Sunken Dragga to be removed “by any means” – Patterson

first_imgSome four months after dredge “Draga” sank at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has ordered that the vessel be removed “by any means possible”.AFC General SecretaryDavid PattersonThe Minister told reporters on Friday that he has appointed someone to salvage the vessel, which will be done soon using one of three options.“I know that the salvager has started and I gave her the instructions by any means possible – either cut it, tow it or destroy it… It is in the letter destroy it. I didn’t say blow it up,” Patterson stated.According to the Minister, this exercise will cost $24 million, which the owner Crown Mining will have to repay Government.Moreover, Patterson disclosed that the owner had written to him, through a lawyer, requesting more time but that request was denied.“I told him you cannot have one dredge disturbing an entire community…We have written to the owner of the dredge, indicating our disquiet on the issue of it taking so long – it actually went down the first week of June and it’s still there,” the Public Infrastructure Minister stated.Over the past few months, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) MARAD and Crown Mining have been severely criticised over the failure to remove the sunken dredge at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River.It was reported that Crown Mining assiduously tried to remove the dredge from its current position, unfortunately high tide and the location of the dredge, between rocks in the waterfalls, made it impossible to manoeuvre special equipment to the site.Residents have also complained about the sunken dredge and the government’s failure to have it moved. The channel in which the partially submerged dredge is lodged is the only avenue for transportation to the upper and middle Mazaruni.Only last month, the Natural Resources Ministry had assured that between the responsible mining operator and the MARAD, there will be an intensified effort to remove the dredge ‘Draga’ from its location in the Mazaruni River.last_img read more

Water continues to rise rapidly in North Rupununi

first_imgRegion 9 flooding woes…no major disease outbreak, additional drugs expected soon – Regional ChairmanFloodwaters in the North Rupununi continue to rise rapidly as rain continues to batter parts of Region Nine (Upper Takutu – Upper Essequibo). However, some sections of this community have reported receding water levels.Regional Chairman Brian Allicock had this to say: “I just came back from North (Rupununi), and yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, when we was travelling, the water in the North was coming in and it was just about 6 – 8 inches above the road. Now, this morning, when I came back, it is about 32 inches above the road.”He said the water level in Lethem and some other areas of the community has been receding at a rapid pace, which is “not exactly normal”. He declared it a cause for concern, since Boa Vista in Brazil is still heavily flooded.“We are still having people in the shelter. We are not advising them to go back in their houses as yet, because the place is not sanitary as yet for them to get into their areas. We will take precautions not to send them back too early, just to prevent any outbreak,” he said.He added that some residents have reported experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting. “We (also) have some (cases of) skin rashes that turn into sores, but that is under control. We had two (cases of) bloody diarrhoea. We have enough drugs (to deal with the problems) and we are expecting a re-supply of drugs, (and) we have doctors in all five sub-districts in case of anything major.”Allicock added that, last weekend, almost the entire region was under water due to heavy rainfall. Several persons had to be evacuated and several villages have been shut off.Since the beginning of the May-June rainy season, citizens have been warned to expect greater-than-normal rainfall, and to take the necessary precautions to deal with the situation. However, several villages have since experienced major flooding, and some are still trying to rebuild after the floods. The hard-hit communities were mostly limited to Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 8 (Potaro-Siparuni), where houses were washed away. Fortunately, there were no casualties.One such village is Chenapau in Region Eight. Water levels in that Amerindian village rose to approximately 20 feet in some areas, and the Potaro River remains flooded owing to the heavy rainfall the Region is currently experiencing. Residents there are fearful of rebuilding, since the threat of another flood is hanging over their heads like the mythological Sword of Damocles. Roadways and access pathways to the other zones in the village remain flooded, and villagers are accusing the Government of neglecting them since the water receded from their lands.Approximately two weeks ago, access to Aishalton in Region Nine was cut off when the Kabanawau Creek overtopped its banks and flooded the area. The bridge leading into Aishalton was flooded, cutting off access to the village for several hours.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Intercommunity Counseling Center is hosting a depression screening event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 7702 S. Washington Ave. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. Spanish services are available from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to participating in a free depression screening, participants can find out where and how to access help, counseling and treatment. LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The Hillcrest Congregational Church, 2000 W. Road, is hosting its 36th annual Christmas Boutique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Work by several local artists will be featured, including noted jewelry maker Terri Lynn Salisbury. Handmade items for Halloween and Thanksgiving will also be available for purchase as well as “Granny’s Attic” collectibles. For information call (562)947-3755. Shrimp and fish fry on Friday WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge, 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a shrimp and fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. In addition to the fish and shrimp, dinner will include fries, coleslaw and fresh fruit. The evening will also include karaoke. The cost is $8 per person. For information call (562) 696-7117. Tutors wanted for literacy program SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, is looking for volunteers for its adult literacy program for one-on-one and small-group tutoring. Tutoring times are flexible and arranged at a time mutually convenient for the tutor and the student. Volunteers must attend all four training workshops from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 18, 23 and 25. For information call (562)868-7738. SoCal Gas Co. offers heating tips The Southern California Gas Company advises its customers to inspect their home heating appliance and perform any needed repairs now before winter arrives. “If customers think their heating appliances are not functioning properly, they should call a licensed heating contractor, plumber or The Gas Company,” said Michelle Mueller, vice president of The Gas Company. Failure to perform annual maintenance on gas appliances may result in exposure to carbon monoxide, which can cause nausea, drowsiness, flu-like symptoms and even death. According to The Gas Company, the winter’s home-heating bills are expected to be about the same as last year. The best way to keep winter gas bills lower and ensure your appliances are operating safely is to get them serviced, Mueller said. For information or more safety tips, log on to the Web at – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe event is part of National Depression Screening Day, a program held each October during Mental Illness Awareness Week. It was started in 1991 by Screening for Mental Health, Inc., a nonprofit organization. For information, call (562)698-1272 or log on to Christmas Boutique coming last_img read more

€500 prize pool at LETNS 5-a-side soccer tournament

first_imgA 5-a-side soccer tournament will be held over Christmas to raise money for Letterkenny Educate Together National School.The tournament will have a €500 prize fund and takes place at the Letterkenny Community Centre on Saturday, December 28 from 11.30am-3pm.Any combination of eight adults are permitted. Teams can register by calling into LETNS or contacting any staff member by December 6.Email for further information.All proceeds will go towards LETNS PE fund. €500 prize pool at LETNS 5-a-side soccer tournament was last modified: November 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Legal morass deepens at cemetery

first_imgGLENDALE – The death of Grand View Memorial Park co-owner Marsha Lee Howard at age 58 left attorneys and state regulators scrambling Monday to assess its impact on the legal quagmire she left at the cemetery. Howard, whose body was discovered Saturday by several workers at her residence on cemetery grounds, was one of the targets of a state investigation into alleged financial mismanagement and mishandling of human remains that led to insolvency at the 121-year-old cemetery. She also was a defendant in several civil lawsuits. On Monday, the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau of the state Department of Consumer Affairs dropped its action to revoke her business license. An autopsy is slated, although police have said there was no apparent foul play at the scene. But a state suspension order remains on the unkempt 25-acre cemetery, which opened for just four hours on Sunday. Kevin Flanagan, a consumer-affairs spokesman, said several questions need answers before Grand View can resume normal operation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Who owns Ms. Howard’s share of the cemetery?” he said. “Does he or she want to reopen it? And if so, can he or she qualify for a license from the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau? “And, of course, there is also the issue of money, which is why Ms. Howard closed the cemetery down to visitors in the first place.” Howard became licensed to operate the cemetery at 1341 Glenwood Road in January 1999. But state regulators suspended operations there in November 2005 after inspectors found the remains of some 4,000 people abandoned on floors and in storage rooms and trash bins. Criminal charges of embezzlement, reselling of graves and mishandling remains were dismissed against Howard, pending further investigation, before her death. But she became a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by dozens of plaintiffs who owned plots or have loved ones interred at Grand View. Paul Ayers, who is representing plaintiffs, said Howard’s attorney filed a notice of death with Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Both sides were scheduled to meet this month. Without Howard, her liability could fall to her heirs or to cemetery co-owner Moshe Goldsman, he said. Also on Monday, the Glendale Fire Department removed a bulging 15-gallon drum from the cemetery residence. It was not immediately known what the contents were, though it was marked “cleaner-wax,” department spokesman James Frawley said. (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Transfer Talk: Celtic eye Brenet, Fyvie leaves Hibs

first_imgEuropean draws yesterday brought the start of the season a little closer for clubs working to get their squads ready for the new campaign.Rangers added Alfredo Morelos on Monday ahead of their Europa League deadline and there could still be more new faces at Ibrox before they play Progres Niederkorn next week.Celtic are being linked with a move for a Dutch international defender. Joshua Brenet of PSV is in their sights, but Watford have also shown an interest.Fraser Fyvie is now in the market for a new club, despite accepting an offer to stay at his old one. Hibs put a new deal on the table a while ago but wanted a quick answer. By the time the midfielder said he wanted to stay, Hibs had apparently changed their mind. And having kept hold of Derek McInnes, Aberdeen are ready to bring in some new signings in pursuit of a lengthy run in the Europa League.last_img read more

Donegal Civil Defence volunteers play major role in Papal Visit

first_imgCivil Defence volunteers from across Donegal played a major role in the Papal visit over the course of last weekend, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.They were involved on the ground in both the Phoenix Park, Dublin and at Knock Shrine, Mayo in supporting the Principal Response Agencies (An Garda Siochana and the National Ambulance Services).At Knock Shrine, 140 volunteers were on duty, coordinated by Rose Doherty, Mayo Civil Defence Officer. The 140 volunteers were drawn from counties Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway and Laois. While their main role was assisting the An Garda Siochana in terms of safety and stewarding at the event, volunteers were also involved in supporting the National Ambulance Service providing medical assistance.Volunteers were on duty from Saturday night at 10.30pm until Sunday afternoon at 13.00pm.Donegal Civil Defence provided 24 volunteers and 2 ambulances to the duty at Knock, manned by eight Emergency Medical Technicians.Laois Civil Defence provided Communications to the event through their Incident Command Vehicle using the TETRA network, which ensured efficient communications between Civil Defence, the Gardaí and the National Ambulance Service for the duration of the event. Roscommon Civil Defence Welfare Unit provided food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.Donegal Civil Defence volunteers play major role in Papal Visit was last modified: August 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) Tags:Donegal Civil Defencepapal visitlast_img read more

Disneyland Holiday Festivities to Occur From November 9 Through January 6

first_imgWho else is excited to celebrate the holiday season at Disneyland this year? Share This!It’s hard to think about winter when the summer heat is on, but for those looking to plan a holiday getaway at the Disneyland Resort, you’re wanting to know what you will be able to look forward to experiencing this year, right? Well, let’s get those jingle bells on and dive into the fun. This year, the holidays at the Disneyland Resort will take place from November 9 through January 6.Disneyland©DisneyOnce again, at Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle will be enhanced with shimmering icicles and twinkling lights. One of the most spectacular sights is the 60-foot tall Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. that is filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments. Also returning this year will be the “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. This is a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers”, plus your favorite Disney characters.©DisneyTwo attraction overlays will also be returning, when “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with dolls and toys representing children around the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries and Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday,* with Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.You’ll be able to end your evening with the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. (And yes, it will snow on Main Street!)Disney California AdventureGuests will be welcomed to Disney California Adventure by a 50-foot Christmas tree that adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings will be decorated with vintage-style ornaments.©DisneyThe Festival of Holidays will return and brings the spirit of the season to life through special entertainment including the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party, along with delicious food at the guest favorite Festive Foods Marketplace, which features a mix of yummy dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.©Cars LandCars Land will celebrate the season with holiday makeovers for each address that lines the Route 66 thoroughfare. Plus, the two Christmas-themed overlays will once again occur with Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.If you’re looking to meet Santa, you’ll want to head to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Here, Guests will be able to participate in special themed activities with Santa Claus and his  elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit. Disneyland ResortThe Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will also join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats.last_img read more

SA looks at pension for low-income earners

first_img19 January 2015The Department of Labour was looking into the introduction of a national retirement mechanism for low-income earners in South Africa, Compensation Fund Commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto told a departmental workshop in Irene, in Tshwane on 16 January.A discussion paper would soon be tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), once it had been approved by the Cabinet.The department’s two-day mid-term review workshop was held to evaluate its achievements against targets set, as well as its Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan in the financial year under review. It also looked at crafting a future strategic direction.The workshop was attended by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant; Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa; and Director-General Thobile Lamati, as well as heads of branches and various public entities such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund; the Compensation Fund; Productivity SA; the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, the Sheltered Employment Factories and Nedlac.During its investigation of the retirement mechanism, the department will turn to the International Labour Organization for information on international best practice, according to spokesperson Mokgadi Pela.The initiative is part of the government’s efforts to reform South Africa’s broader social security system. Another process under consideration is the inclusion of government employees in the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act benefits.The reform of social security policies is to be aligned with labour market initiatives, Pela says.Statistics South Africa’s most recent General Household Survey, released on 18 June 2014, reported that the number of people receiving a social grant from the state grew from 12.7% in 2003 to 30.2% in 2013, while the number of households receiving at least one social grant increased from 29.9% to 45.5% over the same period.Meanwhile, the September 2014 Quarterly Employment Statistics report, released by Statistics South Africa on 11 December 2014, reported that total formal non- agricultural employment decreased by 129 000 jobs from 8.67 million in June 2014 to 8.54 million in September.A total of 132 000 jobs were lost in the government sector, mainly at the Independent Electoral Commission, which shed a large number of jobs following the general elections in May 2014. During the September quarter, 9 000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing industry, while 3 000 jobs were lost in both the construction and transport industries.However, quarter-on-quarter increases were reported by the mining (8 000), finance (6 000) and trade (4 000) industries.Year-on-year, an additional 83 000 formal jobs were created between September 2013 and September 2014, an annual increase of 1%. The largest increase was recorded by the community services industry (73 000), followed by the trade and finance industries, with 21 000 and 20 000 jobs, respectively.Gross earnings paid to employees increased by R18.9-billion (+4,6%) from R409-billion in June 2014 to R428-billion in September 2014. The mining industry recorded the largest quarterly percentage increase of 20.9% in earnings, signalling the return of mine workers after the lengthy strike in the platinum belt.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

Crime-Place Networks

first_imgCrime doesn’t just happen; it happens at a place. And as we’ve discussed, that place, and surrounding places, help explain why the crime occurred. Criminologists have long demonstrated the incredible link between place and crime. David Weisburd, PhD, and others even refer to the “law of crime concentration” since address clusters or crime hot spots can stably account for a large percentage of crime and disorder problems in a given city.Our job is not only to identify these hot places but also to understand what is going on there, and close by there, that explains persistent problems. These dynamics are creating and facilitating more problem people and activities at this place than most others. And these identified dynamics should be addressed.Further, crime and place dynamics can enable better public-private enforcement and prevention partnerships since they provide definable locations and root causes for protective action.- Sponsor – Many law enforcement agencies use crime mapping to locate calls for service clusters. Crime analysis maps display specific crime event addresses, but Tamara Herold, PhD, and John Eck, PhD, describe the reality of crime-place networks. Crime places aren’t usually just one spot. They’re connected places that facilitate criminal activity. These interrelated places include critical criminal infrastructure that needs to be discovered and linked via further investigation. And this framework should help organized retail crime investigators and local and store-level LP investigators better define and address problems.Crime-place networks can include four types of places:1. Crime sites—specific places where crime occurs (think theft, fraud, violence)2. Convergent settings—public places where offenders routinely meet (house, bar, and so forth)3. Comfort spaces—private meeting, staging, and supplying locations4. Corrupting spots—places that encourage criminal activity in other locations (bar, drug spot)An example of a crime-place network might be a retail strip center that facilitates public gathering in a nearby bar and next to a large apartment complex. Each of these sites provides a higher-risk area by providing desirable human and goods targets, meeting and storage spots, as well as a corrupting influence like the tavern that helped criminals meet each other, get drunk, and help launder money.Risk-Terrain ModelingWe know landscape features of a specific place and close-by places and spaces can influence and enable behavior. An example might be a store across from a dimly lighted convenience store, a check-cashing business, and a laundromat that all draw people and provide loitering spots. These environmental features can generate potential people and place-crime victims, draw predatory offenders, and provide them ways to congregate, blend in, and victimize place users and our store.Leslie Kennedy, Joel Caplan, Eric Piza, Grant Drawve, and others from the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS) have developed a risk-terrain modeling (RTM) framework and even special mapping software to study and affect crime-generating places. This process helps identify the matrix of risky places for situational understanding.Hot spots tell you where crime is clustering but may not help us understand why that’s the case. The RCPS explains hot spots are merely signs and symptoms of places that are highly suitable for crime. RTM advances this by providing some spatial diagnosis. The process helps identify how and how much risk goes up the closer your place is to risk-generating places and other spatial features. It is now up to public-private teams to use this information to devise, test, and deploy focused crime reduction and suppression efforts.The Loss Prevention Research Council’s (LPRC) Violent Crime Working Group and its Anti-Violence Innovation Team are using these tools and others to work out cost-effective anti-violence solution sets for enhancement and evaluation. The iChain concept means the group aligns solutions with specific criminal offender steps (crime scripts) to maximize protective effects while reducing negative side effects. We strongly encourage you to look into getting involved in this process with us. Shoppers and employees expect and deserve to be relatively safe while on property.There are no silver bullets, and place protection is a work in progress like curing the common cold. But only through collective, framework-guided, rigorous research and development will we better keep vulnerable people safer.EngageAs I write this, we’ve just finished holding LPRC’s annual board of advisors (BOA) winter planning meeting branded IGNITE. It was a fantastic gathering of over forty loss prevention and asset protection leaders, solution partners, and some innovation partners and prospects to plan upcoming crime and loss control research and development.The group dug into some of the over eighty current research projects, identified more priorities, and toured and advised on the brand new LPRC Innovate Next Retail Center (NRC) facility. The NRC’s Ideation and Simulation Lab (ISL) is in University of Florida’s Innovate Hub, an amazing creative space across from LPRC’s existing research lab. The ISL features a state-of-the-art ideation space that members will use to brainstorm new concepts and solve current and upcoming challenges. Right next to it is the simulation space where groups will be immersed in 180 degree, realistic, high-resolution or rendered video to more quickly and cheaply explore interior and exterior options. The space also has virtual and augmented reality capability.The group was extremely excited to start using the NRC resources for their teams, for working with their business partners like store operations, IT, supply chain, merchants, and others and for training scenarios. The NRC will enable faster action than normally available in traditional settings. Sensormatic provided the NRC’s seed money, with more innovation partners beginning to invest to expand the center and its capabilities. Again, please consider setting up a visit to Gainesville to tour and help us shape and use all these LP problem-solving resources.Members of LPRC’s board of advisors at the IGNITE winter planning meeting at the University of Florida Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more