Russian guards arrested for assaulting local miners

first_imgThe two Russian guards who were captured on video beating two Guyanese miners near the Quartzstone River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have on Wednesday been arrested.A miner who was allegedly tortured by the Russian guardsIn confirming the arrests, the Police have said investigations revealed that the Russians are employed by West Bank Demerara Gold Inc, which is licensed to operate in Guyana; and as Supernumerary Constables, they are authorised to carry firearms. However, they breached the conditions of that authorisation in that, at time of the incident, they were not attired in the uniform prescribed by their employer and approved by the Force’s Administration. This however, was not evident in the video footage which was circulated on social media.At a forum held on Wednesday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman raised concerns over the fact that foreigners are being granted firearm licences.Concerns“I am concerned about foreigners having weapons; licensed weapons. I am told that precepts were issued. A precept is really a kind of permission given by the Police Force to persons to act as security guards and also to carry firearm licences. I am concerned about that and the number of persons who may have them,” Trotman disclosed.He explained that the interior is known to be “Wild West”, and so the number of guns present there would have a direct bearing on the levels of crime and violence in the area.“It also tells us that people expect or need a greater Police presence, and so I believe Government is looking at that. We recently launched the Corps of Wardens, and that Corps of Wardens will come alongside the Police Force, when necessary, to assist not just with law and order, but of course to ensure that the laws (such as) mining laws, forest laws, wildlife protection laws etcetera, are respected,” the minister added.An official report was on Sunday received by the Police from a miner who claimed that he had been brutalised by a group of Russian guards attached to the gold company.‘F’ Division (interior locations) Police Commander Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times there is on the miner’s body evidence suggesting he had been beaten and tortured. As such, an investigative team from the Force’s headquarters travelled to Quartzstone, where the incident allegedly occurred, and arrested the two foreign nationals.On April 3, 2018, two employees of Hopkinson Mining Logistics were performing duties on their employer’s concession when they were intercepted by two Russian operatives, who made every attempt to prevent them from doing their work. A security officer of Hopkinson’s recorded the incident with his cellular phone. The video recording showed a Russian guard demanding documentation, challenging the two employees’ right to be on their employer’s claim, and subsequently attempting to block their access.The foreigners were seen beating the men before pulling out a gun.last_img read more

Flyers’ first win could come at Teddy Bear Toss

first_imgWith the loss, the Flyers now sit with a 0-3-1-0 record.Luckily, the Fort St. John Senior men’s team won’t have to dwell on the loss for too long, as they will hit the ice this Saturday, Dec.10, when they welcome long time-rivals, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, to the North Peace Arena.The Canucks will enter Saturday’s game with a record of 4-2-0-1.- Advertisement -Saturday’s game is also the annual Flyers Teddy Bear Toss, where fans will have the opportunity to purchase a stuffed bear, which fans can throw onto the ice upon the Flyers’ first goal scored.If purchasing a bear, please make sure to wrap it in a plastic bag before chucking it onto the ice. This will prevent damage to the stuffed animal, as well as to the ice surface.All the funds raised through the event will be donated to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Campaign.Advertisementlast_img read more

Prospects camp a good experience for Huskies brass

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies took in their first scouting camp of the off season over the weekend in Calgary. General manager Jeremy Clothier and Huskies alum Travis McLean were in attendance and came away with a list of potential players that may come available as the lead up to next season progresses.The team was looking for a top six forward and a couple of defenceman to potentially bring to the opening camp in August, and there was lots of players to gather notes on to fill that void.“It was a good camp. There was 80 kids there so there was lots to look at,” Clothier said. We watched some practice on Friday and they went right into scrimmage Saturday and Sunday. It was good to see different aspect of lots of kids. There was a lot of different skill levels, some high end skill, some lower end skill.”- Advertisement -Clothier didn’t speak with many players but he did have productive conversations with general managers of other clubs and believes the Huskies will be able to fill the holes on their roster by the time training camp rolls around.“We didn’t talk to too many players but the two other GM’s that were down there did talk to them about us and about what we can offer. The Creston Valley Thunder Cats GM is going to send me the information of all the players that I need that I identified to him that we were interested in bringing to Fort St. John.”Next for the team is their annual general meeting tonight. The session is being held at the Fort St. John Minor Hockey office inside of the Pomeroy Sport Centre at 7 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Planning Commission approves car wash

first_imgWHITTIER – A small lot on Painter Avenue in south Whittier, which has been vacant as long as anybody can remember, is expected to be redeveloped into a car wash. The Whittier Planning Commission Monday, by a 3-1 vote, approved plans for Princess Globe Enterprise of Westlake Village to build a full-service car wash and oil and lube center on the vacant 23,000-square-foot lot at 8820 Painter Ave. “This site has been empty for a long time,” Commissioner Fernando Dutra said. “This is clearly an upgrade of the area.” Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the new business figures to help surrounding ones, such as the McDonald’s restaurant to the south and the mini-mart to the north. Planning commissioners raised concerns about the layout, saying the property might be too small. There might be problems with too many cars waiting in line to get vacuumed and taking up parking spots. “I have concerns,” said Commissioner Marcia Scully, who was the lone no vote. “If we’re going to approve (the plan), it should be for a site that’s workable.” Darkhor said there should be no problems because his employees will be driving the cars. Other commissioners, who voted for the plan, said they agreed with Scully but that on-site traffic was Darkhor’s problem to handle. “It’s a proper land use, and there’s adequate parking,” Commissioner Harry Stone said. “I have questions. But they’re big boys. It will be their people driving the cars. It’s their insurance company that will pay.” Commissioner Tomas Duran said he, too, understood Scully’s concerns. “(But) it’s the market that will determine the expansion of the shop,” Duran said. “If at some point it doesn’t work, they won’t be able to operate.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It will create a synergistic environment,” Collier said. “Someone goes to get their car washed and then decides to grab something at McDonald’s.” It also will take away an “attractive nuisance,” said Collier, referring to the empty field on the site. “You have a vacant lot, and it’s not maintained well,” he said. Construction could start within six months, depending on how soon city permits can be obtained, said Mike Darkhor, owner of the car wash. “We’re going to build a beautiful building with a Mediterranean finish with cultured stones covering a clay tile,” Darkhor said. last_img read more

Chelsea are ‘only club’ pursuing Juventus striker

first_img Latest Chelsea News gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense The 30-year-old’s place in the Juve team is also under threat now Ronaldo has joined the team and he is ready to leave as a result.It was expected there would be plenty of suitors for Higuain, who has scored over 50 goals during two years in Turin.But, according to Sky Italia, Chelsea are the only club who have expressed an interest in the striker. The Blues are keen on landing Higuain as their incoming boss, Maurizio Sarri, wants to work with him again after the pair teamed up at Napoli.Chelsea now appear to have a clear run at Higuain, but as of yet they have not made a formal offer. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Chelsea are the only club interested in signing Juventus front man Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The Italian champions are prepared to sell the Argentina international this summer following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and have set a price tag of around £50m. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible xi silverware smart causal Higuain is open to a Juventus departure REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won shining last_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TAKES CONTROL OF ROCKHILL HOUSE

first_imgRockhill House has now officially been handed over to Donegal County Council.The former army barracks on the outskirts of Letterkenny was closed two years ago as part of the Government’s plan to restructure the defence forces.Since the building closed it has remained vacant with some complaints that it has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. At present there are no official plans for the historic building which is surrounded by more than 20 acres of land.A number of groups inlcuding Rockhill House Heritage Committee, want Donegal County Council to turn the project into Letterkenny’s flagship tourism project.A spokesman for DCC said no plan had yet been made for the redevelopment of the landmark building.Ends DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TAKES CONTROL OF ROCKHILL HOUSE was last modified: April 19th, 2011 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:Donegal County CouncilRockhill Houselast_img read more

TRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR HAILED AS ‘KING OF THE CASTLES

first_imgBY TIM HEDGLEY, TRAVEL EDITORBELFAST-BORN entrepreneur, who specialises in providing online castle accommodation through www.celticcastles.com, is setting his sights on conquering the travel industry as the business marks its fifteenth anniversary and celebrates record growth.Celtic Castles founder and director Roger Masterson, known as ‘The Castle Man’, a former pupil from MCB in Belfast, pursued careers in retail management and publishing, prior to setting up his own business, having being disappointed from a company brochure selling croft and castle holidays. Roger spent 18 months searching for castles in Scotland and started to promote four properties as he tested his business model.It worked!Having built his company by recognising the power of the internet in the late 90s, Roger now employs a 12-strong team and offers accommodation in more than 90 unique and stunning castles across the UK, Ireland and France.As the business accelerates, its goal is to further build on its leading global travel brand. Masterson attributes his success to three factors: hard work, a great team and knowledge of the individual castle properties…..and yes, he has slept in them all!Said Masterson: “It is an absolute privilege to work in this tourism niche and have a team of experts who can locate the right castle experience for our global client base.“We celebrate great customer feedback within the team and it is our level of service and the fact that we stay, holiday and visit the castles regularly that helps our customers pick up our passion for the experiences these properties can offer.”Masterson, ‘The Castle Man’, has also been able to increase brand awareness via TV and radio and has hosted programs such as Jaw Dropping Rentals, showing American customers the interiors of castles in Scotland.He also works with film location companies finding castles and stately homes for period and reality US TV shows. A question he always gets asked is which is his favourite castle and his answer as you can imagine has to be diplomatic.He has slept in over 157 castles and is not afraid to tell customers if a castle is displaying 4 stars on the door but only offering a 3 service. This is probably why customers trust his feedback.When pressed again, he says, “Every castle offers it own magic; they are all unique.”It may be a public room, a specific bedroom or an eccentric castle owner or even a great chef that gets him overly-enthusiastic and sharing a few stories. “It was my daughter’s 10th birthday last year and she wanted to be a princess in a castle. Since we were back home in Northern Ireland at the time, my choice was for her to be a princess at Ashford Castle in Mayo. We had dinner in the George V Dining Room, one of the premier castle restaurants in Ireland. For me, castle stays are all about the memories they give you for ever.”You can read more about Roger and the team’s experiences in castles throughout Ireland, the UK and France on their blog at www.celticcastles.comTRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR HAILED AS ‘KING OF THE CASTLES was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Castle Holidayswww.celticcastles.comlast_img read more

SEAFOOD PACKAGE IS MAJOR BOOST TO DONEGAL – McGINLEY

first_imgThe announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney of a €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020 is a major boost for Donegal, said Deputy Dinny McGinley.Dinny McGinleyThe investment package will provide capital to assist seafood enterprises to grow their production and add value to seafood exports.“I believe that the seafood industry has a massive contribution to make to Ireland’s economic revival, especially in coastal and peripheral areas. This investment will help our seafood sector to realise its potential. “Our seafood is sourced from the wild Atlantic, it is reckoned to be the best in Europe, if not in the world. While our seafood industry makes a significant economic contribution, there is still significant scope to expand it further.“Minister Coveney has said the seafood sector is worth around €850 million annually to the economy, with the potential to grow to €1 billion by 2020. This is hugely exciting.”He added that the progress made in the agriculture sector should serve as an example for our seafood sector.“Irish beef has been marketed successfully as a high end product. The branding of Irish beef coupled with high quality and safety standards has been instructive in Ireland becoming the only European country whose beef is imported in the American and Chinese markets. “There is no reason why our fish product should not enjoy the same status as our premium beef. If we succeed in having our fish packaged, processed here and sold throughout the world as a premium product, it could make a huge economic and employment contribution to our coastal areas”SEAFOOD PACKAGE IS MAJOR BOOST TO DONEGAL – McGINLEY was last modified: March 28th, 2015 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:Dinny McGinleydonegalseafoodlast_img read more

Cosmologists Taste the Forbidden Fruit

first_imgEveryone agrees: our universe appears fine-tuned for human existence.  You have two choices: it was designed by God, or there is a multiverse (other universes we cannot detect).  Amanda Gefter is unhappy with that choice.  In New Scientist, she asked, why can’t we have more options?    Calling the God-vs-multiverse choice a false dichotomy, she said, “Science never boils down to a choice between two alternative explanations.  It is always plausible that both are wrong and a third or fourth or fifth will turn out to be correct.”    Choosing the God option, she said, would be to “abandon science itself.”  But she was also uncomfortable with the multiverse.  Irritated at creationist blogs and websites that consider the multiverse a “get-out-of-God-free card,” Gefter also took umbrage at their linking of evolution with moral evil.  She labeled any speculative hypothesis that avoided God as “science.”  A related story on New Scientist said that the amount of dark matter in our universe is finely tuned.  “It’s not just the nature of dark matter that’s a mystery,” the article began; “– even its abundance is inexplicable.”  This is a bit strange since it would be hard to know the abundance of something that is undetectable.  What is the explanation for this “tremendous coincidence”? the article asked, appealing to the anthropic principle.  “But if our universe is just one of many possible universes, at least this conundrum can be explained.”Want to hear her speculation on what the third option might look like?  Here it is – we kid you not.  We quote the article so you know we are not making this up.What might a third option look like here?  Physicist John Wheeler once offered a suggestion: maybe we should approach cosmic fine-tuning not as a problem but as a clue.  Perhaps it is evidence that we somehow endow the universe with certain features by the mere act of observation.  It’s an idea that Stephen Hawking has been thinking about, too.  Hawking advocates what he calls top-down cosmology, in which observers are creating the universe and its entire history right now.  If we in some sense create the universe, it is not surprising that the universe is well suited to us.Let’s get this straight: either imagining universes we can never know is science, or believing that we are god is science.  But believing in a real God, who has the purpose and power to create a universe, and the omnipresence to be the Observer giving reality to phenomena (as philosopher George Berkeley argued), is not science.  OK, everyone, let’s sing:When you wish upon a star, nature makes you what you are,Anything your heart concocts is science true.If your heart is in your dream, no proposal’s too extremeWhen you hyper-speculate as scientists do.Fate is kind, she gives reality,The sweet fulfillment of our observing.Like a bolt out of the blue, observation creates you,When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.Believers in this PAP or “Participatory Anthropic Principle” (i.e., the idea that we create the universe by observing it), apparently are willing to take credit for having brought into existence distant galaxies, with all their stars and planets and whatever – items they have never seen or will see – just because the universe we see from earth is a requirement for their existence.  Undoubtedly this is considered more scientific than the “name it and claim it“ preaching on some religious TV programs.    Welcome to modern science Fantasyland.  This make-believe world, in which otherwise intelligent people employ the honorable label of science to abandon reason and common sense, and hide their eyes from the clear evidence of creation, where they can embrace absurd notions that fulfill an old temptation (“Ye shall be as gods”) to preserve their naturalistic religion, has only one explanation: Romans 1.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 87 | A New Year, A New Farm Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, starts off 2019 with Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and host Joel Penhorwood. The three talk the warm temperatures, some unique food observations, and much more.Guest interviews on the podcast include retired Ohio State economist Carl Zulauf, OSU extension’s Dianne Shoemaker, Adam Fennig of Fennig Equipment, and Ohio State’s Ellen Essman talking industrial hemp.last_img