Ambulance driver killed in vehicular smash-up

first_imgA fatal accident involving several motor vehicles and a motorcycle in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Sunday evening has resulted in the death of 28-year-old Wilbert Sydney, an ambulance driver attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).The incident occurred about 21:30h on the Amelia’s Ward Public Road, in the vicinity of Rawlins shortcut and Lover’s Lane, Mackenzie.Dead: Wilbert SydneyPolice reports indicated that at the time of the accident, Sydney, of Lot 70 Half Mile, Wismar, Linden, was proceeding east along the northern side of the roadway on his motorcycle, CH5634, at a fast rate of speed when he overtook minibus BVV 6450 driven by Gordon Saul, 55, of Lot 20 Hardina Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown. In the process of then overtaking motor lorry GRR 6181, driven by Mark Charles, 39, of Lot 121 Amelia’s Ward, Sydney collided head on with motor car PNN 4510, which was driven by Michael Luckhoo, 21, of 96 River Side Drive, Watooka, Linden.The car was proceeding west along the southern side of the road, also at a fast rate of speed. As a result of the collision with the motor car, Sydney and his motorcycle were reportedly thrown into the motor lorry, thence to the northern parapet. He was later picked up, along with the drivers of the motor car and motor lorry, and taken to the LHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the motor car was admitted for observation and remained under Police guard while the driver of the motor lorry was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital with a broken right leg.At the scene of the accident, scores of onlookers and Police gathered. Sydney, with one of his arms severed, laid sprawled on the roadway for some time before he was transported to the Hospital. The damaged vehicles and a broken windscreen with shattered glass were strewn along the road.A resident of Amelia’s Ward, who lives a short distance away from the scene, related to Guyana Times that he was at home when he heard a loud impact and decided to investigate. “I was in me house when I hear ‘scrooks!’ (sound of brakes being applied) ‘blam!’. Well, I ain’t take it for nothing, but then something tell me to look out. When I look out, I see the vehicles on the road,” he noted, as he explained that he later checked the pulse of the deceased on the scene and realised that he was dead.A family grievesAt the home of the deceased on Monday, his grieving sister, Shondell Sydney, in tears, said her brother was a father of two. She related that the family was presently having a hard time trying to cope with the tragedy. A number of family members and friends gathered at the home to express condolences to the bereaved, including his three sisters and mother Paulette Sydney. Shondell, a nurse presently attached to the Wismar hospital, said she last spoke with her brother briefly, some time before he left the family’s home on Sunday. She said her brother was scheduled to work the night shift at 22:00h, but noted that he would usually visit his girlfriend who resided at Amelia’s Ward. Shondell remembered her brother, the last child and only son of their mother, as a very respectable young man whom the family thought would not have survived a childhood tragedy. She said his death came as a shock. Several friends and family members also took to Sydney’s Facebook page after his death, expressing shock and grief. Investigations are ongoing. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Mozambican footballer killed in crocodile attack

first_img0Shares0000PHOTO/courtesyMAPUTO, Mozambique, March 20 – A young Mozambican football player was snatched and killed by a crocodile while training along the banks of a river, his club said on Monday.Estevao Alberto Gino, 19, who played for Mozambique’s second division club Atletico Mineiro de Tete, lived near the Zambezi river in the western province of Tete. The incident happened last Thursday.“On that night, he was training and after jogging he stretched his hands into the water and that was when the crocodile caught him,” coach Eduardo Carvalho told AFP.Two neighbours who witnessed the attack estimated the crocodile to have been about five-metres (16-feet) long, and “they could not do anything” to save him, said Carvalho.Crocodile attacks are common along the Zambezi river.Local police spokesman Leonel Muchina confirmed the incident to AFP saying the footballer’s body has not yet been found.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Done deal! From Arsenal to Premier League surprise package for club record

first_imgBournemouth have confirmed the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers and ex-Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, for an undisclosed fee.Reports elsewhere suggest the Cherries are paying a club record £12m for a player who left the Emirates Stadium 12 months ago for a fee rumoured to be just £2m.It is also being reported that Arsenal stand to collect a portion of the fee paid by Bournemouth, as a result of a sell-on clause agreed when Afobe was sold to Wolves last January. New Bournemouth signing Benik Afobe playing for Wolves 1last_img

Governor gets open-record bill

first_imgState agencies would be forced to offer easier access to public documents or face the possibility of court-ordered fines under a bill now on its way to the governor. AB 2927, sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, passed out of the state Legislature this week by unanimous votes. The bill came in response to an independent survey conducted earlier this year that found many state agencies, from the Air Resources Board to the Public Utilities Commission, failed to comply with even the basic guidelines of the California Public Records Act. In some cases, the survey says, agency personnel not only refused to turn over records but made improper demands of those requesting the information. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“They were simply terrible,” said Richard McKee, a Pasadena City College professor and president of Californians Aware, the government watchdog group that performed the audit. “When over half the agencies don’t provide you anything you ask for it is simply amazing.” The group surveyed 31 agencies and graded each of them based on how fully they complied with requests for basic government documents. The average grade was F. Californians Aware teamed with Leno to come up with legislation that would put some teeth in the Public Records Act, as it relates to state-level agencies, as well as provide easier access to documents that are inarguably public – such as conflict-of-interest forms. To meet the former goal, AB 2927 would allow a court to impose a $100-a-day fine on agencies that deny or delay the release of documents without legal justification. To ease access to documents, the bill would require agencies to post information online that explains how to obtain those documents. It also has a provision giving members of the public the right to ask the attorney general’s office to intervene when requests are denied. The January audit served as a wake-up call for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ran as an advocate for open government. In the wake of the audit, he ordered all agency employees to undergo specialized training. Schwarzenegger has yet to take a stance on the Leno bill, however. McKee and his group are putting pressure on the governor to sign the bill, saying a second audit conducted in August shows that, while the training has helped, reforms are still needed. Despite warnings that Californians Aware would be returning and asking for the exact same documents, seven of the 31 agencies still failed to comply and received a grade of F. The average was a C+. “You would expect after they were given training and given warning that we were coming back that they would all have earned an A,” McKee said. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2733160Want 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

Poverty hits burbs harder

first_img Recent immigrants are increasingly bypassing cities and moving directly to suburbs, especially in the South and West. Those immigrants, on average, have lower incomes than people born in the United States. 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Looking back at the 1970s, you would have seen cities suffering and suburbs staying the same,” said Berube, research director at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. “But the story is different today.” Berube said several factors are contributing to an increase in suburban poverty: Suburbs are adding people much faster than cities, making it inevitable that the number of poor people living in suburbs would eventually surpass those living in cities. The poverty rate in large cities (18.8 percent) is still higher than it is in the suburbs (9.4 percent). But the overall number of people living in poverty is higher in the suburbs in part because of population growth. America’s suburbs are becoming more diverse, racially and economically. “There’s poverty really everywhere in metropolitan areas because there are low-wage jobs everywhere,” Berube said. WASHINGTON – As Americans flee the cities for the suburbs, many are failing to leave poverty behind. The suburban poor outnumbered their inner-city counterparts for the first time last year, with more than 12 million suburban residents living in poverty, according to a study of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas released today. “Economies are regional now,” said Alan Berube, who co-wrote the report for the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. “Where you see increases in city poverty, in almost every metropolitan area, you also see increases in suburban poverty.” Nationally, the poverty rate leveled off last year at 12.6 percent after increasing every year since the decade began. It was a period when the country went through a recession and an uneven recovery that is still sputtering in parts of the Northeast and Midwest. last_img read more

Palmdale council OKs raise for mayor, members

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Nobody does this for the money,” Ledford said. “But we should try to minimize the cost to the individual.” Councilman Tom Lackey, who voted against the raise with Councilman Steve Hofbauer, said the pay increase is small and not worth the public skepticism it might raise. “It’s not worth the erosion (of public trust) that would result,” Lackey said. Only Councilmen Lackey and Steve Knight are guaranteed seeing any of the increase. Ledford, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dispenza and Hofbauer are all up for re-election in November. The 2003 pay increase took council members’ salaries from $600 to $660 per month and the mayor’s from $1,000 to $1,100. By state law, the council could have elected to have gone with as much as a 50percent raise because it had been 10 years since the last pay boost, but it opted to limit it to 10percent. Lancaster’s monthly salary for its mayor and council members is set at $600, according to a city staff report. Victorville’s monthly salary for its mayor and council members is set at $855, with an anticipated increase to $940 following its next general municipal election. Santa Clarita’s monthly salary is the same for the mayor and council members at $1,425 per month. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A divided City Council approved a 15percent pay raise for the mayor and City Council members who are in office after the next municipal election in November 2007. In a 3-2 vote Wednesday night, the council voted to boost the mayor’s salary from $1,100 per month to $1,265 and the council members’ monthly salary from $660 to $759. The new salaries take effect after the next municipal election. The raise will be the first for the council since 2003. Before that, the last raise was in 1993. Mayor Jim Ledford said the council deferred pay raises in the 1990s when economic times were tough. last_img read more

Sean Cox’s brother ‘shocked’ by Man City’s ‘inappropriate’ Liverpool song

first_img All the way to Kiev,To end up in defeat.Crying in the stands,And battered on the streets.Kompany injured Salah,Victims of it all.Sterling won the double,The Scousers won f**k all.Allez, allez, allez! Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool fan Sean Cox is back home in Ireland but faces a long rehabilitation process gameday cracker The brother of Sean Cox has told talkSPORT he was ‘shocked’ and ‘very disappointed’ by a video that shows Manchester City players singing a distasteful song about Liverpool fans.The video, posted on social media on Tuesday, appears to show City players and staff joining in a version of the ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ song as they celebrate winning the Premier League title on their flight home from Brighton.The song refers to Liverpool fans “crying in the stands” and being “battered on the streets”. tense ADVICE Man City secured back-to-back Premier League titles after finishing just one point above rivals Liverpool REVEALED huge blow Sean, 54, left care back in April and Martin says his brother is making slow but steady progress.“Sean is doing good,”  Martin said.“He’s progressing, which is the most important thing. He’s still on a massive long road ahead, but he is progressing. Slowly but surely, he’s getting there .“It’s baby steps at the moment but we’re on the right road.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Martin Cox in full above Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But Martin Cox insists the song is ‘inappropriate’ for the Manchester City players to sing and says they should know better than to glorify other football supporters being attacked.“My first reaction was I was very disappointed,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday.“It’s so close to home for ourselves with Sean, so we’re shocked now to be honest with you. REPLY Manchester City players singing “Allez, Allez, Allez” after winning the Premier League 😂😂😂😂 #AllTheWayToKiev pic.twitter.com/eblrEF9nCr— YourMCFC (@YourMCFC) May 14, 2019City have denied the players were mocking Hillsborough and Reds fan Sean Cox, who was attacked by Roma supporters outside Anfield last year.The club have insisted the song – a ‘regular chant during the 2018-19 season’ – instead refers to last season’s Champions League final in Kiev, where a number of Liverpool fans were assaulted by masked hooligans ahead of their game against Real Madrid.center_img shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City “Any song like that, these players are media trained in this day and age and are role models for children.“I don’t understand why the first thing they want to do, right after they win the league title, is sing about Liverpool, first of all, and then actually sing about fans getting battered in the streets.“Surely they know that the song is inappropriate.”Cox also questioned why the City stars were singing about Liverpool in the first place, instead of their own amazing success, and said they could ‘concentrate on their own team’. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Man City’s ‘Allez, Allez, Allez!’ song 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Facebook – Sean Cox Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card He added: “After we beat Wolves, the first thing Jurgen Klopp wanted to do was congratulate Man City on winning the league title. The players as well, the first thing they did is praise Man City.“That’s Liverpool.“I don’t understand why Man City win the league and want to sing about Liverpool. They should be singing about their own club, concentrating on their own team.”Martin’s brother, Sean – from Dunboyne, Ireland – suffered catastrophic brain injuries after he was assaulted before Liverpool played Roma at Anfield in the Champions League in April 2018.Three Italian fans were jailed for their part in the attack.He needed emergency surgery after suffering a bleed on the brain and spent months in hospital, before being moved to a rehabilitation centre in Dublin.last_img read more

Updated Tri-Circle-D Ranch Coming to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

first_imgShare This!Have you been to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch found at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort? This is the location where all the Walt Disney World horses, ponies and more are housed and the area is going to be going under a massive renovation.There will be a brand new barn created for the Tri-Circle-D Ranch which will provided updated outdoor spaces and more modern stables for these gorgeous horses. The new ranch will maintain the history and spirit of the original location. It will welcome Guests to explore exhibits of classic Disney equestrian artifacts.The Draft Horse Barn and Pony Farm will be temporarily unavailable during this construction work, which starts on August 19 and will last until Spring 2020. Never fear though! For those who would like to go on pony rides, you can still do so at the Trail Blaze Corral near the campground’s entrance. In addition, the resort’s trail rides and carriage rides will continue to operate as normal.Stay tuned to the blog for more information about the updated Tri-Cricle-D Ranch.last_img read more

Napoli: ‘Not a punitive retreat’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli have released a new statement, insisting “the training retreat was constructive and not punitive,” though players and Carlo Ancelotti don’t seem to agree. The club remains in chaos after the squad rebelled against orders to continue the training retreat at the Castelvolturno ground, known in Italy as a ‘ritiro.’ Napoli announced they would take legal action against the squad, which may well include docking their wages, but a new statement was released this evening. “With reference to the news stories that appeared today and over the last few days referring to the first team training retreat, the club is surprised at the way some media outlets erroneously qualified it as a ‘punitive retreat.’ “President De Laurentiis stated on Radio Kiss Kiss on November 4 in very clear and unequivocal fashion: “This is a constructive retreat and not a punitive one.” “A ritiro, an expression summing up the complex mode of training, destined to help the players rediscover their concentration and necessary motivation ahead of two important and delicate matches.” However, the memo doesn’t seem to have reached Ancelotti – who said in a press conference on Monday that he did not agree with the decision to impose a retreat – and the players, who rebelled. Sky Sport Italia suggested the anger also came from the fact President Aurelio De Laurentiis imposed the decision upon them with no warning or explanation.last_img read more

MS Dhoni is a celebrity – even in the army!!

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe former Indian Captain and legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who took a two-months leave from Cricket has joined his regiment the 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para) in Kashmir and now will be seen patrolling the borders. The 38-year old Indian Veteran cricketer started his duty in Kashmir on Tuesday. A picture of MS Dhoni signing the bat in Army uniform has gone viral on social media. Lieutenant Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been deployed in the South Kashmir region as a part of Victor Force and is expected to be with the regiment until Independence day.The Army officials also confirmed that Lt.Col MS Dhoni arrived on Tuesday and has joined his unit in south Kashmir.Here comes the 1st exclusive picture of #LtColonelDHONI From Srinager. 😍❤️ pic.twitter.com/gbZtqyQETJ— DHONIsm™ ❤️ (@DHONIism) August 1, 2019The Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had completed his training and expressed faith that he would perform all his duties.“When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to be prepared to fulfill the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training and we know that he will be able to accomplish the task,” Rawat had said.last_img read more