However, President Granger feels that an apology is unwarranted based on an explanation that the AG gave of what transpired in court during the midst of the Carvil Duncan tribunal challenge case.“If the Judge felt that his behaivour was in contempt, the Judge knew what he had to do – he did not cite the Attorney General for contempt. As things stand, I feel that the explanation given to me by the Minister of Legal Affairs adequately deals with the complaints which I received,” the President explained on Wednesday.On March 23, 2017, AG Williams, in questioning whether or not the Judge had accurately recorded the evidence of witness Diana Persaud, told him that “the last person who told [him] what [he] should not say was a Magistrate and he is dead”.“I could say what I want to say and when I want to say it, I have always been like that,” the AG further told the Judge.Justice Holder in a report complaining to the Judiciary, said he walked out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter because of Williams’ behaviour but the AG said on numerous occasions that there was no need for him to apologise.Probed further, the President stressed that nothing justifies the calls for an apology to be offered.“Under the circumstances, I cannot see that there was anything which would have warranted, his being cited for contempt of court and that is the important thing that his behaviour was not contemptuous in court,” the Head of State stressed.Last Monday, Justice Holder recused himself from the case but accusations of interference in the judiciary surfaced since the judge’s recusal came days after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo requested that he do so. Justice Holder had subsequently insisted that he made this decision in the interest of the administration of justice.In the absence of the Attorney General last week, the Judge, giving reasons for his recusal, had explained to the court that the matter became politicised, and accused Williams of “egregious and disrespectful” behaviour which was “not necessarily contemptuous”.However, former Speaker of the National Assembly and Senior Counsel, Ralph Ramkarran, weighing on the issue earlier this week, cited the work of internationally known legal experts, to posit his view that Judges should be careful about recusing themselves from a case because of perceived biases.“The main basis for recusals by Judges, or other adjudicators, including Magistrates, is actual or potential bias or the appearance thereof. It is in the Judge’s discretion to do so,” Ramkarran had expressed.Ramkarran, a former senior member of the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited Professor of Law, Abimbola Olowofoyeku, who had posited in 2016 that inappropriate recusals have the potential to be very damaging.“Professor Olowofoyeku suggested that recusal is inappropriate on such grounds as appeasement of a party, allegations by a party, personal attacks against the adjudicator, intellectual difficulty with a matter, pragmatism or avoiding a conundrum unrelated to bias.”“Some principles to be considered are: objectively justifiable grounds; whether litigants are judge-shopping or judges are case-shopping; a real possibility of bias as apprehended by an informed observer and not a fanciful, tenuous, fantastic or superficial possibility,” he stated.As such, the Senior Counsel said Professor Olowofoyeku urged that recusals ought only to be resorted to so that justice must be done and be seen to be done so as to maintain public confidence in the impartiality of Judges and to help maintain impartiality as a matter of fact.“Judges, he said, need to respond to allegations of bias very carefully and with great care and circumspection. But they must show some (fortitude) in the process, (being) robust and strictly objective in their application of the jurisprudence.”He said that this is “because the Judge or Judges rely on the Government or a member of it, such as the Head (of State), for confirmation of their appointment. Where the Chancellor and Chief Justice continue to hold acting appointments, it is inevitable that an enterprising lawyer will make an objection in a case in which the Government is a party.”Citing the case of Chile’s former Head of State, Augusto Pinochet, Ramkarran observed that during his hearing there was an allegation of potential bias in relation to one of the Judges. It was argued that because of the Judge’s wife’s position with Amnesty International, a party to the case, he should recuse himself.Ramkarran said the test, as stated by the Professor, is whether the fair-minded and informed observer, after considering the facts, would conclude that there was a real possibility that the tribunal was biased.Embattled Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan had moved to the courts to challenge the tribunal set up to determine if he should be removed from several constitutional posts in light of charges, which were laid against him. However, the High Court proceedings were left at a standstill, on account of the Judge leaving the courtroom without adjourning the matter, following statements made by the prosecuting counsel, Attorney General Basil Williams.In a letter dated May 4, 2017, which was addressed to the Attorney General, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo raised concerns about having a fair trial in light of the incident.“… I am of the opinion that neither the State, nor I, will receive fair hearing in the matter….in view of the foregoing, therefore, I authorise you to request that the Honourable Mr Justice Holder recuse himself from further hearing the matter,” the Prime Minister noted in a letter, which was forwarded to both the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) and Chief Justice (ag), as well as President David Granger.After this request was tendered, Defence Attorney representing Duncan, Anil Nandlall had accused the Prime Minister and the Attorney General of engaging in “juvenile antics”, saying that the letter of request to the Judge was a “plot” that in effect “undermines” the tenets of democracy.Nandlall had further highlighted that the principle of separation of powers may be under threat.Justice Holder has deferred the Carvil Duncan case to the Chief Justice (ag) and the Chancellor (ag).last_img read more

U.S.-led forces kill top al-Qaida in Iraq figure linked to kidnappings

first_imgCaldwell said the confusion apparently stemmed from misunderstandings among Iraqi security forces as al-Jubouri’s body was being moved across Baghdad after it was released to his tribe. But he played down implications that it was a symptom of a broader problem of communication between U.S. and Iraqi forces, saying instead that it showed that the Iraqis were doing their jobs. “They at least knew that they had somebody who was very significant,” he said, adding that was “a very positive thing.” The Islamic State of Iraq confirmed in an Internet statement that al-Jubouri, whom it called its official spokesman, had been killed. It denied the deaths of al-Baghdadi and al-Masri. Al-Jubouri was believed to have been deeply involved in the kidnapping of Jill Carroll, the Christian Science Monitor reporter who was released unharmed, and Tom Fox of Clear Brook, Va., one of four men from the Chicago-based peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams who was found shot to death in Baghdad on March 10, 2006, he said. He was also involved in the kidnapping of two Germans in January 2006, Caldwell said. Caldwell said al-Jubouri helped facilitate Carroll’s transport from one location to another and was believed to have been the last known person to have custody of Fox before he was killed. The Monitor later reported that Carroll did not recognize a photo of al-Jubouri that the military provided. Al-Jubouri was arrested in 2003 by the U.S. and freed a year later, Caldwell said. A man who claimed to be a relative said al-Jubouri, in his mid-30s and a father of four, deepened his involvement with insurgents after his release. The relative spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his own safety.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – U.S.-led forces killed a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure linked to kidnappings of a Christian Science Monitor reporter and other Westerners, the military said Thursday as mourners gathered at the slain terrorist’s home in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad. The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, said a rocket attack on the Green Zone killed four Asian contractors Wednesday, the third straight day that extremists fired rockets or mortars at the U.S.-controlled area. The announcement of the death of al-Qaida propagandist Muharib Abdul-Latif al-Jubouri came after days of conflicting reports from the Iraqi government that the top leaders of the terror group and its front organization – the Islamic State of Iraq – had been killed. Chief spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the military did not have the bodies of al-Qaida boss Abu Ayyub al-Masri or Islamic State leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and did not know “of anybody that does.” last_img read more

Zidane expects Real to ‘suffer’ in Paris after first-leg win

first_imgRonaldo had earlier drawn Madrid level with his 100th Champions League goal for the club from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, cancelling out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side.“We can afford to have a bit of euphoria tonight. We have to be satisfied, and enjoy this,” said Zidane.“But there is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity. We know we are going to suffer.”Real had already suffered for large spells of Wednesday’s match, before PSG collapsed defensively in the closing stages, unable to adjust after Zidane sent on Marco Asensio.Striker Asensio set up the two late goals, and Zidane will take plenty of credit for the impact his substitutions had on the game just when it looked as though PSG would leave the Spanish capital with the edge in the tie.Zidane, under pressure because of Real’s indifferent domestic form, again saw the Champions League bring the best out of his team and Ronaldo.“With Ronaldo it’s difficult to always say the same thing. He has shown once again that he always turns up in the big games,” said Zidane, after the Portuguese became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club.He has scored 11 this season in Europe in just seven matches, and he won the battle of the superstars at the Bernabeu with PSG’s Neymar.“Real Madrid love the Champions League and as players we can feel that on the pitch,” Ronaldo said after collecting his man of the match prize.“Today things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet.”– Soft penalty, say PSG –Neymar had his moments but it was a frustrating night on the whole for PSG’s Brazilian superstar in Madrid © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREWhile Real are looking to win the European Cup for the third year running — something no club has done since Bayern Munich in 1976 — and the 13th time overall, PSG risk seeing their wait for a first Champions League crown go on.A year after they fell apart in historic fashion to lose 6-1 in Barcelona at the same stage of the competition after winning 4-0 at home, here was another late collapse on Spanish soil.Coach Unai Emery surely needs to win this tie to remain in the job, but he took big decisions that backfired.Captain Thiago Silva was left out, 21-year-old Giovani Lo Celso started in midfield and Angel Di Maria stayed on the bench even when Edinson Cavani came off in the second half.“The team played well and deserved better. We have to be optimistic and positive for the match in Paris. We still have a good chance of getting through,” claimed Emery, who has drawn once and lost 10 times in 11 visits to the Bernabeu as a coach.Emery tried to turn the focus on Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi, saying the penalty the hosts got for a Lo Celso challenge on Toni Kroos was soft. He also felt his side should have had a spot-kick for a Sergio Ramos handball.“When we play against a big team, it’s the same, always,” bemoaned PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi.“Last year against Barcelona, this year against Real Madrid. OK, Real Madrid are a big club, but that’s enough now. UEFA have to do something.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to beat PSG 3-1 in their Champions League last 16, first leg © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Zinedine Zidane warned his Real Madrid players that they can expect to suffer in the return leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain despite seeing Cristiano Ronaldo inspire a 3-1 comeback victory on Wednesday.The reigning European champions stunned the PSG of Neymar in the last 16, first-leg showdown with two goals in the final seven minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu from Ronaldo and Marcelo.last_img read more

Wilmington refinery closes after outage

first_imgBy Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER A Wilmington oil refinery has been shut down since Wednesday because of complications resulting from a power outage that the Department of Water and Power has been unable to explain. On Thursday, a cloud of yellow, metallic dust burst from a stack at the ConocoPhillips facility as workers tried to restart equipment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRefinery officials said the plume posed no health threat. ConocoPhillips spokesman Andy Perez said he did not know when the facility would resume operation. It can take days for the complicated refining process to be restarted after such a long electrical disruption, he said. Power to the refinery was lost at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and the outage lasted for 19 minutes, Perez said. The Wilmington Valero facility also lost power. Valero officials did not immediately return calls. Perez speculated Thursday that the power outage was caused by human error at the DWP rather than an equipment malfunction. “How could you pull power on two major refineries?” Perez said. “We have a co-generation (backup) unit. They pulled our power on that, too. Why? ? This is a major setback for us.” DWP spokeswoman Kimberley Hughes on Thursday did not say whether the city utility knows the reason for the outage. “We have to do many checks on parts of the equipment,” Hughes said. “They are looking at the whole scope. Everything is under investigation right now.” The dust cloud released Thursday was visible but not harmful to workers or residents,Perez said. The dust was a mixture of iron, copper, nickel, aluminum, carbon and other elements. No one was evacuated, and work continued at the plant after the 2 p.m. incident. “It is something we don’t take lightly. That rarely happens,” Perez said. “Fortunately for us, it dissipated quickly. Nothing fell down on us. Nobody was choking. There was no acute health risk. It was a very visible, very large cloud. Everybody’s safe.” The facility will remain closed until investigators determine if it is safe to resume operations, he said. Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, said four inspectors went to the plant Thursday after the agency received 10 complaints from residents about the dust cloud and odor. “The problem occurred when they were attempting to restart a unit,” Cherry said. “It caused visible emissions; odor complaints.” Cherry said the agency has not decided whether a public-nuisance violation will be issued to the company. The metal combination released into the air is used to break down crude oil into gasoline. Perez said the outage left catalyst dust inside the fluid cracking catalyst unit. There was no way for workers to know it was inside the vent until they turned it on. The units are rarely shut off, he said. sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Ultimate 90s XI with a very creative team – Vieira over Keane in 4-3-3 line up?

first_img 11 Left midfield: Ryan Giggs (Man United 1991-2014) – He’s Ryan Giggs. Picking this XI is no easy task – just try it yourself.For a start the Premier League was pretty blessed with goal machines in the 90s where the likes of Robbie Fowler, Ian Wright and Andy Cole scored for fun.The same could be said of midfield where David Beckham came to prominence and Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira competed for superiority.Meanwhile, David Ginola was tearing defenders apart for Newcastle and Tottenham and we haven’t even mentioned the wonderful Eric Cantona.But talkSPORT has managed to pick an XI, opting for an attack minded group and a pretty mean defence.Scroll through the gallery to see the 4-3-3 line up and let us know who would form your team if you disagree. 11 Left forward: Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea 1996-2003) – Zola had bags of talent and wouldn’t dream of letting his team-mates down. The ultimate pro. 11 Right midfield: Steve McManaman (Liverpool 1990-1999) – McManaman was exciting to watch and his displays for Liverpool in the 90s helped seal a move to Real Madrid where he won the Champions League. 11 Centre back: Tony Adams (Arsenal 1983-2002) – Adams was a consistent performer in one of the Premier League’s stingiest defences. 11 Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel (Man United 1991-1999) – scroll through the gallery to see the best Premier League players in the 1990s – David Seaman was a candidate but Man United’s shouty no.1 edges it here. Right forward: Matt Le Tissier (Southampton 1986-2002) – Without doubt Le Tissier was one of the most creative players in Premier League history. An absolute joy to watch. Centre back: Sol Campbell (Tottenham 1992-2001) – It was not exactly a golden decade for Tottenham, but Campbell stood out, became an England regular and earned a move to Arsenal. 11 Central midfield: Patrick Vieira (Arsenal 1996-2005) – A leader in the middle who was great at winning the ball back and beginning Arsenal attacks. Sorry, Mr Keane… 11 Striker: Alan Shearer (Blackburn 1992-1996, Newcastle 1996-2006) – Shearer is the Premier League’s greatest goal scorer with 260 and for three successive seasons in the 1990s he won the Golden Boot. Left back: Denis Irwin (Man United 1990-2002) – Fergie would put Irwin in an all time Man United XI if ever forced to pick one, calling him an ‘unbelievable’ player. 11 11 11 11 Right back: Lee Dixon (Arsenal 1988-2002) – Despite the emergence of Gary Neville, Dixon gets the vote. He was consistent in both attack and defence throughout the decade. last_img read more

Harps U19’s host Dundalk, while U17’s face local rivals Derry City

first_imgFOOTBALL: It’s the final Northern Section group match this Saturday for the Finn Harps U19s and Joe Boyle’s side must secure the three points against Dundalk in Ballybofey (kick-off 2.00) to have a chance of finishing in the top two which would guarantee them a home draw in the quarter-finals of the FAI National League competition.And for that to happen Derry City would also need to either draw or lose their last group away to Drogheda Utd, That match also takes place this Saturday. St. Pat’s lead on 35 points followed by Dundalk (34), Derry City (33) and Harps are fourth on 32 points. As it stands the Harps U19s are through to the knockout stages of the FAI National League competition.On Sunday Boyle’s boys had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium. It took a late Simon McGlynn penalty to earn the visitors a share of the spoils. The manager had traveled to Longford minus five regular squad members including Mark Coyle and B.J. Banda who were called up to the senior team panel for the Dundalk game on Monday night. This Saturday the Harps U17s make the short trip to take on Derry City (kick-off 2.00) in a local derby with a place in the knockout stages of the national competition still very much on the cards for Declan Boyle’s. Including the Derry game Harps have two games left to secure a top four place. St. Pat’s and Bohemians have already qualified for the quarter-finals with Harps, Sligo Rovers, Dundalk, Derry, Athlone and Shelbourne all battling for the final two places.A 4-0 win over Shelbourne in Killygordon on Saturday keeps Boyle’s boys on track for a place in the knockout stages of the national competition.  Two goals each from captain Shane Blaney and Niall McGinley sealed the victory for Boyle’s sideHarps U19’s host Dundalk, while U17’s face local rivals Derry City was last modified: September 14th, 2016 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:derry cityDundalkfinn harpsSportU17sU19slast_img read more

TRAGIC CONOR TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY

first_imgHundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects at the home of tragic Conor Boyle who will be laid to rest later today.Tragic ConorThe 18 year old Loughanure man’s body will be taken to the Star of the Sea church in Annagry for his funeral mass at 1pm followed by burial.Conor’s short life has been recalled, celebrated and honoured in recent days by the West Donegal community who came out in their droves to support his family. Thousands of messages have appeared on social media including twitter and Facebook since Conor’s death in a car crash on September 6th in London.Pupils from Conor’s old school, Rosses Community School, as well as members of his GAA Club Naomh Muire will perform guards of honour at his funeral.   TRAGIC CONOR TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY was last modified: September 29th, 2013 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:car crashConor BoylefuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

KCCA Leopards require overtime to end JKL’s winning start to season

first_imgThe loss was JKL Lady Dolphin’s (in white) first loss of the season (Photo by FUBA Media)National Basketball LeagueJKL Lady Dolphins 57-60 KCCA LeopardsYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 13-07-2018KCCA ended JKL Lady Dolphin’s winning start to the NBL on Friday evening with a 60-57 overtime win.JKL who had won their first eight games came into the game confident they can increase their unbeaten run but that could not be as KCCA put up a spirited display to force overtime and eventually inning the game.The game started on a low note, as both sides looked blunt and It took four minutes for the first basket courtesy of Hilda Naigaga to put KCCA 2-0.JKL came back into the tie with a force, before edging the first quarter 9-5.KCCA won the second 10-9 before the third ended all square at 12-12.With KCCA trailing by just three points going into the last quarter, the Ali Mavita coached side put up a stellar performance to score 20 points to lead 47-43 with 47 seconds on the clock.Hope Akello laid up to reduce the deficit to two points, and with just seven seconds remaining, KCCA’s Judith Ayo Nansobya fouled Ritah Imanishimwe (former UCU teammates) for the later to convert both of her free throws to send the game 47-47 to overtime.In overtime, Ayo made amends: she scored from downtown, converted all her four free throws as KCCA edged the five minutes 13-10 to win a hard fought game 60-57.The defeat ends JKL’s unbeaten run in the season as the side had won all their eight league engagements.Martha Soigi led with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Cynthia Irakunda collected 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists before Judith Ayo Nansobya scored 12 points in the victory.JKL’s Jamila Nansikombi scored a game high 18 points, Muhayimuna Namuwaya and Rita Immanishimwe added 10 points each, the later had a bad day in office as she shot 3-25 on the field.Unlike KCCA Leopards who will return to court on July 22 against Magic Stomers, JKL Ladies have no time to rest as they will play Javon Ladies on Saturday at KIU courts in Kansanga.Comments Tags: JKL Lady DolphinsKCCA LeopardsNBL 2018last_img read more

Introducing Shayna Rubin: Early impressions of a new A’s beat writer

first_imgProfessional clubhouses today tend to have lockers occupied by athletes hunched over their smartphone screens. Freakish ability to throw or hit a 90 mph fastball aside, baseball players are a lot like the rest of us.So I’ve been surprised at how much action the kid-sized Nerf basketball hoop hanging up above Marcus Semien’s locker in the A’s clubhouse gets.Semien, Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt, Matt Olson — everyone on this A’s team, really — exerts their pre-game anxieties and …last_img