first_imgTwenty-year-old Shawn Spellen, of Lot 143 Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was in the wee hours ofDead: Shawn SpellenMonday killed after the vehicle in which he was travelling suffered a puncture and turned turtle.According to information received, the accident occurred about 03:30h at Bushy Park Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The now dead man was heading home when one of the tyres of the motor car got punctured, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which reportedly toppled several times before coming to a halt.An injured Spellen was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital before being transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the motor vehicle and three others also sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.The deceased’s mother, Pamela Spellen, when contacted told Guyana Times that her son left home on Sunday evening with friends to attend a function at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara.She noted that she later received a phone call from one of his friends, who informed her that her son was involved in an accident and had been taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. The distressed mother stated that when she arrived at the medical institution, she saw her son lying on a bed with blood oozing from his head and nostrils.She said the doctors at the Leonora Hospital made recommendation for him to be transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, along with the four other injured persons. She relayed that her son was placed in the ambulance, but took his last breath on his way to the medical facility.In a soft voice she stated, “After they left Vreed-en-Hoop, he probably went to Parika with his friends.”Pamela Spellen confirmed that her son, who she described as very loving and caring, was a Private attached to the Guyana Defence Force. He joined the army in mid-2013.The young man leaves to mourn his mother and four siblings. The Police are conducting an investigation into the fatal accident. Over the past weeks, several persons have lost their lives on the roadways with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol being the main factors in the crashes.last_img read more

first_imgThe documents were released Friday night, a few hours after Sampson agreed to testify at a Senate inquiry next week into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year. Asked to explain the difference between Gonzales’ comments and his schedule, Justice spokesman Brian Roehrkasse largely sidestepped the question by saying the attorney general had relied on Sampson to draw up the firing plans. “The attorney general has made clear that he charged Mr. Sampson with directing a plan to replace U.S. attorneys where for one reason or another the department believed that we could do better,” Roehrkasse said. “He was not, however, involved at the levels of selecting the particular U.S. attorneys who would be replaced.” Democrats pounce Gonzales this week directed the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate the circumstances of the firings, officials said. The department’s inspector general also will participate in that investigation. Nonetheless Democrats pounced late Friday. “If the facts bear out that Attorney General Gonzales knew much more about the plan than he has previously admitted, then he can no longer serve as attorney general,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who is heading the Senate’s investigation into the firings. Added House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers: “This puts the attorney general front and center in these matters, contrary to information that had previously been provided to the public and Congress.” Presidential spokesman Trey Bohn referred questions to the Justice Department, saying White House officials had not seen the documents. The developments were not what Republicans, skittish about new revelations, had hoped. Earlier Friday, a staunch White House ally, Sen. John Cornyn, summoned White House counsel Fred Fielding to Capitol Hill and told him he wanted “no surprises.” “I told him, `Everything you can release, please release. We need to know what the facts are,”‘ Cornyn said. Sampson will appear Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, his attorney said. His appearance will mark the first congressional testimony by a Justice Department aide since the release of thousands of documents that show the firings were orchestrated, in part, by the White House. Sampson “looks forward to answering the committee’s questions,” wrote his attorney, Brad Berenson, in a two-paragraph letter to committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. “We trust that his decision to do so will satisfy the need of the Congress to obtain information from him concerning the requested resignations of the United States attorneys,” Berenson wrote.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The documents indicated that the hourlong morning discussion, held in the attorney general’s conference room, was the only time Gonzales met with top aides who decided which prosecutors to fire and how to do it. Justice spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said it was not immediately clear whether Gonzales gave his final approval to begin the firings at that meeting. Scolinos also said Gonzales was not involved in the process of selecting which prosecutors would be asked to resign. On March 13, in explaining the firings, Gonzales told reporters he was aware that some of the dismissals were being discussed but was not involved in them. “I knew my chief of staff was involved in the process of determining who were the weak performers – where were the districts around the country where we could do better for the people in that district, and that’s what I knew,” Gonzales said last week. “But that is in essence what I knew about the process; was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on. That’s basically what I knew as the attorney general.” Later, he added: “I accept responsibility for everything that happens here within this department. But when you have 110,000 people working in the department, obviously there are going to be decisions that I’m not aware of in real time. Many decisions are delegated.” WASHINGTON – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals. The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Justice Department officials said late Friday. There, Gonzales signed off on the plan, which was crafted by his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Sampson resigned last week amid a political firestorm surrounding the firings. The five-step plan involved notifying Republican home-state senators of the impending dismissals, preparing for potential political upheaval and naming replacements and submitting them to the Senate for confirmation. last_img

first_imgZoning bylaws for adult entertainment establishments aren’t defined as such in our city, instead being placed under the liquor establishment umbrella, which is defined as “a development where the primary purpose is to sell liquor. Typical uses include but are not limited to beverage rooms, cocktail lounge, cabarets, nightclubs and neighbourhood pubs.”Liquor establishments are permitted in parts of the downtown core, general commercial and service commercial areas, which the city sees as a potential conflict given the varied uses within these zones.City staff is now seeking direction for council to review, define and establish suitable separation in potential locations for adult entertainment.- Advertisement -The city is now be holding off on distributing development permits, building permits, and business licenses for adult entertainment establishments until the amendment is completed.City staff is working on a full report outlining options for council.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Hartson has told Theo Walcott to show some loyalty to Arsenal and commit his future to the club.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he expects protracted contract talks with the winger given the lengthy negotiations before he penned his last deal in 2013.But Hartson says Walcott, back fit after a long-term injury enforced absence, should be grateful for the support given to him by the club and should move quickly over an extension this time around.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal striker said: “He is on big money at Arsenal and they have looked after him.“When he was out for a long period injured, they looked after him and nurtured him back.“I know there is not a lot of loyalty in football but sometimes it is nice when you see players give back to the club that have put them where they are.”last_img read more

first_imgInishowen-based TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the commitment from Vodafone to improving 3G coverage in Inishowen and across Co. Donegal.It follows confirmation from Vodafone that they have carried out a full audit of their services in Inishowen with a view to continuous improvement of 3G coverage in the peninsula.The Fianna Fáil TD said, “Inishowen provides a challenge for telecoms providers for mobile coverage due to the mountainous terrain and proximity to the sea. “However, I am pleased that Vodafone has reaffirmed its commitment to Inishowen by carrying out a full audit of the peninsula following concerns I raised with them of mobile 3G services in the Clonmany area and while it is technically not feasible to resolve all problems, I am pleased that every effort is being made to improve services”.Vodafone has confirmed to me that they are currently considering further deployment of 3G mobile broadband services throughout the peninsula which they hope to progress towards the end of 2012.Deputy McConalogue added “I have been pushing for stronger broadband infrastructure in this region for some time. While I appreciate that rural areas can pose challenges to telecoms providers in terms of coverage, I am pleased efforts are continuing to improving the necessary infrastructure all the time.”VODAFONE COMMITS TO BETTER MOBILE BROADBAND COVERAGE ACROSS INISHOWEN was last modified: March 13th, 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_imgThe Moving Mevagh Forward organised Carrigart St. Patrick’s Day Parade turned out to be a great success with huge crowds and a significant increase in the number and quality of floats. An added bonus was the fact that the rain stayed away during the parade, indeed the sun shone for most of it.A wide range of establishments, businesses, sporting clubs, rally cars, haulage contractors, transport companies, youth groups, novelty acts and voluntary organisations, among others, put on a wonderful spectacle for the 75 minutes of the parade.The Devlinreagh School Band led the parade into town and, as usual, entertained the crowd before the parade passed through. The last act in the parade was the award winning Fanad Accordian Band, who made the short journey across the Harry Blaney bridge, to show off their considerable talents. While the amount of effort and degree of originality shown by the participants in preparing their floats was considerable, and was wonderful for the spectators, it left the work of the judges in determining the most original float very difficult. After much deliberation the judges selected The Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service as the winners. The theme was “No Horse Meat Here” despite the fact that they had a horse carcass on their float and a horse following the float.DJ John Bosco kept the crowd informed of the various floats as they passed by the grandstand kindly supplied by Willie Doherty, Cranford. Cllr. Noel McBride thanked all those who helped in anyway to make the Carrigart St. Patrick’s Day parade such a success and he congratulated the town’s newest business, Galanta Gifts, who kindly donated sweets for all the children.The organisers would like to thank Maggie Doherty, Carrigart Hotel and Belinda McGroddy, Moving Mevagh Forward for all their hard work in the preparation for the successful day.     HOW CARRIGART COMMUNITY SPIRIT MADE THIS ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND SPECIAL was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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_img Matilda got the job. Her sister didn’t. The job brought in some steady money and some fun during the bleak days of the Depression after the stock market crash of 1929. Just three dresses hung in her closet, but for 10 cents, a person could buy some decent groceries and survive. One time, she and her family bought a chicken to eat and were so excited to have a real meal that they invited neighbors over to share it. That was the way people did it back then, White said. “The Depression was terrible, but we all helped each other out,” she said. “But we were happier then than we are now. Everyone today is out for themselves.” One day during rehearsal, White walked into the practice hall and heard a man playing the piano. She began to sing along to his music and then the two worked on an act together. Little did she know how important that encounter was. White later married the piano player, and together they had a son. They performed together in shows and raised their son while they traveled with the troupe. But a few years later, the piano player left. The marriage was over. White kept on singing on the vaudeville stage until the curtains closed on the final act. Vaudeville was losing popularity while movies and radio were gaining, and with little money even for food, people spent less and less on stage entertainment. Her vaudeville company went out of business, but she later managed to get a job on the stage again. This time an actor named Dan White caught her eye. They married and moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s for him to pursue his career in show business. She focused on family. The couple made a home on Virginia Boulevard, a block north of Santa Monica Boulevard and east of Western Avenue. They made a life for their family at a time when a person could walk outside under clear skies in Los Angeles. Kids played where the Hollywood Freeway now runs, and she shopped at quiet boutiques on Hollywood Boulevard. Dan White got some bit roles in some major pictures, such as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Yearling.” Reagan’s then-wife, Jane Wyman, got an Academy Award nomination for her role in “The Yearling,” and the Whites met Reagan on location. Matilda White insisted that her own show-biz days were over, so she went to work as an operator on a night shift at the Knickerbocker Hotel, where celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio lived. DiMaggio often didn’t want to be disturbed – even by taking phone calls, said White, remembering how one woman called over and over for him. With each call, the bell boy had to walk the phone message up to his room. But late one night, Monroe came to the hotel, innocently asked a clerk to use the phone, then slipped past the sleeping bell boy and walked 10 flights to DiMaggio’s room, White said. “I had a lot of fun at that hotel,” White said. “A lot of show people lived there.” Matilda and Dan White later divorced. And the former dancer-singer returned in 1967 to Florida, where she worked as a hospital operator and had more interesting experiences. Now she lives in Canyon Country with her cat, whose personality delights her. And she remains active. She takes an exercise class for seniors three times a week, and she’s looking for a water aerobics class as well. Sometimes the 5-foot-tall, 120-pound woman goes dirt biking with her son and his children. And, yes, the feisty, blue-eyed woman gets on the bike and rides right along with them. She just doesn’t want to break her neck, so she doesn’t do any of the jumps. Sitting on a chair inside the exercise room at Santa Clarita Athletic Club, she lifts a barbell above her head. About 10 others in class sit in chairs and do the same. “She’s our inspiration,” said the club’s fitness and program director, Jackie Field. “She’s a very good role model for people in their 60s who feel old.” Arthritis of her knees has ended her dancing days, but nothing else seems to slow her down. As class ends, White takes a ball she exercised with and chucks it across the room, aiming for a box. Meanwhile, friends in class put away the rest of their popular classmate’s equipment. “It’s good to be 92,” she said with a smile as she watched friend Shirley Turansky put her chair away. “People wait on you.” — Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake On a movie set, she met Ronald Reagan during his acting days, and their children played together. The Canyon Country grandmother, whose remarkable life story spills out with the down-home honesty of a country song, shrugs it all off. “A lot of people think I’ve had an interesting life,” she said. “I don’t know. I guess so.” At 15, she was dancing, singing and acting in vaudeville acts in the late 1920s across Florida, where she grew up. The troupe moved from city to city each night, charging 15 cents admission for an evening of entertainment. Before joining the troupe, she had never so much as tapped her foot to a song. But her sister had. So when word hit town that there were interviews for girl dancers, White’s sister was ready to rehearse. She told Matilda to grab her bathing suit and try out, too. CANYON COUNTRY – Matilda White doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Yes, she’s 92 and takes an exercise class at the gym. And, of course, she still drives. Oh, the time she saw Marilyn Monroe sneak into the Knickerbocker Hotel to see Joe DiMaggio? That was part of living in Hollywood in the 1940s, White said.last_img read more

first_imgThe recalled Askan Dejagah’s goal 11 minutes into the second half put Fulham within sight of a winning start to Rene Meulensteen’s reign.After Michael Dawson gave the ball away cheaply, Dimitar Berbatov swept a glorious pass out to the waiting Dejagah and the Iranian took a touch before firing into the bottom corner.Berbatov, also restored to the starting line-up by new boss Meulensteen, had two chances in a frenetic first half.During a lively opening at Craven Cottage, Jermain Defoe, in the Tottenham starting line-up for only the second time this season, had an early shot from the edge of the penalty area well saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.Spurs then had to withstand a spell of pressure and their former striker Berbatov, keen to move in January according to his agent, mis-controlled after being put through by Alex Kacaniklic, enabling keeper Hugo Lloris to gather the ball.Berbatov’s inclusion was one of seven changes made by Meulensteen.In came the likes of Giorgos Karagounis, who had a stinging shot saved by Lloris, Dejagah and Philippe Senderos, while John Arne Riise – an outcast under sacked manager Martin Jol – was given his first start since August.The new-look team started well and another opportunity fell to Berbatov when he was found by Pajtim Kasami’s cross, but he was denied at point-blank range by Lloris’ fine save.Fulham, who lost five matches in a row prior to Jol’s departure, again went close to scoring when an unchallenged Dejagah headed over from Karagounis’ left-wing corner.Spurs remained a threat on the counter attack, with Paulinho and Erik Lamela both missing the target after being teed up by Defoe.Lamela then forced an excellent 41st-minute stop from Stekelenburg, who pushed over his 25-yard drive.But the visitors faded after the break and Fulham took full advantage.Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Karagounis (Sidwell 61), Parker, Kasami, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Berbatov.Subs: Ruiz, Stockdale, Duff, Taarabt, Zverotic, Boateng.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgUS authorities have been warned by Asia-Pacific airlines against taking “ill-judged reactionary measures’’ that could threaten the global economy by imposing costs for no tangible security benefit.A strongly-worded statement from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines warns that any move by the US to expand the ban on laptops and large electronic items in the cabins of aircraft operating US-bound flights could also undermine public confidence in aviation security.AAPA joins the International Air Transport Association, the European Union and travel bodies in urging the US to look again at proposals to expand the ban to European destinations and possibly wider.AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said the association understood the need to maintain the highest level of security in air transport and were committed to working with government security agencies and others.“Despite recent events, public confidence in the safety and security of air travel remains high,’’ Herdman said. “It would be a tragedy if that confidence were to be undermined by ill-judged reactionary measures being misguidedly imposed by those entrusted with maintaining public safety.“The ripple effects of such measures, and their proposed wider expansion, threaten to disrupt the global economy and impose far greater costs on society with no tangible public security benefits.“This would only serve to further the aims of the terrorists, who measure their success by how much society over-reacts to their provocations.’’Herman said past experience with terrorist threats repeatedly highlighted the critical importance of effective intelligence gathering and analysis rather than a focus on generalised screening.He urged governments to work more closely with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the industry.“Good security is all about comprehensive threat assessment and balanced risk management, not the elimination of every conceivable risk,’’ he said. “Aviation security is a collective global responsibility and requires effective consultation to ensure that security measures are practical, cost effective and sustainable whilst minimising the impact on the wider travelling public.’’AAPA also noted airlines had invested heavily in technology to allow passengers to use their personal electronic devices on aircraft and passengers were already subject to “onerous and inconsistent” screening measures prior to boarding a flight.It said safety issues relating to big numbers of lithium battery-powered devices stowed in an aircraft cargo bay, contrary to recognized best safety practices, also remain unresolved.While the US Department of Homeland Security has yet to make a decision on expanding the ban imposed in March on North African and Middle Eastern airports, it has confirmed it is considering the option.However, it has labelled as incorrect conflicting reports it is looking at extending the ban to all flights to the US and that it has shelved the expansion proposal.Representatives from the EU and the US are due to meet for further discussions on the issue.last_img read more

first_imgA number of BCCI officials have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for FletcherIndian skipper MS Dhoni can rest easy. And that’s not just because his batsmen are back on the front foot in their one day jersey.  Also because the story about BCCI being unhappy about him calling Duncan Fletcher the ‘boss’ may be dying a premature death.BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel speaking to India Today.in says, “The question of discussing Dhoni’s comments in the working committee does not arise. It may be his personal opinion and what he has said is a fact. Fletcher’s contract runs till the World Cup.”He would not elaborate why Dhoni was so confident that Fletcher would be the man who would coach India in the World Cup. But the idea of interpreting the skipper’s statement as mere reiteration of the factual position considering the coach’s original tenure, is a line even the BCCI interim President Shivlal Yadav has taken earlier.A number of BCCI officials in various positions have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for Fletcher at a time when the Board had appointed Ravi Shastri as a Team Director over him and his subordinate support staff was replaced in the aftermath of the test defeat. But with the two leading officials that are running the show in the absence of N.Srinivasan, Secretary and Interim President not in a mood to come hard on Dhoni, this issue is unlikely to create a storm in the working committee, even if it is raised by some officials.advertisementPatel did however say any further decision on the support staff would be taken after receiving Ravi Shastri’s inputs following the one day series in England.The much delayed working committee itself will not be held before the Supreme Court hearing resumes in the first week of September over Mudgal committee findings. Sources confirm if the Mudgal committee seeks more time for submission of it’s report, the current BCCI dispensation may seek from the Apex court postponement of the AGM to protect the right of Srinivasan to fight the next BCCI election for the top post.last_img read more