first_imgGovernment is still vigorously pursuing its option to buy out the 10 per cent of shares held by the DemeraraThe Berbice River BridgeDistillers Limited (DDL) in the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) in order to ensure sustainability and perhaps to facilitate a further reduction in the tolls.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Government remained committed to providing significant financial relief for those persons traversing the Berbice Bridge and, in order to guarantee low fares, Government would have to gain majority control of the Company.He said Government was exploring different options, apart from State subsidies, to ensure the fares remained reduced.“The Government had attempted certain things so far. We are currently trying to buy the shares from DDL and obviously with that, we can look at different mechanisms,” he stated during a recent news conference.Last year, Government announced that the beverage giant had offered to sell off its shares in the BBCI for some $45 million. Government had also hoped to engage with the other stakeholders about selling their shares in order to influence the decision to reduce the bridge tolls since the Bridge Company was initially refusing to lower them.But after intense negotiations, Government finally brokered an agreement with the Company to reduce the tolls, which took effect this year.The toll on passenger cars and minibuses was reduced from $2200 to $1900, while there was a 10 per cent reduction for the other classes of vehicles.Government is also providing subsidies to the river taxis, which were introduced after the BBCI maintained that it was not reducing its tolls.The river taxis were meant to be a more affordable alternative to the Bridge, but with the reduction of the bridge tolls, the two facilities began competing with each other.Minibus operators began complaining of loss of business since commuters opted to use the river taxis rather than cross the River via the bridge.The Public Infrastructure Ministry developed a revised schedule for the operations of the river taxis to facilitate the minibus operations.From September 1, the speedboat service began operating from 06:00h until 09:00h and then again from 14:30h until 18:00h. Previously, the service operated between 06:00h and 18:00h.But with the time change, the taxi drivers are complaining that the new operating hours would severely affect their trade since they would limit the number of passengers who utilise their services after disembarking the boats.Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson had pledged to meet with the operators to iron out the issue.last_img read more

first_imgLucia Johnson, a customer of the Bank, was taken by surprise as the management of the bank presented her a brand new motorbike at the bank’s Red Light branch.As part of efforts aimed at expressing appreciation to its loyal customers while engendering a good savings culture in the country, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Saturday, October 5, 2019, awarded one of its customers with a brand new motorbike in its savings promotion, “Save and Win.”The winner, Lucia Johnson, a customer of the Bank, was taken by surprise as the management of the bank presented her a brand new motorbike at the Bank’s Red Light branch.The event, which brought together other UBA customers, the management of the bank, as well as several business people from the Red Light Market, was supervised by the National Lottery Authority.Following the announcement of Madam Johnson as the winner by the National Lottery Authority (NLA), the legal body responsible for all raffle draws in the country, other customers grew interested in the campaign, commending the Bank for giving back to its customers and helping to encourage the culture of saving in Liberia.UBA Liberia Managing Director Olalekan Balogun, who presented the keys, explained that the promotion is meant to appreciate and encourage every Liberian to adapt to a culture of saving.He said, “One of the things that we are trying to do here today is to show appreciation and to encourage a saving culture in Liberia.“We found out that a lot of our people do not know that saving can provide benefits to people that usually save their income. So, today is one of those things that we are trying to do here and once you save with UBA you stand to benefit,” he added.According to Balogun, the Save and Win promotion is just the beginning of bigger opportunities for UBA’s customers. All you need to do is to save your money for the period, and you will stand a chance to benefit.”In response, Ms. Johnson said the reward was a surprise, adding: “I feel very good. This is unexpected.”Ms. Johnson then thanked the UBA management for the promotion and for helping to change her life.Madam Johnson has been a customer of UBA for the past two years and is running a small business. The ongoing promo, which commenced on September 1, 2019, is expected to run until January 30, 2020, where the final winner will walk away with a brand new kehkeh (tricycle).According to the Bank, every month, a lucky winner will be rewarded with one motorbike through a raffle draw and a kehkeh (tricycle) for the final draw, which totals to four motorbikes and one kehkeh (tricycle) for the entire period.The criteria to participate in the draw is for all existing and new customers to deposit or build their account balance to US$300 or L$50,000 from the beginning of the month without withdrawing until the end of the month to automatically qualify to win a motorbike through a raffle draw.And to win a kehkeh, one would need to deposit and maintain the same amount of US$300 or L$50,000 until January 2020. According to the bank, those interested in joining UBA can open a savings account in any UBA branch across the country, and start saving to stand a chance of winning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLocal Government Elections (LGE) is about empowering citizens to fix local problems, President David Granger said on Friday, even as he encouraged residents to exercise their right to elect leaders who will serve, in his address at a community meeting held at the Indigenous Peoples’ Conference Hall, Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“Local Government Elections is about you and about your rights, your entitlement to choose the people who you want to represent you; that is what it is all about,” the President said, even as he called on the residents to “trust [their] own judgement; trust the people you know,” Granger said.The Head of State said while the A Partnership for National Unity did not win at the last LGE, his Administration is giving citizens the right to make choices. “Since then, we have been strengthening the Local Government system. In three years, we have created four towns,” he said, adding that he envisions that one-day Lethem will become a city.The President also noted that several changes have occurred since the return of local democracy in 2016, stressing that Guyana can only be developed from the roots. “There are three levels of government, the municipality is one level, the Indigenous communities have their own village councils, the Regional Democratic Council is at the second level, and the Central Government is at the third level. All three levels have to work together,” he said, emphasising the need for cooperation among all the parties.“We came together to empower you… if the candidates don’t work, people will remember them,” he told the gathering, while deeming the LGE as an apprenticeship or school house where candidates will learn to serve their constituents.“You have to serve if you want to lead,” President Granger said, noting that it is through Local Government that democracy is exercised as all stakeholders sit around a table and decide what’s best for the respective communities.The President explained that Lethem’s development is a work in progress but pointed to improvements made to the town since Government took office in May 2015. “It may seem small but if you know Lethem 20 or 30 years ago, you would see the changes… We need to be driven by an idea that this is not about simply winning and sharing out seats, it is about improving the municipality of Lethem,” the President said.Meanwhile, some 50 children of Lethem and neighbouring communities received bicycles from the President through the Public Education Transport Service (PETS). During a brief interaction with the recipients, President Granger urged the school aged children to make good use of the bicycles.Additionally, the President commissioned a new ‘David G’ bus and handed it over to the Regional Democratic Council. Twenty-eight buses and 1354 bicycles have been handed over across the country to assist children to attend school.last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate its first anniversary since the institute was launched, Outliers Zone, a foundation which provides financial training for varying company workforces, took its financial wellness training to a number of female occupants of the St Ann’s Orphanage. The training was themed “Seven steps to become a millionaire teen”.The programme saw a number of young people being educated on the importance of making wise financial decisions, which includes the need to save, invest, donate and spend.Founder of the organisation, Athalyah Yisrael explained that the event was hosted in commemoration of her foundation’s first anniversary and more so, as a way of giving back.Founder of Outliers Zone, Athalyah Yisrael presents a representative of the St Ann’s Orphanage with a piggy bank“To celebrate our first anniversary we’ve decided to give back to the St Ann’s Orphanage, and what we’ve found that is apart from the employees we also work with teaching children. Teaching children how to become financially sound as an adult, and it was such a great opportunity to bring our training to the girls at the St Ann’s”, she added.Yisrael’s company usually provides training for companies and their employees, to get them to put an end to the “pay-cheque to pay-cheque’ lifestyle. The founder also disclosed plans to host similar programmes throughout the year geared at helping 11,000 children become financially independent.Upon completion of the one-day training the young girls were given piggy banks, which together with the training itself was sponsored by companies like Farfan and Mends, Sterling Products, KFC, Floor It Plus and Metro.last_img read more

first_imgArticle by Charles HelmKris Swanson has indicated he will be back for the 10th Emperor’s Challenge (35 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge) on August 9th. Swanson won the race eight times in a row until 2007, when he was pipped by the then Canadian Marathon Champion Steve Osaduik.For most participants with a modicum of fitness the Emperor’s Challenge, although billed as the world’s toughest and most beautiful half marathon, is quite easily doable (through running or walking) in the allotted five hours. For the front runners it is another story. Last year both Osaduik and Swanson broke the previous record by minutes, and Osaduik’s comments make for riveting reading:Advertisement – Advertisement -“The first six kilometers is thought to be the hardest but it is the last fourteen that stays in your legs for a good week and forces you to do the crab walk up and down stairs. This is the toughest race I have ever run by far, nothing I have ever run even begins to enter the ball park. I have never walked during a race but four kilometres into this one I was forced to and several other times later. My quads burned, and my back ached from being bent over for four kilometres. I was soaked from falling several times in the creek we had to follow to the summit. I slammed so hard on one fall that I busted my watch off my wrist but didn’t feel it or notice till I tried to check my time at the 5 km mark and it wasn’t there.“In the end it was a good battle back and forth for most of the race and in my estimation the most difficult race I have ever run, so I am hoping that I can draw from that experience the next time I go through a rough spot in a race and shake my head and suck it up and pick it up, because I don’t think I will ever hurt like that again until the next time I run the Emperor’s Challenge.”Thanks to co-operation between the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society’s race organizing committee and the Peace River Coal mine, the Emperor’s Challenge got even tougher in 2006 (and a lot more beautiful) with the introduction of the Mathews Gully Route. The result was a new route and a new feel. The foot-bridge across Babcock Creek and short forested trail section give a different introduction to the race, then getting up the base of the steep walled gully is a controversially acclaimed experience, with the babbling creek possibly taking the athletes’ minds off the pain of the ascent. The scenery gets better and better during the gruelling three kilometers of ascent (800 meters vertical gain) providing a balm for tired and aching muscles. From the summit on it is “easy”: fourteen kilometres of mostly downhill running to the finish, with magnificent views of the Rockies in runners’ and walkers’ faces.There was a record field of just under 300 in 2007, and indications from early registrations are that another bumper field can be expected. The oldest competitor in the history of the race, 83 year old Art Nolan, is reputed to be returning with a bunch of his friends from Watson Lake. A number of international entries from as far away as England have also been received.In 2008 ten athletes are in line to receive a special award for having completed all ten races. Kids are catered to through tough races of their own, of exactly one fifth or one tenth the adult distance. A festive atmosphere prevails at the Core Lodge, which is the hub of the race, with a marquee, massages, refreshments, awards ceremony and much more. The event is spectator-friendly, and telescopes are trained on the summit to see who crests it first.There is nothing else quite like the Emperor’s Challenge anywhere. The race motto is to run with the goats, cruise with the caribou, trot with the ptarmigan, and to RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. Further information is available at www.emperorschallenge.com and registration can also be done on-line through the Running Room: www.runningroom.ca .last_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO: Aging defendants are found guility in 10murders in organized crime case. By Mike Robinson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – A federal jury held three aging mobsters responsible for 10 murders Thursday after an extraordinary trial that included colorful witnesses who exposed the seedy inner workings of organized crime in Chicago. A fifth defendant, retired Chicago police officer Anthony Doyle, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy but not accused of any murders. After convicting the four men, the jury began a second round of deliberations to determine whether the defendants were individually responsible for any of the 18 murders listed in the racketeering count, qualifying them for possible sentence of life in federal prison. Calabrese’s defense attorney Joseph Lopez left the courthouse grumbling that there was no way to give his client a fair trial. “I don’t think anyone charged with a case like this can get a fair trial anywhere, because of publicity prior to trial, because of shows that they make in Hollywood and because of scripts they write in Hollywood,” he said. “Al Capone is probably the most famous Chicagoan we have.” Movies and television often glamorize the mob, but the trial showed its devastating effects on real families, said FBI agent Robert Grant. “Our work doesn’t end here,” he said. “It’s just a continuation of a legacy of hard work.” Lombardo attorney Rick Halprin agreed that the Outfit’s reputation hung over the trial, but said the government did a “remarkable” job in organizing its case. “Mitch Mars and his team did a hell of a job of organizing this evidence, sifting out what they didn’t need; they’re due the credit for not overplaying their hand,” Halprin said. In addition to Tony Spilotro’s murder, Marcello was found responsible for the death of the victim’s brother, Michael. Witnesses said they were lured to a suburban basement where they were beaten and strangled at Marcello’s direction. The brothers were found buried in an Indiana cornfield. Lombardo, accused of being the capo of a Chicago mob “street crew,” was blamed for the September 1974 murder of businessman Daniel Seifert, a federal witness who was hunted down and shotgunned by masked gunmen. Joe Seifert, Daniel Seifert’s son, said he attended nearly all of the trial because he was a child when his father was killed. “I just wanted some information,” Joe Seifert said. “I never had a total picture, so I wanted the total picture – to fit all the puzzle pieces together.” He said he knows Lombardo will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but “he’s had a lot of time free.” Calabrese, 70, a portly, bearded loan shark who according to witnesses doubled as a hit man, was found responsible for seven mob murders. Witnesses including his own brother, Nicholas Calabrese, said he strangled victims with a rope, then cut their throats to make sure they were dead. Ellen Ortiz said she has been “hoping and praying” for the day when Calabrese would be held responsible for the July 1983 murder of her husband, Richard D. Ortiz, who prosecutors say was killed because he had committed a murder not authorized by the Outfit. But she said it was a struggle to sit through the trial. “It’s been very hard, very hard,” she said. “It brings back all the memories.” But jurors, who confessed that they were hopelessly deadlocked, did not return verdicts pinning responsibility for one other murder on Marcello and six on Calabrese. Each of the jurors was asked by Zagel whether “further deliberations by the jury could not lead to a unanimous verdict on any of the issues on which the jury is divided.” They said it would be no use to go on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jurors deadlocked on blame for eight other murders after eight days of deliberations in one of the biggest mob trials in the city’s history. Frank Calabrese Sr., 70; Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo, 78; and James Marcello, 65, were held responsible for murder, raising the maximum sentence each faces to life. Jurors deadlocked on a fourth defendant, Paul Schiro, 70. Marcello, described by prosecutors as a top leader of the Chicago Outfit, was held responsible for the June 1986 murder of Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, the Chicago mob’s longtime man in Las Vegas and the inspiration for the Joe Pesci character in the movie “Casino.” The defendants remained poker-faced as U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel’s clerk read the verdicts one by one in a packed federal courtroom. All four men were convicted Sept. 10 of taking part in a racketeering conspiracy that included illegal gambling, extortion, loan sharking and the 18 mob murders, which had gone unsolved for decades. last_img read more

first_imgForeclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company said Thursday. A total of 223,538 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from 112,210 in the same month a year ago, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. The number of filings in September was down 8 percent from August’s 243,947, the firm said. Despite the sequential decline, the September figure represents the second-highest total for filings in a single month since the company began tracking monthly filings two years ago. “August was an extraordinarily high month for foreclosure activity, so some falloff was almost predictable,” said Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s vice president for marketing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The filings include default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions. Some properties might have received more than one notice if the owners have multiple mortgages. Typically, borrowers must be 60 to 90 days past due on their mortgage payments before their lender will consider them in default, the first stage of the foreclosure process. If a homeowner can’t find a way to get current on payments, the home is then often put up for auction, and if it doesn’t sell, it eventually goes back to the bank. In all, 39 states saw a decline in foreclosure filings, the firm said. Sharga noted that there was a spike in the number of bank repossessions in August that did not occur in September. It’s likely that the sequential decline in foreclosure activity between August and September was just a blip, not a bellwether of lessening foreclosure filings. “We don’t see September as the beginning of the end in this cycle of foreclosures,” Sharga said. The foreclosure rate for the nation in September was one foreclosure filing for every 557 households, the firm said. The U.S. housing market has seen sales decline and home prices fall or remain flat, making it harder for homeowners who can’t afford to make mortgage payments to sell their homes or seek refinancing. Many of those troubled homeowners were among those who took on adjustable-rate mortgages that are now adjusting to a higher interest rate, translating into payments they cannot afford to make. The rising delinquencies and foreclosures this year have led the mortgage industry to tighten lending standards, further narrowing options for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Nevada, Florida and California had the highest foreclosure rates in the country last month, the firm said.160Want 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

first_imgFinesse receive their medals at the Dublin FleadhCongratulations to Finesse gymnastics display team who returned home late last night after a marathon day of 15 hours with silvers medals from the Dublin Fleadh.The Letterkenny-based Gymnastics Display Team 16 gymnasts aged 6-17 are from all over the county.The Dublin Fleadh is Ireland’s premier gymnastics display event hosted in the sports complex U.C.D with the top teams from across Ireland and Britain taking part. This year saw 31 teams attending with a very strong attendance from Scottish teams. Finesse were debuting their routine Charleston fusion a modern mix of dance and gymnastics skills. The gymnasts performed to the very best of their ability and executed an outstandingly and precise routine.It is very rewarding for the team after all of their hard work and commitment that they have put in, hopefully they can keep the momentum with them when they travel to Italy next weekend to represent Ireland at the Festival del Sole.Despite an unfortunate accident by another clubs gymnast towards the end of the event the official medal ceremony was unable to take place, just proving what dangerous sport gymnastics can be.Finesse Gymnastics Display Team Amber Beecroft, Ciara Beecroft, Rachel Canning, Ailbhe Gallagher, Molly Gallagher,Adele King , Ellie King , Fiona Lafferty, Orla Lonergan , Orla McCarron, Aisling Nulty,Cara Nulty , Molly Nulty, Abi O’Connor, Aoife O’Connor, Tori O’Connor.Coach Meganne HerronChoreographer Linda Bennett SILVER SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL GYMNASTICS GROUP FINESSE was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 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:donegalFinesseGymnasticsSilver medalslast_img read more

first_img“I’ve heard a little whisper to say the manager is not really giving them a lot of instruction before games. He’s just picking the team and letting them get on with it.“It seems to me that he hasn’t got the players in that he wanted this summner, and he’s gone into a bit of a sulk. He’s just let the players crack on and do their own thing.“When you’re moping around, moaning about who you haven’t been able to sign and about the lack of players you have, instead of bigging up the players you already have and filling them with confidence, I don’t think it’s good for team morale.” 3 Mourinho tries to get a point across to his players during the 3-2 defeat at Brighton Sharpe is expecting this season to be Mourinho’s last at Old Trafford.The former United winger revealed he has been told there is no direction from the manager within the dressing room, and said he would be keen for World Cup-winning legend Zidane to take charge of the club.“Mourinho is on trial again,” Sharpe said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s never looked happy since he’s been at the club.“There just seems to be no plan at Man United. Nobody seems to know where they should be going and what they should be doing. Zinedine Zidane would be ‘the ideal candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho, should Manchester United decide to sack the manager this season, believes Lee Sharpe.The former Red Devils star believes ‘The Special One’ will be gone by Christmas, and has backed three-time Champions League winning boss Zidane to take over at Old Trafford.We’re just two games into the Premier League season, and Mourinho is already under immense pressure in the United hotseat after a summer of discontent.Moan-inho has been vocal in his displeasure at the club’s failure to sign his top transfer targets – bringing in just three new players this summer – and has also clashed with a number of his players, most notably Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.A difficult few weeks then took a turn for the worse on Sunday, when United were beaten 3-2 at Brighton in the Premier League, which prompted rumours his third season curse could be about to strike again. Jose Mourinho endured a frustrating summer transfer window center_img 3 3 Zidane led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles as manager Zidane has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with recent reports claiming the former France star is keen to take his career to the Premier League after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.Asked about the links, Sharpe added: “I think Zidane would be the ideal candidate.“He’s played at the highest level, managed at the highest level and has been successful at both.“He’s a big enough name who could cope with the pressure and the questions asked of managing a club of that size so I think he would be ideal.”Listen back to Lee Sharpe on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

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