Battered body found at Schoonard

first_imgPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified male of East Indian descent whose battered body was discovered at Schoonard Public Road, West Bank Demerara on Saturday evening.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the body was discovered along the roadway just before 20:00h. There are injuries to the forehead, shoulder and knee, all of which are consistent with injuries sustained in an accident.Divisional Commander Leslie James told this publication that the dead man appears to be in his 20s.The unidentified body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home to await a post mortem examination.Body found at BVIn another incident, the body of a teenage female resident of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara was discovered in a cemetery with indications that she had been brutally murdered. Altogether, these incidents bring the number of reported fatalities over the past weekend to a total of eight.last_img read more

Murder suspect of 14-year-old caught in barrel

first_imgInvestigators made a breakthrough in the murder case of Malika Hamilton, 14, after they arrested the prime suspect.Alvin Reid called “Satan” was wanted for questioning but managed to evade the Police for the past week.According to Police, “Ranks of the Guyana Police Force in the early hours of (Thursday) morning have apprehended the prime suspect in relation to the alleged murder of Malika Hamilton… The suspect, who managed to elude the Police in the past, was found hiding in a barrel in the Ann’s Grove cemetery,” the Police said.Two days ago, Reid appeared on a local television station and denied having anything to do with the teenager’s murder. “Me aint kill nobody,” he declared, while adding “the ‘mount of allegations they get at the station for me, I had to move.”The man further claimed that he saw the young woman on the night she went missing but at the time, there was no news of her disappearance.“She cross the canal in a boat with us and after then, she left and say she going by she grandmother in Hope and me never see she back… when I heard about this girl is when they find she dead but I spoke to the mother ‘cause the mother ask me if I see Malika and I said yes, I see Malika. Malika cross in a boat with we and say she going by she grandmother and me never see she back,” the suspect disclosed during the interview on Tuesday.The body of the young girl was found in a canal at Hope, East Coast Demerara, on August 9. The post-mortem revealed that she was strangled and sustained blunt trauma to the head.It is believed that the teenager might have been strangled and struck to the head before she was thrown into the canal. Due to the fact that the post-mortem listed the cause of death as drowning, it is believed that the teenager was alive when she was thrown overboard.The young girl was last seen the night before in the company of two boys who told her family that they dropped her off at a canal in the village, claiming that she wanted to visit her grandmother.However, the young woman never made it to her grandmother’s house.last_img read more

Salah in apparent discomfort in World Cup training

first_img0Shares0000Three teammates helped Mohamed Salah get his traning top over his shoulder © AFP / KARIM JAAFARGROZNY, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Egypt’s super striker Mohamed Salah needed help from three teammates pulling on a jersey over his injured shoulder on Saturday, according to AFP reporters at the team’s training camp.The Pharaohs’ best hope in making the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 has been having an eventful time at his team’s base camp in the Chechen capital Grozny. Salah watched from the bench as Egypt succumbed to an 89th minute header by defender Jose Gimenez in a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.He returned to training on Saturday but was spotted employing the help of three teammates pulling on his top.The team doctor nevertheless pronounced the Liverpool star “100 percent ready” to play in Egypt’s second match against host nation Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.But Salah at least he can take comfort in a 100-kilogramme (60 pound) birthday cake he was confronted with on his 26th birthday on Friday.A video released by the Chechen authorities that has gone viral showed Salah leisurely walking into his hotel lobby suspecting nothing and listening to music on his headphones.He began smiling meekly and suspecting something was not right when a hotel employee shot confetti in his face.Then Salah spotted the giant cake sitting on a lacquered table. Topped with a golden boot, the towering structure was topped with layers of candles that surely added up to more than 26.A Chechen man in a smart suit immediately ran up to Salah with a microphone in apparent expectation of a thank you speech.Salah did not oblige while smiling shyly and profusely. Salah was well out sight by the time the cake was sliced.Egypt’s decision to make Grozny their World Cup hope has been roundly criticised by human rights groups because of the Chechen authorities’ deadly persecution of all forms of dissent.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgControversial GAA pundit and former Derry star Joe Brolly became embroiled in a war of words with DCU manager Niall Moyna on RTE Radio One this morning. Joe Brolly clashed with DCU’s Niall Moyna over player welfare in the GAA.Moyna called in to the show in relation to Brolly’s comments made earlier in the week about modern players being indentured slaves.Brolly said many of the top GAA players in Ulster had no profession because of the demands of the game. Brolly said that the GAA had adopted professional practices into an amateur community-based game and that it was no longer sustainable for players.He said the professional practices adopted and the extensive training levels required were affecting players welfare, in his opinion.However, Moyna hit back and said Brolly deals in anecdotal evidence, but that he’s a scientist and that he deals in facts.Donegal captain Michael Murphy was dragged into the row when Brolly spoke about the training methods undertaken by Murphy when he was a student at DCU. Murphy disclosed details of his schedule earlier this week, in which he revealed he trained three times a day when he was at DCU.Brolly then recalled a Glenswilly GAA presentation dance he attended in 2013 when Murphy and his other Glenswilly teammates involved with Donegal were sipping water at the function because they had strength and conditioning training the next morning.Brolly said, “I read Michael Murphy’s DCU diary that he wrote while he was in DCU during the week, he was training three times a day and he went straight from DCU into a regime where he was twice a day.“I was at the Glenswilly medal presentation when they won their first Donegal championship in January (last year).“Michael and the other Glenswilly boys on the Donegal panel were sipping water because they had weight training at 8am the next morning. “This situation is becoming intolerable. The reason being, is that we have imported professional sport practices into an amateur, community-based scheme.Moyna hit back at Brolly and defended his handling of Michael Murphy.Moyna said, “Michael Murphy, in four years, did no strength or conditioning training at DCU and I should know.“We have stopped all our conditioning because all we were doing was duplicating what the counties were doing. JOE BROLLY CLASHES WITH DCU MANAGER NIALL MOYNA OVER MICHAEL MURPHY was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DCUGAAJOE BROLLYMichael MurphynewsNiall MoynaPlayer WelfareSportlast_img read more


first_imgA catalogue of court cases have had to be adjourned at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court because one of the county’s leading engineers was not available.A number of solicitors and barristers were forced to make applications at today’s opening sitting of the two week court term because of the hitch.The court was told that highly-respected engineer Francis Harvey could not attend as he had been hospitalised for a back complaint in Dublin. In once case, barrister Damien Crawford said Mr Harvey’s first-hand evidence was vital to his case.Visiting Judge Petria McDonnell was told that Mr Harvey was part of several cases on the schedule for the upcoming court sitting.Judge McDonnell said she would review each case and would rule as she determined.After reviewing the cases put before her, she agreed to adjourn the cases until Mr Harvey is well enough to appear.COURT CASES ADJOURNED BECAUSE OF LEADING ENGINEER’S OPERATION was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:engineerFrancis HarveyJudge Petria McDonnellLetterkenny Circuit Civil Courtlast_img read more


first_imgThree first round NWGOBA heats feature on tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford.There are 12 races on the card and runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Augustine Hotdog; 2, Glenside Boy; 3, Toobufftootough; 4, Deerpark Jim; 5, Chloe Ann; 6, Ballougry Bound. Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Altmore Gem; 2, Imperial Tank; 3, Cloneen Dynamo; 4, Cushie Willow; 5, Ruiris Champ; 6, Great Soprano.Race 3 The Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Altmore Rose; 2, Saberry; 3, Tober Scolari; 4, Gabby’s Mondays; 5, Fridays Berlin; 6, Deerpark Youngin.Race 4 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Killahara Kate; 2, Tegans Luck; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Skater Amy; 5, Keady Gift; 6, On the Snaff.Race 5 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal (525 yards): 1, Maid of More; 2, Elons Persi; 3, Whiterock Diva; 4, Blackstone Maxx; 5, Glenside Amber; 6, Castleroggy Keri. Race 6 The Lifford €15 Sizzler Deal (525 yards): 1, Corrin Gooch; 2, Turbine Tulip; 3, Paddock Paula; 4, Tahina Ace; 5, Hather Two Bake; 6, Burnpark Lee.Race 7 The A McLean Bookmakers 350 (350 yards): 1, Goodinthehood; 2, Tahina Sabrina; 3, Lisnastrane Dude; 4, Drumsna Major; 5, Bua Joey; 6, Nobodys Baby.Race 8 The NWGOBA 525 round one, heat one (525 yards): 1, Ballyhill Stream; 2, Flagfield Band; 3, Smurfing Oddball; 4, Imperial Robin; 5, Kenyan Gold; 6, Button Jo.Race 9 The NWGOBA 525 round one, heat two (525 yards) 1, Greenville Glory; 2, Smurfing Manx; 3, Maybe Ted; 4, Mineola Maximus; 5, Imperial Falcon; 6, Flagfield Indi.Race 10 The NWGOBA 525 round one, heat three (525 yards): 1, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 2, Battle Born; 3, Hather If; 4, Hather For Luck; 5, Lacey Girl; 6, Ballybun Glen. Race 11 The Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather Bonnie; 2, Castleroggy Lord; 3, Golden Pearl; 4, Friday’s Brett; 5, Psycho Bob; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 12 The Getting Out Bumper 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Lotus Paddy; 2, Colarhouse Lady; 3, Drumsna Prince; 4, Hi Dibblies; 5, Ill Get That; 6, Castleroggy Rust.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

Study shows staying active key to healthier, longer life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – At age 83, Whittier resident Amelia Vogel has found the secret to longevity is in staying involved in her community.Vogel regularly attends Whittier City Council meetings where she doggedly questions the council’s actions, never misses the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and talks to fellow seniors about the complexities of Medicare at the Whittier Senior Center, where she volunteers two days a week.“If you keep your mind busy, you’ll keep moving,” Vogel said. “I read alot and I know what’s going on politically. I worry about where this country’s going. Even if it doesn’t affect me directly, it will affect my children or neighbors. So I try to stay informed.”Americans are living longer, according to a study released Thursday by the National Center of Health Statistics, which puts the life expectancy of Americans at an all-time high of 77.6 years.And one key to longevity is maintaining social relationships, according to Susan Mathieu, a professor in the department of recreation and leisure at Cal State Long Beach, who conducted a study on longevity last year.“I found that when people feel connected with other people, they live longer, healthier and happier lives,” Mathieu said. “When they lose somebody, those with a support system of friends, like a bridge group, or who volunteer… they’re happier.“When people are happy, they’re motivated. Depression causes stress, and stress has an effect on the immune system, so being involved can help people live longer.”The National Center of Health Statistics’ study also found that deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop for Americans.But the study was not all good news. Half of Americans in the 55-to-64 age group, including the oldest of the baby boomers, have high blood pressure, and two in five are obese, putting them in worse shape than Americans born a decade earlier.Rates of hypertension and obesity were found to be higher for the current group of 55- to 64-year-olds. Based on data collected by the NCHS, as well as dozens of health agencies and organizations, the report calculated the life expectancy of 77.6 years for a child born in 2003 – an increase from 77.3 from a year earlier.In 2003 life expectancy for men was 74.8 and for women, 80.1.Still, health officials are trying to draw attention to unhealthy behavior.“The late 50s and early 60s are a crucial time to focus on disease prevention,” said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “It’s never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle to enjoy a longer, healthier life.” 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

Ham and kosher Kung Pao: Christmas dinner classics

first_imgSAUGUS, Mass. – It’s not exactly chestnuts roasting on an open fire. For many people, dinner on Christmas might well be Chinese-style roast duck, shrimp with lobster sauce, Moo Goo Gai Pan or maybe even that old standby, the Pu Pu Platter. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and throughout the holidays, Chinese restaurants do some of their briskest business of the year. “As the years went on, we became busier and busier during the holidays,” said Stanley Wong, whose family has owned the Kowloon restaurant in Saugus, Mass., for more than a half century. Jewish customers account for much of Wong’s business this time of year. Chinese food has long been a popular destination for Jews year-round, but especially on Christmas, when few other restaurants are open, and so many of their Christian friends are home with family. In Brookline, a town bordering Boston that has a large Jewish population, a restaurant that serves kosher Chinese food celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 1. Shalom Beijing’s 120 seats were nearly filled on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, said Li Su, whose husband, Jun Yang, owns the restaurant. Coincidentally, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah began at sundown on Christmas. For that reason, the restaurant added potato latkes to its menu, which features plenty of fish, chicken and duck, but is free of pork and shellfish. A rabbi monitors the kitchen to make sure the food is prepared in accordance with Jewish law. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, David Gardner, 51, an immigration lawyer, and his wife, Maure, of Beverly Hills, were having lunch at the Eden Wok, a kosher Chinese restaurant on West 72nd Street. They shared a table with David Chalfen, a film producer who lives in New York. “Doesn’t everybody always eat Chinese food on Christmas Day?” Chalfen asked. For the Gardners, eating kosher Chinese food is a tradition in Los Angeles. “On Thanksgiving, we have turkey. Christmas Day, we always go out for Chinese food,” Maure Gardner said. On Christmas Day at Kowloon, a steady stream of customers arrived for lunch at the 1,200-seat restaurant. Wong said Christmas Eve was even busier – so busy, in fact, that the restaurant had to limit its menu, with no special orders or substitutions allowed. Gino Ferrir, of Lynn, Mass., and several members of his extended family brought a pile of Christmas presents to unwrap as they waited for their lobster, shrimp and duck dishes to arrive. “We come here every Christmas. It’s my treat to my family,” said Ferrir, who sat at a large table near the entrance of the restaurant with two sons, an ex-wife and a former mother-in-law, among others. In San Francisco, the 13th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Show at the New Asia Restaurant runs Thursday through Sunday, with two shows a night. The dinner show featured a seven-course Chinese dinner and a 90-minute comedy show. Egg rolls and hot tea were served at the cocktail hour show. “And you don’t have to be Jewish to come. Not all the jokes are based on the Jewish faith,” said Pam Lawrence, who helped organize the event. “Last night, we had a whole contingent from Australia, and only some of them were Jewish.”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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Among the many celebrity photos adorning the walls of the restaurant were several of Red Auerbach, the legendary former coach, general manager and president of the Boston Celtics. Auerbach, who is Jewish, would often call and ask for a table to be set up for him in back. In his honor, the restaurant named a menu item for him: the Red Auerbach Special, which is beef and shrimp with peapods and water chestnuts in a black bean sauce. The tradition of Jews going to Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day in the United States dates as far back as the 1930s, if not earlier, said Rabbi David Kay, an assistant rabbi at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando, Fla. “Chinese restaurants, Asian-owned restaurants, those owners tended to be the only folks who didn’t have Christmas, too,” Kay said. “Quite often, there’s overlap in the immigrant neighborhoods, such as the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy in New York. They’re all near each other, and that tended to be what was close by, as well.” Another reason for the appeal of Chinese food to Jews, Kay added, is that there often is a lot of vegetarian items available for people who keep kosher.last_img read more

Book launch for leading Donegal poet

first_imgWell-known Donegal writer Denise Blake will launch her newest collection of poetry this week at a special open event in Letterkenny.This Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 pm, Revival Press is hosting a book launch of Denise Blake’s third collection of poetry, INVOCATION.The eagerly anticipated launch will be held in the luxurious surroundings of Rockhill House Estate, Letterkenny and promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon. The special guests for the event will be the Conwal Singers.Compere for the afternoon is Donegal poet, Maureen Curran. Published poet, Imelda Maguire, and Traolach O’Fionnain, Donegal Arts Officer, will launch the book. All welcome.INVOCATION is Denise Blake’s third collection of poetry and is published by Revival Press, Limerick Writers Centre.At a time when life can often seem harsh and cynical, this book is described as an intelligent and uplifting celebration of love and connection; connection to family, to place, to other people and to the natural world. Family and home are central themes, and echoes from the past resonate into the present in the beautifully crafted poems. Book launch for leading Donegal poet was last modified: April 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:book launchDENISE BLAKEliteraturepoetlast_img read more

Tobacco smuggling up in smoke

first_imgSouth African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, in an effort to eliminate the smuggling of tobacco products.(Image: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS• Popo MajaSpokesperson, Department of Health+ 27 72 585 3219RELATED ARTICLES• Raising the profile of mental health• Local solutions for animal health• Taking a nation’s health to heart• Proactive approach to mental health Ray MaotaA treaty to combat the illicit trade in cigarettes has been signed by 12 countries, which in time will lead to worldwide co-operation to eliminate cigarette smuggling.South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products at a ceremony held at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva on 10 January 2013. This made South Africa one of the first countries, along with 11 others including China, France, Panama, Turkey and Uruguay, to sign the treaty.Other countries can also sign it, and the protocol will be applicable 90 days after the 40th government has signed. Those countries that sign the treaty will co-operate in identifying tobacco smuggling routes and trends, and in apprehending smugglers. The treaty also aims to control the supply chain of tobacco products to stop smugglers from obtaining them.To control the supply chain, the treaty recommends that manufacturers are licensed, requiring them to verify the bona fides of their customers; tracking the movement of tobacco products across borders as well as tracing the origins of seized goods; better border controls; and stronger penalties for smuggling.Dr Yussuf Saloojee, the executive director of the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), commended the minister, saying: “Reducing the illicit trade in tobacco is an important public health measure. Smuggling makes cigarettes cheaper and so increases sales. It encourages adults to keep smoking instead of quitting after tax increases, and makes tobacco affordable to youth … Higher tobacco sales in turn mean more sickness and death.”Speaking at the signing ceremony, the WHO’s director-general, Dr Margaret Chan, said: “The protocol gives the world a unique legal instrument for countering and eventually eliminating a sophisticated international criminal activity that costs a lot, especially for health.” Tobacco smuggling in South AfricaIn a 2012 working paper for the department of economics at Stellenbosch University, Craig Lemboe and Philip Black found that cigarette smuggling in South Africa was significant, constituting between 40% and 50% of the total market, and that cigarette tax increases had, to a large extent, contributed to its continued existence and growth by creating a financial incentive to smuggle.The main focus of the paper was on tobacco taxes as part of a broader tobacco control policy framework. It found that the existence of such a huge illicit tobacco market in South Africa may well imply that tax hikes had not resulted in a significant decline in cigarette consumption and that smuggled cigarettes were typically of a lower quality than legally manufactured cigarettes.International examples of methods to combat cigarette smuggling seemed to suggest that the best course of action was to address the supply side of smuggled cigarettes rather than the demand side, the paper found. This is exactly what this treaty seeks to do.“The level of cigarette smuggling in South Africa is highly over-estimated by the tobacco industry, as this creates pressure on the Treasury to keep excise taxes low. Nonetheless, we do need to combat smuggling and the way to do so is not by lowering taxes but by adopting the measures proposed by the protocol,” said Saloojee.In 2010 in South Africa, 11% of all deaths of men were related to tobacco smoking, while 4.8% of South African women succumbed to tobacco-related diseases. A win for the ConstitutionIn 2012, British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa), the country’s largest cigarette manufacturer, tried to lift the ban in place on the advertising of tobacco products.The Constitutional Court denied the company leave to appeal against an order made by the Supreme Court of Appeal, which had ruled that a ban on the advertising and promotion of tobacco products under the Tobacco Products Control Act was “reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society”.According to the NCAS, in its judgement the Appeals Court had found that there were powerful public health considerations for a ban on the advertising and promotion of tobacco products and that the seriousness of the dangers of smoking far outweighed the interests of smokers as a group or the commercial interests of Batsa.At the time of the ruling, in August 2012, Saloojee, said: “We welcome the Constitutional Court’s decision, which confirms our confidence that the country’s tobacco control laws are fair, reasonable and based on solid science. The freedom of teenagers to grow up healthily is more important than the freedom of the tobacco companies to advertise a deadly addiction.“The importance of this ruling is that it will help keep youngsters from the clutches of the tobacco industry. The industry’s own documents show that they view teenagers as ‘replacement smokers’ for those adults killed by cigarettes.”last_img read more