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Ex-cop, girlfriend die in ECD accident

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old Malcom Ross, called Shabba, an ex-policeman and late GEB Security employee, perished with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Jewel Pestran of Bel Air Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, in an accident with an allegedly speeding unlit car along the Cummings Lodge Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara at about 2:30hrs on Friday.Reportedly en route home after attending a party on the East Coast of Demerara, Ross was driving motorcycle CE 9653 in a westerly direction along the ECD road, and he allegedly was proceeding at a fast rate when he collided with allegedly unlitDead: Malcom Rossmotor car HC 4097 being driven by 25-year-old Mark Cameron in an easterly direction and also proceeding at a fast rate.The impact of the collision sent pillion rider Pestran flying from the motorbike onto the road, where she sustained multiple injuries to the head and body.She and Ross were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival while she succumbed to her injuries at around 05:10hrs while receiving treatment.The driver of the car was said to be heavily intoxicated, and is in Police custody assisting with investigations.“She just turned 20 yesterday (Thursday), and they were coming home after celebrating…I got a call this morning telling me that Jewel get in an accident and she died; then she mother come and ask me for she things, and I am not too sure what happened,” the dead woman’s aunt, Police Corporal Cherise Vancooten, detailed.Vancooten added that her niece had gone to live with her about five months ago, and Ross would frequent her apartment.The woman said she was shocked when she received the call, and related that she was more shocked when Pestran’s mother, Youlandee Lashley, visited her home.Ross leaves to mourn his son and other relatives.Ross and Pestran’s deaths have brought the number of road deaths to six for this week.Earlier in the week, Cleon Perreira, 27; Ferose Khan, 50; Abdool Wahab Khan, 45, and Arnold Tinnis all lost their lives in separate road accidents.The common denominator in all these accidents was speeding.last_img read more

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Cho not allowed to buy gun by law

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” and those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from buying a gun. A special justice’s order in late 2005 that directed Cho to seek outpatient treatment and declared him to be mentally ill and an imminent danger to himself fits the federal criteria and should have immediately disqualified him, said Richard J. Bonnie, chairman of the Virginia Supreme Court’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said that if found mentally defective by a court, Cho should have been denied a gun. The federal law defines adjudication as a mental defective to include “determination by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority” that as a result of mental illness, the person is a “danger to himself or others.” Cho’s ability to buy two guns despite his history has cast new attention on the adequacy of background checks that scrutinize potential gun purchasers. And since federal gun laws depend on states for enforcement, the failure of Virginia to flag Cho highlights the often-incomplete information provided by states to federal authorities. Currently, only 22 states submit any mental health records to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI said.last_img read more

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MINISTER’S DELIGHT AT JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS TO GET WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE FOOD PLANT

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh: Welcoming the Killybegs jobs boostMinister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has warmly welcomed plans by the Killybegs Fishermen’s’ Organisation (KFO) and a Norwegian partner, to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs.Donegal Daily revealed the plans last night.The plant, due to become fully operational by the 1st of January 2017, will produce valuable high- end marine protein for human consumption. It’s expected to create up to 120 new jobs.The Minister said: “This facility will become a ‘game-changer’ in the seafood sector. It will position Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea.“This new processing facility arises from the new boarfish fishery which was developed by Irish fishermen over the past few years.“In 2012, the EU introduced quota shares for the stock and Ireland secured 70% share of the fishery and has a quota of 88,000 tonnes in 2014. I am delighted that the new food ingredients project will maximise the value of a significant part of this fishery and centre the associated economic activity and jobs in the heartland of Ireland’s fishing community.” Minister Coveney said “These plans are at an early stage and discussions are underway to finalise the full funding of the project. I look forward to the successful conclusion of these negotiations and to a formal announcement of this project in Donegal. KFO Chief Executive, Sean O’Donoghue, has invited me to Donegal to announce specific details of the project on 9th May which I’m very pleased to accept subject to successful conclusion of the on -going discussions.”The Minister is attending the BIM National Seafood Conference today in Dublin. The focus of this conference, attended by seafood business leaders, global industry thinkers and world renowned fisheries experts is ‘Capturing Ireland’s share of the global seafood opportunity.Minister Coveney said: “We all need to challenge our thinking and inform ourselves of best international practice so that Ireland will be able to position itself to maximise its share of the global seafood opportunity. Ireland may currently be a small player in the context of world seafood, however, given the huge resources around our coast it is clear that we should have major ambitions for sustainable growth of our seafood sector. This Conference will contribute to making these ambitions a reality and the Killybegs food ingredients projects shows what can be done.”Donegal TD Joe McHugh says the Killybegs development is a result of the hard work of the government in Europe to secure greater quotas.“It’s a superb boost for Killybegs,” he said, “coming as it does just a few days after the new Coast Guard station was officially opened by Minister Varadkar.” Pat The Cope Gallagher also welcomed the jobs.Pat the Cope was centrally involved in introducing legislation in the European Parliament in 2011, which facilitated the exploitation of the boar fishery by ensuring the use of the most appropriate fishing gear type.This helped Ireland to secure 70% of the Total Allowable Catch for the entire fishery. It would not be possible to establish such a facility, if not for the exceptionally high quota which Ireland secured. This is in no small measure due to the years of exploratory fishing by a number of vessels in the Irish Pelagic fleet, according to Pat the Cope.Pat the Cope has paid tribute to the KFO for attracting an international partner specialising in bio marine ingredients. “This is a welcome jobs boost for Killybegs and the County of Donegal which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production,” stated Pat the Cope.MINISTER’S DELIGHT AT JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS TO GET WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE FOOD PLANT was last modified: April 2nd, 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:jobs boostKFOKillybegsprocessing plantsealast_img read more

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Chelsea defender to join Real Madrid – reports

first_imgJose Bosingwa has agreed to join Real Madrid from Chelsea in the summer, according to reports in the Spanish press.Bosingwa’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs.The 28-year-old is said to have turned down a new deal at Stamford Bridge and will leave on a Bosman free transfer.AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for him, but Real’s former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reported to have clinched his signing.Meanwhile, Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has again been linked with QPR trio Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry.The Sunday Mirror say goalkeeper Kenny is top of the former R’s boss’ wanted list for the summer.Warnock is said to be keen to take Kenny to Leeds.Warnock is also said to want Clint Hill and Shaun Derry. All three men have played under him at their previous clubs.Hill’s Loftus Road contract expires at the end of the season, while Derry, who had a three-year spell at Leeds, has been linked with a return since Warnock took over.Kenny is under contract until 2013 and talks over a new deal, which were pencilled in for the start of February, have still not taken place.Related West London Sport stories:Hughes rules out further contract talks (3 April)Defender resigned to leaving QPR (8 February)And Danny Murphy will be offered a move to QPR in the summer, according to The People.His contract expires at the end of the season and Fulham manager Martin Jol is keen for the veteran midfielder to stay at Craven Cottage – and believes he will.But Fulham boss Mark Hughes has been linked Murphy since the Welshman’s appointment as Rangers manager and is again said to be keen to capture him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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College of the Redwoods volleyball expects to compete for GVC title

first_imgEUREKA >> Entering her third season as head coach, Oceana Matsudu believes the program has turned a corner.The former Humboldt State University volleyball star guided her team to an 8-10 record in 2015, which is one of the best finishes for the program in the past decade. With four starters returning from last year’s squad, Matsudu is confident her team is ready to take the next step and contend for a CCCAA Golden Valley Conference title.“We expect to work hard and to win,” Matsudu declared …last_img

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Who Beat Up Paul Mirecki?

first_imgA dark sequel has been added to the story of the Univ. of Kansas prof who was going to teach a class ridiculing intelligent design, then canceled it when a defamatory email he wrote surfaced (see 11/29/2005 story).  Now, he claims he was accosted while driving off campus early Monday morning and beaten up by two guys in a pickup truck who had been tailgating him, according to a report in the Lawrence Journal-World 12/06.  The details appear sketchy, making some doubtful of the story, but his injuries were not in doubt; he was treated at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital for bruises and sore spots which he said were caused by the men punching him and hitting him with a metal object.  According to Mirecki, the attackers “made references to the controversy” as their reason for the attack.  The suspects have not been identified, and Mirecki himself has kept mum about the details (see Lawrence Journal-World 12/07.    Subsequently, on Wednesday, Mirecki decided to step down as chairman of the Religious Studies department, reported the Wichita Eagle.  This article also mentioned the attack, but did not say if it had anything with his decision to step down.  It said he acted on the recommendation of his colleagues in the department.Let’s make one thing crystal clear up front: whoever attacked Dr. Mirecki should be punished.  If you know who did this, turn them in.  If you did this and are reading this, turn yourself in.  (A doubtful possibility; our feedback shows our readership to be a virtuous and intelligent lot.)    Assault is a heinous crime.  In a controversy like evolution vs. ID, it is also extremely counter-productive.  How can someone hope for open discussion by shutting it off and resorting to violence?  If this really happened the way Dr. Mirecki described it, it is completely out of bounds, and the perpetrators should be punished.  Respect and reason are the only tools of effective engagement in intellectual controversies.    Still, the details seem sketchy and somewhat incoherent.  There was a case of a professor in California last year who staged an incident of vandalism to her car in order to appear a victim of a hate crime.  Let’s give Mirecki the benefit of the doubt.  We won’t even print the links of bloggers who think Mirecki made it all up.  Treat this as a story in progress and hope the whole truth comes to light.  Dr. Mirecki could help the situation by giving a full report.  In the meantime, we wish him well as a fellow human being, thank him for his apology, and respect his decision to step down.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dirt for Physical and Mental Health

first_imgLive Science has an article suggesting that exposure to dirt can improve your mood by boosting the immune system.  This is an unexpected twist on the “hygiene hypothesis” that childhood exposure to dirt and animals helps innoculate the body to certain diseases (see 08/02/2006).  Certain bacteria might not only boost the immune system, but also release neurotransmitters that could fight depression.  “These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health,” said Chris Lowry (U of Bristol).  “They also leave us wondering if we shouldn’t all be spending more time playing in the dirt.”Maybe horses and dogs are onto something.  You can’t give them a bath without them running for the nearest place to roll over in the dirt, to the frustration of their owners.  This is not to imply that pigs set a better example.    Anything can be taken too far.  There are things in some soils that are clearly harmful.  Some locations have to worry about pathogenic roundworms, valley fever, and other risks.  Cleanliness is still a virtue, but it is possible to be too clean.  We were made to live in the great outdoors.  Some African tribes, like the Masai, living close to animals and plants, seem happier than Westerners.  Moderate exposure to sunshine, fresh air, soil, plants and animals is healthy for body and soul.  When was the last time you did some good, hard, sweaty, dirty work outdoors?  Didn’t it feel good when the day was done?  Don’t hire a landscaper to do it all; get out there and do it yourself.  A good shower afterwards is still a big reward when you’ve earned it.  Just don’t use antibacterial soap (see 08/02/2006).    Our bodies are not intended to be hermetically shielded from nature.  There are microorganisms we depend on.  Consider how Adam and Eve would have worked close to the soil, the plants and the animals without covering in an ideal world.  That would have been the norm had things not gone wrong.  Even today, gardening and farming and outdoor work is honorable.  Don’t we all have a place in our hearts for the iconic farmer, outstanding in his field, wiping away the dirt and sweat from his brow as the rooster crows and the sun’s rays spread over the land?  Doesn’t the proverbial milking maid walking through the chicken yard sing cheerfully as she carries the buckets of milk she squeezed with her bare hands?  City slickers driving their Lexi down concrete roads from plastic offices to their townhomes are missing out on a big part of life.  Watch the fun movie City Slickers again and see how some hard work and fresh air and risk-taking transformed a group of dudes in a midlife crisis into handsome, noble, proud heroes for a week, riding their steeds like kings.*    Don’t take this too far; nobody is prescribing mud wrestling.  Some things are dirty in an unhealthy sense.  If you are always depressed and tired, though, maybe your doctor needs to prescribe an oxymoron: clean dirt.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Gallery: Lindfield Victorian House Museum

first_imgThe Lindfield Victorian House Museum is a time capsule of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, in the heart of leafy Johannesburg. It has received a second accolade from the travel website, TripAdvisor, to the delight of museum owner Katharine Love. Stepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is like stepping into the past. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberStepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg is like stepping on to the set of British period drama TV series Downton Abbey. Visitors are jolted from modern times into the past.But very current is its receiving another accolade, a Certificate of Excellence, from the global travel website, TripAdvisor.“I am delighted to have received the acknowledgement for the second time and would like to thank my visitors for their continued support,” said Katharine Love, owner of the museum.Love is hands-on at the museum and when guests arrive, she opens the door dressed as a Victorian maid and gives a tour of the premises. It has an entrance hall, a magnificent dining area, a kitchen with a coal stove, a library, children’s nursery area with a large dollhouse and other bedrooms.According to the museum’s website, the house was built in 1910; it was bought by Love’s grandmother in 1967. By 1996, Love had opened the house as a museum to “proudly display a vast collection of 19th and 20th century furniture, art, decorative and utilitarian objects representative of the entire Victorian and Edwardian periods,” reads the museum website.The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.In order to qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing at TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.See images of the Lindfield Victorian House Museum:(Images: Priya Pitamber)For more information, visit the museum’s website.last_img read more

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Cycle for human rights with the Jozi Freedom Ride

first_imgAccording to organisers, the Freedom Ride  – held in both Joburg and Cape Town – aims to “connect our cities and honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela – empowering the transformation of our cities into livable, people friendly places in which all citizens have easy access to bicycles and are able to cycle freely and safely”. (Image: Freedom Ride)Staff writerOn Sunday 22 March on the morning after Human Rights Day, the people of Joburg are invited to join the Jozi Freedom Ride, a 28-kilometre cycle through city suburbs once separated by apartheid, from Sandton via Rosebank, Houghton and Parktown, ending in Alexandra.The final event of Cycle Jozi Week, which started on 16 March, the Freedom Ride celebrates the power of the bicycle to connect communities. The ride is fun, social, non-competitive and open to everyone – beginners and pros, young and old.The 28-kilometre route starts at the Sandton Gautrain station, heading south down Rivonia Road past the Wanderers and through Rosebank before circling around Zoo Lake and the Joburg Zoo. It then goes back north via the Old Edwardians Club, along Pretoria Street and Corlett Drive to Alexandra township, ending at the beautiful Mushroom Farm Park just outside Alex.The route of the Jozi Freedom Ride. Click image for a larger view.Cycle Jozi Week’s packed schedule started on Monday 16 March with community cycling safety training in Fourways, where helmets and reflective jackets were handed out to cyclists from the impoverished Diepsloot community. The event ended with a cycle from Fourways to Diepsloot.On Tuesday the focus shifted to Orlando High School in Soweto with a ride encouraging pupils to use the suburb’s new cycle lanes.Today and tomorrow the University of Johannesburg hosts a training workshop for engineers and planners working in cycling infrastructure design and construction. International and local experts will discuss the technical planning, design and engineering required for a bike-friendly city.Today university staff and students are being urged to join a lunch-time ride along recently constructed bicycle lanes in Braamfontein. The route runs from the UJ Bunting Road campus on the corner of Annet Road to the Wits University main entrance at on Yale Road.On 20 March a national cycling cities workshop will explore ways to scale up cycling in cities, examine international best practice and investigate the potential of a National Cycle Cities Framework. #Decongest will also launch Cycle Fridays at Mandela Square in Sandton in preparation for the Freedom Ride. Sandton residents and workers are encouraged to cycle to work and join the Cycle Friday ride from 12.30pm.The Jozi Cycle Week aims to promote cycling to ease reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions from cars, and promote a healthy lifestyle.Cyclists can register on the Freedom Ride website or on the FreedomRideJozi Facebook page.Cyclists gather on the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Joburg for the start of the Freedom Ride in July 2014. (Image: Freedom Ride)The Jozi Freedom RideWhen: Sunday, 22 March 2015Start: 07:00, Sandton Gautrain Station on Rivonia RoadParking: Probably best to park at Sandton City. There is no free parking.Water points:• 8th Street Alexandra opposite the Post Office• Waverley Park• Standard Bank, corner of Oxford RoadBus pick-up points:• Waverly Park• Zoo Lake• Sasol in RosebankIf you don’t have a bike and want to hire one, click here.If you would like to donate, click here.For more information, contact:• Nkosinathi Nkabinde: nkosinathin@joburg.org.za 083 408 7787• Hugh Fraser: HughF@paragon.co.za 083 309 4275• Muhammed Suleman: muhammed@8linkd.com 073 198 6927last_img read more

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