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first_imgTrecia-Kaye Smith won Jamaica’s only triple jump gold medal in the women’s competition in Helsinki, Finland, in 2005. Smith won the gold medal with a jump of 15.11 metres.last_img

Miner shoots wife, commits suicide

first_imgA miner is now dead and his wife hospitalised after he shot the 42-year-old woman at their Lot 24 NorthDead: Theodore AdamsRoad, Bourda, Georgetown, home.Dead is Theodore Adams, who shot himself, after shooting his wife to the mouth.The injured woman, Sarojini Warnauth, is in critical condition at a City hospital.Reports are at about 19:20hrs, neighbours rescued the woman and rushed her to a local hospital after they saw her trying to jump through a window from the second flat of the two-storey home.While details remain sketchy, this newspaper was told that after neighbours rescued Warnauth, they heard a single gunshot.Speaking with Guyana Times, the dead man’s brother, Orlando Adams, said that his brother has been ill for some time now.She said the couple were together for 17 years and shared one child. That child is 9 years old.The Police were summoned and they found the license firearm holder dead in the house. (More details in our Friday edition of the Guyana Times)last_img read more

GAWU complains to int’l union about burdens of working class in Guyana

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) has informed international trade unions of what is described as “heavy burdens” being endured by the working class in Guyana.Some of the participants of the WFTU meeting held in ArgentinaAssistant General Secretary Aslim Singh recently participated in a two-day meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Trade Unions affiliated to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).At the meeting held in Argentina, Singh informed trade unionists of the situation in Guyana.“Our Union pointed out that, in recent times, the workers and their families have been confronted by heavy increases in the cost-of-living occasioned by the imposition of new taxes, hiking of existing taxes and the withdrawal of subsidies to workers and pensioners,” GAWU highlighted in a press statement.“Apart from that, the Union’s Assistant General Secretary told the meeting that our country’s democratic culture and rule of law are being undermined following the failure of the Government to abide by the consequences of a successful No-Confidence Motion in the National Assembly. The Union pointed out that the democratic and other forces in our country were now engaged in a new struggle to restore constitutional rule through free and fair elections and rollback the hardships imposed on the working class.”The meeting brought together some 50 trade unionists from Argentina, Guyana, Uraguay, Paraguay, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, among other countries in the region. Also attending the meeting was WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, who is based at the body’s headquarters in Athens, Greece.Participants from the various countries also informed the meeting of what is taking place in their respective nations.GAWU said, “the story was all too familiar as the meeting learnt that workers are confronted by every conceivable mean/s to rollback their gains and undermine their victories”.According to GAWU, the meeting also heard from a delegation from Venezuela which provided an update of the circumstances in that country whose Government is facing attacks from several quarters.Fight for a better worldGeneral Secretary of the WFTU, George Mavrikos in his address, noted that workers and their organisations need to continue to raise aloft the banner of struggle and unity. He reminded that the path the working class has travelled is paved with immense and intense struggles.The WFTU General Secretary urged those present to continue to fight for a better world for this and the next generations.On the last day of the meeting which coincides with the establishment of the WFTU, participants observed the International Day of Action. The theme of this year’s Action Day was “Struggle against xenophobia, racism and fascism”.The organisation has pointed out that xenophobia and racism are intentionally raised so as to divide. The WFTU said in many places wars and conflicts have created millions of refugees who fall victims of hatred and racist discriminations. In too many countries, it noted, fascist and fascist-like parties are entering into Government and imposing many hardships and difficulties on workers. Since its establishment, the WFTU has placed at the forefront of its demands the struggle for peace and equality, fighting against Apartheid in South Africa, against racial and all types of discrimination.The meeting was most successful and similar activities will be organised in the coming months as the WFTU will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020. At this time, the WFTU has an affiliated membership of some 96 million workers in 138 countries worldwide. It has set itself by the end of 2020 to have 100 million workers in its fold.The GAWU has been an affiliate of the WFTU for many years and has received solidarity and support during its previous struggles. In more recent times, the organisation was critical of the Government’s decision to close the sugar estates and put thousands of workers on the breadline.last_img read more

Jurors to consider life in prison or death in case of convicted gangster and killer of three

first_imgWhile behind bars, McGhee punched and kicked a guard at the California Youth Authority, incited two riots in jail and was caught possessing a razor blade and other potential weapons, according to the prosecutor. Chun called McGhee a “man who’s shown you that he’s dangerous — out of custody and in custody.” One of McGhee’s attorneys, Franklin Peters Jr., countered that the defense had tried to show jurors “the complete Timothy McGhee.” “… Over and over again, you were told that he’s a wonderful father … a wonderful stepfather,” Peters said about a number of relatives who gave glowing accounts of McGhee’s interactions with the children. “That tells you something about the heart of the man.” The defense lawyer told jurors he didn’t expect them to forget about McGhee’s conduct, but said their decision to convict McGhee of the murders ensures that his client will die in prison. “The only question is `How will he die?’ Will his heart be stopped by lethal injection or poison or will he die at his appointed hour?” McGhee’s attorney said. During the trial’s penalty phase, Olivia McGhee said she was working virtually all the time after her son was born and said her son’s father went to Alaska to work on an oil pipeline and rarely called to check on his children. “He (Timothy McGhee)’s a good father, not like the one he never had,” she said of her son, telling jurors that he played with his children, went to the video store, the park or out to pizza with them. McGhee’s aunt, Becky Katz, told jurors, “I love him despite the fact that people are saying these horrible things. I know a good side of him … He was always able to give back.” Katz, who works as a deputy probation officer, said she prayed that jurors would realize McGhee is being held accountable for his actions and that he has redeeming qualities. During the prosecution’s portion of the trial’s penalty phase, Emily Martin called her son, Ronald, a “good person” who “brought a lot of happiness to us all.” “He didn’t deserve to be killed like this,” she told jurors, noting that her son’s death has “devastated the whole family.” The same panel being asked to recommend McGhee’s sentence convicted him on Oct. 25 of first-degree murder for Martin’s Oct. 14, 1997, slaying, along with the the June 3, 2000, slaying of Ryan Gonzalez; and the Nov. 9, 2001, killing of Margie Mendoza. Jurors also convicted McGhee of four attempted murder charges, including two involving Los Angeles police officers who were led into gang territory by other gang members and fired upon by McGhee. The officers escaped injury. McGhee — also known by the monikers “Huero” and “Eskimo” — had been named to the U.S. Marshals Service’s “15 Most Wanted Fugitive List” before his February 2003 arrest in Bullhead City, Ariz. He was taken into custody by about 25 members of the Los Angeles Police Department, Bullhead City police and federal officers and has remained jailed without bail since then. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “He killed for thrills and ego,” the prosecutor said. “When they (the defense attorneys) ask for mercy, and they will, remember what his responses were,” Chun said during his closing argument. McGhee told one of his victims, Ronald Martin, to “die like a man,” the prosecutor said, noting that 27 shots were fired at the victim. The prosecutor noted that the defense put up a series of photos of McGhee as a baby and young child and said that the prosecution was not trying to execute a chubby, curly haired 9-year-old boy, but “one of the leaders” of a local gang who had spent two-thirds of his adult life behind bars. McGhee chose the “the life of gangs and murder” over his role as father to three children and a promising job as an electrician, Chun said. A jury will hold its first full day of deliberations today in the penalty phase of the trial of a gang leader found guilty of murdering three people — in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Before the issue went to the panel yesterday afternoon, a prosecutor urged jurors to recommend a death sentence for the defendant, but a defense attorney insisted that his client is a father of three whose life is “worth saving.” The eight-man, four-woman panel is being asked to recommend whether Timothy Joseph McGhee should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. “I don’t expect it to be easy to impose the death penalty … But we’ve got to do the right thing,” Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury, noting “the number of murders and the amount of violence” committed by the 34-year-old Atwater Village gang leader. last_img

Coliseum bill aimed at keeping USC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt would also “explore various options for the governance of the (Coliseum Commission) including, but not limited to, the restructuring or dissolution of the Commission,” a statement released by his office said. Privately, some Coliseum officials dismissed the economic benefits of the proposed bill, which they noted would not even be presented until January. The proposal could provide state and local governments with an additional $53.75 million over the life of the project, including $18.5 million for the city of Los Angeles, $16.75 million for Los Angeles County, $12.5 million for the state of California and $6 million for low- and moderate-income housing. Pending an agreement with the Coliseum, USC has threatened to play games next year at the Rose Bowl. The Coliseum is expected to prepare a counterproposal this week to USC, after rejecting in August the school’s offer to contribute $100 million toward improvements to the stadium in exchange for taking control of it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission could be restructured or dissolved under plans announced Monday by a state senator that could smooth the way for USC to stay. “The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of the most recognized sports venues in the world,” said Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles. “For the past 80 years, its image has helped to define this community and is a tremendous source of pride for not just the Trojan fans … but the residents of South Los Angeles and beyond.” Ridley-Thomas said he would propose legislation to increase the amount of funding available for economic development in the Exposition/University Park redevelopment project area and give incentives to USC to continue investing there. last_img read more

Wayne Rooney gets one goal and two assists in latest DC United win

first_imgWayne Rooney continued his barnstorming form with a goal and two assists to lead new club DC United to a 3-1 victory over Atlanta.The Manchester United legend has been on fire since joining the Major League Soccer side from Everton this summer. Rooney has starred since joining MLS side DC United 1center_img He made the headlines in his native Blighty for his amazing last-man tackle and long-range assist to lead DC to a stoppage-time victory over Orlando.Then, in his very next game, he scored a brace – including a sublime free-kick – to send the capital club to a big win over Portland Timbers.TAKE A BOW! – Wayne Rooney produces magical MLS moment for DC UnitedAnd Rooney was the match-winner again on Sunday, with the former England captain having a hand in all three goals in a 3-1 win away at Atlanta United.Rooney’s tally since moving to the MLS now stands at four goals and five assists in 11 appearances – also bagging three Man-of-the-Match awards.Watch Rooney’s brilliant performance against Atlanta in the video below!last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL MAN DIES IN AUSTRALIAN ACCIDENT

first_imgA YOUNG man from Burtonport has died in a building site accident, donegaldaily has learned.We understand the accident happened in Western Australia after scaffolding on a building collapsed.This evening a close family friend told us: “The family are obviously devastated and details of exactly what has happened are still a bit sketchy, so everyone is pulling together. “He’s a great young man from a very good local family.”It’s understood consular officials are helping to keep the family up to date with the investigation.A spokesman for police in Western Australia said all work on the site had been halted and a full investigation is underway.BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL MAN DIES IN AUSTRALIAN ACCIDENT was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Pico Rivera Chamber moves

first_imgPICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce has a new home. At least for now. The chamber moved into the Reeve Store Equipment Co. building on Bermudez Street after its lease on offices within the city’s Recreation and Community Services building on Passons Boulevard expired this week. Reeve is charging the chamber about $2 per month – until chamber officials can find a permanent home, said Robert Frackelton, vice president of Reeve. On Thursday, Roger Hartter, the chamber’s executive director, sat surrounded by moving boxes in his new office. “It was hard to move during the holidays, but for now, we have to go with the flow,” he said. The organization was forced out of the city building by the city’s newly established public safety division, which needs space for its 22 employees. Those employees will move in next month. Frackelton said his company offered space to the chamber because of the firm’s long history in the city and because it is a chamber member. “My great grandfather leased property on Bermudez Street for the first City Hall when the city was incorporated in 1958 and helped found the chamber,” he said. “So when the chamber found itself without a home, we felt it was a privilege and our duty to help them.” Hartter said the organization continues to look for a permanent home that is affordable and highly visible, with easy access for the public. In July, the City Council voted to stop providing space for the chamber, at $1 per year, and also cut Pico Rivera’s $24,000 annually subsidy to the organization, which has 300 member businesses. Council members said the subsidy money and the space inside the recreation building were needed for other purposes. “It has all been an inconvenience,” said Hartter. “But we will continue to provide services until we find a new place.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Air New Zealand soars

first_imgAir New Zealand, AirlineRatings.com Airline of the Year for 2014, has announced a record interim result for the first half of the 2014 financial year.The airline today announced normalized earnings before taxation for the half-year of NZ$180 million, an increase of 29 per cent on the previous corresponding period.  Statutory earnings before taxation were NZ$197 million, with net profit after taxation of $140 million, an increase of 40 per cent.And the news gets better. Chairman Tony Carter says that with stable fuel prices and a traditional seasonal earnings pattern of a stronger first half, Air New Zealand expects to deliver a full year result of normalized earnings before taxation in excess of NZ$300 million.“Air New Zealand’s Go Beyond strategy is clear.  We have a relentless focus on global sales and marketing excellence, combined with a keen eye on continuously improving our cost base while delivering a world class customer experience,” Mr Carter says.Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the hard work of Air New Zealand’s 11,000 staff has placed the airline in a position where it is able to adapt to a changing macro-economic and competitive environment.“As we continue through a period of strong earnings growth, we are demonstrating that we can deliver increasing returns to shareholders.  Our improved commercial results are also enabling us to invest in the customer experience, explore new markets and invest in our people and culture,” Mr Luxon says.“The journey ahead is shaping up as incredibly exciting, particularly given the positive economic outlook in many of our key revenue markets.  We are well placed to take advantage of this, with significant fleet additions soon to arrive. We expect to deliver capacity growth of around 8 percent in the 2015 financial year as new Boeing 787-9s and 777-300s enter our fleet from the middle of this calendar year. Additionally, new Airbus A320 and ATR72-600 aircraft will be growing capacity in our Domestic network over the next year.”Mr Luxon says the combination of a competitive cost base and economies of scale achieved through growth will be a material benefit for Air New Zealand in the coming years.“We have worked hard on improving our cost base in an environment where we have not grown. In fact, we have reduced our capacity flown overall as we realigned our long-haul network. With new fleet additions and capacity growth, our scale grows.  Our new aircraft will be significantly more efficient than those they replace and having fewer aircraft types drives unnecessary complexity out of our operations.”Mr Luxon says a highlight of the first six months of the 2014 financial year was the continuing strength of Air New Zealand’s alliances.“Through our alliance partnerships we are able to offer more connections, frequencies and destinations than ever before. Alongside our 27 Star Alliance partner airlines we also have deep individual alliance relationships with Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific and look forward to working on our new relationship with Singapore Airlines.”Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines recently unveiled a proposed new alliance which, subject to regulatory approval, would see the return of Air New Zealand onto the Singapore route and enable customers to access codeshare travel on Singapore Airlines’ extensive global network.“Forming the right alliances with the right partners allows us to deliver on our strategy of profitable growth as a Pacific Rim airline.”Mr Luxon says Air New Zealand continues to be optimistic about the future of Virgin Australia.“Virgin Australia has a sound strategy and I look forward to helping the airline to realise its potential when I join its Board.  We are confident that over the coming years Virgin Australia can deliver consistent earnings performance.”last_img read more

GUWAHATI ODI: Kohli scores a ton as India take 1-0 lead in ODI series vs NZ

first_imgVirat Kohli raises his bat after scoring a half-century during the first one day international cricket match against New Zealand in Gawahati, on Sunday, November 28, 2010. AP PhotoVirat Kohli’s sparkling century helped India script a 40-run win against an injury-hit New Zealand in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series in Guwahati on Sunday. SCORECARDKohli was good with his shot selection: GambhirChasing a challenging target of 277 at the Nehru Stadium here, New Zealand were short on experience with skipper Daniel Vettori and explosive opener Brendon McCullum missing out due to back injuries as the visitors were all out for 236 in 45.2 overs.Stand-in skipper Ross Taylor top-scored for the Kiwis with a fighting 66 from 69 balls studded with three sixes and three boundaries.At 169 for eight, New Zealand looked to give up easily but Nathan McCullum (35 from 35 balls, 4×4) and Kyle Mills (32 from 28 balls, 2×4, 2×6) produced a 67-run ninth wicket stand to give India some tough time in the middle.But Sreesanth (three for 67) broke the partnership dismissing Nathan and Mills with the former being brilliantly caught by skipper Gambhir as India won the match with 28 balls to spare.Under intense scrutiny, Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat but he was really effective with his bowling claiming three for 43 from his full quota of 10 overs, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took a career-best three for 50 to help India take the series lead.Thanks to a compact 105 by in-form Kohli, the new look Indian side under Gautam Gambhir put on 276 as they were bowled out in 49 overs after the hosts were sent in to bat.advertisementFresh from his back-to-back centuries in Ranji Trophy, the Delhi lad played a neat and chanceless knock from 104 balls with 10 boundaries for his second consecutive and fourth overall one-day century.But Kohli’s dismissal brought in a stunning Indian collapse as the lower-order managed 26 runs from last six overs something that exposed the new look side’s inexperience at this level.At 250/4 in the 44th over, with Kohli going great guns, a total in excess of 300 looked within easy reach but it was not the case after the centurion’s dismissal by Andy McKay.But New Zealand fought back with a planned and calculated bowling in the fag-end especially by left-arm seamer McKay who returned with a career-best figures of 10-1-62-4.New ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Daryl Tuffey claimed three for 42 and two for 56 respectively.With no McCullum, the New Zealand openers of Jamie How and Martin Guptill lacked the firepower as the visitors were slow and cautious to start with.Nehra broke the opening stand for 32 scalping How (9) as his partner Guptill, after being dropped twice by Murali Vijay, did not last long departing for 30.Stand-in skipper Taylor held the fort even as wickets kept falling in at the other end with Yuvraj doing a great job for India with his slow left-arm orthodox spin.Taylor and Kane Williamson (19) looked good during their 67-run third wicket stand but Yuvraj did not let the partneship going.Just when Taylor was beginning to look dangerous with his towering sixes, Ashwin gave the crucial breakthrough as New Zealand were reduced to 154 for seven after 33.3 overs.Earlier, Kiwi new ball bowlers, Mills and Tuffey, extracted some fine seam movements early on as openers Vijay (29 from 32 balls, 5×4) and Gambhir (38 from 38 balls, 6×4) survived some anxious moments in the early morning start.The Indian duo however did not look under any pressure in absence of Virender Sehwag as they stitched 44 for the opening wicket before Vijay was done in by Tuffey with wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins taking a brilliant catch running backwards.Kohli settled soon his second-wicket partnership of 48 did not last long with Gambhir falling in a soft dismissal to McKay.Due for a big knock, Yuvraj was slow and watchful to start that saw India scoring just 17 in the five overs in the bowling powerplay from 10-15 overs.Having consumed 28 balls for his first eight runs, Yuvraj opened up to the New Zealand spin attack that missed Vettori sorely as Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson bowled their conventional off-breaks.Kohli, meanwhile, raced to his ninth half-century in a rather nondescript way but he ensured that they were on track for a big total.In their 88-run stand for the third wicket, Kohli was compact and flexible in rotating the strike while Yuvraj looked to score in boundaries before he edged one behind the stumps.A jaded Suresh Raina (13, 1×4) continued with his poor Test run into the ODIs, as the southpaw lasted 18 balls before becoming Mills’ victim.advertisementAfter Kohli’s dismissal for 250 in the last ball of 44th over, the Indian inexperience showed as the lower order collapsed.Yusuf Pathan played a cameo of 29 from 19 balls laced with three fours and one six, as debutant Wriddhiman Saha (4), Ravichandran Ashwin (0), Ashish Nehra (0) and Sreesanth (1) were dismissed cheaply.But the total was enough to rattle New Zelanders who missed their regular skipper Vettori and opener McCullum badly to trail in the five-match series 0-1.India have rested their star performers including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh who were not considered due to injury concerns.With inputs from 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