Albion fire victim pleads for help

first_imgThe teacher who was pregnant when her Albion home went up in flames one month ago is now pleading with the public for assistance.While support has been slow, the Fire Service has been pushing the family around to get a needed document.“It has been hard, and it is though still — the challenge right now,” the Guyana Times was told on Saturday afternoon.Shennisa Willie and five of her childrenThe blaze that occurred at High Reef, Albion, Corentyne on March 13 had left seven persons homeless.Shennisa Willie has since given birth to her sixth child.She says while a few persons have come forward to assist and get her children back in school, the family is still greatly in need.Willie is now living at a house at Manchester, Corentyne with her husband and six children, but the building is not much more than a part-shelter with walls.In fact, a few days after she moved into the building, she fell through the floor, landing thirteen feet below, and was picked up in the yard and rushed to hospital, where she also gave birth.“I need a house to stay in. I need beds, I don’t have beds for them to sleep on; sheets… I have one stove that is punishing me to cook, especially in the morning when (it’s time) to go to school. I don’t even have pots; only one pot and a canary… I don’t have accessories to use to cook with.”According to the teacher, the Guyana Fire Service, which arrived after her building was flattened, has not been able to furnish her with documents she needs. According to Willie, it appears as though there is only one officer at that department who can do the work.“The officers at the Rose Hall Fire Service told me that the officer gone on some course and they don’t know when he coming back. Then I call New Amsterdam and they told me that I have to wait until Rose Hall send the report. I beg the New Amsterdam officer to see how fast he can get it, and he said he will see what he can do,” Willie related on Saturday.However, two weeks ago, she had informed this publication about the apparent slothfulness in the process of getting a fire report, and that there was not much help she was getting from the New Amsterdam Fire Service.The couple is battling to make ends meet along with their children, ages 11, 10, 9, 5, and one month.Anyone who wishes to make contact with the family can do so on telephone number 672-5363 and 686-1289.last_img read more

Hotelier on $1.5M for shooting Kitty man

first_imgErwin Bacchus, owner of the Tourist Villa Hotel in Subryanville, Georgetown, was on Wednesday placed on $1.5 million bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a manslaughter charge alleging that on August 4, 2018 at Subryanville, he unlawfully killed Jason De Florimonte.Dead: Jason De FlorimonteHis attorneys, Nigel Hughes and Glenn Hanoman, told the magistrate in a bail application that their client was acting in self-defence on the day of the incident.Hughes disclosed that Bacchus had fired two warning shots before shooting De Florimonte, who had armed himself with a knife and rolling pin and had attacked the hotel’s handyman.As conditions of his bail, Bacchus has had to lodge his passport at the Kitty Police Station, and is also required to report weekly to the same station. The case will continue on August 29.Reports are that on Saturday last, 30-year-old Jason De Florimonte of Lot 96 Fifth Avenue, Subryanville Georgetown was reportedly assaulting his girlfriend, Christine Rambarran, in front of his home at around 01:45h.This caught the attention of a 29-year-old handyman employed by the hotel, who intervened to assist the woman. That intervention reportedly angered De Florimonte, and an argument ensued. Realising that the situation was escalating, the handyman ran into the hotel, with De Florimonte in hot pursuit.Bacchus whipped out his licensed firearm and allegedly fired several shots in De Florimonte’s direction. De Florimonte was shot, and was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A post mortem examination conducted on his body has given his cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.last_img read more

Wales market vendors’ hardships deepen

first_img…say community “hopeless”By Shemuel FanfairFifteen months after the shutdown of the Wales Sugar Estate, former workers, many of whom reside in the community, are continuing to face the economic burden of reduced finances and scarce employment. The same can be said of the market sellers at Wales, who have collectively stressed their continued challenges into the second year of the West Bank Demerara (WBD) estate being shuttered.At a visit to the area where the once famous ‘Friday Market’ is held; just before 13:00h, sellers were packing up their stocks for the day. This was unlike before December 2016, when the market went later than 17:00h. Guyana Times spoke with several vendors to get a sense of how they are coping in the face of the closure. What was clear was most of them were taking home the day’s produce, in hope that somehow, they would get another opportunity to at the very least, make a profit in order to provide for themselves and their families.Chandrapaul Persaud feels the Wales community has gone down the drainAt the time this newspaper caught up with Jocelyn Boston, she was preparing to leave her stall for the day. In a sombre tone, Boston, who has been vending for over seven years, bemoaned her continued struggles which increase with each passing day since the closure of the Wales estate.“It very hard, we ain’t getting the sales like before. You come out just so you gotta pack back and go in. One and two residents coming out and buy; Uitvlugt workers don’t get pay here. They don’t spend here because they got other markets that they passing,” Boston noted.Referencing the reprieve that some workers were rehired at Rose Hall and Enmore Estates, she expressed that they would all be overjoyed if Wales could be reopened.“Auntie Baby” recorded little sales into the afternoon hours“We would be so happy; this place would go [back to] normal. We punishing bad here. You buying a bag of Boulanger and when it used to take you two days to sell out, now it taking you from Friday to Friday,” she stressed.Boston’s sentiments were shared with her fellow vendors. Many of them indicated that much wastage occurs to their perishables and at times, they could barely break even. Another factor which sellers highlighted was an increase of theft in the Wales area.Jocelyn Boston already packed up and ready to go home after low sale at the Wales MarketOne female seller, who is also a farmer at Sisters Village, linked the social issue to the closure of the estate, noting that many young people are “liming on the road” because they “have nothing to do.” She also highlighted that when Wales was operating, as private cane farmers, many young people could have sought them for employment, especially in the out of crop season.Declining to be identified, the Sisters Village farmer observed that besides cane cutting, young men were able to obtain earnings from digging drains and preparing lands. She added that after the entity closed, her family chose to convert two acres of sugar cane lands into cash crops. However, she stressed that they are suffering losses since much of their produce is stolen from their farm.“Is like you just want run away from here; is a hopeless place. Here nah got hope no more,” the farmer and market vendor told Guyana Times on Friday.Chandrapaul Persaud, who is a native of Mahaicony, has been living and working at the Wales area since 1973 when he married and came to live in the area. However, he maintains his farm at Mahaicony and would travel from the East Coast Demerara community to Wales with his produce. The 62-year-old however indicated that with reduced earnings, his situation is especially worrying since he does not obtain a monthly pension as he never contributed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Persaud told this newspaper that the diversification plans should have been put in place before the Estate was closed.“The (Wales) Estate gone down the drain,” he noted.The entity’s closure was seen as a cost-saving measure due to billions of dollars that were allocated to the declining sugar industry, especially to Wales. The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) which has oversight of the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) put the Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates up for sale to private investors. Some ex-sugar workers from those entities were re-hired to keep the estates running. In March 2018, NICIL put thousands of acres of land from Wales, as well as machinery from various estates, on the market.last_img read more

August 16th North Peace Fall Fair Pictures

first_imgThe Draft Horse Show took place in one of the arenas at the Fall Fair Grounds.                                                                                 Picture: Amber DavyA crowd gathers as a parade of tractors head to the area where the Tractor Pull takes place.                                                                                     Pictue: Amber DavyA team attempts to get the fastest time in the Log Sawing Contest. Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –The crowd watches as the finals for the 11th Annual Tractor Pull take place.                                                                                        Picture: Amber Davylast_img

Champions League ‘massive’ to Spurs new home – Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Kane on target: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane vies with Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described a return to Champions League football at the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium next season as “massively important” after securing a top four finish on Wednesday.Spurs qualified for the Champions League for a third consecutive season thanks to Harry Kane’s winner in a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle allied to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield. Victory also moved Pochettino’s men above Liverpool into third, and he believes their success this season is even more laudable having played the whole campaign at a temporary home in Wembley.“For the club (it) is a massive thing to move to the new stadium and play Champions League,” said Pochettino.“It will be another massive challenge because it will be the same as playing in Wembley. It will be a fantastic stadium, but you need to make the stadium your home.”Despite undoubted progress in Pochettino’s four years in charge, Spurs have still yet to win a trophy under the Argentine.And he accepted that silverware is the next challenge having established Tottenham as a regular in the top four.“The first step is to be competitive, to reduce the gap with the top four, and that was the challenge four years ago. Now it is the first time in 23 years in the Premier League Tottenham is above (all) the (other) London clubs.“Next is the trophy, but you need to build. We are not in a club that won a lot in the past years.”Spurs had won just one of their previous five games as a late season slump threatened to cost them Champions League football.And in their penultimate match at their temporary home, the hosts were grateful to some good fortune and wayward Newcastle finishing to seal their return to Europe’s premier club competition next season.Jonjo Shelvey smashed a free-kick from the edge of the box off the post before Hugo Lloris produced a fine flying save to his right to parry a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles.Dwight Gayle headed over a decent opportunity with a free header from close range and then saw a tame effort comfortably handled by Lloris once more.With tension among the home support rising, Spurs fans could barely believe their eyes when Kane completely failed to make contact as the ball fell invitingly for him with just Dubravka to beat just before the break.Kane hasn’t been at his best since returning from ankle ligament damage last month that kept him sidelined for three weeks.However, England’s talisman still can’t be offered too many clear-cut chances, and he made amends to settle Spurs’ nerves five minutes into the second-half.Son Heung-min’s low cross teed up Kane to open his body and curl home his 39th goal of the season into the top corner.There were still a few scares to survive for Spurs as Ayoze Perez fluffed his lines with a great chance to equalise and substitute Jacob Murphy then had the visitors’ best chance of the night, but blasted high and wide to a palpable sense of relief.The Spurs fans rose to their feet to greet Toby Alderweireld’s return as a substitute. The Belgian has been sidelined by Pochettino in recent months reportedly due to his refusal to sign a new contract with the club.And seconds later there were more celebrations as news of the full-time score filtered through from Stamford Bridge that Chelsea’s Champions League chase had faltered0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

District of Taylor to host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day this Saturday

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – This Saturday, September 14, the District of Taylor will be hosting its Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.Taylor Fire Chief, Steve Byford, says the District will host its first cleanup and community education day event which is the first step for the District of Taylor in becoming a recognized FireSafe Community.Some of the events taking place during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day include Wildland community cleanup of an area within the District and a free community barbecue, along with an open house tour of the Taylor Fire Department.- Advertisement -FireSmart Canada along with their partners awarded the District of Taylor with a $500 award to support our Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in 2019.The Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is taking place September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Taylor Fire Hall.For more information, you can call Steve Byford at 250-789-3392.Advertisementlast_img

Man charged with murder in fatal street-racing crash

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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two were driving south side-by-side just north of Gallatin Road when they came upon a slower-moving vehicle in the right lane, according to authorities. To avoid the slower car, Ramirez pulled onto the right shoulder and accelerated past it, while Paragas passed to the left. Ramirez lost control of his 2005 Mitsubishi Evo while on the shoulder and spun left across the concrete divider and into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta carrying four people. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. – From staff and wire reports EL MONTE – An 18-year-old was charged Tuesday with murder and other charges in connection with an Oct. 7 fatal street-racing accident in Pico Rivera, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Fitzgerald Paragas is charged with one count of murder with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury; one count of vehicular manslaughter and four counts of reckless driving causing injury – all felonies. He also is charged with misdemeanor street racing. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $1.1million. Paragas and the victim, Brian Ramirez, who were friends, allegedly were racing their cars on Rosemead Boulevard at speeds reaching 90 mph. last_img read more

Everton make ‘£14m bid’ for Barcelona star

first_img targets The towering centre-half, who scored against England at the World Cup, only moved to the Camp Nou last summer in a £10 million transfer.According to reports, Merseyside rivals Liverpool are also interested in signing the 23-year-old. 2 Latest transfer news LATEST Lucas Digne is wanted by Everton, who have reportedly made a £14 million bid for the Barcelona defender.After making just 21 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants last season, the France Under-21 international’s future is in doubt. REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina is set to leave Barcelona this summer. IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets 2 RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Everton boss Marco Silva is also looking to strengthen his defensive ranks this summer and Digne could be drafted in as a long-term replacement for veteran full-back Leighton Baines.The club are also reportedly looking to bring teammate Yerry Mina to Goodison Park. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Digne started just eight games in LaLiga for Barca last season LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde is looking to bolster his defensive options this summer, which would see Digne fall further down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.Everton are ready to pounce and, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Toffees have submitted a £14m offer for the 25-year-old. moving on last_img read more

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS NEW FOREST FIRES HIT THE COUNTY

first_imgThe scene in the early hours of this morning on the Killybegs Road outside Glenties. donegaldaily.comAN investigation is underway after yet another gorse and forest fire overnight.Embattled fire crews from Glenties were called out once again to tackle a blaze.Officers attended the scene of a massive forest fire on the Killybegs road at 3am and have spent the morning dousing the flames. It brings to more than 20 the number of gorse and forest fires tackled by crews in Glenties, Dungloe, Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh and Buncrana in the past week.INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS NEW FOREST FIRES HIT THE COUNTY was last modified: April 29th, 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:donegaldonegal daily newsforest fireGlentiesgorse firelast_img read more

City manager hopefuls interviewed

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’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – City Council members went behind closed doors Wednesday to interview candidates for the long-vacant job of city manager. City officials said the closed-door interviews were legal under state law. Officials also turned down a request from this newspaper asking for the number of job candidates being interviewed, as well as the names of the interviewees. “In this instance, publicly disclosing the names of individuals who have applied for city manager would be an unwarranted invasion of their personal privacy,” deputy city clerk Evelyn Izaguirre wrote in response to the request. Tom Newton, general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association, said a city council can conduct job interviews behind closed doors and keep candidates names secret if the candidate so requests. “It is traditional,” Newton said. However, City Councilman Gregory Salcido on Wednesday disclosed that list of finalists includes six names. Hired City Hall consultant Chuck Fuentes was among the six, Salcido said. “There is no process,” Salcido said in a swipe at the council’s closed-door interviews. Referring to Fuentes, Salcido said he found it “certainly unethical and likely illegal” that the consultant, a close ally of Councilman Ron Beilke, is among the finalists for the job. “He also has the unique characteristic of being the only candidate who has participated in a council members’ campaign where the primary objective of that campaign was to remove the previous city manager,” Salcido said. Fuentes campaigned for Beilke, who was critical of the previous City Council for approving a pay raise for former City Manager Dennis Courtemarche that pushed his salary to above $200,000 a year. After Beilke’s election, the new council majority fired Courtemarche in April, hired Fuentes as a consultant charged with slashing waste at City Hall and launched a search for a new city manager. According to Salcido, all the finalists for the city manager’s job have bachelor’s degrees or master’s degrees and previous experience in city management – except Fuentes, who has no four-year college degree and has no previous experience as a city manager. City spokesman Bob Spencer said he did not expect the council to name its final choice for city manager after Wednesday’s closed-door interviews. He said the new manager likely will be announced at the council’s meeting Tuesday. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more